Cubs Minor League Recap 4/27/18

The Cubs Minor League Affiliates went 2-2 on Friday night, with a few more strong pitching performances to add to what has been already a great April for the Cubs Minor League Pitching Prospects.

Low A: South Bend Cubs

South Bend 5, Great Lakes 2

Top Performances
Teddy Payne: 2 for 4, 2 RBI
Austin Filiere: 2 for 4, 1 R
Miguel Amaya: 1 for 4, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Javier Assad: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, Win
Tyler Thomas: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO

Standings Check
9-9, 4th Place in Midwest League Eastern Division

Next Up
Brendon Little is the scheduled starter for South Bend on Saturday night at 7:05 PM Eastern.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach 3, Salem 9

Top Performances
Chris Pieters: 2 for 4, 1 RBI
P.J. Higgins: 1 for 4, 1 R
Andruw Monasterio: 1 for 4, 1 R

Standings Check
7-15, 5th Place in Carolina League Southern Division

Next Up
Alex Lange is the scheduled starter for Myrtle Beach on Saturday night at 6:05 PM Eastern.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies

Tennessee 6, Chattanooga 1

Top Performances
Zack Short: 2 for 5, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Jeffery Baez: 3 for 5, 1 R
Ian Rice: 3 for 4, 1 R
Carlos Penalver: 1 for 4, 1 R, 3 RBI
Trevor Clifton: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 SO, Win

Standings Check
10-10, 3rd Place in Southern League North Division

Next Up
Duncan Robinson is the scheduled starter for Tennessee on Saturday night at 7:15 PM Eastern.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs

Iowa 1, Oklahoma City 4

Top Performances
Mark Zagunis: 2 for 4, 1 RBI
Efren Navarro: 1 for 4, 1 R
Taylor Davis: 2 for 4

Standings Check
4-15, 4th Place in Pacific Coast League American Northern Division

Next Up
Michael Roth is the scheduled starter for Iowa on Saturday night at 8:05 PM Eastern.


  • 19-year old phenom, C Miguel Amaya, continues to impress by the day, with his third home run in 56 plate appearances. Amaya is batting .268 from the plate with an on-base percentage of .359, and slugging percentage at .518. Through 16 games this season, the Cubs #10-ranked prospect continues to rake and reminds us of the 19-year old SS Aramis Ademan who’s tearing it up with Myrtle Beach this season.
  • Staying with South Bend, Pitching Javier Assad produced another strong performance, improving his record 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA. Assad showed some flashes of potential with Eugene last season, including 9 strikeouts in a game on three occasions, but we never thought he would be this dominant to start off 2018. The 20-year old doesn’t look like he’s slowing down anytime soon with a five-inning shutout of the Loons on Friday.
  • The Cubs other really good shortstop prospect, Zack Short, had himself a nice day with the Smokies on Friday. Short was 2 for 5 with a home run, and one RBI in the only other win for a Cubs affiliate. That was Short’s second home run of the season, and over the past few games has snapped out of his cold streak. 

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