Cubs Minor League Daily: A Pitching Catcher and Some Perfect Relief Work

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Cubs Minor League Daily: A Pitching Catcher and Some Perfect Relief Work

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Usually when we see a position player pitching, it is because the team making that move is way behind and doesn’t want to use up another arm in a game they probably can’t win, particularly after they have already used a lot of their bullpen.

Yesterday, in the Iowa game, we saw Iowa place catcher Ali Solis on the mound for the final inning while they were ahead. Why? Probably because their starter, Trevor Clifton, hadn’t gotten out of the third inning and they had already used three relievers out of a bullpen thinned by recent Chicago promotions. Still, it certainly isn’t a move you’re going to see very often.

Solis, if you’re wondering, gave up a run on two hits (including a homer), but got out the inning with the lead intact.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 12, New Orleans 8
Iowa erupted for ten runs in the first three innings.

  • Trevor Clifton: 2.1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 K
  • Daury Torrez: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Dakota Mekkes: 0.2 IP, 1 H
  • Mark Zagunis: 1 for 2, BB
  • Chesny Young: 3 for 5
  • Ryan Court: 2 for 4, HR, BB
  • Jason Vosler: 2 for 5, 2B
  • Taylor Davis: 2 for 5, 2B
  • Bijan Rademacher: 2 for 4, 2B
  • Trevor Clifton: 1 for 2
  • Daury Torrez: 1 for 1

Double A: Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies had the day off.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Buies Creek 7, Myrtle Beach 3
Lange had a rough game. Romero had an awesome one.

  • Alex Lange: 4.2 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 1 BB, 6 K
  • Jhon Romero: 2 IP, 6 K
  • Aramis Ademan: 2 for 4
  • D.J. Wilson: 1 for 3, BB

Low A: South Bend Cubs
West Michigan 3, South Bend 2
South Bend led one to nothing when the ninth inning began.

  • Tyler Thomas: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K
  • Mitch Stophel: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Roberto Caro: 2 for 4, 3B
  • Michael Cruz: 2 for 4, 2B
  • Chris Singleton: 1 for 2, BB, SB

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Salem-Keizer 9, Eugene 4
The Emeralds have now lost five straight.

  • Faustino Carrera: 4.2 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 3 BB, 4 K
  • Luis Diaz: 1 for 5, 2B
  • Nelson Velazquez: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Rafael Mejia: 2 for 4, 2B
  • Luis Vazquez: 2 for 3, 2B

Rookie: AZL Cubs 1
Cubs One 2, Giants Black 1
Four pitchers combined to toss the one hitter.

  • Carlos Ocampo: 4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 4 BB, 1 K
  • Alonso Garcia: 2 IP, 1 BB
  • Carlos Vega: 1 IP, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Maikel Aguilar: 2 IP, 3 K
  • Clayton Daniel: 2 for 4, BB
  • Nico Hoerner: 1 fro 5, SB
  • Chris Coghlan: 2 for 5, 2B
  • Josue Huma: 2 for 4, 2B
  • Franklin Tineo: 1 for 2, 3B, 2 BB

Rookie: AZL Cubs 2
Indians Two 5, Cubs Two 4
The Indians scored four times in the first, but the Cubs held them scoreless for six innings after that.

  • Emilio Ferrebus: 0.2 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K
  • Luis Silva: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Sucre Valdez: 3.1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 7 K
  • Brennen Davis: 0 for 1
  • Reivaj Garcia: 2 for 3, BB
  • Jake Slaughter: 1 for 3, BB
  • Grant Fennell: 2 for 4, 2B, HR

Other Notes

  • That’s right. Myrtle Beach’s Jhon Romero struck out the side, then came back out the next inning and struck out the side again. When Romero took the mound in the eighth, Buies Creek had already scored once, and had runners on the corners. Although he’s a pure relief prospect and is 23 in High-A, Romero has posted strikeout rates well over 30% the last couple years, so he’s worth noting.
  • Yesterday marked the fifth time this season Tyler Thomas has struck out seven or more batters in a game. His best total, eleven, came in his previous start. For the season Thomas has an ERA of 2.47 with 64 strikeouts in 62 innings.
  • On June 5, Andruw Monasterio went 0 for 4. That was the last time he played a game in which he did not reach base. His on base streak is up to 19 games, even after his hitting streak came to end at ten games yesterday.
  • Brennen Davis, the Cubs second round pick, left the Cubs 2 game after the second inning, but so far there is no confirmed word as to why.


Author: Luke Blaize

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