Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Abbott and 3 relievers strike out 16 for Iowa; Myrtle Beach rallies late to win

Cory Abbott (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AAA

Iowa 7, St. Paul 3

Game Recap

It wasn’t a perfect night by the Cubs pitching staff. Starter Cory Abbott issued some walks, and Tommy Nance gave up a solo homer, but the two of them, along with Adam Morgan and Ryan Meisigner were missing bats throughout the night. The four pitchers combined to punch out sixteen men.

New I-Cubs outfielder Trayce Thompson has always had power, he’s just had difficulty accessing it in games at the AAA and MLB levels. It wasn’t an issue on Thursday night however. He doubled and launched a two-run homer as part of a three-hit night. Sergio Alcantara and Taylor Gushue joined him with multi-hit games.

Top Performers

  • Trayce Thompson: 3-5, 2B, HR (1), R, 2 RBI (.333)
  • Sergio Alcantara: 3-4, 2 R, RBI (.320)
  • Taylor Gushue: 2-3, R, RBI, BB (.273)
  • Cory Abbott: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 8 K (W, 1-1, 4.09)
  • Tommy Nance: 2 IP, H, R, 0 BB, 4 K (1.50)
  • Adam Morgan: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (0.00)
  • Ryan Meisinger: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (3.00)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Abiatal Avelino (.344/.389/.438) extended his hit streak to 7 games.

AA

Rockey City 2, Tennessee 0

Game Recap

Erich Uelmen and three relievers were good on Thursday. But the three Trash Pandas pitchers were better. Levi Jordan and Miguel Amaya did stay hot at the plate, but the rest of the lineup managed just one hit and two walks all night.

Top Performers

  • Erich Uelmen: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K (L, 0-1, 3.24)
  • Levi Jordan: 1-3, 2B, BB (.345)
  • Miguel Amaya: 1-2, 2 BB (.348)

Advanced A

Beloit 10, South Bend 1

Game Recap

I don’t have much to say about a 10-1 loss that wasn’t broadcast on MiLB.TV. But Todd Johnson from Cubs Central was there in person, and had some nice things to report about starter Max Bain (4.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 2 HBP, 6 K), despite the results.

In frightening news, 2020 2nd rounder Burl Carraway threw 22 pitches in the 8th, walking all five batters he faced. He threw as many wild pitches (2) as he did strikes. Hopefully this is just a blip in the road, and not a sign of injury or worse, the yips.

Top Performers

  • Jacob Olson: 2-4, 2B, R (.240)
  • Bryce Windham: 1-3, RBI (.179)

A

Myrtle Beach 4, Augusta 3

Game Recap

A nice bounceback effort from starter Scott Thoreson set the tone in this one. After struggling with control in his first outing, Thoreson walked just one batter on Thursday while working with far greater efficiency. He’s a big guy with a nice arm, and will eventually move to the pen, but the Cubs are letting him get in as many innings to work through his mechanics this year as they can.

Thoreson tossed 3.1 scoreless, striking out six. And then the Pelicans pen followed suit for the most part. Carlos Ocampo eventually gave up the lead in the top of the 8th, but Myrtle Beach battle back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to win. Matt Mervis drove in the tying run on a sac fly, and then Yohendrick Pinango drove home the winner with a single to left.

Top Performers

  • Scott Thoreson: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 6 K (3.60)
  • Blake Whitney: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (2.70)
  • Jose Albertos: 2.1 IP, H, R, BB, 3 K (1.50)
  • Bailey Reid: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (S, 2, 4.91)
  • Yohendrick Pinango: 2-4, 2B, RBI (.214)
  • Edmond Americaan: 1-4, HR (2), R, RBI (.182)
  • Yeison Santana: 1-2, R, 2 BB (.125), CS (1)
  • Jordan Nwogu: 1-3 (.136)
  • Ed Howard: 0-2, RBI, BB, HBP (.143)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Speaking of the yips, a slimmed down Jose Albertos is throwing well for the Pelicans in the early going. He did give up a run last night, but the ball is coming out of his hand well and his stuff is reminiscent of a few years ago before he lost all semblance of control. It’s been a long road back, but hopefully Albertos is re-establishing himself as a legit prospect once again. He’s allowed just 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings so far, while striking out 7.

