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Cubs Minor League Daily: Meet Connor Myers, Diving Outfielder

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If you haven’t seen one of his highlight videos yet, you will in just a few moments. He’s had a few lately, and if he stays healthy I suspect we’ll be seeing a whole lot more of them.

Connor Myers was drafted this June in the 27th round. At the time he stood out more for being a hitter taken by the Cubs in a draft in which they overwhelmingly drafted college pitching, but since joining the system it has his been his diving catches in center that are drawing the headlines.

The bat, so far, has been fairly pedestrian. This isn’t uncommon even in college draftees when they first come to professional ball, so I would hesitate to read too much into these numbers. In 101 PA for South Bend he has a strikeout rate of 29.7% (too high), a walk rate of 2.0% (too low), one home run, four steals, and a line of .211/.235/.284.

The glove, though, speaks for itself. I suspect we’ll see him back in South Bend to start next season, and I don’t doubt we’ll get some more catches like the one below while he’s there.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Omaha 7, Iowa 2
The bullpen pitched five shutout innings, but offense couldn’t close the gap.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 11, Birmingham 5
An eight run fifth lifted the Smokies to their sixth win in seven games.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 8, Wilmington 7
The Pelicans are game and a half up on Salem as they enter the final stretch. They go to the playoffs regardless, though.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
Great Lakes 2, South Bend 0
The losing streak has reached four games.

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Eugene 6, Salem-Keizer 5
Most of the scoring occurred in the final three innings.

Rookie: Arizona Cubs
Athletics 5, Cubs 3
The AZL Cubs conclude their regular season tonight.

Other Notes

  • Since winning 11-10 on August 24, the South Bend Cubs have failed to score more than two runs and have been shut out twice. Cause for concern? Probably not. This is still a very talented, very deep team that is remarkably well rounded for Low A. The bats and the arms are both capable of carrying them through a playoff series, and they still have a week to get the bats back into productive shape before the playoffs arrives. Add to that the fact that they are largely playing meaningless games right now, so far as the postseason is concerned, and I see very little to be concerned about.
  • As of last night, game times for the Arizona Rookie League Playoffs had not been announced on the AZL website. This isn’t uncommon; that league is historically on the slower side in making information of that nature public. We should see something today, though.
  • Eugene has been so good this year they actually tied a franchise record for wins. I like their odds of setting a new mark.

Author: Luke Blaize

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