Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Jensen K's a career high 10; Rivas extends on-base streak to 26; Caissie homers again

Ryan Jensen (photo by Todd Johnson)

MLB

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

AAA

Iowa 3, Louisville 2

Top Performers

  • Ian Miller: 3-4, 3B, 2 R (.286)
  • Erick Castillo: 3-4, 2B, 3 RBI (.286)
  • Alfonso Rivas: 1-3, HBP (.286)
  • Matt Swarmer: 4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K (7.11)
  • Scott Effross: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 K (W, 4-2, 5.08)
  • Jake Jewell: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, K (S, 4, 2.78)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

AA

Chattanooga 4, Tennessee 3

Top Performers

  • Levi Jordan: 1-2, HR (4), R, RBI, BB (.257)
  • Chase Strumpf: 2-4, 2B, R (.174)
  • Carlos Sepulveda: 1-3, BB (.237)
  • Erich Uelmen: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, K (4.72)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Erich Uelmen has pitched extremely well since moving to the pen. It is the proper place for him, as it limits his exposure against left-handed batters. In his first 4 relief appearances his line is: 8 IP, 3 H, R, 2 BB, 10 K

High-A

Quad Cities 4, South Bend 2

Top Performers

  • Ryan Jensen: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K (L, 2-7, 4.97)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Once Ryan Jensen gets beyond the 1st inning he’s been really strong this year. Control tends to be an issue early on and then he gets more locked in beyond the first handful of batters. It’s led to a few outing where his pitch count got him yanked before getting out of the 1st, and yesterday he gave up a home run to the leadoff man, then an unearned run, before mowing his way through the next four innings. He’s missed bats (29.7 K%) with his mid-to-upper-90s four seamer and improved slider, and is generating ground balls (52.7 GB%) as well thanks to his power sinker. The Cubs best starter throughout their system this month, it is probably time to think about a promotion to AA. Jensen has allowed just 5 ERs over 22.2 July innings (1.99 ERA) while posting a 28-to-4 K-to-BB ratio.

Low-A

Augusta 5, Myrtle Beach 3

Top Performers

  • Matt Mervis: 1-5, HR (7), R, 3 RBI (.199)
  • Kevin Made: 3-4 (.223)
  • Jacob Wetzel: 2-4, R (.236)
  • Ezequiel Pagan: 2-4 (.276)
  • Manuel Espinoza: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, BB, 3 K (4.09)
  • Danis Correa: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

The hottest reliever in the system right now has got to be Danis Correa. The undersized reliever with a big arm continues to show an improved breaking ball, and the combo with his upper-90s heat has proven overpowering against Low-A hitters. He’s struck out 33 batters while walking 9 in 20 innings this season. Over his last two appearances his line has been even better: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K

Bryan Smith took a deep dive on recent Cubs acquisition RHP Daniel Palencia which is worth a read. I haven’t had a chance to do much of a review on Palencia yet, but Bryan and I tend to agree on about 90-95% of evaluations, so I trust his take:

AZL

Cubs 6, Rockies 4

Top Performers

  • Owen Caissie: 2-4, HR (4), R, 2 RBI, BB (.372)
  • Shendrick Apostel: 1-4, HR (1), R, RBI (.160)
  • Reggie Preciado: 2-4, R, RBI, SF, SB (3) (.394)
  • Yovanny Cuevas: 1-3, R, RBI, BB (.318)
  • Luis Devers: 5 IP, 3 H, R, 3 BB, 3 K (1.89)
  • Andricson Salvador: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (1.35)
  • Elias Almanzar: 2 IP, 2 H, R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (10.38)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Owen Caissie (.372/.542/.698) homered for the 2nd straight day. He also homered on two consecutive days last week, giving him 4 homers in his last 8 games. The Cubs will need to re-assess if the AZL is the proper league for him after the trade deadline. With the way he is blitzing the league, and reportedly doing it with a good approach at the plate (16 BB/15 K), it may be time to challenge him in Myrtle Beach.

Luis Devers posted his second straight start with 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, and 3 K. The only difference in his line this time out was he walked 3 instead of issuing just a lone free pass last time out.

DSL

Royals 7, Cubs Blue 6

Cubs Red 6, Tigers 4

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  • I really hope we get to see what Ian Miller can do with regular big-league ABs starting next week!

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    I’m not disparaging Miller, but I doubt he’d be doing any better than Ortega. Ortega has impressed me. His ABs have been solid whether starting or off the bench. And can play all 3 OF spots. I hope he’s kept here, beyond this season.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    For sure and we all know the league catches up after guys have been in the league for a bit. I hope Ortega sticks around too. But speed doesn't slump and if we are going to be watching a little bit of a rebuild, I personally love guys like Miller.

  • Hey Michael, I was reading somewhere that we signed Ademan in the same class as Guerrero Jr. and Soto; did we ever actually have a legitimate shot at signing either of the those 2, or is that why we signed Ademan?

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Most IFA deals are negotiated when these players are 12-14 years old, but aren't signed until they are 16. It is difficult to know if a kid is actually good at 16, let alone when they are just becoming teenagers.

