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Cubs Minor League Daily: Tseng To Iowa, Sudden Free Agent High School Pitcher

Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects

When writing up the Cubs’ recent minor league roster movements yesterday, it turns out there was a big one I failed to mention: righty Jen-Ho Tseng is now an Iowa Cub. And he is expected to start this weekend.


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Tseng is having a very nice season. In 15 starts for Tennessee he had an ERA of 2.99 and posted a career high K/9 of 8.27. That is a significant stat for Tseng given that, up to 2017, he had relied on his command to get hitters out and did not show much of an ability to use his stuff to get strikeouts. The ability to strike out roughly a batter an inning is a pretty big deal here.

If – and this is a giant if – Tseng does well in a few Iowa starts, it is not out of the realm of possibility that he gets the call to Chicago sometime this season. Generally speaking, once a player reaches Double A he is considered to be available for call up should the situation arise. Stepping up to Triple A takes them that much closer. I don’t think he would be the first choice, but if the timing lined up right, you never know, especially given how many injuries there have been in the Iowa rotation.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 7, Omaha 5
Iowa piled on six runs in the second, and that proved to be enough.


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  • David Rollins: 3 IP, 2 H, 6 K
  • Matt Carasiti: 1 IP, 1 K
  • Jemile Weeks: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Jeimer Candelario: 1 for 4, HR
  • Chris Dominguez: 3 for 4, HR

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Chattanooga 6, Tennessee 1
On the good side, Tennessee pitchers did not walk anyone.

  • Trevor Clifton: 5.2 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 7 K
  • Daury Torrez: 1.1 IP, 2 H
  • Andrew Ely: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Jason Vosler: 1 for 4, 2B

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Frederick 8, Myrtle Beach 3
There was plenty of offense in this game, but most of it was on the Frederick side.

  • Duncan Robinson: 4 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 6 H, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Tommy Thorpe: 2 IP, 2 H, 3 K
  • Bryant Flete: 2 for 4, BB
  • Eddy Martinez: 1 for 4, HR
  • Jesse Hodges: 2 for 4

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 11, Dayton 4
Suddenly the Cubs can’t help scoring runs in bunches.

  • Manuel Rondon: 5.2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Michael Knighton: 2 IP, 3 H
  • Roberto Caro: 2 for 5, BB, SB
  • Vimael Machin: 3 for 5, HR, BB
  • Austin Upshaw: 2 for 5, BB
  • Isaac Paredes: 2 for 4, 2 HR
  • Andruw Monasterio: 2 for 5, SB
  • Luis Ayala: 2 for 5, 2B

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Eugene 5, Tri-City 2
Eugene bounced back over .500 again.

  • Alonso Garcia: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Luis Aquino: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 K
  • Jhonny Bethencourt: 2 for 4, SB
  • Aramis Ademan: 1 for 3, BB, SB
  • Gustavo Polanco: 2 for 4, 3B

Rookie: AZL Cubs

The Cubs had the day off.

Other Notes

  • Hopefully you did not worry unnecessarily, because when the 2017 draft signing deadline passed, all of the Cubs top ten draft picks were safely signed.

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  • The Orioles were not so fortunate. Due to a failed physical (a continuing trend with Baltimore, it seems), the Orioles did not offer their fourth round pick a contract at all. That means it appears that Jack Conlon, a high school pitcher, will become a true free agent. He can sign with anyone, and is not subject to the draft spending caps. In other words, for nothing more than some dollars (probably about a million of them) the Cubs could potentially land a developing power arm with a promising slider. And so could 28 other teams. This could get interesting.

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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.