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Jimenez, Clifton named Cubs Minor League Players of the Year

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The Chicago Cubs today named outfielder Eloy Jimenez and right-handed pitcher Trevor Clifton the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. Jimenez and Clifton will be honored during an on-field ceremony prior to the Cubs 1:20 p.m. CT game Friday, Sept. 23, against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

Jimenez, 19, was named Midwest League Most Valuable Player and Prospect of the Year after batting .329 (142-for-432) with 40 doubles, three triples, 14 homers, 65 runs scored and 81 RBI in 112 games with Single-A South Bend. He led the league in doubles, slugging percentage (.532) and OPS (.901), ranked second in RBI (81) and total bases (230) and ranked third in batting average (.329). He also led all Cubs minor leaguers in average and ranked second in RBI.

Named a Midwest League midseason and postseason All-Star, Jimenez earned two Player of the Week honors and was named Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for May after batting .364 (40-for-110) with eight doubles, seven homers and 23 RBI in 28 games. He was named to the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in San Diego, going 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, two runs scored and four RBI in the contest. He was also selected to the 2016 Baseball America Minor League All-Star team.

Jimenez has hit .297 (242-for-814) with 58 doubles, 24 homers and 141 RBI in 211 career minor-league contests with Rookie League Mesa (2014), Single-A Eugene (2015) and South Bend (2016). He was originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in August 2013 and is currently ranked the second-best prospect in the Cubs organization by MLB Pipeline.

Clifton, 21, went 7-7 with a 2.72 ERA (36 ER/119 IP) in 23 starts with Single-A Myrtle Beach, earning Carolina League Pitcher of the Year honors. He led all Cubs minor leaguers and ranked third in the Carolina League with 129 strikeouts in 119 innings pitched. He was named as both a Carolina League midseason and postseason All-Star, leading the league in ERA and WHIP (1.16).

Clifton was twice named Cubs Pitcher of the Month, claiming the award in May and August. He went 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA (4 ER/28 IP) and 35 strikeouts in five May starts, and then went 2-0 with a 0.85 ERA (3 ER/31.2 IP) and 34 strikeouts in five August starts. He made two postseason starts with Myrtle Beach, allowing just one run in 12 innings, including six scoreless frames in Game Three of the Mills Cup Championship Series Tuesday.

Clifton has gone 19-19 with a 3.52 ERA (117 ER/299 IP) in 67 minor-league appearances, all but eight as starter, in four seasons with Rookie League Mesa (2013), Single-A Boise (2014), Single-A South Bend (2015) and Myrtle Beach (2016). He was selected by the Cubs in the 12th round of the 2013 Draft out of Heritage High School in Maryville, Tennessee, and is currently ranked the eighth-best prospect in the Cubs organization by MLB Pipeline.

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/28/16

Tennessee was bolstered by a big inning, Myrtle Beach held on for the win, and Eugene picked up the victory in a one-run game Sunday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (62-73)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-13.5)

Iowa collected just five hits in a 7-2 setback at home vs. Omaha.

  • C Tim Federowicz (.290) went 1-for-4 with a double (10), a run scored and an RBI (37).
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.322) finished 1-for-4 with a run scored. He is batting .354 (34-for-96) with 14 runs scored in 25 August games.
  • LHP Giovanni Soto (2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 SO), RHP Corey Black (2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO) and LHP Joe Thatcher (1 IP, 2 SO) combined for five scoreless innings of relief.

Tennessee Smokies (27-34)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-9.5)

The Smokies scored eight runs in the fifth inning to move past Birmingham, 11-5.

  • RF Lane Adams (.325) continued his hot stretch, going 3-for-3 with a walk, a hit-by-pitch, a run scored, four RBI (19) and two stolen bases (9). He has hit safely in 11 straight games (.429/18-for-42), with 16 RBI during that span.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.210) reached four times, going 1-for-2 with a double (20), a season-high three walks and two runs scored.
  • C Gioskar Amaya (.162) tripled (1) and added two walks, two runs scored and two RBI (8).
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.90 ERA) struck out four in six innings, surrendering two earned runs.
  • Tennessee drew 13 walks in the contest, while collecting just seven hits.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (41-21)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+1.5)

Myrtle Beach took an 8-2 lead and held on for an 8-7 victory over host Wilmington. The Pelicans have won seven straight and improved to 21-4 in August, tying a franchise record for wins in a month.

