Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Kevin Made hits a grand slam; Yonathan Perlaza hits 13th HR; Jason Adam returns to game action in ACL

Kevin Made (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AAA

Toledo 8, Iowa 2

Top Performers

  • Tyler Ladendorf: 1-3, HR (4), R, 2 RBI, SF (.229)
  • Trayce Thompson: 1-3, BB, SB (3) (.227)
  • Blake Whitney: 2 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K (5.87)

AA

Chattanooga 14, Tennessee 1

Game Recap

As you might expect, the Smokies have hit a real rough stretch since returning to action after missing about a week of games due to a COVID outbreak. The roster features a number of callups and fill in players and they haven’t been competitive in several of their games since resuming play. They ended up using position player Matt Burch to pitch the final inning of this one.

Top Performers

  • Harrison Wenson: 2-3, 2B, RBI (.556)
  • Christopher Morel: 1-4, 2B, R (.214)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Fill-in catcher Harrison Wenson (.203/.309/.386 with 4 different teams) has certainly done his part since joining Tennessee. The 26-year old defensive stalwart has been unexpectedly red hot with the bat, to the tune of 5 hits (2 2B/ HR) and 2 walks as he’s reached multiple times in all 3 games he’s played.

High-A

Beloit 11, South Bend 5

Game Recap

Bailey Horn recovered after a rocky 1st to give South Bend four much needed innings, and Jose Albertos followed with a pair of scoreless frames. The Cubs looked to be sitting pretty with an offense that was clicking and a two-run lead. But the offense dried up and Beloit exploited the talented but inconsistent South Bend bullpen over the final three innings, eventually running away with the game.

Top Performers

  • Yonathan Perlaza: 1-4, HR (13), R, 2 RBI (.272)
  • Tyler Durna: 2-5, 2B, RBI (.237)
  • Luis Vazquez: 1-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI (.282)
  • Pablo Aliendo: 2-4, R (.192)
  • Bryce Ball: 1-3, R, BB (.204)
  • Bryce Windham: 1-3, R, BB (.295)
  • Bailey Horn: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K (6.23)
  • Jose Albertos: 2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (7.88)

Low-A

Myrtle Beach 8, Charleston 6

Game Recap

The Pelicans built an 8-1 lead on a pair of RBI hits by recent callups Owen Caissie and Felix Stevens in the 3rd, and then an RBI walk by Christian Franklin, and finally a grand slam by Kevin Made in the 4th.

The bullpen struggled to close it out, but ultimately held on, thanks to 2.2 shutout innings by Jarod Wright to earn his 3rd save.

Top Performers

  • Kevin Made: 2-5, HR (1), 2 R, 4 RBI (.276)
  • Christian Frankin: 1-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB (.167)
  • Jordan Nwogu: 3-5, SB (16) (.257)
  • Fabian Pertuz: 1-2, R, 2 BB (.227)
  • Owen Caissie: 1-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI (.227)
  • Richard Gallardo: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (W, 3-8, 4.26)
  • Jarod Wright: 2.2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (S, 3, 3.83)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Kevin Made (.276/.302/.369) picked a big spot to his his first career home run. The young shortstop had just 4 XBH this first 3 months of the season, but since the start of August he’s roped 9 doubles, a triple, and now a homer. The young shortstop (will turn 19 in 2 days) is showing the ability to adapt and learn on the fly. He’ll naturally grow into some more pop as he physically matures, but he’s also making some strides with plate discipline. It isn’t translating into walks yet, but he’s waiting for better pitches to drive.

Christian Franklin (.234/.419/.255 in 15 games between ACL/Low-A) hit his first career double:

ACL

Rockies 7, Cubs 4

Top Performers

  • Jason Adam: IP, 2 H, R, 0 BB, K (9.00)
  • Chase Watkins: 2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (0.00)
  • Miguel Pabon: 2-4, R (.364)
  • Malcolm Quintero: 2-4, RBI (.313)
  • James Triantos: 1-4, 3B, R, RBI (.288)
  • Kevin Alcantara: 1-4, 3B, R (.324)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

After suffering a gruesome dislocated ankle while shagging fly balls before an Iowa game on May 21st, Jason Adam was back on the mound in Mesa. The veteran righty got the start, allowing a run on two hits in one inning, but its a success just to see him out there again so quickly. At the time of the injury we had assumed his season was over. The Cubs released him the day after the surgery. I’m not sure of the exact reason, it might have had to do with a contractual reason. Regardless, the Cubs re-signed him in early July and he’s been rehabbing since. At this point I would assume they bring him back on an MiLB deal this offseason to once again compete for a bullpen job in Chicago or Iowa.

It has been a dominating start to the pro career of 9th round pick Chase Watkins. After recording all of his outs via strikeout across two innings yesterday, the lefty reliever has now punched out 13 of the 20 batters he has faced in the ACL. He’s supposedly got decent velo to pair with the ability to spin really good breaking pitches. I would assume the Cubs send him out to a full season affiliate for the final two weeks of the season.

Michael McAvene threw batting practice yesterday. He’s been out with a reported partial tear of his UCL, which they have been trying to rehab all summer in an effort to avoid a second Tommy John surgery for the young righty.

DSL

Red Sox 6, Cubs Blue 2

Cardinals 8, Cubs Red 7

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  • Made might be the top SS prospect heading into the 2022 season. He has been progressing very nicely throughout the season. Lots of very young SS in the system nice to see.

  • In reply to CubFanStuckInStl:

    Totally agree on Made and the young shortstops, God-willing we don't trade any of them to 'jump start' the 'not rebuild'............

  • In reply to CubFanStuckInStl:

    Michael, dont forget Vasquez and Ramirez on the list of good young shortstops. Turning out to be a true strength of the organization.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Very true.......

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    I've been wondering what's happening with McAvene. If he doesn't have surgery it would be great to see him up with the Cubs sometime next year.

  • Good to see Albertos with a strong outing. Is he still a prospect?

  • Ian Happ,
    Mystery man ! I don't remember anybody that was so bad to turn it around. I didn't think it was possible. A former infielder that looks like left field will be his position. Meh to Center field but the
    bat has awoken !
    Alcantera looks to be better each time out. Very good hands at SS, Sergio looks to be a super utility player.

  • Phantom strike 3 to Happ and Wisdom ! Great job ump !

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Looks as if Wisdom has inherited the Schwarber team lead in phantom strikes. He doesn’t need the help given the slump he’s in.

  • In reply to stix:

    Maybe that crumb behind the plate fired Patrick up !

  • Wow

  • Two different zones and the Cubs still won. What a terrible job behind the plate ! Way to go Manfred !

  • Does anyone else get a queasy stomach when you read Felix in the recaps?

  • In reply to Otto 2016:

    Say what? Felix?
    By any chance do you mean ronvet? Lol.

  • Draft pick «magic number» update. Again, I do not think anyone believed we would be picking so high, but it will soon be official.

    Elimination from 1st pick: any combo of Cubs’ wins and ARZ losses equalling 3.
    Elimination from 2nd pick: any combo of Cubs’ wins and BAL losses equalling 5.
    Elimination from 3rd pick: any combo of Cubs’ wins and PIT losses equalling 8.
    Elimination from 1st pick: any combo of Cubs’ wins and TEX losses equalling 10.

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