Cubs Minor League Daily: Happ Goes Deep, Candelario Grand Slam

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Cubs Minor League Daily: Happ Goes Deep, Candelario Grand Slam

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You want to see some Cubs prospect homers? Of course you do.

Then feast your eyes on a first inning grand slam off the bat of Jeimer Candelario:

Not only did the switch-hitting Candelario show off some his power from the left side, it is also worth taking a look at Candelario himself. Questions about his conditioning have followed this guy in the past, and those questions are a large part of why there have been frequent questions about his ability to stay at third. But as you can see, if Candelario is not in the “best shape of his life” right now, he is close.

But that wasn’t the only home run for Iowa last night. Fellow switch-hitter Ian Happ, also batting left-handed, launched his first AAA homer the opposite way:

It appears that Happ’s spring power surge continues.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 7, Oklahoma City 5
It looks like Rob Zastryzny is morphing into a super utility pitcher before our eyes.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 2, Pensacola 1
The pitching was very impressive in this one.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 2, Lynchburg 1
They tied it in the eighth, took the lead in the ninth, and the bullpen took care of the rest.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
Game 1: West Michigan 2, South Bend 0
Game 2: West Michigan 1, South Bend 0 in 16 innings.
In the minors, a regulation extra inning game is seven innings. The Cubs played 23 total innings in this doubleheader, and all of them were scoreless. Mercy.

Other Notes

  • Jeffrey Baez, playing in right for Tennessee, gunned down a runner at third. That is his second outfield assist in as many games.
  • It is worth noting that Brad Markey has moved back into the bullpen. He started there in Low A, then moved to the rotation where he suddenly started having a lot of success (despite peripheral numbers that completely failed to explain that success). Now he’s back in the bullpen. He pitched just one inning last night, but I suspect he is also a super utility pitcher in the making.
  • And no, I don’t get a bonus every time I say super utility pitcher. I haven’t heard a better way to describe exactly what I have been seeing the Cubs develop up and down the farm system for a few years now. Instead of saying “a versatile swing man who can pitch multiple innings in relief, spot start, or potentially come into handle high leverage situations depending on the situation and opponent”, I like super utility pitcher.
  • The relievers (not counting Machin) in South Bend’s second game pitched 8.1 hitless innings, allowing just one walk and striking out 15 in the process. That is as dominant a performance as we are likely to see from a bullpen this year.

Author: Luke Blaize

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