  • C Erick Castillo (.199) went 3-for-5 with a run scored, his first three-hit game of the season.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.246) was 2-for-4 with a double (15), a walk, a run scored and a stolen base (37).
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.289) went 2-for-4 with a double (8), a run scored and an RBI (17). He extended his hitting streak to four games (.375/6-for-16).
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.256) and DH Ian Rice (.254) each finished 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.
  • RHP Daniel Lewis (3 IP, 2 H, 3 SO) extended his scoreless innings streak to 14.2 innings. He improved to 5-0 with a 2.93 ERA (9 ER/27.2 IP) in 18 games with Myrtle Beach.

South Bend Cubs (38-25)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Second Place (-4.0)

South Bend was limited to three singles in a 2-0 shutout loss vs. Great Lakes.

  • DH P.J Higgins (.273) reached four times, singling in his only official at-bat and drawing three walks.
  • RHP Greyfer Eregua (3.1 IP, 2 H, 1 SO) made his 10th relief outing of at least three innings.
  • RHP Jared Cheek (2 IP, 1 H, 2 SO) limited Great Lakes to just one hit in two scoreless innings.

Eugene Emeralds (21-9)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene held off a late Salem-Keizer rally to prevail, 6-5.

  • RF Jose Gonzalez (.200) went 2-for-3 with two doubles (3), a walk and two runs scored.
  • RHP Erling Moreno (0.72 ERA) gave up one earned run in five innings, striking out six.
  • CF D.J. Wilson (.266) and SS Yeiler Peguero (.255) each finished 2-for-5 with an extra-base hit and an RBI.
  • 2B Trent Giambrone (.307) was 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, an RBI (21) and a stolen base (5).
  • LF Kevonte Mitchell (.239) hit a solo homer (5) in the seventh inning, and C Tyler Payne (.246) connected on a two-run shot (3) in the eighth inning.

Mesa Cubs (12-15)
Arizona Rookie League
Fifth Place (-4.0)

Mesa out-hit the AZL Athletics, 10-7, but lost the game, 5-3.

  • 3B Jhonny Bethencourt (.232) was 2-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI (13) and two steals (7).
  • RF Kwang-Min Kwon (.280) reached three times, going 2-for-3 with a double (2), a walk and a run scored. He has hit safely in five of his last six games.
  • LF Yohan Matos (.238) and CF Tolly Filotei (.167) each added multi-hit games.

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/25/16

Tennessee claimed a win in extras, Myrtle Beach wrapped up a road-series sweep, and Mesa’s one big inning was enough to secure the victory Thursday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (60-72)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-12.5)

Iowa registered just three hits in an 8-1 setback against the Storm Chasers.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.318) went 2-for-4 with a double (15) and an RBI (44). He has hit safely in 11 straight games (.396/19-for-48).
  • LF Chris Coghlan (.333) finished 1-for-3 with a run scored in his first rehab game with Iowa.
  • CF John Andreoli (.255) reached twice, going 0-for-2 with two walks. He has drawn 15 walks in his last 11 games.

Tennessee Smokies (26-33)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-9.0)

The Smokies claimed their fifth straight victory with a 5-4, 10-inning triumph over Jackson.

  • RF Lane Adams (.303) went 2-for-5 with an RBI (13) and a stolen base (7). He has gone 17-for-40 (.425) with four doubles, three homers and 13 RBI in his last 11 games.
  • DH David Freitas (.294) extended his hitting streak to seven games (.385/10-for-26), going 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. He has scored 11 runs during the streak.
  • LF Kelly Dugan (.253) finished 2-for-5 with two doubles (14) and two RBI (44), including the game-winner. He is 10-for-21 (.477) with five doubles and two homers in his last five games.
  • C Ben Carhart (.263) hit his third homer (5) in his last four games, going 1-for-5 with two RBI (24).
  • RHP Stephen Perakslis (3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 SO) tossed three scoreless innings to collect his first win.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (38-21)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+1.0)

Myrtle Beach won its fourth straight game, topping host Carolina, 8-4, to sweep the series.

