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Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Bote with game-winning homer; Myers with extra inning walk-off hit; Wilson reaches 5 times

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Bote with game-winning homer; Myers with extra inning walk-off hit; Wilson reaches 5 times
Connor Myers

Sorry for the late delivery of this post. I had the majority of it written, but lost it when connectivity to the site went down earlier today without a recent save point, so I had to rewrite it.

AAA

Memphis 4, Iowa 3

Game Recap

After Memphis jumped out to 3-0 off Seth Frankoff in the top of the first Iowa stormed back with three of their own in the bottom of the third. They loaded bases with one out, setting the stage for a two-run single by Bijan Rademacher and a run scoring double by Jacob Hannemann to tie the ballgame up. It would stay knotted all the way to the top of the eighth when the Redbirds finally broke through against Justin Hancock.

Top Performers

  • Jacob Hannemann: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI
  • Bijan Rademacher: 1-3, R, 2 RBI
  • Stephen Bruno: 2-4
  • Seth Frankoff: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 6 K (4.40)
  • Pierce Johnson: 2 IP, H, 2 BB, K (4.47)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Jacob Hannemann

Jacob Hannemann

The pair of doubles by Jacob Hannemann kept his hitting streak alive at 9 games. Interestingly, it was the first multi-hit game of the streak. He is hitting "just" .303 over the span.

Meanwhile, Bijan Rademacher, who had his 7 game streak snapped in the previous game, but came up with the big hit Sunday is hitting .364 over his last 9 with 4 multi-hit games included.

The three runs against Seth Frankoff all came in the first inning and after he had retired the first two batters of the game. He settled down after, retiring 10 of the next 12 batters before running into additional trouble in the fifth, when he loaded the bases, but he managed to wriggle of the hook by inducing a double play.

AA

Tennessee 4, Birmingham 2

Game Recap

Eloy Jimenez continued to haunt his previous org by blasting another home run, but the decisive homer in the game came off the bat of David Bote. His three-run shot in the sixth turned a two-run deficit into a lead and the Smokies never looked back.

Top Performers

  • David Bote: 1-4, HR (14), R, 3 RBI
  • Charcer Burks: 1-3, R, RBI, 2 BB, SB (16)
  • Yasiel Balaguert: 2-4, 2B
  • Casey Bloomquist: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, BB, 4 K (W, 1-0, 3.60)
  • Tommy Thorpe: IP, H, K (0.00)
  • Jake Stinnett: 2 Ip, 2 H, BB, 2 K (0.77)
  • Craig Brooks: IP, H, BB, 3 K

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

With young starters reaching innings limits and other promotions leaving Tennessee short of starters, swingman Casey Bloomquist was summoned from Myrtle Beach as a fill in for Duane Underwood, who had his start pushed back to Tuesday.

Tommy Thorpe (by Stephanie Lynn)

Tommy Thorpe (by Stephanie Lynn)

Along with Bloomquist, all four pitchers for the Smokies spent time in Myrtle Beach this season. Tommy Thorpe contributed his 2nd scoreless appearance since joining the club. The Smokies have been without any lefty relievers for the majority of the season, so Thorpe is certainly a welcome luxury for the Tennessee coaching staff. Former starter and second round pick Jake Stinnett pitched two scoreless and has held the opposition off the board in 6 of 7 outings with the Smokies. He is throwing free-and-easy and appears to have the bite back on his slider after struggles last season and missing the first 2/3 of this year due to injury. The final reliever was Craig Brooks who began the year on a spectacular run with the Pelicans before immediate control issues cropped up after promotion to Tennessee. He righted the ship in July, going the entire month without giving up a run, and eventually ascending to the closer role upon the promotion of Dillon Maples. His control has wavered once again in the role (5.84 ERA, 10 BB in 12.1 August innings) but he has converted 6 of 7 opportunities.

