If we go by the Cubs minor league calendar, the entire eastern half of the country was being rained on yesterday. Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, and South Bend were all rained out, and even Iowa was affected. The I-Cubs were scheduled to play two, but only got in one.
And to make matters worse, the Cubs lost. Rain, A loss. Not a good day.
But at least we had a Murton sighting, so I guess the day wasn’t a complete waste.
- Armando Rivero: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
- John Andreoli: 2 for 4, SB
- Willson Contreras: 2 for 3, 2 2B
- Matt Murton: 1 for 1
Double A: Tennessee Smokies
The Smokies were rained out.
High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Pelicans were also rained out.
Low A: South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs were also rained out.
- If you need more Cubs prospect goodness for your morning, check out Carson Cistulli’s Fringe Five at FanGraphs, a feature in which he notes minor leaguers performing well despite not being recognized as top prospects across baseball. In this week’s installment, frequent Minor League Daily visitor Chesny Young gets a bit of a spotlight. Among Cistulli’s notes: “What’s different about the 2016 campaign is that, in addition to exhibiting even more excellent control of the strike zone, Young has also recorded a .147 ISO and two home runs in just 85 plate appearances. Or, rephrased in slightly misleading but also still totally factual terms: in less than a month of play, Young has already tripled his career home-run total. Here’s a possible explanation for that series of events: that Young has benefited from increased physical strength or improved swing mechanics. Here’s another one, though: random variation. In either case, he’s produced the best walk and strikeout rates in all of Double-A baseball while also demonstrating some power on contact while also playing second base while also producing a 10-for-12 stolen-base record.”
- Young very much remains a prospect to watch, because if the power uptick holds and is legit, his future as a big league utility man (at a minimum) will be all but secured.
Brett Taylor contributed to this post.