Cubs name C Jhonny Pereda Minor League Player of the Month … RHP Cory Abbott receives Minor League Pitcher of the Month award for May
The Cubs named High-A Myrtle Beach catcher Jhonny Pereda and Low-A South Bend right-handed pitcher Cory Abbott the organization’s minor league player and pitcher of the month for May.
Jhonny Pereda, 22, batted .287 (25-for-87) with six doubles, three homers and 16 RBI in 23 May contests. He drew 14 walks, contributing to a .386 OBP and .846 OPS. The right-handed batter went 9-for-19 with two doubles, a homer, five RBI and six runs scored during a five-game hitting streak, May 9-16, and hit safely in 18 of 23 games during the month.
A native of Venezuela, Pereda is batting .297 (51-for-172) this season with six doubles, one triple, four homers and 30 RBI in 47 games. In his sixth pro season since signing with the club as a non-drafted free agent in April of 2013, he has batted a combined .247 (261-for-1,055) with 44 doubles, three triples, nine homers and 118 RBI in 313 games, reaching the High-A level for the first time this season.
Cory Abbott, 22, made six May starts with South Bend, going 3-1 with a 2.67 ERA (nine earned runs in 30 1/3 innings). He struck out an organizational-best 41 batters, while walking just 11, and limited opponents to a .227 average against. In nine starts this season, all with South Bend, he has gone 4-1 with a 2.47 ERA (13 earned runs in 47 1/3 innings) and 57 strikeouts. He was promoted this week to High-A Myrtle Beach.
A second-round selection in the 2017 MLB Draft out of Loyola Marymount University (Calif.), Abbott made five starts last season with Short-Season Low-A Eugene in his first pro action, posting a 3.86 ERA (six earned runs in 14 innings). Overall, he has gone 4-1 with a 2.79 ERA (19 earned runs in 61 1/3 innings) in 14 minor league starts.