cubs azl spring training logoEvery single team in the Cubs organization, from Chicago all the way to the Dominican Summer Leagues, won yesterday. The chances of that happening are, I believe, right about a third of one percent. It was a thoroughly awesome day for the organization.

Making it even better, three of those wins were shutouts, and in two more the Cubs’ pitchers tossed eight scoreless frames. We know the Cubs have a system stacked with bats, and we know this organization knows how to win with offense. It is doubly nice, then, to see the Cubs finish a perfect day thanks to a lot of good pitching.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 7, Nashville 4
The Cubs had fourteen hits and Nashville had five errors.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 4, Pensacola 1
Pretty good game for the pitching staff.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 4, Carolina 3
The pitching was pretty good in this one as well.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 4, Dayton 0
Three pitchers combined on this shutout.

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Eugene 6, Spokane 0
The Emeralds also used just three pitchers in their shutout.

Rookie: Arizona Cubs
Cubs 4, Angels 3
The Cubs carried a shutout into the eighth.

Other Notes

  • Ian Happ leads Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet for the week of June 17-23. In his game last night, not only did he notch a couple hits, but he also fooled everyone on a fake throw to first to complete a double play … so that he could throw to third instead and complete a double play. Just watch and you’ll see what I mean:

  • The Cubs have signed ten draft picks (more or less officially, a few more are rumored) so far, including their picks in rounds six through nine.
  • The June 23rd highlight video from Eugene has some shots of a certain right hander you’ve probably been interested in seeing. You don’t get a lot of looks at Dylan Cease in that video, but you do get a few.


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