  • 2B David Bote (.342) extended his hitting streak to 13 games (.446/25-for-56), going 4-for-5 with two doubles (24), a two-run homer (4) and three RBI (33).
  • SS Bryant Flete (.312) went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI (13).
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.278) went 1-for-3 with a walk, double (6), two runs, three RBI (15) and two stolen bases (12).
  • LF Daniel Spingola (.228) and 3B Jesse Hodges (.215) each collected a hit and scored two runs.

South Bend Cubs (38-22)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Second Place (-2.0)

South Bend could not rally from an early 2-0 deficit, falling 2-1 at home vs. West Michigan.

  • DH P.J. Higgins (.273) and SS Andruw Monasterio (.216) each finished 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.335) went 1-for-4 with a double (40), for the team’s only extra-base hit.
  • LHP Justin Steele (5.30 ERA) gave up just two earned runs in six innings of work.
  • RHP Tanner Griggs (3 IP, 2 H, 3 SO) pitched three scoreless innings of relief.

Mesa Cubs (11-14)
Arizona Rookie League
Fifth Place (-4.0)

Mesa scored three third-inning runs and held on for a 3-2 victory over the AZL Angels.

  • SS Isaac Paredes (.305) went 2-for-4 with a triple (3).
  • 1B Kevin Zamudio (.241) finished 2-for-4, his 10th multi-hit game.
  • RHP Jose Leidenz (4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB) allowed just two hits and no runs in a season high four scoreless innings of relief to earn his second win.

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/24/16

Tennessee kept its streak alive, Myrtle Beach claimed a postseason appearance, and South Bend was victorious with a walk-off in extras. Iowa had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Tennessee Smokies (25-33)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-10.0)

The Smokies claimed their fourth straight victory with a come-from-behind 6-5 triumph over Jackson.

  • RHP Michael Wagner (3.35 ERA) surrendered two earned runs in 6.1 innings, striking out four batters.
  • RF Lane Adams (.296) went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer (3), two runs scored and a stolen base (6). He has gone 15-for-35 (.429) with four doubles, three homers and 12 RBI in his last 10 games.
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.205) went 2-for-3 with a run scored, an RBI (12) and a stolen base (2).
  • SS Chesny Young (.300) went 1-for-3 with a walk, double (23), run scored and game-winning sac fly RBI in the ninth inning.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (37-21)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+1.0)

Myrtle Beach clinched a playoff berth with a 2-1, 10-inning win on the road at Carolina.

  • 2B David Bote (.332) extended his hitting streak to 12 games (.412/21-for-51), going 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI (30).
  • SS Andrew Ely (.251) went 2-for-4 with a game-winning RBI double in the 10th inning.
  • RHP Preston Morrison (2.12 ERA) struck out five and gave up just one earned run in five innings.

South Bend Cubs (38-21)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Second Place (-1.0)

South Bend scored two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to walk-off with an 11-10 victory over West Michigan. The Cubs led 9-2 after four innings before seeing the game go to extras.

  • Midwest League MVP Eloy Jimenez (.336) went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer (14) and two runs scored. He has homered in consecutive games and gone 7-for-18 in his last four contests.
  • 3B Matt Rose (.236) went 3-for-5 with a double (13), a solo homer (12), two runs scored and two RBI (41). He has 16 RBI in his last 10 games.
  • CF Roberto Caro (.255) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.326) went 3-for-5 with a double (13), three runs and one RBI (24). It’s his third straight multi-hit game (.500/7-for-14).

Eugene Emeralds (18-9)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene collected just one single and one walk in a 1-0 shutout loss vs. Everett.

  • 1B Trent Giambrone (.302) recorded the team’s lone hit. He’s hit safely in eight of his last nine games.
  • LHP Manuel Rondon (1.20 ERA) suffered his first loss of the season, surrendering the game’s lone run in his 3.2 innings. He’s now 6-1.
  • RHP M.T. Minacci (2.1 IP, 1 BB) allowed no hits in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Mesa Cubs (10-14)
Arizona Rookie League
Fifth Place (-5.0)

Mesa notched just six hits in a 4-0 shutout defeat against the AZL Angels.

