Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Alcantara drives in six and four pitchers combine on shutout as Pelicans extend winning streak to 10; Wicks takes hard luck loss

Kevin Alcantara (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AAA

Iowa SUSP – T8 – Tied 4-4

Game Recap

I’ll cover the game more in depth when they complete it today, but it’s worth noting Robel García homered once again, his 12th already on the season. Caleb Kilian was the starter. He didn’t pitch great as his control faltered in the 4th and he began giving up some hard contact, but what should be of interest is that the Cubs will require an extra starter for their doubleheader next Monday and then again for a doubleheader next Saturday. Both of those outings line up with Kilian’s turn in the rotation.

It isn’t a guarantee we will see him make those starts, or even one of them, but the Cubs have to being weighing the possibility of making a 40-man roster move in order to give Kilian a shot.

The other possibility is the Cubs simply move Keegan Thompson back into the rotation to take those two turns, but it could depend on whether they need innings out of him from the pen this weekend.

UPDATE: Nevermind…

AA

Tennessee PPD

High-A

Great Lakes 4, South Bend 3

Game Recap

Jordan Wicks flew through five innings in Wade Miley-like fashion. He was efficient with his 70 pitches and wasted no time on the mound between offerings. It is likely he makes his way to Tennessee in the next wave of promotions. His breaking stuff continues to improve and if he can consistently keep his velo above 93 in the coming years he should prove very difficult to hit considering his good control and plus changeup.

He did take the loss despite only allowing one run through five innings though as the South Bend bats were very quiet until a rally in the bottom of the 9th. Down four runs entering the frame, Yohendrick Piñango doubled in a run and then Caleb Knight hit a two-out, two-run shot to bring the Cubs within a run. The comeback attempt would end with the following batter however.

Top Performers

  • Jordan Wicks: 5 IP, 4 H, R, 0 BB, 3 K (L, 0-1, 3.55)
  • Caleb Knight: 2-3, HR (1), R, 2 RBI (.211)
  • Yohendrick Piñango: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI (.263)
  • Luis Verdugo: 1-3 (.227)

Low-A

Myrtle Beach 8, Augusta 0

Game Recap

Make it 10 straight wins for the Pelicans.

The big star was Kevin Alcantara, who doubled home three runs in the 3rd, smashed a two-run homer in the 5th, and then drove in a sixth run on a ground out in the 7th.

He did have to share some of the spotlight with the pitching though. Luis Devers continues to get the job done. The 22 year old is just super steady, consistently getting guys from the DSL to AZL and now in Low-A this season. He isn’t a high ceiling prospect but he has a starter’s frame and solid command his repertoire. I don’t easily see him making a big jump in velo from his current low-90s, but it is difficult to gauge such things anymore. He definitely still has room on his frame to fill out some.

Devers was followed by three relievers who maintained the shutout over the final four innings.

Top Performers

  • Kevin Alcantara: 3-5, 2B, HR (5), R, 6 RBI (.248)
  • James Triantos: 2-4, 2 R, BB (.307)
  • Pete Crow-Armstrong: 2-5, 3 R, RBI, 2 SB (11, 12) (.363)
  • Ezequiel Pagan: 2-4, 2 R, SB (4) (.227)
  • Kevin Made: 1-4, RBI, SF (.323)
  • Luis Devers: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K (W, 4-3, 2.62)
  • Chase Watkins: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (4.50)
  • Frankie Scalzo Jr.: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (9.00)
  • Adam Laskey: IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (0.00)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

And this was before Alcantara, Triantos, Crow-Armstrong, and Made added to their numbers yesterday:

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    It looks as though in a few years we might have some high prospects coming along, but remember they are only prospects until they prove it in the majors, where plenty fail.
    So keep in mind we have a major league draft and an IFA signing coming this year and it looks like after this year we probably have a higher pick coming next year a little more to spend in IFA signings, so the out look is rosy, but it depends on progress up and down the ladder.
    I'm still not sold on Hoyer, but I do like our GM and draft guru' they are excellent choices to get us to where we want to be....

  • In reply to tater:

    Jed did some interviews last week, once again he didn’t say much. Last August, Jed said this was not a rebuild-many many times. Then Jed said he doesn’t know how to label a rebuild. Now he is saying “It’s important to always be tethered to reality.” Great Jed, why don’t you explain Cubs “tethered to reality”? Jed should speak to what exactly is the reality we need to face? I wonder what Jed’s thoughts are on why this big market team is operating like a 2nd rate mid-market team? To me it sounds like Jed has no mandate to deliver a winner anytime soon. Why doesn’t ownership increase spending on payroll, & the organization?

    Dave Kaplan reported during the 2020 offseason Cubs, & Ricketts family’s Wrigleyville real estate investments had a little over $1 billion in debt. At the time Kaplan reported it had a negative impact on how the Cubs team/organization operated.

    Right now Red Sox fans, and media are starting to complain about not winning, & groaning about the state of team. At the beginning of the year Red Sox minor league system was ranked higher by mlb.com than the Cubs, and their payroll was $60 to $70 million dollars higher than the Cubs.

    My tethered reality- 2022 Cubs are real bad. My two cents Jed is more in the average-ish range of modern day baseball executive/leader. Sounds like Craig Breslow VP of pitching, & assistant GM deserves major credit for modernizing Cubs pitching development.

  • In reply to Naujack:

    I would not pay a lot of attention to Kaplan. He is just trying to generate attention by saying whatever he thinks will generate clicks.

    My opinion on Hoyer is pretty good. He traded Darvish at his absolute peak value and got 4 young high ceiling prospects. Then all the trades at the trade deadline last year were really good for the Cubs. I really like Kilian, PCA, and Alcantara. The draft last year we got Wicks and Triantos at the top and did well after that too. Hoyer hired Haskins for GM. Coupling that with the pitch lab that they invested in 3 to 4 years ago, our pitching in the minors is doing very well. I don't ever remember our farm system being this loaded with pitching. Things are definitely looking up.

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    Michael, I hope you're better now. I just figure if you're not writing something is wrong or even taking a day or two off; it's just that I know I miss reading about the minor league scores and our score of young, young talent on the farm.
    I personally don't care if Jed calls this a semi-rebuild or not, we know that it is. I am appreciating more and more the deals that were made in the last year, from Caleb Knight to PCA (my guy) and all the others. I do miss Ed Howard but he is young and I hope a year off will be enough for him to completely recover.
    Our minor league clubs have the best winning % in all baseball. I don't know if even the clubs in the mid teens were that good, and our pitchers are doing so well too. Watching the Cubs now I really want to see Morel progress, see Hughes doing well and watch Seiya adjust and be the player he was the first month. Can't wait until more youngsters make it to the show--who thought Morel would be up this early? It can happen.
    Go Cubs Go Myrtle Beach too.

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