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Cubs Minor League Daily: Let’s Do This

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We are close, folks. As I type this, the donations to Make-A-Wish sit at 95% of the $12,000 Blogathon goal. That’s good, but the Blogathon begins tomorrow. Let’s finish this thing off.

I’d like to write something memorable and inspiring here to encourage everyone to drum up those extra few bucks and reach that target, but frankly I’m dead tired. I don’t have any memorable or inspiring writings left in me right now. In an hour you’ll probably have forgotten you even read this, and in a week you may not remember whether or not you clicked the link and chipped in.

But if you do, for the families that are impacted by that donation, the effect will be unforgettable. Probably more unforgettable than what we realize. So let’s do this. Let’s turn that 95% into a 100% (or more) and fully fund two wishes.

Since I’m working on the mid-season re-ranking and have the Top 40 on the brain, maybe a prospect ranking connected challenge is in order. If anyone who has ever been ranked as the number one overall prospect in any of the Top 40s homers today, I’ll donate $40. If 40 of you join me, that should be enough to not only blow past the $12,000 mark, but to take us into the $13,000 range.

Assuming we get a homer from one of the former top prospects, that is. But I like our odds. The list to watch is: Jorge Soler (2013), Javier Baez (pre-2014), Kris Bryant (mid-2014, pre-2015), Willson Contreras (mid-2015, pre-2016), and Eloy Jimenez (mid-2016, pre-2017).

If any of them homer, I hope an army of us head to this link and help push this donation drive over the top.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 2, Sacramento 0
Holding the opponent to zero runs is a good way to win a game.

  • Luke Farrell: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 K
  • Alberto Baldonado: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Dakota Mekkes: 2 IP, 2 K
  • Jason Vosler: 1 for 3, BB
  • Trey Martin: 3 for 4, 2B
  • Bijan Rademacher: 1 for 3, 2B, BB

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 4, Chattanooga 1
Can you say walk off grand slam?

  • Michael Rucker: 5 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 5 K
  • James Buckelew: 3 IP,1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Zach Hedges: 1 IP, 1 H
  • Ian Rice: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
  • Wynton Bernard: 2 for 4, HR

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 1, Lynchburg 0 in twelve innings
Good pitching and a stiff breeze blowing in from center made for a low scoring affair.

  • Bryan Hudson: 6.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Erick Leal: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K
  • Ryan Kellogg: 2 IP, 3 K
  • Jared Young: 3 for 5, SB

Low A: South Bend Cubs
West Michigan 5, South Bend 1
The Cubs fell behind early and never really got back into the game.

  • Ryan Williams: 5 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 6 K
  • Manuel Rodriguez: 1 IP, 3 K
  • Luis Aquino: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K
  • Zach Davis: 1 for 3, BB, SB
  • Clayton Daniel: 1 for 4, SB
  • Brandon Hughes: 1 for 3, BB

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Vancouver 6, Eugene 1
Eugene’s bullpen pitched pretty well, but the Emeralds were not able to mount a come back.

  • Brailyn Marquez: 4.1 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 4 BB, 2 K
  • Sean Barry: 2.2 IP, 2 K
  • Grant Fennell: 2 for 4, 2B
  • Levi Jordan: 2 for 4

Rookie: AZL Cubs 1
Giants Black 6, Cubs One 2
Two Cub errors led to two unearned runs.

  • Yunior Perez: 3 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 4 H, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Riger Fernanddez: 3 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Maikel Aguiar: 3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 8 K
  • Andy Weber: 2 for 4
  • Christopher Morel: 2 for 4
  • Jonathan Soto: 1 for 2, 2 BB

Rookie: AZL Cubs 2
Cubs Two 2, D-backs 1
The Cubs rallied for two runs in the eighth to pick up the narrow win.

  • Jack Patterson: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Ivan Medina: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Reivaj Garcia: 1 for 3, BB
  • Cole Roederer: 1 for 4, SB
  • Ezequiel Pagan: 2 for 2, BB
  • Kevin Zamudio: 1 for 1, 2B

Other Notes

  • You probably noticed there was one Top 40 top prospect missing from the list above. That would be Jose Albertos (mid-2017, pre-2018), and since he is a pitcher he is very unlikely to homer today. He also won’t be the No. 1 guy for much longer. That’s probably not too much of a spoiler.
  • Also – I didn’t realize that I’ve been doing prospect rankings for Bleacher Nation for six years now. Time flies.
  • The bottom of the ninth grand slam by Wynton Bernard was his first homer for the Smokies this year. Unfortunately, even though the Smokies have cameras in the park, they haven’t posted any video of the homer yet. We do have the radio call, though, so you’ll just have to supply your own dramatic imagery.
  • Ryan Williams threw 82 pitches for South Bend, 56 for strikes. I’m not sure his rehab work will leave him in a position to be a viable option for the Cubs in September this year, but if he can get healthy and ready for a hopefully healthy 2019, that would be a very good thing.


Author: Luke Blaize

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