Ramos Heat Damages Emeralds at Sloan Park

Fidel Mejia singled, doubled, walked, and scored two runs, Gustavo Polanco singled twice, drove-in a run, and scored a run, Ed Howard IV drilled an RBI double, and Eury Ramos threw two innings of perfect baseball with five strikeouts, leading the South Bend Cubs (now the Hi-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) to a 6-4 victory over the Eugene Emeralds (the San Francisco Giants' new Hi-A affiliate in the Northwest League) in Cactus League Minor League Camp game action Wednesday afternoon at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Jacob Gonzalez (son of former major leaguer Luis Gonzalez) clubbed a solo HR for the Ems off converted position player Jerrick Suiter, and then Suiter promptly left the game with an injury (not clear what it was) one pitch into the next batter.     

The Eury Ramos 97-99 MPH FB is both electric and dominating, especially when combined with his filthy 88-91 MPH wipe-out SL. The 23-year old Ramos is scheduled to be a minor league 6YFA post-2021 but he has yet to pitch above Lo-A, so look for him to move very quickly in 2021 if he can remain healthy.    

Here is the abridged box score (Cubs players only)

1a. Jose Gutierrez, LF: 1-3 (1B, 4-3, E-5, R, 2 SB)
1b. Darius Hill, LF: 0-2 (K, L-7)
2a. Fabian Pertuz, 2B: 0-2 (5-3, 4-3, F-8 SF, RBI) 
2b. Yeison Santana, 2B: 0-1 (4-3)
3a. D. J. Wilson, CF: 0-2 (P-5, K, BB, R, SB)
3b. Cole Roederer, CF: 0-1 (K)
4a. Zac Taylor, RF: 0-3 (K, K, K)
4b. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 0-1 (5-3)
5a. Fidel Mejia, 3B; 2-2 (1B, 2B, BB, 2 R)
5b. Ryan Reynolds, 3B: 0-1 (K) 
6. Caleb Knight, C-DH: 0-4 (L-5, K, K, L-5)
7a. Grayson Byrd, 1B: 0-2 (1-3, 6-3) 
7b. Nelson Maldonado, 1B: 1-2 (1B, 6-3, R)
8a. Luis Verdugo, SS: 0-1 (BB, 1-3)
8b. Ed Howard IV, SS: 1-2 (2B, 6-3, RBI)
9a. Gustavo Polanco, DH: 2-2 (1B, 1B, R, RBI)
9b. Jake Washer, C: 1-1 (BB, 2B) 

1, Ryan Jensen: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 33 pitches (14 strikes)  
2. Derek Casey: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 1/2 GO/AO, 29 pitches (17 strikes) 
3. Jerrick Suiter: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, 0/1 GO/AO, 11 pitches (4 strikes) 
4. Jose Albertos: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 35 pitches (12 strikes) 
5. Eury Ramos: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 30 pitches (17 strikes) 

3B Fidel Mejia - E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 


WEATHER: Partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80's 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


Nate Maldonado = Nelson Maldonado?

Bummed about Suiter. Hopefully just something minor. 

BRADSBEARD: Yes. It's Nelson. I don't know what I was thinking. 

So it begins! Glad you're healthy and still keeping us updated, thanks AZPhil!

Any thoughts on Jensen and Howard?

KKvG: Jensen had a lot of difficulty throwing strikes but he didn't give up any hard contact, either. He looked uncomfortable on the mound.

Howard absolutely roped his RBI double down the LF line. 

And Jose Albertos is still a raw mess. I really have to wonder if he is ever going to get it together. He still throws the change-up and the CV and his FB is 91-94, but he can't command any of his pitches. 

Man, I'm pretty excited for these guys to get going (esp. Howard and Jensen), can't get enough of even the possibility Howard may start in High A South Bend. I don't think it's quite hit how huge a pick that was, Cubs have pretty literally never had a prospect like him. I was definitely surprised to see Albertos in camp at all, I guess that's promising and he's still only 22 with no surgeries, but yeah hard to hold out much optimism otherwise

This is a big year, hopefully it goes well, and can't thank you eonugh for keeping us updated as much you do! Randomly I'm glad Jose Gutierrez is still getting some opportunity, IIRC this is his MiL FA year so it's basically make or break

Of Ramos's 30 pitches, 22 were FB, and more than half of those (in both innings) were 99 MPH, so he wasn't just touching 99, he was sitting on 99.

I would say Eury Ramos, Trevor Megill, and Dauris Valdez (the guy the Cubs got back from SD in the James Norwood trade) are the three most-interesting RHRP in the Cubs system who are not on the MLB 40-man roster. Ramos and Megill are eligible to be Rule 55 minor league 6YFA post-2021 and Valdez is Rule 5 Draft eligible post-2021.

One bad thing about the Cubs 2021 MLB bullpen is the lack of roster flexibility. Too many guys who can't be moved back & forth to the minors. That needs to change, and adding guys like Ramos, Megill, and/or Valdez to the 40 post-2021 (if not earlier) to join Rowan Wick, Jason Adam, Brad Wieck, Jonathan Holder, Justin Steele, and Manuel Rodriguez as potential MLB relievers with usable options would be a good start.    

