Cubs Minor League Daily: Lots Of Good Pitching, and Some Playoff Positioning

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Cubs Minor League Daily: Lots Of Good Pitching, and Some Playoff Positioning

Chicago Cubs

Another vacation-shortened Daily, and this time pitching was the star. While there were good performances up and down the system, I suggest paying attention to Iowa, Tennessee, Eugene, and Arizona 1 in particular.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 4, Oklahoma City 3 in eleven innings

Alec Mills was again very good (6 IP, 2 R, 7 K) as was the bullpen.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 2, Birmingham 1

More very good pitching, led this time by Duncan Robinson, continuing his excellent year.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Buies Creek 6, Myrtle Beach 1

Other than a rough fourth inning (that was not helped by errors), the Pelicans also had some good pitching.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
Great Lakes 4, South Bend 3

The Cubs jumped to an early lead, but it didn’t last very long.

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Eugene 6, Boise 1

The offense found twelve hits, the pitching allowed only two hits, and the Emeralds pulled into tie for a playoff slot.

Rookie: AZL Cubs 1
Cubs One 4, D-backs 1

And yet another very good starting pitching performance. Peyton Remy pitched six shutout innings in this one.

Rookie: AZL Cubs 2
Indians 15, Cubs Two 3

Ok, so they couldn’t all be good pitching performances.

Other Notes

  • Former top pitching prospect Allen Webster was again the closer for Tennessee, and again he pitched well (1 IP, 2 K). I still doubt he’ll be a September call-up option, but if he continues to do well in late inning roles that could be his path back to the majors one day.
  • Under Northwest League rules, if the same team wins the first and second half titles, the second half playoff slot goes to the team who finishes second in the division in the second half (not second overall, as is common in other leagues). That is why the Emeralds, who are four games out of first, are tied for a playoff slot, even though they are under .500. Eugene might be the second team in the organization to make the playoffs.

Author: Luke Blaize

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