Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Coghlan with 4-hit game; Marquez strikes out two in All-Star Game action; Clark begins rehab

Chris Coghlan

Chris Coghlan

AAA

Las Vegas 9, Iowa 6

Game Recap

Las Vegas jumped all over Jen-Ho Tseng and built up a 7-0 lead through the first four innings. Chris Coghlan and the offense fought back late but the hole was too deep.

Top Performers

  • Chris Coghlan: 4-5, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI (.210)
  • Stephen Bruno: 2-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI (.233)
  • Taylor Davis: 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB (.274)
  • Ryan Court: 1-3, 2 RBI, 2 BB (.275)
  • Anthony Bass: IP, K (2.03)
  • Rob Zastryzny: 1.2 IP, H, BB (3.91)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Stephen Bruno

Stephen Bruno

Stephen Bruno (.233/.306/.320) is batting .382 over his last 9 games.

Breaking out of a 1-for-16 slump, Chris Coghlan recorded his first 4-hit game. Hopefully, this can get him going, as it has been pretty tough sledding for him so far in his first 30 games back with Iowa (.210/.272/.295).

All of the recent progress Jen-Ho Tseng (L, 2-12, 6.67) has made seemingly went up in flames in this one as he surrendered 6 runs on 7 hits, 3 walks and a hit batter in 3 innings.

Advanced A

Winston-Salem 3, Myrtle Beach 2

Game Recap

Tyson Miller (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Tyson Miller (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

A two-run shot off Tyson Miller opened the scoring in the 3rd. Winston-Salem would add another run in the 4th and then the score would remain 3-0 until the top of the 8th. Wladimir Galindo singled and Roberto Caro doubled to lead off the inning. A Tyler Alamo sacrifice fly brought home Galindo and then Caro would come in to score later in the inning on an error to narrow the deficit to one run. The Pelicans would not threaten in the 9th however and the contest ended with Myrtle Beach's 7th straight loss.

Top Performers

  • Tyson Miller: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K (L, 8-8, 3.81)
  • Yapson Gomez: 2 IP, 2 H, K (0.00)
  • Jared Young: 2-3 (.289)
  • Roberto Caro: 1-3, 2B, R (.343)
  • Wladimir Galindo: 1-3, R (.225)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Roberto Caro / Photo by Stephanie Lynn

Roberto Caro / Photo by Stephanie Lynn

Roberto Caro (.364/.452/.523) has reached base safely in 51 of the 57 games in which he has registered a plate appearance this season.

The home run ball has hurt Tyson Miller over his last two starts leading to a pair of losses. He has given up as many homers in these last 2 starts (12 innings) as he did in his 11 previous starts (60 innings).

One positive thing that Miller has continued to give is innings. He has now gone at least 5 innings in 17 consecutive and 18 of 19 starts this season. Miller has accomplished this with the team keeping him on a strict pitch count. He has exceeded 90 pitches on just 3 occasions and has not eclipsed 100 a single time. Efficiency and consistency have been key. The 23-year old has walked no more than 3 batters in any outing and has issued 1 or fewer free passes in 11 of his 19 starts. He has also allowed more hits than innings pitched in just 6 outings.

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NWL-PL All-Star Game

Brailyn Marquez

Brailyn Marquez

The Northwest League jumped out to an early lead and were looking to hang on when Brailyn Marquez was summoned from the pen to get the final two outs in the 7th. He did, both via strikeout, but not before he allowed a pair of hits. Still, he earned a hold, as no runs scored. That same luck would not hold for Sean Barry in the 8th. A replacement on the roster for the recently promoted Jeffrey Passantino, Barry faced three batters at the start of the inning and did not record a single out. All three eventually scored as Barry took to the loss.

Top Performers

  • Brailyn Marquez: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 K
  • Sean Barry: 0.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, BB, 0 K (L)

AZL

Angels 5, Cubs1 1

Top Performers

  • Edmond Americaan: 2-4, CS (.311)
  • Jonathan Soto: 2-4 (.346)
  • Orian Nunez: 1-3, 2B, R (.250)
  • Yovanny Cuevas: 1-4, RBI, SB (6) (.238)
  • Bailey Clark: IP, 2 K (0.00)
  • Maikel Aguiar: 3 IP, H, 4 K (2.32)

Cubs2 6, Padres2 4

Top Performers

  • Brennen Davis: 2-4, BB, SB (5) (.255)
  • D.J. Artis: 1-4, 2 R, BB, SB (2) (.200)
  • Henderson Perez: 1-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, CS (2) (.270)
  • Cole Roederer: 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI, BB, CS (3) (.286)
  • Kevin Zamudio: 1-3, R, BB (.210)
  • Chris Allen: 2 IP, 3 H, R, 0 BB, 3 K (1.93)
  • Allen Webster: IP, H, 2 K (4.00)
  • Elias Herrera: 4 IP, H, 3 K (W, 4-1, 3.24)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Bailey Clark (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Bailey Clark (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Bailey Clark (2-2, combined 2.30 ERA) made his first appearance since 5/31 and kicked of his rehab with a scoreless 1st inning.

