The Cubs’ first pick in the 2016 draft, Thomas Hatch (3rd round), makes his professional debut tonight. Weather permitting, he’ll take the mound for Myrtle Beach in Lynchburg at 6:30 PM ET.

Also notable on the pitching side today is the Cubs’ debut of Alex Mills. He starts for Iowa in Oklahoma City. Mills, if you’ve forgotten, is the pitcher the Cubs recieved from the Royals in exchange for Donnie Dewees. The Royals ran into a roster crunch that forced them to let Mills go; I doubt they were too thrilled about having to deal him. He is probably going to be compared to Kyle Hendricks quite a bit thanks to his control-based, groundball-generating pitching style. Tonight we start to find out just how valid those comparisons will be.


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Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 1, Oklahoma City 0
Iowa’s pitching is off to a very good start, including the other roster-crunched starting depth pitcher the Cubs traded for this offseason.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Pensacola 4, Tennessee 1
The Smokies struck out fourteen times in this one.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 4, Lynchburg 2
The offense looked good in this one, and so did the back of the bullpen.


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Low A: South Bend Cubs

South Bend was rained out.

Other Notes

  • Both of the runs Alzolay gave up came on solo home runs.
  • Trent Giambrone, the DH for the Pelicans last night, is one of the few positions players taken by the Cubs in the 2016 draft. He’s a 5’8″ right handed hitting infielder who posted an OPS of .837 in 51 games with Eugene last season. The fact that he was jumped straight to Myrtle Beach is interesting; we’ll keep an eye on this guy.
  • Connor Myers, the center fielder for Myrtle Beach, is also a 2016 draftee. His game is built to a great degree around his speed, something we’ll no doubt see plenty of as the weather warms up. He’s already showed off tremendous defensive ability in the outfield, so he’ll be a guy to watch.

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