Cubs Minor League Daily: Matt Swarmer Was Great Again … Then Left With an Injury

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Cubs Minor League Daily: Matt Swarmer Was Great Again … Then Left With an Injury

Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects

Remember how yesterday the Cubs’ farm teams only gave up one run in thirty one innings of work and things generally looked awesome on the pitching front as a result?

Welcome to the other side of a pitching-focused farm system. Matt Swarmer exited yesterday’s Pelicans game, after pitching well up until then, with an undisclosed injury:

It may be some time, if ever, before we find out what the injury is. Or we may find out any time now. The sad reality of the minors is that all we generally know about an injury is that a guy is on the disabled list. So … keep an eye on the Carolina League transaction wire for Swarmer – who’d been pitching incredibly well – hitting the disabled list, I guess.

What a depressing way to start a Friday. Hopefully it’s not a serious issue.

(Photo by Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Round Rock 5, Iowa 4
Iowa scored in three of the last four innings, but came up a run short.

  • Adbert Alzolay: 5 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 3 BB, 3 K
  • Kyle Ryan: 2 IP, 1 K
  • Shae Simmons: 1 IP, 1 K
  • Efren Navarro: 2 for 3
  • Jacob Hannemann: 2 for 3, 2B, BB
  • Ryan Court: 2 for 4

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 5, Pensacola 4 in eleven innings.
Pensacola 7, Tennessee 5
The first game was played a regulation nine innings since it was a suspeded game (and then extra innings on top of that). The second game was a seven inning contest.

  • Trevor Clifton: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Zach Hedges: 2 IP, 3 H, 3 K
  • Jake Stinnett: 2 IP, 3 K
  • Scott Effross: 1 IP, 2 K
  • Jason Vosler: 2 for 5, 2B
  • Yasiel Balaguert: 1 for 5, HR
  • Trevor Clifton: 1 for 2
  • Game Two
  • Duncan Robinson: 5 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K
  • Trent Giambrone: 2 for 4, 2 HR
  • Jason Vosler: 2 for 4, HR
  • Trey Martin: 1 for 3, 2B
  • Vimael Machin: 2 for 3

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 4, Lynchburg 3
Swarmer’s line would look a lot better if we didn’t know he left the game early.

  • Matt Swarmer: 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 7 K
  • Jhon Romero: 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K
  • Connor Myers: 2 for 5, SB
  • Daniel Spingola: 1 for 1, 2B, BB
  • Aramis Ademan: 3 for 3, 2B, BB

Low A: South Bend Cubs
Lansing 6, South Bend 4
The Cubs took the lead with a three run eighth inning, but lost it by giving up three in the ninth.

  • Rollie Lacy: 7 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 5 K
  • Manuel Rondon: 1 IP, 2 K
  • Christian Donahue: 3 for 5, 2B
  • Jared Young: 1 for 3, 2 BB
  • Austin Filiere: 2 for 5
  • Michael Cruz: 1 for 3, 2B, BB

Other Notes

  • As an example of how erratic reporting on minor league injuries and related issues can be – a few days we got we got reports that Jose Albertos had (finally) been sent to Mesa to work through whatever is causing his control issues. Funny thing, though, is that there has been no action regarding Albertos on the Midwest League transaction list. Funnier thing, he isn’t on the roster for South Bend anymore. So how does a guy vanish from a roster without there being any record of the transaction? That’s easy. He plays in the minors. This sort of thing happens with unfortunate regularity.
  • Adbert Alzolay is following a pattern we see often when young players are assigned to a new league, particularly in the upper minors. No one knows very much about the player, so he’s able to get off to a hot start and look very good right out of the gate. But every game pitched or every at bat he takes builds up the data. And soon, usually within a couple of series, the rest of the league has a good idea where his weaknesses are. Next thing you know, the player starts to struggle. The next phase is the player adjusting back to the adjustments the league made and returning to playing well. That’s what we need to watch for with Alzolay. Right now the Pacific Coast League has adjusted to Alzolay. Now it is his turn to adjust back.
  • Not helping Alzolay out is the fact that, going back to April 30, all his starts have been against Omaha and Round Rock. Even the worst team is going to figure something out about a pitcher when they are seeing him three times in 19 days.
  • Yesterday was the first multi-hit day for Aramis Ademan since May 16, and only the second since April 26.

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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.