Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Hermosillo makes impact in first game back; Maldonado and Velazquez double and homer; Canario homers in 3rd straight game; Pelicans win 7th in a row

Alexander Canario (photo by Todd Johnson)

AAA

Iowa 10, Omaha 2

Game Recap

Iowa jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the 2nd on RBIs by Zach Davis, Trayce Thompson, and Alfonso Rivas. Michael Hermosillo, fresh off the IL and DHing in the game, hit a solo homer in the 3rd to expand the Cubs advantage. After Omaha super prospect Bobby Witt hit a two-run homer to bring the Storm Chasers within striking distance, Rivas drove in an insurance run, and then Nick Martini added a two-run homer.

The I-Cubs received excellent piggyback efforts by starter Keegan Thompson (4 IP, 0 ER) and Matt Swarmer (5 IP, 2 H). Thompson is still in the process of stretching out. He reached 55 pitches yesterday.

Top Performers

  • Michael Hermosillo: 2-2, 2B, HR (9), 2 R, RBI, BB, HBP (.324)
  • Nick Martini: 2-4, HR (9), 2 R, 3 RBI, BB (.283)
  • Alfonso Rivas: 3-4, R, 2 RBI, BB (.259)
  • Trayce Thompson: 1-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB (.241)
  • Zach Davis: 2-6, 2 R, RBI (.231)
  • Keegan Thompson: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 2 K (0.00)
  • Matt Swarmer: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, BB< 3 K (W, 2-5, 6.70)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Jared Young gets his first shot at AAA. He’s come on strong in AA this year after struggling there in 2019. He’s begun using the whole field more, and is getting the ball up in the air at a higher rate. He had an issue rolling over and hitting a ton of grounders to the right side previously.

Michael Hermosillo (.324/.450/.610) was activated from the IL. He reached base in all four of his plate appearances as a DH. I would imagine the Cubs would like to get him some reps in the outfield the rest of this week, and then I have to believe the Cubs will consider making a roster move so that they can add Hermosillo and give him a shot in the Majors soon.

AA

Tennessee 7, Rocket City 6

Top Performers

  • Nelson Maldonado: 2-4, 2B, HR (6), 2 R, 2 RBI, SF (.306)
  • Nelson Velazquez: 2-5, 2B, HR (2), R, 2 RBI (.292)
  • Brennen Davis: 3-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB (.274)
  • Andy Weber: 1-3, 2B, R, BB, HBP (.202)
  • Christopher Morel: 2-3, R, BB (.204)
  • Tim Susnara: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI (.295)
  • Cam Sanders: 6 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 5 K (W, 3-6, 5.49)
  • Erich Uelmen: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K (S, 2, 4.66)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Power reliever Eury Ramos received a promotion to Tennessee. Capable of running the ball up into the upper-90s, Ramos spent the last couple of months as South Bend’s primary closer.

Outfielder D.J. Artis also received a promotion to Tennessee. He got off to a slow start this year as he bounced around multiple levels to fill in for injured outfielders, but seemed to settle in and showed a surprising bit of pop with South Bend over the past month.

Catcher and infielder Cam Balego was activated from the IL.

High-A

South Bend 6, Fort Wayne 2

Game Recap

After falling behind 2-0 early on, the Cubs pushed across three runs in the 5th thanks to some shoddy defense, but then expanded their lead thanks to a couple of big bombs by Yonathan Perlaza and Alexander Canario (his 3rd in 3 games). Matteo Bocchi shut the TinCaps down over the final six innings.

Top Performers

  • Alexander Canario: 2-5, HR (3), R, RBI, SB (1) (.324)
  • Yonathan Perlaza: 2-4, HR (10), R, 2 RBI (.254)
  • Harrison Wenson: 2-3, R, BB (.178)
  • Josue Huma: 1-3, 2B, R, BB (.246)
  • Bryce Windham: 1-2, R, 2 BB (.269)
  • Bryce Ball: 1-4, RBI, BB (.200)
  • Matteo Bocchi: 5.2 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K (W, 2-0, 2.94)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Not only has Alexander Canario (.246/.331/.460 in 73 combined games between Low-A/High-A) hit home runs in three consecutive games, but he’s made a couple of nice plays in the outfield since debuting with South Bend, one in CF and another in RF. In 8 games with the Cubs organization he is batting .324/.378/.647. That’s a great way to make a first impression, especially since he was one of two pieces who came to the Cubs in exchange for a former NL MVP. The kid has some impressive bat speed and can really drive the ball when he gets his arms extended.

