Cubs Minor League Recap 4/28/18

Alex Lange broke out with his best pitching performance of the season, Miguel Amaya continues to dominate for South Bend, and Duncan Robinson threw six scoreless frames on Saturday, all around the Cubs Farm System.

Low A: South Bend Cubs

South Bend 4, Great Lakes 7

Top Performances
Miguel Amaya: 2 for 5, 2 RBI
Roberto Caro: 3 for 5, 2 R
Teddy Payne: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Brendon Little: 4 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO

Standings Check
9-10, 5th Place in Midwest League Eastern Division

Next Up
Jose Albertos is the scheduled starter for South Bend in the series finale on Sunday at 2:05 PM Eastern.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach 5, Salem 1

Top Performances
Vimael Machin: 3 for 5, 1 R
Connor Myers: 2 for 2, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Tyler Alamo: 1 for 2, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Alex Lange: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO

Standings Check
8-15, 5th Place in Carolina League Southern Division

Next Up
Matt Swarmer is the scheduled starter for Myrtle Beach in the series finale on Sunday at 2:05 PM Eastern.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies

Tennessee 4, Chattanooga 6

Top Performances
Jeffery Baez: 2 for 5, 1 RBI
Eddy Martinez: 2 for 5, 1 R, 1 RBI
Erick Castillo: 1 for 3, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Yasiel Balaguert: 1 for 3, 1 R, 2 BB
Duncan Robinson: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO

Standings Check
10-11, 4th Place in Southern League North Division

Next Up
Tom Hatch is the scheduled starter for Tennessee in game one of the doubleheader on Sunday starting at 2:15 PM Eastern. Oscar De La Cruz will go in game two, following the conclusion of the first game. This makes up the Thursday rainout that made it a doubleheader on Sunday.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs

Iowa 1, Oklahoma City 7

Top Performances
Mike Freeman: 3 for 4
Taylor Davis: 2 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
Jacob Hannemann: 1 for 3, 1 RBI

Standings Check
4-16, 4th Place in Pacific Coast League American Northern Division

Next Up
Alec Mills is the scheduled starter for Iowa in the series finale on Sunday at 2:05 PM Eastern.


  • Brendon Little was solid for South Bend in the 4 2/3 innings he pitched, yielding three hits and zero earned runs to go along with five strikeouts. Little still was not on his “A” game like in junior college but produced so far, his best performance. Hopefully, this is the start of bigger things, and Little finally breaks out in his second season.
  • Alex Lange threw a gem for Myrtle Beach, for his best performance this season to date. Lange went for seven innings, allowing just three hits and one earned run while striking out five and walking none. After back-to-back shaky performances from Lange, he was lights out on Saturday and looks to be back to his spectacular self.
  • Duncan Robinson was yet another starter to throw a shutout, with six excellent frames for Tennessee. He gave up six hits and two unearned runs while striking out five in the Smokies close 6-4 loss. Robinson was good enough for his third quality start in five starts this season. He continues to heat up and emerge as one of the most promising prospects in the Cubs Minor League.

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