Advanced A

Myrtle Beach 6, Carolina 5 (10 Innings)

Game Recap

A day after South Bend competed in one of the most exciting games of the season, complete with a walk-off grand slam by Tyler Payne, Myrtle Beach's extra inning victory over Carolina provided some of the most dramatic of their season as well. Best to let the highlights do the recap for this one:

Top Performers

  • Trent Giambrone: 3-5, R, RBI
  • Jesse Hodges: 2-5, 3B, R, RBI
  • Connor Myers: 2-5, 2B, RBI
  • Tyler Alamo: 2-5, R, RBI
  • Thomas Hatch: 5 IP, 2 H, R, 2 BB, 2 K (3.90)
  • Pedro Araujo: 1.1 IP, H, R, 0 ER, 4 K (W, 5-1, 1.90)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Thomas Hatch (by Stephanie Lynn)

Thomas Hatch (by Stephanie Lynn)

Thomas Hatch ran across a rough patch in late July/early August which spiked his ERA back above 4 for a time but he has now gone 5 innings and allowed just 1 run in each of this last 3 starts.

It is always nice to see Connor Myers (.180/.219/.237) contribute with the bat. The speedy center fielder is a joy to watch in the field, but it is often a struggle for him at the plate.

Trent Giambrone had his first multi-hit game in over two weeks and just his second such game of the entire month. He still hasn't had an extra base hit since Aug 9th, but hopefully these three knocks can jump start him as the Pelicans head toward the postseason.

Two guys who haven't been struggling of late are Tyler Alamo and Jesse Hodges. Both are hitting well over .300 the past couple of weeks.

A

Lake County 9, South Bend 6

Game Recap

Starter Tyson Miller was forced to leave the game after facing one batter. A comebacker deflected off his foot and after throwing one pitch to the next hitter he was removed. Newly arrived Bailey Clark (4 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, HBP, 5 K) took over but was not able to keep Lake County off the board in three of his four innings of work. Some spotty defense behind him did not help. D.J Wilson and Yeiler Peguero tried to keep the Cubs in the game and extend their nine game win streak to double digits but their comeback fell short.

Top Performers

  • D.J. Wilson: 4-4, 2 2B, R, BB
  • Yeiler Peguero: 2-3, HR (2), 3 R, 2 RBI, BB
  • Andruw Monasterio: 2-4, RBI, BB
  • Tyler Peyton: 4 IP, 4 H, R, 2 BB, 3 K

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

D. J. Wilson has continued his second half turnaround. His line since his July return from injury is .259/.341/.481 with 5 HR and 6 SB in 43 games.

A-

Everett 3, Eugene 1

Top Performers

  • Austin Filiere: 1-2, 2 BB
  • Will Remillard: 1-3, BB
  • Brandon Hughes: 1-3, RBI
  • Casey Ryan: 2.1 IP, H, 3 K (7.56)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

There may be no hotter hitter in the Cubs system at the moment than Austin Filiere. In his past 8 games is reaching base almost half the time while also hitting with considerable power (.321/.472/.607).

Joining him as a contributor in the middle of the order of late has been Will Remillard, who has 7 hits in his first 3 games with the Emeralds.

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  • May want to check out a couple more people that are hot for the Cubs. Charcer Burks just won the SL player of the week while batting .433 for the week. Over the last 10 games he has hit .318 with 2 HRs and 9 BB. That is an OBP to over .500. Joe Martarano is hitting a nice .353 with 1 homer over the last 10 games. Will Remillard needs to be advanced...he is only hitting .600 since his return..

    There are a lot of guys hitting well but I would trade all of them to get Eloy back (and maybe throw in Quintana)! He is killing it in Birmingham..

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    Is Filiere a legit prospect or is he someone doing well against low minor league competition and likely to be "exposed" as he gets to higher levels? While you may not be able to give a definitive answer what is your best guess?

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    I'm not crazy about his mechanics right now. There is a line between "quiet" and "stiff" at the plate. To me Filiere is stiff. I worry he will not be able to adjust to pitches outside the zone. To me it is the thing that stopped Vitters and has so far prevented Soler from succeeding in the majors. They can hit pitches in the zone, but those just off the plate or breaking pitches that drop out of the zone that MLB pitchers can get guys to chase (even those with good discipline) they were helpless.

    Still early though and it is possible that he can make adjustments.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    The numbers above were from an 8 game split. He has a long ways to go to be a prospect -- .785 OPS with a pretty high K rate.

    He did dominate the Cape Cod league, so he does have some potential.

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    In reply to Joel Mayer:

    Thanks to both of you for your insights. I appreciate it.

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