Cubs Minor League Daily: A Good Day For Myrtle Beach, and the Return of Eloy Jimenez

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Cubs Minor League Daily: A Good Day For Myrtle Beach, and the Return of Eloy Jimenez

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Yesterday the Pelicans produced a couple of very good stories regarding the farm system.

First, Eloy Jimenez is officially back. He picked up two hits in the opener of the doubleheader, and added another hit and three walks in the second game. Through one day, his line now reads .429/.600/.429 with three walks and just one strikeout. [Brett: But man, that ISO is so disappointing … ]

Meanwhile, Oscar De La Cruz pitched a gem in the opener, needing just over 70 pitches to blank all seven innings. Seven times he got through a batter on a single pitch, and eight times he needed only two pitches. I’m not sure if we can give him a true Maddux (complete game shutout in under 100 pitches) since it was just a seven inning game, but maybe a mini-Maddux?

And finally, in the second game of the doubleheader, the Pelicans were down to their final out before scoring four times to force extra innings in a game they eventually… six innings of eventually… won.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 11, Salt Lake 10
Iowa finally won a close game in Utah.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Montgomery 4, Tennessee 2
Clifton struck out a season high seven for the second straight game.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 7, Lynchburg 0
Thanks to great pitching and a big first inning, this one was never really in doubt.

Myrtle Beach 5, Lynchburg 4 in 13 innings
The Cubs had to rally in the seventh to force extra innings, and their best prospect walked it off with a walk to win it.

Low A: South Bend Cubs

The Cubs had the day off.

Other Notes

  • We are heading into a busy time of year. First up is the June draft, a draft in which the Cubs have two picks in the Top 30 (something we will be talking more about soon). But shortly after that is the opening of the International Free Agent signing period. That fires up on July 2, and how the Cubs play things is going to be interesting. They are under spending limitations as a result of their 2015 spending spree, but they have had success slipping around those limit to some degree by heavily investing in Mexico.
  • The details are complex, but in a nutshell what the Cubs have done works like this. Players who are signed from Mexico are generally signed from a team. That makes the deal a little like a trade between the Cubs and the Mexican team, and less like a free agent signing. Part of the money that goes from the Cubs in those deals, deals which can be for more than one player, goes to the team. But, and this is the catch, the part that goes to the team does NOT count against the Cubs’ restrictions. As loopholes go it does not seem like much of one, but I suspect we will see the Cubs once again focus more on Mexico than most teams.
  • Since we’ll get to see some Jimenez, and also a Martinez homer, today feels like a good day for some Pelicans’ highlights.

Author: Luke Blaize

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