Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Lange a late scratch from scheduled start; Jose Lopez draws 5 walks and steals 4 bases

Alex Lange (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Alex Lange (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AAA

Nashville 6, Iowa 5

Game Recap

The home run ball has been a plague on the Iowa pitching staff of late. After giving up five home runs the previous day (three more were hit off catcher Taylor Davis when he was pressed into service in the 9th), they gave up another four in this one. Matt Swarmer punched out 8 batters in 5.2 innings, but the three homers he surrendered amounted to five runs against. The pattern was the same for Craig Brooks, who recorded three of his four outs via strikeout, but also allowed a solo home run. For further elaboration:

The I-Cubs mounted a late comeback on a home run by Zack Short and an RBI by Dixon Machado, but the fell short in the end.

Top Performers

  • Zack Short: 1-4, HR (3), R, 2 RBI (.262)
  • Dixon Machado: 3-4, 2B, R, RBI (.265)
  • Phillip Evans: 2-4, R (.276)
  • Donnie Dewees: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI (.253)
  • Ian Happ: 0-2, 2 BB (.237)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

The Cubs activated outfielder Johnny Field from the IL. He'd been out for some time but had begun his rehab in Mesa this week. To make room Adbert Alzolay was placed on the IL with bicep soreness.

AA

Birmingham 4, Tennessee 2

Game Recap

The Tennessee offense didn't wake up until the 7th, and by then it was too late. Alex Lange was a late scratch from his scheduled start (unspecified reasons), so the Smokies were forced to go with a bullpen day. And the pen put forth a solid effort. They gave up four runs early, but held the fort, and kept Tennessee in the game from there.

Top Performers

  • Manuel Rondon: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (5.87)
  • Zach Davis: 1-3, R, BB, SB (7) (.190)
  • Gioskar Amaya: 1-3, RBI, HBP (.264)
  • Nico Hoerner: 1-3, BB (.265)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

I can only speculate on what caused Alex Lange to miss his start, but it happened late enough where the Birmingham announcers were completely unaware of it, and were actually referring to emergency starter Ben Hecht as Lange in the 1st inning. This is certainly the time of year for players to be pulled out of games as they are included as part of a trade, but no confirmation has come down that the Cubs are even in final negotiations on anyone. It is possible Lange was just sick, and decided at the last minute he couldn't go. But, we'll see.

Advanced A

Myrtle Beach 5, Carolina 1 (completion of suspended game)

Carolina 3, Myrtle Beach 2 (7 Innings)

Game Recap

Manuel Rodriguez (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

Manuel Rodriguez (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

The Pelicans had jumped out to a 5-1 lead on Thursday before the rains came and caused the game to be suspended in the 4th inning. They picked up where they left on Friday, and neither offense did much, as the bullpens for both squads dominated and the score remained unchanged. Manuel Rodriguez struck out six of the seven batters he faced over the final two innings.

In game two, Myrtle Beach once again jumped out ahead. The first four batters in the lineup reached in the 1st inning culminating with singles by Tyler Durna and Cam Balego which scored Carlos Sepulveda and Jose Gutierrez. The Pelicans would record just three more hits over the final six innings. Though Javier Assad struck out nine over five innings, he also surrendered a pair of home runs, and the lead.

Top Performers

  • Alexander Vargas: 3.2 IP, 2 H, R, BB, 3 K (3.71)
  • Jesus Camargo: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (W, 3-2, 2.48)
  • Manuel Rodriguez: 2 IP, H, 0 R, 6 K (3.90)
  • Javier Assad: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, BB, 9 K (L, 3-7, 3.95)
  • Chad Hockin: IP, 0 H, o R, 0 BB, 3 K (0.00)
  • Tyler Durna: 2-6, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI (.265)
  • Cam Balego: 3-6, 2B, RBI, 2 BB (.259)
  • Wladimir Galindo: 3-7, RBI (.227)
  • Jose Gutierrez: 2-8, 2B, 2 R, RBI (.308)
  • Aramis Ademan: 2-3, SB (12) (.238)
  • Grant Fennell: 2-4, R (.228)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

I didn't get a chance to see it but it was great to see Chad Hockin return to the boxscore for the Pelicans. The former 6th round pick featured a mid-90s fastball and above average slider prior to TJS early last season.

