Cubs Cruise Past Timber Rattlers at Sloan Park

Chase Strumpf drilled a two-run single and a triple and scored twice, and Yonathan Perlaza drove-in three runs with two run-scoring singles, leading the South Bend Cubs (Hi-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) to an 8-3 victory over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee Brewers Hi-A affiliate) in Cactus League Minor League Camp game action Monday night at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.  

Cubs 2019 1st round draft pick RHP Ryan Jensen got the start for the Cubs and once again was unable to get through his second inning of work, throwing 34 pitches in just 1.1 IP (only 44% strikes) and walking three. His FB velo was 95-98 and his SL velo was 89-90 in his first inning, but the FB velo was down to 93-95 and the SL velo was down to 87-88 by the time he left the game with one out in the top of the 2nd.

Jensen is a two-pitch pitcher with command issues who has a significant decrease in velo after throwing just one inning, so as of right now he would appear to project as a one-inning power-reliever (and that's only if he can command his pitches for that one inning).    

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

1a. Luis Vazquez, SS: 2-4 (1B, K, 1B, F-9, R)
1b. Jacob Olson, LF: 0-1 (6-3) 
2a. Cole Roederer, DH: 1-4 (2B, K, F-8, F-9, R)
2b. Grayson Byrd, 1B: 0-1 (K)
3a. Chase Strumpf, 3B: 2-3 (1B, 3B, K, 2 R, 2 RBI)
3b. Matt Burch, SS: 1-2 (1B, F-7, R)
4a. Tyler Durna, 1B: 1-3 (1B, K, K)
4b. Flemin Bautista, PH-DH: 1-1 (1B, R)
5a. Nelson Velazquez, RF: 0-1 (HBP, BB, L-9) 
5b. Jake Slaughter, 3B: 0-0 (HBP, R)
6. Yonathan Perlaza, LF-CF: 2-4 (4-6-3 DP, 1B, K, 1B, 3 RBI)
7a. Aramis Ademan, 2B: 0-2 (5-3, K) 
7b. Delvin Zinn, 2B: 0-1 (BB, K, R, 2 SB) 
8a. Darius Hill, CF: 0-2 (K, F-8, F-8 SF, RBI)
8b. Jonathan Sierra, RF: 1-1 (1B, RBI)
9. Jake Washer, C: 1-4 (1B, K, K, K) 

1. Ryan Jensen: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 34 pitches (15 strikes)
2. Adam Morgan: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (13 strikes)
3. Blake Whitney: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 50 pitches (32 strikes)
4. Eury Ramos: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 22 pitches (10 strikes) 
5. Bailey Clark: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1/0 GO/AO, 14 pitches (6 strikes) 
6. Garrett Kelly: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 22 pitches (11 strikes) 


Jake Washer: 2-6 CS


WEATHER: Overcast and very breezy with temperatures in the 70's


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


Phil, will there be major cuts coming in the next few days?

PHIL: With the start of full season ball coming on May 4th, it looks like rosters are coming into focus. Do you know yet if:

1. There are going to be 1 Rookie Mesa team or 2?

2. Will there be unofficial games against other rookie teams or will those be considered offical games?

3. Is there 1 DSL squad or 2 like before?

4. Cristian Hernandez is currently listed on the DSL roster. Is he likely to start the season there?

Thanks, Phil!

K-DUB: As of right now there will be two DSL Cubs teams and two AZL Cubs teams. Whether or not the games will be "official" and when the seasons will start is still TBD.

Right now the 15 MLB organizations operating in Arizona are all over the place as far as when Extended Spring Training games will start (some teams will be starting to play EXST games next week, and others won't start until June).  

Because of CoViD-19 protocols and quarantines, players will probably not move back & forth between the Dominican Academy and Arizona in 2021, so any Cubs Dominican Academy player assigned to Extended Spring Training in Arizona will have to be AZL ready, and I don't know how the Cubs feel about Cristian Hernandez's readiness for AZL, 


This might be a big ask, but Baseball America yearly puts out their 2025 (4-5 yrs in future) team lineup, rotation & closer.

1. Do you have thoughts on the 2025 Cubs?

2. Which FA would you extend (if any) -- Bryant, Rizzo and /or Baez? If you were GM.

PHIL: Thanks so much for your answers (and your being on-going resource for Cubs fans everywhere)! I assume from your current depth chart that Cristian Hernandez is currently working out at the Dominican Academy and is not in Mesa? If so, any idea of the likelihood of that changing once the full season teams ship out?

Very interesting article by BA on the 2021 minor league schedule. Teams will be playing 6-game series' Tuesday through Sunday (everyone has Mondays as an off-day, except one AAA division). So many reasons to like this after reading the article. The few reasons not to like it seem trivial in comparison. My favorite is the likelihood of 6-man rotations with 7 days between starts - allows for an additional SP at each level, a more intense bullpen session between starts, and an easier way to monitor innings over the course of the year! What do you think?

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  • crunch 10 hours 17 min ago (view)

    * except for playing 1st base


  • crunch 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

    a lot of people were all-in on it being a 2022 thing, but given how MLB has held the DH over the player's heads like it's some kind of extremely valuable chip worth more than the players seem to think it's worth...who knows...


  • Cubster 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    any estimates on the chances of the DH in the NL anytime soon?


  • crunch 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    k.schwarber is hella good at post-season baseball.


  • Cubster 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Carter Hawkins introduced to the press...


  • crunch 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    e.castillo and t.payne off the 40man in 100% totally expected moves.

    both are/were catcher organizational depth.


  • crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    for those keeping track of the heating-up Mets head of baseball operations search, theo has already ruled himself out.

    mets want(ed) some heavy hitters (including b.beane and d.stearns), but none of them are on board...well, MIL took stearns off the board before he could chime in because he has a year left on his contract.


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Something to keep in mind about clearing MLB 40-man roster slots for players eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft is that you can't non-tender players to create 40-man roster space for Rule 5 Draft eligibles. That's because players can only be non-tendered on 12/2, and the pre-Rule 5 Draft roster filing deadline is 11/19 (almost two weeks - PRIOR TO -the contract tender date). NOTE: Normally the roster filing deadline is 11/20, but it's moved up to 11/19 this year because 11/20 falls on a Saturday in 2021


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 16 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Just one game, some BP, infield practice, and baserunning drills. So not much to glean from that so far. 


  • crunch 3 days 7 hours ago (view)

    minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs).  this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living.  for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.

    activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen.  good work.


  • bradsbeard 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

    Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in). 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 16 hours ago (view)

    azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.


  • Hagsag 3 days 22 hours ago (view)

    This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November. 


  • azbobbop 4 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.


  • tim815 4 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 11 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF).