Cubs Top 30 Prospect Rankings Unveiled by MLB Pipeline

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Some of my best memories at this blog have been writing and reporting about the Cubs minor league system because of how good it has been.  Leading up to last year it was really the only thing to get excited about as the Major League team was subpar at best.  Now the Cubs are World Series favorites, and the prospect rankings are not as top heavy but the talent is apparent throughout.  That’s part of what makes this year so fun, winning at the major league level and still seeing a tremendous amount of organizational talent in the system.

Here’s how MLB Pipeline breaks it down (link to the list)

  1. Gleyber Torres – SS
  2. Willson Contreras – C
  3. Ian Happ – 2B/OF
  4. Duane Underwood – RHP
  5. Albert Almora – OF
  6. Billy McKinney – OF
  7. Jeimer Candelario – 3B
  8. Dylan Cease – RHP
  9. Oscar de la Cruz – RHP
  10. Eloy Jimenez – OF
  11. Pierce Johnson – RHP
  12. Donnie Dewes – OF
  13. Bryan Hudson – LHP
  14. J. Wilson – OF
  15. Eddy Martinez – OF
  16. Carl Edwards Jr. – RHP
  17. Justin Steele – LHP
  18. Mark Zagunis – OF
  19. Ryan Williams – RHP
  20. Dan Vogelbach – 1B
  21. Trevor Clifton – RHP
  22. Jake Stinnett – RHP
  23. Carson Sands – LHP
  24. Jen-Ho Tseng – RHP
  25. Victor Caratini – C
  26. Christian Villanueva – 3B/1B
  27. Corey Black – RHP
  28. Jacob Hannemann – OF
  29. Brad Markey – RHP
  30. Josh Conway – RHP

I really can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to keep an eye on all the arms that are on this list.  I really feel like there are a number of pitchers on this list that are close to making a major impact in the system, and eventually on the big league roster.  Duane Underwood (#4), Pierce Johnson (#11), Carl Edwards Jr. (#16), and Ryan Williams (#19) all have a great chance to be pitching on the North Side this year.  I mentioned that the prospects near the top of this list might not have the same allure as a Kris Bryant, or Anthony Rizzo but they are players who will be part of the next wave of big league talent.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Willson Contreras (#2) sees time with the Cubs this year as the backup catcher, or splitting time with Montero/Schwarber depending on what day it is.  Please don’t sleep on Albert Almora, a healthy 2016 will go a long way to seeing if he is indeed the CF of the future for the Cubs.

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Riding the Bus: May 6, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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WEDNESDAY • MAY 6, 2015

South Bend 5-7 Final

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South Bend really couldn’t get much going earlier this afternoon as they dropped a 4-3 decision to Great Lakes.  Leading 2-1 after five, the Cubs gave up single runs in the sixth, seventh, and ninth.

At the Plate:

  • Charcer Burks is having a great 2015, he was 3-for-4 with two stolen bases, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .341 on the season.
  • Jesse Hodges was solid, he went 2-for-4 with a double, and a run scored.
  • David Bote was good again today, he went 1-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Cael Brockmeyer, and Giokar Amaya each had one hit in the loss, Amaya added an RBI, and a walk.

On the Mound:

  • Erick Leal got the start, and was solid, he worked 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • David Garner doesn’t usually give up anything, he did today, he worked 1.1 innings, giving up one run on one hit while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Tommy Thorpe was hung with the loss, he tossed two innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out two.

 

Myrtle Beach 5-6 Final

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A rough start to the double header last night as the Pelicans saw an early 4-1 lead turn into a 5-4 loss at the hands of Salem.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis did his job by getting on base in this one, he was 0-for-2 with two walks, and a run scored.
  • Wes Darvill had a similar night, he was 0-for-1 with two walks, and a run scored.
  • Jeimer Candelario was solid, he went 2-for-3 with a double, and a run scored.
  • Victor Caratini was most of the offense, he went 2-for-3 with his third double of the year, and two RBI’s.

