Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Martin reaches 5 times and drives in 4; Lacy extends streak to 10.1 no-hit innings

Rollie Lacy (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Rollie Lacy (photo by Rikk Carlson)

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Birmingham 11, Tennessee 10

Game Recap

A crazy, back-and-forth game that saw the Smokies blow separate 4 and then 3-run leads before heading to extras, where they fell behind by 4 but nearly came back before falling 1 run short. Oh, there was also a rain delay in the 3rd inning that forced both starting pitchers from the game. This hurt Tennessee as Matt Swarmer was off to a strong start, striking out 3 in 3 shutout innings. Meanwhile the team had jumped all over Barons starter Connor Walsh before the delay. Trey Martin reached base 5 times and drove in 4 runs to lead the offense.

Top Performers

  • Trey Martin: 1-3, 3B, R, 4 RBI, 4 BB
  • Yasiel Balaguert: 3-6, 2B, 2 R, RBI
  • Ian Rice: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
  • Zack Short: 2-5, R, RBI, BB
  • Charcer Burks: 2-6, 2 R, RBI
  • Jason Vosler: 2-6, 2B, R, BB
  • Matt Swarmer: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (3.86)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Trey Martin

Trey Martin

Trey Martin extended his hitting streak to 8 games. He has just one hit in each of the games so it really hasn't moved his batting average (.264) but he has also managed to draw 10 walks during the stretch, which has pushed his OBP to .363 for the year.

Just as he has during most years of his career, Yasiel Balaguert (.256/.293/.392) has heats up at the plate when the weather does. He is hitting .368 with 8 RBI over his past 10 games.

Advanced A

Myrtle Beach Score

Game Recap

Alex Lange (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Alex Lange (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Not much good to say about this one. Alex Lange's 19-inning scoreless streak was snapped two batters into the game when he allowed a solo home run. He surrendered a two-run shot a couple of innings later. The offense was stuck in neutral all night. They drew just two walks and amassed just three hits. This game was reminiscent of the team's April struggles, when they were one of the worst teams in the Minors, not the one that has been one of the best since.

Top Performers

  • Austin Upshaw: 1-3, 2B
  • Jose Paulino: 2.1 IP, H, 0 R (8.54)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

In two games since being moved to the bullpen Jose Paulino (0-6, 8.54) has thrown 4.1 shutout innings. I've long advocated for this move, and I am hopeful it can get the 23-year old's career back on track after a middling 2017 and dreadful start to 2018.

A

Dayton 3, South Bend 2

Game Recap

Rollie Lacy took to the bump coming off seven no-hit innings in his last outing and in the early going managed to extend his hitless streak for another 3.1 innings. He'd eventually work six very good innings, striking out eight without walking a batter, while allowing just two runs (one earned) on three hits. The South Bend offense did not come alive until the 7th however, so Lacy had exited down 2-0, but a two-run double by Chris Singleton took him off the hook for the loss. Infield defense would once again come back to bite South Bend, as a Jhonny Bethencourt throwing error with two men on and two outs in the top of the 9th allowed the eventual game winner to score.

Top Performers

  • Rollie Lacy: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, ER, 0 BB, 8 K (2.40)
  • Enrique De Los Rios: 2 IP, H, K (2.08)
  • Chris Singleton: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI
  • Delvin Zinn: 2-4, R
  • Miguel Amaya: 2-4, 2B

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Delvin Zinn got his first start since being summoned from extended spring training and Chris Carrier made his return to the lineup for the first time since being struck in the head with a pitch back in April.

It is difficult to say enough good things about how well Rollie Lacy has pitched of lat.

DSL

Cubs1 14, Dodgers 8

Cubs2 3, Mets 2

17-year old OF Carlos Morfa has gotten off to a stellar start hitting cleanup for the Cubs2 squad. He has already hit 4 home runs in 8 games and is slashing .344/.400/.906. He is considered a toolsy but raw player that already has considerable strength in his 6'2" 200 pound frame. His 10/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio speaks to the aggressive approach that he will need to improve in the coming years, but he is a sleeper athlete to keep an eye on.

A pitcher that Baseball America said to keep an eye on for the Cubs in the DSL this year is left hander Saul Vazquez. The 17-year old was signed out of Mexico last year for $450K, is capable of reaching low-90s with his fastball, backs it up with a solid curve and possesses a projectable frame. He struck out 9 batters over 5 innings on Tuesday. So far this year he has worked 11 innings in total and allowed just 3 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk while striking out 11.

