Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Herz and Assad each toss 5 shutout innings; Jordan homers and raises his average to .397; Piñango, Roederer, and Caissie homer in 5-0 South Bend shutout

DJ Herz (Photo by Stephanie Lynn)


Iowa 8, Memphis 5 (Completion of SUSP)

Memphis 7, Iowa 5 (10 Innings)

Game Recap

The Cubs quickly broke a 4-4 8th inning tie once play resumed on their suspended game. Jared Young hit an RBI double in the 8th, and Carlos Sepulveda knocked in two with a single to give them some breathing room. Young added another RBI double the following innings.

In the regularly scheduled game, Cam Sanders got knocked out early as Memphis ran up his pitch count to 70 before he could even complete three innings. Aneuris Rosario fared no better, and Iowa found itself behind 5-3 heading into the 6th. A two-run homer by John Hicks tied it up. It stayed that way until extras where Dakota Mekkes allowed a two-run walkoff homer in the 10th.

Top Performers

  • John Hicks: 3-5, 3B, HR (4), 2 R, 2 RBI, SB (2) (.186)
  • Trent Giambrone: 2-4, HR (2), 3 R, RBI, BB (.208)
  • Robel García: 3-10, HR (12), R, RBI (.322)
  • Zach Davis: 1-2, R, BB, SB (9) (.163)
  • Dixon Machado: 3-9, RBI, BB, HBP (.293)
  • Clint Frazier: 1-6, RBI, 4 BB, SB (1) (.148)
  • Erick Castillo: 1-3, R, 2 BB (.333)
  • Jared Young: 2-5, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB, HBP (.261)
  • Narciso Crook: 2-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI, CS (2) (.171)
  • Carlos Sepulveda: 1-1, 2 RBI (.222)
  • Brendon Little: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (W, 1-0, 0.00)
  • Cayne Ueckert: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (5.09)
  • Erich Uelmen: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 K (2.25)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Nick Madrigal will be beginning a rehab stint today.


Tennessee 10, Rocket City 1

Game Recap

The Smokies struck out a bunch, but when they made contact they made it count. Levi Jordan, who is hitting the quietest .397 in the Minors, had three hits, including his 4th homer. Yonathan Perlaza and Luis Vazquez also homered.

It has been a very good year for Javier Assad as well. He had plateaued a bit over the past couple of years, and it looked like his stuff was going to come up a bit short of MLB consideration. He’s throwing a good cutter this year and everything seems a tad crisper than I remember from last season. He’s reestablished himself as a potential BOR/MIR arm.

Top Performers

  • Levi Jordan: 3-4, HR (4), 3 R, 3 RBI, HBP (.397)
  • Yonathan Perlaza: 2-4, HR (6), 2 R, 2 RBI, BB (.200)
  • Luis Vazquez: 2-4, HR (3), R, 2 RBI (.195)
  • Alexander Canario: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI, HBP (.197)
  • Matt Mervis: 1-4, R, RBI, BB (.320)
  • Javier Assad: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K (W, 2-1, 2.90)
  • Graham Lawson: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 2 K (5.51)


South Bend 5, Great Lakes 0

Game Recap

We are starting to see the Cubs stretch D.J. Herz out a bit. This was the third straight game he’s thrown between 70-80 pitches after being limited to <50 through his first six. He didn’t miss as many bats as usual, but it meant he could be a bit more efficient. Herz got through five shutout innings, allowing just one hit. It’s the sixth time in nine starts he’s allowed one hit or fewer. Opponents are now hitting just .128 against him on the season (14 H in 32.1 IP). Once he ramps up above 80 pitches, we could see the young left in line for a promotion to AA. His primary challenge in most of his starts is not the opposing batters but his himself. Whether he is throwing strikes or not he rarely gets hit, but the walks do get him into trouble on occasion regardless.

Hard throwing Sheldon Reed fired two scoreless in his first appearance at the High-A level. Brad Deppermann followed with two scoreless of his own to earn his first save and maintain the shutout.

All of the Cubs offense came via the long ball. Yohendrick Piñango, Owen Caissie, and Cole Roederer homered.

Top Performers

  • D.J. Herz: 5 IP, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K (W, 1-0, 1.67)
  • Sheldon Reed: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (0.00)
  • Brad Deppermann: 2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (S, 1, 2.45)
  • Yohendrick Piñango: 1-4, HR (6), R, 2 RBI (.263)
  • Owen Caissie: 1-4, HR (4), R, 2 RBI (.231)
  • Cole Roederer: 1-4, HR (1), R, RBI (.192)
  • Scott McKeon: 1-3, R, BB, SB (4) (.200)
  • Pablo Aliendo: 2-3, 2B (.228)
  • Jake Slaughter: 1-3, R, BB, SB (7) (.240)


Myrtle Beach 6, Augusta 2 (SUSP in 5th)


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  • I like to keep an eye on what Pablo Aliendo is doing at S Bend. He’s still has a ways to go, regarding his physical projection. His offensive numbers will become more reflective of his ability, as he fills out. He is quite athletic too.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Yeah, I'm still a believer in him as a potential starting catcher. Catchers take a long time though. So, it's going to be a lot of wait and see with him, especially since he needs to add a good amount of muscle. Good athlete with a good arm.