  • LHP Pablo Ochoa (6.03 ERA) struck out three in four innings, giving up one run.
  • CF Luis Ayala (.291) went 4-for-5 with a double (4), his first four-hit game of the season.
  • RF Ruben Reyes (.254) went 2-for-5 and has reached base in seven straight games.
  • 1B Michael Cruz (.248) and C Jhonny Pereda (.280) each went 0-for-2 with two walks.

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/23/16

Iowa edged out a win, Tennessee took both games of its doubleheader, Myrtle Beach posted a shutout, and Mesa battled back for a victory on Tuesday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (60-71)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-13.0)

Despite going 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, the I-Cubs prevailed over Memphis, 3-2.

  • 3B Tommy La Stella (.310) was 2-for-4 with a double (2) and a run scored.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.188) connected for his first Triple-A homer, a solo shot in the fourth inning.
  • RF Bijan Rademacher (.296) went 1-for-2 with a double (3), a sacrifice fly, a sacrifice bunt and an RBI (6).
  • RHP Josh Collmenter (1.35 ERA) tossed four scoreless frames in his second start, striking out two.

Tennessee Smokies (24-33)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-11.0)

The Smokies swept a twinbill over host Jackson, including a 10-inning, 4-2 victory in Game 1.

  • RF/LF Kelly Dugan (.250) combined to go 5-for-8 with two doubles (12), two homers (12), five RBI (41) and five runs scored. In his last 21 games (since July 31), he is batting .362 (25-for-69) with five homers and 14 RBI.
  • 1B/DH Ben Carhart (.264) also homered in both games (4) and combined to go 5-for-8. He added five RBI (22) and three runs scored. His two-run, two-out homer in Game 1 provided the go-ahead run.
  • DH/1B David Freitas (.289) added three doubles (19) in the twin bill, including a pair in the second contest. He tallied two RBI (35) and three runs overall, all coming in Game 2.
  • RF Lane Adams (.288) went 2-for-4 with a double (5), a run scored and two stolen bases (5) in Game 2. He also swiped a bag in the first contest.
  • RHP Juan Paniagua (4 IP, 2 SO) tossed four hitless frames and picked up his fifth win of the season in Game 2.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (36-21)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+1.0)

Myrtle Beach pitching blanked the Carolina offense and recorded 13 punchouts in a 7-0 victory.

  • RHP Trevor Clifton (2.87 ERA) matched a season-high with 10 strikeouts. He gave up no runs in 6.2 innings. It’s his fifth start this season of at least six shutout innings.
  • 3B David Bote (.329) was 3-for-5 with two doubles (22), two runs scored and an RBI (29). He is hitting .404 (19-for-47) with seven doubles and seven RBI during his 11-game hitting streak.
  • DH Ian Rice (.255) went 2-for-4 with a double (10) and three RBI (29).
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.248) and CF Donnie Dewees (.287) both had two-hit games. Baez added an RBI (44) and a stolen base (36), while Dewees tallied a double (5), an RBI (12) and two runs scored.
  • SS Andrew Ely (.246) and 2B Bryant Flete (.307) both added doubles.

South Bend Cubs (37-21)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Second Place (-1.0)

Even after mounting a 5-0 lead by the fifth inning, the SB-Cubs lost to West Michigan, 6-5.

  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.335) hit a solo homer (13) in the fifth inning. He was named Midwest League MVP and Prospect of the Year yesterday. He is a league leader in RBI (78), doubles (38) and slugging percentage (.535), and ranks third in batting average (.335)
  • RHP Oscar De La Cruz (2.78 ERA) pitched five scoreless innings, striking out three for the win.
  • DH Adonis Paula (.231) and 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.321) each had a two-hit game and both hit doubles.
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.218) and 3B Vimael Machin (.243) both finished 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Eugene Emeralds (18-8)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+2.0)

The Emeralds could muster only four hits and committed two errors as they fell to Everett, 3-1.

  • RHP Dylan Cease (2.86 ERA) fanned seven and gave up one earned run in four innings.
  • DH Jose Paniagua (.206) went 1-for-3 with a double (5), the lone Eugene extra-base hit. He also added an RBI (16).
  • CF D.J. Wilson (.263) was 1-for-3 with a stolen base (16).

