The Cubs recently promoted middle infielder Andruw Monasterio from Eugene to South Bend, and as a result the SB Cubs now have a double play combo of Monasterio at short and Carlos Sepulveda at second. Both of these players are just 19 years old, and both are playing very well. It is quite possible we are looking at the next in a very long run of very good Cubs infield prospects.
That infield pipeline began well before the new front office took over. Starlin Castro was one of the early ones, as was Darwin Barney. And then we have Junior Lake, and Marco Hernandez, and Arismendy Alcantara, and Javier Baez, and Addison Russell, and Gleyber Torres, and Ian Happ, and now (perhaps) Monasterio and Sepulveda. That is about as good of a run of middle infielders as we are likely to see from any organization. When you consider that everyone I listed before Torres has reached the Major Leagues, it becomes even more impressive.
- Jake Buchanan: 5.2 IP, 8 R, 8 H, 3 BB, 6 K
- Jose Rosario: 1 IP, 1 K. Welcome to Triple A.
- John Andreoli: 0 for 4, BB, SB
- Matt Murton: 3 for 5, 2B
- Dan Vogelbach: 3 for 4, BB
- Tim Federowicz: 2 for 5, 2B
- Logan Watkins: 2 for 4
- Munenori Kawasaki: 1 for 3, 2 BB
Double A: Tennessee Smokies
The game was started, but rain resulted in a suspension with the Smokies trailing 9 to 8 in the top of the fifth. The game will be completed today, so the highlights from this will one will show up in tomorrow’s Daily.
- Trevor Clifton: 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 4 BB, 6 K
- Charcer Burks: 2 for 6
- Rashad Crawford: 2 for 4, 2 BB
- Gleyber Torres: 4 for 6, HR, SB
- Ian Rice: 1 for 5, BB, SB
- Jason Vosler: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
- Yasiel Balaguert: 2 for 5, HR
- David Bote: 1 for 5, 2B
- Jeffrey Baez: 2 for 4, BB
- Casey Bloomquist: 6.1 IP, 3 R, 9 H, 6 K
- Tyler Peitzmeier: 1.2 IP, 2 K
- Dillon Maples: 1 IP and a line of zeroes.
- Carlos Sepulveda: 3 for 5, 2B
- Andruw Monasterio: 2 for 5, 2B, 3B. Welcome to full season ball.
- Donnie Dewees: 2 for 5, SB
- Eloy Jimenez: 3 for 5, 2B
- Eddy Martinez: 2 for 4, 2B
Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
The Emeralds were rained out.
- Brian Matusz: 3 IP, 1 BB, 5 K
- Luis Ayala: 2 for 5, 3B
- Connor Myers: 2 for 4, 3B, BB, SB
- Zack Short: 4 for 4, 2 2B, SB
- Gustavo Polanco: 2 for 5
- Isaac Paredes: 1 for 4, 2B. Paredes, 17 year old SS, is also an infield prospect to watch.
- Michael Cruz: 1 for 4, HR
- Monasterio, a switch-hitter who just turned 19 in May, leaves Eugene having hit .324/.355/.437 with a walk rate of 5.1% and a strikeout rate of 20.5% over 78 trips to the plate.
- The first five hitters in South Bend’s lineup last night were Sepulveda, Monasterio, Dewees, Jimenez, and Martinez. That is a pretty good group of prospects that also help highlight just how deep this farm system still is, even after all the promotions.
- Trey Martin would like to remind you that, at least while the Almora guy is in Chicago, he is possibly the best defensive outfielder in the organization: