When you woke up on the morning of August 18, South Bend shortstop Aramis Ademan, the number four prospect in the system, has a line of .219/.239/.313. Because he is just 18, and because he had only been promoted to the Midwest League about sixteen days prior, that anemic line wasn’t really any cause for concern.
If you look at his line this morning, just four games later, it reads .286/.299/.476. That’s because Ademan has multiple hits in four straight games. Two of those ten total hits were homers, two were doubles, and one was a triple. He did not walk at all in those four games, but he struck out only once.
The fact that Ademan can move his line that much over a weekend is a symptom of the few games he has played in South Bend. Small samples sizes mean stats can move more quickly. But it also indicates that Ademan has been really, really good the past four days. And that should be no surprise, because Ademan is a really good prospect.
So, yes, get ready to hear his name in pretty much every trade rumor for the next couple of seasons.
- Seth Frankoff: 5.2 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 3 BB, 2 K
- Dillon Maples: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
- Mike Freeman: 2 for 4, 2B, SB
- Bijan Rademacher: 2 for 4
- Elliot Soto: 2 for 3
- Trevor Clifton: 1 IP, 5 R (4 ER), 6 H, 2 K
- James Pugliese: 3 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
- Steve Perakslis: 2 IP, 1 K
- Jake Stinnett: 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
- David Bote: 1 for 4, 2B
High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The Pelicans had the day off.
- Erling Moreno: 5 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 2 K
- Wyatt Short: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K
- Luis Ayala: 2 for 6
- Aramis Ademan: 3 for 6, 2B, HR, SB
- Darryl Wilson: 1 for 4, 2 BB, SB
- Chris Pieters: 3 for 5, BB
- Yeiler Peguero: 1 for 3, 2 B, 2 BB
- Bailey Clark: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 3 K
- Rollie Lacy: 4 IP, 2 H, 4 K
- Rafael Narea: 1 for 4, 2B
- Jhonny Bethencourt: 2 for 3, BB
- Gustavo Polanco: 3 for 4
- Miguel Amaya: 2 for 4
- Jose Gonzalez: 2 for 4, 2B
- Faustino Carrera: 4.2 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 5 H, 2 K
- Jeffrey Passantino: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
- Jeremy Estrada: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2K
- Jose Gutierrez: 1 for 3, BB, SB
- Marcus Mastrobuoni: 2 for 5, HR
- Luis Hidalgo: 3 for 4, 2 2B
- Yovanny Cuevas: 2 for 4, 2B
- Closer Wyatt Short is the only member of the South Bend Cubs to be named to the Midwest League Post Season All Star Team.
- Outfielder Charcer Burks, the Cubs number 13 prospect, has been named the Player of the Week in the Southern League for the week ending August 20. Burks had his own four game stretch of consecutive multi-hit games within the week, hitting his 9th homer and raising his line from .260/.358/.380 to .273/.365/.399 in the process. When a guy can move his slash line that much in one week after playing over 100 games, you know he is about as hot as hot can get.
- Catcher Tyler Alamo has been named the Carolina League Player of the Week for the week ending August 20. Alamo slugged .786 within the week, including three homres and two doubles. All three homers came on Saturday during a doubleheader. Alamo has been in the system since 2013, but this is the first season in which he has been able to translate his natural power into consistent game production. He is quietly having a very good year.