There were several individual performances Saturday that stood out in the Cubs’ system.
Willson Contreras, Albert Almora Jr., Dan Vogelbach and John Andreoli paced the offense in Iowa’s first win of the season over Round Rock.
Jeimer Candelario played first base for Double-A Tennessee. And Donnie Dewees reached base two more times.
Here are some of the highlights from Saturday’s games and updates on several prospects a week and a half into the minor league season.
• Willson Contreras collected three hits in five at-bats Saturday night. Contreras doubled and scored a run in Iowa’s 7-0 victory over Round Rock. Defensively, Contreras threw out Jared Hoying and has thrown out four of seven runners on the bases. Contreras was charged with his second passed ball on Saturday. For the season, Contreras is batting .429/.474/.543 with four doubles and a 1.017 OPS. Contreras has walked twice with three strikeouts in 35 at-bats.
• John Andreoli was 1-for-4 with a triple, a walk, a run scored and two RBI on Saturday. Andreoli is hitting .206/.357/.294 with a double, a triple, eight walks and 10 strikeouts for a .651 OPS. And he’s 4-for-5 in the stolen base department.
• Dan Vogelbach was on base four more times Saturday. Vogelbach went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and two RBI. Vogelbach has gotten off to a good start with Iowa. In 10 games he is hitting .412/.487/.588 with three doubles and a home run for a 1.075 OPS.
• Albert Almora Jr. celebrated his 22nd birthday on Saturday with a 1-for-5 night at the plate. And the outfielder caught the last three outs of the game. In nine games, Almora Jr. is batting .267/.351/.300 with one double, five walks, five strikeouts and a .651 OPS.
• Armando Rivero has appeared in four games for Iowa and has allowed one run on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings (1.69 ERA, 0.75 WHIP).
• Carl Edwards Jr. pitched a scoreless inning on Saturday. Edwards Jr. gave up a hit and struck out a batter. In four games, Edwards Jr. has allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and six strikeouts (4.50 ERA, 2.00 WHIP).
• Spencer Patton has continued what he started in the spring. Patton has one save in four scoreless appearances. Patton has given up two hits and hit a batter but has not issued a walk while striking out seven (0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP).
• Jen-Ho Tseng was back on the hill on Saturday night. Tseng took the loss after giving up two runs on two hits with three walks and four strikeouts in four innings.
• Jeimer Candelario started at first base Saturday for Double-A Tennessee … first time he’s started a game at first base since July 19, 2011. Candelario has gotten off to a slow start. He was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts Saturday and in nine games he’s batting .212/.297/.273 with two doubles and a .570 OPS.
• Bijan Rademacher reached base two more times Saturday. Rademacher was 0-for-2 with two walks and a RBI. In nine games, Rademacher is hitting .478/.586/.783 with a double, two home runs and six walks with two strikeouts for a 1.369 OPS.
• Paul Blackburn is 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA and 0.91 WHIP after two starts (one earned run, nine hits, one walk, seven strikeouts, 11 innings).
• Brad Markey has started two games for Double-A Tennessee. Markey has allowed two runs on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 10 innings (1.80 ERA, 1.00 WHIP).
• David Garner continues to impress. In four relief appearances, Garner has given up one unearned run on four hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in five innings (0.00 ERA, 1.40 WHIP).
• Ian Happ was 1-for-5 with a RBI in the Pelicans 6-1 victory over Carolina on Saturday. Happ is batting .225/.311/.350 with three doubles and a triple for a .661 OPS after 10 games.
• Jonathan Martinez is 1-0 in two starts with a 2.25 ERA and 0.92 WHIP (three runs on eight hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 12 innings).
• David Berg has made four relief appearances for High-A Myrtle Beach for a total of 4 1/3 innings. Berg hasn’t allowed a run while surrendering three hits and no walks with four strikeouts (0.00 ERA, 0.69 WHIP).
• Donnie Dewees was on base twice Saturday. Dewees played left field and was 1-for-3 with a walk. In nine games, Dewees is batting .400/.439/.686 with two doubles, four triples and a 1.125 OPS.
• Greyfer Eregua has allowed just one hit and no runs out of South Bend’s bullpen. Eregua has not issued a free pass and has four strikeouts in six innings (0.00 ERA, 0.17 WHIP).