Fully agree with the lack of flexibility hindering bullpen construction. the only worry I have is even though most of our top 12 RPs are free agents after the year, Wieck and Steele (potentially Holder too) will join Brothers, Maples, and Mills as RP without options. Provided they're all tendered contracts, of course, that's already six spots taken. I do hope we start to see more guys we can move to and from Iowa easily over the coming seasons.

Sounds like Steele will be in line for a 4th option year FWIW. 

Most players get only three minor league options, but a player who has accrued less than five "full seasons" is eligible for a 4th minor league option.

For the purpose of determining eligibility for a 4th minor league option, a player accrues a "full season" when he spends at least 90 days on the Active List of an MLB and/or minor league club or clubs in a given season, or (in seasons prior to 2012) spends at least 60 days but less than 90 days on the Active List of an MLB and/or minor league club or clubs followed by an Injured List assignment where the combined time spent on the Active List and the Injured List equals at least 90 days or (beginning with the 2012 season) spends at least 30 days but less than 90 days on the Active List of an MLB and/or minor league club or clubs followed by an Injured List assignment where the combined time spent on the Active List and the Injured List equals at least 90 days.   
CoViD-19 EXCEPTION: With regard to a player's eligibility for a 4th minor option year in 2021 (and beyond), days spent on Optional Assignment in 2020 counted for nothing, and days spent on an MLB Active List and MLB inactive lists (IL, FMLA/Bereavement, Paternity Leave, et al) counted and were calculated at the prorated 2020 MLB Service Time rate (one day equals 2.78 days of MLB Service Time).

If a player qualifies for a 4th minor league option year, the 4th option is available during Spring Training and for the entire MLB regular season. 

Miguel Amaya, C (in 2023 - see NOTE)
Adbert Alzolay, RHP (in 2021 only - see NOTE)
Brailyn Marquez, LHP (in 2024 - see NOTE)
Christopher Morel, INF (in 2024 - see NOTE)
Manuel Rodriguez, RHP (in 2023 - see NOTE)
Justin Steele, LHP (in 2022 - see NOTE)
Keegan Thompson, RHP (in 2024 - see NOTE
NOTE: Adbert Alzolay is eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2021 but it will not be available in 2022 if it isn't used in 2021, Justin Steele will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2022 but only if his 3rd option is spent in 2021, Miguel Amaya and Manuel Rodriguez will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2023 but only if 3rd option is spent in 2022, and Brailyn Marquez, Christopher Morel, and Keegan Thompson will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2024 but only if 3rd option is spent in 2023 (TBD).

r.tepera suspended 3 games for throwing at b.woodruff (appealing).  d.ross gets 1 game and will miss friday's game.

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  • crunch 13 hours 32 min ago (view)

    t.williams threw a 25 pitch pen thursday


  • crunch 15 hours 25 min ago (view)

    tonight's game (thursday) is mlb.tv free game, btw.


  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 51 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have optioned RHP Robert Stock back to AAA Iowa, and recalled LHP Brad Wieck. 


  • Arizona Phil 17 hours 55 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of RHSP Mike Hauschild (ex-TOR) from Lexington (Atlantic League) and he has been asigned to AAA Iowa. 

    The Cubs are clearly beating the bushes of indepenent league baseball. Hauschild is the sixth player acquired by the Cubs from independent league teams in the last month (Jose Almonte, Tyler Ladendorf, Tim Susnara, Matt Warkentin, and Jarod Wright are the other five). 


  • crunch 19 hours 25 min ago (view)

    (c) hendricks gives up at least 60 homers in the regular season

    seriously, though...wisdom has "slowed down" the past 10 days or so, but he still managed a couple homers.  he's got a damn good shot at 20+ even if bote+duffy come back to steal a little time from him.


  • Charlie 19 hours 49 min ago (view)

    This Mets series is going poorly, so... off-topic question. Which of these outcomes do you currently think is more likely in 2021: (a) Javy hits at least 40 homeruns in the regular season, (b) Patrick Wisdom hits at least 20 homeruns in the regular season.


  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    wow...and he's done for the night.  that's not good...well, for mets fans.

    "right shoulder soreness"


  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    meanwhile...degrom with 8 Ks through 3 perfect innings.  he's also got a RBI single.


  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    and d.smith gets HBP.

    this is high end next level strategy.  you beat degrom by injuring everyone until they have to forfeit the game.  moneyballs.


  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    ow...villar got nailed in the ear and the back of the head by a throw from lobaton on a stolen base.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: You are absolutely right.

    Granted there are existing rules prohibiting pitchers from using foreign substances, but you don't change enforcement protocols suddenly in the middle of the season. Pitchers should be given an opportunity to make adjustments during the course of Spring Training before any new enforcement policy is implememted.

    This can and should be addressed in the upcoming CBA negotiations. Not now. 


  • Charlie 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    That was definitely my position prior to this year. But I am starting to buy into the claim that almost all pitchers are using something, even if it is rosin and sunscreen in many cases.


  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    brews did the cubs a solid by losing before the cubs have to take on degrom.


  • crunch 1 day 18 hours ago (view)

    *laughs nervously looking over at craig kimbrel*


  • Jackstraw 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Guys who haven't been cheating don't need to change a thing.


  • crunch 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    dude can barely move behind the plate these days.  i wouldn't trust him to stop a passed ball or a wild pitch even with his advanced skill.

    that said, all the cubs in-house options kinda suck.

    hey d.ross, grab a glove and get to work.