Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Matt Swarmer turnaround continues; Bryce Windham raking; And that's about it for yesterday as affiliates go 0-3

Matt Swarmer (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AAA

Omaha 4, Iowa 3 (11 innings)

Game Recap

Iowa took a 3-0 lead into the 7th behind a second straight stellar outing by starter Matt Swarmer. The pen couldn’t hold it though, as recent veteran addition Marcus Walden gave up a solo homer in the 8th and then again in 9th, allowing the Storm Chasers to tie it up. Juan Gámez kept them off the board in the 10th, but Blake Whitney was unable to do so in the 11th as the inherited runner scored. Iowa’s offense was unable to respond. They mustered just two hits against the Omaha pen over the final 7 innings of the game.

Top Performers

  • Matt Swarmer: 6 IP, H, R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K (5.40)
  • Levi Jordan: 2-3, R, RBI, 2 BB (.197)
  • Ian Miller: 2-5, 2B, R, HBP (.275)
  • Johneshwy Fargas: 1-4, 2B, R, BB (.286)
  • Nick Martini: 1-4, 2 HBP (.267)
  • Taylor Gushue: 1-3, BB, HBP (.223)
  • Jared Young: 1-4, 2 RBI (.293)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Matt Swarmer had a really rough 5 start stretch when he first returned to Iowa at the beginning of June (19.1 IP, 32 H, 28 R, 9 BB, 18 K, 12.57 ERA), but in his 10 games since (6 GS), he’s quietly rebounded to become one of the I-Cubs most reliable arms (2.47 ERA over 47.1 IP). He’s been great his last two times out: 12 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 14 K

AA

Tennessee CANC

High-A

Peoria 7, South Bend 2

Game Recap

Starting pitcher Joe Nahas was having a great month of August, and though he had some high notes in this outing (5-1 K-to-BB ratio), he was catching a bit too much plate and Peoria made him pay to the tune of five runs. Meanwhile, it was a similar story for the Cubs offense. The good: they kept getting people on (6 H, 9 BB); the bad: they couldn’t get the big hit (0-for-7 with RiSP).

Top Performers

  • Bryce Windham: 3-4, 2B, RBI, BB (.279)
  • Yohendrick Pinango: 1-3, R, 2 BB (.391)
  • Bryce Ball: 1-3, 2 BB (.193)
  • Yonathan Perlaza: 1-4, R, BB (.269)
  • Burl Carraway: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K (6.21)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

In his 11 games back with South Bend since returning from a nearly two-month long injury absence, catcher Bryce Windham (.279/.348/.426, 112 wRC+) has not only shown his versatility by filling in at 2B/3B, but he’s been on fire at the plate (.400/.489/.675, 213 wRC+). Add in his 3 rehab appearances and he’s gone just one game without recording a hit. A college IF/OF, he’s taken to catching pretty well as a pro from my eye, but he’s also a good enough athlete to be able to fill in at multiple positions, and should retain that versatility even as he fills out and takes more reps behind the dish.

Even with the blip in this final appearance, August was still a good month for Joe Nahas, with a 3.71 ERA and 27 Ks in 26.2 IP. Yesterday was the only time he failed to throw 5+ innings during the month. A late bloomer who wrangled a high signing bonus as a 2019 UDFA is now stretched out as a starter to get him more innings and face more situations (and also because of all the injuries to Cubs starters this year they just need innings from somewhere), but the righty will move back to the pen in the future. He’s a guy to keep an eye on though. He’s got good velo and movement on his pitches.

I’m not going to say he’s been great (still 10 BB over his last 10 appearances), but Burl Carraway has at least returned to being effective (and nearly unhittable) despite his wildness over that span (13 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 20 K).

Low-A

Columbia 13, Myrtle Beach 4

Game Recap

Myrtle Beach took a 4-1 lead after the 1st inning, but the game quickly unraveled from there. Hard throwing starter Daniel Palencia struggled badly with his control (6 BB, 4 WP in 1.2 IP) and the first reliever out of the pen, Dawel Rodriguez (6 R in 3 IP), couldn’t stop the bleeding. In all the Pelicans staff would walk twelve batters on the afternoon.

