Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Swarmer a tough luck loser; Americaan and Zinn steal runs; Zinn remains perfect in stolen base attempts

Delvin Zinn (photo by Rikk Carlson)

AAA

St. Paul 2, Iowa 0

Game Recap

Matt Swarmer took a tough-luck loss as he fired six innings of one run ball, but the Iowa offense was stymied all night, generating just five hits. Swarmer gave up a solo home run to the second batter of the game but then allowed just three base runners after that.

Top Performers

  • Matt Swarmer: 6 IP, 4 H, R, 0 BB, 3 K (L, 0-3, 11.12)
  • Dee Strange-Gordon: 2-4, 2B (.259)
  • Trayce Thompson: 1-3, BB (.243)
  • Michael Hermosillo: 1-3, BB (.389)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Veteran utility man Trent Giambrone made his 2021 debut, going 1-for-4 as the DH. He had missed the beginning of the year on personal leave. Giambrone isn’t the biggest or fastest guy, but he’s got pop in his bat and is a savvy base stealer. Although he lacks a natural position (2B is probably his best), Giambrone is a gamer who can get you through a game at all four infield positions and even play a little corner outfield if needed. A streaky hitter who doesn’t draw many walks, Giambrone came close but never really took that next step to push him into consideration for a MLB bench spot. But he can help win you a game with some power from an infield spot or a timely stolen base, and Iowa can really use that type of boost. Hopefully he can find his footing quickly.

AA

Chattanooga 3, Tennessee 0

Game Recap

Another game, another shutout. Ryan Kellogg made a fill in start and kept Tennessee in the game over four innings of work, but just like the I-Cubs, the Smokies offense failed to deliver. Combined, Iowa and Tennessee managed fewer than one base runner per inning and went 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

Top Performers

  • Ryan Kellogg: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, K (L, 0-1, 3.65)
  • Ethan Roberts: 1.2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (2.70)
  • Garrett Kelly: 1.1 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (1.04)
  • Chase Strumpf: 2-4 (.216)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

An arm I would expect to get a shot in Iowa in the second half of the season is Ethan Roberts (12 G, 16.2 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 6 BB, 21 K). The Cubs 4th round pick from the 2018 draft, Roberts was a swiss army knife pitcher at Tennessee Tech, and was a big reason for that team’s surprising College World Series run. He’s settled in as a setup man in pro ball, but one that can extend to two innings if needed. While the righty stands just 5’10”, he’s strong and also a fluid athlete capable of producing mid-90s velocity. Roberts offers a starter’s arsenal, with deceptive late movement on all of his offerings, allowing him to generate a lot of soft contact from opposing hitters. His breaking ball flashes plus, and is ahead of his changeup, but he shows a good feel for commanding all of his pitches. Rule 5 eligible this winter, I expect Roberts to be added to the 40-man after the season, and he could compete for a bullpen role in Chicago next spring (although a midseason call up is more likely).

High-A

Cedar Rapids 4, South Bend 3

Game Recap

Another game, another emergency start in the Cubs system yesterday. This time it was Emilio Bocchi, who was returned to South Bend after a short stint in Tennessee. Bocchi delivered exactly what South Bend needed with four shutout innings.

The speed at the top of the Cubs lineup propelled them to a pair of 1st inning runs. Edmond Americaan singled and then stole second before moving to third on a wild pitch. After Delvin Zinn walked, the two of them pulled off a double steal, with Zinn drawing a throw to second while Americaan swiped home. One out later, Zinn stole third, with a throwing error by the catcher allowing him to come home. A Yonathan Perlaza solo shot capped the three run first.

The offense would dry up from there, but it looked like it would prove enough, as Samuel Reyes and Burl Carraway followed Bocchi and handed a 3-1 lead over to closer Eury Ramos to start the 8th. Ramos made it through the 8th unscathed, but then he fell apart in the 9th. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases. Another walk forced in a run, and then he allowed a walk-off double to end to the game.

Top Performers

  • Edmond Americaan: 2-4, R, 2 SB (7, 8) (.213)
  • Delvin Zinn: 0-3, R, BB, 2 SB (23, 24) (.241)
  • Yonathan Perlaza: 2-4, HR (3), R, RBI (.265)
  • Emilio Bocchi: 4 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K (3.72)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Edmond Americaan (11-for-12 in stolen base attempts between MB/SB) is the faster of the two players, but Delvin Zinn has become a master base stealer. The utility man is now an astounding 24-for-24 in stolen base attempts this season.

Low-A

Charleston 10, Myrtle Beach 6 (11 Innings)

Game Recap

Another game, another blown save.

Myrtle Beach took a 5-2 lead into the 7th behind a strong start from lefty Adam Laskey and big contributions from the bottom of the batting order. Jonathan Sierra and Fabian Pertuz both contributed three hits and Flemin Bautista delivered a bases loaded double to drive home three as part of a four run 5th.

As with South Bend, the Myrtle Beach pen couldn’t hold the lead. Carlos Ocampo surrendered three runs in the of the 7th to even the game. After the Pelicans scored to retake the lead in the bottom of the frame, a passed ball and a wild pitch with Tyler Sullentrop on the mound led to an unearned run for Charlseton and the game was once again tied. Both pens held the opposing offenses in check in the 10th, but then closer Bailey Reid was tagged for four runs in the top of the 11th.

Top Performers

  • Jonathan Sierra: 3-5, 2 2B, R, RBI, BB (.237)
  • Fabian Pertuz: 3-5, R, RBI (.220)
  • Adam Laskey: 5 IP, 4 H, R, 2 BB, 3 K (8.39)
  • Tyler Sullentrop: 3 IP, H, R, 0 ER, BB, 6 K (1.42)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

One of the Cubs Indy League signings from earlier this season, Tyler Sullentrop has been lights out for most of the season for the Pelicans. The 24-year old has a nice combo of velo and movement on his fastball and his breaking ball has good bite as well. He probably deserves to be in South Bend at this point, but is being leaned on pretty heavily right now in Myrtle Beach so that may not want to move him up right now.

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  • Michael, I hope things are falling in place for you, in Seattle. It has a lot of nice areas - except it took me awhile to figure out, how to get to them. The water inlets and hills made for interesting routes.
    Good call yesterday on Chris Morel. I see tonight both him and Brennen Davis, each collected 4 hits and a walk. Hopefully a sign of things to come.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Thanks cubbustible. Still looking for a condo, so been staying at my brother's place. I've been coming here for 20 years to visit him so I had a general lay of the land. But while looking at condos and just driving around I'm getting to know the individual neighborhoods better. Still trying to get used to pacific time as far as scheduling and writing. I get done with work at like 1-2 pm, which is awesome, but my body clock has quite gotten used to it yet.

  • And a nice win by the big club in New York. Hendricks Is pretty special. That's his second stopper win after a three game losing streak in successive starts. Credit to Chapin, Tepera, and Kimbrel too. Baez was a difference maker on both sides of of the ball. Some magic at short and a boom at the plate.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    12 games to go on this brutal 29 game stretch and they are in first place. If they go 7-5 the rest of june and they continue to pitch they will extend this central lead.

    Now that Hendricks, Davies and soon Alzolay are pitching well. All we need is that ace, I am ok with Arrieta as our #5. If they can add that TOR I like this teams chances in the NL.

  • Trade Marisnick and bring up Hermosillo please.

  • In reply to Hagsag:

    I do like Hermosillo as an inexpensive back up for next year.

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