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Around the Minors- May 26th

Matt Swain

Illinois engineering student, way too emotionally invested in the Cubs.

AAA Iowa Cubs- L 9-3

Player(s) of the Game:
RF Brad Snyder- 2-4, 2B, R, SB

Not a good showing for the I-Cubs. Particularly rough day for Darwin Barney, who was 0-5 with a K at the plate and made an error (though just his 6th of the season).
Snyder is stringing together a terrific season, now swatting .322/.384/.594. I'm always amazed he never got a big league shot, and he's probably past the point where he'll get one. It's a shame, because the guy can really hit and had the potential to be an above-average offensive big league player.
Jeff Samardzija pitched today, and threw a decent amount of strikes, at least relative to his prior performances. I still think he's a terrible pitcher with upside as a long reliever type. Sorry Jeff. Find some movement on your fastball and get your slider to break harder again and we'll talk.
AA Tennessee Smokies- W 3-0

Player(s) of the Game:
SP Austin Bibens-Dirkx- 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

  • Before I talk about the fantastic pitching we saw in this game, I'd like to point out that those 3 Smokie runs came on a whopping 17 hits. Let me repeat that for emphasis: 3 runs on 17 hits. That's amazing. There were no walks taken, so there were 17 baserunners in the 9 innings. Of those 17, 3 scored (obviously), 1 was caught stealing, 1 was thrown out trying for an extra base, 4 were victims of double play balls, and 8 were left on base.

  • The Smokies outhit the opponents 17-2, a margin of 15 hits, but won by just 3. I would be very surprised if that happens very often. Any retrosheet magicians out there want to help me out?

  • ABD's recipe for success: throw lots of strikes, give up very few hits (29 in 49 innings(!)) and miss enough bats to be dangerous. It's working so far, or at least that's what his 2.34 ERA would have you believe.
A+ Daytona Cubs- W 9-3

Player(s) of the Game:
CF Brett Jackson- 2-4, BB, HR, 2 RBI

  • The D-Cubs have won 7 of 8 now behind strong pitching and an awoken offense feeding off Brett Jackson and Kyler Burke's power surges.

  • Speaking of Jackson, the power and strikeouts are both starting to pick up as we enter the summer months. He's got 5 XBH and 14 Ks in his last 10 games, but has also continued to maintain his high on-base percentage by walking 8 times during that span. If he can keep hitting for power and taking walks, he could strike out 200 times and it would be totally cool. Kudos to Brett for his excellent season so far.
A Peoria Chiefs- L 7-3

Player(s) of the Game:
LF Richard Jones- 2-3, R

  • Jones came close to the worst POG line of the year, but loses out to a 1-3 with a 2B line from earlier this year. Still, it's a pretty good illustration of what a bad effort this was from Peoria that Jones had arguably the most impressive performance.

  • I don't like seeing Larry Suarez issuing 3 walks in his 1.1 innings. Come on Larry, you were doing so well. Throw more strikes!



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