Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Hermosillo extends on-base streak and Kobos extends scoreless streak; Affiliates go 0-5 on the day

Christopher Morel (photo by Rikk Carlson)

This was a really rough night in the system, so I’m not going to go into much depth. There were still some strong individual performances but each affiliate lost, some in ugly fashion.

AAA

Columbus 9, Iowa 7

Top Performers

  • Michael Hermosillo: 3-3, 2B, R, RBI, 2 BB (.450)
  • Taylor Gushue: 2-5, HR (3), R, 2 RBI (.255)
  • Abiatal Avelino: 2-5, 3B, 2 R (.258)
  • Dee Strange-Gordon: 2-5, 2B, RBI, BB, SB (5) (.289)
  • Andrew Romine: 2-4, R, RBI, 2 BB (.262)
  • Tyler Ladendorf: 2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI (.172)
  • Ian Miller: 2-5, 2 R (.235)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

AA

Rocket City 6, Tennessee 4

Game Recap

Tennessee took a one run lead into the bottom of the 8th but couldn’t hold it. Wyatt Short (0-3, 8.36), who has been one of the Cubs more reliable relievers over the last couple of years, has not been so far this season. He gave up a pair of home runs. He’s blown three saves and lost three games up to this point.

Top Performers

  • Christopher Morel: 1-3, 3B, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB (.193)
  • Darius Hill: 2-5, R (.333)
  • Peyton Remy: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, BB, 2 K (2.31)
  • Ryan Lawlor: 1.1 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (8.44)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Over his last 12 games Christopher Morel (.193/.275/.368) has made strides with his plate discipline. He’s walked at an impressive 18.9% rate while striking out just 13.2% of the time for a .377 OBP.

High-A

Wisconsin 6, South Bend 1

Game Recap

No-hit, but not shutout. South Bend, well really Edmond Americaan, was able to pull off the rare feat of scoring a run during a no-hitter thanks to an error and a wild pitch (plus a lot of speed). In the bottom of the 6th Americaan reached 1st on an error, then proceeded to steal 2nd and then 3rd, before coming home on a wild pitch.

Top Performers

  • Tanner Jesson-Dalton: 2.1 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K (11.25)
  • Scott Kobos: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 K (0.00)
  • Juan Gamez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (6.23)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Two more scoreless innings for Scott Kobos to increase his streak to 15.2 IP to open his career.

Low-A

Augusta 14, Myrtle Beach 6 (Game 1)

Augusta 8, Myrtle Beach 7 (Game 2)

Game Recap

The Pelicans offense showed up in both halves of the doubleheader but it was a rough day for the pitching staff. Even D.J. Herz, who was virtually unhittable throughout May, was lit up for 9 runs over just 2.2 innings in game 1 as his control completely abandoned him (4 BB, 3 HBP).

Top Performers

  • Ezequiel Pagan: 4-8, 2B, 3B, 3 R, RBI, BB (.412)
  • Yohendrick Pinango: 3-8, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB (.265)
  • Matt Mervis: 3-5, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, SB (3) (.190)
  • Ryan Reynolds: 2-4, HR (2), 2 R, 2 RBI (.219)
  • Fabian Pertuz: 2-2, R (.190)
  • Jacob Wetzel: 2-7, RBI (.226)
  • Jordan Nwogu: 1-3, 2B, R (.146)
  • Jonathan Sierra: 1-2, R, RBI, 2 BB (.210)
  • Tyler Sullentrop: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (1.93)
  • Bailey Reid: 1.2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (2.81)

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  • Not a good day in regard to W-L. But some of the young 'uns or not so young are raising some eyebrows.

    Hill just keeps on keepin' on. Pinango continues to make strides. Pagan clearly would like some attention after arriving at MB.

    Then there's our latest 2000+ minor league PA eye opener. At 26 years old Hemosilla isn't a pup anymore. The career .364 OBP would indicate he's done a lot well. Very SSS but he's certainly a guy to keep an eye on.

    As the Cubs were signing all of these minor league FA's since last fall I was giving them the usual cursory look with a shrug. Historically they've just been organizational fill the roster guys. Granted it's far too early to know yet. But some of these guys could turn out to be keepers.

    It's beginning to like like the Cubs have spent a lot of time focusing on a player type generally reserved for small market teams. The just short of reaching their potential mid 20's guys with substantial PA's. If they start hitting on a few of these that's going to leave a lot of budget flexibility moving forward.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Just like the pony tailed dude from good will hunting. Not an original thought or observation. Keep ur mask on sheep!

