Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Riley Thompson breezes through 5 innings; Giambrone hits his 3rd homer

Riley Thompson (photo by Rikk Carlsson)

Riley Thompson (photo by Rikk Carlsson)


Oklahoma City 3, Iowa 0 (Game 1)

Iowa 2, Oklahoma City 1 (Game 2)

Game Recap

Runs were tough to come by for both teams across the two games. The Dodgers hitters did make it tough on game one starter Matt Swarmer (4 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K). They extended numerous at bats by fouling pitches off and eventually broke through with a three-run 3rd that proved to be the only scoring in the game.

In game two Colin Rea outdueled former I-Cubs pitcher Daniel Corcino to earn the victory. Trent Giambrone launched his third homer and then Donnie Dewees knocked in the game winner in the bottom of the 6th.

Top Performers

  • Colin Rea: 6.0 IP, 5 H, R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K (W, 1-0, 2.53)
  • Rowan Wick: IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K (S, 1, 4.50)
  • Trent Giambrone: 2-7, HR (3), R, RBI (.265)
  • Dixon Machado: 1-3, 3 BB (.500)
  • Phillip Evans: 2-5, BB (.241)
  • Donnie Dewees: 1-4, RBI, BB (.250)
  • Matt Carasiti: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (5.06)


Birmingham 4, Tennessee 2

Game Recap

Zach Hedges extended the Smokies run of excellent starting pitching while filling in for an injured Keegan Thompson, but the inconsistencies with the bullpen and the offense remained.

Top Performers

  • Zach Hedges: 4 IP, 4 H, R, 0 BB, 2 K (2.25)
  • P.J. Higgins: 2-4, HR (2), R, RBI (.333)
  • Jared Young: 2-4 (.257)
  • Nico Hoerner: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

The updated numbers for the Tennessee starting pitchers:

Advanced A

Fayetteville 6, Myrtle Beach 4

Game Recap

Javier Assad kept his team in the game, but the offensive breakthrough for the Pelicans that I hoped had arrived on Friday did not extend into Saturday. Their bats were quiet until they plated 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th, but it was too little, too late by then.

Top Performers

  • Jimmy Herron: 1-3, 2B, R, 2 BB, SB (3) (.182)
  • Carlos Sepulveda: 1-4, R, RBI, BB (.280)
  • Aramis Ademan: 1-3, BB (.148)
  • Luke Reynolds: 1-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI (.229)
  • Javier Assad: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, BB, 5 K (L, 0-2, 3.00)
  • Jesus Camargo: 3 IP, H, R, 0 BB, 4 K (4.32)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends



South Bend 6, Lansing 0

Game Recap

Tyler Durna (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Tyler Durna (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Riley Thompson was locked in throughout the afternoon. His fastball was explosive, there was improvement with the consistency of his curveball from his previous outing, and I saw some effective changeups mixed in as well. The dominance extended while Jeffrey Passantino followed him over the next three innings.

The middle of the Cubs lineup has quietly been very productive this season. Jonathan Sierra has mostly been collecting 1-fors but has been setting things up for the two guys behind him nicely. Both Nelson Velazquez and Tyler Durna are hitting above .300 now.

Top Performers

  • Riley Thompson: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K (W, 1-0, 0.93)
  • Jeffrey Passantino: 3 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 K (0.96)
  • Nelson Velazquez: 3-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI (.333)
  • Tyler Durna: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI (.316)
  • D.J. Artis: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB, SB (4) (.231)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Jonathan Sierra (.294) extended his season-opening hitting streak to 9 games


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    Riley Thompson and Clifton and Assad are really the ones to watch so far. Doesn't Riley have electric stuff also? Hoerner and Wilson and Velasquez are standing out too. This is very good news for us.
    Thanks for the good recap.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    There’s a few more of them To watch as well. Hatch, Abbott, Miller, Marquez & Steele amongst others.

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    Michael, please refresh my memory....if Riley Thompson is pumping strikes, isn't that huge? IIRC, he was 11th round draft choice with mid-90s FB and great curve, who lasted to 11th round because his college career was a mess of injuries and poor command. If he's healthy and in control, that's like getting a 1st-round talent cheap. Am I off base?

  • In reply to Zonk:

    Yes. Thompson has an electric arm. Upper-90s with movement in short stretches, capable of mid-90s as a starter. Curveball is a hammer, but he really struggles controlling it, and he also struggles to get the same type of action each time. Showed some feel for a changeup last year as well.

    He was a top recruit and considered a 1st round talent prior to heading to college, but suffered an elbow injury and required TJS his freshman year. And it just never came together for him in his comeback there. Control was an issue and bounced between rotation and pen. High ERA.

    His delivery is a little rough and I think it contributes to the inconsistencies. Could force him to the pen, eventually.

  • Q. How did the Cubs acquire Dixon Machado and what is his history ?

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    In reply to ronvet69:

    From what I understand he was released by the Marlins. He has a great glove but no bat, but is a terrific defender at SS--in case we need help at the major league level.

  • Hey Michael, you may have already mentioned it; but what was the situation with Keegan Thompson again?

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    I don't know why he is out, but I did hear he may be back soon.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Awesome, that's good to hear; thanks Michael!

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