Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/21/18

After a short hiatus, we are back with our daily Cubs Minor League updates. On Monday, the Cubs Minor League affiliates almost swept with three wins in four games with lots of great prospect performances.

Low A: South Bend Cubs

South Bend 1, Lansing 2

Top Performances

  • Christian Donahue: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
  • Rafael Narea: 1 for 3, 1 BB
  • Tyler Thomas: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO

Standings Check
17-25, 7th Place in Midwest League Eastern Division

Next Up
Javier Assad is the scheduled starter for Tuesday’s game against Lansing at 10:35 AM Eastern.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Myrtle Beach 8, Lynchburg 5

Top Performances

  • Connor Myers: 2 for 5, 1 R, 2 RBI
  • Kevonte Mitchell: 2 for 4, 2 R
  • Daniel Spingola: 2 for 4, 1 R, 1 RBI
  • P.J. Higgins: 1 for 3, 2 RBI, 1 BB

Standings Check
18-26, 5th Place in Carolina League Southern Division

Next Up
Bryan Hudson is the scheduled starter for Tuesday’s game against Lynchburg at 7:05 PM Eastern.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies

Tennessee 3, Mississippi 2

Top Performances

  • Yasiel Balaguert: 1 for 4, 2 RBI
  • Zack Short: 1 for 4, 1 R
  • Jason Vosler: 1 for 3, 1 R, 1 BB
  • Mike Rucker: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO

Standings Check
23-21, 3rd Place in Southern League North Division

Next Up
Trevor Clifton is the scheduled starter for Wednesday’s series opener against Pensacola at 7:35 PM Eastern.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs

Iowa 6, Round Rock 5

Top Performances

  • Lane Adams: 2 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI
  • Chesny Young: 2 for 4, 1 R
  • Mike Freeman: 1 for 5, 1 R, 2 RBI
  • Bijan Rademacher: 1 for 3, 1 R
  • Alec Mills: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO

Standings Check
15-27, 4th Place in Pacific Coast League American Northern Division

Next Up
Luke Farrell is the scheduled starter for Tuesday’s game against Round Rock at 8:05 PM Eastern.


  • Despite taking the loss, Tyler Thomas had a very nice outing for South Bend on Monday night. Thomas went for six innings allowing three hits and one earned run with two walks and two strikeouts. He tossed his second quality start in a row, with the excellent performance. Do not let his 2-4 record deceive, Thomas has an excellent 2.88 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 8 games this season.
  • Mike Rucker had a great day on the mound for Tennessee, picking up the win in his sixth straight start allowing under three earned runs. For this one, Rucker pitched six innings allowing four hits and two earned runs with two walks and eight strikeouts. Rucker was on his best game Monday night with his second quality start out of his last three.
  • Finally, to wrap up the day, center fielder Lance Adams in his first game with Iowa since being signed to a minor-league contract, had the debut he wished for. Adams went 2 for 5 with 2 runs and 2 RBI in Iowa’s 6-5 win over Round Rock. He was designated for assignment by the Braves on April 25th after 18 games with the club this year. It’s not the first time for Adams in the Cubs system. he was also here late in the 2016 season before his contract was up.

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