The dynamic duo of Ian Happ and Jeimer Candelario have stolen all the Iowa headlines this year, but there is another pair on that roster who may have just as much, if not more, near-term impact on the Chicago Cubs.
Eddie Butler is a formerly well regarded pitching prospect looking to revive his career with the Cubs, and Alec Mills is a nearly ready starting pitcher who came over in a trade from Kansas City. Both are off to good starts.
Butler has made three starts now, averaged just over six innings per start, and is the proud owner of a 1.45 ERA. He has not struck out a lot of batters, only ten so far, but has been very successful at a pitcher’s most important job – getting batters out. If Chicago needed a starter on short notice, he could be the guy.
As could Mills. The former Royal’s results have not been as impressive – his ERA through two starts is 3.27 – but he has only walked one in his 11 innings of work and actually holds a lower WHIP (0.91) than Butler (1.13). Whether he gets the first shot at spot starting in Chicago, or whether that opportunity goes to Butler, may come down to who is more rested when the day arrives.
- Aaron Brooks: 5 IP, 5 R (3 ER), 9 H, 2 BB, 1 K
- Victor Caratini: 2 for 3, 2B
- Ian Happ: 0-4, K (played center field)
Double A: Tennessee Smokies
The Smokies were rained out.
- Justin Steele: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K
- Dillon Maples: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K
- Scott Effross: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
- Eddy Martinez: 1 for 4, HR
- Tyler Alamo: 1 for 4, 2B
- Duncan Robinson: 5.1 IP, 3 R (1 ER), 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K
- Dakota Mekkes: 1.2 IP, 1 K
- Wyatt Short: 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K
- Zach Short: 2 for 4
- Yeiler Peguero: 3 for 5, 2 2B, HR
- Wladimir Galindo: 3 for 4, HR
- Darryl Wilson: 1 for 4, 2B
- In case you missed it, yesterday brought a range of minor league news including some awards and the excellent word that Eloy Jimenez is returning to action in the instructional league.
- South Bend put on a nice offensive showcase yesterday, including a couple of home runs from two young hitters well worth knowing. If you have not yet seen Peguero or Galindo in action, then this highlight reel is for you:
- And the Eddy Martinez homer for the Pelicans: