Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Perez tosses seven strong; Hudson goes career high seven innings; Assad strikes out nine


Iowa 4, Memphis 2

Game Recap

Chris Dominguez sparked a four-run second inning with a solo blast. His homer was followed by back-to-back doubles by Victor Caratini and Jacob Hennemann to score the second run. John Andreoli capped the scoring with an RBI single. From there Williams Perez took over tossing seven innings while allowing just one run on three hits.

Top Performers

  • Williams Perez: 7 IP, 3 H, R, 3 BB, 5 K (W, 7-8, 4.68)
  • David Garner: 2 IP, 3 H, R, 2 K (S, 2, 3.86)
  • Victor Caratini: 1-3, 2B, R
  • Jacob Hannemann: 1-3, 2B, R, RBI
  • Chris Dominguez: 1-4, HR (11), R, RBI
  • Bijan Rademacher: 1-2, BB

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Jacob Hannemann, Bijan Rademacher extended their hit streak to 7 games.

This was the second straight strong outing from Williams Perez. He was coming off seven shutout innings in his last start and now combined with Friday's game he has allowed just 1 run on 5 hits and 5 walks in 14 innings while striking out 10.

The win evened Iowa's record at 65-65, the first time the club has reached the .500 mark since late April.


Montgomery 6, Tennessee 2

Game Recap

With recent promotions, injuries and player losses at the upper levels, as well as young pitchers reaching their innings limit, both Iowa and Tennessee have recently signed veterans to round out their rotations for the final weeks of the season. This was not sufficient to meet the needs for both clubs though, another starter was required, and Matt Swarmer was summoned from South Bend to fill in, first in Iowa with seven shutout innings last week and now Friday in Tennessee. Friday did not proceed as well as his outing in Iowa. He was tagged for six runs in five innings, though just three were earned. The only offense the Smokies could manage were solo homers by Cael Brockmeyer and Trey Martin.

Top Performers

  • Trey Martin: 1-4, HR (5), R, RBI
  • Cael Brockmeyer: 1-1, HR (6), R, RBI
  • James Norwood: 2 IP, 3 K (4.61)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

The 23-year old Matt Swarmer has bounced around quite a bit this season. Beginning the year in the South Bend bullpen before moving to Eugene to be stretched out, he returned to South Bend in the rotation prior to being needed with Iowa and Tennessee. Between the four clubs he has compiled a 7-4 record with a 3.98 ERA and struck out more than one batter per inning.

Advanced A

Carolina 10, Myrtle Beach 5

Game Recap

Carolina pounced on the Myrtle Beach hurlers all night and some spotty defense by the Pelicans was no help. The little offense Myrtle Beach did manage all came in the late innings when the game was well out of hand.

Top Performers

  • Zack Short: 3-5, 2 2B, R, RBI
  • Vimael Machin: 2-5, R
  • Adonis Paula: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB


South Bend 7, Lake County 4

Game Recap

Bryan Hudson was not sharp, but battled throughout the night and managed to stick it out for seven innings, tying his career high. I must say I was surprised to find his numbers looked as well as they did when the night ended but I suppose that is a good a sign that Hudson limited damage throughout the game. Tyler Payne went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs.

Top Performers

  • Bryan Hudson: 7 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (W, 8-3, 4.17)
  • Manuel Rodriguez: 2 IP, H, BB, K (S, 2, 3.00)
  • Tyler Payne: 4-4, R, 3 RBI
  • Austin Upshaw: 2-4, 2 R, RBI
  • Luis Ayala: 1-3, R, RBI, BB
  • D.J. Wilson: 1-3, R, RBI, BB

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Bryan Hudson had been on quite a run in late July and early August before running into some trouble his last two outings. The 7 innings on Friday tied his season and career-high previously reached on July 20th. The big lefty is starting to miss a few more bats while still maintaining his astonishingly high ground ball rates which are among the best in the minors.

Tyler Payne has hit .342 in his last 10 games to raise his average with South Bend to .242. He had hit .243 in his time with Eugene after he struggled out of the gate with South Bend.


