Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Martinez homers for 3rd straight day; Court extends hit streak to 17; Young outfielders continue to make impact

Ryan Court (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Ryan Court (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AAA

Iowa 3, New Orleans 1

Top Performers

  • Jacob Hannemann: 3-4, R, RBI, SB (18)
  • Ryan Court: 3-4, 2 RBI
  • Mark Zagunis: 2-4, BB, SB (8)
  • David Bote: 1-3, BB
  • Taylor Davis: 1-3, R, BB, CS (2)
  • Ali Solis: 2-2, R
  • Alec Mills: 6.2 IP, 5 H, R, 2 BB, 3 K (4.79)
  • Alberto Baldonado: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R (W, 5-1, 4.47)
  • Cory Mazzoni: IP, 0 R (S, 4, 5.01)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Alec Mills tossed his team-leading 8th quality start. Mills struggled in his first two starts of the year, and also for a five-game stretch beginning in mid-June, but he has recovered to post consecutive quality starts. He has thrown at least 5 innings in 15 of his last 17 starts.

The 17-game hitting of Ryan Court (.282/.355/.447) includes 9 multi-hit games.

AA

Biloxi 7, Tennessee 5

Game Recap

This was a tough loss. Tennessee led 5-1 heading into the bottom of the 8th where the normally reliable Daury Torrez took over. He allowed four runs on five hits and a walk while retiring just one batter. With the score then tied in the 9th, Biloxi outfielder Troy Stokes, Jr. hit a walk-off two-run homer of Jake Stinnett.

Top Performers

  • Thomas Hatch: 5 IP, 2 H, R, 4 BB, 4 K (4.05)
  • Preston Morrison: 2 IP, 2 K (5.36)
  • Vimael Machin: 4-4, 3 2B
  • Charcer Burks: 2-4, 2B, HR (5), 2 R, RBI
  • Eddy Martinez: 1-4, HR (9), R, 2 RBI

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Eddy Martinez has just three hits over the last three days, but they have all gone for home runs.

Advanced A

Winston-Salem 7, Myrtle Beach 2

Top Performers

  • Jhonny Pereda: 2-4, R, SB (3)
  • Roberto Caro: 2-4, RBI
  • Bryan Hudson: 6 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 K (L, 6-8, 4.71)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Three unearned runs led to Bryan Hudson taking his 8th loss of the season, but the big lefty has pitched well over his last four starts despite continued issues with walks. Over his last 21.2 innings he has issued 13 free passes and struck out just 12, but he has also only allowed 15 base hits and 4 runs.

Jhonny Pereda is batting .341 over his last 10 games.

Roberto Caro / Photo by Stephanie Lynn

Roberto Caro / Photo by Stephanie Lynn

I have no explanation for where the season Roberto Caro is having has come from. The 24-year old spent three seasons in the DSL and then another in Mesa before struggling with South Bend in 2016. He filled in for injuries with Tennessee at the beginning of 2017. Once he returned to South Bend he finally started to hit again, but then struggled after a promotion to Myrtle Beach. After failing to secure a job out of spring training, it took an injury to Chris Carrier to open a spot at South Bend for him to get an opportunity. He exploded in his third chance at that level, hitting .375/.460/.555 in 38 games, and now in his first 16 games with Myrtle Beach he has kept it up with a .376/.450/.453.

A

Kane County 5, South Bend 4 (10 Innings)

Game Recap

South Bend nearly pulled out a victory on a bullpen day as Enrique De Los Rios (3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB), Yapson Gomez and Garrett Kelly combined to allow just three runs through eight innings. Brian Glowicki then pitched a scoreless 9th to send the game to extras, but ultimately he was unable to hold a one-run lead in the bottom of the 10th.