  • Why does Wisdom get such a tough zone??? Let's go boys!

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Bryant always does too.

  • Its going to be a long day for the Cubbies if the home plate umpire keeps expanding the zone for the Cards.

  • Let's see if the Cubs have a comeback in them.

    Shame Stewart did get the hook sooner.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Shut up!

  • They call him Sergio!!!!

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    That’s why they call you dope.

  • Despite a questionable zone from the umpire, the Cubs overcame and won !
    Javy, quite swinging at balls you can't hit !
    GO CUBS !

  • So far 7-4 in the start of this stretch against really good teams. Then once June turns to July the Cubs have one of the easiest schedules in baseball the rest of the way.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Bad karma to call opponents "easy". Unpleasant memories of a bad Red's team ending the Cubs playoff hopes one year. Speaking of which they need to start taking down the Brewers and Reds more often going forward.

    One game and one series at a time. Just take care of business.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Can you shut up. You comment on everything that comes thru your little pea brain. Do you even watch games or just post your thoughts on every play that happens. Please enlighten us on another obscure player you think you discovered. You and nay jack are complete idiots. Ps keep your mask on dopey!

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    Found you again. See below please.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Yes, there is still a long way to go. Today's game was special and one that can define the kind of season this could be. It had, that 'we won't be denied' feel. Good group this one.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    "Define a season"......You could be right. That might have been one of those games. I caught the first 4 1/2 on the radio. Depression was setting in. Oh well go get 'em tomorrow.

    That game had L written all over it.

    I thought they'd compete this year. Didn't expect whatever this appears to have the possibility becoming.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Felt a little like the Sandberg game. Not quite as dramatic, different era. Rizzo' s homerun was similar to Ryne' s, but he only needed to do it once. Let's go all the way this year.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I keep sayin' it on another site. 1 or 2 guys aren't carrying this team. I can't name a clear cut current MVP. It's been about team wins. Making plays, Key AB's. This group?

    Tempering the enthusiasm is a challenge.....This might be a remembered year. If Jed can bolster the rotation?

  • Yes, they had a comeback in them. ;-)

    That was a brutal loss for the Cards and their fans. Getting blown out preferable. Doesn't leave the same bad taste.

    A lot to unpack on that one.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Are you still baffled?

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    Sadly yes. About so many things too.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    I have to ask with all your baseball acumen, how did you fail to recognize the talent of Patrick wisdom? You were so baffle that Jed even brought him up. Funny, he was not on your radar. You find some obscure minor leaguers and talk about them in this forum like you found them. You are a joke. You and nay jack are a perfect pair. All he talks about is how rickets should spend his money.

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    That's rude.

    To your question Wisdom's K rate and defensive concerns were statistically obvious. The Cardinals don't give up on budget friendly talent with power for no reason. I thought he was AAA roster filler. Not to mention the dingers would be entertaining for the Iowa faithful. Unknown to me and anyone else who wasn't there the Cubs clearly worked with him at the alternate site last year. His D appears to be VASTLY improved. He's suddenly looking every bit a MLB 3rd baseman. Aramis Ramirez anyone? He was not good with the Pirates. A footwork adjustment and shazaam. I'm hopeful but it remains to be seen if his bat can hold up. MLB advance scouts have a way of finding guys kryptonite. It's their job. And once one does it spreads like a wild fire. Again, I'm going to be optimistic until proven otherwise.

    "Question" 2? I've long enjoyed following the pups. Never know what you'll find. Mark Grace was a 24th round pick. IMO the best pitcher in baseball Jacob deGrom was a 9th rounder. It's a long list. Every jewel isn't taken in the 1st round. And many find following their journeys to the bigs as entertaining as today's win.

    As for others who believe signing the big names is paramount? Sometimes they're right. And they're entitled to their opinions. We don't have to agree on everything.

    But it doesn't mean we can't discuss our differences in a respectful manner. That was one of John's often stated mission here.

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    Keep an eye on Heyward. I was encouraged by a foul ball down the left field line today. He's been hitting that pitch weakly to the right side. When he starts taking those the other way good things start happening. ;-)

  • Deep thought coming soon....

    I've been trying to figure out this jump in performance by some players from '19 to '21 without games. Especially in the minor's.......... Golf has a way of answering so many life questions. LOL

  • What a season so far!
    Great game today..Where are all the long time posters?
    What happened to BarleyPop?I do give Michael credit
    for keeping this going and doing all he does.