Eugene 8, Salem-Keizer 3

Game Recap

Will Remillard

Will Remillard

Tying a career high with nine strikeouts Javier Assad dominated with six innings of one-hit ball. Meanwhile the offense, led by Will Remillard and Gustavo Polanco, scored in five consecutive innings.

Top Performers

  • Javier Assad: 6 IP, H, 2 BB, 9 K (W, 4-6, 3.98)
  • Brian Glowicki: 1.1 IP, H, K (3.05)
  • Will Remillard: 2-3, 2B, R, RBI, 2 BB
  • Jhonny Bethencourt: 2-5, 2B, 2 R, SB (17)
  • Gustavo Polanco: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
  • Austin Filiere: 1-2, 2B, 2 R, RBI, 3 BB
  • Zach Davis: 0-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 SB (18, 19, 20)


Cubs 5, Giants 4

Top Performers

  • Luis Hidalgo: 2-4, HR (2), R, 3 RBI
  • Carlos Sepulveda: 3-4, BB
  • Jose Gutierrez: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB
  • Yovanny Cuevas: 2-5, R
  • Eugenio Palma: 4.2 IP, H, 2 K (W, 4-1, 2.58)
  • Ivan Medina: IP, 2 H, K (S, 4, 4.05)


Pirates  5, Cubs1  3

Reds  5, Cubs2  3


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  • I will be at the South Bend Cubs game tonight. If any readers are going to be there, let me know by Twitter @The_Tom_U

  • Bryan Hudson 'the big lefty' has a nice ring to it.

  • Assad with another really good outing. Not on many people's radars, but I suspect as he moves up the chain so will his prospect status.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Assad's FB was 93-95. The Eugene gun is "a tick or two slow" according to the broadcaster, so that would be anywhere from 94-97. Assad showed good placement of his FB tonight, often pounding the corners and elevating when called for. His curve was a strikeout pitch 4 times. Three of those times he would bounce it (by design) and get a swing and miss for the 3rd strike with catcher Will Remillard throwing down to 1st. The curve looked really good tonight. Remillard, by the way, looked great behind the plate. Really agile at blocking balls in the dirt and, despite coming off of TJS (his 2nd I believe), his throws were strong and accurate cutting down a runner trying to steal 3rd by 5 feet and nearly picking off a guy with a snap throw from his knees in the 7th inning.

    Assad turned 20 a little less than a month ago, so inconsistency is to be expected. He's allowed 2 or fewer earned runs in 7 of his 12 starts (with 4 games in which he didn't allow any), but in 4 of his other 5 starts he's allowed 4 twice and 5 twice. What you hope to see as a young prospect gets more reps is that he becomes more consistent, and he pitches like he did tonight more frequently. If he can do that, the Cubs may have a legit MOR starting prospect on their hands. He's got the stuff and plenty of time to learn to repeat his ideal delivery.

    It appears he's already starting to gain some of that desired consistency in the 2nd half of this season, however. After his 6th start on July 17th, he was getting hit to the tune of a .353 BAA. In his last 6 starts, he's dropped that to .265 on the year allowing a BAA of .170 over that span. Not surprisingly, his GO/AO has gone up over his last 6 as well.

    First 6 - 29.2 IP, 42 H, 2 HR, 7 BB, 31 K, 5.16 ERA, 3.35 FIP, 1.65 WHIP

    Last 6 - 31.1 IP, 19 H, 0 HR, 12 BB, 36 K, 2.87 ERA, 2.80 FIP, 0.99 WHIP, 2.77 GO/AO

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    As our young positions players start getting more expensive and our rotation getting older AND expensive it's imperative that we develop some good, young, cost controlled starters. If one or two of them turn into TOR starters that's even better. Hopefully one or two of Hudson, Underwood, Alozay, Albertos, Tseng, Hatch, Little, etc can stick as starters.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Alzolay is starting to look like a solid bet.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Aside from from the fact that he's currently on the DL, yes. It's been a really nice year for him. Hopefully the injury is nothing serious. Still haven't heard.

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