Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Hermosillo, Hill, Susnara, Artis and Hearn all homer; Draft signing update

Ethan Hearn (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

MLB Draft

Draft Class signing update. James Triantos is the only unsigned Top 10 pick, but he expected to come onboard soon. We have yet to hear figures reported for 5th rounder Liam Spence or 10th rounder Peter Matt, but both should come in under slot.

The Cubs 11th and 12th rounders have both announced they intend to honor their college commitments. So, with a lot of bonus pool money still in hand, the Cubs will go hard after the four prep players they chose in rounds 17-20. Signing David Avitia, the older brother of 19th rounder Daniel Avitia surely works as an enhancement. And hey, it is always possible one of Ziehl or Banks change their minds.


Toledo 5, Iowa 3

Top Performers

  • Matt Swarmer: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, BB, 6 K (7.84)
  • Michael Hermosillo: 1-5, HR (6), R, 2 RBI (.311)
  • Nick Martini: 2-3, R, BB (.240)
  • Tyler Ladendorf: 2-4 (.237)
  • Abiatal Avelino: 1-3, R, SAC (.274)


Mississippi 6, Tennessee 4

Top Performers

  • Darius Hill: 2-2, HR (4), R, 2 RBI (.288)
  • Tim Susnara: 1-3, HR (3), R, 2 RBI (.360)
  • Zach Davis: 1-3, SB (6) (.281)
  • Carlos Sepulveda: 1-3, BB (.231)
  • Cam Sanders: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K (L, 1-4, 5.82)
  • Brendon Little: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 K (4.66)


South Bend 6, Cedar Rapids 5

Top Performers

  • D.J. Artis: 2-5, HR (1), 3 R, 3 RBI (.157)
  • Tyler Durna: 3-5, RBI (.252)
  • Jake Washer: 1-3, 2B, R, HBP (.193)
  • Nelson Velazquez: 1-4, 2B, RBI (.275)
  • Matteo Bocchi: 4 IP, 3 H, R, 3 BB, 8 K (3.55)
  • Blake Whitney: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (0.00)


Myrtle Beach 6, Columbia 5 (10 Innings)

Top Performers

  • Ethan Hearn: 1-3, HR (2), R, 3 RBI, SAC (.184)
  • Jacob Wetzel: 2-4, R, RBI, BB (.237)
  • Fabian Pertuz: 1-3, R, BB (.223)
  • Luis Verdugo: 1-4, 2B, RBI (.171)
  • Jonathan Sierra: 0-2, R, 2 HBP (.245)
  • Carlos Ocampo: 3 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (5.33)
  • Bailey Reid: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 2 K (W, 3-4, 4.23)




Rays2 4, Cubs Blue 1

Cubs Red 7, Phillies White 5


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  • Good stuff Michael !
    Looks the rest A.Rizzo got during the All Star break paid dividends.

  • Thanks Michael, glad to hear on the signings! What are your thoughts on the possibilities Banks and/or Triantos prayerfully signing?
    Also, what are your thoughts on Susnara as a viable option for the backup catcher position?

  • Hey Michael, I noticed Sierra was taken out of the game after being hit by pitch, and I've also noticed Stevens hasn't been playing in the ACL; have you heard anything on either of those guys? God-willing they're fine, and we're just being cautious with them............

  • My dislike of Marquee Broadcasting grows with every story Suttcliffe tells about himself. Why are they trying to squeeze JD out?

  • In reply to Oneear:

    I believe JD is the best thing that ever happened to Cub broadcasting. I sure hope they are not playing games with him. But in regards to Marquee, they seem unorganized, with no direction whatsoever.

  • Contreras caught stealing again ! Does Willson know that leading the league in caught stealing is not a good thing !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Seemed to me to be a hit and run not a steal unfortunately Rizzo continues to strike out rather than hit the ball in those situations.

  • There isn't anyone batting behind him that can make contact to move him around. It is either Ks or DPs. At least Willie is getting on base and trying to get around to score.

    When is the Cubs' management going to finally realize after 3 years that this is a FAILING offense. The top of the batting order can not make consistent contact but Rossy keeps batting the same deadbeats at the top of the lineup.

    It is way past time to keep Happ up on the major league team. Even Heyward is showing him up. Send him down and get Davis up to give him more experience.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Happ has more Ks than Hits and BBs combined. He is #4 in Ks and moving up quickly.

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    But don't forget all the double plays he hits into ! Willson Contreras is a top notch catcher, except when he tries to steal
    bases. This never works and maybe its time to blame the
    manager !
    Happ is another one of Theo's top 10 draft screw ups. The
    Cubs appear to be reversing that trend, but it takes time.

  • Word on Rivas is that he not be an every day player. That statement may be a bit premature.
    Anthony Rizzo didn't look that good in San Diego when he first
    came up, but in time he started to shine.
    One of the scouting reports on Rivas was above average defense, a good contact hitter with limited power. I would really
    like to see what he can do at the MLB level.

  • Ok, surprise win and we are back to 500%. It was the kind of victory that proceeds a long winning streak. So, what if we win ten straight? Does Jed call off the fire sale? A couple days ago. I was talking complete rebuild.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    At this point I can’t imagine much of anything changes their course and in my opinion nothing should. The Joc Peterson trade, I believe, represented the “crossing of the bridge of no return”.

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    I don't think anything should prevent the sell off, we have 4 years of history to prove this isn't going to end well.
    The longer it takes to move our free agents to be, the less we will see in a return, Bryant is the same player he was the previous 3 years, Baez will not make adjustments to hit any better than he's leading the league in striking out, 37% the same as rookie year, Rizzo I just don't understand, unless this contract year is messing with him and he's trying too hard.
    Move anyone you can before the deadline, there are free agents coming up next year with plenty of money to spend, concentrate on some young starting pitching, preferably A ball or younger, you're not getting anything most of our players, take some chances on some young arms.

  • In reply to tater:

    Actually, Baez has stepped up since his benching. Also, Contreras and and his teammates have cleared the air after his public disrespectful comments. Willson pushed his all out out one speed full ahead agenda into more of a leadership role. I think that Rizzo had become a little to complacent. Not that he wasn't playing hard, it was just that he was too comfortable to the coming up short results. Anyway, I think with Ross' help everybody is more on the same page.

    I not saying your take doesn't make sense, it would take a major winning streak and a meltdown by the Brewers to turn the sell off. It's more about going down fighting.

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