Iowa currently has inverted home/road splits; they are two over .500 on the road, but three under at home. That results in a slightly sub .500 record at 13-14. They trail Omaha by by three and a half and are currently sitting in third place in the division. They play in Omaha today and tomorrow to wrap up a three game series, and then come home for Nashville.
The Smokies also have inverted home/road splits. In their case they are four under at home and three over on the road for a 14-15 overall record. Like the I-Cubs, that leaves them in third place. Tennessee trails Jackson by 4.5 games. Given that they are playing well on the road, their five game set in Montgomery (starting Monday) could help push them back over .500. First they have to conclude their series at home against Mississippi today.
The Pelicans are over .500 at 15-13, but they also are doing better on the road (9-6) than at home (6-7). Myrtle Beach is in second place in the division, 4.5 games back of a stacked Salem team. They wrap up a series in Wilmington today, and then start a home stand on Tuesday against Winston-Salem. On Friday they hit the road again for four games in Frederick.
And then we have the South Bend Cubs, arguably the most talent rich team in the farm system. Their 17-11 record (fueled by a three game winning streak) is good enough for second place, one game back of Lake County. So far the Cubs have spent most of their time at home, but that is about to change with a vengeance. After an off day today, the Cubs will hit the road for fourteen road games in fifteen days, the last four against division leading Lake County. That journey starts in Dayton, and then moves to Lansing on Thursday.
- Jean Machi: 3 IP, 1 H, 4 K
- Logan Watkins: 3 for 4
- Juan Perez: 3 for 3, 2B
- Munenori Kawasaki: 1 for 3, 2B, SB
- Tyler Skulina: 5.1 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 8 H, 1 BB, 4 K
- Michael Jensen: 2 IP, 1 H
- Corey Black: 1 IP, 1 K
- Jacob Hannemann: 2 for 4, 2 SB. He’s up to 14 steals.
- Chesny Young: 1 for 4, SB. That’s 12 steals for Young.
- Jeimer Candelario: 1 for 4, 2B
- Kelly Dugan: 1 for 3, HR
- Erick Leal: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 4 K
- David Berg: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 K
- Tommy Thorpe: 5 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 7 K – Game Two
- Gleyber Torres: 2 for 4, SB
- Daniel Lockhart: 3 for 3, 2B, 3B
- Gioskar Amaya: 1 for 2, SB – Game Two
- Preston Morrison: 5.1 IP, 3 R (1 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- Greyfer Eregua: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K
- Scott Effross: 1 IP, 1 BB, 3 K
- Donnie Dewees: 2 for 4
- Eloy Jimenez: 2 for 4. Jimenez is now hitting .295.
- Eddy Martinez: 1 for 3, BB
- Tyler Alamo: 3 for 4
- We have not talked much about the June draft this year, largely because the Cubs do not pick until near the end of the third round (pick 104 to be exact), but the pre-draft rankings are appearing here and there if you are curious. If you are looking for potential Cubs’ picks, MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 isn’t a bad place to start.
- I’d recommend looking for players in the bottom dozen or so of those rankings that have at least one tool graded at a 60. I suspect the Cubs will take the best player available, hitter or pitcher, high school or college, but they’ll likely look for at least one very good tool if they can find it. And they should be able to find it.