The story this early in the season was supposed to be the full season debut of some notable Cubs’ pitching prospects, but a couple of Iowa sluggers missed that memo. The Cubs Triple A offense is firing in all cylinders right now, and it is thanks in no small part to the home run duel that is shaping up between Ian Happ and Jeimer Candelario.
For the second day in a row Candelario homered, and for the second day in a row Happ matched him later in the game. Both were opposite field shots, and Happ’s in particular was absolutely crushed:
Both now have two homers, and both are on a ridiculous pace that isn’t worth calculating.
And in the case of Candelario, his early season power surge has come with so many men on base that he is already up to ten runs batted in.
Meanwhile, that early season pitching story is totally a thing. Cubs pitching is doing well up and down the system in the early going, and that includes the bullpens. That’s probably because they don’t have to face Candelario and Happ.
- Aaron Brooks: 5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 5 K
- Jack Leathersich: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
- John Andreoli: 3 for 4, 3B, BB, SB
- Ian Happ: 1 for 4, HR, BB
- Jeimer Candelario: 2 for 5, 2B, HR
- Ozzie Martinez: 2 for 4
- Trevor Clifton: 5 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K
- Daury Torrez: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
- Charcer Burks: 1 for 4, 2B
- David Bote: 3 for 5
- Yasiel Balaguert: 2 for 5, 2B
- Jeffrey Baez: 1 for 4, BB, and yet another outfield assist.
- Cael Brockmeyer: 2 for 5, 2B
- Trey Martin: 1 for 4, 2B
- Andrew Ely: 2 for 4, 3B
- Justin Steele: 4 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 5 BB, K
- Pedro Araujo: 2.2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 K
- Tyler Pearson: 1 for 3, HR, BB
- The wind in Oklahoma City was blowing out to center at an offical 22 MPH.
- Ozzie Martinez is a new name to the Daily. He spent last season in the Orioles organization, elected free agency, and was signed by the Cubs on April 4. He’s a minor league veteran who should help fill the spot left by Munenori Kawasaki.
- Cease officially needed 77 pitches to get through his four innings of work, and that suggests that the Cubs have him on an early season pitch limit in the 75 to 80 range. He was impressive in his four innings of work, though, as evidenced by his eight strikeouts. And it wasn’t all the fastball, either. He was doing plenty of damage with his breaking stuff.
- Normally the Sunday Daily will be our weekly check-in on the standings for every active Cubs’ minor league affiliate, but the season is just three days old. Checking the standings today would not tells us very much.
- The game to keep eye on today is in High A. Oscar De La Cruz makes his season debut for the Pelicans. De La Cruz is one of the Cubs top pitching prospects, and is one of a very small number of pitching prospects with a real chance to emerge as a front of the rotation starter if things break right.