This week was a week of prominent pitchers propelling their teams to wins. At three levels of Class A, the three team has a combined record of 17-2. It was very hard to pick the pitcher of the week as so many starters had great outings this week. In the mix for the award were Trevor Clifton, Zach Hedges, Manny Rondon, and Adbert Alzolay, all who did not give up a run. Add in Dylan Cease, Bailey Clark, Jeremy Null, and Ryan Kellogg and you have a wave of pitching excellence this week. No wonder the three teams went 17-2.
The Hatch is Closed
It also looks like Tom Hatch will not be pitching this year. After 130 IP in NCAA action, the Cubs are going to protect their investment. For the year, Hatch had 112 Ks, 33 BBs, and a 2.14 ERA at the highest level of the college game.
At this time of year, it is hard to come up with topics to write about. Just three weeks remain in the season and I think I will wait one more week before rolling out some regular year-end posts like breakout prospects for this year; breakout prospects for next year; top things I have read this year; the thank you post; top moments in the MiLB; and the August and second half all-star teams. This week, there will be a player profile and a team update. With school starting tomorrow, let’s just see where the wind takes me.
South of the Border
I keep checking the box scores and stats of the Cubs’ two Dominican Summer League teams. It hasn’t been the best of years, but it looks like there will be 5-7 quality pitchers coming stateside next year along with 3-4 hitters. One of those, hitters Jonathan Sierra, continues to pile up the walks. He has a .268 average but his 30 walks in 55 games propel his OBP up to .385. That’s pretty impressive for a 17-year-old kid. It is highly likely that he will be stateside for fall instructs. When you look at him, he physically reminds me of a young Darryl Strawberry and at 6’3” and 190 pounds as he swings and throws left-handed.
Around the System This Week
|Iowa||3-3 ; 50-66|
|Myrtle Beach||5-1; 31-18 1st Place|
|South Bend||5-1; 32-16 1st Place||1st Half Winner|
|Eugene||7-0; 11-5 1st Place||1st Half Winner|
|Dominican Republic 1||1-5; 22-37|
|Dominican Republic 2||3-3; 33-27|
Players of the Week
Here’s What’s Coming Up Next Week at Cubs Central
Throwing Wrenches at a Prospect List
Player Profile: Bailey Clark – Off to a Good Start
Arizona Cubs Surviving the Heat: A Team Update
Breakout Players of the Year: Pitchers
Breakout Players of the Year: Hitters