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Cubs Minor League Daily: Iowa Homers Four Times, When We Noticed David Bote, More

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The box score says the game was not windy when Iowa faced New Orleans, just a 5 MPH breeze across the diamond, but there were six homers in the game and four of them belonged to the Cubs.

Jason Vosler hit his 7th with Iowa and 19th of the season in the first, Ryan Court launched his 11th of the year in the fourth, Mark Zagunis contributed his 7th in the fourth, and Taylor Davis his 4th to cap a two run rally in the ninth. Unfortunately, despite all those homers, the Cubs still lost.

Also unfortunately, since the Cubs were on the road, we only have video of one of them. Here is Vosler’s blast to almost straight way center.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
New Orleans: 7, Iowa 6
After three pretty good starts, Mills had another rough one.

  • Alec Mills: 4.1 IP, 7 R, 8 H, 2 BB, 3 K
  • James Norwood: 1.2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Kyle Ryan: 2 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Ryan Court: 1 for 2, HR, 2 BB
  • Jason Vosler: 1 for 4, HR
  • Mark Zagunis: 2 for 4, HR
  • Taylor Davis: 2 for 3, HR, BB

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 5, Biloxi 0
The Smokies are back to .500 for the season.

  • Duncan Robinson: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Wyatt Short: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 3 K
  • Ian Rice: 2 for 4, HR
  • Yasiel Balaguert: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Charcer Burks: 1 for 3, 3B

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 3, Wilmington 0
Once again the Cubs had a lot of hits (ten) but only got a few runs from them.

  • Justin Steele: 5.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K
  • Yapson Gomez: 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Tyler Peyton: 1 IP, 1 H
  • D.J. Wilson: 3 for 4, 2 2B
  • Jhonny Pereda: 2 for 4, 2B
  • Andruw Monasterio: 1 for 3, BB
  • Tyler Alamo: 1 for 3, BB

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 5, Lake County 4
A four run fourth pushed the Cubs to a one run win.

  • Enrique De Los Rios: 5 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Brendan King: 2 IP, 1 BB
  • Clayton Daniel: 1 for 3, BB
  • Jose Gutierrez: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Delvin Zinn: 2 for 4
  • Jimmy Herron: 2 for 4, 2B
  • Cam Balego: 1 for 2, 2 BB
  • Chris Singleton: 2 for 3

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Eugene 7, Everett 4
The Emeralds are now just a game and a half out of first.

  • Faustino Carrera: 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 K
  • Casey Ryan: 1.2 IP, 1 BB
  • Levi Jorda: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Luke Reynolds: 2 for 4, 2B, 3B, BB
  • Nelson Velazquez: 3 for 5, 2B, SB
  • Jonathan Sierra: 1 for 4, BB
  • Grant Fennell: 2 for 5, 2B, HR
  • Fernando Kelli: 1 for 3, BB, 2 SB

Rookie: AZL Cubs 1
Cubs One 5, Dodgers 3
The Cubs have won four of their last five games.

  • Peyton Remy: 6 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K
  • Raidel Orta: 3 IP, 3 H, 2 K
  • Ezequiel Pagan: 1 for 4, 3B
  • Orian Nunez: 2 for 4
  • Alexander Guerra: 2 for 4, 2B
  • Rafel Mejia: 1 for 4, 3B

Rookie: AZL Cubs 2

Lightning in Mesa suspeded one game and postoned another.

Other Notes

  • Sometimes people ask me why I put such an emphasis on results instead of relying mostly on scout tool grades when evaluating prospects. Let me put it this way – David Bote came to my attention when he put Myrtle Beach on his back late in the 2016 season and was a big part of them winning the Carolina League title. At the time, though, he was just a journeyman backup infielder. The major prospect writers hadn’t bothered to grade Bote because why would they bother to grade a backup infielder? And then Bote got the starting shortstop job in Myrtle Beach after Torres was traded, and he excelled. And we spotted it, just based on the results.
  • The scout grades are very useful, but they only tell me about players the scouts bother to grade. Stats are there for everyone. If I can coax the stats into telling me their stories, I might just uncover someone to follow. Both are invaluable, but given the choice between a universal data set and a partial dataset, I’ll probably favor the universal one every time.
  • Not to be overlooked – both Tennessee and Myrtle beach pitched shutouts yesterday.
  • And here some highlights of the Pelicans’ half of that double shutout.



Author: Luke Blaize

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