Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Ramos with five overpowering innings; Court extends hit streak; Bass rehabs

Eury Ramos

Eury Ramos


Memphis 3, Iowa 2

Game Recap

A pitcher's duel through five innings was broken in the 6th when the Redbirds pushed across a pair of runs against Cubs starter Alec Mills to push their lead to 3-0. The Iowa offense failed to get going until the Memphis bullpen took over late in the game. Bijan Rademacher scored on an error in the 7th and then Jason Vosler doubled home Mark Zagunis in the 8th to narrow the Cubs deficit to one run. But even after pinch hitter Chris Gimenez doubled to lead off the bottom of the 9th and Jacob Hannemann followed with a single to put me on the corners with no outs, the Cubs could not push across the tying run.

Top Performers

  • Alec Mills: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 3 K (L, 4-10, 5.03)
  • Anthony Bass: IP, K (2.19)
  • Kyle Ryan: IP, K (2.78)
  • Bijan Rademacher: 2-3, R, BB
  • Mark Zagunis: 1-4, R, BB, 2 SB (6, 7)
  • Jason Vosler: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Anthony Bass took the hill on a rehab assignment and appeared just as strong as when he went on the DL. He worked at 95-96 and his hard slider was sharp as well.

Ryan Court (.250/.328/.389) extended his hit streak to 12 games.


Salem-Keizer 6, Eugene 2

Game Recap

Derek Casey made his second start for the Emeralds, tossing two innings before handing over the reigns to Eury Ramos, who was overpowering for five innings in a piggy back role. The game was tied 1-1 until the Volcanoes broke it open with five runs off normally reliable Eugene reliever Yan De La Cruz.

Top Performers

  • Eury Ramos: 5 IP, 4 H, 3 K (6.48)
  • Eugenio Palma: 1.1 IP, 2 K (5.00)
  • Luke Reynolds: 2-4, 2B, R
  • Gustavo Polanco: 2-4, R
  • Nelson Velazquez: 1-3, BB

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

The Emeralds are integrating more and more 2018 draft picks into their roster, even after waiving good bye to Nico Hoerner last week. Beyond 9th rounder Derek Casey in the rotation, there are seven other draftees on the Eugene staff including 2nd rounder Paul Richan, 4th rounder Ethan Roberts, 8th rounder Zach Mort, 11th rounder Riley Thompson and 12th rounder Cam Sanders (son of former Cubs swing man Scott Sanders). Tyler Durna (15th) and Jake Slaughter (16th) have spent the past couple weeks with the team already and are now joined by 10th round corner infielder Luke Reynolds and undrafted free agent utility man Grant Fennell, who tore up the AZL in his first few weeks as a pro.

Fennell was inserted into the third spot in the lineup and walked once in four plate appearances. Reynolds collected two hits in his debut, hitting 7th.


Cubs1 1, DodgerG 0

Mets2 4, Cubs2 3


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  • Michael, was curious to read Ramos was overpowering and then see the final stat line of 5 IP with 4 H and only 3 K. What did you see that made you write that? I am not familiar with Ramos.

    Thanks, as always!

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Probably not a great use of wording. I just get tired of using dominating, strong, etc over and over sometimes. Ramos works in the mid-90s and did a good job of keeping his change and breaking ball out of the middle of the zone. Got some guys to chase the breaker and also tied a few up inside with the fastball. One good example of that is when he struck out 2nd overall pick Joey Bart (who has 7 HR in 12 games so far) with a man on second and two out. I tried to get video of that but the ump and base runner blocked a lot out.

    Ramos is a sleeper type, probably more so as a reliever than starter. He is 6'3" (maybe taller) and is beginning to fill out. He generates pretty easy velo right now and has touched as high as 97. His secondaries don't impress me much right now. Both change and slider are inconsistent.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    The pic in the article is from a couple of years ago when Ramos was rail thin and hitting 92-93.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Thanks for the feedback. If he is sitting mid90s and touching 97, then he is a guy to watch. Thank you!!!!

  • "followed with a single to put me on the corners". You're always impressive as a writer, Michael, but now you've made the minors and managed to hold two sacks at once? Man of many talents.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    You surprised I can be two places at once?

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    In reply to HefCA:

    Given all his insights I guess I assumed he was also a player and it was just his humility that kept him off his prospects lists.

  • Mike, Any Info. On Last Years Draft Pick RHP Jeremiah Estrada?

  • In reply to Fort Myers:

    Estrada was scheduled to begin the year with Eugene, but he hurt his elbow late in EXST. I have not heard any rumblings that it is serious enough to require surgery, but he has been out for over a month, and he was struggling with command all through EXST so it wouldn't shock me.

  • Thanks Mike. I Remember That He Was A Big Signing Bonus Guy With Huge Potential Upside....Maybe Like ALBERTOS.

  • Mike,
    When will some of these recent draft pics be incorporated in the Cubs
    top 30 prospects ?

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