Venezuelan righty Maikel Aguiar was coming off a pair of rough outings, basically the only two of those he has had all year, but righted the ship in this one with 3 scoreless innings. He has been one of, if not the most dominant arm out of the AZL bullpens for either Cubs squad, as he has struck out 48 batters against just 5 walks while allowing just 20 hits in 31 innings pitched.

Reivaj Garcia (.295/.351/.345)extended his hitting streak to 8 games. Still four days from his 17th birthday, Garcia has collected at least 1 hit in 24 of his 32 games this year and reached safely in 27 of them.

D.J. Artis has reached base in all 5 of his pro games and in half of his 16 plate appearances.

Elias Herrera has not allowed an earned run in 4 of his previous 5 outings. The 20-year old began the year in the DSL but was recalled shortly after the season began when the Cubs realized they did not have enough arms for their two AZL clubs. Herrera has made the most of the opportunity with a combined 6-1 record and 2.65 ERA over 51 IP (13 games) between the two levels.

Drafted in the 20th round out of Marin CC ias a sophomore this season, 6'4" lefty Chris Allen received one of the larger bonuses outside of the top ten rounds as the Cubs see him as a potential late bloomer after he posted some of the top JUCO numbers in California this season. The 20-year old has kicked off his pro career in fine fashion by allowing just one run on 4 hits over his first 3 appearances while striking out 6 batters against just one walk.

DSL

Cubs1 9, Indians 5

Cubs2 4, Tigers 0

Luis Devers (1-5, 2.72) has thrown 16 consecutive innings over his past 3 starts without allowing an earned run (1 total run).

A sleeper signing out of Panama in the 2017-18 IFA class, Jorge Remon (2-4, 3.47) is a 6'2" righty that has yet to fill out but already possesses a moving low-90s fastball along with a slider and change. He has struggled with inconsistent control (6 starts with 1 or fewer walks, 6 with 2+ walks) but when on he has been extremely effective.

Another 17-year old performing well for the Cubs2 squad that I do not believe I have mentioned before is CF Rafael Herrera (.282/.383/.373). He was a late signing (May 5th) from this past IFA class out of Venezuela so I don't even have a scouting report on him.

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    Good report Michael. I was wondering what happened to Bailey Clark because I haven't seen his name for a while. Are the Cubs stretching him out to become a starter and what are his projections? I know he throws hard, but we know that's not enough. Are his secondaries good enough to get to the majors? Thanks.

  • Clark works mostly with a two-seamer at around 92 with good plane that is very difficult for hitters to lift. He can also throw his four-seamer 95-97 when necessary. His slider is a bit inconsistent but is absolutely a Major League caliber pitch. His changeup is improving and does look like it will end up another average or at least usable pitch. Consistency and command are likely to be lacking for Clark to be a MLB starter, especially since he has also suffered from plenty of nagging injuries so durability an issue as well. But he has the stuff to be a high leverage or multi-inning reliever. The team will likely keep him in starter's or at least piggy back role for a while in order to get him as many innings as possible.

  • Micheal, which MiLB players do you envision the cubs parting ways with after this season? Is Tseng done after this season? What about Underwood?

  • In reply to 2Toes:

    Tseng and Mills are both on the 40-man but the team might not have room for both down the stretch this year or into next year. Mills has only one more option year where as Tseng has two but Mills is the more MLB ready and could pitch out of the Cubs bullpen right now if he was needed. The team has a bunch of AA starters that will be moving up to AAA next year and I just don't see how there is room for both, so I would expect one (or possibly even both) to be traded/waived by the start of 2019.

    Underwood will return though if he is not traded. He and Alzolay figure to be the top two SP recall options for 2019 and will be important depth.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    I thought mills looked great in his relief appearance, but not sure if he has an effective enough 3rd pitch to be a starter.

    Any players that will need to be added to 40 man this winter or risk losing?

  • In reply to 2Toes:

    I'm same with Mills. FB and change are solid, both his breaking balls are fringy. He is a reliever to me, but at least has the size and stamina to fill in as a starter if needed.

    Steele and Clifton are the two top prospects that need to be added. Vosler, Pereda and Moreno will also be eligible for the Rule 5 draft. Vosler is hopelessly blocked and is at best a platoon player, so the Cubs may risk losing him, but if the Cubs move a bench guy (TLS, Happ) to make room for Bote this offseason it could open a spot for Vosler. Pereda is still a couple years away and the Cubs have some catcher depth so they might risk that as well (Rice and Higgins are both Rule 5 eligible as well). Moreno is also a couple years away but his mid-90s sinker could play really well out of a bullpen and I could see a rebuilding team taking a chance on him.

  • Great info, thanks!

    With Justin Wilson being the only ufa this winter, and the uncertainty of Brian Duensing, there are not many spots left. Plus, Drew Smyly will be added in September, and potentially Justin Hancock, who impressed Maddon in spring training.

  • In reply to 2Toes:

    Hancock is on the 60-Day DL. Pretty sure he is done for the year. Haven't heard about him throwing at all yet. If he was going to make some September appearances they would want to get him throwing around now.

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