Cubs Minor League Recap 4/17/18: Great Pitching All Around the Farm System!

The Cubs Minor-League teams went 1-3 on Tuesday, but they all showcased great starting pitching despite the losses! What matters most is the individual performances, not the team performances for when the guys are ready for the Cubs in a few years.

Low A: South Bend Cubs

South Bend 2, Dayton 3

Top Performances
Jared Young: 2 for 4, HR, 2 R, 1 RBI
Yeiler Peguero: 2 for 3, 1 BB
Austin Filiere: 1 for 3, 1 RBI
Cory Abbott: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO

Standings Check
6-3, 3rd Place in Midwest League Eastern Division

Next Up
Cubs #4-ranked prospect Jose Albertos takes the mound against Dayton on Wednesday at 7:00 PM Eastern.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach 2, Buies Creek 5

Top Performances
Kevonte Mitchell: 1 for 2, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1BB
Wladimir Galindo: 1 for 4, 1 R
Keegan Thompson: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO

Standings Check
3-10, 5th Place in Carolina League Southern Division

Next Up
Cubs up-and-coming Pitching Prospect Jose Paulino earns the nod against Buies Creek in the series finale on Wednesday at 7:00 PM Eastern.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies

Tennessee 6, Montgomery 1 (F/10)

Top Performances
Yasiel Balaguert: 2 for 5, 3 RBI
Trent Giambrone: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI
Duncan Robinson: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO

Standings Check
5-6, 4th Place in Southern League North Division

Next Up
Cubs #7-ranked prospect Tom Hatch starts for Tennessee against Montgomery on Wednesday at 7:35 PM Eastern.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs

Iowa 2, Nashville 3

Top Performances
Mark Zagunis: 2 for 3, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Wynton Bernard: 2 for 4 
Michael Roth: 4 2/3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO

Standings Check
3-8, 3rd Place in Pacific Coast League American Northern Division

Next Up
Luke Farrell will pitch for Iowa on Wednesday at 1:08 PM Eastern.

Notes:

  • Duncan Robinson pitched a phenomenal game for the Smokies despite not picking up the win. Robinson went for 6.0 innings, allowing six hits and no runs while striking out four in the quality start. Tennessee went to 10 innings and put up a 5-spot in their portion of the tenth, earning the win for the reliever Daury Torrez. Wins don’t matter in the minors, it’s about experience and Duncan Robinson is doing just that with his third consecutive start with one earned run allowed or less. 
  • Cory Abbott pitched a near game of perfection up north for South Bend with just two batters more than the minimum. Abbott pitched five innings allowing just one hit and one unearned run while striking out five. He was able to replicate what we saw from him out of college, making him the 28th-ranked prospect within the organization. Abbott’s first start was just one inning short of a quality start and this time he was able to dominate out on the mound.
  • Sticking with South Bend, Jared Young continued his hot streak from the plate with another home run, his second on the season. In 8 games this season, Young is batting .406 with an on-base percentage of .472. Young continues to impress everyone and doesn’t look like he’s slowing down anytime soon. 
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