Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Tyson Miller debuts with stunning performance; Higgins goes deep

Tyson Miller (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Tyson Miller (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

The Cubs have suffered a rash of injuries throughout their system over the past couple of days. Keegan Thompson, Zack Short, Christian Adames, Eddy Martinez and Fidel Mejia all hit the IL. No word on the severity of any of them.

AAA

Iowa PPD

AA

Tennessee 7, Birmingham 3

Game Recap

I wasn't home last night and there seems to be an issue with the MiLB archive of the video feed so I can't provide any details, but it is safe to say we couldn't ask for a better AA debut for Tyson Miller if his numbers from yesterday are any indication of his actual performance. Miller punched out the first two batters he faced en route to seven over five innings of work. He required only 67 pitches (43 strikes), allowed just one hit and one walk, and did not allow a runner to reach scoring position.

He was supported by another good day at the plate by P.J. Higgins. The catcher/corner infielder walked, singled, homered and drove in four runs to raise his average to .357 and OPS to 1.071 on the year so far. He also swiped a bag just to round out his day. Charcer Burks doubled and scored twice.

Top Performers

  • Tyson Miller: 5 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 7 K (W, 1-0, 0.00)
  • P.J. Higgins: 2-3, HR (1), R, 4 RBI, BB, SB (2)
  • Charcer Burks: 2-4, 2B, 2 R
  • Vimael Machin: 1-2, 2 BB, SB (1)
  • Ian Rice: 2-5

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Tyson Miller extended his streak of consecutive 5+ IP starts to 22, which dates back to his 3rd outing of 2018.

Advanced A

Down East 7, Myrtle Beach 0

Game Recap

The struggles continue for Myrtle Beach as the team drops to 1-6 on the season. The offense managed just four hits. Alex Lange struggled, then got tossed for apparently using a foreign substance on the ball, a decision he was none to pleased about.

Top Performers

  • Ryan Kellogg: 4.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K (1.17)

A

Great Lakes 9, South Bend 4

Game Recap

The Cubs put plenty of traffic on the basepaths (12 hits, 5 walks), but failed to deliver very often with runners in scoring position (4-for-18). Tyler Durna led the way by reaching four times and driving in two. D.J. Artis and Nelson Velazquez reached three times. The squad's lack of extra-base and home run power has also been evident in the early going, forcing the team to have to string together several hits to register big innings.

Top Performers

  • Tyler Durna: 3-4, 2 RBI, BB
  • D.J. Artis: 1-3, R, 2 BB, SB (3)
  • Nelson Velazquez: 3-5, R
  • Rafelin Lorenzo: 2-5, 2B, R
  • Andy Weber: 2-5, RBI, SB (1)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

A day after Myrtle Beach turned to a backup catcher (Tyler Payne) to finish out a game on the mound, South Bend did the same. And Like Payne, Gustavo Polanco managed to spin a scoreless frame (IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K).

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  • Good for Tyson. I’m hoping for a good year from him.

    What’s up with Gaylord Lange...? If he didn’t put anything foreign on the ball, then he shouldn’t be happy for getting tossed.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    I wasn't home last night so I didn't see what happened, just read some tweets about it.

  • Hope Thompson can get back at it. He was looking promising.

  • Feed from Birmingham was a blank screen for the whole game....thus the lack of archive footage. Hopefully they’ll get that fixed by tonight.

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