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.
Leal and Young will both feature in the updated version of Top 40 Prospects List that will start to roll out soon.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
TIE GAME! Jordan sneaks to first on a close play at the bag and Vazquez scores to tie the game in the bottom of the 9th! pic.twitter.com/QcJa8rmuga
— Eugene Emeralds (@EugeneEmeralds) August 6, 2018