When you’re hot, you’re hot and several of the prospects are on fire. While Albert Almora Jr. of Tennessee and South Bend’s Jeffrey Baez are high profile players scalding the ball, don’t forget Carlos Sepulveda and Robert Garcia with the AZL Cubs, along with Edgar Rondon of the DSL Cubs.
But it wasn’t the batters alone that were hot streak. Ryan Williams continues to sizzle for Tennessee, and Jonathan Martinez flirted with a no-no for Myrtle Beach. Meanwhile, Kyle Twomey and Preston Morrison starred for Eugene.
So keep a fire extinguisher handy while reading today’s Down on the Farm Report.
Short Season Class-A – Eugene Emeralds (23-26)
Eugene continued their series with Boise Monday with a 9-0 shutout. Kyle Twomey and Preston Morrison served as the piggy-back starters, each tossing three innings. Twomey struck out a batter while Morrison fanned four. Jae-Hoon Ha pitched two innings and had a strikeout. Newly promoted Scott Effross had two strikeouts in the ninth.
The Emeralds slowly built a lead after Donnie Dewees (2-for-5) led off the game with a single and scored on a double form Frandy Delarosa (2-for-5 with a double and an RBI). Adonis Paula (3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base) doubled to start the second inning, and scored after two wild pitches. In the third inning, Andrew Ely (1-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base) walked with two outs, stole second, moved to third on a throwing error and scored on a wild pitch. Eugene broke the game open in the eighth inning after Dewees singled with one out and Delarosa reached on an error. A base hit by Ely drove in Dewees, and a sacrifice fly scored Delarosa. Alberto Mineo (0-for-3 with two walks) walked and Paula was hit by a pitch. A single from Blake Headley (1-for-5 with two RBI) brought in Ely and Mineo. The Emeralds added two more in the ninth after Dewees reached on a force play and advanced to second on a passed ball. Delarosa singled, and Dewees scored on a force play that allowed Ely to reach. Ian Rice (0-for-2 with an RBI) was hit by a pitch and Mineo walked. A base hit by Paula plated Ely.
Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (50-61)
It seemed as if South Bend was giving up runs as fast as they were scoring them on Tuesday as they lost 7-5 to Beloit. Fresh off of being named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week, Erick Leal gave up six earned runs and lasted only four innings. Jordan Minch blanked the Snappers for two innings while striking out a batter. Alex Santana surrendered an earned run and had a strikeout in two innings.
Jeffrey Baez (2-for-5 with two stolen bases) began the game with a single and a steal of second. A two out base hit from Matt Rose (1-for-4 with an RBI) brought in Baez. Baez was the igniter again in the third inning as he singled and stole his second base on the night. A one-out base hit by Ian Happ (1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base) scored Baez. Happ stole second and came home on a two out single from Gioskar Amaya (1-for-3 with an RBI). The Cubs pulled to within one in the sixth inning after Amaya walked and advanced to third on a single from Charcer Burks (1-for-4 with a stolen base). Burks stole second and a base hit from David Bote (1-for-4 with two RBI) plated Amaya and Burks.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (68-46)
Following a day off on Monday, the Pelicans’ pitching staff came out firing as they two-hit Salem in a 3-0 victory on Tuesday. Jonathan Martinez remains a rock as he struck out two and allowed only three base runners on a hit and two walks in six innings. David Garner continues to be solid in relief as he had a strikeout in two perfect innings. Jasvir Rakkar gave up a hit, but otherwise handled the Red Sox for his 14th save.
The offense for Myrtle Beach did not kick it into gear until the eighth inning when Pin-Chieh Chen (2-for-5 with two stolen bases) singled with one out and stole second base. Victor Caratini (1-for-3) walked with two outs and a base hit from Cael Brockmeyer (1-for-3 with an RBI) drove in Chen. Carlos Penalver (1-for-4) led off the ninth with a single and Trey Martin (2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) belted a two-run home run.