Top Performers

  • Jonathan Sierra: 1-3, R, 2 RBI, BB (.259)
  • Ed Howard: 1-4, 2B, R (.212)
  • Josue Huma: 1-3, RBI (.157)
  • Gabriel Jaramillo: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (2.33)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

With his 1st inning double Ed Howard (.212/.273/.306) now has reached base in 11 of his last 12 games, a streak which has raised his batting average more than 25 points.

Frankie Scalzo Jr., the Cubs 14th round pick, made his Pelicans debut. He gave up a homer and two runs in 1.1 innings. The former Grand Canyan closer had made one scoreless appearance in the ACL earlier in the week.

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  • Be nice to see Windham, or anyone in the organization, to begin to push Amaya. Every year it seems there is some injury that takes him off his development route. Frustrating.
    Also I worry a bit about Hoerner for the same reasons. Nico has apparently added bulk to his frame - but that opens the door to more pulled muscles or oblique injuries.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Four of the cubs top prospects havent done much yet. Amaya and Marquez seem to always be hurt. Howard and Hernandez havent really hit yet.

    It does give opportunities for guys like Windham, Aliendo, Ramirez and Vazques to push those guys. I think AAA success should be rewarded with opportunity. Because some guys (Roberts, Leeper, Schwindel, Hermosillo, Ortega, Wisdom, Rivas, Young, Rodriguez, etc) have had success at the highest level next to mlb.

    Having top prospects are really all about volume. Most are going to do very little at the big league level. That's why you need a bunch.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Not too worried about Howard or Hernandez. The last organized league that Howard competed in, I imagine was high school. That being 2 years ago?

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Agree. I always think of Rondell White. He could rake with power, but often injured. I don't think that he ever played more half a season. I also agree with building muscle on a frame unable to handle it. Rivas has the right idea 'just get better at what one is good at'. Added muscle fades a month into the season anyway.

  • Hi Michael,
    Well, the Cubs finally called up Rivas who looks to be the real deal.
    Yesterdays home plate umpire was bad at calling a consistent zone. Does MLB ever address or try to correct sub-
    standard play from the umpires ?
    Next years draft looks to be loaded with pitchers, mainly
    high schoolers , time to load up on prospects.

  • B.A. just released their new farm system ratings. Rating the Cubs 24th is a joke !
    What the hell has B.A. got against the Cubs organization ?
    O.K. The Cubs finally called up Rivas. How about bringing up
    Killian ?

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    If you don't like BA ranking, check out Fangraphs ranking. Eventually BA will catch up and rank the farm better.

    I doubt the Cubs will bring up Killian from AA. He is not pitching great and is still adjusting to being on a new team. Way too early to do that.

  • In reply to John57:

    In this day and electronic age, I can't believe B.A. is in the dark and not current in whats going on in MLB !
    There rating ins't even close to what it should be. Right now,
    the Cubs system should be somewhere in the middle of the pack.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Sigh…. You really have no clue about MLB service rules and 40-man roster management, do you?

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    LOL. That was funny. There is plenty of other things that fall under this, but we can start with your question. Hilarious.

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    Well someday, maybe soon, we can all be as smart as you !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    It’s not that hard. Read-up for example on the basics of the Rule 5 draft, how many option years a player has once added to a 40-man roster, and the consequences for removing a player from the 40-man. Readily available on the net. I recommend Arizona Phil’s site (google Arizona Phil Cubs roster) as a start. C’mon, you can do it!

  • Sooooooo.......how is starting Heyward over Hermosillo consistently going allow them to evaluate these AAAA guys? Heyward is a known commodity............

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    How about the cubs are not tanking and trying to win while evaluating guys. Right handed pitcher better for Jhey? Hermosillo better vs LH.

  • In reply to stix:

    I can see the logic behind that, but Hermosillo also sat against Cease, a RH; so if Hermosillo is always going to sit against RH, is there any way to really evaluate him against them?

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Playing Heyward is evaluating a AAAA player.

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    Maybe management might know Heyward will be on the roster all season next year.

    Cubs should not be carrying all these AAAA players on the 40 man roster this off-season. Cubs should try to acquire real MLB players this off-season!

