Yesterday was pretty crazy on the minor league side. There were a lot of potential headlines, so we’ll just lead with them all.
First, Ian Happ got the call to Tennessee. I’m going to wait a few days before unpacking the chain reactions that came as a result of this, largely because I don’t think that chain is over yet. There were a lot of other players moving around the minors, and I think there will be more in the days to come. Once the dust has settled we’ll get into who is where, what that means, and so forth.
Second, Jacob Hannemann continued his breakout campaign by homering twice and stealing another base. He’s now in double digits in both categories, and his peripherals look pretty good, too. He’s also an incredible defensive outfielder. Anyone still sleeping on Hannemann as a prospect should probably take a closer look.
And finally, Eloy Jimenez piled up six total bases in a single inning as South Bend erupted in the eighth to score all the runs they possibly could (ten, in this case). The story of the first half of the minor league season was the major breakout started by Jimenez, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be stopping anytime soon.
- Aaron Brooks: 3 IP, 2 H, 1 K
- Dallas Beeler: 1 IP, 1H, 2 K
- Miguel Mejia: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K
- Corey Black: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
- Mark Zagunis: 1 for 3, 2B
- Dan Vogelbach: 1 for 2, 2B, BB
- Juan Perez: 1 for 3, 2B
- Munenori Kawasaki: 2 for 3
- Game Two Below
- Giovanni Soto: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K
- John Andreoli: 1 for 3, 2B, BB, SB
- Matt Murton: 2 for 3
- Jeimer Candelario: 2 for 3
- Vimael Machin: 1 for 1, 2 BB
- Joe Nathan: 1 IP, 2 K. He could help out the Cubs in the second half.
- David Berg: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K. After a rough start in Double A, his ERA is down to 3.63.
- Jacob Hannemann: 2 for 4, 2 HR, SB. That’s 10 homers and 24 steals.
- Chesny Young: 2 for 4
- Billy McKinney: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
- Ian Happ: 0 for 0, BB. Welcome to Double A.
- Jonathan Martinez: 7.1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 8 K
- Jordan Minch: 1.2 IP, 2 K
- Gleyber Torres: 2 for 4
- Daniel Spingola: 1 for 3, 2B
- Charcer Burks: 2 for 3, 2B
- Ryan Kellogg: 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 7 K
- Greyfer Eregua: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- Carlos Sepulveda: 2 for 5, 3B, BB
- P.J. Higgins: 2 for 5, 2B
- Ian Rice: 1 for 2, 3 BB
- Eloy Jimenez: 2 for 5, 2B, HR. Both hits came in that huge eighth inning.
- Josh Silver: 2 for 2, 2B, 3 BB
- Bryant Flete: 2 for 4, 2B
- Dylan Cease: 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 7 K
- Andruw Monasterio: 3 for 5
- Kevonte Mitchell: 1 for 5, 2B
- Matt Rose: 1 for 3, 2B
- Wladimir Galindo: 2 for 5
- Chris Pieters: 1 for 4, BB, 2 SB
- Marcus Mastrobuoni: 1 for 5, 2B
- Yeiler Peguero: 3 for 4, BB
- Robert Garcia: 2 for 5, 3B
- Vogelbach left the first game of the doubleheader early for a pinch runner, but he was back as DH for the second game.
- A few more numbers on Hannemann: going into yesterday’s game he had a walk rate of 7.9% and a strikeout rate of just 16.8% (career low). His BABIP is low (.261, normally he’s about a .300 guy), and that has resulted in a lowish overall line of .239/.316/.420. I like the peripheral’s, though, and I’m not too concerned. He’s been in Double A for almost 180 games now, so hopefully he’ll be due for a trip to Iowa soon.
- The Cubs are staying paired up with the South Bend Cubs through 2020:
— South Bend Cubs (@SBCubs) June 23, 2016
- Myrtle Beach had some pretty good pitching yesterday, and that comes through clearly in the highlights.