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Young Cubs: Tseng, Baez, Baez & Alcantara

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

Top 10
Name Level Stats
Gleyber Torres Low-A South Bend 1-for-7, 1 SO
Kyle Schwarber MLB MLB
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
Dan Vogelbach DL DL
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


The Others
Name Level Stats
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.

The Teams
Name Level Standings/Notes
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.

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