Cubs Minor League Recap 4/14/18: Myrtle Beach’s Offense Stars Again

The Cubs Minor League affiliates went 1-2 on Saturday with a rainout, but Myrtle Beach made up for it with another huge offensive night. 

Low A: South Bend Cubs

Postponed, rain.

Next Up
Erich Uelmen closes out the series for South Bend on Sunday at 1:30 PM Eastern.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach 14, Down East 6

Top Performances
Vimael Machin: 4 for 6, 2 R, 3 RBI
Connor Myers: 4 for 5, 3 R, 1 BB
Tyler Alamo: 2 for 4, 1 R, 2 RBI
Bryan Hudson: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, Win

Standings Check
2-8, 5th Place in Carolina League Southern Division

Next Up
Alex Lange takes the mound for Myrtle Beach on Sunday at 2:00 PM Eastern in the series finale against Down East.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies

Tennessee 2, Jackson 10

Top Performances
Trey Martin: 2 for 4, HR, 1 R, 2 RBI
Eddy Martinez: 1 for 2, 2 BB
Preston Morrison: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO

Standings Check
3-6, 4th Place in Southern League North Division

Next Up
Mike Rucker pitches the series finale on Sunday at 2:00 PM Eastern.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs

Iowa 1, Memphis 3

Top Performances
David Bote: 1 for 4, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Bijan Rademacher: 1 for 3, 1 BB
Duane Underwood: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO

Standings Check
2-6, 3rd Place in Pacific Coast League American Northern Division

Next Up
Alec Mills is slated to start on Sunday at 3:05 PM Eastern.

Notes:

  • Duane Underwood in Iowa looked really solid in his second start this season. Underwood went for five innings, allowing four hits and zero earned runs and walks, while striking out six. He was responsible for the loss since there was not enough run support to at least have a tie game or lead when he checked out. The 23-year old righty is probably in his last season in the minors with a promotion to come very soon. Underwood has progressed each year for the past two years. 
  • Vimael Machin had another strong offensive performance for the second time in three games. Machin went 4 for 6 from the plate with 2 runs and 3 RBI for a great game in Myrtle Beach’s big win. He ended 2017 with a .274 batting average for the Pelicans and was surprisingly not promoted before the season started. However, Machin will move up quickly if he keeps batting the way he is right now.
  • Bryan Hudson looked decent for the Pelicans with five innings of work allowing three earned runs, picking up the win. Hudson struck out four while just allowing one walk in his second start this season. It was a big improvement from his first start as he has tended to start out slow before really heating up. Hudson is this year’s breakout prospect prediction for the Cubs and will continue the momentum. 
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