Top Performers

  • Austin Filiere: 3-5, R
  • Rafael Narea: 2-5, 2B, R
  • Clayton Daniel: 2-4, 2B, R
  • Chirs Singleton: 1-3, RBI, CS (5)
  • Yapson Gomez: 3 IP, 4 H, R, 2 K (3.80)
  • Garrett Kelly: 2 IP, 3 BB (1.54)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Austin Filiere (.253/.337/.364) is starting to heat up again with a .317 average in his last 10 games.

31st round pick Clayton Daniel (.345/.404/.452 in 23 G across 3 levels) may only stand 5'7" tall but he is very solidly built and is all hustle as well. He has also shown off a pretty good hit tool and surprised me by being able to handle shortstop and not look overmatched.

A-

Tri-City 5, Eugene 4

Top Performers

  • Tyler Durna: 2-3, 3B, R, 2 BB
  • Grant Fennell: 2-4, 2B, R
  • Luis Vazquez: 1-3, BB, SB (4)
  • Brailyn Marquez: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (2.36)
  • Luis Aquino: 2 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, BB, 3 K (1.83)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

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AZL

Cubs1 10, Brewers 4

Top Performers

  • Alexander Guerra: 2-3, 2B, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB
  • Yonathan Perlaza: 2-4, 3 RBI, SB (4)
  • Edmond Americaan: 0-2, 3 R, 4 BB, SB (3)
  • Christopher Morel: 1-3, 2 R, RBI, BB
  • Yunior Perez: 3 IP, 2 K
  • Riger Fernandez: 2.2 IP, H, 4 K (W, 1-0, 3.00)
  • Alonso Garcia: IP, BB, K (3.27)

Cubs2 8, Indians2 7

Top Performers

  • Henderson Perez: 2-3, 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB
  • Cole Roederer: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, BB, SB (5)
  • Drew Wharton: 2-4, 2 R, BB
  • Ezequiel Pagan: 1-3, 2B, BB
  • Brennen Davis: 1-4, 2B, RBI
  • Andry Rondon: 2 IP, H, 4 K (S, 1, 2.61)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

I guess we better get used to having a bunch of athletic and exciting young outfielders because the Cubs haul from the latest draft are all off to what can only be described an incredible start. First off is 2nd rounder Cole Roederer (.404/.509/.702) who has not only reached base in every one of his 12 games so far, but has reached in more than half of his plate appearances as well. The reported five-tool prospect has also shown off his power (3 HR) and speed (5/7 SB) already as well. Not to be overlooked is fellow 2nd rounder Brennen Davis (.364/.500/.455) who has been limited to four games due to injury but has likewise reached base half the time when he has been on the field. Edmond Americaan (.364/.533/.364) signed just before the deadline so his body of work (4 G) is small as well, but you'll notice something familiar about his OBP, and he has already swiped 3 bases. Third round pick Jimmy Herron (.310/.459/.517) has walked four times as often as he has struck out. We barely got a look at 7th rounder D.J. Artis before he was hit by a pitch, but he was one of college baseballs leading on-base machines for the past couple of seasons as well. Even 13th round selection Ezequiel Pagan (.200/.394/.240) has gotten on with regularity even if he has yet to make an impact in other ways.

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    This doesn't seem like a very good year for Tom Hatch. The K/BB ratio does not inspire confidence. He looks like Pierce Johnson 2.0.

    Pereda continues to hit, maybe the Cubs have 2 good catching prospects in the system, not just Amaya

  • In reply to Zonk:

    There is definitely some similarities with Pierce Johnson, although Johnson had some issues staying healthy that Hatch hasn't encountered so far. Both have solid, but not overpowering stuff with enough movement and speed variance that point to an ability to start and work multiple times through the order. Command and consistency is the main issue. You can't miss your spots or hang an offspeed pitch as frequently as they do when you stuff when you don't have knockout stuff.

  • In reply to Zonk:

    Cubs have lots of intriguing catchers in the system beyond Amaya.

    Rice can hit and is improving as a receiver.

    Higgins is solid defensively with a good eye at the plate and seems to have improved his strength this season.