  • I like what Bryan Hudson is doing. He was drafted 7 years ago but he seems to have figured it out now.

  • Just read an article that the Cubs are going to be top spenders this off season. Nimmo for centerfielder, Correa at shortstop and Manaea for the rotation were all mentioned as Cub targets.

    What wasnt mentioned was catcher. If they trade Contreras, which they will, who is their catcher next year?
    This trade deadline to offseasons will be one.of the most fun for me as a Cubs fan in a while.

    I guess the big deal for the Cubs for this season is to see who are: wisdom, schwindel, ortega, rivas, davis, valazquez, suzuki, happ, hoerner, madigral, morel, marquez, steele, wick, killian, effross, roberts and hughes. These guys will make up the core of next years team and non are really proven yet.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    I don't think the Cubs even know who they will target this coming offseason. Probably just another Jon Heyman article trying to generate buzz. Now the Cubs could be big spenders this coming offseason but I would not believe the rumors that are floating around now.

  • In reply to John57:

    I would agree that the Cubs are not sure yet, who they will target this off season. Plus they have pretty much already determined the plan, and put it in motion - at the moment Darvish was traded.
    Obviously the lower levels of their minor league affiliations, are loaded - but we won’t see those talents in Chicago for at least 2 more years. So even if Ricketts wants to make a ‘splash’ this offseason, it will likely not be a long term solution. Plus it takes two, to tango. The best money I can see the Cubs spending short term, is 1) buying out JHey, and 2) extending Contreras.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Agree, two more years looks like the plan at this point.

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    Yep I agree with you. I would like to extend Willson but it takes two to tango. If Willson wants to go free agency, the Cubs can't do anything about it.

  • In reply to John57:

    Buy out jhey and sign 3 or 4 top free agents. That would cost about 100 million. I dont see why they wouldnt do it.

    If they buy out Heyward they only have Stroman 24' Hendricks 24'and Suzuki 26' signed to multi year contracts (I dont count Bote) i think they are at 50 million per year for those 3. 100 million would get you another 3 or 4 high end free agents. The rest of the roster is here and will be arriving over the next 3 years.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    3 or 4 top FA’s.
    You “don’t see why they wouldn’t do it”! Really?

  • In reply to cubbustible:

    I was being a bit faciscious. But to be honest why wont they do it?

    They cant afford it? No!
    They arent ready to compete? Wrong. They dont want to be tied to bad contracts? Maybe.

    But isnt that the job of a front office. To sign low risk players to reasonable/expensive contracts.

    The other 15-20 guys on their roster the next 4 or 5 years will be of very low cost to the payroll.

    Would the Dodgers wait?

    I get why the Cubs sold off in 21and didnt sign Baez, Bryant & Schwarber. It didnt make good financial sense. I believe the Cubs dodged a bullet on those potential contracts. Plus they offered Rizzo more than he got with the Yankees. I also get why they will sell of in 22'

    This offseason tey will need to add a catcher (once they trade contreras) a starting pitcher. Preferably CF and SS on 3 year deals. Because by then PCA, Hernandez, Tratianos, Preciado, Aliendo & Cassie should all be ready.

    If they dont significantly add smartly to the payroll this off season then I sure would like an explanation on why that makes sense.

    Honestly, I believe they will.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Of course they have money. That’s never been the problem. Of course that’s never been the way Ricketts had in mind, either. They aren’t going to do it because 1) you couldn’t get that many TOP FAs to want to sign here with this train wreck, and 2) TOP FAs want long term contracts.

  • Imagine how much better the Cubs would be if they kept the crew together. Bryant on IL hasn’t played half the Rockies games and no HR. Schwarber batting .190 , Baez batting .198 with 3HR and Rizzo @ .216 with a bunch of warning track HRs @Yankee stadium.

  • In reply to stix:

    Yes it looks like they dodged a bullet not signing Rizzo, Bryant, Baez and Schwarber this last off season. The four are not having their best seasons. Actually the Cubs had them when they had their best performances. Hoyer and Hawkins seem to be making quite a few good moves. The thing that I am really excited about is the farm system seems to be full of actual pitching prospects!!! Even Theo never did that. Things are trending up.

  • In reply to John57:

    Orgs should spend wisely even if they have money to blow. Tomorrow always comes, so far, anyway. Veteran players sometimes lose a bit of the hunger, that it takes to be a champion, or play for their individual stats.
    The money will be there when the time is right.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    When the time is right. If by that you mean wait until 24 or 25. I dont think Hoyer is going to wait that long. They signed 2 high end free agents in a sell off year. I would certainly believe they will add at least 2 more this off season. If they dont then why spend the money this year?

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    I do not necessarily mean 24-25, but not ruling it out either. We will have to see what developes the rest of this year, and as noted earlier, it takes two to tangle. Signing free agents and making trades both need two, and need to make sense.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I agree with you. If a good value deal presents itself, Hoyer will do it. If he can get good value on a trade this year, 2022, I think he will do it. IMO he is not waiting for a specific year or time. And if a good value deal is possible the money most certainly will be available. He thought Suzuki and Stroman were good value deals for the Cubs long term so he made it happen. I think he called it intelligent spending. I have no problem with his strategy.

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