Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Robinson rebounds with strong 7 innings; Machado stays hot; Adduci hits a grand slam

Duncan Robinson

Duncan Robinson

AAA

Iowa 8, Oklahoma City 3

Game Recap

It is difficult to rely completely on inducing ground balls, but at least on this day, Duncan Robinson pulled it off. He struck out just one batter, but allowed just one run on four hits and a walk over seven innings, requiring just 76 pitches as he generated 12 ground outs. It was an impressive bounce back performance after he surrendered seven runs in his previous start.

On offense, the unbelievable start by Dixon Machado (.362/.763/1.125) continued as he provided the I-Cubs with three vital insurance runs in the 9th on his third home run of the season. He also scored Iowa's first run back in the 6th. It wasn't the only runs the Cubs would manage in the inning. Jim Adduci has not had a fast start to the season, but the veteran became the first I-Cub to hit a grand slam this season.

Top Performers

  • Duncan Robinson: 7 IP, 4 H, R, BB, K (W, 1-1, 4.57)
  • Dakota Mekkes: 1.1 IP, H, R, K (S, 3, 5.14)
  • Dixon Machado: 2-4, HR (3), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB (.362)
  • Jim Adduci: 1-4, HR (1), R, 4 RBI (.200)
  • Vimael Machin: 2-4. 3B, R (.333)
  • Trent Giambrone: 1-3, 2B, R, BB (.266)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Dakota Mekkes

Dakota Mekkes

He earned his 3rd save of the season, but it was also the third consecutive appearance Dakota Mekkes surrendered a run. It is the first time in his career he has allowed earned runs in that many straight games. There was one four game stretch in his rookie season he allowed runs in four straight, but in the final two all of the runs were unearned. Mekkes has remained difficult to hit, and his walk rate has remained stable, but so far this season he has struggled to strike batters out (3 K in 7 IP).

Tony Barnette (MLB 10-Day IL) began his rehab assignment with Iowa, allowing a run on one hit and one walk in just 2/3 of an inning. He did manage to throw 15 of his 20 pitches for strikes. With Jon Lester completing a sim game the other day at Wrigley, Xavier Cedeno rehabbing in AA, and Mike Montgomery at South Bend, reinforcements on their way to Chicago soon.

Advanced A

Lynchburg 8, Myrtle Beach 1

Game Recap

The Pelicans got on the board in the top of the 1st, but the Hillcats got to Alex Lange early, and built a 6-1 advantage by the end of the 2nd. When they added two more in the 5th, the game stopped being in doubt.

Top Performers

  • Miguel Amaya: 2-3, 2B, R, BB (.245)
  • Cam Balego: 1-3, RBI, BB (.333)
  • Luis Lugo: 2 IP, H, K (4.50)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Returning from suspension for using a foreign substance, the rough start to the 2019 campaign continued for Alex Lange (L, 0-3, 14.54). He gave up 8 runs (6 earned) on 10 hits and 2 walks in 4 innings. On the positive side he did strike out 7 and the other 5 outs he recorded were all on the ground. The game wasn't televised, but it certainly seems like this was a game the BABIP dragon got the better of him.

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  • It's a shame Mekkes can't miss bats the way Maples misses the strike zone. Can we combine the two? We're going to need some help soon.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Mekkes usually misses more than his fair share of bats. His K rate in previous years has been very good. Just not so far this year. Only 7 innings though.

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    How discouraging is this early season start by Lange? As a 23-year old college draftee repeating A+ ball, and in his 2nd full season, shouldn't we be expecting alot more? The early returns on this 1st round draft choice are not encouraging. (and Brendan Little in same boat for different reasons).

  • In reply to Zonk:

    I have only watched like one inning of Lange's season so far so I don't want to make any proclamations about his play. Obviously the numbers so far are ugly, and he was beat out for a Tennessee rotation spot this spring by not just Tyson Miller, but fellow 2017 draftees Cory Abbott and Keegan Thompson. It has kind of been the worst possible start, barring injury, that you want to see from a 1st round pick.

    Little is hurt, and also suffered an injury last year just as it seemed he was settling in.

    I know the results from both are discouraging, but it is far too early to give up on either. Command/Control/Consistency have been issues for both, but they both have also shown mid-90s FBs in the past. Both have shown plus CVs. Both have shown a feel for a good CH. Maybe they end up as relievers. Maybe they both end up as busts. There is still time for both to capitalize on their talent though too.

  • In reply to Zonk:

    VERY. Lange and Little were much needed to help turn the pitching in the system around. Both have done squat thus far.

    Nate Pearson. Still can’t believe we drafted Lange and Little above him. SMDH!!!

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    draft order went Little, Pearson, Seise, Lange.

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/draft/?year_ID=2017&draft_round=1&draft_type=junreg&query_type=year_round

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    Machado has always had a good-glove, no-hit repuatation. Is there a concrete change he has made, or is this just SSS noise?

    This is the first stretch in his career that Mekkes has run into any issues at all. Is there a change from last year, slow start, or is the PCL making some adjustments to that funky delivery?

  • In reply to Zonk:

    He looks pretty good in the handful of ABs I've watched. Seems to have some bat speed. Approach has been solid.

    What I haven't done, is gone back and compare 2019 video to his previous seasons to see if there has been a change.

  • Not to scoop your minors recap for tomorrow but, Nico hit an inside the park homer tonight. I believe it’s his 1st one this year.

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