Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Payne with walk-off grand slam; Velazquez flashes power and speed once again



Memphis 4, Iowa 2

Game Recap

Cardinals prospect Jack Flaherty outdueled Scott Carroll over five innings. All of the Iowa scoring came in the fifth when they opened the frame with three consecutive hits, capped by a two-run double by Elliot Soto.

Top Performers

  • Elliot Soto: 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI
  • Victor Caratini: 1-3, BB
  • Dillon Maples: IP, BB, K (2.08)
  • Jack Leathersich: IP, BB, 2 K (2.98)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Jack Leathersich

Jack Leathersich

Elliot Soto extended his season-long hit streak to 5 games, 4 of which are multi-hit games. He is 9-for-18 during this stretch.

Jacob Hannemann extended his hit streak to a season-high 8 games.

In August Dillon Maples has struck out 17 in 12.1 IP with a 0.73 ERA. He has walked 8 batters, so the same concerns still exist, but as I have stated Maples (like Edwards and others with lights-out stuff) can get by with walking a few batters because of the amount of bats that he misses which limits the damage when runners get on base.

Another reliever having a great August, and similarly walks a few too many while also missing a lot of bats, is Jack Leathersich. The lefty has not allowed a run in 9.2 innings this month while punching out 13 hitters. He has walked 7 men however. I still expect both to be called up in September.


Tennessee 10, Birmingham 3

Game Recap

The Smokies jumped all over Tanner Banks and kept it up against subsequent relievers. Charcer Burks reached double digits in homers. Jeffrey Baez and Carlos Penalver both finished the night 4-for-5. Most of the Barons offense came from the bat of Eloy Jimenez (sigh) who blasted a two run homer in the bottom of the first of Steve Perakslis. They were the only runs Perakslis allowed in five innings. Daury Torrez followed with a pair of perfect innings.

Top Performe

  • Jeffrey Baez: 4-5, 2B, 3B, 3 R, 3 RBI, SB (7)
  • Carlos Penalver: 4-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI
  • Cael Brockmeyer: 2-4, 2 R
  • Charcer Burks: 1-4, HR (10), R, RBI, BB
  • Steve Perakslis: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K (W, 5-2, 3.20)
  • Daury Torrez: 2 IP, K (1.49)
  • Preston Morrison: 2 IP, H, R, 0 ER, BB, 2 K (5.59)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Charcer Burks

Charcer Burks

Charcer Burks is now one away from his career-high HR total from last season. The left fielder has slowed down in the second half (.221/.321/.332) after a terrific start to the year (.313/.406/.458). His walk rate has remained constant but he has hit the ball with less authority and has struck out far more often. He was amazingly consistent in the first half and he was unlikely to continue at that pace but I have to say his fall off has been a little greater than I anticipated. I must say I was never as high on Burks as John was, but he did start to win me over a bit in the first half with the way he was able to contribute day-in-day-out. There is likely a happy medium to the output we have seen this year. I've never seen him as a potential starter, but as a 4th outfielder capable of filling in at all three spots and giving quality ABs and above average defense he could carve out a role in a similar vein to what we have seen from Albert Almora this season. One nice thing to his game is that he is not prone to platoon splits. He has hit equally well against both left and right handed pitchers in his career.

In 10 games since returning from injury Jeffrey Baez has hit .325/.417/.575.

Advanced A

Carolina 3, Myrtle Beach 2

Game Recap

Duncan Robinson gave the Pelicans a chance with five strong innings, but the offense managed just two runs, and David Berg was tagged for a pair after Robinson departed.

Top Performers

  • Duncan Robinson: 5 IP, 3 H, R, 3 BB, 4 K
  • Dakota Mekkes: 2 IP, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Tyler Alamo: 2-4, R
  • Robert Garcia: 2-3

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Tyler Alamo is hitting .378 over his past 10 games with 3 homers and 9 RBI.

Duncan Robinson has gone between 5-6 innings in seven consecutive starts while allowing two or fewer runs in each.

After uncharacteristically allowing a run in each of his last 2 outings, Dakota Mekkes got back on track last night with his usual 2 innings of shutout work.


