It’s hard to believe we are down another month in the Cubs Minor League, as the Cubs announced their farm system’s Players of the Month for June. The recipients were infielder Jared Young down in Low-A South Bend, and right-hander Duncan Robinson in Double-A Tennessee.
Young had a huge month for the South Bend Cubs, batting .340 with 5 homers and 27 RBI a .963 OPS in 27 June games. During a stretch, the 22-year old had an 11-game hitting streak while also starting out hot with 14 RBI through his first 7 games of the month. He’s had a great season overall, batting .304 with nine homers and 52 RBIs in 67 games. Young was selected as an All-Star to the Midwest League All-Star game in Lansing, Michigan as a result.
Robinson was extremely good in June, posting a perfect 2-0 record with a 1.57 ERA in four starts, walking none and striking out 26 with a 0.91 WHIP as a result. He limited batters to a .228 average and a .568 OPS and struck out a season-high 11 batters in six innings on June 10 vs. Birmingham. Robinson allowed two or fewer runs in each of the four starts, recording three quality starts. He’s also having a phenomenal season, with a 5-1 record to go along with a 3.10 ERA and 1.24 WHIP.
Left-hander Tyler Thomas with South Bend also made a compelling case to be the Cubs Minor League’s pitcher of the month, posting incredible numbers. Thomas went 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in four starts. Most impressively, Thomas struck out 11 on June 21st, a new professional high, and has struck out 32 batters in his last four starts. Not to mention Mr. No-Hitter, Rollie Lacy as well with South Bend going 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA in four starts. South Bend sure does have incredible pitching right now.