Mesa Cubs (10-13)
Arizona Rookie League
Fifth Place (-4.0)

Mesa plated five runs in the last two frames to come from behind and top the host AZL Giants, 5-3.

  • 1B Jhonny Pereda (.284) reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk. He also added an RBI (21).
  • 3B Rafael Mejia (.212) and CF Luis Ayala (.276) each had one hit and one RBI.
  • RHP Michael Rucker (2 IP, 1 H, 3 SO) has yet to allow an earned run in 8.2 IP with Mesa. This year’s 11th round pick out of Brigham Young University notched his third win of the season.

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/22/16

Iowa and Tennessee both picked up wins behind big innings, South Bend’s pitching carried the load, and Eugene was victorious in walk-off fashion Monday. Myrtle Beach had the day off and will resume play tonight. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (59-71)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-13.0)

  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.288) went 2-for-3 with a walk, double (2), solo homer (1) and two runs scored. He has hit safely in six straight games (.450/9-for-20).
  • C Tim Federowicz (.291) was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer (8). He is batting .351 (13-for-37) with four homers and 11 RBI in his last nine games.
  • 2B Tommy La Stella (.280) finished 1-for-4 with a double (1) and run scored.
  • RHP Stephen Fife (3.26 ERA) pitched four scoreless innings, striking out four.
  • RHP Armando Rivero (2 IP, 2 BB, 5 SO) earned the win, striking out five batters in two scoreless innings of relief.

Tennessee Smokies (22-33)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-13.0)

The Smokies scored five runs in the last two innings to defeat host Jackson, 10-7.

  • CF Lane Adams (.267) went 3-for-5 with two doubles (4), one run scored and two RBI (9).
  • 1B Victor Caratini (.297) reached three times, going 2-for-4 with a double (24), a walk and a run scored.
  • RF Kelly Dugan (.236) and DH Chesny Young (.302) each registered multi-hit games.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.270) hit a two-run homer (5) in the second inning, and C David Freitas (.284) added a solo shot in the eighth inning (4). Freitas has homered in consecutive games and has scored two runs in three straight contests.
  • The Smokies had 10 extra-base hits in the game, including eight doubles.

South Bend Cubs (37-20)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+0.5)

South Bend allowed just two hits in an 8-2 win over West Michigan.

  • C P.J. Higgins (.273) went 3-for-5 with an RBI (33), his first three-hit game since July 14.
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.261) was 2-for-5 with three runs scored, one RBI (65) and a stolen base (7).
  • DH Sam Tidaback (.375) went 2-for-4 with a double (1) and two RBI (2).
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.320), LF Eloy Jimenez (.337) and SS Andruw Monasterio (.209) all added multi-hit games. Jimenez appeared in his first game since Aug. 14.
  • RHP Duane Underwood Jr. (0.00 ERA) has yet to allow a hit in two outings (5 IP) with Sound Bend, walking two batters and fanning seven in total.

Eugene Emeralds (18-7)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+3.0)

Eugene snapped a two-game skid with a 1-0 walk-off victory in nine innings over Everett.

  • CF D.J. Wilson (.262) recorded a walk-off RBI single in the ninth inning.
  • LF Chris Pieters (.274) went 2-for-4, his 17th multi-hit game of the season.
  • RHP Michael Knighton (2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 SO) recorded his 10th relief outing of at least two innings.
  • RHP Tyson Miller pitched a season-high 4.1 innings and recorded his first scoreless outing.

Mesa Cubs (9-13)
Arizona Rookie League
Fifth Place (-4.5)

Mesa collected 10 hits, all singles, in a 6-3 setback vs. the AZL Athletics.

