Giants Put the Slug on the Cubs at Sloan

Hunter Bishop drilled an RBI triple and an RBI single, walked, stole a base, and scored two runs, Will Wilson doubled twice, singled, walked, scored two runs, and drove-in another, Luis Matos doubled twice and knocked-in a run, Brett Auerbach cracked a two-run triple, and Logan Wyatt blasted a solo HR, as the Giants thrashed the Cubs 11-4 in AZIL game action Friday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Eight of the Giants' twelve hits were for extra-bases (including five doubles, two triples, and one HR). 

Yonathan Perlaza hammered a solo HR and a triple and racked-up an outfield assist, Chase Strumpf collected two RBI singles, Jordan Nwogu singled twice, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, and Nelson Velazquez laced an RBI single for the Cubs in a losing cause.    

The 21-year old switch-hitting Perlaza is being converted from an infielder (3B-2B) to an outfielder at Instructs, in large part to let him concentrate on his hitting. (His infield defense was pretty bad, and he would sometimes seem to take an error with him to the plate). But there is no doubting his offensive tools (hard contact with a slightly upper-cut swing path from both sides of the plate and above-average speed on the bases). He has played all three OF positions so far at Instructs, but looks most comfortable in LF (he played ten games in LF for South Bend in 2019). He will likely be added to the 38-man AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 so that he can be selected in the Major League Phase only ($100,000 draft price with the potential to re-claim in the Major League Phase, versus $24,000 draft price with no right to reclaim if he were to be placed on the AA Tennessee reserve list and be selected in the AAA Phase).    

Cubs RHP Danis Correa pitched the 9th inning for the Cubs, throwing mostly all fastballs and consistently hitting 97-98. Like Perlaza, the 21-year old Correa is eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft, and while his secondaries need a lot of work and his command comes and goes, some club might want to take a gamble on him, if for no other reason than the high-velo FB. Because of his size (he is only 5'11 155), he likely profiiles as a one-inning high-octane bullpen arm. Like Perlaza, Correa is a virtual lock to be placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list on 11/20 so that he will be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft's Major League Phase only.      

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only): 

1. Cole Roederer, CF: 0-4 (K, BB, L-8, K, K)
2a. Pablo Aliendo, C: 0-2 (F-8, K, BB, R)
2b. Ethan Hearn, C: 0-1 (K, BB) 
3. Jordan Nwogu, DH: 2-4 (4-3, K, 1B, 1B, BB, R, SB)
4. Chase Strumpf, 2B: 2-5 (K, F-8, 1B, 1B, F-9, 2 RBI)
5. Andy Weber, SS: 0-3 (K, BB, 4-3, 6-3) 
6. Alfonso Rivas, 1B: 0-2 (BB, HBP, 3-U, F-8)
7. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 1-4 (6-3, 1B, 6-3, K, RBI)
8. Luis Vazquez, 3B: 0-4 (F-8, 6-3 DP, L-8, 4-3)
9. Yonathan Perlaza, LF: 2-4 (3B, HR, 1-3, K, R, RBI)

1. Peyton Remy: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 3 WP, 1 GIDP, 1/2 GO/AO, 63 pitches (39 strikes)
2. Eduarniel Nunez: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 2/2 GO/AO, 37 piches (23 strikes)
3. Bryan Hudson: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 3/2 GO/AO, 53 pitches (32 strikes) 
4. Danis Correa: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 24 pitches (15 strikes) 


1. Pablo Aliendo: 1-3 CS 
2. Ethan Hearn: 1-1 CS 

LF Yonathan Perlaza - batter thrown out 7-6-5 attempting to stretch double into triple 


WEATHER: Mosly cloudy and a bit breezy with temperatures in the 80's 


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Jim Callis with a fine piece on Cubs Instructs at MLB pipeline a few days ago.

I can confirm that Bryan Hudson is indeed hitting 94-95 with his FB with some cutting action that bores-in on RH hitters.

He easily retired seven of the first eight men he faced Friday (F-7, K, BB, 5-3 - 5-3, K, K - F-7) on only 30 pitches, before suddenly losing it and getting creamed (2B, BB, 2B, 3B, WP) as his FB velo suddenly dipped two or three ticks and he could no longer command his secondaries (CV and CH). This was also the case in his previous two outings (dominant first inning then struggled through two more innings in his first outing, and then same thing again in his second outing -- a game he started).  

I remember back in the day when the 6'8 lefty was a young struggling extreme ground ball SP with a 90 MPH sinker who couldn't throw strikes consistently and who labored to get through a multi-innng outing, but now I would project him as a legit one-inning (or 25-30 pitches over parts of two innings) LHRP with possible MLB upside.

