iowa cubs logoIt is Monday, so it is time to once again see how well you know your farm system. Today’s question is on the pitching side of things. The job of the pitcher is to not give up runs, and not giving up runs starts with not giving up hits. Of those pitchers who have pitched at least ten innings this year, who has given up the fewest hits?

I’ll give you the first one, because he comes with an asterisk. Tyler Ihrig allowed just 4 hits in 10.2 innings between Iowa and Myrtle Beach, but he no longer qualifies as an answer since he is no longer part of the organization. The Cubs released him on May 9. Had he still been in the organization, he would be on top of the list.

Let’s see if you can come up with the next three spots on the leader board. It shouldn’t be too hard given that they are all playing for the Iowa Cubs right now. Answers will appear at the end of the article, and, as always, no cheating!

Good luck (you’ll need it).



Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Reno 9, Iowa 3
After two innings Iowa was already down by five, and they were facing Archie Bradley.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 12, Birmingham 4
The Smokies spread their fourteen hits out all across the order. Only the first baseman was hitless.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 8, Frederick 5
I have a lot more comments on this one coming soon.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
Lansing 7, South Bend 6
The Cubs briefly took the lead in the fifth, but couldn’t hang on.

Other Notes

  • I was at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans game yesterday, so I’ll have much more on that soon.
  • Today you were trying to come up with the three pitchers (minimum 10 innings) who have given up the fewest hits this season. Two of them should have been very easy, especially once I mentioned Iowa: Gerardo Concepcion (with 5 in 19.2 total innings) and Spencer Patton (with 6 in 12 IP). Then in third place we have a tie between C.J. Riefenhauser (7 in 10.1 IP) and Felix Pena (7 in 17.1 IP). If you missed any of them, my guess is you missed Riefenhauser. His ERA of 5.23 is a ways away from the rest of these pitchers. Concepcion and Patton are both at 0.00, and Pena’s is 2.08.

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