For most teams in the system, it was not a pretty week. Iowa was 6-0 while the other affiliates went a combined 6 – 15. Yikes! Although, on Saturday, all the affiliates won, including a double header win in South Bend.
27-26 – 6-0 on the week and winners of 7 in a row! Add in the fact they are tied for first place, it was an awesome week!
Willson Contreras keeps getting hotter. Almora and Vogelbach continue to do well at this level, although Almora hasn’t had a walk in awhile. Dallas Beeler made his return and got a win on Friday, and Pierce Johnson and Aaron Brooks might be back this week. All that would be missing from their rotation would be Ryan Williams. Like I say, everything’s coming up Milhouse for this team!
Billy McKinney is back though. He is hitting .343 over his last ten. Victor Caratini and Mark Zagunis are also hot and Chesny Young is not far behind McKinney. Chesny’s hitting .341 in his last ten games. The problem is their bullpen is not doing well and they are trying to piecemeal their starting pitching ala Iowa in May. Jen-Ho Tseng should be back quickly allowing Stephen Perakslis to go back to the pen.
29-26 – They got back in the playoff hunt last week and then went 2-6 this week. There’s still hope left.
They had two doubleheaders this week and the bullpen imploded. On the bright side, Gleyber just continues to rake. His yearly average is up to .259, but for the last ten, he’s gone .316 with 2 HRs. Zach Hedges was outstanding this week, but fell short of pitcher of the week. He went 13.2 IP with 2 ER and 3 Ks. His ERA on the year is 2.39. Trevor Clifton had a nice start going 6 with 6 Ks and 2 ERs.
Like Myrtle Beach and Tennessee, their bullpen had issues this week and their bats stopped barrelling up the ball. PJ Higgins, and Ian Rice both had good weeks. Eloy was in a bit of a slump, even though he’s getting on base. He’s at .256 over his last ten. He hadn’t had a RBI in 5 games until Saturday night. Preston Morrison and Ryan Kellogg also had very nice starts this week and Carson Sands was outstanding last Sunday – 6 IP, 2 Hits, 0 Runs, and 5 Ks.
Eugene/Arizona – They begin play June 17
Justin Steele was assigned to Eugene this week from South Bend. It’s a bit of a shocker, but then again, it wasn’t. He’s had either good starts or terrible starts. I thought for sure that he’d at least be given the chance to work out his issues at South Bend.
In extended spring training, Dylan Cease allowed a hit. Jesus Castillo, Bryan Hudson, and Pedro Silverio all had excellent starts. Also, Wladimir Galindo continues to rake and hit one out of the yard on Friday.
Hitter of the Week – Willson Contreras
9/17, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs – Blistering!
Starting Pitcher of the Week –
This came down to Saturday night and it was between four pitchers. Only one had a bad outing, but Jake Buchanan was outstanding on the week. 13 IP, 9 Ks, and 0 ERs.
Reliever of the Week –
Pedro Araujo has been lights out since getting called up. He had 7 IP of no run ball this week with a win to go with 7 Ks..
Team of the Week – Iowa
6-0, their starting rotation is returning. Their best three players are hot at the same time. What’s not to like.
Coming Up This Week at Cubs Central
Monday – Cubs MLB Draft Strategy
Tuesday – Grading the Cubs 2015 draft
Wednesday – Re-grading the Grades
Thursday – The Six Pack Comes a Day Early
Friday – Live Draft Coverage Rounds 3-10
Saturday – Live Coverage Rounds 11-40