On the Mound:

  • Daury Torrez got the start and worked deep into this one before picking up the loss.  Torrez worked 6.1 innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits while walking one, and striking out six.
  • James Pugliese was stuck with a blown save as he could not get out of Torrez’s trouble, he tossed two-thirds of an inning, giving up one hit while walking one.

Myrtle Beach 5-6 Final (2)

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The Pelicans got back on track in game two as the bullpen shut the door on Salem late in a 4-2 victory.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis had another solid game, he went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Wes Darvill came up big in game two, he was 2-for-4 with his first dinger of the year, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Billy McKinney was locked in, he went 2-for-2 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Jacob Rogers, and Carlos Penalver each had one hit in the game two victory.

On the Mound:

  • Tayler Scott got the start and was solid, he worked three innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits while walking one, and striking out five.
  • Zach Cates was awesome out of the pen, and picked up his first win of the season.  He tossed two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Jasvir Rakkar continued his domination at the end of games, he worked two scoreless/hitless innings to pick up his fourth save of the year.

Tennessee Smokies 5-6 Final

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The Smokies needed late magic in this one as they lost a 1-0 lead in the 6th but struck for one in the seventh to take game one, 2-1.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Frank Batista got the start, and was stellar, he worked six innings, giving up one run, unearned, on five hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • P.J. Francescon has been awesome all year, he worked a scoreless inning to pick up his third save.

Tennessee Smokies 5-6 Final (2)

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 Sweep!  It took the whole game, but it was worth it as the Smokies scored four times in the seventh (last) inning to sweep the double header with a 4-1 game two victory.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Andres Santiago got the start, and was good.  He worked 4.1 innings, giving up one run on five hits while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Gerardo Concepcion was solid in is AA debut, he worked two-thirds of an inning, allowing nothing.
  • C.J. Edwards was outstanding, he worked a scoreless inning while striking out the side to pick up his first win of the season.
  • Michael Jensen tossed a scoreless inning to pick up his first save of the season.

Iowa Cubs 5-6 Final

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Tough matchup for the Cubs in this one as they were completely shutdown by Kendall Graveman of Nashville.  The Cubs were only able to scratch out five hits in the shutout loss.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Dallas Beeler got the start, and was roughed up, he worked four innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, while walking two.
  • Michael Wagner was pretty good out of the pen, he worked three innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out one.
  • Joe Ortiz worked a scoreless inning late to keep the Cubs in it, sort of.

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Riding the Bus: May 4, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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MONDAY • MAY 4, 2015

Iowa Cubs 5-4 Final

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Not much offense in this one as the Cubs and Sounds combined for three runs on just thirteen hits.  The right team had more as the Cubs were able to tightrope their way to a 2-1 victory on the road.

At the Plate:

  • Arismendy Alcantara is heating up, he was 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Matt Szczur showed off his power, he was 1-for-2 with two walks, a dinger, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Javier Baez had another good night, he was 1-for-2 with a walk, and stolen base.
  • Taylor Davis was solid, he went 2-for-4, he’s now hitting .333 on the season.
  • Mike Baxter and John Andreoli each had one hit in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Eric Jokisch got the start and was outstanding, he worked six innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking one, and striking out five.
  • Brian Schlitter was good out of the pen tonight, he worked a scoreless inning while giving up one hit, and striking out one.
  • Justin Grimm is working his way back, hooray.  He worked a scoreless inning, surrendering one hit while walking one, and striking out two.
  • James Russell is also doing some good things, he worked a scoreless inning as well to pick up his third save of the season.

Tennessee Smokies 5-4 Final

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 A long one early this afternoon saw the Smokies comeback then blow a lead late in a tough loss.  The Smokies only gave up six hits in thirteen innings, unfortunately that was just enough for Birmingham.

