Cubs Minor League Daily: Erick Leal, Jared Young Players of the Month For July

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Cubs Minor League Daily: Erick Leal, Jared Young Players of the Month For July

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In June, Jared Young was named the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month while playing for South Bend. He was promoted to Myrtle Beach in July, played 21 games there, and was just named Player of the Month for the second straight month. I think it is long past time we started paying serious attention to Jared Young. His wRC+ in South Bend was 149. With Myrtle Beach, it currently stands at 134. This first baseman/left fielder (former second baseman) is making it look easy in his first full season of professional ball.

The Pitcher of the Month for July also comes from Myrtle Beach – Erick Leal. Leal missed 2017 with an injury, but since returning this season he’s pitched better than anyone in the farm system. In July, over 22.2 innings, he did not allow an earned run. It doesn’t get much more dominant than that. Not only has he emerged as one of the best prospects in the farm system, he’s also one of the best pitchers in the Carolina League right now.

(Photo by Larry Kave/Myrtle Beach Pelicans)

Leal and Young will both feature in the updated version of Top 40 Prospects List that will start to roll out soon.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 9, Las Vegas 4
A five run seventh gave the Cubs the winning margin in this one.

  • Duane Underwood Jr.: 5 IP, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K
  • Dakota Mekkes: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
  • Dillon Maples: 1 IP, 1 BB, 3 K
  • Stephen Bruno: 0 for 2, 3 BB
  • Mark Zagunis: 2 for 3, HR, 2 BB
  • Jason Vosler: 4 for 4, 2B, HR
  • Chris Gimenez: 1 for 3, HR, BB

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 7, Jackson 2
The Smokies took advantage of a pretty well pitched game to pick up a game on Jackson.

  • Keegan Thompson: 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K
  • Wyatt Short: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K
  • Zack Short: 0 for 3, 2 BB
  • P.J. Higgins: 2 for 5
  • Yasiel Balaguert: 2 for 5, 2B
  • Eddy Martinez: 3 for 5
  • Connor Myers: 2 for 3, BB

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Potomac 7, Myrtle Beach 0
The Pelicans had eight hits, but couldn’t do anything with them.

  • Justin Steele: 3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K
  • Ryan Kellogg: 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K
  • D.J. Wilson: 2 for 5
  • Zach Davis: 2 for 3
  • Yeiler Peguero: 2 for 4

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 4, Bowling Green 3 in ten innings
The Cubs took a game from first place Bowling Green, but are still seven back.

  • Brendan King: 4 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 2 K
  • Manuel Rodriguez: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Brian Glowicki: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Jose Gutierrez: 1 for 4, HR
  • Austin Filiere: 2 for 4, 2B
  • Cam Balego: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
  • Chris Singleton: 1 for 3, 2B

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Eugene 4, Spokane 3 in ten innings
The Emeralds came all the way back in the late innings, tieing the game in the ninth and walking it off in the tenth.

  • Faustino Carrera: 4.2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 7 K
  • Eugenio Palma: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Andy Weber: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
  • Grant Fennell: 2 for 5, 2B
  • Jonathan Sierra: 1 for 3, BB

Rookie: AZL Cubs 1
Cubs One 11, Rangers 9
Despite giving up eight runs in the fourth, the Cubs won for the fourth time in the past five days.

  • Carlos Ocampo: 3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 4 K
  • Fauris Guerrero: 2 IP, 3 K
  • Yovanny Cuevas: 1 for 2, 3 BB
  • Christopher Morel: 2 for 4, HR
  • Alexander Guerra: 2 for 5, 2B, HR
  • Jonathan Soto: 2 for 5, 2B
  • Rafael Mejia: 1 for 4, 2B

Rookie: AZL Cubs 2

Cubs Two had the day off.

Other Notes

  • The home run by Gimenez was his first for Iowa this season, and it was a grand slam.
  • One very nice thing about Eugene being at home is we get plenty of highlights of the Emeralds in action. And that includes this little gem from the ninth inning that shows that the Cubs’ focus on good baserunning extends all the way down the organization, not just at the major league level. If Levi Jordan isn’t running hard down the line from his first step, the game is over. If Velazquez hesitates even the slightest bit on his trip from second, he probably doesn’t score. And you know what? Let’s give the umpire some credit here too. At this level of the minors there are just two umpires, and this one got into the best position he could and did not make the call until the play was over.



Author: Luke Blaize

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