Hard throwing righty Danis Correa received a well-deserved promotion to South Bend. Finally healthy, Correa could become a fast moving reliever in the Cubs system. His fastball registers in the upper-90s, and his breaking ball has improved in consistency throughout the year. He is Rule 5 eligible in the offseason, and could become one of the Cubs more difficult roster decisions should he stay on the mound and have a strong 2nd half in South Bend.

The first member of the Cubs 2021 draft class to be assigned to full season ball is 6th rounder Liam Spence. An overage senior out of the University of Tennessee, he’s considered a solid defender at short or second, and provides the contact skills at the plate the Cubs have heavily favored in recent moves. Spence has been an All-SEC performer who led the conference in OBP last season (5th in all NCAA in walks). He is originally from Australia. His stint in ACL lasted just one game.

Additional shortstop help arrives for South Bend as their Opening Day starter, Luis Vazquez, has been activated off the 60-day IL. Former top prospect Aramis Ademan was also activated for the first time this season, as he too completed his rehab in Mesa. Ademan is returning to High-A for the third time.

Catcher Jake Washer was sent down from Tennessee to South Bend.

Utility man Jacob Olson was released to make room for Vazquez and Ademan.

Low-A

Myrtle Beach 6, Charleston 5

Game Recap

Myrtle Beach won six straight on the road in their previous series, and they didn’t let a return home slow them down last night. Yohendrick Pinango hit a walk off double to win it, capping a three-run rally in the bottom of the 9th.

Top Performers

  • Matt Warkentin: 1-3, HR (4), R, 2 RBI (.193)
  • Luis Verdugo: 2-2, BB (.187)
  • Yohendrick Pinango: 1-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, SB (8) (.260)
  • Pablo Aliendo: 1-4, 2B, R (.261)
  • Adam Laskey: 2 IP, H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K (8.44)
  • Jose Almonte: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (3.79)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Manager Buddy Bailey moved into 4th place in all-time MiLB wins .

Catcher Dean Nevarez was sent back to Myrtle Beach after spending some time in South Bend.

RHP Jose Miguel Gonzalez was added to the Development List for Myrtle Beach.

ACL

Giants 11, Cubs 2

Top Performers

  • Kevin Alcantara: 1-3, HR (2), R, 2 RBI, BB (.370)
  • Owen Caissie: 2-3, R, BB (.363)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Recently acquired outfielder Kevin Alcantara has been red hot since joining the Cubs org (he was killing the FCL just as much as he has the ACL though). Below is video of his first home run with the org a couple of days ago. He hit another yesterday.

Some of the draft picks have begun playing in games this week. OF /1B Peter Matt (10th), and infielders James Triantos (2nd), B.J. Murray, Jr. (15th) and Liam Spence (6th) have all debuted.

Outfielder Bradlee Beesley has begun a rehab in Mesa, as has RHRP Shane Combs. Both played for South Bend prior to going down.

Infielder Reivaj Garcia returned to Mesa now that a couple of middle infielders are healthy with the full season affiliates.

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  • Ortega/Hermosillo might make one pretty productive platoon in Wrigley outfield in 2022.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I think I would pick that duo over Happ out there everyday.Plus Davis will be coming soon as well..

    Platoon Vargas and Schwindel at first (if they show they can play). With Young nipping on there heels.

    21 and 22 will be the time for discovery before all the other top prospects start showing up.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Yeah - definitely an easy call over the current version of Happ with Ortega/Hermosillo, or even just Ortega. Happ has just looked lost offensively and he's not great enough on defense to make up for it.

    I would love to see Rivas get a shot this season - with or without pairing with Schwindel. As HefCA points out a few posts below this,... There is a lot of 'meh' on this current Cubs roster and with almost nobody under contract now for beyond this season except Heyward, Contreras and Hendricks. A few pre-FA guys it might be worth keeping, and a lot of potential talent in the system again.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Why not just acquire 1 good player?

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    There could be none available, at least at a reasonable cost, leaving dollars for another need. In a platoon, one keeps two players fresh and seasoned, also, available to bat in a comfortable and more likely to succeed game situations. Most batters hit opposite side pitchers better, putting the platoon numbers for a given position better. So one or two platoons are manageable and often helpful for team success. It's always a puzzle.

