JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 6-18-13

Nashville Sounds 0 @ Iowa Cubs 7

Nick Struck had a no hitter into the 6th inning. He pitched 6.2 innings and ended up allowing 3 hits and 2 walks, for no runs. Casey Coleman had 1.1 innings of work and allowed 3 baserunners but no runs. Eduardo Sanchez pitched a scoreless ninth.

Logan Watkins had a nice game, going 2 for 4 with a walk. Brian Bogusevic picked up a start at center and went 2-3 with a walk and a K. Dave Sappelt had the big game, with 3 RBI off a single double and double singles. Junior Lake went 1-4 and stole his 8th base.

Chicago Cubs 4 @ St. Louis Cardinals 2

The Cubs scored all 4 of their runs in the first inning, the bulk of which came on back-to-back jacks by Nate Schierholtz and Cody Ransom. Both of those players are trade bait, improbably. Schierholtz could fetch a really nice piece at the deadline (think Christian Villanueva or so), while Ransom is just a bench bat that would net something similar to what Tony Campana did this offseason. Ryan Sweeney continues to impress while being up. Sweeney has the look of a guy who could play CF everyday on a bad team, which he just so happens to be on. I'm not entirely sure I don't give him that starting job if/when DeJesus is traded (instead of Brett Jackson) and see what he can do. ZiPS projects an 83 wRC+ the rest of the way, mainly predicated on regression to SLG and BABIP (both at career highs). The BABIP, I can buy, but even in the minors he's shown power he's never had before (and at 28, it's probably a hair late to attribute that to body development). Even if he goes back to his pre-2013 numbers, he isn't killing your team (career .339 OBP). I say go for it.

Jeff Samardzija was sublime in this game. He made a mistake to Beltran but that's about it. He induced 4 double plays which allowed him to go 8.1 innings in 115 pitches. Kevin Gregg got his 10th save; his ERA is now at 0.81 (but he did allow an inherited runner to score). I maintain that Gregg probably doesn't get you more than a lottery ticket arm, but that's still a fantastic return on investment.

Daytona Cubs 14 @ Clearwater Threshers 6

The Cubs hit two grand slams in this game. The first was Tim Saunders, in the 5th (part of a 3-5 day where he was a triple shy of the cycle). The second was Javier Baez, who struck out twice and also drew a walk. He also had his 27th error off of that terrible Florida field. Everyone had at least one hit. Another notable day was the 3-4, 2 BB performance of John Andreoli, who also stole a base. Zeke DeVoss had a triple and went 2-6. As a team, the Cubs outwalked their strikeouts, 6 to 4. The also had more XBH than strikeouts, with 5. You're going to win those games, usually.

Kyler Burke sucked, allowing 4 in 4. Yao-Lin Wang pitched two scoreless, than handed it off to Frank Del Valle, who allowed 3 runs in 2 innings. Only 1 was earned on his own throwing error. Those should totally still count. Sheldon McDonald allowed a run in as many innings.

Salem-Keizer Soze 9 @ Boise Hawks 2

Shawon Dunston had a nice game, raising his average to .471 with 2 hits in 3 at bats with a walk. Kevin Encarnacion also had a hit and walk. Jose Dore had 2 walks and a double, very nice. I was a big Justin Marra fan after last season, but he's yet to get off the schnide with an 0-4, 2 K day. David Bote had a solo shot in 4 AB. It's still incredibly early, so none of this is a huge deal.

Trey Lang had the start and allowed 5 runs in 4 innings. Ouch. Jasvir Rakkar, who sounds like a villain in a video game, went 2 innings and allowed just 3 runs. Matt Iannazzo allowed an unearned run in 2 frames, and Carlos Martinez-Pumarino has too long of a name. He allowed no runs on no hits and no walks in the 9th inning. He's CMP from now on.

DSL Yankees1 9 @ DSL Cubs 10

I got really confused at this DP. (Paula, A-Pena, Jh-Paula, A). For some reason I kept thinking "Paula to A-Pena to Jh-Paula, A?) I'm not a smart man.