Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Top prospects shine as Made, Howard, and Ramirez record three hits, Caissie and Hernandez rope two doubles, Vizcaíno and Horn piggyback South Bend to win

Owen Caissie (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AAA

Omaha 3, Iowa 2

Game Recap

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Top Performers

  • Luis Lugo: 5 IP, 3 H, R, 2 BB, 4 K (7.00)
  • Trayce Thompson: 1-3, HR (16), R, 3 RBI, BB (.233)
  • Abiatal Avelino: 1-3, R, BB (.275)
  • Tyler Gushue: 1-3, BB (.225)
  • Alfonso Rivas: 0-2, 2 BB (.285)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Trayce Thompson (.233/.350/.469) blasted his organization leading 16th homer of the season. He was a nice pickup early in the season as a replacement for Cam Maybin. Thompson was once a top prospect for the White Sox, and has always been strong and possessed plus athleticism, but the hit tool has held him back consistently. He’s still not a great hitter, but he’s done just enough this year to help him tap into his plus raw power in game action more frequently.

Dillon Maples (1 IP, 2 H, R, 0 BB, 0 K) continues to struggle in his newest rehab bid. I gotta think he is running out of chances, but given the struggles of a couple of guys in the Cubs pen right now Maples will likely get another shot down the stretch. If he fails to do anything with it, I could see his roster spot be in jeopardy this offseason.

AA

Tennessee CANCELLED

The Tennessee games are being cancelled indefinitely as the team goes through COVID tracing.

High-A

South Bend 3, Peoria 2 (Game 1)

Peoria 3, South Bend 1 (Game 2)

Game Recap

It was an impressive night for most of the South Bend pitchers who saw action. As a group they struck out 19 batters over just 13 innings of work. Trade acquisitions Alexander Vizcaíno and Bailey Horn turned in perhaps their best work in the Cubs org as they piggybacked South Bend to a victory, allowing just 2 runs while striking out 9 over the 7 inning game.

Game 2 had a rocky performance from starter Chris Clarke (4 BB in just 1.2 IP), but lefty relievers Dalton Stambaugh and Burl Carraway racked up the Ks (9 in 4.1 combined innings).

Top Performers

  • Luis Vazquez: 3-7, HR (2), 2 R, RBI, BB (.313)
  • Bryce Ball: 1-3, HR (5), R, RBI (.194)
  • Yohendrick Pinango: 3-7, 2B, RBI (.364)
  • Tyler Durna: 2-6, 2B, RBI, BB (.228)
  • Bryce Windham: 1-3, R (.263)
  • Jake Slaughter: 2-6, (.256)
  • Alexander Vizcaíno: 3.2 IP, H, R, 2 BB, 6 K (4.66)
  • Bailey Horn: 3.1 IP, 2 H, R, 0 BB, 3 K (W, 1-0, 5.68)
  • Dalton Stambaugh: 2.2 IP, 2 H, R, 3 BB, 6 K (4.08)
  • Burl Carraway: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (6.59)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Luis Vazquez (.313/.441/.438) continues raking out of the leadoff spot. He’s reached safely in all 17 games he’s played this season. His Game 1 homer on a hanging breaking ball was his 2nd of the season, putting him just one shy of his career high. The young shortstop is beginning to mature physically and it is a good sign that his increased strength is translating into increased slugging. His previous career high in SLG was just .300 in 2019.

Low-A

Myrtle Beach 9, Columbia 8

Game Recap

The Pelicans did not allow an early 5-0 deficit get them down. Not with some of their top players swinging hot bats, and not with the new firepower in their lineup.

Young shortstops Ed Howard and Kevin Made both recorded three hit nights.

Newcomers Peter Matt and Owen Caissie both roped a pair of doubles. The top six batters in the Pelicans lineup managed to reach at least twice.

Caissie in particular has been a big boost in his first couple of games as he hasn’t let the promotion slow down his big debut season. His future with the bat looks very exciting. He’s got a keen eye (he also dew two walks), very quick hands through the zone, and the frame to develop into a top power hitter. His second double drove home two runs, completing the Myrtle Beach comeback.

Top Performers

  • Owen Caissie: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB (.333)
  • Peter Matt: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, BB (.200)
  • Kevin Made: 3-5, 2B, 2 R (.282)
  • Ed Howard: 3-5, R, RBI (.210)
  • Jordan Nwogu: 2-5, 2 R, RBI, SB (13) (.236)
  • Jonathan Sierra: 2-5, R, 2 RBI (.262)
  • Gabriel Jaramillo: IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 0 K (S, 4, 2.45)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

The Pelicans have become an exciting team to watch. Not only are shortstops Ed Howard and Kevin Made playing great defense but the youngsters are starting to hit as well. Howard has 8 hits in his last 5 games, and has a hit in 10 of his last 11. Made is hitting .341 in August. Both are certainly Top 15 prospects and most likely in the back half of the Top 10 for the org. Jordan Nwogu has turned his season around as well after massive early season troubles. The additions of Christian Franklin and Owen Caissie brings much needed power to the Pelicans lineup. Caissie has the look of a Top 5 prospect, and I would be fine if someone wanted to rate him #2 in the org behind Brennen Davis. The offensive ceiling is certainly there. I need to see a little more about how he projects defensively long term before I take that leap though.

ACL

Rangers 7, Cubs 4

Top Performers

  • Yeison Santana: 1-3, HR (1), R, 2 RBI, BB (.283)
  • Malcolm Quintero: 2-2, R, BB (.333)
  • Ismael Mena: 1-2, R, RBI, 2 BB (.238)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

The Cubs drew 10 walks, with 8 of the 9 starters taking at least 1. But hits were few and far between, and the Cubs struggled to capitalize on their opportunities (1-for-8 with RiSP).

