Cubs Minor League Daily: AZL Cubs 1 Head To The Playoffs!

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Cubs Minor League Daily: AZL Cubs 1 Head To The Playoffs!

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The Arizona Rookie League has completed the regular season, and it is time for the playoffs. AZL Cubs 1 finished with the best overall record in the league (38-18) and heads into the postseason riding a three-game winning streak. That means the Cubs should get a first round bye in the six-team tournament and advance directly to the semifinals. AZL Cubs 2 did not qualify for the postseason.

The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds are both one game. The final round is often best of three, but we’ll find out for sure when we get there.

I am curious, though, how well you actually know the playoff bound AZL Cubs 1 team. So let’s find out. How many of these six questions can you answer correctly without looking it up?

For the season, who led the team in homers?
Who led the team in stolen bases?
Who led the team in OPS (min 50 PA)?
Who led the team in strikeouts (pitching)?
Who led the team in ERA (min 25 IP)?
Who led the team WHIP (min 25 IP)?

I will help you out a bit. Since there are two AZL Cubs teams and it can be hard to keep them straight, here are the answers for AZL Cubs 2.

Cole Roederer (5)
Cole Roederer (13)
Grant Fennell (1.009)
Sucre Valdez (51)
Ivan Medina (1.48)
Ivan Medina (0.82)

Answers appear at the end of the column.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Omaha 7, Iowa 6
Iowa led 5-2 at one point, but lost the lead when they allowed four in the eighth.

  • Tyler Chatwood: 4.1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 5 BB, 3 K
  • Dakota Mekkes: 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K
  • Chris Coghlan: 1 for 3, 2 BB
  • Mike Freeman: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
  • Taylor Davis: 1 for 4, 2B

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 3, Montgomery 1
The Smokies scored twice in the top of the ninth to beat the first place team on the road.

  • Michael Rucker: 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Zach Hedges: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 K
  • Wyatt Short: 1.1 IP, 1 K
  • Jeffrey Baez: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
  • Eddy Martienz: 2 for 4
  • Tyler Alamo: 1 for 4, 2B

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Buies Creek 3, Myrtle Beach 2 in ten innings
Lange pitched well, but the offense struggled a bit.

  • Alex Lange: 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 7 K
  • Ryan Kellogg: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Aramis Ademan: 2 for 5, 2B
  • Jared Young: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
  • Roberto Caro: 2 for 4

Low A: South Bend Cubs
Fort Wayne 15, South Bend 5
The Cubs gave up only eight earned runs.

  • Jeffrey Passantino: 4 IP, 6 R (4 ER), 11 H, 2 K
  • Manuel Rodriguez: 1 IP, 1 K
  • Austin Upshaw (Inf): 1 IP, 1 H
  • Jimmy Herron: 2 for 4
  • Delvin Zinn: 2 for 3, BB
  • Chris Singleton: 1 for 4, 2B

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Tri-City 13, Eugene 0
Eugene was held to six hits, and gave up twenty.

  • Zach Mort: 4 IP, 2 R (1 ER), 5 H, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Brennon Kaleiwahea (C): 1 IP, 2 H
  • Luke Reynolds: 1 for 2, 2 B
  • Nelson Velazquez: 1 for 4, SB

Rookie: AZL Cubs 1
Cubs One 3, Indians 2
The Cubs won the game on a walk off hit by pitch.

  • Jesus Tejada: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 K
  • Fauris Guerrero: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
  • Edmond Americaan: 1 for 2, 2 BB, 2 SB
  • Alexander Guerra: 2 for 4, 2 2B
  • Yonathan Perlaza: 2 for 4
  • Rafael Mejia: 1 for 3, HR

Rookie: AZL Cubs 2
Giants Black 3, Cubs Two 2
The Cubs finished with a season record of 28-25, and they missed the playoffs by two and a half games.

  • Blake Whitney: 5 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 7 K
  • Fernando Caulderon: 1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Raymond Pena: 2 for 4
  • Kevin Zamudio: 1 for 4, 2B

Other Notes

  • Kris Bryant was the DH for Iowa. He finished 0 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored. More on his outing soon.
  • If you’re looking for positive signs from Eddy Martinez – and why wouldn’t you, given his tools? – then you may be interested to note that his second half OPS is .700, up from .585 in the first half. The biggest difference there has been the power. He has eight second half homers versus three in the first half, and a SLG of .420 (up from .313).
  • And the answers to the AZL Cubs 1 trivia are…
  • Lead in homers: Rafael Mejia (8). Mejia, 20, is the first baseman.
  • Lead in steals: Edmond Americaan (11). Americaan, 21, plays in center.
  • Lead in OPS: Clayton Daniel (.942). Daniel, 23, was only in Arizona for 11 games and is now with South Bend.
  • Lead in strikeouts: Peyton Remy (59). Remy, 21, is a lefty who has started seven games.
  • Lead in ERA: Fauris Guerrero (1.62). Guerrero, 21, is a right-handed reliever.
  • Lead in WHIP: Maikel Aguiar (0.81). Aguiar, 21, is a right-handed reliever who is now with South Bend.


Author: Luke Blaize

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