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chesny young pelicansYesterday Myrtle Beach infielder Chesny Young, the Cubs’ 14th round pick in 2014, reached base for the 38th consecutive game. That established a new record for the Carolina League and put Young about halfway to the minor league record of 74.

At High-A, where Young has played only 59 games, the 22-year-old right-handed hitter has amassed a line of .348/.417/.413 with eight steals and a home run. He’s struck out just 31 times, and walked 25 times. For the season, including his 28 games in South Bend, his line reads .337/.407/.402.

In a season full of breakout performances (including Torres, Contreras, and Williams among others), Young has quietly put together one of the best. I would like to see what he can do at Double A before getting too excited by this guy (the extreme lack of power can be an issue as guys climb the ladder), but I suspect ‘everyday Major League second baseman’ is one of his possible futures.

Scores From Friday

Iowa – Memphis had two big innings, but they were not big enough. Iowa won 9-7.
Tennessee – Tennessee gave up three in the eighth and lost 4-3.
Myrtle Beach – The Pelicans started strong and finished stronger as they won 7-2.
South Bend – The Cubs bats were alive and well as South Bend rolled to a 10-3 win.
Eugene – Eugene was shut out in this 2-0 loss.
Arizona – Arizona had the day off.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Dallas Beeler struck out 5 over 6 innings in this one. He gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and a walk.
  • [Iowa] Christian Villanueva homered twice (numbers 10 and 11) and finished 2 for 3. Rubi Silva doubled and added his 7th homer.
  • [Tennessee] Pierce Johnson allowed a run on 6 hits and a 2 walks while striking out 5 over 6.2 innings.
  • [Tennessee] Bijan Rademacher, Willson Contreras, and Varonex Cuevas all doubled and finished with 2 hits. Jacob Hannemann also had 2 hits, but not the double.

  • [Myrtle Beach] Chesny Young tripled (his 3rd) and finished 5 for 5.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Jeimer Candelario doubled and picked up 3 total hits. Daniel Lockhart doubled and finished with 2 hits. Trey Martin just doubled.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Daury Torrez only struck out one, but also allowed just one run while scattering 4 hits over 6 innings.
  • [South Bend] Gleyber Torres doubled twice, stole his 14th base, and finished 3 for 5.
  • [South Bend] Jeffrey Baez also had 3 hits, including a double and his 4th homer.
  • [South Bend] Michael Wagner struck out 4 over 6 innings, and allowed a run on 4 hits and 3 walks in the process.
  • [South Bend] Dillon Maples allowed 2 runs in 2 innings of relief, giving up a walk and 4 hits while striking out 2.
  • [Eugene] Preston Morrison pitched the opening 2 innings and gave up a run on 4 hits while striking out 2. Greyfer Eregua pitched the next 5 innings, allowing just one hit and 2 walks while striking out 6.
  • [Eugene] Ian Happ doubled and finished with 2 hits.

Scores From Saturday

Iowa – Iowa jumped to early lead and kept tacking on runs. Their winning final score was 10-4.
Tennessee – The Smokies pushed this game into ten innings, but they lost 2-1.
Myrtle Beach – The Pelicans took the lead in the fifth and held on for a 7-4 win.
South Bend – South Bend broke a tie in the seventh and went on to win 5-3.
Eugene – This game went back and forth in the late innings, but ultimately the Emeralds won it in the eleventh by a final of 4-3.
Arizona – Arizona staged a late rally, but lost 10-2.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Arismendy Alcantara tripled twice (bringing him to 10 on the year) and finished 2 for 5.
  • [Iowa] Matt Szczur homered twice (bringing him to 7) and finished 3 for 5. Junior Lake also homered (his 6th) and stole his 8th base as he finished with 2 hits.
  • [Iowa] Christian Villanueva stayed hot with a 2 for 4 game that included a double.
  • [Tennessee] Rob Zastryzny held the damage to just one run on 5 hits and 4 walks in his 5.2 innings on the mound. He also struck out 2. Michael Jensen and Starling Peralta both worked more than an inning of hitless relief.

