This is a truncated version that’s only updated through Thursday. Next Monday’s post is going to be extensive with some eyewitness accounts mixed in by yours truly.
The Weekend at a Glance
|Gleyber Torres||Low-A South Bend||1-for-7, 1 SO|
|Billy McKinney||Double-A Tennessee||2-for-12, 1 BB, 3 SO|
|Albert Almora, Jr.||Double-A Tennessee||4-for-18, 3 RBI, 1 BB|
|Pierce Johnson||Double-A Tennessee||6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO|
|Carson Sands||Short-Season Eugene||DNP|
|Jen-Ho Tseng||High-A Myrtle Beach||7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB 6 SO|
|Carl Edwards, Jr.||Triple-A Iowa||1.0 IP, 0 H, OER, 1 BB, 1 SO|
|Javier Baez||Triple-A Iowa Cubs||5-for-20, 2 HR, 5 SO, 1 BB|
|Jeffrey Baez||Low-A South Bend||6-for-15, 3 RS, 4 RBI, 2 SO, 1 BB, 1 SB|
|Ian Happ||Low-A South Bend||4-for-13, 6 SO|
|Arismendy Alcantara||Triple-A Iowa||5-for-16, 6 RS, 2 BB, 5 SO|
|Christian Villanueva||Triple-A Iowa Cubs||1-for-14, 1 BB, 2 SO|
Notes: Over his last ten starts Tseng has a 2.95 ERA; he’s pitched 58 innings in that time span and has given up 51 hits with a 37-18 SO-BB ratio; Tseng is physically maxed out so there isn’t much projection left here but he has a solid average curve and a change that can get to average … Check our main site for an updated scouting report on Blackburn; limited projection but he can be a useable backend piece, he’s ok overall … Alcantara had a hot stretch in scoring six runs … For lack of a better term Jeffrey Baez balled the hell out this week; there’s not much above organizational fodder here, as Baez’s approach is poor; I’ve seen him swing at three straight changeups out of the zone so many times … What the Cubs decide to do with Javier Baez, on the other hand, will have a lot of impact on the roster; I can’t see the Cubs trading Addison Russell which means that it comes down to whether the Cubs believe Starlin Castro is their long term shortstop; personally I can see a future that has Baez at third and Russell at short with Kris Bryant in right.
|Eugene Emeralds||Short-Season A||4-3, 1 GB|
|South Bend Cubs||Low-A||19-20, 4 GB|
|Myrtle Beach Pelicans||High-A||23-17, 1.5 GB|
|Tennessee Smokies||Double-A||18-20, 7 GB|
|Iowa Cubs||Triple-A||60-51, 7 GB|
What to Watch For
The South Bend Cubs. I’ll be sitting on Torres and Ian Happ over the weekend as they take on the Seattle-affiliated Clinton Lumberjacks. I’ll even catch a Jake Stinnett start, so the weekend update will be very meaty.