South Bend 7, Bowling Green 6

Game Recap

South Bend fell behind 5-0 heading into the bottom of the 6th. From there they started chipping away. In the end, they still needed a big blow in the bottom of the ninth to complete the comeback, and it was Tyler Payne who delivered. Down by three with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth Payne dropped the barrel on one and lined it over the left field fence for a grand slam and a walk-off Cubs win.

Top Performers

  • Tyler Payne: 2-3, 2B, HR (6), 2 R, 4 RBI, BB
  • Austin Upshaw: 2-3, R, RBI, HBP
  • Chris Pieters: 2-4, 2B, 2 R
  • Yeiler Peguero: 1-3, 2B, R, SB (9)
  • Yapson Gomez: 3.2 IP, 4 H, R, 3 K (W, 1-0, 4.13)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Tyler Payne now has 7 RBI and 6 hits in the past 2 games.

In 23 August games Chris Pieters is hitting .321/.387/.429.


Eugene 3, Everett 2

Game Recap

Austin Filiere led the Emeralds comeback victory, knocking in two on a pair of doubles. Enrique De Los Rios tossed five innings of one-hit ball, striking out seven, in a piggyback effort once Cory Abbott exited after three innings. Jake Steffens closed the door with a scoreless ninth for his second save.

Top Performers

  • Enrique De Los Rios: 5 IP, H, BB, 7 K (W, 3-1, 3.67)
  • Cory Abbott: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, BB, 4 K (3.27)
  • Jake Steffens: IP, K (S, 2, 1.77)
  • Austin Filiere: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB
  • Miguel Amaya: 2-3, BB
  • Rafael Narea: 1-3, 2 R, BB, SB (6)
  • Jhonny Bethencourt: 1-3, R, BB

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Enrique De Los Rios is on quite a run. In his last 3 starts he has struck out 15 in 14.2 innings, allowing just 2 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks.

Cory Abbott has gotten his career off to a solid start. He has punched out 14 in 11 innings and showing the above average control from his draft scouting reports.


Cubs 6, Rangers 1

Top Performers

  • Nelson Velazquez: 3-4, 2B, HR (7), 3 R, RBI, SB (5)
  • Luis Hidalgo: 1-3, R, RBI, BB, SB (1)
  • Fidel Mejia: 2-3, 2B, R, RBI
  • Emilio Ferrebus: 6 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K (W, 1-1, 6.55)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Nelson Velazquez continues to impress. An 18-year old fresh out of the draft, he already has 7 homers and 5 stolen bases in 27 pro games.

Emilio Ferrebus had his first strong outing with the AZL Cubs since his promotion from the DSL. He has dominated in the lower league, but struggled his first two times out stateside.


Cubs2  9, Reds  1


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  • Tyler Payne was really dialed in last night. The double he hit just barely missed going out and he pulled several foul balls out of the park. All in all, Payne could have easily had three homers if it wasn't for a few inches.

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    How would you rate Jeffrey Baez? I believe he has the tools but do you see him better than Charcer Burks for example?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    He is a slightly better athlete. Bit more power/speed/arm. Not as natural of a baseball player though. Way less consistent on day-to-day basis. Heard reports of immaturity issues early in his career, but seems to have erased those concerns last couple of years. All the physical talent is there. Needs to further refine plate discipline. Making strides there as well.

  • Didn't realize that Cory Abbot was such a high pick. Picked a round earlier than Hatch was. Nice to see him get off to a good start and might be a candidate to start at MB next year as well.

  • In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    Been impressed so far. Good command and control. Changes speeds. Has a good slider/cutter, useable breaking ball and change. Won't overpower guys but seems to know how to pitch. Only thing that might keep him out of the MB rotation to begin the year is the amount of competition for those five slots, including fellow draftee Alex Lange. If he doesn't start there, I expect he ends up in A+ before too long.

  • Yeah I'm really liking the young pitching group they've assembled. It's just a matter of them putting in the the game time, experience, innings, staying healthy, etc... Of course with a matter of getting to that group. Maybe a guy like Tseng or someone else can be a back of the rotation & Maples, L-sich, Zas, &/or PJ in the pen can bridge to get to the 1st group Maybe Hatch, De La Cruz & possibly Underwood comprise the 1st group...

    Can't rush them, but I really can't wait to see who & how many develop to ToR candidates by the time they're on the cusp of being called up.

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