Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Evans and Mitchell homer again; Richan punches out 7; Weber records 3rd consecutive 3-hit game

Kevonte Mitchell (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Kevonte Mitchell (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AAA

Omaha 8, Iowa 1

Game Recap

The search for consistency remains in effect for Duane Underwood, Jr. There are still plenty of times when Underwood harnesses his stuff that show off the necessary ingredients to succeed as a MLB pitcher, but too often there are innings when he catches too little or too much of the plate, and it leads to crooked numbers against him on the scoreboard.

Yesterday was one of those times. He was fine through the first three innings, allowing just one run, but was tagged for three in the 3rd, then another three in the 4th before he could retire a single batter.

The offense didn't give him any help outside of a 5th inning solo shot by Phillip Evans. The Cubs managed just eight base runners the rest of the afternoon.

Top Performers

  • Phillip Evans: 1-4, HR (6), R, RBI (.286)
  • Ian Rice: 2-3, BB (.256)
  • Tim Collins: IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (1.04)
  • Junichi Tazawa: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (0.00)
  • Dakota Mekkes: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (4.30)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

This was the 3rd homer in the past 5 games for Phillip Evans, and 5th in his last 12.

On a positive note, the bullpen was really good after Underwood exited. Dillon Maples, Tim Collins, Junichi Tazawa and Dakota Mekkes combined to strike out 9 batters over the final 5 innings, while allowing just 1 run on 2 hits and 2 walks. The run and 3 of the base runners were off Maples, who was the only reliever to work more than 1 inning.

AA

Tennessee 9, Birmingham 4

Game Recap

Thomas Hatch (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Thomas Hatch (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Thanks to a pitcher's duel between Thomas Hatch and Kodi Medeiros, the game was tied 2-2 heading into the bottom of the 7th, when all of a sudden the Smokies finally broke through. They had squandered some scoring opportunities earlier, but in this frame they took advantage. The first six hitters reached base, and the team also managed an RBI single and sacrifice fly later in the inning. All told, they put up a seven spot in the inning to put the game out of reach.

Top Performers

  • Charcer Burks: 2-3, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB (.227)
  • Roberto Caro: 2-3, 2B, R, RBI, 2 BB (.259)
  • P.J. Higgins: 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB (.277)
  • Connor Myers: 1-1, R, RBI, BB, HBP, SF, SB (5), CS (1) (.233)
  • Jhonny Pereda: 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB (.232)
  • Jesse Hodges: 1-3, 2 RBI, SF (.147)
  • Thomas Hatch: 5 IP,4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K (5.54)
  • Jake Stinnett: 2 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, K (W, 1-0, 4.91)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Roberto Caro (.259/.374/.345) has reached base safely in all but one game this season in which he has made more than one plate appearance.

Since 4/18, Jhonny Pereda is hitting .274/.390/.323 with 12 walks and 11 strikeouts in 19 games.

Take out his one disastrous start on 4/16 (4.1 IP, 8 H, 9 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) and Thomas Hatch (1-4, 5.54) has a 3.82 ERA across his other 7 starts. I've got to think the Cubs are going to be looking to push the 24-year old former 3rd round pick up to Iowa in the near future.

Advanced A

Myrtle Beach 5, Winston-Salem 2

Game Recap

Third inning homers by Cam Balego and Kevente Mitchell gave the Pelicans a 3-1 lead. It would be all the support Paul Richan and the bullpen would require. Richan fired 6.2 innings of one-run ball as he earned his fourth win of the year.

Top Performers

  • Paul Richan: 6.2 IP, 7 H, R, 0 BB, 7 K (W, 4-2, 3.22)
  • Ryan Kellogg: 1.1 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (2.22)
  • Kevonte Mitchell: 1-3, HR (6), R, RBI, BB (.202)
  • Cam Balego: 1-3, HR (2), R, RBI, HBP (.275)
  • Jhonny Bethencourt: 1-3, R, BB, 2 SB (5, 6) (.204)
  • Jimmy Herron: 1-2, RBI, 2 BB, SB (10) (.213)
  • Zach Davis: 1-3, 2B, R, RBI, SF (.250)
  • Carlos Sepulveda: 1-2, R, SAC (.250)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Paul Richan (photo by Jared Ravich at MiLB.com)

Paul Richan (photo by Jared Ravich at MiLB.com)

Kevonte Mitchell (.202/.290/.385) has homered in 2 straight games, and 3 of his last 4. After bottoming out with a .157 average on 5/5, Mitchell has hit .400/.458/.900 over the past 6 games.

Jhonny Bethencourt (.204/.303/.258) has reached base twice in 6 of his past 8 games (7 hit, 6 walks).

Over his last 2 starts, Paul Richan has posted an impressive pitching line: 12.2 IP, 12 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 15 K.

A

South Bend 6, Bowling Green 4

Game Recap

South Bend stormed back from a two-run deficit, by plating two runs in the 6th inning, and then another two in the 7th to extend their winning streak to five games. Eric Gonzalez delivered the game-winning single, knocking in both Delvin Zinn and Christopher Morel. Morel had doubled, and had also tripled in the game.

Top Performers

  • Andy Weber: 3-4, 2B, R (.266)
  • Christopher Morel: 2-4, 2B, 3B, R (.231)
  • Nelson Velazquez: 2-3, 2B, RBI, BB (.308)
  • Jonathan Sierra: 1-3, R, RBI, BB (.242)
  • Eric Gonzalez: 1-3, R, 2 RBI (.250)
  • Derek Casey: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 5 K (W, 2-1, 5.06)
  • Eugenio Palma: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, K (5.11)
  • Sean Barry: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R (S, 2, 0.00)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Andy Weber (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Andy Weber (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Make it 3 consecutive 3-for-4 games for Andy Weber (.266/.301/.395). The outburst has raised his batting average over 50 points. As unusual as going 3-for-4 in 3 straight games is, what seems even weirder is how little Weber has factored into scoring plays during this run. He did not score or knock in a run in the previous 2 games, and only scored once yesterday. That speaks to the slumps those around him in the batting order are suffering through.

Not a bad follow-up to a no-hitter for Derek Casey, who earned his 2nd win of the year. His was definitely around the plate all game, throwing 63 of his 78 pitches for strikes.

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  • Michael, when you look at the collective stats of the majority of OFs, drafted since 2012 in the system playing above low A. There is not much to get excited about. Ok, Happ and maybe Dewees(???) but overall amazed that none of the athletic guys they drafted have developed. Hanneman, Burks, Myers, Davis, DJ Wilson, Kevonte Mitchell, etc. Any thoughts bad scouting/development, injuries in DJ's case i guess. But overall other than the first round picks and David Bote who in my opinion is just a nice utility guy with hustle.

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