At the Plate:

  • Pin-Chieh Chen was seeing the ball well today, and that’s an understatement.  Chen was 2-for-2 with FIVE walks, a dinger, an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.  That’s right, he reached base SEVEN times.
  • Willson Contreras was solid, he went 3-for-5 with a walk, and two doubles.
  • Stephen Bruno has been really good, he was 2-for-6, he’s now hitting .293 on the season.
  • Ryan Dent had a good game from the nine spot, he was 1-for-5 with a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored.

On the Mound:

  • Felix Pena got the start and struggled with his command, he tossed 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on just two hits while walking five, and striking out four.
  • Fernando Cruz bounced back today, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings, surrendering just one base hit.
  • Michael Jensen was also really good, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out three.
  • Stephen Perakslis was brilliant, and I thought he was going to get the win, he worked three scoreless innings, surrendering zero hits while striking out three.
  • Zach Cates picked up the blown save, and loss, he worked two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on one hit while walking one, and striking out one.

Myrtle Beach 5-4 Final

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Things got a little out of hand in this one as Myrtle Beach fell behind early before racing in front late.  Trailing 2-0, the Pelicans charged ahead with six runs in the fourth inning to take a 7-6 lead.  The Pelicans didn’t stop there as they finished the night with fourteen runs, and seventeen hits.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis was 2-for-6 with two doubles, and two runs scored.
  • Wes Darvill was 1-for-3 with two walks, a triple, three RBI’s, and two runs scored.
  • Billy Mckinney was 2-for-4 with a triple, three RBI’s, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Jacob Rogers was 3-for-5 with a dinger, four RBI’s, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-6 with a double, and a run scored.
  • Kevin Brown was 3-for-5 with a double, and a run scored.
  • Daniel Lockhart was 2-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Carlos Penalver was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI’s, a walk, and two runs scored.
  • Alberto Mineo was 0-for-3 but walked twice, and scored three runs.

On the Mound:

  • Jen-Ho Tseng got the start was oddly erratic, he worked three innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while walking two.
  • Josh Conway was touched up as well, he worked one inning, giving up three runs on three hits while walking two, and striking out one.
  • Michael Heesch was outstanding, and he picked up the win.  Heesch worked three scoreless innings, surrendering two hits while striking out three.
  • Jasvir Rakkar was solid once again, he worked two scoreless innings to notch his third save of the year.

South Bend 5-4 Final

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 Two quick runs from Great Lakes was the extent of the scoring in this one as South Bend could not get anything going in a 2-0 loss.

At the Plate:

  • Charcer Burks continued his hot 2015, he was 1-for-4 with a stolen base, he’s now hitting .313 on the season.
  • Chesny Young is also swinging it, he went 1-for-4 in the loss.
  • Jason Volser, Justin Marra, and Rashad Crawford all finished the day with one hit.

On the Mound:

  •  Jake Stinnett wasn’t too bad, he worked five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits while walking one, and striking out five.
  • Francisco Carrillo was dominant, he worked three scoreless innings, surrendering one hit while striking out one.
  • Tyler Ihrig was also good, he worked a scoreless inning to keep the Cubs in it late.

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Riding the Bus: April 30, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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THURSDAY • APRIL 30, 2015

South Bend 4-30 Final

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South Bend closed out April this afternoon with a 6-3 victory over West Michigan, the win moved the Cubs to 11-10 on the season.  Erick Leal was solid on the mound, and the Cubs had the bats working just enough to take the matinee.

At the Plate:

  • Gleyber Torres is not performing like an 18 year old in single A, he went 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Chesny Young was productive without a hit, he went 0-for-3 with a walk, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Jason Volser had a solid day, he went 2-for-5 with two RBI’s, a double, and a run scored.
  • Justin Marra has struggled at the plate, but he was productive today, he went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Gioskar Amaya, and Rashad Crawford each had one hit in the win.

On the Mound:

  •  I mentioned Erick Leal was good, what else is new?  Leal worked five innings, giving up two runs on six hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Ryan McNeil picked up a hold, he worked one inning, giving up one run on two hits.
  • Francisco Carrillo was outstanding today, he worked three scoreless innings to pick up his first save of the year.  Carrillo surrendered only one hit, struck out three over said three innings.

