Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Bryant homers in first rehab game; Swarmer extends scoreless streak to 10 innings

Matt Swarmer (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Matt Swarmer (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

I will be traveling for work this week so the recaps will likely be abridged but I will still try to get one out every morning.


All-Star Break


Tennessee 6, Montgomery 2

Top Performers

  • Kris Bryant: 2-4, HR (1), 2 R, 3 RBI
  • Charcer Burks: 2-3, 2B, 2 R, BB, SB (8)
  • Trent Giambrone: 2-4, 2B, RBI
  • Yasiel Balaguert: 1-3, RBI, BB
  • Matt Swarmer: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (W, 1-1, 3.60)
  • Jordan Minch: 2 IP, 2 H, R, 0 ER, K (3.43)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Matt Swarmer has now thrown 10 consecutive scoreless innings stretching over three starts.

Advanced A

Carolina 3, Myrtle Beach 1

Top Performers

  • Roberto Caro: 2-3, 2B, R, HBP, 2 SB (1, 2)
  • D.J. Wilson: 2-4
  • Alex Lange: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K (L, 5-6, 3.52)


South Bend 5, Lansing 3

Top Performers

  • Austin Filiere: 3-4, R, RBI
  • Rafael Narea: 2-4, R, SB (3)
  • Miguel Amaya: 2-4, R, RBI
  • Michael Cruz: 1-3, 2B, R, BB
  • Tyler Thomas: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 5 K (2.71)
  • Enrique De Los Rios: 2 IP, 3 K (W, 1-1, 2.09)
  • Ben Hecht: IP, 0 R (S, 4, 4.04)


Hillsboro 4, Eugene 2

Top Performers

  • Nelson Velazquez: 2-4, RBI
  • Luis Diaz: 1-3, SAC
  • Ryan Williams: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, 3 K (L, 1-4, 5.26)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Nico Hoerner has reached base safely in all 10 of his professional games.


Cubs2 PPD


Cubs1 3, Red Sox2 0

Brewers 5, Cubs2 2


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    Thanks for all your work Michael, and now even when traveling. It seems like Swarmer is our most consistent starter now--is there any place for him to move up? I know we always ask, but do you see any of our minor league pitchers helping The Cubs this year? I would like to see Underwood given another shot.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    As far as starters I think Underwood is the only one for this season. There are plenty of guys that can help out the pen though.

    The team will have plenty of available starting depth next season. Alzolay, Underwood, Rucker, Robinson, Tseng, Swarmer, Thompson and perhaps a couple others.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Any thoughts about Casey Coleman. He has already pitched for the Cubs for about 3 years awhile ago.

  • In reply to John57:

    I read an article around when he was signed, about having depth for when the organizational guys hit their yearly innings limits. They get these guys from the independent leagues to help out, fill in, piggy back, etc...

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    So what's the story with Bailey Clark?

  • Admin Filter got me again. I don’t think I cussed in it... :o)

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    Michael - Just love these updates everyday. You do an amazing job. This is the best fan site in baseball. Do you all ever compile a listing of pitchers in the system and what their perceived ceilings are and their potential arrival times? My sense is that while no ione would call our minor league pitchers an embarrassment of riches in terms of (#1 or #2 starters, lock down relievers) there is a ton of depth and that the team has many pitchers who have a good shot of being very servicable major league players. Just feels like the pitching depth is in a much better spot than a couple of years ago. Is that a fair assessment?

  • In reply to Dave Sampsell:

    I am currently constructing just such an article. I completed one for the hitters this weekend that I will publish at some point this week. Look for one on the pitchers next week.

    There is indeed a ton of depth to fill out the back end of the rotation and the bullpen. And yes, that depth is far superior than it was a few seasons ago.

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    In reply to Dave Sampsell:

    Obviously having TOR starters in the minor leagues is preferable. But even BOR starters, if you have to fill those roles through FA or trades, are costing more than a pittance. Someone pointed out that if the Cubs had a solid BOR starter we would have been able to save $13M AAV we are paying to Tyler Chatwood. That is very real economic value. Chatwood has disappointed me so far but even if he were pitching better, I would rather get solid BOR production for league minimum or close to it than $13M.

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