    Wisdom is a nice story, but is he more of a match up grip and rip part time starter? Schwindel, Rivas, Wisdom, & Ortega might make good bench players/part time starters in 2022, or just be 40 man roster depth for the players with minor league options left.

    I'm much more interested in who the Cubs go after during the off-season.

    Will the Cubs take on some contracts in trades, take a risk on trading for some players for example like M. Moustakas, & the 2 years left on his contract? Cubs need to take some risk on MLB players bouncing back.

    Will the Cubs acquire multiple starting pitchers, and corner bats this off-season? Plus look at the SS market, & maybe one established back-end bullpen arm.

  • In reply to Naujack:

    Good stuff, Naujack. I guess I am an exception on the 'beat up Heyward' movement. I like having him on my team, although in a reduced role. I believe he finds a way a help his team win. We know that he is overpaid, but he has value beyond the numbers, and we will pay him anyway.

    I agree 4-6 short-term established player signings could work. I thinking that Jed has no nonsense 'know how' to build a team. Most former Cubfan favorites need not apply.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    “I like having Jason heyward on my team” is the most absurd statement ever posted here. He is preventing cubs from winning. Good grief!

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    Not necessarily, and there is a nice way to say that. Anyway, there's more to baseball than just offense, which he was not too bad at last year. Plus, might as welli look for the positives since he probably is not going anywhere.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Ricketts has to buy him out. They are fielding a below average product for the next few years. If he is on the team next year it just shows how inept they are.

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    Maybe they will do that. JHey doesn't measure up to what one would like to see offensively in a corner outfielder most years. I think fans will probably see a reduction in plate appearances if he is here. I like seeing him in right field in a close game. He would be hard to trade, but has enough worth to not just be released. He plays hard and plays to win. The money would still be on the books.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    He has a .2 war this year! He is garbage. He has no worth, does not play hard, and does not play to win. If they buy him out he is not on the books. He has some money due for future signing bonus but a buyout is a buyout.

  • In reply to Oldno7:

    They don't do buyouts in the MLB. He will be owed $22M in 22-23, with a cap hit of $23M for each year. You have to release a player and still pay his salary.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    So what. The point is get rid of him. He is a loser Just like yourself. .

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    The point is there are no buyouts in baseball. All you kept repeating was buy him out and he is off the books. I am telling you you are wrong again MORON!

  • Does anyone know where Jim Deshaies has been. He’s been off quite a bit lately. I hope he is well.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I believe JD has been off the air due t Marquee rotation and not any illnesses.

  • In reply to stix:

    Thanks stix

  • Supposed to be back on Thursday.

  • In reply to Hagsag:

    Thanks

  • I like Matt Duffy. That was a game winner play that he made with bases loaded. His throw from right field to home was dead on the money. I'd like to see Duffy as part the Cub bench going forward. He is a solid veteran, that a team can trust.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    It was also a good job by Chirinos as well. We talk a lot about Wisdom, Schwendel, and Ortega' s play, but Chirinos is making a strong bid for that backup catcher job. He seems to love being a Cub. He sure doesn't look like a worn out 'has been'. On the other hand, Hermosillo has had a few flashes, but has been mostly handled by mlb pitching. He will need to pick it up a notch.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Agree, Duffy's play was great ! Cubs, please no more Romine at
    S.S. Bad at the plate and no range in the field !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Not many alternatives with Hoerner on IL and Alcantara nursing an ankle injury, is there? Duffy is not any better than Romine at ss.

  • In reply to stix:

    Given the current state of the 28-man roster after the 2 Sept 1 additions, I am guessing we will bid adieu to the Romine brothers once Willey and Nico are back. I suppose the Cubs could keep 3 catchers, but I do not see why they would do that over further evaluation of Rivas, Hermosillo, et. al. The Romine brothers are dropped from the 40-man after the season regardless.

  • I wish people would give these hitters a chance in the last 10 games they are 5-5 with a team ERA over 6. Do we think the other bunch of hitters would have fair better?

    Now imagine adding Madigral, Hoerner, Contreras and a professional left handed power bat to this lineup its starts to sound pretty darn good (that also means no.romines, alcantera & heyward being run out there everyday).

  • I think it is very good news the way Steele and Alzolay pitched yesterday. Seems their way of developing SP is starting to bear fruit.

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