Sorry for the lack of recaps last week. I was sick for a couple of days and then needed to play catch up at my job so my available time to watch and write about baseball was limited. To prevent burn out like I have experienced the last couple of seasons I told myself to take time away when I need it and this past week was one of those times.
Not a lot went right in this one outside of successful rehab appearances. David Bote collected three hits and Sean Newcomb pitched a scoreless inning. Newcomb likely nearing a return, but Bote is ineligible to come off the 60-day IL until another couple of weeks down the road.
The two non-roster position players most likely to get a callup in the coming months, Robel García and Jared Young, both stayed hot and reached twice as well. But the pitching just wasn’t good enough to win yesterday.
- David Bote: 3-5, R (.313)
- Jared Young: 2-4, R, SB (2) (.255)
- Robel García: 1-3, 2 RBI, BB (.324)
- Sean Newcomb: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, K (0.00)
Injuries, Updates, and Trends
A little bit of catch up on injury news: Steven Brault, Jonathan Holder, Stephen Gonsalves, and Estaban Quiroz have all been transferred to the 60-day IL in Iowa so I wouldn’t expect to see them any time soon. Gonsalves for sure is out for the season. Iowa has a lot of talent on the 7-day IL too: Ben Leeper, Brennen Davis, Donnie Dewees, as well as 40-man roster players Manuel Rodriguez and Conner Menez.
More late inning heroics for the South Bend Cubs, this time courtesy of a two-run double by Fabian Pertuz in the bottom of the 8th to break a 4-4 tie which had held since the 4th.
The Cubs hadn’t scored since doubles by Owen Caissie and Yohendrick Piñango knocked in three as part of a four run first inning. That pair of young corner outfielders are two of the more intriguing prospects to watch develop this season. Piñango just turned 20 and Caissie will do so in a couple of months but we are seeing each begin to make adjustments against pitchers who are mostly 2-3 years older than they them. Each of them is starting to pull the ball more, and while Piñango is growing a bit more selective at the plate we are seeing Caissie grow a bit more aggressive.
Owen Caissie is REALLY starting to figure out the Midwest League pic.twitter.com/MSF6FDHFP1— Greg Huss (@OutOfTheVines) May 24, 2022
With Seiya Suzuki signed for four more seasons and the abundance of right handed power hitting outfielders in the Cubs system (Brennen Davis, Nelson Velázquez, Alexander Canario, Kevin Alcantara, Christian Franklin) it is important for the Cubs to develop some left handed compliments. Pete Crow-Armstrong received the headlines in April, but power is unlikely to ever be a big part of his game, so the continued progress by the duo in South Bend could prove key.
South Bend also received another good start by Daniel Palencia. The hard thrower suffered through some command and control issues during a rocky April, so the team sort of let him take a step back to reset a few weeks ago. He’s come back to make just three starts in May, and they’ve limited his innings quite a bit, but the results have been very encouraging as he has yet to allow an earned run (10 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 10 K). There is MLB caliber stuff in his arm.
- Daniel Palencia: 3 IP, H, R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (3.68)
- Eduarniel Nunez: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (W, 5-1, 4.96)
- Hunter Bigge: IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, K (S, 4, 1.93)
- Fabian Pertuz: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI (.237)
- Yohendrick Piñango: 1-3, 2B, R, RBI, BB, SB (3) (.264)
- Yeison Santana: 2-4, R (.353)
- Owen Caissie: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI (.239)
- Jordan Nwogu: 1-3, 3B, R, BB (.238)
The Pelicans won their 9th straight, once again riding their powerful offense. A two-run homer by backup catcher Miguel Fabrizio in the 8th gave them some breathing room, but the offense was clicking all game.
James Triantos raised his batting average above 300 for the season with a three-hit day (added a walk as well). He scored three times. He’s not the only Cubs infield prospect who struggled through the first few weeks but has suddenly found his footing for Myrtle Beach. Reginald Preciado also delivered three hits and walk. You could even throw Kevin Made into that group even though he hasn’t struggled at any point, but he did miss the first few weeks of the season due to injury.
James Triantos is now batting .303 on the year. He started off 4-for-36 or .111. He is hitting .347 this month alone.— Todd (@CubsCentral08) May 25, 2022
All three of them are 19 years old and raking in a pitcher’s league. Made is the only one who will turn 20 this year and he won’t even do so until the final month of the season. It really is an exciting infield group. And even if Made ends up in South Bend for the 2nd half, that probably means top prospect Cristian Hernandez replaces him on the Myrtle Beach roster.
Patience.— Todd (@CubsCentral08) May 25, 2022
Reggie Preciado in April – .122 average/.157 OBP
Reggie Preciado in May – .333/.388 OBP
Oh, and emerging starting pitcher prospect Porter Hodge punched out seven in five very good innings to improve his record to 3-0 and lower his ERA to 3.41. Don’t sleep on this guy. He’s moved himself into Top 30 consideration after remaking his body this offseason. He’s improved his command, his fastball looks better, and he already had a pretty good breaking ball.
- James Triantos: 3-4, 2B, 3 R, BB (.301)
- Reginald Preciado: 3-4, R, 2 RBI, BB (.238)
- Miguel Fabrizio: 1-4, HR (1), R, 3 RBI, BB (.148)
- Kevin Made: 2-5, 2B, RBI (.328)
- Ethan Hearn: 1-3, 2B, R, 2 BB (.186)
- B.J. Murray Jr.: 1-4, R, HBP (.304)
- Porter Hodge: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, BB, 7 K (W, 3-0, 3.41)
Injuries, Updates, and Trends
A couple of hard throwing relievers to keep an eye on are moving up:
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