  • RF Ruben Reyes (.254) went 3-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI (11). He has hit safely in five straight games (.500/8-for-16) with seven runs scored.
  • CF Luis Ayala (.277) went 2-for-5 with an RBI (18) and two stolen bases (18).
  • DH Gustavo Polanco (.331) went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/21/16

Only Myrtle Beach was able to secure a victory on Sunday, but the other Cubs affiliates weren’t as lucky. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (58-71)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-13.0)

Iowa allowed two runs in the first inning and could not rally back, falling 4-1 vs. Memphis.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.316) extended his hitting streak to nine games (.400/16-for-40), going 2-for-4. He has 14 RBI during the nine-game stretch.
  • C Tim Federowicz (.286) went 2-for-4 with an RBI (32).
  • RHP Jake Buchanan (4.53 ERA) fanned six, giving up two earned runs in seven innings of work. It’s his third quality start in his last four outings.

Tennessee Smokies (21-33)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-14.0)

The Smokies lost 5-2 vs. Jacksonville, their eighth loss in the last 10 games.

  • 1B David Freitas (.285) went 2-for-3 with a walk, a solo homer (3) and two runs scored.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.272) reached twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • RF Lane Adams (.236) went 1-for-3 with a double (2) and a walk. He has hit safely in four straight games (.286/4-for-14).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (35-21)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-First Place (–)

The Pelicans scored two in the ninth and one in the 10th to walk-off with a 7-6 win over Lynchburg.

  • DH Ian Rice (.248) was 3-for-5 with a game-tying two-run homer (6) in the ninth inning and the game-winning RBI single in the 10th frame. He scored twice and collected three RBI (26).
  • SS Andrew Ely (.248) had his first three-hit game with Myrtle Beach, going 3-for-4 with a RBI (12).
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.245) went 1-for-3 with a walk, a solo homer (8) and two runs scored.
  • RHP Tommy Nance (3 IP, 1 H, 4 SO) threw three scoreless innings to collect the win. He has not allowed a run in his last five outings (8.1 IP).

South Bend Cubs (36-20)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+0.5)

South Bend collected 12 hits but left 13 runners on base in a 3-2 setback at Lansing.

  • LF Roberto Caro (.248) went 4-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI (17) and two stolen bases (4). It marked his first four-hit game of the season.
  • C Alberto Mineo (.250) went 2-for-5 with an RBI (22), his third multi-hit game in his last four contests.
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.259) was 2-for-4 with a double (23).
  • RHP Greyfer Eregua (3 IP, 1 H, 1 SO) recorded his third straight outing of at least three innings. He has not allowed an earned run in his last five outings (13.2 IP).

Eugene Emeralds (17-7)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+3.0)

Eugene lost its second straight game, registering just two hits in a 4-1 setback vs. Everett.

  • 2B Trent Giambrone (.308) collected both of the team’s hits, going 2-for-3 with a solo homer (3). He has hit safely in six straight games (.571/12-for-21).
  • RHP Erling Moreno (0.45 ERA) gave up one earned run in five innings. It’s the first run he’s allowed in 20 innings with the Emeralds this season.

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/18/16

Iowa and Eugene continued their impressive winning streaks Thursday, while South Bend rallied late for a victory. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league action.

Iowa Cubs (57-69)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-14.0)

Iowa won its sixth straight game, defeating host Sacramento, 4-3.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.312) went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, his second-straight game with a homer. He has hit safely in six straight games (.407/11-for-27) with four multi-hit efforts. He has reached base in 25-straight games.
  • SS Munenori Kawasaki (.269) went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, his first-career homer in 222 minor-league games.
  • C Tim Federowicz (.288) went 2-for-4, his fourth multi-hit game in his last six contests.
  • RHP Josh Collmenter made his first start in the Cubs organization.
  • LHP Joe Thatcher (1 IP, 1 H, 3 SO) also made his Cubs debut.
  • RHP Pierce Johnson (2.2 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 5 SO) collected the win with 2.2 scoreless innings of relief.

Tennessee Smokies (20-31)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-12.0)

The Smokies scored six runs in the final two frames, but still suffered an 11-7 setback vs. Jacksonville.

  • LF Chesny Young (.300) went 4-for-5 with a double (20), two runs and one RBI (29). This marked his fifth four-hit game of the season.
  • C Victor Caratini (.297) went 3-for-5 with two RBI (45).
  • PH Kelly Dugan (.237) hit a two-run pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.275) went 1-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base (5). He extended his hitting streak to five games (.400/8-for-20).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-19)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+2.0)

Myrtle Beach’s game vs. Winston-Salem was cancelled due to rain and will not be made up.