Myrtle Beach 4-30 Final

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Myrtle Beach looked like they had this one wrapped up before Wilmington struck for four runs in the bottom of the 8th to take this one 6-4.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis had a decent night, he was 1-for-4 with a triple, and an RBI.
  • Jacob Rogers has slowed down, but had a good game, he was 2-for-4 with his fourth double of the season, and a run scored.
  • Trey Martin has had a good start to his high-A career, he was 1-for-4 with a double, and an RBI in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Daury Torrez is the definition of a pitcher that pitches to contact, he worked six innings, giving up two runs on six hits while walking none, and striking out one.
  • Josh Conway got roughed up in this one, he worked 1.1 innings, giving up three runs on three hits.
  • James Pugliese worked in and out of some trouble, he tossed two-thirds of an inning, giving up one run, unearned, on two hits.

 

Tennessee Smokies 4-30 Final

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The Smokies fell behind early in this one, and couldn’t fight all the way back as they fell to Birmingham 5-3.  Things got interesting late as Tennessee scored three times over the final four innings but their rally fell short.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Rob Zastryzny got the start but didn’t last very long, he worked one inning, giving up three runs on two hits while walking two, and striking out one.
  • Jeffry Antigua took over and was decent, he worked four innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Michael Jensen was solid, he tossed two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out two.
  • Starling Peralta was good as well, he worked a scoreless inning to keep the Smokies alive.

Iowa Cubs 4-30 Final

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Giving this Oklahoma City team thirteen innings worth of at bats is probably going to end bad, and it did for Iowa tonight.  The Cubs didn’t have much working offensively as they only pushed across two runs in the loss.

At the Plate:

  • Javier Baez returned to the lineup tonight, that’s definitely a good thing.  Baez was 1-for-6 with a double.
  • Christian Villanueva had a good night, he was 2-for-4 with a dinger, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.
  • John Andreoli was solid as well, he went 2-for-5, and is now hitting .261 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Carlos Pimentel got the start, and was outstanding.  He worked six innings, giving up one run on just one hit while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Yoanner Negrin picked up a blown save tonight, he worked an inning, giving up one run on one hit.
  • Joe Ortiz was solid, he worked two scoreless innings, he surrendered one hit while walking two.
  • Blake Cooper worked a scoreless inning, he has a 2.31 ERA on the season.
  • Andres Santiago has been so good this year, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while walking three, and striking out two.
  • Michael Wagner took the loss tonight, he worked one inning, giving up two runs on two hits while walking three, and striking out two.

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Riding the Bus: April 29, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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WEDNESDAY • APRIL 29, 2015

South Bend 4-29 Final

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Jeremy Null was outstanding once again for the South Bend Cubs, unfortunately he didn’t factor in the decision, but his performance went a long way towards a 2-0 victory.

At the Plate:

  • Charcer Burks continued his strong season, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored, he is now hitting .328 on the season.
  • Gleyber Torres is awesome, he went 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBI’s, and a walk in the win.
  • Chesny Young was also a part of the attack, he went 1-for-4.
  • Jason Volser had a so-so kind of game, he was 2-for-4 but committed an error, and was caught stealing.

On the Mound:

  • Jeremy Null got the start, and was stellar.  He worked 5.2 scoreless innings, giving up six hits while walking no one, and striking out six.  On the season Null has not allowed any walks (!), and struck out twenty-three.
  • James Farris was solid out of the pen and picked up the win, his second of the year.  Farris worked 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Jordan Minch worked a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his first save of the season.

Tennessee Smokies 4-29 Final

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After a late run to tie things up, the Smokies couldn’t hold Chattanooga off the board the rest of the way, and fell 3-1 this afternoon.

