After 833 games beginning in early April, the minor league season came to a close on Monday night. It was a bittersweet ending to the season, as only two teams won in their last game, but there were several individual and team accolades. Dylan Cease electrified fans of Eugene, while Ryan Kellogg pitched a gem for South Bend. Meanwhile, Chesny Young was out to prove who was the best hitter in the Southern League, and John Andreoli stole the show in Iowa.
As you try to take a breath before the playoffs, take a look at today’s Down on the Farm Report.
Short Season Class-A – Eugene Emeralds (54-22)
Eugene ended the regular season on a sour note as they lost to Hillsboro 6-1 on Monday. The silver lining was Dylan Cease, who struck out 10 and allowed only one hit in five innings. Alex Santana was the other end of the spectrum as he surrendered five earned runs in 1.1 innings, while M.T. Minacci gave up an earned run in 1.2 innings.
Low Class-A – South Bend Cubs (84-55)
It was a fitting end to the season for South Bend on Monday as they beat Dayton 3-0. Ryan Kellogg added to his team leading strikeout total with six in six innings to bring him to 107 on the season. Tanner Griggs fanned another three in two innings, and Mark Malave worked around a hit in the ninth for his first save.
Back-to-back doubles by Adonis Paula (1-for-3 with a double and an RBI) and Tyler Alamo (1-for-2 with a double and an RBI) in the second drove in Vimael Machin (0-for-1) and Paula. Connor Myers (1-for-4 with a home run) added a solo home run in the third inning.
High Class–A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans (82-57)
It’s onward to the playoffs as Myrtle Beach finished out the regular season with a 3-1 loss to Potomac on Monday. Jeremy Null completed what was a disappointing season by allowing an earned run in three innings. Craig Brooks surrendered two earned runs as he struck out five in two innings. James Norwood had two strikeouts in two innings, and Scott Effross pitched a perfect eighth. The Pelicans got a consolation run in the ninth after Andrew Ely (1-for-3 with an RBI) singled in Bryant Flete (0-for-4).
Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (58-81)
With their season long over, Tennessee had one task on Monday, get Chesny Young his second straight batting title. Mission accomplished, somewhat, as the Smokies lost to Montgomery 6-2. After Young went 1-for-2, he was removed in the fifth inning with a six point lead in the race. Young would later lose the crown based on a technicality ruled by the league office. Tennessee got two runs in the ninth when Daniel Lockhart (1-for-3) scored on a throwing error and Kelly Dugan (2-for-3 with an RBI) singled in Stephen Bruno (0-for-3).
Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (67-76)
Iowa blew off some frustration on Monday as they destroyed Colorado Springs 12-3 to end the season. Denied some of the system’s top prospects in favor of some mediocre Major League veterans, the season for the I-Cubs was doomed early. John Andreoli (0-for-2) drew three walks and stole two bases to end up leading the PCL with 43. Juan Perez (3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI), Jeimer Candelario (2-for-5 with a double and two RBI), Tim Federowicz (3-for-5 with a double and two RBI), Taylor Davis (2-for-4 with a double and two RBI), and Kris Negron (2-for-5 with a double and two RBI) all had multiple hits and RBI.
Jordan Pries did not have a good showing in his final time out, allowing three earned runs and striking out two in six innings. Jack Leathersich worked around two walks to strike out the side in the seventh, and Joe Thatcher struck out the only batter he faced. Gerardo Concepcion had two strikeouts in 0.2 innings. Jose Rosario tossed a scoreless ninth.