Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Assad and Abbott sharp over 5 innings of 1-run ball; Garcia hits 19th homer; Gallardo with 4 more shutout innings

Cory Abbott (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Cory Abbott (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AAA

Round Rock 6, Iowa 4

Game Recap

It took a while for the Iowa offense to get rolling, as the Cubs managed just one hit through seven innings against Round Rock starter Brandon Bielak before finally breaking through once the bullpen got involved. Dixon Machado drove in one and Mark Zagunis drove in two in the 8th to draw the Cubs within two runs. Robel Garcia smashed his 19th homer of the season (13th with Iowa) in the bottom of the 9th, but the rally came just a little too late, and the Cubs ran out of opportunities.

Top Performers

  • Robel Garcia: 1-4, HR (13), R, RBI (.294)
  • Taylor Davis: 2-4, 2B, R (.250)
  • Dixon Machado: 1-2, RBI, BB (.252)
  • Jacob Hannemann: 1-3, R, BB (.232)
  • Mark Zagunis: 1-4, 2 RBI (.324)
  • Trevor Clifton: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 5 BB, 4 K (L, 2-7, 4.85)
  • Randy Rosario: 2 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (2.50)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Robel Garcia (.294/.375/.606 overall) is batting .438 with a with .526 OBP, 2 homers, and 6 runs scored over his last 5 games.

Mark Zagunis (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Mark Zagunis (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Mark Zagunis (.324/.387/.515) extended his hitting streak to 6 games and his on-base streak to all 18 of his games since joining Iowa.

Jim Adduci's 19-game hitting streak was snapped.

The soft contact and keep the ball on the ground approach employed by Randy Rosario continues its effectiveness at the AAA level. In 32 career games with Iowa, Rosario has struck out just 27 batters in 40.2 innings, but he has limited the opposition to just 3 homers and 7 earned runs (1.55 ERA).

AA

Tennessee 6, Montgomery 2

Game Recap

Cory Abbott allowed only a solo home run across the first five innings and the Smokies received contributions up and down their lineup. The bottom two in the order in particular, Christian Donahue and Connor Myers, combined to go 6-for-8. Myers also threw out a runner at the plate.

Top Performers

  • Cory Abbott: 5 IP, 2 H, R, 4 BB, 7 K (W, 5-3, 3.39)
  • Jake Stinnett: 2.2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (4.24)
  • P.J. Higgins: 2-4, HR (5), R, 2 RBI (.269)
  • Connor Myers: 3-4, 2B, R, RBI (.256)
  • Christian Donahue: 3-4, 2 R, RBI (.179)
  • Ian Rice: 1-2, 2 BB (.230)
  • Charcer Burks: 1-3, R, HBP (.228)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

I didn't get a chance to check this game out, but it sounds like Cory Abbott was dealing, at least early on:

Advanced A

Winston-Salem 3, Myrtle Beach 1

Top Performers

  • Javier Assad: 5 IP, 5 H, R, 0 BB, 2 K (3.32)
  • Miguel Amaya: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB (.212)
  • Jimmy Herron: 1-3, BB (.211)

Javier Assad (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Javier Assad (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Javier Assad (2-5, 3.32 ERA, 62.1 IP, 48 H, 23 R, 22 BB, 53 K) has allowed 1 or fewer runs in 8 of his 12 starts. He doesn't often pitch late into games, which undoubtedly costs him some, but he deserves better than to be sitting with a 2-5 record right now.

A-

Eugene 5, Tri-City 3

Game Recap

Tri-City jumped out to 3-0 lead in the top of the first against Chris Allen, but they would not score again, as Neils Stone and Riley McCauley combined to throw six shutout innings out of the pen. All of the scoring came early in the game, in fact. The Emeralds quickly overtook the Dust Devils with a four-run 2nd inning, then Jake Slaughter added a solo homer in the following inning to cap off the scoring.

Top Performers

  • Jake Slaughter: 1-3, HR (1), R, RBI, BB (.289)
  • Yonathan Perlaza: 2-4, 2 2B, R (.263)
  • Edmond Americaan: 1-3, R, RBI , BB (.152)
  • Jonathan Soto: 1-3, R, RBI, BB (.192)
  • Brandon Vicens: 1-3, RBI (.158)
  • Neils Stone: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K (W, 1-0, 1.93)
  • Riley McCauley: 2 IP, H 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K (S, 2, 0.00)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Riley McCauley (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Riley McCauley (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Riley McCauley (0-1, 2.87, 4 SV, 15.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 17 BB, 24 K between A/A-) has now recorded back-to-back 2-inning saves, while striking out 5 batters in each appearance, making it 12 punch outs in just 6 innings with Eugene. Walks were the issue holding back McCauley earlier this year in South Bend, and he has still walked 4 in his 6 innings with Eugene, but he had issued 13 free passes in just 9.2 innings in the MWL.

AZL

Cubs1 12, Angels 0

Top Performers

  • Richard Gallardo: 4 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (0.00)
  • Pablo Ochoa: 3 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K (W, 1-0, 10.80)
  • Luis Silva: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (16.20)
  • Jacob Olson: 3-4, 2 R, RBI, HBP (.455)
  • Ervis Marchan: 1-5, HR (1), 2 R, 3 RBI (.200)
  • Ezequiel Pagan: 1-2, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB (2, 3) (.250)
  • Oswaldo Pina: 1-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB (.286)
  • Zack Short: 1-4, 2 RBI, BB (.250)
  • Alberto Hinirio: 2-2 (.429)
  • Nelson Maldonado: 1-4, R, 2 RBI (.154)

Cubs2 7, Royals 5

Top Performers

  • Alexander Guerra: 1-3, HR (2), R, 2 RBI, HBP (.200)
  • Fidel Mejia: 1-3, HR (1), R, RBI, BB (.231)
  • Darius Hill: 2-5, R, RBI (.200)
  • Omar Ventura: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (W, 1-0, 7.94)
  • Jaime Galazin: IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 K (S, 1, 22.50)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

It hasn't been accompanied by impressive peripherals (2 BB, 2 K) but 17-year old Richard Gallardo, the Cubs top IFA signing on the mound, has now begun his career with 7 shutout innings. He's allowed just 4 hits. Gallardo currently features a low-90s fastball that tops out at 94, a curve that flashes plus, and good feel for a changeup. He doesn't have a huge projectable frame, but he is expected to gain a bit more velocity as he finishes maturing physically.