At the Plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber didn’t pound any baseballs into submission, but was 1-for-4 with a double.
  • Willson Contreras was the only offense in this one, he went 1-for-4 with a double, and a run scored.
  • Stephen Bruno continued his hot 2015, he was 2-for-4, he is now hitting .310 on the season.
  • Elliot Soto, and Ryan Dent each had one hit in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Felix Pena got the start and did everything but win, he worked seven innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking two, and striking out seven.
  • C.J. Edwards was hung with the loss, he worked two innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking two, and striking out one.

Myrtle Beach 4-29 Final

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Pitching dominated this one, and the Pelicans were able to push across two runs in the 8th to steal it 2-1.  The Pelicans only had four opportunities with runners in scoring position, but they came through when it mattered most.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Jonathan Martinez has been pretty darn good all year, tonight was no different, he worked six scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out two.
  • Ben Well made an appearance out of the pen, and got the win.  He worked one inning, giving up one run on two hits.
  • Gerardo Concepcion was outstanding in picking up his first save of the year.  He worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking two, and striking out one.

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Riding the Bus: April 23, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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THURSDAY • APRIL 23, 2015

Iowa Cubs 4-23 Final

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This one was over before the fans could even get into their seats as New Orleans scored six times in the first en route to a 9-2 victory.

At the Plate:

  • Arismendy Alcantara was 1-for-4 with a run scored, that is his first AAA hit this year, hopefully that gets him going.
  • Chris Valaika supplied the only offense, he was 1-for-3 with a diner, two RBI’s, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Christian Villanueva made a couple of costly mistakes in the field (2 errors), and was 1-for-4.
  • Taylor Teagarden, and Taylor Davis each had one walk, and one hit in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Jeffry Antigua got the start, and wasn’t so great, he worked 3.2 innings, giving up nine runs, four earned, on seven hits while walking four, and striking out two.
  • Andres Santiago did a solid job in relief, he worked 3.1 scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Michael Wagner, and Armando Rivero each worked a scoreless inning in garbage time.

Myrtle Beach 4-23 Final

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It was all Daury Torrez in this one as the Pelicans starter was outstanding in shutting down Winston-Salem.  The Pelicans built a 6-0 lead by the fourth inning, and it was smooth sailing the rest of the way as Myrtle Beach improved to 9-4 on the season.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann had quite the day from the lead-off spot, he was 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
  • Billy McKinney has been on a roll of late, he was 2-for-4 tonight, and is now hitting .325 on the season.
  • Jeimer Candelario had a solid game, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored.
  • Ben Carhart provided some production, he was 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI’s, a walk, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Daury Torrez got the start and the win tonight, he was outstanding.  Torrez worked seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits while striking out one.
  • Both Michael Heesch, and Jasvir Rakkar tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.

South Bend 4-23 Final

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 The South Bend Cubs have had issues with blowing leads early in the season, but they figured out a way to resolve that, slaughter their opponent.  After scoring sixteen times last night, the Cubs tallied ten times tonight and only allowed Great Lakes to record four hits in the win.

At the Plate:

  • Trey Martin was in the middle of things again, he was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
  • Chesny Young continued his hot start, he was 2-for-5 with a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Gioskar Amaya has a solid night, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.
  • Cael Brockmeyer provided some production, he was 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI’s, a walk, and two runs scored.
  • Gleyber Torres had another impressive game, he was 2-for-3 with two stolen bases, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Yasiel Balaguert is getting back into games, and was solid tonight, he went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Erick Leal got the start, and was stellar, he worked five scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking one, and striking out six.
  • Tyler Ihrig might have been better, he tossed four scoreless innings to pick up his first save of the year.  Ihrig only surrendered one hit, didn’t walk anyone, and struck out five.

Tennessee Smokies 4-23 Final

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After falling behind early 1-o, the Smokies outscored Jackson 9-1 the rest of the way en route to a 9-2 victory.  A much needed victory for the Smokies as the last two nights they watch late inning leads disappear in horrible fashion.

