In the final days of the season, John Andreoli piled on the steals and ran away with the stolen base title. He finished with 43, eight more than second place Quintin Berry and eleven over third place Arismendy Alcantara. He was the only Iowa Cub to lead any of the major statistical categories, though.
In Tennessee, the Southern League Batting Title remains in the Cubs organization for a second straight year as Chesny Young matches what Willson Contreras accomplished a year ago. Young finished with a .303, easily beating the .297 of Sebastian Elizalde. This is also the second straight year Young has been a batting champ; he took home that crown in the Carolina League last season. Young and Victor Caratini also finished one and two atop the OBP boards at .376 and .375. That helped prepel them to fourth (for Caratini) and sixth in the overall OPS standings.
Jeffrey Baez finished in a tie for second in the stolen base department in the Carolina Leauge at 38. And on the pitching side for Myrtle Beach, Trevor Clifton blew away the field for the ERA title. His 2.72 was well ahead of second place Jordan Stephens (3.45). Clifton also lead the league in WHIP and finished third in strikeouts. Ryan McNeil topped the saves leaderboard with 22.
For the South Bend Cubs, Eloy Jimenez led the league in SLG (.532, .050 over second place) and OPS (.901). Meanwhile, two Cubs finished in the lead in league WHIP. Casey Bloomquist (1.06) took the top spot, followed slightly by Ryan Kellogg (1.08).
Eugene finished with the best record in the leauge by a wide margin, but they did not have any league leaders. Wladimir Galindo finished second in home runs with nine, the highest finish of any Emerald. D.J. Wilson and Chris Pieters ranked third and fourth in steals with 21 and 20, both well behind the leader.
Individual awards are nice, and can imply good things for the future of the organization in some cases, but what people tend to remember are championships. Starting tomorrow, Eugene, South Bend, and Myrtle Beach will each beign pursuit of their league titles.
- Jordan Pries: 6 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- Jack Leathersich: 1 IP, 2 BB, 3 K
- Gerardo Concepcion: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
- John Andreoli: 0 for 2, 3 BB, 2 SB. He finishes the season with 43 steals.
- Juan Perez: 3 for 5, 3B
- Jeimer Candelario: 2 for 5, 2B
- Tim Federowicz: 3 for 5, 2B
- Taylor Davis: 2 for 4, 2B
- Kristopher Negron: 2 for 5, 2B
- Munenori Kawasaki: 2 for 4, SB
- Jeremy Null: 3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 K
- James Norwood: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 K
- Daniel Spingola: 1 for 4, 2B
- Andrew Ely: 1 for 3, BB
- Ryan Kellogg: 6 IP, 5 H, 6 K
- Tanner Griggs: 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K
- Mark Malave: 1 IP, 1 H
- Connor Myers: 1 for 4, HR
- Isaac Paredes: 1 for 4
- Eloy Jimenez: 0 for 3. He’s back!
- Alberto Mineo: 1 for 3, 2B
- Adonis Paula: 1 for 3, 2B
- Tyler Alamo: 1 for 2, 2B, BB
- The Cubs opted to give their very young shortstop prospect Isaac Paredes a taste of a more advanced league as well as some playoff action, but the interesting thing is where they sent him. Instead of sending the seventeen year old up one level to Eugene (also a playoff team), the Cubs jumped him up to South Bend. He’s played three games there now, and I suspect he’ll continue to get some playing time through the postseason. And when the 2017 season opens, look for Paredes to return to the South Bend as the everyday shortstop.