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (61-52)
The Smokies had to exhale deeply following the ninth inning on Monday as Tennessee scraped by with a 6-5 victory over Jackson. Ryan Williams was all business, facing one over the minimum for six innings while striking out five and shutting down the Generals. It was a much different story with Fernando Cruz, as he gave up three earned runs in 0.2 innings. Matt Brazis had a strikeout in one scoreless inning. Tennessee turned to P.J. Francescon for the four-out save, but it was almost too much to ask. Francescon allowed two earned runs as he had two strikeouts in 1.1 innings.
Tennessee staked their pitching staff to a big lead after Albert Almora Jr. (2-for-4 with a double) doubled with one out in the first and scored on a two-out single from Willson Contreras (2-for-4 with an RBI). Billy McKinney (2-for-3 with a double, a home run, and two RBI) followed with a two-run home run with Contreras on board. McKinney stared the sixth inning with a double and scored on a triple by Jeimer Candelario (1-for-3 with a triple and an RBI). A single by Jacob Rogers (1-for-3 with an RBI) drove in Candelario, and a two out base hit by Jonathan Mota (1-for-3 with an RBI) brought in Rogers.
It was a nightmare for Tennessee on Tuesday, as the Smokies were blown out 8-0 by Jackson. Jeffry Antigua was battered for six earned runs in 5.1 innings with three strikeouts. Juan Paniagua allowed an earned run as he tossed 1.2 innings, while Gerardo Concepcion gave up an earned run and struck out four in two innings. The Smokies collected only five hits … Albert Almora Jr. (2-for-4 with a double), Jacob Hannemann (1-for-4), Billy McKinney (1-for-4) and Stephen Bruno (1-for-4).
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (64-52)
In a tight game on Tuesday, the I-Cubs came up a little short as they lost to Nashville 3-2. Tsuyoshi Wada had five strikeouts but gave up three earned runs on five hits and four walks in 5.2 innings. Yoervis Medina had a strikeout in 1.1 perfect innings. Armando Rivero and Carl Edwards Jr. each tossed an inning, with Edwards striking out a batter.
Iowa tied the game at one in the first when Mike Baxter (1-for-4) and Javier Baez (1-for-4) had singles, and Christian Villanueva (1-for-3) was hit by a pitch. A sacrifice fly scored Baxter. That was all until the seventh inning when Taylor Davis (2-for-4 with a home run) blasted a solo home run.
Arizona Rookie League – AZL Cubs (22-17)
The AZL Cubs were unable to come back on Sunday as they lost to the AZL Indians 8-4. Carlos Sepulveda remains one of the hottest hitters in the system, going 3-for-5 with an RBI. Jesus Castillo had a strikeout and pitched two scoreless innings of relief.
Eight pitchers combined for a nine hit shutout on Monday as the AZL Cubs beat the AZL Padres 6-0. On a rehab assignment, Tyler Skulina labored through 0.2 innings. Dylan Cease was the winning pitcher as he fanned three in two innings. Robert Garcia had a big night, going 3-for-4 with a triple, three RBI, and a stolen base. Outfielders Darryl Wilson and Donnie Cimino were each 2-for-4, with Wilson collecting a stolen base and an RBI.
Dominican Summer League – DSL Cubs (39-23)
The DSL Cubs survived a late inning scare on Monday to beat the DSL Braves 6-5. Centerfielder Yovanny Cuevas was 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, and two RBI. Second baseman Edgar Rondon went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Starter Andri Rondon sawed through the Braves with nine strikeouts in five scoreless innings.
The D-Cubs took care of business Tuesday with a 7-4 victory over the DSL Braves. Reliever Fauris Guerrero bailed out starter Deibi Torres with 3.2 scoreless innings and a strikeout. Julian Aybar went 1-2-3 in the ninth for his second save. Richard Nunez went 2-for-3 with two RBI while Edgar Rondon was 1-for-5 with three RBI.
News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs optioned INF Tommy La Stella and OF Matt Szczur to the Iowa Cubs; sent RHP Tyler Skulina on a rehab assignment to the AZL Cubs; assigned RHP Scott Effross and RHP Luis Hernandez to the Eugene Emeralds from the AZL Cubs; assigned RHP Jared Cheek and RHP Tanner Griggs to the AZL Cubs from the Eugene Emeralds.