A

Wisconsin 2, South Bend 1 (7 Innings)

Game Recap

Faustino Carrera (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Faustino Carrera (photo by Rikk Carlson)

The rains came in the 7th and the game was stopped just after the Timber Rattlers took the lead in the bottom of the frame. Eventually, the game would be called. Faustino Carrera turned in his usual strong performance to lead the Cubs. He kept them in the game and exited with the game tied after five innings. The Cubs lone run came on a 5th inning double by Jonathan Sierra which scored Rafelin Lorenzo.

Top Performers

  • Faustino Carrera: 5 IP, 4 H, R, 2 BB, 6 K (3.19)
  • Jonathan Sierra: 1-3, 2B, RBI (.242)
  • Rafelin Lorenzo: 1-3, R (.266)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

He went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts on Friday, but Cole Roederer (.218/.293/.362) was coming off a 2-homer game on Thursday. I didn't get a chance to capture video of his exploits until last night, but even though its a day late, I figured folks would still be interested:

A-

Hillsboro 5, Eugene 4

Top Performers

  • Darius Hill: 2-4, R, SB (1) (.259)
  • Jake Washer: 1-3, 2B, R (.100)
  • Fernando Kelli: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, CS (5) (.295)
  • Chase Strumpf: 1-3, R, BB (.348)
  • Zac Taylor: 1-4, 2 RBI, CS (3) (.333)
  • Blake Whitney: 3.1 IP, 4 H, R, 3 BB, 6 K (3.38)
  • Brandon Hughes: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (6.00)
  • Tanner Dalton: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 2 K (0.00)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

As with the Roederer highlights, this is a day late, but I thought everyone would like a look at Cubs 1st rounder Ryan Jensen in his first televised MILB appearance from Thursday:

DSL

Red Sox2 3, Cubs1 2

Cubs2 8, Tigers1 4

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  • Great to see Jensen doing well. While I agree with you that the best scenario would be if Jensen could start, with the current state of affairs in Chicago, I'd try to see just how quick he could be moved along as a reliever.
    His lengthy arm angle worries me a bit, if he was throwing 90+ pitches, as a starter.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I'm going to hold off on the SP vs RP debate until the Cubs have an offseason to work with him. They made it clear they drafted him because of his arm talent and ability to hold velocity. And that they wanted to get him into the pitch lab to make refinements.

    The pitchers/coaches have so much high speed video and kinesiology data at this point that I feel increasingly uncomfortable making sweeping proclamations regarding details of mechanics. I try to limit myself to how much energy they exert and how well they repeat. Also deception.

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    Michael, what is your take on Aramis Ademan? He young for A+, but also repeating the level, and doesn't appear to be making alot of strides with the bat. Still a prospect based on defense, but is his stock slipping?

  • In reply to Zonk:

    I began having concerns this past offseason about Ademan's size and ability to hold up as an everyday player over the course of full season. He did add maybe 5-10 pounds of much-needed mass to his upper body, and I do think that helped him get off to a good start this year, but he seems to be wearing down again in my eye. Bat and movements seem a little slower. Which all leads me to believe he ends up as a utility guy rather than starter as I just don't see him being able to carry much more weight on his frame.

    He's still a solid SS, with enough athleticism and arm to play around the IF and probably the CF if necessary. He's still a left-handed bat with some pull-side pop which is always nice as a bench player, especially a middle infielder. And he has improved his plate discipline every season of his career, so there are some positive trends with him.

    To sum up, I think his ceiling is tied to how much strength and stamina he can add in the coming years, and I don't feel comfortable projecting that his frame can carry enough to become what we once hoped.

  • The Smokies game was somewhat disappointing, with Hecht, Caro and Machin all making errors in the first three innings to assist Birmingham to a 4-0 score. Since the team released Jesse Hodges, there's no 3B listed on the website roster. That turned out to be Amaya, While Jared Young played first. Nico's hit was an infield dribbler that he beat out. I didn't get to see him field as he was the DH. Rondon looked sharp, and Oscar De La Cruz is a big fella - but he didn't pitch.

  • I do believe Hatch was just scratched from today's start. Hmm...

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    Hatch exited his last start after two innings. That is more likely to be injury related.

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    Lopez has a .586 on-base percent and a .321 avg in his last 10 games. However all this is in the Dominican league!

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    In reply to Kevin:

    I'd say all 4 of our international free agent signings are doing extremely well for 17 year olds! Morel, Lopez, Gallardo, and Pinango. Machado has not played yet!

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