Cubs Minor League Daily: Clifton Could Help The Cubs, Good Performances Throughout

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Cubs Minor League Daily: Clifton Could Help The Cubs, Good Performances Throughout

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When Baseball America ran down a list of nine prospects who could influence playoff races, Trevor Clifton came in at number seven.

And it is easy to see why. Clifton has some pretty good stuff that should work in middle relief in September, and getting him some playoff chase experience, maybe even a spot start or two, is only going to help his development. Long term, he could be a part of the Cubs’ pitching picture.

But I don’t think he’ll be the only one up. The bullpen should get a shot in the arm from Dillon Maples and (possibly) Dakota Mekkes. One or two catchers will probably come up (Chris Gimenez and Taylor Davis are your candidates) as well.

If you’re looking for a wild card, though, keep an eye on Jason Vosler. Vosler is a left-handed slugging corner infielder who probably wouldn’t see much on field time with the Cubs in September, but as a guy who hits both lefties and righties pretty well, he could be a nice pinch hit option. The Cubs probably don’t need any more bats off the bench this year, but when you’re trying to rest your main guys down the stretch a little extra depth doesn’t hurt.

There will have to be some roster moves to get some of these guys onto the 40-man if they are going to come up. That will be something to watch as we get near the end of the month.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 9, Colorado Springs 3
A six run fourth gave the Cubs their winning margin.

  • Trevor Clifton: 4.2 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 K
  • Kyle Ryan: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 5 K
  • James Norwood: 1 IP, 2 K
  • Stephen Bruno: 3 for 4, 2 2B, BB
  • Ryan Court: 1 for 3, 2 BB
  • Jason Vosler: 1 for 4, HR, BB
  • Chris Gimenez: 2 for 5, 2B
  • Terrence Gore: 1 for 4, SB

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 11, Birmingham 1
The Smokies are all alone in second now, but they are six games back.

  • Michael Rucker: 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K
  • Preston Morrison: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Scott Effross: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Jake Stinnett: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
  • Zack Short: 2 for 5, HR, BB
  • Vimael Machin: 2 for 4, BB
  • Trent Giambrone: 2 for 5
  • Eddy Martinez: 2 for 5, 2B, HR
  • Jeffrey Baez: 1 for 3
  • Wynton Bernard: 2 for 4

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Potomac 3, Myrtle Beach 2
The bullpen pitched pretty well in this one.

  • Erich Uelmen: 0.2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 BB
  • Erick Leal: 3.1 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 5 K
  • Yapson Gomez: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 K
  • Michael Cruz: 1 for 3, HR
  • D.J. Wilson: 0 for 3, BB, SB

Low A: South Bend Cubs
Fort Wayne 5, South Bend 1 in seven innings
This was supposed to have been a double header, but the second game was rained out.

  • Brendon Little: 4 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 K
  • Luis Aquino: 2 IP, 2 K
  • Jimmy Herron: 2 for 3, HR
  • Miguel Amaya: 1 for 2, BB, SB
  • Christian Donahue: 1 for 2, BB
  • Chris Singleton: 1 for 3, 2B

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Eugene 2, Hillsboro 1
Very good pitching and just enough offense led to a Eugene win.

  • Paul Richan: 4 IP, 5 K
  • Stephen Ridings: 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 K
  • Mitch Stophel: 2 IP, 3 K
  • D.J. Artis: 1 for 4, SB
  • Jake Slaughter: 1 for 3, 2B
  • Levi Jordan: 2 for 3, SB
  • Luis Vazquez: 1 for 3, 2B

Rookie: AZL Cubs 1
Cubs One 8, D-backs 4
Two big innings provided all the runs the Cubs needed.

  • Yunior Perez: 3.1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K
  • Riger Fernandez: 2.2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 K
  • Danny Hultzen: 1 IP, 2 K
  • Raidel Orta: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 K
  • Edmond Americaan: 1 for 4, 2B, BB
  • Christopher Morel: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Josue Huma: 1 for 4, 3B
  • Rafael Mejia: 2 for 4, 2B
  • Dalton Hurd: 1 for 3, 2B, BB

Rookie: AZL Cubs 2
Indians 5, Cubs Two 4
The Cubs lost their second straight and are now two games out of first.

  • Kohl Franklin: 4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Fernando Calderon: 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H
  • Ruben Reyes: 1 IP,1 H, 1 K
  • Henderson Perez: 3 for 4, 2B
  • Luis Verdugo: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Richard Nunez: 1 for 4, 2B

Other Notes

  • Iowa walked seven times in their contest, and only struck out six times. That sort of a ratio will do wonders for an offense.
  • Zack Short hit leadoff yesterday, and in true Cubs’ leadoff hitter tradition he homered (in the fourth, though, not the first). That homer, his 15th of the season, was a grand slam. For the season Short is hitting .237/.362/.430, but those numbers are .262/.386/.494 in the second half.
  • Paul Richan (one of the Cubs second round picks in June) has not allowed a run in any of his last four starts (13 innings pitched).


Author: Luke Blaize

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