  • In reply to IndyCub:

    Yes, thanks Micheal. Actually this site is still doing pretty good. Excellent coverage on the farm, and interesting ongoing opining on the big s. Lots of posters still, with thoughtful takes expressed respectfully. Lots of readers, I think. Commenters come and go routinely depending on what else in going on with work and family. A few of us old retired fossils have more time. Everything paused some anyway in 2020.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I think a daily minor recap and a daily Cubs recap are required to get this site back to where it once was. That's 1-2 articles a day.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Maybe, I'm not saying that the site is what it was. John is gone and would be impossible to replace. He was one of a kind. Still, we survive, thanks to commentators like yourself. To me, we still have our own mostly respectful niche.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Informally, we do have a mostly daily minors recap and a Cubs daily one.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    It's kind of cool actually. We police ourselves. Arquello our founder.

  • In reply to IndyCub:

    “Milk Stout” is Still here. I come on mainly for minors recaps & any prospect posts. Don’t always post & don’t always read, but I check it out when I can. Life & work sometimes gets in the way.

    Haven’t seen a Barley post in a while. He was writing here for a bit. And Michael is doing his best considering his work commitments along with life. I’m thankful for it all.

  • Joe Buck sounds like he is in pain, getting the words out to describe the walks being issued by Gant.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Born and raised in st. Louis as a Cardinal fan. His dad Jack and Joe both long-time play by play announcerrs for them. He is in pain.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Poor baby! lol.

  • Javy's second bat tonight was great. Javy didn't try to swing at the fences, trying to just make contact, hitting a single and getting a RBI.
    It must be killing the Cards that former Card Patric Wisdom is killing it for the Cubs !
    The Brewers have a cream puff schedule the next month. Go Cubbies, keep it up !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Sometimes it appears Javy can do that any time he takes a notion.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Javy needs to keep making contact at the plate to help his team. Way too many strikeouts to be batting third or forth in the lineup.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    A year like the one that he was runner-up mpv would be nice.

  • Remember the kid in little league that always swung so hard his helmet falls off. That's what Javy swings reminds me of sometimes.

  • There you Cubbies, running up the Cards pitch count in the 3rd ! In all my 73 years, I've never seen the Cardinals look so bad !
    Is it time for a Davies extension ?

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    The Cardinals looked a little demoralized after after the Cubs comeback win Friday. By Sunday, they were not playing as a usual Cardinal team. Facing Kimbrel in ninth yesterday, they looked like they just wanted to get away. The look on their faces would have made a good Southwest airline commercial. It's too early to write them off, and they are a proud organization.

    Davies really looked confident. Sergio is a terrific shortstop. Rizzo solidified his iconic Cub status this weekend. No way we can let him leave. He is like Molina with the Cardinals and Votto with the Reds.

  • Alcantara, what a nice (and a bit lucky) find. He's barrelling everything and already showing good range and a cannon for an arm. Regression is expected with a SSS, but looking at his minor league stats- he's a low K, contact hitter whose consistently been 2 years younger than his competition. Some room to grow esp. with his power profile.

    We might have stumbled into our Javy replacement.

  • In reply to LAX2ORD:

    The question then becomes, who plays SS and who plays 2B between he and Nico?

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    If Alcantara pans out (still a big IF) he looks like a natural SS to me. He could be a nice 2-3 year bridge until the younger SS in the minors are ready. Nico has great footwork w/ a lesser arm, so I like him at 2nd.

    Taking a step back, the Cubs farm is deep at SS, 2nd and C. Strumpf is a step away from the majors as is Amaya. This may give the Cubs flexibility to consider trades of Javy and/or Willson.

  • The one free agent of the three Cubs, Kris Bryant is the one to keep. A few scouts think that Rizzo is on the downside of his career. I know that's not popular to say that , but with Alcantara at SS and 1st base prospect Alfonso Rivas who is almost MLB ready, both are replaceable for a lot less money . In three to four years, Christian Hernandez is one you will be hearing a lot .

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Is Alfonso Rivas even playing pro ball? The last stats I see of him is 2019. Don't see anything for 2021.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Yes, he’s property of the Cubs. He’s also injured so he’s not currently playing

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Milk,
    Rivas is on Baseball America's top 30 Cub prospects. Currently, scouting reports say Rivas is a good contact hitter, not a home run threat and a very good defensive 1st baseman.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    It’s nice having Tony over at 1B though, digging them balls out of the dirt. Rivas hurt & may not be all that in the bigs. But I’m picking up what you’re throwing down. 1st basemen aren’t overly that hard to find whether it’s FA or trade. Guys can shift positions (KB, Wisdom, etc...) as well.