    Ortega destroys right side pitchers, but struggles against lefties etc. Most switch hitters hit opposite side pitches better. Too many right-hand hitters is what the Yankees have been trying to compete with. Balanced lineups are always a priority, because it makes it tougher for the opposition.

  • Michael,
    Thanks again for the updates providing hope for the future.
    It looks like the S.F. trade will be a win-win for both clubs. I still think the Cubs are dragging their behinds bringing up the AAA players. There are too many players that won't be on the team next year and time is being wasted that could be used evaluating the AAA players on the MLB level. Are the Cubs worried about starting service time
    for certain players ?

  • Speaking of Michael Hermosillo, Is there any news on bringing the
    DH to the National League ?
    On a 9 inning game. 41/2 innings are considered a official
    game. Whats the cut off on a 7th inning game ?

  • Thanks Michael, good stuff as always. Looking at the 40-man roster, the Cubs look to have a ton of guys who wouldn't be missed much if they were removed at the end of the season. Arrietta, Davies, Morgan, Jewell, Espinoza, Holder, Megill, Rucker, Ryan, Higgins, Lobaton, Romine A., Fargas. That's a whole lot of 'meh', and there are others that probably could easily be part of this list.

    I don't see a real roster crunch. Couldn't 5 or 6 of these guys be easily dropped after the season?

  • In reply to HefCA:

    They will definitely want to keep jewell, megill rucker, higgins and espinoza.

    So I do see 8 roster spots opening up. I think they would want to add Vargas, Hermosillo, and Leeper very soon. With a spot available for Davis. I think the other 4 would be: FA starter, FA hitter and two FA relievers.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    The FA would be for 22'

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Maybe BC, but other than Espinoza (I know nothing about him, possibly he is worth keeping) and Rucker, the other three you mention just seem completely replaceable. Not saying they don't deserve a roster spot, just that they are in the margins and would not be any significant loss. I agree that Leeper and Hermosillo will be more worthy of a roster spot in the off season, among others.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Leeper isn’t Rule V eligible, so there’s no need to add him to 40-man until he makes the team out of spring training.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    It would be a shame if any of the names you list, would prevent the Cubs from protecting any player from the minors that they feel uncertain about. Shows just how far the talent level in the organization has been allowed to sink. And also shows how much room there is, for adding improvement.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    Amen to that brother ! C,mon Cubs, give the fans a break and stop treading out retreads !
    We want to see what the future brings !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    If prospects were ready they would play. Their best prospects are in the low minors years away from contributing.

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    The Cubs do have prospects that are ready to come up to the big club. Not the ones you're thinking of but there are a couple of guys ready to evaluate at the MLB level.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Vet, get over calling up Davis, please. Calling him up this year makes no sense. He is only 21 years old with no AAA experience yet. Calling him up next year might happen later in the year, if it is worthwhile beginning his service time. That also would depend on his play next year.
    There is no position player, with the exception of possibly Rivas, that is ready and has earned the shot, IMO. Maybe Young if he plays well the next 3 weeks - only because he is already 26 years old.
    Now pitching, that’s different. I have no idea why about 4 or 5 of these guys ( incl Jake and Davies) are still in town.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I apologize, Hermosillo, I forgot about him. He should be up.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I'm not talking about Davis, he will get a good look in spring training next year. Rivas deserves a shot as well as Hermosillo.
    My point is this, there are players that won't be on the club next year, so why aren't the Cubs making room for these two guys. People are tired at looking at retreads and would like to see what these guys can do.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Oops,
    I forgot about Leeper ! That's three I would like to see at the big level.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Davies is one and done. Jake and Ross are too close, and I believe Jake will get a longer look.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Ross didn’t sign Jake. Still Hoyers call on when Jake goes.

  • Cayne Ueckert ? Looks to be a candidate for relief pitching in 2022 ?
    Well Micheal,
    What do you think of Ueckert ?

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    In reply to ronvet69:

    I'm not Michael but his stats look good. Fangraphs puts is FB at 60/60, slider at 50/55 but not great command. Maybe he's got better command now. Why not look at him?

  • Why not ?
    Looks like Jake is throwing batting practice again !

  • Looks like Jake's gonna be DFAed in the middle of the first inning

  • In reply to 1908Cubbie:

    As Treebeard might say: “God Willing”.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Amen my friend, amen............