DSL

Cubs Blue 16, Rangers 9

Rangers 6, Cubs Red 4

We’ve been waiting a while for top prospect Christian Hernandez (.253/.365/.380) to have a breakout at the plate this summer, and it is possible we are starting to see it. He hit a triple and walked in his previous game, and then went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and another walk yesterday.

Fellow shortstop prospect Pedro Ramirez (.376/.425/.523) followed up his 4-for-4 performance in his previous game, with three more hits yesterday. The youngest player in the Cubs system has been their most consistent performer in the DSL. He is 4th in the league in AVG, 19th in OBP, 12th in SLG, and 8th in OPS.

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  • Thanks again Michael glad you are feeling better.
    Myrtle Beach seems to be the hot team to watch now. Glad to see that middle infield Defense and hitting coming along. Looking from afar seems that both Howard and Made will/are pushing each other to be better as both are competing to be the top SS for their team. Could be a great middle infield for the cubs in the not too distant future. Hoping they both remain healthy and continue to progress through the system.
    Michael does either player have plus speed. They both seem to have solid above average arms for the position from the videos I have seen.

  • In reply to CubFanStuckInStl:

    None of them are Javy on defense, mostly because he was so special with his tagging ability and instincts to get outs others wouldn't attempt, but Howard should end up close. Howard has a is plus at everything except for range, which is probably above average, but even that might be plus. Made doesn't have quite the wow factor of Baez or Howard, he's more above average across the board from my viewings. Of the SS in the system, I would rank them defensively:
    Howard
    Vazquez
    Alcántara
    Made
    Hoerner
    Zinn
    Weber
    C. Morel
    Santana

    I haven't seen enough of Spence, Preciado, Hernandez, Ramirez. Weber and Morel can make a few more spectacular plays than Hoerner, but Nico is really consistent on the routine plays.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Michael,
    Yes Javy was top dog on defense. Javy made an unbelievable back hand catch the other day, however he
    could not be coached at the plate and left many runners
    stranded on the bases while he was swinging for the
    fences. He was fun to watch but the circus has left
    town and I would prefer a S.S. who can advance runners
    that translate into wins.

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    Pedro Ramirez is very interesting.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    How does he project defensively?

  • In reply to Michael Ernst:

    And we are favored to sign Hernandez's 16 year old brother. He is the same size and maybe more athletic. He is listed as a SS but could play CF too. Hoyer is sure packing the farm system with talent.

  • In reply to John57:

    Awesome, God-willing we sign him too!

  • Hello Michael,
    Thanks for posting the videos. The future looks
    bright down in the minors.
    It looks like the Cubs hit a home run acquiring
    J. Trientos.

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    Our prospects are doing very well and by next year they should be more recognized by others who are in Chicago. I just have a good feeling about Howard. His personality and work ethic seem to rate an 80 on the 20-80 scale. I take it day by day, but the next year of so looks exciting.
    Thank you for all you do Michael.

  • What I find amazing is how Kevin Made is finding success at 18 years of age - at full season pro baseball. He won’t be 19 until well after this season is over with. To think if he had been stateside, 15 months ago he’d have been in high school.

  • I know Happ is hitting poorly against lefty's, but you'd think with how he's been hitting recently, he'd be an upgrade over Bote, Heyward, and the Romine's?

  • Interesting line-up tonight without Happ. Heyward is the only lefty in there.
    Rumor mill out of N.Y. is bringing Theo in to straighten out
    the Mets ! Probably nonsense but who knows ?

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    We were talking about this being a terrible team snd I mentioned the 1962 Mets as the worst I’ve ever seen, well, tonight this game reminds me of the 1962 Mets.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I don’t know that the hitting is as bad as the mets but the pitching and defense surely reminds me of the Mets. Jhey looks like he’s given up. He’s had at least three plays that he usually makes turn into extra base hits.

  • OUCH !
    Bode tripping before the game was a bad omen ! Great catch from Michael Hermosillo!
    Hey commish, can we go back and play Colorado ?

  • The National and Chicago media are a 'piece of work'. In many outlets they have reduced themselves to be pimps for the White Sox recruiting Cubs fans. Of course, no self respecting Cub fan would become a Sox fan due to hard times. That's not to say that many of us do not wish them well.

    On another front, it was uplifting to see Hermosillo flying around centerfield making all the plays. Not to mention his good work at the plate. Happ and Heyward arrows are pointing upward at the dish as well. It gets a little ugly from time to time during these transitions episodes, but next year should be fun. Go Cubs!

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Yup, a “little ugly”. Spot on.

  • I should mention Wisdom as well. He is just so strong. He has a regular swing, but the ball jumps off his bat like it's shot out out of a cannon. Steady as you go, Patrick.

    I've noticed that Thompson and Steele seem to have lost their put away stuff since moving from the pen to the starters bump. Lots of two strike foul balls until the hitter gets one he can handle or works a walk. Neither have been a disaster, but both appear to be works in progress.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Yes Thompson fast ball was down to 90mph by the 3rd inning. He looked fatigued for sure.

    You are right on Wisdom his smooth swing is explosive and he hits them as far as Baez did (who has a very violent out of control swing). It seems to me Wisdom swings thru hittable pitches but has a good eye at the plate. If he can foul off those pitches instead of swinging thru them his ceiling is phenomenal.

  • How about the Cubs scoring 13 runs against the vaunted White Sox staff.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    I haven’t even heard Sox fans saying kind words about Keuchel this year. I’m so glad they have him for 2 more years, at $18M per year. I wouldn’t get too excited about roughing him up, except for getting his ego back down to earth. Remember we didn’t touch Lopez.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    We didnt touch lopez but 7 of those runs came against the rest of their bullpen.

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