Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Brennen Davis hits an oppo 2-run, walk-off homer; Taylor Davis and Mark Zagunis bash for Iowa; Slaughter with 5-hit night; Sanders and Miller impress on the mound

Brennen Davis (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Brennen Davis (photo by Rikk Carlson)

AAA

Iowa 11, Round Rock 5

Game Recap

Taylor Davis opened the scoring with a solo homer in the 4th, but it was the next inning when the Cubs opened the flood gates. Davis singled home two more runs, then scored on a two-run single by Dixon Machado. The Cubs wouldn't stop at four runs however. Ian Happ knocked in another run on a base loaded single, then Mark Zagunis followed with a triple to bring home all three base runners.

Top Performers

  • Taylor Davis: 2-5, HR (5), 3 R, 3 RBI, BB (.289)
  • Mark Zagunis: 2-3, 3B, R, 3 RBI, 3 BB (.312)
  • P.J. Higgins: 1-2, R, 3 BB (.167)
  • Dixon Machado: 2-4, R, 3 RBI (.255)
  • Tyson Miller: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K (W, 1-0, 9.95)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Taylor Davis (.289/.404/.415) is some kind locked in of late. Over his last 16 games he is now batting .413/.571/.587 (199 wRC+) with 17 BB (25.8 BB%) and just 7 K in 66 plate appearances.

Tyson Miller (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Tyson Miller (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

The offensive fireworks by Iowa draw the headlines, but we shouldn't overlook the way Tyson Miller pitched. The amount of offense may actually have hurt Miller in the long run. He was pitching a no-hitter through four innings, but then had to sit on the bench for a long time in the top of the 5th as the Cubs batted around and scored 8 runs. When Miller returned to the mound in bottom of the frame his command wasn't quite as sharp and Round Rock got to him for 2 runs on 3 hits and even a couple of outs in the inning were hard hit.

AA

Mobile 9, Tennessee 4

Game Recap

I didn't get a chance to watch this game, but it seems like it was a bizarre one. Alex Lange allowed seven runs over five innings, so you'd think he pitched poorly, but it seems all seven runs were unearned as errors by Vimael Machin and Nico Hoerner led to four and three-run innings against him. The Tennessee offense didn't mount much of a threat, as three of their runs came in the bottom of the 9th when the team was down by eight.

Top Performers

  • Alex Lange: 5 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K (L, 2-2, 2.89)
  • Oscar De La Cruz: 2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (3.95)
  • Roberto Caro: 1-4, BB, SB (26), CS (12) (.272)
  • Vimael Machin: 1-3, 2 HBP (.302)
  • Zach Davis: 0-1, R, 3 BB (.375)
  • Ian Rice: 1-4, R, RBI (.208)
  • Nico Hoerner: 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI (.273)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

He did get knocked around a bit in his last time out, but the transition to the bullpen certainly has to be considered an early success for Oscar De La Cruz (4.30 ERA as SP, 2.77 as RP in 2019 with TN). In 13 innings as a reliever the big righty has allowed just 4 runs on 8 hits and 4 walks. He's struck out 17.

Advanced A

Myrtle Beach PPD

A

South Bend 4, Quad Cities 3 (10 Innings)

Game Recap

After Brian Glowicki couldn't hold a one-run lead in the 9th inning, the Cubs hopes were further deflated when the River Bandits were able to plate the inherited runner in the 10th to take a 3-2 lead. Brennen Davis came to the rescue though:

Top Performers

  • Brennen Davis: 3-5, HR (5), R, 2 RBI (.301)
  • Rafelin Lorenzo: 1-3, 2B, R, BB (.272)
  • Luke Reynolds: 2-4 (.292)
  • Jonathan Sierra: 2-4 (.245)
  • Cam Sanders: 5 IP, H, R, BB, 3 K (3.30)
  • Peyton Remy: 2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (3.16)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Just as with Tyson Miller in Iowa we shouldn't allow the game Cam Sanders turned in on the mound for South Bend to get lost in the shuffle because of the offensive heroics. He allowed just 1 run on 1 hit over 5 innings, the second consecutive 5-inning, 1-hit start for the young right-hander (both required just 58 pitches). The improved efficiency has been a welcome development.

Cam Sanders (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Cam Sanders (photo by Rikk Carlson)

One of the more intriguing arms from the Cubs 2108 draft class, Sanders never reached his full potential while as LSU, but the ingredients are there for a big league pitcher. He has the size (6'2"), the arm strength (capable of hitting mid-90s, maybe even higher as reliever) as he mixes a 2 and 4-seam fastball. He also features good spin on his overhand curve and flashes an impressive changeup as well. His complicated over-the-top delivery certainly creates deception but also could contribute to the lack of consistency. Control has long been an issue, but hopefully his recent stretch offers hope he is turning a corner in that regard. Over his last 3 games he has allowed just 3 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks over 15 innings, while striking out 13 opposing batters. He gives up very little solid contact so if he can just throw strikes he has a bright future.

