Cubs Minor League Daily: The Season Ends With Shutouts, Homers

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Cubs Minor League Daily: The Season Ends With Shutouts, Homers

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If you were looking for a symbolic end to the minor league season, you definitely got it.

Highlighting the fact that the rebuilding farm system will feature much more pitching than the previous farm system, Cubs pitching produced shutouts in Tennessee and South Bend, and allowed just two runs in Myrtle Beach. Eugene definitely missed the great pitching boat, but one of their big bats reminded us to not forget about the next cadre of potential impact talent as Nelson Velazquez homered twice.

On the whole, it was a positive final note to a minor league season that was, on the whole, disappointing. But as we’ve said before, the tide has turned. It will take awhile before the results of that turn are really felt and the farm system is no longer ranked among the worst in baseball, but it has turned.

Of course, the end of the regular season isn’t the end of the Daily. The Eugene Emeralds are headed for an unlikely date with the Hillsboro Hops in the playoffs starting on Wednesday. As long as the Emeralds are alive, we’ll keep the Daily running.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs

This game was rained out. Iowa finishes the season with a record of 50-88.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 3, Pensacola 0
The Smokies concluded a 67-71 season with a shutout.

  • Keegan Thompson: 5 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K
  • Zach Hedges: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 K
  • Charcer Burks: 1 for 3, BB, SB
  • Eddy Martinez: 1 for 4, 2B

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Frederick 2, Myrtle Beach 1
The Pelicans end their 61-78 season with a well pitched loss.

  • Tyson Miller: 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 4 K
  • Bailey Clark: 3 IP, 3 H
  • Jared Young: 0 for 3, BB, SB
  • Zach Davis: 2 for 3

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 1, Great Lakes 0
The Cubs concluded their 64-74 season with a shutout.

  • Brailyn Marquez: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4K
  • Jeffrey Passantino: 4 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 7 K
  • Austin Upshaw: 2 for 4
  • Jimmy Herron: 2 for 3, BB

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Boise 11, Eugene 2
The Emeralds wrap up with a 31-45 season record. And a trip to the postseason.

  • Zach Mort: 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 K
  • Derek Casey: 1 IP, 2 K
  • Nelson Velazquez: 2 for 5, 2 HR
  • Jake Slaughter: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Fernando Kelli: 2 for 2, 2B
  • Brennon Kaleiwahea: 2 for 3, 2B

Other Notes

  • No one wants to back into the playoffs, but that is exactly what Eugene is doing. They dropped two of three on the road to the worst team in the division in the second half, concluding that series with a blowout featuring five errors by five different Emeralds. Games don’t get much uglier than that.
  • On the good side, the Emeralds are heading to the playoffs with a red hot Nelson Velazquez. The 19-year-old slugger has a 9 game hitting streak going, is coming off an August in which he hit .282/.396/.506, and just hit two homers on the last day of the season.
  • I doubt we have very many readers in the Pacific Northwest, but if those of you who are there want to see some playoff baseball, the Eugene Emeralds are offering $3 dollar tickets in honor of their third straight trip to the postseason.
  • I wonder if we could talk the Cubs into that. The Cubs are on track to make the playoffs for the fourth straight year, so maybe Wrigley field tickets for the playoffs should just be $4. Anyone have Theo’s phone number?


Author: Luke Blaize

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