Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Assad extends scoreless streak to 21 innings; South Bend loses 17-0

Javier Assad (Photo by Stephanie Lynn

Javier Assad (Photo by Stephanie Lynn


Tennessee 7, Birmingham 3

Game Recap

A five-run 6th inning, keyed by a two-run shot by Charcer Burks, was the deciding factor in what was otherwise a close game.

Top Performers

  • Cory Abbott: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K (W, 4-2, 2.96)
  • Charcer Burks: 1-4, HR (1), R, 2 RBI (.228)
  • P.J. Higgins: 2-4, R, 2 RBI (.285)
  • Vimael Machin: 2-4, 2 R, RBI (.316)
  • Connor Myers: 2-3, 2 R, CS (2) (.247)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Charcer Burks is 7-for-his-last-21 with a homer, 5 RBI and 3 walks.

Cory Abbott has held the opposition to 2 or fewer earned runs in 8 of his 9 starts this season. He has also pitched at least 5 innings in 8 of 9.

Advanced A

Myrtle Beach 1, Winston-Salem 0

Game Recap

There's not much to cover about this game other than the continued excellence of Javier Assad. The 21-year old righty is one of the youngest hurlers in the league. His stuff is not overpowering, with a fastball in the 91-94 range, complimented by the standard starters array of secondaries. What Assad is though, is polished for his age. Like his rotation mate Paul Richan, he is often able to command both sides of the plate with multiple pitches.

He missed some bats in this game (9 K) which is not typical of him. He usually is more of a weak-contact pitcher, but he had his stuff working in this one as he held the Dash to just one hit over seven innings. For a while his performance appeared like it would go to waste, as the Pelicans once again faled to mount much of an offensive threat, but Cam Balego managed to score on a wild pitch in the 6th for the lone run of the game.

Top Performers

  • Javier Assad: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K (W, 2-3, 2.19)
  • Ben Hecht: IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 K (S, 3, 2.60)
  • Cam Balego: 1-3, R (.277)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends


Bowling Green 17, South Bend 0

Game Recap

You wouldn't have guessed South Bend entered this game riding a five game winning streak. It got out of hand when Zach Mort (7 runs), and then Jack Patterson (6 runs) came on in relief of Cam Sanders, and both got absolutely torched. The Cubs resorted to using utility man Rafael Narea (3 runs) on the mound to get the final two outs, but not before he gave up a grand slam, just to add to the absurdity.

Top Performers

  • Rafael Narea: 1-2, BB (.176)
  • Nelson Velazquez: 2-4, 2B (.314)
  • Jonathan Sierra: 2-4 (.250)
  • Cam Sanders: 4 IP, 6 H, R, 3 BB, K (L, 2-1, 2.45)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

All told, the South Bend pitchers allowed 28 base runners over 8 innings.


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    Assad is dominating. Some of our pitchers are doing very well and I can see him being promoted if he continues to perform like this.
    I do like to see someone throw 95+ and hope we draft more, but I've noticed most pitchers throw in that 91-94 range, it's how much command and movement they have that determines their success. I hope he continues to do so--I'd like to see him up here in a year or so.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Assad is pretty young even for Myrtle Beach. I don't think he will shoot up through the system.

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    We seem to have several lower-ceiling starting pitchers that are advanced for their level and may need to move up to better challenge them, and see if they can rise to that challenge. I am thinking of Abbott, Richan, Asaad, Miller....would they be moving faster if there were slots available?

    It's a good problem to have.....we seem to have very strong starting pitching depth, though not real impact right now outside of maybe Marquez

  • In reply to Zonk:

    The guys I believe the Cubs need to prioritize as starters in full season ball are Alzolay, Steele, Abbott, Miller, K. Thompson, Richan, Marquez, R. Thompson.

    Swarmer, Robinson, Clifton, Hatch, ODLC, Leal, Uelmen, Assad, Lange, Hudson, Little, Moreno, Carrera, Ramos, Sanders are all guys that likely end up as relievers (or nothing) long-term, but especially the younger guys, need to continue getting starter innings if possible. They may need to make decisions on potentially moving some of Swarmer, Robinson, Clifton, Hatch to the pen at some point in the 2nd half.

  • Hey Michael, what are your thoughts on how Gallardo and Albertos are doing in extended spring training? Gallardo seems to be doing great, and AZ Phil said this about Albertos:
    "Jose Albertos last three EXST outings (combined):
    7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 14/0 GO/AO, 93 pitches (59 strikes)".......

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