Iowa Cubs Walk It Off Again, as the Minor League Teams Just Keep Winning

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Iowa Cubs Walk It Off Again, as the Minor League Teams Just Keep Winning

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Another win for the Iowa Cubs, and another of the walk-off variety. They just want to make sure “Cubs” fans can have some fun on the nightly, regardless of what’s happening with the big league team.

Outfield prospect Nelson Velazquez played hero in this one, with his third hit of the night driving in the winning run in extras:

The only out Velazquez made in the game was a deep fly out to the track, so he was clearly seeing the ball well last night. The top ten-ish prospect in the Cubs’ system has been at Triple-A for only a week, so it’s way too early to really comment on how he’s doing – the point of these promotions is always to challenge a part of a guy’s game – but it’s nice to see a night like that where he’s just lashing the ball.

That was the I-Cubs’ fifth win in a row, and they’re now 18-15 on the season. The Tennessee Smokies are on a six-game winning streak, and are 19-12 on the season. The South Bend Cubs only recently concluded an eight-game winning streak, and are 18-13 on the season. And the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, of course, have been dominating all year, and are 20-11 on the year. They were the only affiliate who didn’t win last night.

As we’ve discussed before, having minor league teams that win a lot of games is not coterminous with having minor league teams that are loaded with future impact prospects. But there is at least a little bit of truth to it at the margins, unless your organization is just overloaded with minor league veterans (the Cubs really aren’t at this point), and maybe more importantly, there is some thinking that having all your youngsters being part of winning teams can help with their development. You want them to see what it’s like to be part of a winning culture, to see what it takes to win close games, to experience that feeling of a team winning experience being something bigger than yourself. You can develop great future big leaguers without having great, winning minor league teams. But I do think there’s something there that matters.

Even setting that aside, it’s just nice to see all these Cubs-affiliated teams winning games regularly right now. We don’t get a lot of that at the big league level …

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Author: Brett Taylor

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