    Cubs had a lot of money in that IFA period. In 2013 they did as well and used it to secure two of the top 5 prospects in the class (Eloy/Torres). In 2015, they spread the money around on more targets (Sierra, Amaya, Ademan, Marquez, and more). Both are valid strategies.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Thanks for the insight Michael, very insightful, helpful, and informative!

  • Thanks Michael,
    Keep up the good work !

  • I sure expected more action from Jed by this time.

  • In reply to Oneear:

    As Harry used to say Oneear, ‘the big possum walks late’, lol. But I too thought more would have happened by now. These next 30 hours should be interesting.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I like that expression 'the big possum'. I'm ready for some new faces. Nothing that has happened trade wise so far has diminished the worth of Kimbrel and Bryant. Sometimes patience is a good strategy.

  • No Rizzo or Bryant in lineup today. Hmmm. Might be gone today. Was kind of hoping they would keep Rizzo. He is charitable, a leader and what seems to be a really good man. Someone you would like your son to grow up to be like.

  • Maybe Jed is waiting until the Cubs go on the road to minimize backlash from the fans for upcoming trades ?
    I hope Boston is a trade partner. They have got a couple of
    players that would fit into the Cub's system.
    With a lot of money coming off the books this season, I hope
    the Cubs would target signing a front line pitcher.

  • Still pitching to Votto ? Ross, the best three years of your life must have been 3rd grade.
    Can managers be traded after the July 30th deadline ?

  • The Cubbies just traded Tepera to the White Sox for a lefty pitching prospect, their 23rd prospect.
    Looks to be a win win for the Cubs !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Bailey Horn - 5th round draft pick out of Auburn last year by the Pale Hose currently in single-A. Appears to have a good K/BB ratio, but a somewhat high ERA. Look forward to hearing more about Horn - and I wish Tepera a successful playoff run on the other side of town.

  • This trade honestly just po’s me off. If Cub GMs are going to deal with the White Sox in this type of situation- I’m sorry but it better be an overpay on the part of the Sox. If this does anything, it helps them out tremendously. This guy we received has given up 16 runs in 11 innings in high class A.
    Cubs management better know something the stats aren’t showing. He’s got questionable command and he only throws 90-94!!!! What are they thinking? Somebody, talk me off the ledge.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    It was reported several teams were asking the White Sox about Bailey Horns availability so the Cubs must know something.
    If the draft were to be held today, the Cubs would be drafting
    in the low teens, but with Happ and Heyward leading the
    league in hitting into double plays, the Cubs should be moving
    into top ten in next years draft.

  • So many clubs selling. I'm dreading seeing the return we get for Kimbrel et al. Have I feeling I'm going to be disappointed. Have not been impressed with the first two trades. Yeah, we got guys who might be alright, but you can make those kind of trades anytime. We're not not raking it in at the deadline. We're not getting excess value.

  • In reply to Oneear:

    How do you know we're not getting excess value?

  • In reply to John57:

    Gosh, John, I guess I should have said that was my opinion.

  • Rizzo to Yanks. Will the give us Torres back?

  • In reply to Oneear:

    Kevin Alcantara Yanks #7 prospect and Alexander Vizcaino #11. Could be worse. Gleyber they ain't but not terrible.

  • In reply to Oneear:

    I just looked at fangraphs write up on the two. They both have high ceilings. The pitcher has two plus pitches already, a FB and a change. The CF is young, 6'5", fast, and could develop power. Fangraphs said he is one of the higher ceiling teenager in the minors. Seems pretty good for 3 months of Rizzo to me.

  • In reply to Oneear:

    Good luck on Torres !
    Sad to see Rizzo traded, however with a declining skill set,
    it looks like the Cubs made a very good deal. Vizcaino stats
    are above average and looks to be a Cub outfielder in the
    future.

  • I like the Rizzo deal. Cubs finally made a trade from the core. Glad to see Cubs pay Rizzo’s salary to up the return.

    Jed, keep selling Bryant, Báez, Kimbrel, Davies, & still Other minor bench, or possible bullpen arms available.

    When the deadline comes hopefully the volume of new players, & prospects will look solid enough.

  • In reply to Naujack:

    These trades should also elevate the Cubs positions on their
    farm clubs as well as their top 30 prospects.
    I have more confidence in the new people in the Cub organizations who are making these trades.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    So is it four or five years until the next playoff berth?

  • In reply to stix:

    God-willing 2, 3 years tops?

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    This seems to be a good return for Rizzo. I'm not sure about the Sox trade, but now we'll see how good Jed is as GM.

  • Who plays first now?

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Correct.

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Does it matter? 3rd place is secure. Going for 4th place. Better draft slot with more draft money. This should be a quick reboot. We will be back in ‘23.

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Wisdom or duffy probably

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    My question was more along the lines of who, actually; but yes, those 2 would God-willing work. What about from Iowa, Rivas maybe?

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Yeah I know Wisdom has that strong arm that would be wasted at first. Also schwindel plays primarily 1st so maybe platoon he and rivas at 1st and duffy plays left?

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    That seems reasonable.......

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Madrigal at 2nd now so idk where bote plays. I suppose this conversation is pointless until we see how things shake out today

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Too true............

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