Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Bote takes over org HR lead; Moreno dominates in 1st AZL action; Recap of A, A+ and AA All-Star performances

David Bote (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

David Bote (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AAA

Tacoma 5, Iowa 4

Game Recap

David Bote blasted a three-run home run in the 6th to give the I-Cubs a 3-1 lead. Duane Underwood loaded the bases in the bottom half of the inning with one out. He managed to strikeout the next batter and then got the following man to pop it up to right. Lane Adams was unable to make the play and allowed a pair of runs to score. Dakota Mekkes replaced Underwood, but gave up two more runs and the lead after the first batter doubled. Mekkes and Dillon Maples held Tacoma the rest of the way, but the offense was unable to push across any more runs.

Top Performers

  • David Bote: 2-4, HR (12), R, 3 RBI
  • Mark Zagunis: 2-5, R
  • Duane Underwood, Jr.: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (L, 3-7, 4.27)
  • Dakota Mekkes: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K (1.35)
  • Dillon Maples: IP, BB (3.47)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

David Bote took over the organizational lead from Jason Vosler with his 12th home run. This is the type of power outburst we had hoped to see from Bote this season after getting flashes the previous two years. The most impressive aspect of the breakout is that Bote has not abandoned his all-fields or line drive approach. He has more than enough power to drive the ball out to the opposite field.

It has been a real struggle for Lane Adams since joining Iowa. Not only is he hitting just .138, but he has not been his usual efficient self on the base paths, and has also now committed his second error already.

AA

All-Star Game Performers

  • Thomas Hatch: IP, K
  • Jason Vosler: 0-2
  • Craig Brooks: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, BB

Advanced A

All-Star Game Performers

  • Jhonny Pereda: 0-1, R, BB
  • Aramis Ademan: 0-1
  • Tyler Peyton: 0.2 IP, H, R, ER

A

All-Star Game Performers

  • Rollie Lacy: IP, K
  • Javier Assad: IP, 2 H, ER
  • Miguel Amaya: 0-2
  • Jared Young: 0-2

A-

Vancouver 4, Eugene 1

Game Recap

Jose Albertos (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Jose Albertos (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Progress.

That is what I am going to call it. He may have given up four runs, three earned, over just 3.2 innings but Jose Albertos (3.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) walked just two men and did not throw a single wild pitch.

Nelson Velazquez hit a solo home run, accounting for the only Emeralds offense on the night.

Top Performers

  • Eugenio Palma: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Sean Barry: 2 IP, 2 BB
  • Nelson Velazquez: 1-4, HR (1), R, RBI
  • Gustavo Polanco: 2-4

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Nelson Velazquez (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Nelson Velazquez (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Jose Albertos had walked at least 3 hitters in each of his final 7 games with South Bend and none of those appearances had lasted longer than two innings.

Like Albertos, Nelson Velazquez struggled in his time with South Bend. He hit just .188/.242/.196 with 43 strikeouts and no home runs in 112 ABs. In his first 5 games with Eugene he has already hit a home run and doubled the number of extra base hits he had in South Bend.

AZL

White Sox 5, Cubs2 4

Game Recaps

Erling Moreno overpowered the White Sox lineup for 4.2 innings before giving way to the bullpen. Luis Silva held them down for the next 1.1 but was then tagged for three in the 7th and two more in the 8th.

Top Performers

  • Erling Moreno: 4.2 IP, H, 0 R, 5 K
  • Reivaj Garcia: 2-4, 2B, RBI
  • Kevin Zamudio: 1-3, 2B, R, BB
  • Alonso Gaitan: 1-3, 2 RBI
  • Luis Ubiera: 1-3

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Erling Moreno

Erling Moreno

It is nice to see Erling Moreno back on the mound in a competitive game. The team kept him back in extended spring training in order work on his mechanics after he suffered through control issues. Moreno has one of the better arms in the system, reportedly up to as high as 98 in EXST, and also has some of the best natural sinking movement. He also throws a solid curve and changeup. Injuries have held him back in the past, including a previous Tommy John surgery, so hopefully new mechanics can help in that facet as well as with his control.