  • [Tennessee] Bijan Rademacher walked and singled twice to finish 2 for 2. A double from Tyler Pearson was the only extra base hit.
  • [Tennessee] Willson Contreras played third base in this game. He finished 0 for 5 with a strikeout at the plate, but the point is he played third base for just the 8th time this season and the 9th time since 2011.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Jeremy Null struck out 5 and walked 2 as he gave up 3 runs on 7 hits over 5 innings. David Garner followed with 3 strikeouts and a walk during 2 innings of no-hit relief.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Chesny Young walked twice and singled to finish 1 for 3. He also stole his 8th base.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Mark Zagunis (1 for 4) and Jacob Rogers (2 for 5) each doubled. Jordan Hankins, the catcher in this one, homered, his first, and finished with 2 hits.
  • [South Bend] Tommy Thorpe allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and 2 walks over 5 innings in this start. He struck out 3. Tyler Ihrig followed with 3 strikeouts over 4 innings in which he allowed a run on 3 hits and a walk.
  • [South Bend] Jeffrey Baez homered (his 5th), doubled, and finished 2 for 4. Gleyber Torres added his 4th triple and his 15th steal as he also finished 2 for 4.
  • [South Bend] Kevin Encarnacion and Gioskar Amaya also had a double each. Amaya finished with 2 hits.
  • [Eugene] Ryan Kellogg had the short start in this one (2 IP, 1 R, 1 H) after which Adbert Alzolay pitched pretty well (5 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K).
  • [Eugene] Ian Happ got his double, but nothing else. He finished this one 1 for 5. Frandy Delarosa also doubled.
  • [Eugene] Adonis Paula double, tripled, and finished 2 for 5. Also in the 2 hit club were Kevonte Mitchell (who also stole his 4th base) and Eloy Jimenez.
  • [Arizona] Zac Rosscup struck out the side in his inning of rehab relief.
  • [Arizona] Alex Bautista walked twice and reached base 3 times in this one.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Iowa completed the sweep of St. Louis affiliate Memphis with this 4-2 win.
Tennessee – The Smokies gave up too many late runs and lost 12-3.
Myrtle Beach – The Pelicans turned another strong pitching performance into a 4-0 win.
South Bend – The Cubs never led in this 10-5 loss.
Eugene – Eugene fell into a huge early hole and never really got back into the game. They lost 16-5.
Arizona – In a game that had first place on the line, the Cubs lost 3-0.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Carl Edwards pitched 2 innings of no-hit relief. He allowed a walk and struck out 2.
  • [Iowa] Christian Villanueva homered again, his 12th, and finished 2 for 4. Rubi Silva added his 8th homer.
  • [Iowa] Junior Lake and Jonathan Mota also had 2 hits each.
  • [Tennessee] Ryan Williams and Tayler Scott have both pitched well for the Smokies, but both stumbled in this one. Between them they gave up 9 runs over 7 innings.
  • [Tennessee] Bijan Rademacher tripled for Tennessee’s only extra base hit. Willson Contreras, Wes Darvill, and Sutton Whiting each had 2 hits.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Paul Blackburn exited after 4.2 innings (69 pitches) having given up 4 hits and a walk while striking out 5. Michael Heesch and Josh Conway completed the shutout.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Chesny Young went 2 for 5 on the day he made history. Pin-Chieh Chen also had 2 hits as well as his 12th steal.
  • [South Bend] Gleyber Torres doubled and finished with another multi-hit game (2 for 5). Jeffrey Baez also had 2 hits.
  • [South Bend] Erick Castillo doubled twice and finished 3 for 5.
  • [South Bend] Rashad Crawford tripled (his 3rd) and homered (his 2nd) in one of his best games as a professional.
  • [Eugene] After Carson Sands and John Williams struggled badly through the first 3 innings, Pedro Araujo limited the damage to 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 10 over the final 5 frames.
  • [Eugene] Any guesses what Ian Happ did? If you said ‘Doubled again!’, you’re right! He also walked and finished 2 for 4.
  • [Eugene] Eloy Jimenez also doubled and finished 2 for 5. Matt Rose drove in 3 with his two-base hit.
  • [Arizona] James Norwood struck out 6 and walked one in his 4 inning rehab sting. Trey McNutt struck out one in his hitless inning of rehab.
  • [Arizona] Carlos Sepulveda walked and finished 2 for 3. Jose Paniagua also had 2 hits.

Other News

  • When Chesny Young erupted for five hits on Friday, he did so against Potomac starter Lucas Giolito. One game is just one game, but it nice to see Cubs’ prospect hitters pummel the best pitching prospects in the game.
  • If, like me, you are curious about the recent run of success being enjoyed by Jen-Ho Tseng and are wondering if there are any visible improvements behind it, then you may be interested to note that Tseng will be on the mound for the Pelicans tonight. The game will be on starting at 7:05 PM ET.
  • It only feels like Ian Happ has doubled in all the games for the past forever. It really has only been six straight games.
  • The Cubs might just have another shortstop prospect on the way. The DSL All-Star game was played this weekend, and while there was not a lot of offense in it, there was a Cub who stood out.

Picture via Pelicans Twitter.

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