Another prospect in the Cubs’ system earned his league’s top weekly honor. RHP Tyler Skulina was named the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Week (April 27-May 3) after tossing six innings of shutout ball on Sunday against the Lynchburg Hillcats. Myrtle Beach won the game 2-1 on a pair of solo home runs from Billy McKinney.
Tyler Skulina gave up one hit over six innings with a walk and a career-high eight strikeouts.
In four starts this year, Tyler Skulina is 1-2 with a 4.95 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP (11 runs on 18 hits with six walks and 22 strikeouts in 20 innings).
Tyler Skulina joins Dan Vogelbach (April 9-19, April 20-26) and Cael Brockmeyer (April 9-19) as the three prospects in the Cubs’ system that has won weekly awards in their respective leagues this season.
MLB Pipeline released its second Prospect Team of the Week on Monday and Kyle Schwarber landed on the team for the second week in a row, the only player to be named on MLB Pipeline’s first two teams of the season.
In seven games, Kyle Schwarber hit three doubles, three home runs and walked (6) more times than he struck out (4). Schwarber batted .391/.500/.913 for the week.
RHP Noah Syndergaard (Mets), 1B Josh Bell (Pirates), 2B Carlos Sanchez (White Sox), 3B Rafael Devers (Red Sox), SS Trevor Story (Rockies), OF Byron Buxton (Twins), OF Jordan Patterson (Rockies), OF Joc Pederson (Dodgers) and LHP Julio Urias (Dodgers) rounded out the Prospect team.
Minor News and Notes
• J.J. Cooper talked about SS Gleyber Torres … the 18-year old is batting .337/.436/.419 in 24 games for the South Bend Cubs with three doubles, two triples, 14 walks and 19 strikeouts for a .854 OPS. Torres has also swiped eight bases (8-for-9 in stolen base attempts). As for an ETA to the majors on Torres, Jim Callis isn’t sure if he is not on the same “express route” as Starlin Castro.
• Billy McKinney’s focus is on helping the Pelicans win games according to a report from MiLB.com. Billy McKinney has quietly gone about his development in the Carolina League. McKinney is batting .301/.395/.466/.861 in 20 games with a double, a triple, three home runs, 10 walks and 11 strikeouts. The lefty hitting outfielder doesn’t turn 21 until Aug. 23.
• The Cubs confirmed signing LHP Daniel Schlereth to a minor league contract.
• In other former Cubs farmhand news, the Reds released RHP Chris Carpenter and INF Ryan Roberts was signed by the Oakland A’s according to Baseball America.
• OF Charcer Burks hustles into a key role for the South Bend Cubs according to a report from the South Bend Tribune. Burks is hitting .313/.382/.375 (25-for-80) with three doubles, a triple, nine walks and 29 strikeouts in 22 games for the SB Cubs.