Cubs Minor League Recap 4/7/18: South Bend Wins Home Opener!

Another day for bad weather across the Cubs farm system with either freezing temperatures or rain, but they were able to make four out of five scheduled games with a few wins!

Low A: South Bend Cubs

South Bend 1, West Michigan 0

Top Performances
Miguel Amaya: 1 for 3, 1 R
Rafael Narea: 2 for 3
Chris Singleton: 2 for 4
Javier Assad: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 SO, Win
Rollie Lacy: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 SO

Standings Check
1-1, T-4 Place in Midwest League Eastern Division

Next Up
2017 4th Round Draft Pick, Erich Uelmen is scheduled to start on Sunday against West Michigan at 2:05 PM Eastern. 

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Game Postponed, Inclement Weather.

Next Up
Myrtle Beach will play a doubleheader on Sunday starting at 3:35 PM Eastern with game two to follow.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies

Tennessee 7, Mississippi 2
Tennessee 5, Mississippi 7

Top Performances
Trent Giambrone: 2 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB G1
Zach Hedges: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO, Win G1
Erick Castillo: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 RBI G2
Trent Giambrone: 1 for 3, 2 RBI, 1 BB G2

Standings Check
1-2, T-4 Place in Southern League North Division

Next Up
Oscar De La Cruz takes the mound to face the Braes at 2:00 PM Eastern on Sunday. 

Triple A: Iowa Cubs

Iowa 5, Oklahoma City 6 (F/11)

Top Performances
Taylor Davis: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI
Bijan Rademacher: 2 for 5, 1 RBI
Mike Freeman: 0 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB
Luke Farrell: 5 2/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 SO

Standings Check
1-2, T-3 Place in Pacific Coast League American Northern Division

Next Up
Iowa will close out the series with Oklahoma City on Monday at 1:08 PM Eastern. 

Notes:

  • Javier Assad, the Cubs #23 prospect overall, churned a nice start on Opening Day for South Bend. Assad went for five innings allowing just three-hit baseball with no runs and 5 strikeouts. He picked up the win in his first start with the Single-A South Bend Cubs on Saturday. Assad has improved his WHIP every season since joining the Cubs farm system and could show big progress this season and emerge as one of the top pitching prospects.
  • Sticking with South Bend, Rollie Lacy was incredible out of the bullpen throwing three innings allowing just one hit and no walks while striking out 7. Lacy is credited for the hold in what could have been one of the best performances of his minor-league career. We should certainly watch out for him and see how he progresses as a reliever while the season moves along.
  • Trent Giambrone had a nice day in the doubleheader for Tennessee, finishing a combined 3 for 6 with a run and 4 RBI. A surging second baseman within the Cubs farm system, Giambrone produced a strong 2016 season with Eugene in 51 games. He showed a slight decrease in performance in 2017 but is already batting over .300 this season and could be back on the rise again. 
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