How do you win 15 in a row? The Eugene Emeralds did and they showed no signs of slowing down until last night. They have the best pitching staff in the league yet they don’t have any hitter on the roster above .300. They do have some experienced college players in Zack Short and Trent Giambrone who have been doing well in August. This streak came down to some outstanding starters and excellent relievers doing their jobs. Erling Moreno has yet to allow a run in Eugene and Bailey Clark was getting better, stronger and faster. Dylan Cease made his second-best start of the year this week while Manny Rondon just was unstoppable, Pedro Silverio finally got on track, and Bryan Hudson just kept overcoming walks until last night.
Elsewhere around the Cubs minor league system
*Not to be outdone, the Iowa Cubs have won 6 out of 7
*Rob Zastryzny and Felix Pena were promoted to Chicago to help out in the bullpen.
*Chesny Young is back to .300 and could win the Southern League Batting title.
*Duane Underwood reappeared and pitched 2 scoreless/hitless innings for South Bend.
*Eloy is still out and has not returned to action
*Matt Rose is really one of the most impressive prospects this year. He was sent down a level, earned his way back, and has taken off at South Bend. Before last night’s thunderous breakout, he was at .287 with 5 HRs and 15 RBIs in his last 26 games.
*D.J. Wilson is now in the .270s after being in the .150s 3 weeks ago.
*Ryan Kellogg is putting together an excellent second half. He has a 1.99 ERA since the All-Star break.
*Michael Cruz is now closing in on .300 at Arizona.
*Arizona ends their season this next week
South of the Border
*Aramis Ademan went 5 for 5 yesterday
*Jonathan Sierra still is a walking machine.
*I think a lot of nice pitchers will be heading north this winter for fall instructs and then again in spring training.
*Both DSL teams’ seasons ends this week.
Around the System This Week
|Iowa||6-1 ; 56-67|
|Myrtle Beach||3-3; 34-21 1st Place|
|South Bend||4-3; 36-19 1st Place||1st Half Winner|
|Eugene||6-1; 17-5 1st Place||1st Half Winner|
|Arizona||4-4; 25-24||1st Half Winner|
|Dominican Republic 1||4-3; 26-40|
|Dominican Republic 2||3-3; 36-20|
Players of the Week