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Cubs Minor League Daily: Jason Vosler Heating Up

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Jason Vosler hasn’t put up much of a batting average this year (.197), but he now has seven home runs and a season OPS of .729. In May that OPS sits at .812.

One thing to keep an eye on with regards to Vosler – fly ball rate. In 2016 with Myrtle Beach that rate was 35.8%. When he was promoted to Tennessee later that year it jumped to 45.6%, and that was no aberation. In 2017 with Tennessee it was 55.7%, and so far this season he is lofting fly balls at a 57.8% rate.  Some of that may be a difference in how Southern League and Carolina League scorekeepers interpret what is a line drive versus what is a fly ball, but not all of it.  It looks like Vosler has become a fly ball revolution guy.

That fly ball swing was on display this weekend, including on this double to right center that just missed going out:

Yesterday, Vosler homered. Twice.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 3, Omaha 2
Jen-Ho Tseng pitched very well in this one.

  • Jen-Ho Tseng: 7 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 9 K
  • Cory Mazzoni: 2 IP, 2 K
  • Mike Freeman: 2 for 5
  • Taylor Davis: 1 for 3, BB
  • Jacob Hannemann: 3 for 4

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Mississippi 7, Tennessee 4
The Smokies out hit Missippi ten to nine.

  • Oscar De La Cruz: 5 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K
  • James Norwood: 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 K
  • Jake Stinnett: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
  • Zack Short: 1 for 3, BB
  • Jason Vosler: 2 for 4, 2 HR
  • Trent Giambrone: 2 for 4, 2B
  • Oscar De La Cruz: 1 for 1, 2B
  • Eddy Martinez: 1 for 3, 2B

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Frederick 6, Myrtle Beach 1
Frederick 10, Myrtle Beach 1
The Pelicans committed five errors across the two games.

  • Keegan Thompson: 5 IP, 6 R (5 ER), 7 H, 1 BB, 6 K
  • Jhonny Pereda: 1 for 3, HR
  • Wladimir Galindo: 1 for 2, 2B, BB
  • Austin Upshaw: 1 for 3, 2B
  • Game Two
  • Jose Paulino: 3.1 IP, 10 R (7 ER), 10 H, 2 K
  • Casey Bloomquist: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 K
  • Jhon Romero: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB
  • Connor Myers: 1 for 3, 2B
  • Wladimir Galindo: 2 for 3, 2B, HR

Low A: South Bend Cubs
Fort Wayne 3, South Bend 1
The Cubs were unable to take advantage of three Fort Wayne errors.

  • Erich Uelmen: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Jose Albertos: 0.2 IP, 3 R, 3 BB, 1 K
  • Manuel Rodriguez: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Chris Singleton: 2 for 4, 2B
  • Jhonny Bethencourt: 1 for 4, 2B, BB
  • Zach Davis: 2 for 4

Other Notes

  • Tseng faced this same Omaha team just eighteen days ago, and that start did not go nearly so well. In that game he gave up seven runs over five innings and struck out just five. The nine strikeouts in yesterday’s contest marked a season high for Tseng, and he also set or tied a season low in both walks (1) and hits (4).
  • Like many of the Cubs’ pitching prospects, Erich Uelmen got off to a rough start this year, and is now turning it around. After his first start his ERA was 23.14 and as recently as May 2 it was still 10.20. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last two starts, though, and that ERA is down to 5.34.

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Author: Luke Blaize

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