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Cubs Minor League Daily: Thompson Honored, Arizona(s) Begin Play

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Thanks to some All Star breaks at the A and Double A levels, we don’t have peak minors yet. All teams have started their season, though, including two teams in the Arizona Rookie League for the first time, and that means the Daily is longer than it has ever been.

Even though they are on their break, the Carolina League named their Pitcher of the Week and to the surprise of no one it went to Keegan Thompson. Thompson, if you’ve forgotten, threw seven perfect innings last Thursday.

This is the second time that Thompson has won the honor this season, and if he keeps pitching like this the only thing stopping him from winning more is a rapid promotion to Tennessee.

We knew he was polished when he signed with the Cubs last year, but the fact that through 67.2 High A innings he has a K/9 of 8.11, a BB/9 of just 1.73, and a WHIP under 1.00 is still very good. How much of that is polish versus stuff? Double A will probably tell us next year, if not later this summer.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Tacoma 5, Iowa 2
Zagunis had nearly half the Cubs’ hits in this one.

  • Kyle Ryan: 3 IP, 1 H, 2 K
  • Daury Torrez: 5 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Mark Zagunis: 3 for 4
  • Taylor Davis: 1 for 4, 2B

Double A: Tennessee Smokies

Tennessee had the day off.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach had the day off.

Low A: South Bend Cubs

South Bend had the day off.

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Eugene 2, Vancouver 0
Despite committing four errors, the Emeralds won the pitching duel.

  • Ryan Williams: 6 IP, 3 H
  • Luis Aquino: 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Dalton Geekie: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
  • Fernando Kelli: 1 for 4, HR
  • Nelson Velazquez: 1 for 4, SB
  • Gustavo Polanco: 1 for 4, 2B

Rookie: AZL Cubs 1
D-backs 7, Cubs-1 0
At least the Cubs had more hits (3) than errors (2).

  • Didier Vargas: 4 IP, 5 R, 10 H, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Fernando Calderon: 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Jonathan Bruzual: 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Fauris Guerrero: 1 IP and a line of zeroes
  • Jose Gutierrez: 2 for 2, 2B, 2 BB

Rookie: AZL Cubs 2
Cubs-2 4, Reds 3
The Cubs added two insurance runs in the eighth, and needed them when the Reds tacked on two in the ninth.

  • Yovanny Cruz: 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 4 K
  • Nathan Sweeney: 2 IP, 3 K
  • riger Fernandez: 1 IP and a line of zeroes
  • Reivaj Garcia: 2 for 5
  • Henderson Perez: 1 for 3, 3B, BB
  • Henrry Pedra: 3 fofr 3, BB

Other Notes

  • Chris Coghlan is still around the organization, it turns out. He is the oldest player on AZL Cubs 1 and is listed as being on a rehab assignment.
  • AZL Cubs 2, in what I think is a first for the Cubs (at least in a very long time), has a sixteen year old player. We rarely see seventeen year old players in the US with the Cubs organization, but I do not recall ever seeing someone this young. Reivaj Garcia (yes, that is Javier spelled in reverse) is a switch hitting second baseman who doesn’t turn seventeen until mid-August. He hit second for his team last night, and is probably a prospect to watch.
  • Draft pick signings are starting to roll in. Yesterday the Cubs announced the signing of ten, including their second and fourth overall picks. Now we wait to see how fast those players will make it onto a roster and where they will begin their professional careers.
  • Even though Kyle Ryan had thrown almost 70 pitches in his last start, he was pulled after 32 in this one. The reason probably has to do with the fact that he just came off the disabled list. He was pitching well when he left, though, and now has a season ERA of 3.38.
  • In 2016 Ryan Williams made nine starts (44 innings) for Iowa and finished with an ERA of 3.27. Even though he hit the disabled list in May and didn’t come back all year, he looked poised to compete for some spot starts in Chicago during the 2017 season. Unfortunately, his 2017 season ended with a trip to the disabled list on May 6. Last night he began his comeback from two badly injury shortened seasons with six scoreless innings in Eugene.

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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.