Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Bryant reaches 3 times; Farrell Ks 7 over 5 shutout innings; Vosler hits a grand slam; Short hits his 17th; Galindo hits a walk-off

Wladimir Galindo (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Wladimir Galindo (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AAA

Iowa 8, Oklahoma City 3

Game Recap

The offense gave starter Luke Farrell a nice cushion with a five-run 1st inning highlighted by a Jason Vosler grand slam. Kris Bryant extended the lead with a bloop RBI single to center in 4th.Jacob Hannemann scored two runs as part of a four-hit night.

Farrell, meanwhile, had another strong performance on the mound. He struck out seven over five scoreless in which he gave up just one hit.

Top Performers

  • Luke Farrell: 5 IP, H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K (W, 1-4, 3.64)
  • Craig Brooks: IP, H, K (4.22)
  • Duane Underwood, Jr.: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, BB, 3 K (4.60)
  • Jacob Hannemann: 4-4, 2 2B, 2 R (.234)
  • Chris Coghlan: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB, SB (1) (.224)
  • Kris Bryant: 1-2, R, RBI, 2 BB (.200)
  • Jason Vosler: 1-5, HR (10), R, 4 RBI (.258)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Luke Farrell (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Luke Farrell (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Luke Farrell has now pitched to a 2.64 ERA in 30.2 innings with Iowa since mid-July. His normal trends have continued, difficult to hit (21 H) and misses bats 37 K), but issues a few too many free passes (20). He should provide the Cubs with a solid middle innings option once September rolls around though.

Duane Underwood, Jr. (117.1 IP, 124 H, 60 ER, 37 BB, 104 K) did give up a pair of runs, but a little of it was bad BABIP luck, and also that he did not have his curveball (79-80) working especially well. His fastball was indeed playing up out of the pen (94-96, T97) as expected, and his changeup (86-88) remains an effective secondary with a nice 8-mph split from that he can use against both right and left-handed batters.

Jason Vosler (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Jason Vosler (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

His 1st inning grand slam established a new career-high in home runs (22) for Jason Vosler (.248/.329/.462 overall). He led the Cubs system last year with 21 and is doing the same with his total this season. It has also put him in striking distance (91) of a 100-RBI season with a good final week.

AA

Montgomery 9, Tennessee 5

Game Recap

Keegan Thompson (L, 5-3, 4.42) got off to a great start, striking out the side in the 1st as he attacked the Biscuits hitters and kept his fastball on the edges of the zone. But beginning in the 2nd, his breaking stuff was not sharp, and his command faltered a bit as he began falling behind hitters. The BABIP gods were certainly not in his favor as most of the balls the Biscuits put in play went for hits, but to be fair, most were well struck.

Zack Short

Zack Short

Montgomery would score two runs off him in both the 2nd and 3rd. It would stay a back and forth game as the Smokies matched them with two of their own in both the top of the 3rd and 4th, the final two coming off the 17th home run of the season by Zack Short that gave Tennessee back a 5-4 lead. It would prove short-lived, as Montgomery broke it open with four runs off Thompson (3.2 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 0 BB, 4 K) in the bottom of the frame.

Top Performers

  • Eddy Martinez: 1-3, 3B, R, RBI, 2 BB (.223)
  • Zack Short: 1-5, HR (17), R, 2 RBI (.229)
  • Trent Giambrone: 1-4, BB, SB (25) (.256)
  • P.J. Higgins: 2-5, RBI (.222)
  • Brad Markey: 1.1 IP, H, K (0.00)
  • Preston Morrison: IP, K (4.75)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Keegan Thompson (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Keegan Thompson (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Keegan Thompson (8-6, 3.75 ERA between A+/AA) has suffered through three short outings where he gets hit hard like this among his 12 starts with Tennessee. In those 3 starts, 22 of the 29 runs he has given up in the Smokies rotation have been scored. Also, 28 of the 65 hits he has surrendered have come in those 9.1 innings. In his other 9 starts? A 5-1 record and 1.13 ERA (47.2 IP, 37 H, 6 ER, 16 BB, 41 K).

Make it 14 walks in 14 August games for Trent Giambrone (.256/.336/.454) and he added his 25th stolen base of the season for good measure. Please let this patience carry over into next season.

Advanced A

Myrtle Beach 2, Buies Creek 1

Game Recap

Tyson Miller was the early star of this game but it was Wladimir Galindo that walked off the field that way.

A Zach Davis RBI double drove home Aramis Ademan, who had doubled himself, to give the Pelicans a 1-0 lead through 4 innings. Miller was dealing, and held the Astros down through the first five frames, but ran into a bit of trouble when he went back out for the 6th. Two of the first three batters reached and he was relieved by Tyler Peyton. One of the two inherited runners came home to knot the game at 1-1.

It would remain that way until the bottom of the 9th, when Wladimir Galindo, who already had two hits in the game, led off with a walk-off homer to left center.

Top Performers

  • Tyson Miller: 5.1 IP, 4 H, R, 3 BB, 5 K (3.54)
  • Tyler Peyton: 1.2 IP, 2 H, BB, K (3.07)
  • Yapson Gomez: 2 IP, 0 R (0.00)
  • Wladimir Galindo: 3-4, HR (6), R, RBI (.218)
  • Aramis Ademan: 1-2, 2B, R, BB (.210)
  • D.J. Wilson: 1-3, BB, SB (10), CS (5) (.224)
  • Christian Donahue: 0-1, 2 BB, HBP (.316)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Tyson Miller (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Tyson Miller (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

This was the 20th straight start of at least 5 innings by Tyson Miller and 21st of 22 starts on the season. He is 9th in the Carolina League in IP (122), 10th in BB% (7.0%), 1st in K% (24.6%), T-1st in K (122), 1st in AVG against (.220) and 1st in WHIP (1.11).

It has not been a season to remember for Wladimir Galindo (.218/.277/.315, 28.0 K%, .279 wOBA, 69 wRC+). But if you are looking for a guy that could take a jump in terms of power production next season, he is a good bet. Galindo is strong and he does hit the ball pretty hard. I don't have access to the exit velocities for the team, but I expect his are among the best. What holds him back (aside from plate discipline) is his launch angle. Galindo pounds far too many balls directly into the dirt. His 50.4 GB% is way too high for a guy expected to hit for power. His FB% is a paltry 29.7%.

DSL

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  • Sounds like KB will be up on the Cubs in a few days. He wants to join in on the fun.

  • Yet another walk for Giambrone! How is he as a fielder? His hitting is certainly coming together.

  • In reply to October:

    Giambrone is a really solid 2B. Bit of a stretch at SS. Could probably handle 3B fine with regular reps. Not a ton of experience, but should be fine at both corner OF spots as well. Similar to Bote as far as range. Might have a half a step of range on him, but Giambrone's hands and ability to make the really tough plays are maybe a smidge below Bote.

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    In reply to Michael Ernst:

    He sounds a lot like David Bote. Versatile, very good defensively and can hit. Is that a good comp?

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Kind of Bote-lite. Giambrone has a bit more straight line speed but Bote does basically everything else a little better. I like Giambrone as a utility guy that can step into multiple positions and help you with occasional power and solid all-around play, but he isn't going to be a starter like Bote.

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    Cubs win!!

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