Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Miller dominates (again); Fennell and Mitchell homer in losing effort

Tyson Miller (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Tyson Miller (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AAA

Omaha 4, Iowa 3

Game Recap

Three errors in the 4th inning, two by Robel Garcia and another by Dixon Machado, led to three unearned runs against Colin Rea and proved to be the difference in the game. It stuck Rea with his first loss of the season, but the righty continues to pitch well, offering the Cubs with a veteran option down on the farm in the event of an injury in Chicago.

Top Performers

  • Robel Garcia: 1-2, R, RBI, 2 BB (.417)
  • Ian Happ: 1-3, R, 2 BB (.242)
  • Trent Giambrone: 1-3, RBI, BB (.212)
  • Colin Rea: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, BB, 5 K (L, 3-1, 2.82)
  • Dillon Maples: 1.1 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (3.48)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Robel Garcia (combined .311/.411/.578) did contribute another big day at the plate, but it must be stated that defensive miscues have become a pattern for him so far this year as well. He has already committed 10 errors in 24 games between AA and AAA. I haven't spent much time watching his defense, but it will be something I'll be paying attention to moving forward, especially if he continues to contribute so much with the bat in Iowa.

After spending the earlier part of the week with South Bend, Victor Caratini has joined Iowa to complete his rehab.

Colin Rea has allowed 1 or fewer earned runs in each of his past 3 starts (15.2 IP, 11 H, 2 ER, 5 BB, 11 K).

Since Dillon Maples returned to Iowa, 5 of the 7 outs he's recorded have been via strikeout.

AA

Tennessee 5, Birmingham 1

Game Recap

Tyson Miller matched a career high by going seven innings, while allowing just five base runners. A 4th inning solo shot by Gavin Sheets was the only blemish against him on the scoreboard. The 6'5" righty attacked the zone all night, changing eye levels and working both sides of the plate. There is perhaps no pitcher in the system pitching with as much confidence and poise as Miller is right now.

The individual pitches don't blow you away, but the way he is able to tunnel his four and two seam fastballs with his breaking pitches leads to a ton of late swings and soft contact. He is an extreme fly ball pitcher who often works up in the zone, so when he does make a mistake or a hitter times him up you would think a hitter he'd be susceptible to the long ball, but so far it hasn't bit him this season (this was his first HR allowed). It hasn't been a huge issue in the previous two years either but I do think it is the main concern with him moving up the ladder.

Top Performers

  • Tyson Miller: 7 IP, 5 H, R, 0 BB, 3 K (W, 2-1, 0.94)
  • Wyatt Short: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 K (S, 2, 2.40)
  • Jhonny Pereda: 1-1, 2B, R, RBI, 2 BB, SF (.236)
  • P.J. Higgins: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI (.277)
  • Luis Vazquez: 2-4, R, SB (2) (.277)
  • Vimael Machin: 2-4 (.303)
  • Jesse Hodges: 1-3, R, BB (.143)
  • Charcer Burks: 1-4, 3B, R, BB (.209)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Jhonny Pereda (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Jhonny Pereda (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Two more walks for Jhonny Pereda (.236/.369/.337) give him 19 on the year in just 28 games. He has struck out just 15 times. He is beginning to pull the ball more often this season, which is an adjustment I was hoping he would make, but Pereda is still hitting the ball on the ground way too much. He has a bit of untapped power potential, and as a slow runner the ground balls do not benefit him the way they would for someone speedier. His BABIP is still very low though, so expect that .236 average to rise.

Not to be overlooked on the pitching front, Wyatt Short continues to emerge as a viable future left-handed relief option for the Cubs. Featuring a good changeup and sinker, Short keeps the ball on the ground as well as any reliever in the system. He has allowed just 7 homers in 153.2 innings while compiling a 2.64 ERA, 31 saves, a 1.17 WHIP and 158 strikeouts during his career.

Advanced A

Carolina 9, Myrtle Beach 7

Game Recap

Kevonte Mitchell (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Kevonte Mitchell (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

The Pelicans squandered two multiple-run leads late in the game. First, they took a 4-1 lead in the sixth on a homer by Kevonte Mitchell, but the Mudcats scored three in the bottom of the frame to tie it. The Pelicans then scored three more in the 7th on a three-run home run by Grant Fennell to go up 7-5, but the Mudcats scored two in the 8th and then hit a walk-off three run homer in the 9th off Ryan Kellogg to end it.

Top Performers

  • Grant Fennell: 3-4, 2B, HR (1), 2 R, 3 RBI (.246)
  • Kevonte Mitchell: 1-2, HR (4), R, 2 RBI, 2 BB (.173)
  • Tyler Payne: 1-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 BB (.304)
  • Aramis Ademan: 1-3, R, RBI, SAC (.244)
  • Luis Lugo: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 7 K (3.68)

A

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    Sounds like Tyson Miller needs to find a challenge at AAA, and see if those hitters are better able to elevate HRs off him. Not sure who he would displace in the AAA rotation, but moving him up should be priority #1 from TN, right?

  • In reply to Zonk:

    Good call Zonk. I was thinking the same thing. I would love to see him move up and take on the challenge. Maybe a mid-year promotion is in store?

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Possible. He's only been there a month so there's no rush but they can make room in Iowa as Alec Mills and Duane Underwood are both out of options after this season so their chances of making it as starters rather than relievers are slim. Moving one or both to the pen could make sense, although having 40-man guys in the Iowa rotation is beneficial if an emergency start is needed.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    would rather see Colin Rea before both of those two if a call-up is necessary.

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    Our system is beginning to produce again, and most encouragingly the pitchers are doing very well. I also see that Jacob Hannemann is back--was he DFA'd and resigned or injured? I haven't seen him for a while.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Hannemann is not on the 40-man. He's been in EXST, possibly due to injury but I expect more so to try and work on his swing in order to unlock more of his athletic potential.

  • A breakdown of Robel Garcia's errors:

    9 at third base, 1 at second base, 0 in 2 innings at shortstop
    9 since April 15
    7 fielding errors, 3 throwing errors
    2 multi-error games

  • In reply to Tom U:

    Playing himself to the bench with those numbers.

  • In reply to Tom U:

    Guessing he’s not really a 3Bman...?

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    6-foot 0
    168 lbs.

  • In reply to Tom U:

    I think that was his ht/wt from when he was originally in pro ball. I bet he is 185+ pounds at this point.

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