Cubs Minor League Daily: Tseng and Wilson Are Cubs Players of the Month

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Cubs Minor League Daily: Tseng and Wilson Are Cubs Players of the Month

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The Cubs’ Minor Leauge Player and Pitcher of the Month for July have been announced, and and the winners are South Bend outfielder D.J. Wilson and Iowa starter Jen-Ho Tseng.

Wilson hit .260/.349/.507 with four home runs and a steal in July, and that doesn’t count his time spent on rehab with Mesa. He has continued that hot streak into August, and for the second half of the season is now hitting .290/.371/.570. We’ve always known Wilson was a speed guy, but his uptick in power lately has come as a pleasant surprise. If he can sustain it, the combination of speed, power, and excellent defense could move Wilson into the bottom rungs of the Top 100 prospect rankings in a year or so.

Tseng winning this award come as absolutely no surprise. Between Tennessee and Iowa in July, the right hander finished with an ERA of 2.25 and 33 strikeouts over 32 innings across five starts. He walked only seven. With Iowa that ERA drops to 1.42. Tseng had fallen off the prospect radar a bit after his fantastic 2014 season, but his work this summer has definitely corrected that. If the Cubs look to fill a rotation slot from the farm system this winter, Tseng could be the guy they have in mind.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 5, Fresno 4
The Cubs are within five games of .500.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 6, Pensacola 5
These two teams both enjoyed one big inning; Tennessee’s was slightly bigger.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Salem 10, Myrtle Beach 3
Three runs in the ninth kept a blowout from being a shutout.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
Bowling Green 8, South Bend 4
South Bend scored often, but they never managed a big inning.

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Spokane 3, Eugene 2
Eugene had plenty of chances, but only scored in the fifth.

Rookie: AZL Cubs
Cubs 8, Brewers 7
A five run eighth carried the Cubs to the win.

Other Notes

  • There were a couple bullpen promotions of note lately. Jake Stinnett has been moved up to Tennessee where he will remain in the bullpen for the time being. Stinnett began the season the disabled list, then worked his way back in relief for Mesa and Myrtle Beach. The Cubs are remaining cautious with his pitch counts for now; we’ll what their long term plans for Stinnett are next spring.
  • David Garner has been bumped to Iowa from Tennessee. We have not talked a lot about Garner, but he has quietly been having a good season. In 31 innings with the Smokies he finished with a strikeout rate of 10.79 K/9 and an ERA of 2.61. His walk rate has been on the high side (4.94 BB/9) and the ground ball rate is low (just 36.5%), but this right hander has shown enough to make a September call up or spring consideration for the bullpen a possibility.

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Author: Luke Blaize

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