Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Jordan and Hill lead Iowa to a third straight comeback win; Pertuz homers twice and Devers shines despite SB loss; Pelicans blow 6-run 9th inning lead

Fabian Pertuz (photo by Stephanie Lynn)

AAA

Iowa 5, Toledo 4

Game Recap

Iowa trailed 4-1 in the bottom of the 7th when Levi Jordan hit a two-run homer to close the gap to one. An error by Toledo on a Narciso Crook grounder scored Alfonso Rivas from 3rd to tie it the next inning. Zach Davis came in as a pinch runner for Crook and went 1st to 3rd on a single by Matt Mervis, then came home on another single by Darius Hill to put the Cubs in the lead. Brendon Little closed it out in the 9th to secure Iowa’s third consecutive come from behind victory.

Top Performers

  • Levi Jordan: 1-4, HR (5), R, 2 RBI (.253)
  • Alfonso Rivas: 2-4, 3B, 2 R (.333)
  • Darius Hill: 2-4, R, RBI (.343)
  • Matt Mervis: 2-4, 2B, RBI (.255)
  • Bryan Hudson: 1.1 IP, H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K (4.50)
  • Dakota Mekkes: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, BB, 3 K (W, 1-2, 5.09)
  • Brendon Little: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (S, 1, 4.64)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Jeremiah Estrada received a well earned promotion to Iowa after beginning the season in High-A South Bend. The oft-injured former 6th rounder had thrown just 40 career innings prior to 2022.

AA

Rocket City 4, Tennessee 1

Game Recap

Yonathan Perlaza has been a one man wrecking crew of late, and that continued in this one as Rocket City failed to get him out even a single time. When they eventually hit him with a pitch it nearly started a brawl.

Top Performers

  • Yonathan Perlaza: 2-2, 2B, HR (18), R, RBI, BB, HBP (.260)
  • Andy Weber: 2-4 (.297)
  • Walker Powell: 4 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (2.88)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Hunter Bigge received a promotion from South Bend to replace Estrada in the Tennessee pen.

High-A

Fort Wayne 6, South Bend 5

Game Recap

Luis Devers just keeps on rolling. His changeup is a weapon and he simply does a great job of working quick, pounding the zone, and mixing in all of his pitches. His 2.58 ERA in 15 games with Myrtle Beach was good, but he’s been even better since his promotion (0.34 ERA in 6 games, 26.2 IP).

He wasn’t the only story in this one, as Fabian Pertuz blasted a pair of homers, and Kevin Made made an impact with both his bat and glove.

Top Performers

  • Luis Devers: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 6 K (0.34)
  • Fabian Pertuz: 3-4, 2 HR (6, 7), 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 SB (10, 11) (.246)
  • Jonathan Sierra: 3-4, 2B, R, RBI (.272)
  • Luis Verdugo: 2-5 (.278)
  • Kevin Made: 1-4, 2B, R, BB (.186)

Low-A

Lynchburg 14, Myrtle Beach 13

Game Recap

A brutal loss. The Pelicans were up 13-7 heading into the 9th. But Angel Hernandez was unable to hold the lead.

It wasted a terrific night on offense from up and down the lineup. Ezequiel Pagan led the way (as he often does), with four hits including his 10th home run.

Top Performers

  • Ezequiel Pagan: 4-6, HR (10), 2 R, RBI (.300)
  • Ethan Hearn: 3-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB (.196)
  • Felix Stevens: 3-6, 3B, 2 RBI (.239)
  • James Triantos: 2-5, 3B, 2 R (.265)
  • Jacob Wetzel: 2-5, R, RBI, BB (.225)
  • Scott McKeon: 1-3, 2B, 2 R (.280)
  • Josue Huma: 2-6, R, 2 RBI (.275)
  • Alejandro Rivero: 1-4, 2 R, BB (.259)
  • Didier Vargas: 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (4.50)
  • Gregori Montano: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K (0.00)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

Infielder Liam Spence was assigned to Myrtle Beach from Mesa.

