Yesterday saw a number of events in the farm system that are best described as a little unusual. Not unusual in a bad way, but just unusual for this season so far. No doubt most of these oddities will even out as sample sizes in crease, but perhaps they all won’t.
So what sort of strangeness did we see? Iowa won on the road. Daytona won at home. Watkins walked four times in a single game. Tennessee’s bullpen help up. Vogelbach stole a base.
For real. Vogelbach stole a base. And it isn’t his first steal, either.
Scores From Yesterday
Iowa – Iowa got their road trip off to a great start with a solid 9-3 win.
Tennessee – This time the bullpen got it done. Tennessee came out on top in a pitching battle 2-1.
Daytona – The Cubs collected twelve hits on their way to a 5-3 home win.
Kane County – An eighth inning rally made it interesting, but Kane County still lost 6-4.
Performances of Note
- [Iowa] Iowa walked ten times in this game, and Logan Watkins had four of them. In his last ten games he has a batting average of just .194, but an OBP of .457. Three of his six hits in that span went for extra bases.
- [Iowa] Ryan Sweeney stayed hot with a 4 for 5 game that featured a home run and a triple.
- [Tennessee] Ronald Torreyes came a home run short of the cycle as the Smokies lead off hitter. He even drew a walk while raising his OPS to .932.
- [Tennessee] He wasn’t perfect, but Dallas Beeler was effective enough to toss seven shut out innings. Zach Rosscup gave up a run in the eighth, but Brian Schlitter nailed it down for his first save.
- [Daytona] The bad news? Javier Baez struck out twice. The good news? He had two hits, including his fourth home run.
- [Daytona] Zach Cates pitched five quality innings in his start for the Cubs, but it was the bullpen work of Yeiper Castillo (1 IP, 3K) and David Cales (2 IP, 4 K) that really stands out.
- [Kane County] One positive note from the Cougars game: the team earned five walks against four strikeouts. This is not the first time we’ve that pattern out Kane County.
- Mustache Watch: Daytona catcher Chad Noble is rocking a luxurious lip sweater in his profile picture on the Daytona website, and he is also off to the best start of his professional career. Coincidence? Maybe the Cubs should start requiring mustaches as part of their minor league development.
- [Kane County] Daniel Vogelbach has two steals. No, he is not the next Tony Campana.
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