Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Hannemann homers twice; Happ reaches 5 times; Garcia jacks his 16th

Jacob Hannemann

Jacob Hannemann

AAA

Iowa 13, Albuquerque 4

Game Recap

Albuquerque took a 2-1 lead in the 3rd with a pair of runs off Alec Mills, but from there the game took a big turn. Not only did Mills allow no more runs over his next 3.2 innings, but the I-Cubs hitters brought the lumber. Jacob Hannemann's solo homer in the 2nd had opened the scoring, but he then smacked his 2nd homer of the game in the 4th to put Iowa back on top. Homers by Ian Happ and Robel Garcia followed in the 5th and 6th. Happ and Garcia added run scoring doubles before the afternoon was through.

Top Performers

  • Ian Happ: 3-3, 2B, HR (11), 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB (.236)
  • Robel Garcia: 3-4, 2B, HR (10), 3 R, 4 RBI, BB (.301)
  • Jacob Hannemann: 3-5, 2 HR (3, 4), 2 R, 4 RBI (.250)
  • Jim Adduci: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI (.275)
  • Taylor Davis: 2-5, R (.237)
  • Phillip Evans: 1-4, 2 R, BB (.288)
  • Alec Mills: 6.2 IP, 4, H, 2 R, BB, 4 K (W, 3-2, 6.00)
  • Dakota Mekkes: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (3.16)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Alec Mills

Alec Mills

After beginning the year on the IL, Alec Mills is finally making a case to be considered for a call up to Chicago. He was effective in 7 games with the Cubs last year, striking out 23 over 18 IP, and appears to be rounding into his 2018 form of late. Over his past 3 games, Mills has struck out 17 and allowed just 5 runs on 11 hits and 4 walks in 17.2 IP (2.55 ERA).

Robel Garcia (.298/.381/.607 combined between AA/AAA) is batting .333 with 6 HR, 12 runs scored and 11 RBI over his last 12 games. He had a 10-game stretch without a homer spread between his final few games in AA and then his first week with Iowa. Beyond that, Garcia has not gone more than 4 games without a homer the rest of the season.

Over his last 11 games, Phillip Evans (.288/.415/.481) has scored 12 runs and is batting .366.

Jim Adduci (.275/.319/.503) has been even better, as he is hitting .418 with 11 runs scored and 14 RBI over his last 12 games.

AA

Tennessee 4, Chattanooga 1

Game Recap

Thomas Hatch worked around a lot of traffic to put together a solid outing. Both Jake Stinnett and Wyatt Short put some guys on base over the final four innings, but escaped without damage as well. On offense the Smokies received contributions from up and down their lineup.

Top Performers

  • Thomas Hatch: 5 IP, 7 H, R, 3 BB, 6 K (W, 3-6, 4.95)
  • Jake Stinnett: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K (4.11)
  • Wyatt Short: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, K (S, 4, 1.38)
  • Gioskar Amaya: 2-2, 2B, 2 RBI, SF (.258)
  • Vimael Machin: 1-4, HR (2), R, RBI (.311)
  • P.J. Higgins: 1-3, 2B, R, BB, SB (5) (.266)
  • Jhonny Pereda: 1-3, RBI, BB (.232)
  • Chase Daniel: 1-3, R, HBP (.299)
  • Roberto Caro: 2-4, CS (7) (.293)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Jake Stinnett

Jake Stinnett

Injuries and inconsistency have plagued former 2nd rounder Jake Stinnett the past couple of years, but since he has returned to Tennessee in early May he's proven difficult to hit. Over his last 4 outings, covering 6.2 innings, Stinnett has punched out 14 batters. After walking 10 batters in his first 10.1 innings, he's walked just 1 (and allowed just 1 run) in those 6.2 innings since.

While Stinnett has provided Tennessee with another reliable reliever of late, Wyatt Short has been a rock for them all season. After allowing two runs on Opening Day (but still managing to win the game), Short has allowed just two earned runs over 25 innings since. He's held lefties to a .107 average, and his sinker/slider/changeup combo is also effective against righties as they have difficulty getting the ball airborne against him. Short has not allowed a home run all season.

Advanced A

Fayetteville 8, Myrtle Beach 4

Game Recap

It was nearly a great outing by Paul Richan, as he struck out nine over five innings, but unfortunately two of the five hits he gave up went for two-run home runs.

Top Performers

  • D.J. Wilson: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB (.146)
  • Grant Fennell: 2-4, 3B, R (.231)
  • Miguel Amaya: 2-4 (.215)
  • Carlos Sepulveda: 1-3, R, BB (.267)
  • Paul Richan: 5 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 9 K (L, 6-3, 4.40)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Zach Davis (.271/.342/.340) is 9-for-his-last-24 (.375) with 5 stolen bases over 7 games.

A

Great Lakes 8, South Bend 3

Game Recap

It just wasn't a good day for the pitchers. Peyton Remy walked five and gave up four runs in just three innings, and then two relievers surrendered four more runs over the next four innings.

Top Performers

  • Jonathan Sierra: 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI (.242)
  • Cole Roederer: 1-3, BB (.226)

DSL

DodgersS 7, Cubs1 2

Mets2 4, Cubs2 3

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  • Maybe Happ is starting to get it all back together - his OBP sure seems to be creeping up of late. And yes - it is good to see Mills looking like he's back on track.

  • Any idea what injury pitcher Ian Clarkin of Tennessee has? He's been on the disabled list every year since he was drafted in 2013 by the Yankees, didn't play at all in 2015, and has been on the Injured 7-day list twice this year

  • In reply to supercruiser:

    I don't know what his injury is.

  • Michael, what can you tell me about Wyatt Short? Looking him up, and seeing that he's 5' 8"/180lbs, I'm wondering what kind of stuff he has and how hard he throws? Seeing as he's a lefty, is he someone who can help the Cubs either this year or next in the pen?

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    He's a lefty throwing a sinker in the high-80s/low-90s, pairs it with an average slider, but also an an average changeup. The pitch mix works for him though, and he has remained effective against both RHB and LHB as he's moved up the ladder. He isn't a top prospect, but any lefty that can get out lefties without walking the world tends to get a shot eventually.

    What Short has going for him on top of that is his ability to keep the ball in the park. Guys just don't elevate well against him. Throw strikes, don't give up the long ball, win platoon matchups, is a good recipe for a situational reliever.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Thanks Michael... Yeah, my thoughts were having to do with being a LOOGY type LHRP (as his floor), especially with the expanded roster next season. But is sounds like if his stuff keeps playing as he advances, that maybe there's a sliver of a chance he can be an effective middle reliever and get some righties out too.

  • Why is Mastrobuoni catching for South Bend, I thought he was on Eugene's roster?

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