DSL

Pirates1 9, Cubs1 6

Cardinals Red 8, Cubs2 6

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  • Thx Michael good to see Moreno back on the mound and having a successful start health will be the key for him. Wow if his FB is 94-98 range he could have TOR possibilities.

  • In reply to CubFanStuckInStl:

    Control might be a limiting factor there, as well as his secondaries being fairly average (or at least they were last year). After last year I saw him as of a BOR ground ball guy that can miss bats when he needs to, or a LIR that can get a ground ball when he needs to.

    I need to see what the new velo does though. It may bump up his ceiling, but not if it sacrifices movement or command.

  • Michael I am hoping Hannemann has a little Tommy Pham comp where it takes several years in minors to finally develop his swing. Then hits majors after prospect status has been dropped due to advanced age but yet finds his niche I feel he could be a nice 4th OF if he can hit 260+. His athleticism is off the charts, plays great D in all 3 spots. Pham was drafted in 2006 and it took till 2017 season for him to make an impact at the MLB level.

  • In reply to CubFanStuckInStl:

    Hannemann was always unlikely to follow a traditional career trajectory. He was the odd combo of old and inexperienced when drafted due to his 2-year Mormon mission and time spent on the football field. There were Ellsbury comps thrown on him early, but the guy that always struck me as the target for Hannemann was Scott Podsednik. The hope in my mind was always that he would figure it out around his physical prime at 27 and be able to remain productive until 30-31.

    Pods didn't become a full time MLB player until he was 27 and really didn't figure out how to hit until he was 26. He suffered a lull in his early-30s and then had a few solid years in his mid-30s.

    Hannemann made his MLB debut at 26 last year and may just be turning the corner and figuring out how to hit this season at 27. Podsednik may have been a step faster, but Hannemann is definitely a better defender. Pods only had a handful of productive MLB seasons, but even if Hannemann can replicate a portion of what he accomplished it would be a win.

  • In reply to CubFanStuckInStl:

    Who does he replace? We have 4 OF’s today all of whom could be starters. I don’t see him having a spot on the Cubs.

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    In reply to rbrucato:

    At this point he doesn't have to replace anyone. I looked on TCR and they don't even show him on the 40-man roster. When he comes up I believe he will still have 2 option years left. So for at least a couple of years he could simply be put on the Iowa shuttle and brought up to fill a need or simply cover for an injury, or do nothing until the end of the year. For all we know maybe he replaces Zobrist as a back up OF in 2020--though I admit he can't play 2B.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    The previous poster said “4th OF” and I asked who does he replace. The Iowa shuffle is not a 4th OF.

    I believe his role is nothing more than what you wrote which is very limited.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    I figured Hannemann's opportunity would have to come with another team as of now counting Zo the Cubs have 5 solid options in the OF and even Bryant and/or Contreras can fill in if needed.

  • Nice to see Bote rounding into form. Think he will be a key utility player for any injury or at the least the Sept 1 call ups. Currently, when we start our right handed hitting lineup we often just have the back up no hitting catcher on the bench from the right side for pinch hitting duties. Would love to have a line drive machine coming up in the clutch.

  • Reivaj Garcia is only 16 years old? Wow good for him. I know it’s a small sample size so far. But you don’t normally see 16 year olds in AZL

  • In reply to Gator:

    That is true. None of the reports I have seen peg him as a future star or even as a particularly great prospect, but you have to have pretty good instincts and polish to be able to hold your own at that age in the AZL. He'll be competing against guys five or six years older than him in some cases, once some of the draft picks start signing.

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    Carrie Muskat has tweeted that Morrow was placed on the DL and Hancock will be remaining with the team. Now I'm glad he didn't push himself and try and pitch yesterday.
    I am disappointed that either Mekkes or Maples wasn't called up but Theo et al know better than we do.

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    Morrow to the DL, Hancock will remain up here. Nico also signed his contract.

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    2 comments eaten. Thanks.

  • Nico Hoerner has signed. Full slot value

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Wow I was hoping the Cubs FO could get an undersold deal with him and use the extra cash elsewhere.

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