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  • Hopefully for Carraway it was nothing more than low 40s/High 30s weather last night and just couldn’t get a feel.

    An injury would be brutal

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Fingers crossed.

  • Michael. are the Cubs focusing on developing up the middle athletes, & pitching? It seems like they are much less focused on adding mid-round college sluggers, & one plus tool power hitters like Vogelbach. Is this because adding MLB power seems to be more available then ever before, plenty of non-star players have plenty of power like K. Schwarber?

    Do you have a feeling for what the Cubs are trying to do with player development on the everyday player side?

  • In reply to Naujack:

    It definitely seems to be the focus. The majority of the Cubs postion player draft and IFA captial has gone towards adding a ton of C/SS/CF the last few years. This was a big focus for them the last time they rebuilt, with a few rare exceptions like Soler/Eloy (who were considered special enough COF bats to pay huge bonuses). Even Schwarber was a C before moving off the position.
    Vogelbach was drafted by Hendry.

    Other than Jordan Nwogu, every major draft/ifa signing has been a P/C/SS/CF as an amateur. They haven't signed an IFA for over 400K who didn't fit this profile since Jonathan Sierra and Kwang-Min Kwon in 2015.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Michael,
    I'm reading that the draft experts are predicting the Cubs are prepared to draft another catcher in the upcoming draft. With three catchers in their top 30 and another catcher from their latest int. draft,
    I would hope the Cubs would turn their attention to pitching, which seems to be their weak spot.
    Why do the Cubs need another catcher ? I would hope they would extend Willson Contrares contract.

  • I think Javy just set an MLB record by swinging at ball 4 five times before striking out at a ball in the dirt in the 7th at Detroit !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    If he ever figures that out he'll be one of the most feared hitters in the game.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    If Javy hasn't figured it out by now , its been almost 10 years since he was drafted, I don't he understands the concept of taking a walk or to stop swinging at the fences so he can advance a runner.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Javy might be one of those players unable to recognise strikes. I think he tries to figure the pitchers strategy and if he guess correctly, lookook out. Some have the ability to identify spin out of the pitchers hand, others never will.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    With all of the evidence regarding how many pitchers are elevating their spin rates (cheating with substances) I'm dumbfounded as to why MLB continues to turn a blind eye.

    I am looking forward to seeing Happ's return today. He was showing signs of breaking out of it right before the 3-5 day. I know a lot of fans are down on him but he has shown an ability to adjust. Not to mention he's not a FA until '24.

  • Good solid win against a sub par team. Now finish the series.

  • Joc Peterson leading off !!! What a concept !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Not my first choice but he's swinging the bat well.

    7 runs won't be enough today.

  • Talk about long term contracts, I bet the Tigers would love to unload Miguel Cabrera's contract !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    First ballot HOF. Off to a slow start and certainly on the decline but here's his 2 worst years in Detroit to date over 13 seasons.

    2017 - .249/.329/.399/.728
    2020 - .250/.329/.417/.746
    Career - .312/.390/.537/.927

    Injuries and age are taking their toll. I think he's older than 38 too. Health permitting he'll surpass 3000 hits and 500 HR's late this season or early next. Tigers were banking he'd be a productive DH into his early 40's. He might prove to be. Guaranteed through '23.

    But if your point is 8 to 10 year contracts for a 30+ year old is a bad idea I couldn't agree more. It's always tough to watch all time greats decline. Willie Mays was especially painful to watch because he had to play defense too.

    That said Miggy would have looked great in Cubs pinstripes through his prime years.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Your right about beware of bad contracts. They rarely work out. The worst in my opinion is the Mets are still paying Bobby Bonilla $ one million a year until 2025 !
    Boy, did Bobby's agent sucker punch the Mets !
    Too bad the Cubs lost yesterday, it ruined Matt Duffy's great performance at the plate !
    Years ago the Cubs would sign former very good players who were at the end of their careers. It was disappointing to watch .

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