    Pereda is a guy I like both offensively and defensively.

    Cruz is beginning to hit for power to go along with his solid eye and contact ability.

    Jonathan Soto and Henderson Perez are two more talented backstops down in the AZL that AZ Phil considers the 2nd and 3rd best C prospects in the system behind Amaya.

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    I know our 1st baseman is having fun in the leadoff spot, but I think that that is a short term solution. What do we have for a long term solution? It would seem that that is what this draft is trying to address. But what to you all looks like a real leadoff man?

  • In reply to Daniel Stone:

    Hoerner is the top option right now, but he would probably be two years away at best. Zack Short could help out on a part time basis in a year or two, at least against lefties, as he has a terrific eye, moves well (although not a SB threat) and has decent pop. Wilson is a wild card. He has made huge strides with plate discipline but the hit tool is still a major work in progress. Beyond that? Yeah, we are pretty much looking to the 2018 draft class.

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    For years I've been preaching speed and it looks like this year the FO really listened to me. I can't remember ever having such promising speed and OBP talent in the system. Maybe we'll finally find that top of the order player we've looked for since Dexter--and he wasn't a base stealer either. Right now I'm perfectly happy with Rizzo though.
    I am looking for a healthy Eddie Butler. He's not a deGrom, but he has stuff and looked good early in the season, especially that 5 or 6 inning stint in relief.
    Thanks Michael for all the work. btw, I noticed a 16 yr old playing for us in the DL and he's holding his own. I can't come up with his name right now but that seems awfully young even for that league.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Reivaj Garcia (Javier spelled backwards, don't ask me how to pronounce it) is actually holding his own in AZL not DSL which is even more impressive. He is playing 2B while older players handle SS right now, but apparently is capable at that spot. According to limited reports I have seen he is a highly instinctual and prepared baseball player, but isn't blessed with tremendous athletic upside. Regardless, doing as good as he is at that age (believe he turns 17 soon) is very unusual.

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    In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Thanks, I believe that's the player I was thinking of.

  • For those of you that may be searching for the Cub Reporter, the url appears to have changed: https://thecubreporter.tuzi.com/

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Thanks!

  • What happened to DJ Artis?

    Really excited about Rogederer and Brennan Davis as OFs. Maybe the FO found something there!

  • In reply to DetroitCubFan:

    Artis was hit by a pitch in like his 1st or 2nd game. Hasn't played since.

  • For those that put a lot of stock in such things, Miguel Amaya has made it on to the latest update of the Baseball America Top 100 Prospect list.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    I didn't know that Michael great news and thanks for sharing. I was just telling TC without seeing any rankings that Amaya to me is the one non mlb prospect that I wouldn't want to trade. Good bat like his that can handle catcher defensively the athletic was reporting that he's the one prospect that the Cubs don't want to give up because they feel he maybe a top 20 guy in the next year or 2. Do you see him as our best prospect right now?

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    To me he's arguably the highest upside guy that we have in the system and with the Cubs track record or developing bats I wouldn't trade him for Britton and that's coming from a guy that wants Britton badly but I think we lose that deal long term I really like Amaya think he maybe an impact prospect

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    He is neck and neck with Hoerner for my top position player in the system right now, with the caveat that I have not seen Roederer, Davis or any of the other athletic outfielders from the recent draft class that may have a higher upside.

    I still have Alzolay as my top overall prospect in the system, but there is very little separating my current top six of Alzolay, Amaya, Hoerner, Lange, Ademan and Bote. So don't put too much emphasis on the order of them.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Thanks Michael I love alzolay also but I don't think he has Amaya's overall upside but he is way closer to the bigs than Amaya is. If I had to pick a guy to breakout into a top 20 type prospect hands down hoerner and Amaya to me I agree think Amaya is too expensive for Britton given his command issues since his return from the DL

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I think fans are starting to set too high of expectations for Amaya. They hear #1 prospect, they see him in the Futures Game, and I think some are getting the impression that he could be the next Contreras. He is not anywhere near the explosive athlete that Willson is, nor does he have the bat speed or hit tool. Willson is a freak. Amaya is good, but he is not likely to ever be great.

