Cubs Minor League Daily: A WALK-OFF GRAND SLAM! (VIDEOS)

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Cubs Minor League Daily: A WALK-OFF GRAND SLAM! (VIDEOS)

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More on the game below, but up front, we’ve gotta enjoy the Myrtle Beach Pelicans walking off in the most stylish of all ways.

https://twitter.com/Pelicanbaseball/status/1001667620452601859

Everyone on the field knew that one was gone and that game was over.

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All has gone quiet when it comes to the Cubs’ MLB Draft plans. The lack of leaks isn’t surprising; the Cubs have a fairly leak-resistant front office, for one thing, and there is a limit to how concrete their plans can be picking down at Number 24 anyway.

There will probably be some updated mock drafts in the coming days, but I think we can simplify things even without that.

If there is a run on bats early, look for the Cubs to take the best available college pitcher. If things go right then someone like Logan Gilbert or Ryan Rolison might fall that far.

If there is a run on pitching early, look for the Cubs to take the best available bat. I still think they will lean towards a college hitter such as Steele Walker or Jeremy Eierman, but I could see them opting for a high ceiling high schooler instead. Someone like Jordan Groshans or Jordyn Adams could make since in that scenario.

Drafting a high school pitcher would be very unexpected. The track record for high school pitchers drafted in the first round is not very good, and the Cubs don’t really have the luxury of gambling this pick on a very risky choice regardless of the upside. They do need potential impact players, and I suspect they’ll accept a fair bit of risk later on in the draft to get that potential, but I look for them to draft a little more conservatively in the first. That means that even if high school flamethrower Kumar Rocker is still on the board at No. 24 (and some think he will be), I think the Cubs will pass on him.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
New Orleans 5, Iowa 1
Alzolay had a perfect game going when he left with the back injury.

  • Adbert Alzolay: 4 IP, 3 K
  • Brad Markey: 2 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 K
  • Dillon Maples: 1 IP, 1 K
  • Bijan Rademacher: 2 for 3, 2B
  • Victor Caratini: 1 for 3, 2B
  • Chesny Young: 2 for 4

Double A: Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies were rained out.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 6, Winston-Salem 2 in ten innings
Despite four errors, the Pelicans win with an extra inning walk off grand slam.

  • Bryan Hudson: 5 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Casey Bloomquist: 3 IP, 1 H, 4 K
  • Jordan Minch: 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Andruw Monasterio: 1 for 4, 2B, BB
  • Tyler Alamo: 1 for 4, HR, BB
  • P.J. Higgins: 2 for 4, 2B
  • Connor Myers: 2 for 4, 2 SB
  • Luis Ayala: 0 for 2, 2 BB, 2 SB

Low A: South Bend Cubs
Great Lakes 12, South Bend 4
At least we can’t really say the Cubs’ three errors hurt them too badly.

  • Brendon Little: 5.2 IP, 7 R, 10 H, 5 BB, 5 K
  • Brendan King: 2.1 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Jared Young: 0 for 2, 2 BB, SB
  • Miguel Amaya: 0 for 2, 2 BB
  • Christian Donahue: 1 for 4, 3B

Other Notes

  • Maples needed just eleven pitches in his inning of work, and eight of them were strikes.
  • This was the first start for Bryan Hudson since he completely melted down and lost all ability to find the plate in the second inning on May 22. He had no trouble in this one. He had one hit by pitch and one walk while allowing just one earned run over five innings. He only struck out two, but he picked up ten ground outs.
  • Not much more to report on the injury to Adbert Alzolay. He left with a strain in his back after four perfect innings, but the early word is that it wasn’t a bad strain. He’ll be re-evaluated soon, and based on that he may hit the disabled list. We’ll see.
  • A very good draft resource can be found at FanGraphs: they have a database of 131 prospects with scouting grades ready for your scrutiny. Amateur player scouting grades can vary wildly from scout to scout, so don’t panic if you see the Cubs take a bat that FanGraphs grades as a 45, or a pitcher with 40 control in the first round. In general, though, look for the Cubs to take players with at least one number, hopefully more, of 55 or greater by their name. At least until those players run out, anyway.
  • Keegan Thompson has been named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week after sitting down sixteen consecutive hitters against Carolina last week.
  • And finally, here’s a look at Alamo’s game winning grand slam from inside the dugout:



Author: Luke Blaize

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