Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Zinn smacks 5 hits; Swarmer and de la Cruz go six strong

Delvin Zinn (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Delvin Zinn (photo by Rikk Carlson)

AAA

Iowa 6, Nashville 4

Game Recap

Iowa continues to roll along, there record improving to 12-7, thanks to a season best performance from Matt Swarmer and the continuation of recent hot streaks by veterans Christian Adames and Jim Adduci. It was the second consecutive day with a homer for Adames since coming off the IL. Adduci began the season slow, but come off his own two game homer streak, he collected three hits and reached four times in this one.

Top Performers

  • Christian Adames: 2-3, HR (2), R, 2 RBI (.261)
  • Jim Adduci: 3-4, 2B, RBI, HBP, SB (3) (.250)
  • Ian Happ: 2-for-4, 2B, R, BB, SB (2) (.225)
  • Addison Russell: 1-for-4, 2 R, RBI, BB, SB (1) (.250)
  • Phillip Evans: 2-4, 2B, R, BB (.230)
  • Johnny Field: 2-4, R (.286)
  • Matt Swarmer: 6 IP, 2 H, R, BB, 6 K (W, 2-2, 4.71)
  • Carl Edwards Jr: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (1.80)
  • Tony Barnette: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K (5.40)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Addison Russell appeared to be at full go in his first day on his week long conditioning assignment while he awaits the end of his suspension. Remember, he was able to get in a full spring training, and then was able to compete in intrasquad EXST games so he shouldn't be behind.

Jim Adduci (.250/.305/.423) is now riding a 5-game hitting streak (8-for-21).

Outfielder Zach Borenstein has been released. With Trent Giambrone receiving much of his playing time in LF and Ian Happ in CF, there was just not as much playing time available as I believe the Cubs initially expected when they signed him this offseason. Jacob Hannemann is also set to return from the IL soon, and Wynton Bernard will presumably stick around as the extra OF hanging out on the IL.

Returning from the IL, Carl Edwards, Jr. set the Sounds down in order, striking out 2 in his lone inning of work.

AA

Chattanooga 4, Tennessee 3

Zach Hedges

Zach Hedges

Zach Hedges pitched five scoreless innings and Robel Garcia (.323/.400/.806) belted his 4th homer in just his 9th game to give the Smokies the a 3-0 lead heading into the final innings but Michael Rucker continued his 2019 struggles, giving up a pair of runs in both the 7th and 8th innings.

Hedges may well get pushed out of the rotation soon with Oscar de la Cruz returning from his suspension but he has kept giving the Smokies valuable innings in a multitude of roles. Over the past three years he has compiled a 17-14 record and 3.00 ERA over 62 games (34 starts).

Top Performers

  • Zach Hedges: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (3.38)
  • Craig Brooks: IP, 2 K (0.00)
  • Robel Garcia: 1-5, HR (4) (.323)
  • Christian Donahue: 2-5, R (.130)
  • Clayton Daniel: 2-4 (.385)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Craig Brooks was squeezed out of the crowded Iowa bullpen this season, but he has continued to use his plus slider to positive effect. He has now tossed 8.2 scoreless innings, where he has allowed just 4 hits and 4 walks, while striking out 13 batters.

Advanced A

Myrtle Beach 3, Carolina 2

Game Recap

A walk-off sacrifice fly by Johnny Bethencourt finished off a two-run rally in the bottom of the 9th to snatch another much needed victory for the Pelicans. Oscar de la Cruz and a pair of relievers kept the team in the game throughout, but the offense didn't come alive until the final frame. A walk and single put runners at the corners with one out. Aramis Ademan then delivered a game-tying single. After another loaded the bases, Bethencourt was able to lift the ball to left, allowing Cam Balego to score the winning run.

Top Performers

  • Oscar de la Cruz: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K (0.82)
  • Jesus Camargo: 2 IP, BB, 2 K (W, 1-0, 2.70)
  • Johnny Bethencourt: 2-3, RBI, SB (3) (.196)
  • Aramis Ademan: 2-3, RBI, BB (.250)
  • Cam Balego: 1-3, R, RBI (.333)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

This was the second straight terrific outing for Oscar de la Cruz with Myrtle Beach. He is scheduled to complete his 80-game PED suspension next week, at which time I assume he will rejoin the Smokies rotation. We'll see if he can stay healthy and finally capitalize on his considerable talent to remain a starter long term, but he'll need to show progress this season, as 2020 will be his final option year.

A

South Bend 10, Lansing 8

Game Recap

The two teams traded runs through the first four innings and the game entered the middle innings tied 5-5. The game also featured another significant 5-5. That being the batting line for Delvin Zinn on the day. The 21-year old continues to improve his ability to lace singles through the infield, and he even managed three extra-base hits in this one, which isn't generally part of his game. He fell just a home run shy of the cycle, but that isn't surprising given Zinn has just one career homer in 123 games.

The game broke open in the 5th, as the Cubs used two doubles, three singles, received a little help from a Lansing error and then added a sacrifice fly as they plated five runs in the inning. From there, reliever Ryan Lawlor held the fort.

Top Performers

  • Delvin Zinn: 5-5, 2 2B, 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI (.375)
  • D.J. Artis: 2-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB (.317)
  • Cole Roederer: 1-3, 2 RBI, BB, SF (.207)
  • Tyler Durna: 2-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI (.297)
  • Nelson Velazquez: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI (.313)
  • Andy Weber: 2-5, RBI (.183)
  • Rafelin Lorenzo: 1-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI (.176)
  • Ryan Lawlor: 3 IP, H, 3 K (W, 1-1, 3.27)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Delvin Zinn (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Delvin Zinn (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Delvin Zinn is now 13-for-his-last-23 at the plate to raise his season line to .375/.419/.525). The former 23rd rounder has intriguing athleticism at 2B, although consistency remains an issue there, but he is beginning to lock in more often at the plate, as he finished 2018 as South Bend's hottest hitter, and now, despite some sporadic playing time has continued to produce. HIs lack of patience and power limit his ceiling to that of a utility man at best, but at the least Zinn appears to be shaping himself into a valuable org player. There are few more infectious personalities or quicker smiles in the system and the Cubs thought highly enough of Zinn to re-draft him out of JUCO after he chose not to sign with them as a prep selection previously.

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  • Time to move Russell to 2B. He aint no Javy folks,

  • In reply to Hagsag:

    I agree w/that. But at aaa leave him at short. Maybe they get more value for him as a SS vs 2B. Marginally maybe, but still.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    He needs reps at SS now because he isn't going to get many in Chicago, but will still need to be able to back up Javy competently whenever the need arises.

  • Happ, Russell & Edwards all in the same game but at AAA. Who would have predicted that back in November/December.

    Now they could all go in the same trade...

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    No way the Cubs sell all three guys at their lowest point, especially in the same trade. That, for example, is what the Orioles did with Arrieta and Strop.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    I know. I was just being facetious.

  • Hi Michael, what are your thoughts on Robel Garcia; is he someone who we should be paying more attention to?

  • Just a bruise on Hoerner’s left wrist. Big sigh of relief.

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