ACL

Cubs 6, Guardians 4

DSL

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Yankees 17. Cubs Red 5

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  • More great reporting Michael ! It looks like Matt Mervis is Wrigley bound !

  • Some say I am obsessing about the 40 man. But I did want to do some math and get everyones take.

    ADD: (9) Rule 5: brown, devers, estrada, wesnecki, gonzalez, alcantera
    aliendo, davis & hill.
    ADD: (5) free agents.
    ADD: (5) 60 day.
    That's 59

    RELEASE: (10) brault dermody Leiter mills rucker smyly miley vizcaino contreras (QO) simmons.
    TRADE: (6) bote crook heyward schwindel gomes castro sampson rivas. That's 43. Still 3 over.

    Not added: young maldanado slaughter clark franklin or jensen.
    Mervis and PCA(he would be our best defensive OF) can be added after weick marquez and whomever go on the 60 day.

    Still that leaves 3 slots over.
    *Do you trade Ortega & Happ or Suzuki? To add space for free agents.
    *Do you leave Newcomb or Marquez of the 40?

    I really do believe to get better we need to add 3 or 4 top free agents. But to do that we will have to trade from our glut of quality but average big leaguers to make room.

    If they dont add any free agents then the roster is fine. But the team wont be anything better than mediocre.

    Let me know what I am missing.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    My math sucks. 6 to trade should have been 8 so that's only 1 over. Regardless, there are some difficult guys to trade that may just have to be released.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    You are adding too many to the 40. Cubs will add Davis, Alcantara, & between 2 to 4 pitchers.

    Players like Hill, will only be protected if Cubs bring him up to play this season. If he doesn't get MLB playing time this year, Cubs won't protect him during the off-season.

    You are not cutting/DFA enough players.

    Simmons just got DFA. I assume a few more like Schwindel, Ortega, & others could be DFA before the season ends.

    Smyly Cubs won't pick up his option.
    Players on the 60 day who could be DFA
    Weick-TJ, Roberts-TJ, Heuer-TJ, Rodriguez, & Hermosillo. Cubs will protect maybe two on the 40?
    If Mckinstry, Wick, & others don't play well in their auditions, are they worth protecting going forward?

  • In reply to Naujack:

    Yep I had Simmons Smyly etc gone.
    I believe everyone on the 60 day has to be added to the 40 unless you release them. I could see Weick or Rodriguez not being added to the 40. But Alzolay Roberts and Heuer will be added.

    You might be right maybe only Weinicki Estrada Devers Davis and Alcantera have to be added. But I would hate to loose Hill or any of Young Maldanado Aliendo Brown or Gonzalez. I would imagine the most you would lose is around 2 or 3.Likely would be Aliendo and Gonzalez.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    I doubt that Aliendo will be on the 40 man, and probably not Devers or hill. They are all decent prospects, but too far away for a team to keep on the MLB roster all season. If selected, they are likely to be returned, but if not, they are fairly easily replaceable.

    They are definately going to have several difficult choiced to make. But all things considered, it is better to have too many good prospects than not enough. As far as Mervis is concerned, ordinarily, he would be called up this September. But as far as I know, he is not subject to the draft this winter. If that is accurate, they are very likely to leave him off the 40 man until next spring, rather than risk losing someone like Cam Sanders to the draft.

  • First, has anyone played around with baseball trading values dot com? It's interesting but not sure how informative/realistic it is

    Aliendo might be too far away to need to be protected, but I bet the cubs don't want to lose him.

    Keep Gomes. No way you are going to find a taker for Heyward. He might just be the 5th OF. No need to let young players ride the bench. No trading Suzuki.

    Newcombe will get picked if left off, so look to trade him. Same with brault.

    I hope the cubs are able to trade some of these fringy 40 man for something.

  • In reply to 2Toes:

    We actually do have some good potential catchers in the minors. Amaya will be in Iowa by years end and Aliendo will be in tennessee. I think if they add Aliendo to the 40 they will not keep Gomes.

