Walks are important. We want to see a lot of them on offense, and we don’t want to see Cubs’ pitchers giving them up (except to Bryce Harper, but that’s different). So let’s zero in on the current best performer among the teams in the Cubs’ farm system, the South Bend Cubs, and see how well you know your walks.
Today I’m looking for the hitter with the most walks on the South Bend roster, and the starting pitcher who has given up the fewest. Who do you think they are?
You’re probably going to need some extra help with this one.
The hitter is an infielder who did not make the Bleacher Nation Top 40 Prospects List, and he is also tied for the team lead in doubles. Incidentally, he shares a last name with one of the most famous characters created by George Bernard Shaw.
For the starter, I’ll just give you the six players who have started for the SB Cubs this year. The candidates are: Steele, Kellogg, Morrison, Alzolay, Twomey, and Sands. This one should not come as a huge surprise.
Answers are down below. Good luck!
- Ryan Williams: 8 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K.
- Albert Almora: 2 for 5
- Willson Contreras: 2 for 3, 2B
- Arismendy Alcantara: 1 for 4, HR
- Kristopher Negron: 2 for 3
- Brad Markey: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 3 K
- Juan Paniagua: 2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K
- Gerardo Concepcion: 1 IP, 2 K. Still a 0.00 ERA.
- Corey Black: 1 IP, 1 K
- Jeimer Candelario: 2 for 4, 2B
- Anthony Giansanti: 2 for 3
- Jake Stinnett: 5 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 K
- Ryan McNeil: 1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- James Farris: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K
- Gleyber Torres: 3 for 5, HR, BB. His was the ninth inning homer that tied the game.
- Ian Happ: 3 for 5, 2B, BB, SB
- Jason Vosler: 2 for 4
Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend had the day off.
- As of this morning, every active team in the Cubs organization has at least a .500 record. I cannot recall too many times that has happened over the past few seasons.
- Omaha is a very good team, but Williams still needed just 94 pitches to sail through eight innings against them. The groundout to fly out ratio wasn’t as lopsided as we’ve seen in the past, but 10 to 5 is certainly getting the job done, especially with five strikeouts and just one walk.
- I really hope someone got the George Bernard Shaw hint.
- And now for the answers. Leading the South Bend Cubs in walks is P.J. Higgins with an impressive 20. Bryant Flete (9) is next, followed by Ian Rice and Donnie Dewees (both with 8). The starter with the fewest walks is Ryan Kellogg. Over 27.1 innings he has only walked 4. Adbert Alzolay is next with 6 over the same number of innings.