Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Higgins and Wilson with big days at the plate; Duensing makes scoreless rehab appearance

P.J. Higgins (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

P.J. Higgins (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

It was a sparse day of action in the Cubs system yesterday, made lighter by rains in the Dominican Republic.

AAA

All-Star Break

AA

Montgomery 4, Tennessee 3

Game Recap

The Smokies took a 3-2 lead in the 6th when Jesse Hodges doubled home Trent Giambrone and Vimael Machin. New lefthander James Buckelew, who the team signed out of Indy ball last week, gave up the tying run in the 7th, but then held serve through the 9th where he turned the game over to Wyatt Short. He kept the Biscuits off the board in the 10th, but then allowed the inherited runner to score in the 11th. The offense threatened in both the 10th and 11th but failed to push across a run.

Top Performers

  • Kris Bryant: 0-2, 2 K
  • Jesse Hodges: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI
  • Trent Giambrone: 1-3, R, 2 BB
  • Vimael Machin: 0-2, 2 R, 2 BB, HBP
  • Thomas Hatch: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 4 K (3.82)
  • Brian Duensing: IP, 0 R
  • James Buckelew: 3 IP, 2 H, R, BB, K (2.25)
  • Wyatt Short: 2 IP, H, R, 0 ER, 2 K (L, 2-1, 0.93)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Thomas Hatch (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Thomas Hatch (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Thomas Hatch (6-4, 3.82)continues to succeed despite walking more batters than you would like to see. I was hoping he would take a step forward with his command and control this season, but through his first 17 starts he has nearly matched his walk total from last year in 26 starts with Myrtle Beach. He has also failed to strike out nearly as many hitters as he did in 2017 while also surrendering five times as many home runs. The underlying numbers point toward a coming regression but he has managed to improve his record and post a better ERA up to this point.

Advanced A

Myrtle Beach 11, Carolina 3

Game Recap

A pair of big innings propelled the Pelicans to victory. A two-run double by Roberto Caro kicked off a four-run 2nd. D.J. Wilson contributed an RBI double of his own later in the inning before being driven home by Andruw Monasterio. In the 6th, Kevonte Mitchell led off the 6th with a solo home run. The team would go on to score a total of six runs in the inning, capped by a three-run jack by P.J. Higgins.

Top Performers

  • P.J. Higgins: 4-5, 2B, HR (3), 2 R, 3 RBI
  • D.J. Wilson: 3-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB
  • Kevonte Mitchell: 1-2, HR (4), 3 R, RBI, 2 BB
  • Jhonny Pereda: 2-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI
  • Roberto Caro: 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI
  • Erich Uelmen: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, BB, 5 K (W, 3-1, 3.31)
  • Manuel Rondon: 2 IP, 2 H, R, BB, 3 K  (2.35)
  • Tyler Peyton: 2 IP, H, BB, 3 K

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Erich Uelmen (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Erich Uelmen (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Rain halted Erich Uelmen's previous start after just a single batter. He has made it through at least 5 innings in each of his three other starts since being promoted to Myrtle Beach, including Tuesday. It truly has been a remarkable run for Uelmen. Since allowing 17 runs over his first four starts with South Bend, Uelmen has allowed just 11 runs over his past 11 starts, which includes separate stretches of 20+ and 10+ shutout innings. Uelmen has been one of the biggest breakthrough performers in the system this season. The 2017 4th rounder features a hard sinker in the low-to-mid-90s and mixes in a solid slider and an improved changeup. He has eased many of my concerns regarding his ability to get out left handed hitters, thanks mostly to the changeup, but also Uelmen has improved his command and overall consistency from what he showed with Eugene last in 2017 and in his April starts with South Bend.

AZL

Athletics 7, Cubs1 2

Top Performers

  • Josue Huma: 2-4, 2B, BB
  • Jimmy Herron: 1-3, 2B, RBI, 2 BB
  • Jose Gutierrez: 1-3, R, BB
  • Ryan Webb: 2 IP, BB, 3 K

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Yonathan Perlaza (.288/.344/.339) is battling his way back from offseason knee surgery and appears to be rounding into form. He has reached base in 8 consecutive games.

Third round pick Jimmy Herron is known for his consistent bat, as he hit above .300 in each of his three seasons at Duke and then also in his time spent out on the Cape, but it is his plate discipline that has shown through over his first four professional games. With his two walks on Tuesday he has already amassed six in his first four games to give him a .444 OBP.

It is nice to see 18-year old shortstop Josue Huma (.259/.322/.370) is already holding his own in the AZL. The switch hitter's numbers in the DSL last year (.238/.318/.323) were nothing special, but considering his age at the time, it was still considered a successful campaign. He isn't considered an especially high ceiling prospect, but is a sleeper to keep an eye on in the coming years.

DSL

Cubs1 PPD

Cubs2 PPD

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  • Will Remillard has had a tough route so far due to injuries. He has shown he can hit. We know he calls a good game. Do you think given his age he will get to advance up the system quicker if he stays healthy?

  • In reply to Gator:

    Honestly don't know what to make of Remillard. He has barely played and difficult for me to assess him as I think I've seen him play once this season.

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