Cubs Minor League Daily: Great Debut for Cubs First Rounder Nico Hoerner

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Cubs Minor League Daily: Great Debut for Cubs First Rounder Nico Hoerner

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The unofficial Cubs’ draft tracker maintained by Twitter person Savermetrics is filling up with confirmed or probable Cubs’ draft signees.

One of those signees, first round pick Nico Hoerner, made his professional debut for the AZL Cubs 1 last night. Batting second, Hoerner tripled in the first inning to drive in a run. He he also walked, doubled, and scored three times. All in all, it was a very nice start to a career for the shortstop.

I don’t think Hoerner will be in Arizona along. After a couple of games, while he gets acclimated to the Cubs organization, I think Hoerner will likely be promoted to Eugene.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
New Orleans 3, Iowa 1
On the good side, the Cubs didn’t walk anyone.

  • Jen-Ho Tseng: 6 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 8 H, 1 K
  • Preston Morrison: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 K
  • Jason Vosler: 1 for 4
  • Wynton Bernard: 2 for 3, 3B

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 4, Mobile 2
Tennessee finished scoring in the second inning, but the pitching took care of the rest.

  • Thomas Hatch: 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Jordan Minch: 2 IP, 2 BB
  • Jake Stinnett: 1 IP and a line of zeros
  • Zack Short: 2 for 4, 2 2B, BB
  • Eddy Martinez: 1 for 3, BB
  • Jesse Hodges: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Will Remillard: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Vimael Machin: 3 for 4, HR

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Buies Creek 4, Myrtle Beach 2
Buies Creek 6, Myrtle Beach 0
The Pelicans had plenty of base runners in the second game; they just couldn’t get any across the plate.

  • Tyson Miller: 6 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 6 H, 7 K
  • Manuel Rondon: 1 IP, 2 K
  • D.J. Wilson: 0 for 2, 2 BB
  • Jhonny Pereda: 2 for 3, BB
  • Andruw Monasterio: 1 for 2, 2 BB
  • Austin Upshaw: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
  • Game Two
  • Bryan Hudson: 4 IP, 6 R (4 ER), 7 H, 3 BB, 3 K
  • Jose Paulino: 3 IP, 1 H
  • Wladimir Galindo: 2 for 3
  • Connor Myers: 2 for 3
  • Zach Davis: 1 for 3, 2B

Low A: South Bend Cubs
West Michigan 10, South Bend 3
One bright spot lately has been the improved production from Singleton.

  • Brendon Little: 5 IP, 6 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Ben Hecht: 2 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Yapson Gomez: 2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Roberto Caro: 2 for 5
  • Austin Filiere: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Brandon Hughes: 2 for 4
  • Rafael Narea: 3 for 4
  • Chris Singleton: 1 for 4, HR

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Salem-Keizer 10, Eugene 5
The Emeralds committed four errors in this one.

  • Eury Ramos: 2.2 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Casey Ryan: 2.2 IP and a line of zeroes
  • Stephen Ridings: 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 5 K
  • Fernando Kelli: 2 for 4, 2 SB
  • Luis Diaz: 3 for 4
  • Christopher Morel: 2 for 4

Rookie: AZL Cubs 1
Giants Orange 8, Cubs One 5
A six run seventh for the Giants put this game out of reach.

  • Jesus Tejada: 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 3 K
  • Brady Miller: 1 IP, 1 BB
  • Clayton Daniel: 1 for 4, BB
  • Nico Hoerner: 2 for 3, 2B, 3B, BB
  • Chris Coghlan: 3 for 5
  • Yvanny Cuevas: 2 for 5

Rookie: AZL Cubs 2
Indians 9, Cubs Two 3
This game marked the professional debut of 2nd round pick Brennen Davis.

  • Jonathan Bruzual: 2.2 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 4 K
  • Ivan Medina: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
  • Brennen Davis: 2 for 3, BB, SB
  • Tyler Durna: 1 for 3, BB
  • Grant Fennell: 1 for 4, 2B

Other Notes

  • Baseball America has updated their International Top 50 prospects now that we are a week away from the start of the International Free Agency signing season. The Cubs are projected to sign four of the Top 50 (6, 27, 46, 47).
  • We don’t know how the current prohibition on signing player from the Mexican League will impact the Cubs’ plans, or whether or not the Cubs will be seriously involved if the best prospect in the class (potentially), Victor Victor Mesa from Cuba, is cleared to sign by MLB.
  • Very nice to see Brendon Little back in action after he left his last start several weeks ago with an undisclosed injury.
  • Chris Singleton has had a very rough start to his professional career. His April OPS of .464 actually dropped in May to .449. He’s showing some signs of improvement though, and that has so far resulted in a June OPS of .765. That isn’t great, but the trend line is now moving in the right dirction.
  • I don’t think we’ve ever kept track of a ‘consecutive games with multiple stolen bases’ streak before, but then I don’t think we’ve ever had a player in the farm system as good on the basepaths as Fernando Kelli. He has stolen at least one base in five of his last six games and has stolen two bases in each of his last three. He has stolen nine bases since he was last caught on June 20.


Author: Luke Blaize

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