I've already mentioned Colombian SS Fabian Pertuz as one of the handful of players that bears watching with the DSL teams this year. On Tuesday he walked and scored 4 times, and also swiped a pair of bags. Over the first 9 games of the season Pertuz has reached base at a .512 clip and has not been caught in 8 stolen base attempts.

Another outfielder off to a scalding start is 18-year old Ervis Marchan (.395/.439/.605). Like Morfa he is hitting cleanup (for Cubs1), and not only is he leading the team in hitting, but thanks to Pertuz getting on base ahead of him so frequently, Marchan has already amassed 14 RBI in 9 games.

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    Thanks Michael! It's helpful to be reminded what kind of bonus the IFA guys signed for, because there isn't really a good resource if you want to look it up it seems.

    During our penalty period, Cubs were restricted to $250K and $300K bonuses (with double that from Mexico). We didn't trade any of our allotment, though, so Cubs must have used all of it, just with more of a volume approach than we did when we were able to sign $1 mil+ bonus guys.

    Can you refresh us on who we signed for $1 mil + IFA during the Theo era? Eloy, Torres, Ademan for sure, but I think also Tseng, Jonathan Mejia maybe, and a couple others that haven't panned out. Was Amaya a big-bonus guy?

  • In reply to Zonk:

    The two big signings last year were SS Luis Verdugo and RHP Florencio Serrano. Both were top 30 players according to reports. They will be assigned to one of the two AZL teams this year.

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    In reply to Michael Ernst:

    How did we score 2 guys in the top-30 with our bonus restrictions? Last year was still un-capped, and I know a few orgs went way over

  • In reply to Zonk:

    They are both out of Mexico. Because Mexico has a pro league that has rights to the players before they are eligible to be signed by MLB clubs the MLB team must compensate their Mexican team (the money does not count toward the bonus restriction). So the Cubs signed both for like $1M-1.2M each, but both players will only receive 300K of that. The rest goes to the clubs.

    Since it isn't the most efficient use of resources and many teams haven't had a ton of success in Mexico I think a lot of teams choose to ignore the market, where as the Cubs with their abundance of money, don't really care about the extra couple million if it means they get good players. Cubs have invested a ton of money there recently and have found success finding guys (Paredes, Albertos, among others).

  • Thanks again Michael love the addition of the videos on Lacy.

    In your opinion who is the Cubs best CF in the minors overall and Best Defensive CF arm glove range etc. seems they have a lot of good to great CFs who can go get it between Martin, Hannemann, Myers, Wilson, Singleton.

    Also nice to see Delvin Zinn in SB now.

  • In reply to CubFanStuckInStl:

    Hannemann is still the best defensive CF in the system. He might be even better than Almora or at least the argument could be made. He did win the Minor League Gold Glove for CF last year which covers every level of the Minors and not just AAA.

    Martin and Myers are both really, really good, but a step below Hannemann and Almora. Wilson is the wild card. He has the speed like Hannemann and is the most athletic, capable of some real wow plays, but his routes are not quite as consistent as the other top guys yet. He has improved every year so I think it is only a matter of time before he becomes as good as Hannemann and Almora. Like Hannemann he was also a football player and didn't quite have the same level of experience as the others when he first got here but is rapidly catching up.

    Singleton has shown me a pretty strong arm, he might be the tops in that category.

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    In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Speaking of Hannemann, did he make a swing change or something that would support the better results he has lately? If that continues through, do you think he'll be added to 40-man again?

  • In reply to Zonk:

    He is shorter to the ball this year and more willing to use LCF gap. Not rolling over on near as many pitches. I noticed it in spring training and he looked real good in those games. Then April came and he didn't hit at all. Swing still looked fine but just no results at all.

    But since May he has done nothing but hit. I know they signed Lane Adams as an option as a 5th OF/PR/D replacement for September but frankly Hannemann has outplayed him in every facet. I really think Hannemann has put himself at the front of the line in the event the Cubs choose to go with a player like that again. Coghlan is back playing in EXST after a shoulder issue kept him out. That will potentially add another wrinkle and more veteran competition.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Since 4/30 he is hitting .336/.412/.440 for a 130 wRC+ and has cut his K rate to 12.1% while raising his BB rate to 10.2%.

    Now his BABIP is .386 so there is definite regression coming, but you really don't need him to hit even .300 to be useful. If he can just make solid contact and not be overpowered in the Majors like he was with the Mariners last year he can be effective in a limited role in September.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    I would love to see Hannemann come up in Sept. He has constantly improved since he was drafted. He has worked hard and has been patient.

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