iowa cubs logoBijan Rademacher has not been significantly challenged by Double A pitching this season (.313/.395/.484), but for some reason the Cubs were content to leave him there. He already had 113 games in Tennessee last year. Add in 86 more this season and we’re looking at well over a season worth of Double A games.  That is a long time to leave a guy who is doing well in Double A.

Finally, though, thanks to a Mark Zagunis broken toe that left Iowa in need of an outfielder (which, of course, is its own bummer), Rademacher got the call. Now we will see what he can do in the happy hitting ground that is the Pacific Coast League.

As a side benefit, we will also get to see him in action on the Iowa MiLB.tv video feed. That feed is higher quality than the Tennessee one, if not quite on par with the excellent streams that come from South Bend and Myrtle Beach.



Triple A: Iowa Cubs
New Orleans 9, Iowa 4
Iowa is now 0 for 1 in the Rademacher era.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 7, Birmingham 6 in ten innings.
The Cubs scored twice in the top of the tenth, then had to hold off Birmingham one more time.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 5, Frederick 0
Two Pelican pitchers combined on a three hit shutout.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 2, Fort Wayne 0
The Cubs used three pitchers in their four hit shutout.

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds

Eugene had the day off.

Rookie: Arizona Cubs
Cubs 3, Giants 1
This game also featured some impressive pitching.

Other Notes

  • Sands was activated from the disabled list yesterday, and that trip to the DL may have something to do with why he was working out of the pen yesterday. He only has 66 innings on him, and based on his 2015 total he would probably be good for 85 or 90, so I doubt it is entirely due to work load (although that could play a role as well). I very much doubt, though, that the Cubs have decided to give up on Sands as a starter long term.


  • We don’t have video of the Myrtle Beach shutout, but we do of the South Bend one. And it includes some very nice plays by the Cubs infield and some excellent baserunning by Sepulveda:




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