Cubs Minor League Daily: The AZL Cubs Faced the AZL Cubs, and Nico Hoerner Highlights

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Cubs Minor League Daily: The AZL Cubs Faced the AZL Cubs, and Nico Hoerner Highlights

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It finally happened. Since the day the Cubs announced they were adding a second team to the Arizona Rookie League I have been aware of this moment.

Last night, AZL Cubs 1 played AZL Cubs 2, and that means I have to decide how to handle that in the Daily. Do I link the box score twice, once for each team’s section? Do I treat it more like how I do a doubleheader? Do I come up with a new framwork for the rare times when we get a game the Cubs are guaranteed to win?

I don’t know. No, really, I don’t. I haven’t typed it up yet. That means I have five other teams to type up before I have to figure it out. No worries.

But before we dive into that, let’s take a look at a couple of highlights from 2018 first round pick Nico Hoerner’s debut with South Bend. First we have his first Midwest League hit, and then we have a pretty nice catch.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Nashville 8, Iowa 7
Iowa got back in the game with a five run eighth, but couldn’t finish the rally.

  • Alec Mills: 2.1 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 4 BB, 3 K
  • Brad Markey: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 5 K
  • Chris Coghlan: 3 for 5, HR
  • Mark Zagunis: 2 for 5, 2B, SB
  • Taylor Davis: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
  • Jason Vosler: 2 for 5, 2B
  • Ryan Court: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Bijan Rademacher: 1 for 2, 2B, 2 BB

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Birmingham 8, Smokies 5
It was a good day for offense, and a rough day for the Smokies bullpen.

  • Keegan Thompson: 5.1 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 3 BB, 4 K
  • Scott Effross: 1 IP, 2 K
  • Charcer Burks: 2 for 3, HR
  • Trent Giambrone: 1 for 4, BB, SB
  • Yasiel Balaguert: 2 for 5
  • Eddy Martinez: 2 for 4, 3B
  • P.J. Higgins: 1 for 4, 2B

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach was rained out.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
Beloit 8, South Bend 1
Years from now, all we’ll remember is that Nico Hoerner had a good debut.

  • Erling Moreno: 5 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 1 K
  • Brendan King: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
  • Nico Hoerner: 2 for 4
  • Michael Cruz: 2 for 4, 2B, HR
  • Cam Balego: 1 for 3, BB

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Eugene 9, Spokane 4 in eleven innings
Eugene escape from a bases loaded, no one out jam in the tenth to set up the eleventh inning rally.

  • Zach Mort: 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 K
  • Faustino Carrera: 5 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K
  • Eugenio Palma: 1 IP, 1 K
  • Jake Steffens: 3 IP, 1 H, 2 K
  • Fernando Kelli: 2 for 6
  • Clayton Daniel: 2 for 4, BB
  • Luis Diaz: 2 for 6
  • Tyler Durna: 4 for 6, HR
  • Kwang-Min Kwon: 0 for 2, 2 BB, SB
  • Gustavo Polanco: 2 for 6
  • Luiz Vazquez: 1 for 4, BB

Rookie: AZL Cubs 1
Cubs Two 8, Cubs One 2
Seven total errors in this game, five of them committed by Cubs One.

  • Didier Vargas: 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Brady Miller: 1.1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 BB
  • Josue Huma: 1 for 2, BB
  • Luke Reynolds: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Yonathan Perlaza: 2 for 4
  • Jamie Galazin: 1 for 4, 2B

Rookie: AZL Cubs 2
Same game and same score as listed under Cubs 1. In the case of Cubs 2, though, the bigger story is the pitching that struck out twelve total other-Cubs.

  • Eduarniel Nunez: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K
  • Luis Silva: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Sucre Valdez: 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Cole Roederer: 2 for 4, 2 BB
  • Reivaj Garcia: 2 for 5, SB
  • Tyler Alamo: 1 for 3, 2B
  • Henderson Perez: 2 for 3
  • Luis Verdugo: 2 for 4, 2B

Other Notes

  • On July 12, the Cubs farm system was led in home runs by … Trent Giambrone (tied with Jason Vosler) with 15. On that same day the leader in stolen bases was … Zach Davis (26), but Giambrone was second with 21. I think it has been a long time since the same player led the organization in both homers and steals, but Giambrone has a shot at it.
  • Not a very good shot, granted. I think he’ll keep up just fine on the home run side, but steals are a different story. In just 26 games Fernando Kelli is already up to 17. Unless he gets hurt, I don’t really see anything stopping him from taking the lead and leaving everyone else in his dust.
  • There are several players in Iowa who could play a role down the stretch for the Cubs, and many of them got off to slow starts. Now, though, they are playing pretty well.
  • Chesny Young, for example, could provide backup across the infield. He opened the year in an awful slump but is now back to a line of .274/.312/.310. In July that line climbs to .314/.351/.343.
  • Mark Zagunis started hot (April OPS .895), but cooled in May and June. In July his OPS is 1.005, and for the season he is now hitting .269/.391/.343.
  • Taylor Davis seems like a solid candidate to be back with the Cubs in September as an extra catcher. His season line reads .290/.366/.355.

Author: Luke Blaize

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