In terms of prospects, Boise might be the most loaded Cubs’ farm team I have seen in quite some time. I have talked about their impressive infield before. Jeimer Candelario, Marco Hernandez, Gioskar Amaya, and Daniel Vogelbach make a very impressive array around the diamond. But now that Albert Almora has been promoted to Short-Season A, the outfield might be almost as good.
Rock Shoulders has spent some time in left since Vogelbach has been promoted; his bat is not as good as his name, but it isn’t too far behind. Almora will take over in center as one of the best overall prospects in the whole of the Northwest League. That leaves right field, and the Cubs have plenty of candidates to fill the job. Trey Martin has flown under the radar since being drafted a year ago, but he is toolsy center fielder with plenty of potential. Xavier Batista has all kinds of power, although he is still learning to harness it, and Izaac Garsez has a very respectable OPS of .889 in the month of August. There are also a couple of guys on the disabled list who could play some right. Put them all together and you have a good group of outfielders. It is not quite as impressive an assemblage as what the Hawks line up on the infield, but the margin is not a big one.
Next year most of these players should be in Peoria (although a few may skip up to Daytona). If you want to see this highly encouraging collection of talent yourself, make plans to watch the Chiefs play sometime next spring.
Scores From Yesterday
Iowa – Iowa scored seven times in the fifth inning to pull off a 12-7 win.
Tennessee – The Smokies piled on the runs at the end of the game to earn a 8-2 win.
Daytona – The rains seriously have it in for the Daytona Cubs. The Cubs yet again had a game postponed by the weather. They will try to make this one up tomorrow as part of a doubleheader, but I would not get my hopes up.
Peoria – The Chiefs had Tuesday off.
Boise – The Boise pitchers put up another shutout. This time the Hawks won 5-0.
Arizona – The AZL Cubs had the day off.
Performances of the Day
- [Iowa] The Cubs compiled 16 hits in this game, but only Blake Lalli‘s double went for extra bases.
- [Iowa] Nate Samson finished the evening 3 for 5 to lead the Cubs. Tony Campana stole his 13th base for Iowa.
- [Iowa] Scott Maine, Marcus Hatley, and Jairo Asencio kept Tuscon off the board over the final five innings.
- [Tennessee] Austin Kirk made his Double A debut in this game. He pitched one inning of hitless baseball, striking out one.
- [Tennesse] Logan Watkins had two hits, including a double, and stole his 26th base. Matthew Szczur also doubled and stole his fourth as a member of the Smokies.
- [Tennessee] Jae-Hoon Ha is never going to be a slugger, but I did think he would show off more power than what we have seen. His home run yesterday is just his fifth of the season.
- [Boise] Tayler Scott, Tyler Bremer, and Eduardo Orozco combined to pitch the seven hit shutout. They only struck out four, but they did not walk a batter.
- [Boise] Gioskar Amaya has two more hits. The young second baseman joined Trey Martin as the only Hawks to have a multiple hits.
- [Boise] Xavier Batista launched his third home run in his last three games and his fourth of the season.
Other Minor League Notes
- Thanks to a combination of rain and a day off, the Daytona Cubs have not played a game since August 10. As a result, the Cubs could wind up skipping an entire turn through the rotation. That is a bad thing in that it reduces the number of innings some players will receive, but it could also be a good thing by helping to limit the innings some of these young starters will work this season.
- Marco Hernandez had quietly put together a hitting streak of 18 games for Boise. That streak ended on Wednesday.