Left-handed-hitting infielder Jared Young has been one of the early breakout players for South Bend this season. We are still a couple weeks away from my rule of thumb ‘we can now take stats seriously’ line of 100 plate pppearances, though, so keep in mind that this early trend could vanish pretty fast.
Through 37 PAs, the 22-year-old Young is hitting .406/.472/.844. His OPS of 1.316 is third in the Midwest League. His slugging percentage of .844 ranks second, and he is third in both wRC+ and wOBA. Nice start to the young man’s first full professional season (he was the Cubs’ 15th rounder out of Old Dominion last year).
Young has spent more time at first than second this year, but that is at least in part because the South Bend roster features a lot of guys who can play second. That is likely to be the case as he moves up the system; he may get at bats where he can find them for a while, until he reaches a level where it makes sense to settle him into a position.
That may not take long. His walk and strikeout rates are both solid (10.8% and 18.9% respectively), and so long as that continues I suspect the Cubs may well move him up the system quickly. A trip to Myrtle Beach before the end of May wouldn’t surprise me greatly.
Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa returned home and promptly had a game postponed due to weather.
- Thomas Hatch: 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 3 K
- Scott Effross: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K
- Dakota Mekkes: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
- Trey Martin: 2 for 5
- Yasiel Balaguert: 1 for 5, 2B
- Eddy Martinez: 1 for 4, 2B
- Ian Rice: 2 for 3, BB
- Trent Giambrone: 2 for 3, 2B
- Jose Paulino: 6 IP, 9 R (6 ER), 10 H, 2 BB, 5 K
- Casey Bloomquist: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB
- Aramis Ademan: 1 for 3, 2B
- Jose Albertos: 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 1 K
- Rollie Lacy: 4 IP, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K
- Ben Hecht: 2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K
- Austin Filieere: 1 for 4, 2B
- Chris Singleton: 1 for 4, HR
- Remarkably, Jose Paulino needed only 89 pitches to give up 9 runs on 10 hits in his six innings of work for the Myrtle Beach.
- One of the best early trends in the farm system this year has been the bullpens, and we saw it again today. For Tennessee, Effross and Mekkes combined to pitch three scoreless innings. The Pelicans got two scoreless frames from Bloomquist, and South Bend’s Lacy and Hecht combined for six hitless innings (one run allowed). Today really wasn’t an aberration, either. Up and down the system, the bullpens have consistently been very solid.
- Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Two pitching prospects I really like are on the mound tonight, and even though neither one has pitched all that well this season I still say Tennessee’s Oscar De La Cruz (16.50 ERA) and South Bend’s Erich Uelmen (23.14 ERA) are well worth paying attention to.
- If you want to watch a game with a better ERA starter so far this year, Myrtle Beach has Tyson Miller (2.25 ERA) on the mound tonight.