Overshadowed by first round pick Ian Happ in the draft, and then by the Cubs massive army of quality outfield prospects since signing, 2015 second round pick Donnie Dewees is quietly putting together a very nice run. Dewees was one of the better pure college hitters in the draft, and we are starting to see that potential in Eugene.
Dewees is sitting on a twelve game hitting streak that dates back to August 7th. Interestingly, going back to the start of his professional career on June 27, there are only two stretches in which Dewees has failed to get a hit in at least two consecutive games. Both of those stretches were just three game long, and the last one ended July 18. He’s been fairly hot over since.
It is tough to get too excited about Dewees based on this short sample, but the promise that led to him being considered a back of the first round talent is showing up in his consistent hit-per-game production. He will be one of the many very interesting stories to follow in the low minors in 2016.
Scores From Yesterday
Iowa – The Cubs jumped to a five run lead and turned it into an 8-2 win.
Tennessee – The Smokies split a rainy double header, winning Game One in extra innings 7-6, but dropping a rain shortened Game Two 4-2. The win in Game One came on a walk-off bunt:
WALK IT OFF!!!! Jacob Hannemann's infield bunt single gives us a 7-6 comeback win in game 1! pic.twitter.com/fGFy6JjYvj
— Tennessee Smokies (@smokiesbaseball) August 20, 2015
Myrtle Beach – The Pelicans swept their twin bill. Myrtle Beach won Game One 4-1, and then took the nightcap 4-2 in extra innings.
South Bend – Despite trailing for a time, South Bend won a no-doubter 8-3.
Eugene – The Emeralds scored early and piled on late in this 11-5 win.
Arizona – Despite giving up nine hits the Cubs won in a 6-0 shutout.
Performances of Note
- [Iowa] Trevor Cahill struck out 2 and allowed just 3 hits over 3 relief innings in his Iowa debut.
- [Iowa] Javier Baez walked and finished 3 for 4. John Andreoli also had 3 hits while stealing his way up to 26 for the year.
- [Iowa] Christian Villanueva, Chris Valaika, and Luke Carlin all doubled.
- [Tennessee] The Smokies offense was efficient in Game One, scoring 7 times on 6 just hits. The 4 walks certainly helped.
- [Tennessee] Bijan Rademacher finished Game One 2 for 3 with a walk.
- [Tennessee] Taylor Davis homered (his 5th in Tennessee) for the Smokies only extra base hit in the first contest. An Albert Almora double was the only extra base hit in the second contest.
- [Tennessee] In Game Two Felix Pena struck out 8 in just 5 innings of work. He allowed 4 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks as well.
- [Myrtle Beach] Kevin Brown homered (his 4th) and walked in Game One. It was his 4th of the year.
- [Myrtle Beach] Chesny Young, Jason Vosler, and Daniel Lockhart all doubled in the first contest. Pin-Chieh Chen doubled for the only extra base hit in the second one.
- [Myrtle Beach] Jen-Ho Tseng struck out 7 over 6 innings in the second game. He allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk.
- [South Bend] Trevor Clifton struck out 7 over 6.1 innings. He allowed 2 runs on just 4 hits
- [South Bend] David Bote finished with 2 hits as did Rashad Crawford. One of Crawfords’ went for 3 bases, his 4th triple of the year.
- [South Bend] Ian Happ doubled, walked and scored in this one. Gleyber Torres walked and hit his 3rd homer of the year.
- [Eugene] Sutton Whiting, Ricardo Marcano, and Frandy Delarosa each doubled and finished with 3 hits. Whiting stole his first base of the year, and Delarosa stole his 10th
- [Eugene] Alberto Mineo doubled and finished with 2 hits. Donnie Dewees just doubled.
- [Eugene] Jose Paulino struck out 4 over 5 innings of relief. He allowed a run on 3 hits.
- [Arizona] Daniel Spingola tripled (his 2nd) and finished with 2 hits. A Dan Vogelbach double was the only other extra base hit.
- [Arizona] Darryl Wilson walked twice and stole his 5th base of the season.
- [Arizona] Carlos Rodriguez struck out 8 in his 3 innings on the hill. He allowed just 3 hits.
- Albert Almora’s thirteen game hitting streak ended yesterday when he did not get a hit in Game One.
- Wondering where that Cahill guy who pitched for Iowa yesterday came from? Wonder no more. Brett wrote up that (potentially interesting) roster move yesterday morning.