  • Hey Ross,
    When the Brewers get to 10, maybe it will be time to get a pitcher up in the bullpen. This is sick !

  • I don't know who is responsible for this mess but whoever it is ought to be fired for playing guys like Arrieta, Happ and Heyward when they could bring up younger players to replace them.

    Ross should get the "worst manager of the year" award. Brewers 7 to 0 before the Cubs even get to bat and Arrieta is still pitching. This is GROSS NEGLIGENCE for management. Happ is currently striking out about every 2 of 3 ABs currently so Ross moves him up to 3rd in the batting order. I don't know if this is a better at bat or not (he just hit into another double play).

    I thought the Cubs were a Major League team????

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Happ down, Hermosillo up; prayerfully someone can see that it's not an idea, it's a necessity.......

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    I couldn't agree more. Mr.double play Happ batting 3rd ? Could the Cubs call up their AAA manager ?
    Seriously, I can't understand why the Cubs are putting a
    sub-standard product on the field.
    There is NO reason to leave these 3 players in AAA. The Cubs claim their evaluating Happ these last couple months ! You had Happ for six years and now your going to evaluate him ?

  • In reply to clarkAddson:

    Maybe AAA or AA except for about 6/7 guys.

  • One thing l have noticed is that the do miss Heyward in right. Misplays on successive nights out there. Hurry back JHey.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Comon Slug. They are ‘evaluating’. And see, you just came to a conclusion: Deichmann isn’t the answer.
    That’s how this is supposed to work.
    By the way, who’d we trade for Deichmann?
    Next man up. Hermosillo?

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    No, I was just having a little fun.. I know what's going on. Sorry, I should noted sarcasm. I wish all the young guys luck. I'd anxious to see Hermosillo too.

  • Besides Heyward, defense on 1st took a big hit with Rizzo gone. The one 1st base player whose defense that's rated above average is in AAA.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Precisely............

  • Will someone go to White Castle and get Burnes a hairnet? Its very distracting !

  • Happ made the final out. There was no one on base so he couldn't hit into a double play.
    Sorry about the sarcasm but I can't believe the Ricketts family would let the Cubs sink into mediocrity . Nobody expected the
    Cubs to win but this team is beyond belief.

  • There is some good news. Between Chicago, Iowa and Tennessee the Cubs scored 22 runs yesterday!

  • Canario (came over for rizzo) homers in 4th straight game. He has power, defense, good obp, strikeout to walk ratio is very good. He is not being challenged in south bend. Let's get Davis to Iowa and get this kid to Tennessee.

    Canario is already on the 40 man roster. Lets fast track him. I think we are going to like the Rizzo trade. But still I would love to see them sign Rizzo back for a 3 year deal.

    Yes I am sometimes overly optimistic.
    I blame it on 50 years of that "wait til next year" mentality.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    I was wrong on Canario he came over from SF for Bryant. But I still would like Rizzo back on a 3 year deal.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    yeah but what would Rizzo like. He does not want a 3 year deal.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Me too. A contract with incentives might work. He can DH some too. I wouldn't mind if Tony is overpaid a little. Rizzo should have two maybe as any as flour and even more relatively healthy years left. He should be doing that as a Cub.

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    Can we forfeit the rest of Aug/September? This team is unwatchable at this point....

  • In reply to Lee Shannon:

    Well, it's not going to be pretty. However, it is going to be important in order to better determine who can contribute and to what degree going forward.

  • In reply to Lee Shannon:

    Agreed ! Current management is very disappointing !

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    You people are harping on what this year is turning into, we are in full tanking mode trying to get the worse record possible for this year, we traded everyone and filled up on prospects and we are in the process of getting the best draft pick and most money we are allowed for mlb draft and IFA money for that draft, be patient, this is for this year only. Ricketts will spend over 100M this next year on new players, just remember if you're not fighting for a playoff spot, you might as well lose as many games as possible and play the system, we will be bringing up players later in August, but don't be surprised if we do't go all out to win games. I believe the only games we go all out to win will be when Hendricks pitches, just my guess...

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    I believe we will be in 150M range next year.

  • So far, there is reason to be optimistic about the trade packages and drafts Hoyer has implemented. Jed has brought in mostly high end ceiling talent, as many of those have already exhibited. I don't think that he would have moved up the front office latter as quickly as he has, if he was not a really good baseball evaluator of talent. I get the vibe that he knows the difference between big talent and talent an org can win with.

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