And then there were three…
And just like that, the “Mesa” Cubs were swept out of the first round of the Arizona Rookie League playoffs. Things were going well until Javier Assad gave up four runs in one inning and that was the difference in the game.
Now the postseason attention turns to Myrtle Beach, South Bend, and Eugene. Myrtle Beach also clinched their division yesterday, after clinching a berth last week. The Pelican will now host one game in the best of three series against Salem, the team they seem to have no fear of anymore.
Congratulations are also in order to the Pelicans whose professional development contract was renewed through 2020. As a result, the Cubs will be by the “beach” for the next four years. That is excellent news!
Arizona Fall League
It was also announced this week which players the Cubs will be sending to the Arizona Fall League. Pitchers Duane Underwood, James Farris, Stephen Perakslis, and Ryan McNeil will be taking their arms to play for the Mesa Solar Sox. In addition, hitters Ian Happ and Eloy Jimenez will also be seeing action. The purpose of the fall league has always been to get a look at some of the best products who are usually at either high class A or AA to see how they stack up against elite competition. I find it extremely interesting that Eloy will be there. It’s very rare that a player from low A gets this opportunity. Also, former Cubs prospect Gleyber Torres will be participating in the fall league.
Two promotions took place this week. Duane Underwood moved his rehab from South Bend to Myrtle Beach. Also, Jonathan Martinez was moved from Myrtle Beach to Tennessee. I feel bad for Martinez as he has been a big part of the Pelican starting staff all year and now will miss out on the playoffs. Underwood, on the other hand, had been doing well in his rehab at South Bend. Combined with Trevor Clifton, Preston Morrison, and the rejuvenated Jeremy Null, the Pelicans should have a pretty good staff to take out Salem and then either Potomac or Lynchburg for the Mills Cup Championship Series.
And probably the biggest promotion news happened last night when 17-year-old Isaac Paredes made his South Bend debut . I found it odd that the youngster skipped Eugene after playing this year in Mesa, but he can flat out rake. He hit .305 in 47 games in the Arizona Rookie League. In his debut at South, the hitting prodigy went 1 for 4.
Around the System This Week
|Iowa||3-4 ; 65-76|
|Myrtle Beach||5-1; 45-22 1st Place||Playoff Berth|
|South Bend||3-3; 41-27||1st Half Winner|
|Eugene||6-1; 26-10 1st Place||1st Half Winner|
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Cards of the Year