    My ceiling for Amaya would be more along the lines of... Yan Gomes or Wilson Ramos, maybe. Like a 2-3 WAR tops. Contreras already is that type of player and could end up a 4-5 WAR type once he puts together a full season.

  • If anyone knows the midseason updated top prospect lists that just came out and has the time to share those lists I think a lot of us would be interested that don't have subscriptions

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    BA Top 10:
    Amaya
    Alzolay
    Ademan
    Hoerner
    Bote
    Lange
    Thompson
    Little
    De La Cruz
    Gallardo

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Much appreciated Michael for me at least the most encouraging sign is ademans favorable ranking you have no idea how many of my buddies I defend him from Ive said that I'm encouraged by his improvement in approach. I'd rank hoerner ahead of him but that ranking is a testament to him. Thompson is also encouraging I didn't realize he was that well regarded nice find

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    BA was always a bit higher on Ademan than most. They had him as the top prospect in the system at beginning of season. Fangraphs may have had him there as well. I didn't do a strict numerical ranking but I my top 10 players included Alzolay, Albertos and Lange who would have been ahead of him for sure. I've always viewed Amaya ahead of him so he would have been no better than 5th and in a similar grouping as ODLC, Little, Hatch, Velazquez and Bote to open the year.

    Albertos, Hatch and ODLC have fallen off in my eye this season for various reasons while Alzolay, Ademan and Little have remained steady in my future projections despite their struggles. Bote has been what I expected. Amaya has come on faster offensively than I expected, but I always thought that he would eventually be this type of hitter so I haven't altered my projection on him.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    MLB.com is in the process of doing their updates but they are not out yet.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I had a little fun on twitter today and threw together my own semi-numerical rankings:
    Since many publications are updating their prospect rankings, I decided to take a quick pass at how I would line up the #Cubs prospects right now. I'm going to do a Top 10 position player and a Top 20 pitcher list since the system is pitcher heavy in upper levels.

    I'm going to limit my rankings to the players at Eugene and above (with one exception) since those are the only players I have seen, and I am also not going to include any pitchers from the most recent draft class because I have not studied any of them in much detail yet.

    Top 10 Position Players
    1. Miguel Amaya
    2. Nico Hoerner
    3. Aramis Ademan
    4. David Bote
    5. Luis Vazquez
    6. Nelson Velazquez
    7. Zack Short
    8. Jared Young
    9. Jhonny Pereda
    *. Cole Roederer - I haven't seen him yet, but he's killing it, and no one else is making a strong case

    Top 20 Pitchers
    1. Alzolay
    2. Lange

    I'll break the rest into two lists that you can value depending on your tastes.

    Volatile:
    Little
    Albertos
    Maples
    Miller
    Uelmen
    Marquez
    Clark
    De La Cruz
    Steele

    Safe:
    Underwood
    Thompson
    Mekkes
    Clifton
    Hatch
    Rucker
    Abbott
    Swarmer
    Lacy

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Appreciate all this info again and I've been eagerly awaiting your list I definitely miss johns in depth breakdowns and I think we all appreciate you putting in the time to fill that void. I'm very surprised about how well regarded ademan is again great to see and I agree that his seasons more encouraging then the avg indicates I love how coachable the kid is as shown by trying to improve his plate approach. One more question who made the top 20 overall on BA don't mean to bother you just curious it stinks they don't let the public view their rankings anymore

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    As soon as they decided to assign Ademan to Myrtle Beach to open the year I set my expectations at 230/300/350. I never expected to him to thrive there.
    He is currently a bit below in the average (.212) and slugging output (.291), but is doing better in OBP (.303, off of a lower average than I expected).

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