    But the catcher I am excited to hopefully see in south bend this year is Ballesteros. He could be really good.

  • I was hoping that E. Hearn would be another catching prospect but he has not really hit since being drafted. The Cubs also signed another catcher a few years back as an international free agent who has disappointed but he's young. So maybe he still has hope.

  • Ben Brown did well in his AA debut with the Smokies. 5 innings, 9 SOs, 1 ER, 2 BBs, 4 hits. Looks like Hoyer has found another potential SP. He does seem very good at trading.

  • In reply to John57:

    Saw that last night. Interested in seeing how him and Wesneski do for the Cubs whether it’s this year or next.

  • I was disappointed to hear this week that Brennan Davis will not play again this year after the Cubs had stated post back surgery that Brennan would play later in the year. Back surgeries can lead to chronic back pain because the surgeon is working in an area with many tendons, ligaments, discs, and vertebrae that can cause scar tissue to form. Nick Madrigal had surgery for a bad tear of the upper hamstring that is connected to the lower pelvis and with the same tissues involved which can mean on and off chronic pain. And we still don't know the exact injury to the hip that Ed Howard incurred. Was the hip dislocated leading to a loss of blood supply to the head of the femur with possible avascular necrosis and hip replacement surgery?

  • In reply to shalin:

    Had not heard bad news about Davis. I thought it was pretty remarkable he was returning this year. He just needs to work on getting healthy and strong. Same with Howard, Madrigal and Marquez. Injuries happen, just have to deal with them.

  • In reply to John57:

    Unfortunately, these type of injuries above often alter career ceilings, if not the the beginning of the ship that never sails.

  • I agree with you Shalin about B Davis. I was hoping to see him possibly next month. The Cubs have had numerous serious injuries to players this year. E. Roberts B Wieck and C Heuer all had TJS not to mention K Hendricks and his issues. I wonder to about Howard's long term health in terms of range and later movements at SS.

  • Pro athletes with back surgeries scare me. I'd be fine with selling high on him.

  • That would be selling low. GMs are also scared of pro athletes with back surgeries. You won't get much for him until he returns and plays well without symptoms.

  • In reply to OldFan:

    I agree with you that you don't want to trade him now. Be patient and most likely he will be just fine. I thought the surgery was vascular and not structural so full recovery was likely. The Cubs can't over react.

  • Palencia came off the IL and pitched 3 innings. Faced just 9 hitters and struck out 7 of them. No hits no walks and is hitting 102 mph on his fast ball. Nice trade pick up last year for Chafin. Could be possible SP in the future.

  • The Cubs claimed of/dh Franmil Reyes of waivers from the Guardians.

  • In reply to cubfaninfla:

    Ha funny… I saw he got DFA’d and I thought we might pick him up because of Hawkins’ Cleveland connection.

  • In reply to cubfaninfla:

    Tons of power there with Reyes, but he's been really off this season - obviously - since Cleveland jettisoned him.

    Maybe they can 'fix' his year at the plate and he's still arbitration eligible so they can try and keep him next year and the price tag won't be obscene. How is his defense?

  • Jed Hoyer said it's unlikely Jason Heyward will return this season and will be released at season's end.

  • In reply to cubfaninfla:

    Heyward was a class act. But it was over due. I am a little surprised but relieved.

    I think it's time to move on from Frank the Tank and Bote as well. It's time to make some room for some of these young kids.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Did you not see that Bote was demoted to AAA over the weekend, and Frank last night?

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    They arent on the Cubs any more really? Yes I know they were sent down. They need to remove them from the 40 and add players like Mervis and Hill.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    Agreed. Eating Heyward's contract at this point is about the only thing that makes sense. Get some reps in the field and at the plate for some of the kids. Offensively they really can't be worse and letting them play is about the only way the management figures out whom they have to work with for 2023.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    And sucked at baseball

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