tennessee smokies logoWithout looking it up, do you know who leads the Cubs farm system in home runs right now?

There are a lot of good candidates. Dan Vogelbach? Eloy Jimenez? Those are probably the two best power hitting prospects in the system right now. Willson Contreras, maybe? Or Eddy Martinez?  All good guesses, and any of them could take the lead with one very good game.  But keep guessing.

If you’ve been follow the minors closely, you might be remembering that Jason Vosler has been putting some good power numbers, as has Donnie Dewees? Any takers for those two?  Let’s hope not, because neither are correct.

Maybe you sense a trick and are trying to think outside the box. A minor league veteran type such as Ryan Kalish, maybe? Or Kristopher Negron?  Nope and nope.



This isn’t entirely a trick question, but I strongly suspect most folks are going to be surprised by the answer. Pleasantly surprised. I doubt the leader(s… there is a tie for first) will remain in first all season long, but it is good to see one of these players in particular displaying some early power. [Brett: I didn’t look, but that told me who one of the players is.]

Was that too much of a hint? I feel like that was too much of a hint. Think it over while we run through yesterday’s games.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs

Iowa was rained out.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Montgomery 5, Tennessee 3
The Smokies rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth, but immediately coughed up the lead in the top of the ninth.

  • Rob Zastryzny: 6 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Gerardo Concepcion: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K. Through 7 IP, the ERA is still 0.00.
  • Jacob Hannemann: 1 for 5, 2B, 3K
  • Victor Caratini: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
  • Carlos Penalver: 2 for 4
  • Anthony Giansanti: 0 for 0, SB. Entered as a pinch runner, stole second, and later scored.


High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 4, Carolina 3
A three run seventh gave the Pelicans a lead they would never give up.

  • Jake Stinnett: 6 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Jose Rosario: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
  • James Farris: 1 IP, 3 K
  • Rashad Crawford: 2 for 5, 2B
  • Gleyber Torres: 0 for 3, 2 BB.
  • Ian Happ: 2 for 3, 2 BB, SB
  • Yasiel Balaguert: 2 for 5
  • Jason Vosler: 3 for 5
  • Shawon Dunston Jr.: 1 for 4, 2B, BB
  • Charcer Burks:0 for 2, 2 BB, SB

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 5, Fort Wayne 4
The Cubs also had to stage a late comeback to walk away winners.

  • Adbert Alzolay: 6.1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Craig Brooks: 1 IP, 2 BB, 1 K
  • Donnie Dewees: 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB
  • Eloy Jimenez: 2 for 4, 2B


Other Notes

  • Paul Blackburn takes his 0.82 ERA to the mound for the Smokies tonight. Game time is 7:05 PM ET, should you happen to be near MiLB.tv at the time and want to watch something other than the Cubs and the Cards.
  • Tied atop the farm system with two home runs apiece are …
  • Bijan Rademacher and Chesny Young. Rademacher, known more his very patient approach and cannon-like arm in left, actually leads the farm system in SLG at .783 as well. His OPS currently sits at 1.369. Young, a contact-focused utility infielder type, is only hitting a low (for him) .250 in the early going (not helped by his .233 BABIP), but a third of his hits have gone for extra bases (including the two homers). If Young was going to move up the prospect charts this year he needed to show some additional power. So far, anyway (and it is very early yet), things look good in that department.



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