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Cubs Minor League Daily: Eloy Jimenez Still Destroying Lights With Baseballs

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Remember not very long ago when the Cubs’ number one prospect Eloy Jimenez channeled his inner Natural and took out a light fixture during the Carolina League home run derby?

He did again:

This time the destruction took place during batting practice, and unfortunately we have no video of it. Plenty of witnesses, including the park staff for the Down East ballpark who now have a stadium light to replace, but no video.

At this point, we just about have to move Jimenez into a category of his own when it comes to raw power. We have seen some very powerful sluggers come through the Cubs’ system in recent years, but I don’t recall anyone consistently hitting balls in the neighborhood of the light fixtures. Even in batting practice. Jimenez is increasingly looking like he could be something very, very special.


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(Photo by Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Round Rock 8, Iowa 4
This may be hard to believe given his previous two games, but Schwarber did not homer.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 5, Jackson 4
Hey look, the Smokies played another doubleheader!

Tennessee 9, Jackson 3
Not just another doubleheader, another doubleheader sweep.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Down East 9, Myrtle Beach 7
Both teams produced five run innings in a game that saw a total of 30 hits.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 11, Lansing 4
Just one official at bat for the rehabbing Heyward.

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Vancouver 9, Eugene 8
Eugene came from behind twice, but couldn’t hang on.

Rookie: AZL Cubs

Arizona had the day off.

Other Notes

  • Speaking of power prospects, slugger Joey Martarano, formerly of the Boise State football team, has at long last made his way out of the Northwest League. Since he was drafted under an arrangement that let him focus on football, Martarano only this season was both healthy and able to focus purely on baseball. The result has been that, while old for the level, he has been putting some quality numbers for Eugene (.366/.460/.488 in 50 PA). Now he heads to South Bend.

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  • We know for sure that the Cubs have signed four players during the International Free Agent signing period that opened yesterday, including the two top players from Mexico as expected. They will doubtless sign quite a few more before they are done, but thanks to their significant investment in Mexico and given their spending limits for this season, I already have to call this signing period a success. The Cubs found a way to pull in quality talent despite the limitations, and I call that a win.
  • Jimenez broke the light in batting practice, but during the game he was held hitless and struck out three times. All in all, Down East has to be pretty happy with how the day turned out.

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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.

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