Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Rosters shuffle as Tennessee returns to play after COVID outbreak; Canario, Caissie homer; 4 ACL Cubs go deep 4 times in loss; Ramirez records another multi-hit game

Owen Caissie (photo by Stephanie Lynn)


Indianapolis 6, Iowa 2

Top Performers

  • Jared Young: 2-4, 3B, R< RBI (.292)
  • Nick Martini: 1-2 (.271)
  • Aneuris Rosario: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (3.86)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends


Rocket City 9, Tennessee 0

Top Performers

  • Christopher Morel: 3-4 (.215)
  • Bryan Hudson: 2.1 IP, H, 0 R, BB, K (3.35)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Lots of roster moves to track yesterday: To replace the missing players on their roster due to COVID, the Smokies received OF Bradlee Beesley, and right handers Anderson Espinoza and Joe Nahas from South Bend. The two starters will fill in for Caleb Kilian and Cam Sanders in the rotation. LHP Burl Carraway bolsters their pen (Brandon Hughes and Wyatt Short are out). RHP Dauris Valdez, acquired in ST in exchange for James Norwood, was activated from the IL to help fill in for the missing Cayne Ueckert. Valdez had been out since the first week of the season and only recently got in some rehab work in Mesa. INF Reivaj Garcia returned from Mesa to fill in for Andy Weber and Chase Strumpf.


Lake County 8, South Bend 5

Top Performers

  • Alexander Canario: 1-4, HR (7), R, RBI, BB (.273)
  • Bryce Windham: 3-4, 2 2B, R (.295)
  • Tyler Durna: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI (.233)
  • Luis Vazquez: 2-4, R, BB (.296)
  • Dalton Stambaugh: 4.1 IP, 3 H, R, 0 BB, 3 K (3.68)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Stop me if you’ve heard this recently: Bryce Windham (.295/.367/.447) is scorching hot at the plate. He had 3 hits including 2 doubles yesterday. After hitting .419/.510/.674 in August, he’s begun September at .429/.500/.714 in two games.

Alexander Canario (.275/.358/.488) jacked his 7th home run in 27 games with South Bend. He has 16 homers in 92 overall games this season.

D.J. Herz was promoted from Myrtle Beach to take over one of the two vacant rotation spots. Emilio Bocchi was also reinstated from the IL. He could fill the other open slot.


Lynchburg 7, Myrtle Beach 3

Top Performers

  • Owen Caissie: 1-4, HR (1), R, RBI (.207)
  • Jordan Nwogu: 2-4, R (.236)
  • Peter Matt: 1-3, BB (.241)
  • Riley Martin: 2.2 IP, H, 2 R, ER, 2 BB, 2 K (3.24)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

The Pelicans received new callups from Mesa: LHP Luis Angel Rodriguez and RHP Walker Powell.


Rockies 11, Cubs 5

Top Performers

  • Felix Stevens: 2-3, HR (7), R, 2 RBI, HBP (.303)
  • Ezequiel Pagan: 2-4, 3B, HR (4), R, RBI (.328)
  • Carlos Morfa: 1-2, HR (1), R, RBI (.500)
  • James Triantos: 1-4, HR (3), R, RBI (.271)
  • Miguel Fabrizio: 1-4, 2B, R, SB (2) (.346)
  • Zachary Leigh: 1.2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (0.00)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Carlos Morfa, a power hitting RF prospect who has missed all season, came off the 60-day IL and hit a HR in his 2021 debut.

Felix Stevens (.303/.373/.626) hit .302 and blasted 5 home runs as one of the team’s hottest hitters in August. He’s now opened up September by reaching base 3 times, including his 6th homer in his last 16 games.

It was the 3rd homer over the last 10 games for 2nd round pick James Triantos (.271/.338/.475).

Zachary Leigh, the Cubs 16th rounder out of Texas State, tossed 1.2 shutout inning in his pro debut.


Rays 15, Cubs Blue 6

Cubs Red 12, Phillies 9

Pedro Ramirez (.389/.439/.556) had 3 hits yesterday (he was also HBP), the 4th time in 6 games he’s recorded at least 3 in a game. The 17-year old has notched multiple hits in 16 of his 33 career games. He’s reached safely multiple times in 19 of his 33 career games. Only two 17-year olds have posted a higher batting average over the course of a DSL season since 2006. It’s not a mark of guaranteed success or anything, as the two above have not managed to amount to great prospects, but it is still impressive. For reference, Yohendrick Pinango finished the 2019 DSL campaign batting .358, and he is now hitting well in High-A two years later despite skipping the complex and the now defunct short season leagues.

Not from yesterday, but some recent video of a Reggie Preciado homer:


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  • As always, thanks for everything you do, Michael. It is much appreciated.

    Sorry for the inappropriate joke, but much of this recap focused on COVID and the resulting shuffling and promotions. Seems as though COVID itself was also promoted, as Ross and Hoyer have both just tested positive.

    Hope all goes well.

  • Great video's from the farm ! Thanks Michael !

  • 4 in a row ! Its the Pirates but so what , its still another win !
    Whoa Andy Green, you're going to blow a blood vessel !

  • Thanks Michael what's the story on Anueris Rosario? I'm very intrigued, prayerfully he can build on that great start!

  • Looks like Alcantara is trying to make an impression for next year. Last 9 plate appearance he has 4 hits and 4 walks. 8 out of 9 ain't too shabby.

  • In reply to John57:

    Totally in agreement John. This guy could be the next Zobrist. He handles short stop very well, good range with a strong arm.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    Not sure where the Zobrist reference comes from. Only resemblance I see is they both play(ed) baseball. Batting average or number of defensive positions played by Zobrist far exceed anything Alcantara has approached.

  • In reply to stix:

    Alcantara is still developing. Zobrist had not made the majors yet at Alcantara's age. He seems to be adjusting to the adjustments the pitchers made on him. He is someone to watch. He might be a keeper.

  • This team has been fun to watch lately.

  • It was good to see Hermosillo break loose with hits yesterday. It had been a struggle for him. Those older, long time getting to the bigs, guys need to hit the ground running to stay. Maybe he can join Wisdom, Schwedel and Ortega with a spot somewhere in the mlb(Cubs?). I think that Micheal has the talent. I wanted to see him play more, but Ross was picking his spots until he got his feet down. I always enjoy seeing those AAAA guys have some success. They have earned it.

  • The question is whether you can have a credible team with mostly AAAA guys. It may be a little fun as a novelty for the rest of the year, but it is not a path to the World Series. Our talent is at A and AA. Those guys could still top out at AAAA.

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