Cubs Minor League Daily: Underwood, Catching Prospects, Baez, Burks, More

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Cubs Minor League Daily: Underwood, Catching Prospects, Baez, Burks, More

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duane underwood pelicansLuke’s out this morning, so you’ll get a short version of the Daily from me. No complaining! A lot of the shortness comes from a couple teams not playing …

The Iowa Cubs were off.

The Tennessee Smokies were rained out.

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans won 9-7 over Frederick.

  • If you are a full or part-time catching prospect, you homered in this game. Victor Caratini, Cael Brockmeyer, and Ben Carhart all went deep. Carhart did it twice. All three guys are plausible future big leaguers behind the plate, perhaps not as starters, but as conceivable contributors.
  • Carhart, 25, just started converting to catcher last year, and is hitting .258/.324/.467.
  • Brockmeyer, 23, has played at four levels this year, but is settling in at High-A, hitting .247/.357/.398.
  • Caratini, who just turned 22 and is the most prospect-y of the bunch, is hitting just .244/.330/.347 at Myrtle Beach on the year. HOWEVA, he’s in just his second year of catching and second year of full season ball. And the 11.0% walk rate and 16.4% strikeout rate sure look nice.
  • Brad Markey went 5.2 innings in this one, giving up 3 ER on 8 H and 0 BB. He struck out 6.

The South Bend Cubs won 7-4 over Fort Wayne.

  • Jeffrey Baez’s second half tear continues – he added two hits in this one and a stolen base. That base was home, which is cool. It was also his 29th steal of the season, which is pretty amazing when you see him. Doesn’t look like a prototypical base-stealer or even a speed guy. But he’s clearly got it.
  • Charcer Burks also stole a base in this one (26), and had three hits, including his third homer of the year. Burks, 20, is an interesting guy with good speed and a nice approach at the plate, but he’ll have to add a lot more power if he’s going to hold down a corner outfield spot going forward. He’s hitting .269/.340/.358 on the year.
  • Ryan McNeil threw 2.1 scoreless in relief this year – he’s been pitching out of the pen in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery, and he’s going to be a breakout candidate next year.
  • Corbin Hoffner has reinvented himself as a submariner, and he lowered his ERA on the year to 0.34 in this one.

The Eugene Emeralds lost 4-3 to Spokane in 11 innings.

  • Not a ton of offense in this one, as the Emeralds’ only extra base hits came from Donnie Dewees (a triple, as part of a two-hit night) and Eloy Jimenez (a double).
  • Casey Bloomquist, the Cubs’ 17th rounder this year, increased his K:BB to 18:1 on the year.

The Arizona Cubs won 1-0 over the Giants in 11 innings.

  • The only run in the game came after a walk, a groundout, a groundout, and an error.
  • The big news was on the pitching side, where Duane Underwood, Jr. made his second rehab appearance, striking out two over three scoreless innings. He walked none and allowed two hits.
  • Underwood was followed by Cubs third rounder Bryan Hudson, who pitched two scoreless, allowing one hit and striking out one. It was his third straight scoreless appearance, and he’s obviously going to be a guy to watch next year.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.