Nice to see Pablo Ochoa earn a win. The 21-year old lefty has missed the last 2 years due to TJS.

DSL

Rangers1 13, Cubs1 7

Cubs2 6, Rangers2 4

Outfielder Yohendrick Pinango has reached safely in all 17 games this year.

I can't say if he is a legitimate prospect, because infielder Nestor Heredia has not appeared in any Baseball America scouting report from the DSL that I have seen, and he didn't hit much last year as a 17-year old, but so far in 2019 he is contributing in a big way. In 13 games for Cubs1 he is batting .404, good for 4th in the entire DSL, and his OPS (1.025) is currently 6th.

The Cubs2 squad has a pair of 19-year olds who haven't gotten off to a great start this season. Like Heredia, I don't have a scouting report on either, and both struggled at the plate last season, but Flemin Bautista (.429/.535/.886) and Ronny Simon (.400/.438/.644) have flourished so far in 2019 as well. Both are smaller, switch-hitting second baseman who have contributed plenty of unexpected punch at the plate.

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    Is there a reference anywhere that tells you what the IFA bonuses are? Helps to know who the bonus babies are.

    Brennen Davis is making a splash, but how is Cole Roederer doing in A-Ball? The stat line is tepid, but he's only 19 and Cubs aggressively placed him there. Is he making adjustments and showing progress?

  • In reply to Zonk:

    Not a great one. AZ Phil has a list, but usually only reports if the bonus exceeds 300K, which is the only thing that applies to the IFA bonus pool.
    Here is a list of the top Draft and IFA bonuses from last year:
    SS Hoerner 2.7M
    CF Lopez 1.5M
    CF Roederer 1.2M
    CF Davis 1.1M
    SP Gallardo 1.0M
    SS Morel 850K
    SP Machado 850K
    SP Franklin 540K
    CF Herron 520K
    SP Richan 450K
    SS Weber 400K
    CF Pinango 400K
    RF More 400K
    RF Stevens 300K
    OF Artis 250K
    OF Americaan 208K
    SP R. Thompson 200K

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Micheal, what would the cubs have to give up to get a quality lefty reliever?
    I feel like they have more righty relievers than roster spots anyway.

    Would a deal that included Happ a mid level minor league pitcher and a righty reliever do it? Could Descalso be part of a deal?

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Hard to say until closer to the deadline. We don't know who is going to be available, how many teams are going to be after LHRP help, etc.

    I doubt they trade Happ while his value is so low though. My guess any trade would be built around other assets.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    The SS Morel at 850K is the older brother Christopher?

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Rafael.
    I think Christopher signed for ~600K

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Wow, nice; Christopher just went 4 for 5 with a double and triple, do they think Rafael's a better prospect?

  • In reply to Zonk:

    All we can do is watch Roederer's 2nd half at SB during the dog days of summer. I think he is going to make steady progress, and Hoerner, Davis, and Roederer are going to be future starting position players in the majors from last year's draft.

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    Michael, is Robel Garcia on the 40 man roster. If he keeps hitting like this and isn't a butcher at 2nd, we need him to replaced Descalso or even Russell? Thanks.

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    In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Hate to say it, but Russell isn't going anywhere soon. He's the best backup SS on the roster. Who else plays SS if Javy goes down for 10+ days? As for Descalso, I'd like to see him gone but I doubt they eat the money. If they can throw Descalso in with a trade for LHRP, then I'd be happy to see Garcia get a call up.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    Garcia stands no chance really to play SS. He could be an intriguing piece as a Descalso replacement. I doubt the reason Russell isn't moved is because "he is the best backup SS" argument. That is essentially the 23, 24, or 25th man on the roster. In other words, he hardly matters when your everyday player is Baez. If Russell fetches an important bullpen piece that helps the Cubs win games in the 6, 7, 8 innings that is a far more valuable piece to help the team accomplish its goals.

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    In reply to rbrucato:

    I never said Garcia would play SS. And everything you just wrote is pretty much what I said. Unless you misunderstood what I typed, I don't understand your reply. Not trying to start anything.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Garcia isn't on the roster yet. His strikeout rate is a lot like Happs, about a third of the time, and that won't get better at MLB level. The Cubs could try him out before the trade deadline, both to determine if he's part of the answer and to showcase him in case they want to include him in a trade for a proven MLB hitter.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    He is not on the 40-man. I can't see Garcia getting a chance unless/until they are ready to move on from Descalso. They are both pretty much limited to 2B at this point. Russell has utility as a SS that they would value. CarGo is obviously an OF. Zobrist could eventually replace either Descalso or CarGo given his versatility. And then, in theory, Garcia could replace the other.

  • As Michael has clearly shown, help is coming for the Cubbies, but presently at the lower levels. Well done, Michael. I hope to God that Theo does not loot this young level of talent to gamble for one more championship. If he does and does not win, I think he will decide to leave in 2021 rather than build from the ground up again.

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