Cubs Minor League Daily: Myrtle Beach Wins First-Half Division, Will Go to Playoffs!

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Cubs Minor League Daily: Myrtle Beach Wins First-Half Division, Will Go to Playoffs!

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As a result of last night’s win and a corresponding Buies Creek loss, the two-time defending Carolina League Champion Myrtle Beach Pelicans won their first half division title, and guaranteed themselves a trip to the postseason. It now does not matter what happens in the second half; the Pelicans will play in the postseason.

And that means the Cubs are guaranteed at least one team on which they stack any prospects they want to get some postseason experience. Don’t be surprised if current South Bend Cubs such as Dylan Cease or Wladimir Galindo wind up in Myrtle Beach in late August, if not before. The Cubs have jumped prospects such as Gleyber Torres and Eloy Jimenez up a level just for a playoff run in the past, and I do not doubt they will continue to do that.

This also means that the Cubs might be a little more willing to shuffle the Pelicans’ roster a bit. Now that they have the division title and playoff ticket locked up, we might see the organization move a few players on up to Tennessee. Given that Carolina League pitchers are often not willing to pitch to him, Jimenez may be one player who is promoted in the near future.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Nashville 6, Iowa 1
Iowa is suffering from road game difficulties comparable to what Chicago is facing.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Chattanooga 8, Tennessee 1
Now the Smokies have to win every game for the rest of the half.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 3, Frederick 0
The Pelicans have clinched the first half division title.

Low A: South Bend Cubs

The Cubs were rained out.

Other Notes

  • Tennessee is in trouble. They have been in and out of first place over the past few weeks, but they slumped badly at the worst possible time and now face the difficult prospect of having to beat Chattanooga four times in four games if they are going to win the division and lock up their own trip to the playoffs. They are still alive and, ultimately, in control of their own destiny… to whatever extent any baseball team is able to control the outcome of four straight games anyway. But this is not going to be easy.
  • South Bend slid to a full game behind Dayton during their rainout, but unlike the Smokies they cannot entirely control their own fate. All they can do is win, but even then they will need to hope for a couple Dayton losses if the Cubs are going to slip into the postseason.
  • Eugene opens their season as the defending champs tonight at 7:05 PM PT in Eugene and on First on the mound for the Emeralds will be 19-year-old right hander Javier Assad. In 37.2 innings with Mesa last summer he finished with a 2.87 ERA and 42 strikeouts.

Author: Luke Blaize

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