At the Plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber had a monster game, he went 3-for-6 with his second dinger of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-3 with a double, three walks(!), and two runs scored.
  • Willson Contreras had a solid game, he was 2-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI, two walks, and two runs scored.
  • Ryan Dent was great, he went 3-for-4 with three RBI’s.

On the Mound:

  • Felix Pena got the start and picked up his second win of the season, he worked 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking two, and striking out eight.
  • Matt Brazis was solid, he worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit while walking two, and striking out one.
  • P.J. Francescon, and Michael Jensen each had a scoreless appearance out of the pen.

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Riding the Bus: April 18, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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SATURDAY • APRIL 18, 2015

Myrtle Beach 4-18-Game One Final

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Duane Underwood Jr. was brilliant in the first game of the double-header tonight, in fact, he was almost perfect.  Underwood Jr. took a no-hitter into the seventh (last inning of a DH) before giving up a couple hits, so very close.  The Pelicans had six hits in the victory, three of which were of the extra base variety.

At the Plate:

  • Shawon Dunston Jr. had a big game, he was 2-for-3 with a triple, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
  • Jacob Rogers continued his strong year at the plate, he was 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Victor Caratini had a similar night, he was 1-for-3 with a double, and an RBI in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Duane Underwood Jr. got the start and the win in this one, he worked six innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Starling Peralta came on in relief of Underwood Jr. and shut the door, he worked a scoreless inning while walking one.

Myrtle Beach 4-18-Game One two

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The Pelicans came out swinging in game two as they scored four times in the top of the first en route to an 8-4 win, and a double-header sweep.  The seven inning game saw the Pelicans pound out twelve hits, once again they went heavy on the extra base hits with five.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann was solid at the top of the order, he was 2-for-4 with a double, and two runs scored.
  • Mark Zagunis is a joy to watch at the plate, he was 2-for-2 with a double, a run scored, and two more walks.
  • Billy McKinney had a big game two, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.
  • Jeimer Candelario has been good so far this year, he was 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored in the win.
  • Ben Carhart supplied the power, he was 1-for-2 with a dinger, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Paul Blackburn didn’t have his best stuff, but he battled and got the win, he worked five innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Josh Conway was brilliant in picking up the save, he worked two scoreless innings while striking out one.

Tennessee Smokies 4-18 Final

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The Smokies are rolling, they took care of Pensacola tonight to run their record to 6-3 on the season.  Everything was working in this one for the Smokies, they pounded out twelve hits, and scored seven times in the win.  The pitching was on point as well tonight giving up just one run on five hits while striking out ten.

At the Plate:

  • Elliot Soto got the job of leading off tonight, and he did it well.  Soto was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
  • Albert Almora have a game, he was 5-for-5 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Stephen Bruno came up big in this one, he was 1-for-4 with two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .385 on the season.
  • Willson Contreras with a huge contribution off the bench, he was 1-for-1 with a dinger, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Felix Pena got the start tonight, and was stellar, he worked six innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking two, and striking out six.
  • Fernando Cruz was outstanding out of the pen to pick up his first save of the year, he worked three scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking two, and striking out four.

South Bend 4-18 Final

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The South Bend Cubs have a disturbing trend of blowing saves, today was their fourth one of the season already.  Things looked very much in hand late as the Cubs led Great Lakes 4-1 heading to the ninth, four runs later and the Cubs saw their record fall to 4-6 on the season.

At the Plate:

  • Trey Martin, and Chesny Young were a solid one-two punch at the top of the order in this won.  Martin went 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.  Young went 1-f0r-4 with a triple  an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Jeffrey Baez had a solid game, he went 1-for-4 with a double, his third of the season.

On the Mound:

  • Zach Hedges was brilliant tonight, he worked five scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out three,
  • Tommy Thorpe did a fine job out of the pen, he worked tow innings, giving up one run, unearned, on two hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • James Farris took the brunt of it in this one, he worked two innings, giving up four runs, two earned, while striking out five.

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