A-

Eugene 12, Salem-Keizer 1

Game Recap

The middle of the Emeralds lineup was locked in on Friday night, as the 3-6 spots in the order went a combined 14-for-20 with 2 walks, 2 sacrifice flies, 9 runs scored, and 6 runs batted in. The pitching was pretty locked in as well. Four guys combined to allow just 9 base runners and 1 run.

Top Performers

  • Jake Slaughter: 5-6, 2 R, 3 RBI, SB (4) (.315)
  • Chase Strumpf: 3-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 SF (.371)
  • Zac Taylor: 3-5, 2 R, RBI, BB (.394)
  • Nelson Maldonado: 2-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI (.500)
  • Fernando Kelli: 1-5, 2 R, RBI, BB, 2 SB (8, 9) (.298)
  • Jacob Olson: 1-5, 2B, RBI, BB (.263)
  • John Burgmann: 2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (0.00)
  • Yunior Perez: 3 IP, 2 H, R, BB, 3 K (W, 1-3, 7.90)
  • Brandon Hughes: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 K (9.00)
  • Tanner Dalton: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, K (0.00)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Over his last 2 games, Jake Slaughter (.315/.380/.449) has reached safely in 10-of-11 plate appearances (8 singles, 2 walks, a HBP). He's stolen a base, scored 4 runs, and driven in 3 more.

With another RBI last night, Nelson Maldonado (.362/.387/.569 between R/A-) now has 9 RBI in his 5 games since joining Eugene. He has at least 1 in every game. Oh, he's also hitting .500 with the club.

Chase Strumpf (.298/.421/.509) has been an extra base machine since turning pro. He has at least one in 8 of his 16 career games. Over his last 6 games with Eugene he is batting .522 with 2 walks, 3 sac flies, 5 doubles, a homer, 7 runs scored, and 7 knocked in.

Zac Taylor (.397/.471/.699) saw his 12-game hitting streak snapped in the Emeralds' previous game, but wasted no time kicking off a new one. His 3-hit game was the 4th of his 17 game pro career. He has 8 multi-hit games in all, and has reached safely multiple times in 11 of his 17 games.

It was nice to see Yunior Perez (13.2 IP, 17 H, 12, R, 11 BB, 15 K) settle in during this game. He's had a rough time of it coming out of the pen in his previous 3 appearances (2.2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 7 BB, 4 K). Perez is a big 6'4" hurler with a mid-90s fastball that he compliments with some promising secondaries. He isn't the most athletic pitcher around though, so his future is likely in the bullpen. Control is the main issue holding him back right now.

AZL

Cubs1 5, AthleticsG 3

Top Performers

  • Neils Stone: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 8 K (W, 1-0, 3.00)
  • Jake Reindl: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (0.00)
  • Cayne Ueckert: IP, H, 0 R, BB, K (S, 1, 1.04)
  • Fabian Pertuz: 2-4, HR (1), R, 3 RBI (.343)
  • Herson Perez: 0-1, R, 3 BB, SB (3) (.286)
  • Ezequiel Pagan: 2-5, R (.351)
  • Oswaldo Pina: 2-3 (.283)
  • Yovanny Cuevas: 1-3, 2B (.176)

Cubs2 6, White Sox 3

Top Performers

  • Alexander Guerra: 2-4, 2B, 3B, R, 3 RBI (.217)
  • Abraham Rodriguez: 1-3, HR (2), R, 2 RBI (.237)
  • Luis Verdugo: 2-4, R (.200)
  • Jose Gonzalez: 3 IP, H, R, 2 BB, 3 K (6.28)
  • Jaime Galazin: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (W, 2-0, 5.00)
  • Omar Ventura: IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, K (S, 2, 3.55)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Chase Strumpf is the only Cubs farmhand on an extra-base binge. Alexander Guerra (.217/.321/.674) has just 10 hits this season, but 8 have gone for extra bases (a double, a triple, and 6 home runs), which gives him a slugging percentage more than three times his batting average. I'm not sure I've ever seen that over a 13-game sample in the Minors.

Jaime Galazin was drafted as an outfielder in the 22nd round last season, but after putting up paltry numbers in 15 AZL games last year, the Cubs converted him to the mound, where his plus arm strength is best put to use. Galazin apparently hits the mid-90s with regularity, but at this point his secondary offerings are still a work in progress.

D.J. Artis (.243/.362/.345 with 11 SB for South Bend) made his first appearance since late May.

Some additional rehab news as 2018 17th rounder Jake Reindl was able to make his first professional appearance on the mound. The former Arkansas Razorbacks closer struck out 2 of the 3 batters he faced.

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    Welcome back Michael. Missed you brother.

  • Love these round-ups. Thanks.

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    A lot of promising prospects. I'd like to see DJ Artis healthy and see what he can do. Sanders is another one to watch. We really do have some up and coming talent in the minors.
    Welcome back Michael. I hope you stay healthy as well.

  • Glad you're feeling better Michael............

  • With Sanders only throwing 58 pitches over 5 innings his last 2 starts, is their a particular reason he's being taken out after that?

  • With Guerra, is 6 homeruns also surprisingly high for the AZL?

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