It was a quiet day in the minors yesterday. Just three Cubs’ affiliates were in action, with Tennessee being the sole full season league team to take the field.
But since Tennessee did take the field, Albert Almora had a multi-hit game. He now has at least two hits in every game going back to August 5, a streak of six games in a row. In that span has 14 total hits, including 5 doubles, 5 walks, and just one strikeout.
At hot streak is just a hot streak, but this sort of hot streak is what can happen when a guy who excels at making contact starts to consistently wait on pitches he can drive. Good things happen when a hitter squares up the ball, and for Almora the key is going to be finding those pitches he can square up and not settling for pitches that turn into weak grounders.
We’ve seen, quite a lot actually, what a non-productive Almora looks like. Now, arguably for the first time since he was drafted, we’re getting a look at the upside that led to the Cubs locking in on him early in the draft process and making him the first pick under the new front office. Since we have seen both extremes, now we wait and see on which side of that scale Almora settles for his career.
Scores From Yesterday
Iowa – It was an off day for Iowa.
Tennessee – This game got interesting late, but the Smokies came away with the 6-5 win.
Myrtle Beach – The Pelicans had the day off.
South Bend – South Bend was also off.
Eugene – Eugene had plenty of offense and some very good pitching as they won this contest 9-0.
Arizona – Arizona also won in a shutout, 6-0.
Performances of Note
- [Tennessee] Billy McKinney homered (his 3rd), doubled, walked, and finished 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored.
- [Tennessee] Albert Almora and Willson Contreras also had 2 hits each. Almora doubled for one of his.
- [Tennessee] Jeimer Candelario hit his first Double A triple.
- [Tennessee] Ryan Williams threw 6 innings of one-hit, no-walk baseball, striking out 5.
- [Eugene] Four pitchers combined on this shutout. Kyle Twomey worked 3 innings, allowed 2 hits and a walk and struck out one. He was relieved by Preston Morrison who also pitched 3 innings, also allowed 2 hits and a walk, and struck out 4. Then Jae-Hoon Ha pitched 2 scoreless frames, giving up 2 hits and striking out one, and Scott Effross finished the game with a hit allowed and two strikeouts in the final frame.
- [Eugene] Adonis Paula led the team with 3 hits, including a double. He also stole his first base of the season.
- [Eugene] Donnie Dewees and Frandy Delarosa (with a double) both finished with 2 hits.
- [Arizona] Eight Cubs pitched in this game, including Tyler Skulina (0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 BB), John Williamson (0.1 IP, 1 K), Dylan Cease (2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K), Carlos Rodriguez (2 IP, 2 H), M.T. Minacci (2 IP, 2 H, 1 K), Ariel Ovando (0.2 IP, 1 K), Michael Knighton (0.1 IP, 1 K), and Jordan Brink (1 IP, 2 H).
- [Arizona] Robert Garcia tripled (his 4th), finished 3 for 4, and stole his 16th base of the season.
- [Arizona] Roberto Caro walked and stole 3 bases. He now has 6 steals on the season.
- [Arizona] Darryl Wilson, one of the Cubs early picks in the 2015 draft, finished 2 for 4.
- The unveiling of the mid-season Bleacher Nation Top 40 Prospects list is underway. Part one, a high level summary of the changes in the list as a whole, ran yesterday. Part two, featuring the prospects ranked 40 through 31, will run later today. If you want a bit of a hint into who may be in today’s edition, then just look to the Twitters.
Tomorrow's edition of the Top 40, ranks 40-31, includes:
1 SB Cub
2 AZL Cubs
Six were previously unranked by me.
— Luke Blaize (@ltblaize) August 11, 2015