Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Davis hits 2 home runs in AAA debut; ACL Cubs dominate at plate and on the mound in 13-1 victory

Brennen Davis (photo by Rikk Carlson)


Iowa 8, Omaha 1

Top Performers

  • Brennen Davis: 2-5, 2 HR (1, 2), 2 R, 3 RBI (.400)
  • Greg Deichman: 3-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI, SB (3) (.250)
  • Nico Hoerner: 1-3, 2B, R, RBI, HBP (.263)
  • Andrew Romine: 2-3, BB (.303)
  • Ian Miller: 0-3, 2 R, 2 BB, SB (17) (.264)
  • Bryan Serra: 0-2, R, 2 BB (.286)
  • Ryan Kellogg: 4 IP, 3 H, R, BB, 3 K (4.43)
  • Ethan Roberts: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (W, 3-2, 5.50)
  • Dakota Mekkes: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, K (4.19)
  • Juan Gámez: 1.2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, K (9.53)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

With 2 homers in his Iowa debut yesterday, Brennen Davis (.261/.371/.505 overall) now has 17 HR in just 85 total games across 3 levels of the Minors this year. The 21-year old outfielder has now played 153 career games, with an impressive line of .280/.381/.493 with 25 HR as he has quickly made his way up the ladder.


Tennessee CANC


Quad Cities 5, South Bend 4

Top Performers

  • Jake Slaughter: 2-4, HR (2), R, 2 RBI (.246)
  • Bryce Windham: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI (.289)
  • Tyler Durna: 2-4, 2B, 2 R (.231)
  • Yohendrick Pinango: 2-5, 2B (.299)
  • Tyler Santana: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 3 K (1.80)


Augusta 5, Myrtle Beach 4

Top Performers

  • Kevin Made: 2-5, 2B, RBI (.273)
  • Owen Caissie: 1-2, R, 3 RBI (.233)
  • Josue Huma: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB (.169)
  • Ed Howard: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI (.213)
  • Jonathan Sierra: 1-3, 2B, R, RBI (.249)
  • Casey Opitz: 1-4, BB (.250)
  • Carlos Ocampo: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (5.67)
  • Sheldon Reed: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (2.35)
  • Frankie Scalzo, Jr.: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (1.29)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

How about a little defense:


Cubs 13, Angels 1

Top Performers

  • Shendrick Apostel: 2-2, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, HBP (.158)
  • Kevin Alcantara: 2-2, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB (.325)
  • Yovanny Cuevas: 1-3, 3B, R, 3 RBI, BB (.250)
  • Ezequiel Pagan: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI (.340)
  • Malcolm Quintero: 2-3, 3 R, BB (.340)
  • James Triantos: 1-3, 2 R (.280)
  • Christian Olivo: 1-3, R, 2 RBI (.083)
  • Juan Mora: 1-4, R, 2 RBI (.387)
  • Johzan Oquendo: 2 IP, 0 H, R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (4.35)
  • Jason Adam: IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (W, 2-0, 3.00)
  • Angel Gonzalez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 HBP, 3 K (8.33)
  • Jorge Remon: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (12.21)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

It hasn’t been a great year for the pitching staff down in Mesa, but they put some great work on display yesterday, throwing a one-hitter. Johzan Oquendo was labeled as a developmental arm when he was drafted a couple of years ago. It’s been slow going so far, but he’s been a solid arm in the ACL this year. Also nice to see Jason Adam continue to pitch well as he works his way back.

Shortstop Christian Olivo (17th Rd pick) recorded his first career hit in his 5th career game. The Cubs have selected a Puerto Rican prep player in each of the past few drafts, Nelson Velazquez being the most notable. Olivo is the latest.


Cubs Blue 3, Royals 0

Tigers 9, Cubs Red 3

Cubs Red 4, Tigers 2


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  • Thanks for recap Michael! great Job as usual!
    Two Home Runs in your first two at bats at Triple A for Davis was just amazing!

  • In reply to 1908Cubbie:

    I like the fact the first one came on a breaking ball.

  • B.D. Knocking on Wrigley's door !
    Any chance we will see Brennen at Wrigley before the season ends ?

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    I’d guess only as a fan. He just got to AAA. one game does not make any sense to consider he can hit AAA pitching. Wit til net yr..

  • In reply to stix:

    Plus that Davis does not require an off-season roster spot.

  • Ahh, Casey Opitz, now there is catcher ready made to take some of the anxiety off the future for an org to have someone, who can handle a pitching staff.

  • In reply to 44slug:


  • Caissie had 3 BB not 3 RBI in his last game.

  • In reply to John57:

    He is an on base machine.

  • Wisdom screwed again by the home plate umpire, who by the way is protected by Manfred !

  • Megill screwed up not checking off the runner at second who he could have picked off easily.
    Anyway, the new Cubs are more fun to watch !

  • To put a closing on yesterday's game, that is a silly way to lose a game. One more out and it would have the Cubs game to win. Still, what a joy it is to watch these guys compete. Truth is, I was completely worn out watching the core underachieving. This group is a breath of fresh air.

    This will be an interesting off season.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    When this season is over, it would be a good project for someone to compare this season's offensive output from the big 3 who were traded (heck, throw in Peterson also) to those players who replaced them after the trade. i.e. ex-Cubs offensive #s before the trade vs. replacement players after the trade.

    I think a lot of people will be surprised at how well the current players are playing. I loved Rizzo, Javy, and KB, by the way, but their 2021 offensive performance will not be missed. In Javy's case, the last two years were not great. In KB's case, injuries were the main culprit. In Rizzo's case, his age and back are creeping more and more into his performance. But whatever the reasons, they did not contribute a ton to this team in the last few years.

  • They have averaged more runs per game since the trade deadline. In my opinion runs are all that matters for offensive output.

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