|Gleyber Torres||Low-A South Bend||2-8, 2 RS, 1 RBI, 1 BB|
|Billy McKinney||Double-A Tennessee||7-Day DL|
|Albert Almora||Double-A Tennessee||3-14, 2 RS, 1 SO|
|Pierce Johnson||Double-A Tennessee||DNP|
|Dan Vogelbach||REHAB AZL||2-2|
|Carson Sands||Short Season Eugene||DNP|
|Jen-Ho Tseng||High-A Myrtle Beach||DNP|
|Carl Edwards Jr.||Triple-A Iowa Cubs||1 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO|
|Javier Baez||Triple-A Iowa Cubs||2-9, 1 SO|
|Eloy Jimenez||Short Season Eugene||2-8, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SO|
|Ian Happ||Low-A South Bend||6-12, 6 RS, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 3 SO|
|Arismendy Alcantara||Triple-A Iowa Cubs||DNP|
|Christian Villanueva||Triple-A Iowa Cubs||1-8, 1 RS, 1 BB, 2 SO|
News and Notes
As if on cue, Ian Happ balls out and hits two home runs after I questioned what his overall power output would be at the big-league level. I won’t back down from my eval yet, but one thing is pretty clear: he’s way too good for Low-A. … Billy McKinney fouled a pitch off his knee and that’s probably it for his season. But even if he doesn’t play again this year, it is clear that his season was an unmitigated success. McKinney showed off feel for the barrel and a refined hit tool; I’ve heard reports that the OFP isn’t high, but he’s going to be a good, useable player in the bigs. … Dan Vogelbach went 2-for-2 in his return back from the DL for the AZL Cubs. The big-league Cubs will have a tough decision to make regarding his future as he will be Rule-5 eligible and will have to be placed on the 40-man roster. Vogelbach doesn’t have a defensive position, so it’ll be interesting to see what the Cubs do. … Carl Edwards Jr.’s lack of command prevented him from being a contributor at the major-league level this year. His path to the big leagues is clear at this point, he can be an effective reliever with a possible closer role, but the command must improve for him to achieve that status.
Barring some sort of bizarre circumstance, this will be the last time Kyle Schwarber will be mentioned on this update as a top 10 Cubs prospect, so I figured this would be a good time to wrap the book on him. We’ve seen Schwarber hit, and it’s clear that his approach is such that it allows his hit tool and power tool to play over projection because he sees the ball so well. He’s been more than impressive offensively, and defensively I think he will find a comfortable and permanent home in left field with the Cubs organization. Schwarber’s ability to catch will always be in question because the body isn’t really an ideal catcher’s body and his ability to handle velocity and spin from behind the plate are lacking. That’s fine. He can still and will still mash at the major-league level.
|Eugene Emeralds||Short-Season A Ball||9-8, 2 GB|
|South Bend Cubs||Low-A||25-24, 7 GB|
|Myrtle Beach Pelicans||Hi-A||30-20, 1.5 GB|
|Tennessee Smokies||AA||24-25, 5.5 GB|
|Iowa Cubs||AAA||66-54, 6 GB|
What to Watch For
It’s the home stretch and there are some MiLB playoff races for the Cubs to match what the parent club is doing. It looks like Tennessee will miss the playoffs, which is remarkable because of all the talent that’s on that roster. Myrtle Beach is fighting for a spot and will hope that their pitching will carry them through.