Hudson is eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft (he was eligible last year, too), and while I doubt that he will be added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster on 11/20 (although I suppose it's possible), he is a lock to be assigned to the AAA Iowa reserve list (making him eligible for selection in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft only  -- $100,000 draft price if selected and the possibility of being re-claimed later). 

Keep in mind that despite pitching in the Cubs system for five seasons (six if you include 2020 at Instructs), Hudson has not yet pitched above Hi-A (and he spent two seasons at that level 2018-19), so he really needs some game reps at least in AA if not also in AAA before the Cubs begin to think about adding him to the 40. That said, it's OK to be patient with prospects, especially 6'8 LHPs. 

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  • Charlie 1 hour 14 sec ago (view)

    He clearly did not want to be remembered for selling off the core and then walking away from the team a year later. Can't blame him.


  • crunch 2 hours 34 min ago (view)

    every other contender is full of rumor news for who they'll sign...and the hot cubs rumor is kris bryant won't be traded before the wednesday arb offer deadline.  wee.


  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 11 min ago (view)

    jdrnym: The MLB contracts that are tendered on 12/2 via Central Tender Letter are are non-guaranteed contacts.

    And a player signed to a non-guaranteed contract who is released prior to MLB Opening Day receives 30 days salary (paid at the minor league rate for players with split contracts) if the player is released more than 15 days prior to Opening Day, or 45 days salary (paid at the MLB rate for players signed to split contracts) if the player is released 15 or fewer days prior to Opening Day as termination pay. 


  • jdrnym 7 hours 38 min ago (view)

    If a player signs one of those deals that allows a split salary or incentives to be included, does that get treated like an arbitration salary in that it's only partially guaranteed until Opening Day?


  • bradsbeard 3 days 17 hours ago (view)

    Great info. Thanks! 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 17 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: What happens on 12/2 is each club submits what's called a "Central Tender Letter" to the MLB LRD listing which unsigned players on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) are being tendered a contract and which unsigned players are not being tendered a contract. 

    The CTL is sufficient as far as providing proof of contract tender.  

    For players being tendered contracts, the CTL must list the club's MLB salary offer, a minor league split salary offer (if the club so chooses), and performance bonuses (if any) the club is offering to the player.


  • crunch 4 days 2 hours ago (view)

    theo walked away from a big payday for an executive in his last season as a cub without having another job scoped out...and according to him he's not even looking one.

    something tells me this isn't going to be a fun off-season for cubs fans.

    the state of the cubs household aside, i wouldn't exactly be shocked to see theo with the mets, though he's supposedly not on their radar at the moment.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 2 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have been at the forefront of tone-deaf owners in terms of financial hardship during the pandemic. "The game isn't as profitable as most people think"


  • tim815 4 days 23 hours ago (view)

    The decision on the amount comes later.


  • bradsbeard 5 days 2 hours ago (view)

    At the point when the team makes the initial contract tender, do they have to offer a specific salary, and if so is that the same number the team takes into arbitration? Or does the specific number the teams files at for arbitration happen at a later date?


  • Arizona Phil 5 days 5 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: A player who is signed to a contract that does not include a minor league split salary is paid his full MLB salary while optioned or after being outrighted to a minor league club.

    So if a player goes to arbitration and is awarded (let's say) a $2.5M salary by the arb panel, the contract will not include a minor league split salary or performance bonuses, and if the player is sent to the minors he is paid the full $2.5M while in the minors.


  • Hagsag 5 days 6 hours ago (view)

    Maybe Trump can give them a loan.


  • crunch 5 days 6 hours ago (view)

    it's not exactly looking good when the cubs brass is complaining about "losing 100m in revenue" when a huge chunk of that seems to include Hotel Zachary.  it looks like the entire "entertainment complex" is the cubs as far as the Ricketts are concerned...and the team might have to suffer a bit because they couldn't fully realize profits last year.  they've publically stated that the big incoming tax credits from the city they're going to realize for stadium work won't help the cubs payroll.


  • jdrnym 5 days 16 hours ago (view)

    If a player doesn't have a split salary in his contract, how much is he making when in the minors (or how is that salary determined)?


  • crunch 5 days 22 hours ago (view)

    we want kyle schwarber to not be mark trumbo so badly...

    either way, the NL having or not having the DH needs to be figured out pretty quickly for a lot of off-season sanity.


  • crunch 1 week 1 hour ago (view)

    minor league hitting coordinator chris valaika moves up assistant hitting instructor for the big league team.

    looks like a.iapoce's job is safe.