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Cubs Minor League Daily: Bruno Flashes Power, Hancock Debuts, Cease Dazzles

Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects

An Iowa infielder put on a slugging display in Salt Lake City last night, finishing 2 for 4 with a pair of home runs. It wasn’t Jeimer Candelario (who was in St. Louis), and it wasn’t Ian Happ (who also had a nice game).


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The fireworks in this one was provided by Stephen Bruno, a small utility infielder type who has put up some pretty good offensive numbers throughout his minor league career. The 26-year-old is now within one long ball of matching his career high for homers.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Salt Lake 13, Iowa 11
When we say the Pacific Coast League is hitter-friendly, games like this out west are the reason.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 7, Jackson 2
Yet another encouraging outing for Smokies’ pitching.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Lynchburg 3, Myrtle Beach 1
Three errors hurt the Pelicans.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 4, Peoria 3
Seven more strikeouts for Cease.

Other Notes

  • Given the sheer depth at the top of the Cubs’ organization, I don’t see Bruno getting a shot in Wrigley this year or next. With some thinner organizations, though, he could be viable as a 25th man type. I could also imagine a few seasons in Asia in his future.

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  • Rosscup has recorded 35 outs, and 20 of them have been strikeouts.
  • His hitless inning yesterday marked the Cubs’ debut for Justin Hancock. He was the return in the Matt Szczur deal.
  • Cease was pulled at 89 pitches yesterday. So, despite tossing under four innings, he still hit his usual pitch count. It was the fourth inning that bogged him down:


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Luke Blaize

Luke Blaize is the Minor League Editor at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @ltblaize.