Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Roederer blasts two homers; Jensen punches out 4 in 2 innings; Happ homers again

Cole Roederer (photo by Rikk Carlson)

Cole Roederer (photo by Rikk Carlson)


Oklahoma City 18, Iowa 5

Game Recap

Let's not linger on this one. The Cubs surrendered 8 home runs. Tyson Miller gave up 3 (5 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 4 K), Duane Underwood, Jr. gave up 2, and Taylor Davis, yes, Taylor Davis gave up 3 as he tried to record the final out of the game.

Ian Happ hit another homer, Phillip Evans hit one too.

Top Performers

  • Phillip Evans: 2-4, 2B, HR (12), 2 R, 2 RBI (.273)
  • Ian Happ: 1-4, HR (16), 2 R, 2 RBI (.238)
  • P.J. Higgins: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB (.273)
  • Donnie Dewees: 1-3, 2B, 2 BB (.253)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Ian Happ (.238/.355/.433) in July:

15 G, .322/.429/.661, 13 R, 3 2B, 3B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 11 BB, 17 K, 2 SB


Tennessee 2, Birmingham 1

Game Recap

Tennessee found themselves down 1-0 in the 9th. Roberto Caro was hit by a pitch, stole 2nd, moved to 3rd on a throwing error by the catcher, and then came in to score on a wild pitch to tie it up. Nico Hoerner then walked, moved into scoring position on another wild pitch, then eventually came into score three batters later on a single by Jared Young.

Top Performers

  • Luis Lugo: 4 IP, 2 H, R, 2 BB, 6 K (4.03)
  • Allen Webster: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (13.50)
  • Wyatt Short: 2 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K (W, 4-1, 1.79)
  • Jared Young: 2-4, RBI (.248)
  • Gioskar Amaya: 1-3 (.262)

Advanced A

Myrtle Beach SUSP


Wisconsin 5, South Bend 4

Game Recap

A pair of home runs by Cole Roederer helped Brailyn Marquez and the Cubs build a 4-2 in the top of the 6th, but the Timber Rattlers battled back with two runs in the bottom of the frame off Peyton Remy to tie it. They pulled ahead the following inning.

Top Performers

  • Cole Roederer: 2-4, 2 HR (4, 5), 2 R, 3 RBI (.220)
  • Yonathan Perlaza: 2-4, 2 2B, R (.400)
  • Clayton Daniel: 2-4 (.262)
  • Rafael Narea: 1-3, RBI (.168)
  • Brailyn Marquez: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K (4.27)


Eugene 2, Hillsboro 1

Top Performers

  • Jake Slaughter: 1-2, HR (3), R, RBI, BB, HBP (.308)
  • Luis Vazquez: 1-3, 2B, RBI (.235)
  • Ryan Jensen: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 4 K (3.38)
  • Yunior Perez: 3 IP, 3 H, R, 2 BB, 3 K (7.02)
  • Chris Kachmar: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (W, 3-0, 0.00)
  • Riley McCauley: IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, K (S, 5, 1.17)


AthleticsG 7, Cubs1 6

Top Performers

  • Ezequiel Pagan: 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI (.330)
  • Carlos Pacheco: 2-2, 2 R, 2 BB (.292)
  • Ervis Marchan: 1-2, 2 R, RBI, BB (.356)
  • Oswaldo Pina: 1-4, RBI, BB, SB (4) (.282)
  • Ethan Hearn: 0-3, R, 2 BB, SB (1) (.211)
  • Emilio Ferrebus: 4 IP, 2 H, R, 2 BB, 4 K (8.68)

Cubs2 14, Reds 6

Top Performers

  • Kevin Moreno: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 R, 4 RBI, BB (.224)
  • Widimer Joaquin: 1-2, HR (1), R, 2 RBI (.238)
  • Bryce Windham: 2-4, 2 R, RBI, BB (.350)
  • Alexander Guerra: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI (.306)
  • Abraham Rodriguez: 2-5, R, 3 RBI (.247)
  • Josue Huma: 0-2, 3 BB (.230)
  • Carlos Ocampo: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, ER, 2 BB, 4 K (W, 2-1, 3.86)
  • Matteo Bocchi: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (4.38)


Cubs4, Rays2 2

Brewers 10, Cubs2 9


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  • Is Nico Hoerner in a slump? I noticed his batting average is creeping downwards

  • In reply to KFC Hamburger:

    A lot of 1-for-4s of late.
    He missed a lot of time. Everyone he's facing is in midseason form. Nothing to be concerned about.

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    I know Happ has been looking better, but what are you're thoughts on his return? Or is the FO going to try to use him for trade bait? The kid still has plenty of upside & years of control.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    I'd have no issue bringing Happ up now or at any point in the 2nd half. I don't believe he will be traded, not do I want him to be. He can be a valuable bench player for this team now and into the future, especially with the roster expanding to 26 next year.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    His 15 games in July seem to show he has developed some in AAA this year. I am ready to see him come back to the majors whenever the FO thinks it is time. He has good speed, good power, and a good walk rate. If he improves defensively some from last year, he could be more than a bench player.

  • In reply to John57:

    Sorry, I’m seeing no development by these numbers. He always had power and drew walks. So fine, that’s still there.

    But his hit tool remains terrible— .238 and more than a strikeout per game. Sorry, the second number remains most important, and hovering between 25-30% hardly seems improved. Also, the first — he really needs to raise his average by 20-30 pts.

  • Kyle Ryan the only lefty in the pen now right?

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Yes. With Edwards replacing Rosario it is just Ryan. I expect the Cubs are looking at acquiring a LHRP at or before the deadline. Then also having Hultzen as a backup plan in August/September.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    I think I recall Joe saying he's a fan of Edwards against lefties too

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    His cut fastball is effective against everybody. When he's throwing strikes he can get anybody out. That's why he's been in a stopper role for much of his time in Chicago. They can match him up against a team's best whether regardless of whether they are RH or LH, and whether those spots in the order come up in the 6th, 7th or 8th inning.

  • Hi Michael, do Slaughter and Maldonado seem like legitimate prospects? (I think you may have mentioned something about Slaughter before.......)

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    They are both RH corner guys. Slaughter a 1B/3B and Maldonado a 1B/LF/RF. That puts a lot of pressure on the bat. Slaughter is a good athlete for his size, but after being a top prep recruit (Cubs drafted but could not sign him out of high school), he never really put it together at LSU. Still, Cubs were still interested, and re-drafted him. It's pretty telling that Fidel Mejia and Christopher Morel made the South Bend roster ahead of him this year despite being a couple of years younger. I'm not going to say Slaughter is a complete non-prospect, but it is a long shot. He's doing well in Eugene, but frankly, he should be doing well there more than a year after being drafted from a major college program.

    Maldonado seems like a scrappy, overachiever that can put the bat on the ball. Will likely make a good org guy. Still early in my looks at him but I don't think there is enough upside to call him a prospect.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Makes sense, sometimes those guys put it together; so the more you have the better then.
    The Morel brothers really intrigue me, it would be awesome to have brothers make the rise through the ranks to the MLB together; God-willing they will, would be an amazing story............

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