It finally happened. Since the day the Cubs announced they were adding a second team to the Arizona Rookie League I have been aware of this moment.
Last night, AZL Cubs 1 played AZL Cubs 2, and that means I have to decide how to handle that in the Daily. Do I link the box score twice, once for each team’s section? Do I treat it more like how I do a doubleheader? Do I come up with a new framwork for the rare times when we get a game the Cubs are guaranteed to win?
I don’t know. No, really, I don’t. I haven’t typed it up yet. That means I have five other teams to type up before I have to figure it out. No worries.
But before we dive into that, let’s take a look at a couple of highlights from 2018 first round pick Nico Hoerner’s debut with South Bend. First we have his first Midwest League hit, and then we have a pretty nice catch.
— South Bend Cubs (@SBCubs) July 12, 2018
— SportZ Report – Cubs (@SR_Cubs) July 12, 2018
- Alec Mills: 2.1 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 4 BB, 3 K
- Brad Markey: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 5 K
- Chris Coghlan: 3 for 5, HR
- Mark Zagunis: 2 for 5, 2B, SB
- Taylor Davis: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
- Jason Vosler: 2 for 5, 2B
- Ryan Court: 1 for 4, 2B
- Bijan Rademacher: 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB
- Keegan Thompson: 5.1 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 3 BB, 4 K
- Scott Effross: 1 IP, 2 K
- Charcer Burks: 2 for 3, HR
- Trent Giambrone: 1 for 4, BB, SB
- Yasiel Balaguert: 2 for 5
- Eddy Martinez: 2 for 4, 3B
- P.J. Higgins: 1 for 4, 2B
High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach was rained out.
- Erling Moreno: 5 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 1 K
- Brendan King: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
- Nico Hoerner: 2 for 4
- Michael Cruz: 2 for 4, 2B, HR
- Cam Balego: 1 for 3, BB
- Zach Mort: 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 K
- Faustino Carrera: 5 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K
- Eugenio Palma: 1 IP, 1 K
- Jake Steffens: 3 IP, 1 H, 2 K
- Fernando Kelli: 2 for 6
- Clayton Daniel: 2 for 4, BB
- Luis Diaz: 2 for 6
- Tyler Durna: 4 for 6, HR
- Kwang-Min Kwon: 0 for 2, 2 BB, SB
- Gustavo Polanco: 2 for 6
- Luiz Vazquez: 1 for 4, BB
- Didier Vargas: 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 K
- Brady Miller: 1.1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 BB
- Josue Huma: 1 for 2, BB
- Luke Reynolds: 1 for 4, 2B
- Yonathan Perlaza: 2 for 4
- Jamie Galazin: 1 for 4, 2B
Rookie: AZL Cubs 2
Same game and same score as listed under Cubs 1. In the case of Cubs 2, though, the bigger story is the pitching that struck out twelve total other-Cubs.
- Eduarniel Nunez: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K
- Luis Silva: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K
- Sucre Valdez: 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- Cole Roederer: 2 for 4, 2 BB
- Reivaj Garcia: 2 for 5, SB
- Tyler Alamo: 1 for 3, 2B
- Henderson Perez: 2 for 3
- Luis Verdugo: 2 for 4, 2B
- On July 12, the Cubs farm system was led in home runs by … Trent Giambrone (tied with Jason Vosler) with 15. On that same day the leader in stolen bases was … Zach Davis (26), but Giambrone was second with 21. I think it has been a long time since the same player led the organization in both homers and steals, but Giambrone has a shot at it.
- Not a very good shot, granted. I think he’ll keep up just fine on the home run side, but steals are a different story. In just 26 games Fernando Kelli is already up to 17. Unless he gets hurt, I don’t really see anything stopping him from taking the lead and leaving everyone else in his dust.
- There are several players in Iowa who could play a role down the stretch for the Cubs, and many of them got off to slow starts. Now, though, they are playing pretty well.
- Chesny Young, for example, could provide backup across the infield. He opened the year in an awful slump but is now back to a line of .274/.312/.310. In July that line climbs to .314/.351/.343.
- Mark Zagunis started hot (April OPS .895), but cooled in May and June. In July his OPS is 1.005, and for the season he is now hitting .269/.391/.343.
- Taylor Davis seems like a solid candidate to be back with the Cubs in September as an extra catcher. His season line reads .290/.366/.355.