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Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 6-11-18

Box Scores:


Iowa won game one 6-5 (7 innings) Box Score


RF M. Zagunis 0/2, R, 2 BB

CF J. Hannemann 2/3, 2 R, 2B (7), RBI

C V. Caratini 2/4, R, HR (1), 3 RBI, 2 K

SS D. Bote 1/3, RBI

SP JH Tseng 0.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GO-FO, 35-21 pitches-strikes

RP R. Zastrynzy 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3-2 GO-FO, 52-33 pitches-strikes

RP D. Maples 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 0-0 GO-FO


Iowa lost game two 3-0 (7 innings) Box Score


RF M. Zagunis 0/2, BB, K

3B V. Caratini 0/1, 2 BB

2B D. Bote 1/3, 2B (8), K

CF L. Adams 0/3, K, outfield assist at second base

SP A. Mills 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 6-1 GO-FO, 82-52 pitches-strikes

RP S. Simmons 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 2-1 GO-FO

RP J. Hancock 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GO-FO


Tennessee won 5-3 Box Score


2B V. Machin 1/4, 2B (4)

DH J. Vosler 0/4, 2 K

LF C. Burks 1/3, R, BB

SS Z. Short 1/4, R, RBI, K

C W. Remillard 1/2; defense: pickoff at first base

SP T. Hatch 5 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 8-3 GO-FO, 83-45 pitches-strikes

RP J. Norwood 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1-2 GO-FO

RP C. Brooks 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1-0 GO-FO


Myrtle Beach lost 10-7 Box Score


2B A. Monasterio 3/5, 2 R, 3 RBI

SS A. Ademan 1/4, R, BB, E (15, fielding)

C J. Pereda 2/5, 2 2B (8), 3 RBI

DH W. Galindo 1/5, 2 K

LF K. Mitchell 0/3, BB, K

1B A. Upshaw 1/4, R

3B Y. Peguero 1/4, R, 2 K

SP B. Hudson 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 7-3 GO-FO, 97-57 pitches-strikes


South Bend won 6-3 Box Score


SS J. Bethencourt 2/4, R, 2B (13), RBI, BB, 2 K, SB (7)

1B J. Young 2/5

C M. Amaya 0/4, R, 2 K; defense: 1/2 CS

3B A. Filiere 2/3, R, RBI, BB, K

2B C. Donahue 0/4, RBI, K

LF B. Hughes 2/4, RBI, CS (6)

CF C. Singleton 1/3, R, HR (2), RBI, K, HBP, SB (3)

SP B. Little 4.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 6-1 GO-FO, 64-44 pitches-strikes - left game with apparent injury


DSL Cubs 1 won 14-2 Box Score


CF R. Verenzuela 3/5, 2 R, RBI

SS F. Pertuz 3/5, R, RBI

LF J. Rodriguez 2/3, R, 2 RBI

SP K. Ramos 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 4-1 GO-FO


DSL Cubs 2 lost 3-2 Box Score


3B P. Martínez 0/3, R, BB, K, SB (6)

RF B. Peña 1/3, RBI, HBP, CS (1)

LF A. Ovalles 1/4

CF C. Morfa 0/2, K, HBP

SS N. Heredia 1/4, K

1B J. Brete 0/3, R, K

2B W. Joaquin 1/3, 2B (1), RBI, K

SP W. Carbrera 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 2-1 GO-FO

RP J. Gomez 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 4-1 GO-FO

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For a while now, the narrative has been that the Cubs have struggled to scout and develop pitching, and I think deservedly so. But that might be changing. We've seen several arms take a step forward over the last couple of seasons.


Last year the big breakout was Adbert Alzolay followed by Dillon Maples and Michael Rucker. This year the breakouts haven't been as big (yet) but the list is quite a bit longer.


The biggest and most suprising breakout is Matt Swarmer. It's rare that a 19th rounder from just two years ago would already be in AA after dominating at Myrtle Beach. Bailey Clark has shown great improvement. Tyson Miller has taken a clear step forward. Clifton has bounced back. Underwood is back on the map. Tyler Thomas is a thing now. This is Lange first season, obviously, but the development of what seems to be a plus change up has had his ERA drop from 4.65 to 2.89 in his last 4 starts. Rucker and Robinson continue to hold their own in AA. On the scouting side, Cory Abbott has had the best start to his pro career than any of the Cubs previous 2nd round picks under Theo, and Mekkes has been a scouting hit as he's basically dominated every level since being drafted.


The last two seasons have given me hope that maybe the Cubs can develop pitching after all...

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