Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Hearn hits first pro HR; Passantino throws 5 and Gallardo throws 3 shutout innings; Amaya homers

Jeffrey Passantino (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Jeffrey Passantino (photo by Rikk Carlson)

AAA

Nashville 7, Iowa 4

Top Performers

  • Jim Adduci: 3-4, 2 RBI (.309)
  • Phillip Evans: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI (.278)
  • Ian Happ: 1-3, R, BB (.238)
  • Colin Rea: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K (3.19)
  • Rowan Wick: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (1.80)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Make it 13 consecutive scoreless appearances for Rowan Wick with Iowa. His ERA is down to 1.80 and his fastball and curve are popping as well as they have all season.

AA

Birmingham 3, Tennessee 1

Game Recap

A day after Alex Lange was scratched from his scheduled start, Thomas Hatch was unable to go. Hatch had gone just two innings his last time out, and without him yesterday it meant the Smokies were forced to go with the bullpen only for the second straight game. Jake Stinnett and his brethren kept Tennessee in it all night, but the Smokies offense has gone cold of late, and this game was no different.

Top Performers

  • Gioskar Amaya: 1-3, R, BB (.265)
  • Zach Davis: 2-4 (.240)
  • Charcer Burks: 1-2, SAC (.231)
  • Vimael Machin: 1-3, SAC (.294)
  • Jake Stinnett: 3 IP, 2 H, R, 0 BB, 4 K (L, 1-2, 5.24)
  • Bailey Clark: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, K (3.86)

Advanced A

Salem 5, Myrtle Beach 4

Game Recap

Jeffrey Passantino and Ethan Roberts tossed seven combined shutout innings, and a two-run homer by Miguel Amaya in the 6th appeared to put this game well in hand for Myrtle Beach. But Salem stormed back with five runs over the final two innings as two errors led to four unearned runs.

Top Performers

  • Jeffrey Passantino: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K (0.00)
  • Ethan Roberts: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (5.40)
  • Miguel Amaya: 1-4, HR (8), R, 2 RBI (.227)
  • Cam Balego: 2-3, 2 R, BB (.265)
  • Tyler Durna: 1-3, RBI, HBP (.269)
  • Grant Fennell: 2-4, RBI (.234)
  • Delvin Zinn: 2-5, 2B (.246)
  • Aramis Ademan: 1-4, R, SB (12) (.238)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Jeffrey Passantino has allowed 2 or fewer runs, and has struck out at least 5 batters (without walking a single guy) in each of his 5 starts this season since transitioning from the bullpen in South Bend where he made 15 appearances. He doesn't possess much in terms of velocity (rarely topping 88), and I'm not sure I'd call any of his secondaries as a plus offering. Instead Passantino relies on changing speeds, and features great control, along with good command, and every time you look he gives his team valuable innings and a chance to win.

A

South Bend PPD

A-

Hillsboro 2, Eugene 1

Game Recap

A two-run homer off 4th rounder Chris Clarke was all Hillsboro needed as the Emeralds managed just seven base runners against Hops pitching. Clarke actually pitched well overall, and he was followed by six combined shutout innings by Didier Vargas and Hunter Bigge.

Top Performers

  • Didier Vargas: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (5.82)
  • Hunter Bigge: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (2.57)
  • Luis Vazquez: 2-4 (.238)
  • Jake Slaughter: 2-4 (.313)
  • Luis Diaz: 1-3, 2B, R (.137)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

A sleeper prospect to keep an eye on from the Cubs 2019 draft class is Hunter Bigge. The 12th rounder was a two-way player at Harvard, and while his results on the mound were never spectacular, he is capable of throwing in the mid-90s and the Cubs hope that a full-time conversion to the mound will help him refine his game.

AZL

GiantsB 12, Cubs1 9

Top Performers

  • Ethan Hearn: 1-4, HR (1), R, 2 RBI, BB (.217)
  • Carlos Pacheco: 3-5, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI (.314)
  • Pedro Martinez: 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 SB (5, 6) (.344)
  • Richard Nunez: 1-3, 2 R, RBI, BB, HBP (.350)
  • Yovanny Cuevas: 1-4, RBI, BB, SB (2) (.219)
  • Ezequiel Pagan: 1-5, R, BB, SB (12) (.323)
  • Ryan Reynolds: 1-4, 2B, R, BB (.194)
  • Richard Gallardo: 3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, BB, 4 K (5.17)
  • Jake Reindl: IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (0.00)

Cubs2 7, AthleticsG 6

Top Performers

  • Abraham Rodriguez: 1-3, HR (3), 2 R, 3 RBI (.250)
  • Bryce Windham: 2-5, R, RBI (.356)
  • Josue Huma: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB (.231)
  • Carlos Morfa: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI (.184)
  • Zach Bryant: 2 IP, H, R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (W, 1-0, 1.50)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

It hasn't been smooth sailing over the first six games for Cubs 6th round pick Ethan Hearn (.217/.345/.348). He has struck out at least twice in every game, and three times in each of his last two. He has gotten on base though, and maybe his first pro home run can give him a little confidence and help him get locked in. The Cubs invested their third largest signing bonus from the 2019 draft class in the powerful left-hand hitter. Hearn was considered by many to be the top prep catcher prospect in the country.

Since the calendar turned to July, shortstop Pedro Martinez (.344/.413/.505) has upped his game to a new level. He's batted .404/.492/.538 with 4 doubles, a homer and 5/6 in stolen base attempts in 14 games. The Cubs made an effort to keep him in the lineup, and kept him in the top three in the batting order, even when they had older players rehabbing in Mesa last month. He's considered an athletic infielder with good speed. The 18-year old Martinez was one of the Cubs top players in the DSL last season (.310/.398/.406,  31/40 stolen bases).

Seventeen year old Richard Gallardo tossed 3 scoreless innings in each of his first two pro outings, but had allowed 9 earned runs in just 6.2 innings, until bouncing back with another 3 shutout innings yesterday. The Venezuelan right-hander was considered one of the top IFA pitching prospects last signing period. Inconsistencies should be expected from a player his age, skipping the DSL completely, so as long as we continue to see flashes of good performance we should consider it a successful debut season.

It was the first professional win for 15th rounder Zach Bryant.

DSL

Red Sox2 9, Cubs1 5

Cubs2 9, Tigers1 5

Jose Lopez (.246/.482/.386) is batting .342/.711/.457 over his last 12 games. Yes, that .711 OBP is accurate. He has drawn 20 walks in addition to his 12 hits in 12 games.

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    Gallardo, Lopez, Martinez--a lot of promising 17 yr olds. Our farm system is coming back and won't be one of the worst in MLB for very long. These will be exciting players to watch.

  • Nice article

  • 20 walks? That's great.

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