Daily Cubs Minors Recap: P.J. Higgins hits for the cycle; Hatch Ks 10; Cubs fall just short of back-to-back AZL Championships

P.J. Higgins (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

P.J. Higgins (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Rain washed away much of the action on Saturday. Since none of the games had playoff ramifications, they will not be made up and were cancelled instead.

AAA

Iowa CANCELLED

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

The Cubs signed former Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia to a Minor League deal.

As expected, speedster Terrance Gore was added to the 40-man roster and was called up once rosters expanded today. In a bit of a surprise, Taylor Davis also got the call. I would assume this is a temporary move until recently acquired Bobby Wilson is able to come off the disabled list next week. James Norwood was also recalled to Chicago. To make room for Gore and Davis, Rob Zastryzny and Luke Farrell were designated for assignment. I would be surprised if Zastryzny makes it through waivers. Additional roster moves are likely to come once the Iowa season ends in a few days.

AA

Pensacola 10, Tennessee 6 (10 Innings)

Top Performers

  • P.J. Higgins: 4-4, 2B, 3B, HR (1), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB (.234)
  • Wynton Bernard: 2-5, 2 R (.300)
  • Thomas Hatch: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 10 K (3.82); 1-2, 2B, RBI
  • Zach Hedges: 1.1 IP, 2 K (2.37)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Congratulations to P.J. Higgins! Not only is he headed to the Arizona Fall League later this month, but he hit for the cycle (and drew a walk for good measure) on Saturday.

Advanced A

Myrtle Beach 0, Frederick 0 - SUSP (Game 1)

Myrtle Beach CANCELLED (Game 2)

Game Recap

Both teams managed just one hit through four innings and since the score is tied I will get to see the completion of it prior to the regularly scheduled game Sunday.

A

South Bend CANCELLED

A-

Boise 6, Eugene 4

Top Performers

  • Levi Jordan: 1-4, HR (1), R, 2 RBI (.248)
  • D.J. Artis: 2-4, RBI, SB (6) (.246)
  • Luis Vazquez: 2-3, BB, SB (11) (.197)
  • Jake Slaughter: 2-4, 2B (.232)
  • Riley Thompson: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 7 K (2.84)
  • Cam Sanders: 2 IP, H, BB, 2 K (4.50)

AZL

Dodgers6, Cubs1 5

Top Performers

  • Dalton Hurd: 2-3, 2B, R, HBP
  • Alexander Guerra: 1-4, 2B, 3 RBI
  • Jesus Tejada: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
  • Dalton Geekie: 2 IP, 4 H, R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
  • Raidel Orta: IP, 2 K

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  • 4 unearned runs in the AZL playoffs cost Cubs chance to move on. Best do a little fundamentals work.

  • That is pretty common in that league. Lots of 17-19 year olds down there.

    No lead in the AZL is safe. Between catastrophic breakdowns on D and pitchers that sometimes walk the world 4+ run innings are a norm.

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