South Bend Cubs (35-18)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.5)South Bend scored runs in the eighth and ninth innings to defeat host Bowling Green, 6-4.

  • 1B Matt Rose (.222) homered for the second-straight game, going 2-for-4 with a solo shot, two runs scored and two RBI (33).
  • 3B Vimael Machin (.220) reached base three times, going 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI (7).
  • C Alberto Mineo (.243) went 2-for-5 with a double (5) and a run scored.
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.199) went 2-for-4 with two RBI (9).

Eugene Emeralds (16-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+5.0)

Eugene won its 14th straight game, tying the Northwest League record for consecutive wins. The Ems defeated visiting Boise, 1-0, in a pitcher’s duel.

  • DH Trent Giambrone (.286) went 3-for-3 with two doubles (10) and a run scored. He has gone 6-for-10 with three runs scored in his last three games.
  • CF D.J. Wilson (.271) went 2-for-3 with two doubles (14), an RBI (25) and a stolen base (15). He has hit safely in seven-straight games (.417/10-for-24).
  • LHP Manuel Rondon has tossed three-straight scoreless outings (16 IP) and has allowed just three total earned runs in his last seven starts.

Mesa Cubs (6-12)
Arizona Rookie League
Fifth Place (-5.5)

Mesa collected just five hits in a 6-2 setback vs. the AZL Reds.

  • 1B Jhonny Pereda (.298) had the team’s only multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double (5).
  • CF Tolly Filotei (.179) went 0-for-1 with three walks and an RBI (5).
  • RHP Michael Rucker (2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO) has not allowed an earned run in 6.2 innings pitched.

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/17/16

Iowa and Myrtle Beach were both able to secure one-run wins, Eugene’s pitching was dominant, and Mesa scored a season-high in runs on Wednesday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league action.

Iowa Cubs (56-69)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-15.0)

The I-Cubs extended their winning streak to five games by defeating host Sacramento, 8-7.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.308) was 2-for-4 with a double (14), a homer (7), two RBI (39) and two runs. He has three multi-hit games in his five-game hitting streak.
  • 2B-1B Logan Watkins (.282) went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI (38) and a run scored.
  • C Taylor Davis (.258) and RF Juan Perez (.281) each collected two hits and drove in a run. Perez also scored once.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.237) was 1-for-2 with a double (1), two runs scored and a walk.
  • RHP Felix Pena (2.2 IP, 2 SO) tossed 2.2 perfect frames and has not allowed a run in his last eight innings.

Tennessee Smokies (20-30)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-11.0)

The Smokies went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and lost to Jacksonville, 5-1.

  • 2B Tommy La Stella (1.000) went 1-for-1 in his first game back to minor-league ball. He was also hit by a pitch.
  • RF Ian Happ (.276) reached base all four times, going 3-for-3 with a walk and scoring a run. He also swiped a bag (4).
  • SS Chesny Young (.294) was 1-for-4, his lone hit a double (19).
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.273) drove in the only Tennessee run (8) of the game via a sacrifice fly.
  • RHP Jack Leathersich (1 IP, 1 SO) has not allowed a hit in his last three outings (3 IP).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-19)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+2.5)

The Pelicans staved off a ninth-inning Winston-Salem rally to win, 6-5. It’s their 21st win in their last 26 games.

  • LF Charcer Burks (.248) was 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles (24) and two runs scored.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.259) extended his hitting streak to 14 games, going 2-for-4 with an RBI (88) and a run scored. It’s his third straight multi-hit game.
  • SS Andrew Ely (.247) had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with a run scored.
  • DH Ian Rice (.243) went 1-for-3 with a double (9).
  • 3B David Bote (.319) reached three times, going 1-for-3 with two walks. He also knocked in a run (27) and scored twice.

South Bend Cubs (34-18)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+2.5)

South Bend batters struck out 13 times en route to an 8-5 setback at Bowling Green.

  • 3B Matt Rose (.217) was 1-for-4 with a three-run homer (9) in the fifth inning.
  • DH Adonis Paula (.187) went 1-for-4 with a two-run, two-out shot (2) in the fourth.
  • C Alberto Mineo (.235) reached twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk. He added a double (4) and a run.
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.189) registered his fifth double of the season for South Bend.
  • RHP Greyfer Eregua (3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 SO) has not allowed an earned run over three appearances (7.1 IP) since rejoining South Bend.