    For me, in a perfect world they keep Bryant for whatever it takes & both Rizzo & Javy for a lot less &/or more team friendlyish type contracts. But at least keep #17 here for a long time.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    Every month it seems I change my mind about how Hoyer should approach this season’s, Cub free agents. To me, once Alcantara fills out a little more, with his ability to switch hit and his speed and defense- I just don’t see any reason to commit to Javy for an extended period of time. KB is going to get paid big time, probably more than what I’d want to commit to. I think this year’s QO of around $19M could be enough to keep Rizzo in the fold, as I don’t think Riz will find the market for him, as lucrative as he would like. Cubs need Riz’s LH bat and leadership. Hopefully they can work something out, for 3 or 4 years.
    The whole thing boils down to whether or not Ricketts is in it, to win it, or feed his piggy bank.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I hear ya. I change a little too. Bryant is the guy to keep. He’s the most consistent & proven to be versatile as well. He’s a pretty good 3Bman & I would say, after Marisnick, the best OFer too. Can also play 1st.

    If we lost Javy, it would stink, but not the end of the world. I’m not yet fully sold on Alcantara being a full time starter. I like him thus far. He was claimed off waivers & is hot right now. Will the league catch up to him? Will he adjust? Maybe just a good role/platoon player. But I like that he can bat both, play the middle IF & play it well.

    $19 million for Rizzo & his balky back is way too much in my opinion. Is that what his QO would have to be? Love him & his captaincy, but that’s steep. Maybe 1 year & then back to $17, 16.5, etc...

    Depends on what Jed sees for 2022. Originally I thought this year was going to be a semi-punt/sell at the deadline year. Upcoming Offseason as well. But winning seems to be pausing that thought process.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    $19M/yr is too much for Riz. But for 1 year is what I was thinking also. That buys them a little time to work something out. I’ll miss Javy, but he’s got some holes in his game. I agree Alcantara isn’t a slam dunk yet, but if it costs say $12M a year to keep Javy long term, well I’d rather take a chance on a Jorge Polanco type for a lot less until Alcantara or someone else makes their way thru the system.
    KB, hummmm. I guess JHey’s contract has soured me, about handing out over $25/M for at least 6 years. But KB is a fine player. I’m starting to have a man crush on the way Tampa Bay does things.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I think the Cubs keep Rizzo and most likely overpay him a little. As I said, similar to what the Cardinals and Reds have done with Molina and Votto. Rizzo has value that can't be computed with stats. His Cubdom will outlast KB and Javy probably. If one wants Bryant or Baez to stay signing Riz increases the changes of that happening. I don't see where Anthony has lost much yet. Scheduled rest days and day to day injuries, but seldom does go on the il list.

  • Loved last nights game...
    This team plays with energy that I wasn't seeing much of
    after the championship season and I hope it keeps going.
    As for the FA's to be I have both Bryant and Rizzs Jerseys
    so I want them to stay but I realize the team changes and
    sometimes players have to move on.
    It would be a lot easier if the team was sucking and we were
    selling because the haul would be pretty good I think.
    Anyway here we are enjoying a fun year with lots of moving
    pieces yet still winning..Who was the Cardinal troll I used to
    see on here?I'd say to him it sucks to be you :)~

  • Cubbies, wake up ! Marisnick throwing to the wrong base ! Cubbies, take some pitches, you're making this too easy for the Met's pitcher.
    Contreras leading off , Rossi, you can't be serious !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Ross asks an awful lot from Willson. I'd like to see him get more rest days. I don't want him already spent, when we need him most.

  • Why is JHey starting! And since he is, why is he pulling the ball against a LH pitcher.

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    Two nights in a row making struggling pitchers look like aces.

  • In reply to John Winter:

    I was thinking the same thing, but the Cubs hit Peterson hard early. Everything was was playable unfortunately. The team looked a little flat coming down from the sweep. Jake day was a dud.

  • I have read several pieces on Rizzo being one of the Cubs not getting his vax for COVID (Heyward too). All as a negative. I think folks should keep in mind that there is risk. All of us (I did) who did, agreed to be part of an experiment on the long term effects, because science skipped that part because of the urgency. Also, almost all healthy people under 60 do not die of COVID if infected. At this juncture, I have read that there has been a few hundred cases of the young having heart inflammation after being vaccinated. Point being, it's a personal decision, yet to be annualized.

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