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Cubs Minor League Daily: Pitching Prospect Trevor Clifton Dominates Again (VIDEO)

Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects

myrtle beach pelicans logoYesterday Trevor Clifton pitched his third straight very good game, striking out seven in five and a third scoreless innings for the Pelicans. That means Clifton, in his last three starts, has: 16.1 IP, 2 R, 13 H, 4 BB, 25 K. That is about as good as we could hope to see from this 21-year-old right hander, and it is pretty much exactly what we wanted to see before the season started.

If he keeps this up for a few more weeks, it isn’t impossible the Cubs will challenge him with a mid-season promotion to Tennessee, but I don’t expect that soon. For now we’ll watch to see if the hitters in the league adjust to Clifton.

I should also mention that Myrtle Beach has a pretty good home video feed. If you haven’t watched him pitch yet, you may want to add that to your to do list.

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Triple A: Iowa Cubs

Iowa had the day off.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Birmingham 5, Tennessee 0
Not a good day for the bats or the gloves.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Winston-Salem 9, Myrtle Beach 5
Myrtle Beach 2, Winston-Salem 0
Crawford and Clifton both had very good days.

  • Zach Hedges: 1.2 IP, 7 R (5 ER), 7 H, 2 BB, 2 K
  • James Pugliese: 3.1 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 K
  • Daury Torrez: 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Trevor Clifton: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K. Game Two.
  • Jose Rosario: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K. Game Two.
  • Rashad Crawford: 3 for 4, 2B, SB.
  • Yasiel Balaguert: 1 for 4, HR. Balaguert’s sixth homer was a grand slam.
  • Jeffrey Baez: 2 for 4, SB.
  • Daniel Lockhart: 3 for 3
  • Rashad Crawford: 2 for 3, 2 2B. Game Two.
  • Ian Happ: 0 for 1, 2 BB. SB. Game Two.
  • Yasiel Balaguert: 0 for 2, BB, SB. Game Two.
  • Daniel Lockhart: 1 for 3, HR. Game Two.

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Low A: South Bend Cubs
Great Lakes 5, South Bend 4
The Cubs rallied in the ninth, but could only pull within one.


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Other Notes

  • The Myrtle Beach Pelicans load a highlight video to YouTube after every home game, and that makes their channel worth subscribing to. The video from yesterday, including some good Clifton pitches and the Balaguert grand slam, is below.


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Luke Blaize

Luke Blaize is the Minor League Editor at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @ltblaize.

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