Eugene Emeralds (15-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+4.0)

RHP Dylan Cease and RHP Duncan Robinson combined for 7.2 hitless innings to start the game. The Emeralds walked off against Boise, 3-2, and picked up their 13th straight win.

  • 3B Trent Giambrone (.267) delivered the walk-off hit, an RBI single. He was 2-for-3 with a double (8), an RBI (15), a run scored, a walk and a stolen base (3).
  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.254) went 2-for-4 with a double (9) and a run scored.
  • LF Chris Pieters (.282) was 1-for-3 with a double (7), a walk and an RBI (30).
  • RHP Dylan Cease (2.93 ERA) fanned a career-high eight batters in 3.2 innings and has not allowed an earned run in back-to-back outings.

Mesa Cubs (6-11)
Arizona Rookie League
Fifth Place (-5.0)

The Mesa Cubs picked up a season high 15 runs en route to a 15-7 defeat of the host AZL White Sox.

  • SS Isaac Paredes (.305) tallied eight total bases, going 3-for-5 with two doubles (13), a homer (1), five RBI (23) and two runs scored.
  • DH Gustavo Polanco (.325) went 3-for-6 with three doubles (6), four RBI (20) and two runs scored.
  • RF-CF Tolly Filotei (.185) reached base five times, going 3-for-4 with two walks. He added two RBI (4), four runs scored and a stolen base (2).
  • PR-RF Ruben Reyes (.230) and 2B Edgar Rondon (.273) both had multi-hit games. Reyes was 2-for-4 with three runs scored, while Rondon went 2-for-3 with two walks, three runs scored and a stolen base (5).

Cubs Minor League Report: 8/16/16

It was a good day for Cubs farm teams, as all four affiliates taking the field picked up wins. Tennessee and Mesa had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (55-69)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-15.0)

The I-Cubs picked up their fourth-straight win, topping host Sacramento, 5-1.

  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.500) was 2-for-4 with a double (1) and a stolen base (1) in his first game with Iowa.
  • RF John Andreoli (.256) went 2-for-3 with an RBI (53), a sac fly and a stolen base (31).
  • CF Juan Perez (.278) was 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI (49). He has a hit in five straight games.
  • RHP Jake Buchanan (4.64 ERA) surrendered just one run in seven innings to pick up the win. He struck out four.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (33-19)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+2.5)

After trailing 3-0, the Pelicans rallied for four unanswered runs and walked off over Winston-Salem, 4- 3 (10 inn.).

  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.256) was 3-for-5 with a double (19) and a pair of RBI (87). It extended his hitting streak to 13 games (.304/17-for-56). He tallied the walk-off knock.
  • 2B David Bote (.319) had his fourth straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with a run scored.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.301) was 1-for-4 with a sacrifice bunt, a stolen base (10) and a run scored.
  • LF Charcer Burks (.246) reached three times, going 1-for-3 with a pair of walks.

South Bend Cubs (34-17)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.5)

For the second straight game, the SB-Cubs were outhit but won by a score of 3-2 over Bowling Green.

  • LF Roberto Caro (.252), who has reached base six times in his last two games, was 2-for-3 with a triple (3), an RBI (16), a run scored and a walk.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.325) was 2-for-4 with an RBI (22), extending his hitting streak to 11 games (.370/17-for-46).

Eugene Emeralds (14-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+3.0)

The Emeralds stretched their winning streak to 12 straight games as they beat host Spokane, 13-8.

  • LF Chris Pieters (.286) was 2-for-4 with three RBI (31), a run scored and a walk.
  • C Marcus Mastrobuoni (.245) was 1-for-5 with a triple (1), a pair of RBI (16) and a run scored.
  • CF D.J. Wilson (.263) reached twice, going 1-for-4 with a walk. He also scored twice and stole two bases (14).
  • LHP Marc Huberman (1.2 IP, BB, 2 SO) has only given up four hits and one run over 6.2 IP with Eugene.