Cubs Minor League Daily: May Madness

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Cubs Minor League Daily: May Madness

Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects

ncaa logoThe Field of 64 for the NCAA baseball tournament, the lead up to the College World Series, has been announced. If you are interested in seeing some of the draft prospects in action, keep an eye out for games that include Vanderbilt, Indiana, Oregon State, Kent State, Louisville, and, well, pretty much any of them. The draft is forty rounds, after all, and any team that is a candidate for the College World Series is very likely to have draft candidates on the roster.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Two big innings led to a big 12-3 win.
Tennessee – Tennessee rallied in the ninth, but so did Huntsville. In the end it was the Smokies taking the 5-4 loss.
Daytona – Daytona had the day off.
Kane County – Two in the ninth carried the game to extras, and two in the eleventh secured the 5-4 win.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Javier Baez finished 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and a stolen base. His OPS is now up to .725, and he is tied for 23rd in the league in home runs.
  • [Iowa] Arismendy Alcantara, with a double and triple, and Chris Valaika both had 4 hits. Alcantara also stole his 10th base.
  • [Iowa] At the plate Eric Jokisch doubled and finished 2 for 3. On the mound he allowed 2 runs (one earned) on 3 hits and a walk while striking out 4 over 8.1 innings.
  • [Tennessee] Another 2 hit game included Kris Bryant‘s 14th home run. He walked once, struck out once, and continues to be ridiculously awesome. He was, however, caught stealing for the first 2 times this season.
  • [Tennessee] Jeff Lorick had a nice outing. He walked one and struck out a pair over 1.2 scoreless innings.
  • [Tennessee] John Andreoli is up to 24 stolen bases after walking and stealing in this one.
  • [Kane County] Jacob Rogers, with his 4th homer, and Daniel Lockhart both had a pair of hits.
  • [Kane County] Jordan Hankins hit his second home run of the season in the 11th inning. That homer was the game winner.
  • [Kane County] James Pugliese pitched 3 innings and allowed just 2 hits and a walk while striking out one.

Other News

  • It turns out Baez can play some defense as well. This catch, for example, may not look like the most elegant thing you’ve ever seen, but that is one tough play for a shortstop to make. The important part is that Baez made it.


Author: Luke Blaize

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