In what is becoming a weekly occurance, the latest Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet features a Cub prospect. Just one this time, though, and probably not either of the two you immediately thought of. Neither Eloy Jimenez or Eddy Martinez made the list this time. Nor did any of the bats, for that matter.
This week the honor goes to Oscar De La Cruz and his obliteration of Midwest League batting orders. He had two starts during the week in question, and in ten total innings over those two starts he allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out fifteen.
De La Cruz got a late start to the season due to some mild arm problems, but given how well he has pitched since being unleashed I suspect we are going to hear a lot about this guy through the end of the season.
- Brian Matusz: 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K
- Corey Black: 1.2 IP, 4 BB, 3 K
- Munenori Kawasaki: 1 for 3, 2 BB
- Tim Federowicz: 2 for 4, HR
- Juan Perez: 3 for 4, 2B
- Kristopher Negron: 2 for 4, 2B
- Cael Brockmeyer: 2 for 4
- Juan Paniagua: 3.1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K
- Steve Perakslis: 2 IP,1 H, 1 BB, 3 K
- Victor Caratini: 1 for 5, HR. He played first base in the first game.
- David Freitas: 2 for 4
- Kelly Dugan: 2 for 4, HR
- Game Two
- Jen-Ho Tseng: 4.1 IP, 8 R (5 ER), 10 H, 1 BB, 3 K
- Jack Leathersich: 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
- Ben Carhart: 2 for 3
- Jonathan Martinez: 5 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 6 K
- Tommy Thorpe: 1 IP, 1 BB, 3 K
- Ryan McNeil: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB
- Donnie Dewees: 3 for 5, HR
- David Bote: 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB
- Ian Rice: 2 for 5, 2B
Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 10, Dayton 1
Chicago’s lengthy win streak has enabled them to tie South Bend in the win column. That should give you some idea how well the South Bend club has been playing.
- Adbert Alzolay: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 6 K
- Jared Cheek: 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K
- P.J. Higgins: 1 for 3, 2 BB
- Alberto Mineo: 1 for 5, HR
- Eloy Jimenez: 2 for 4, 2B, 3B, BB
- Connor Myers: 4 for 5
- Roberto Caro: 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB
- Manuel Rondon: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K
- Marc Huberman: 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
- M.T. Minacci: 1 IP, 1 BB
- Chad Hockins: 1 IP, 1 K
- Mark Malave: 1 IP, 3 K
- Wladimir Galindo: 1 for 2, 2 BB
- Zack Short: 1 for 3, BB, 2 SB
- Trent Giambrone: 2 for 3, BB
- Luis Aquino: 4 IP, 1 H, 6 K
- Colton Freeman: 1 IP, 2 K
- Jose Leidenz: 1 IP, 2 BB, 3 K
- Luis Ayala: 1 for 3, BB, SB
- Looking outside the Cubs’ system for a bit, the Indian’s prospect Francisco Mejia now has the fourth longest hitting streak in minor league history at 49 games. The minor league record is 69 games and dates back to 1919. No one has broken 50 games since 1954.
- If I’m counting correctly, and if weather does not inhibit things, it looks like Mejia would be in line to tie the record on September 3 at home against Salem, and to break it the next day. If he can keep this up. That would require, though, that he keep that hitting streak alive despite making two separate trips to Myrtle Beach to face a tough Pelicans’ pitching staff. The first of those series begins next weekend as Mejia could be looking for game number 56 of the streak.