Chicago Cubs Weekly Farm Report (5/11/22): The Pelicans are Hot, South Bend Might Be Hotter
The Chicago Cubs were 7-17 in their last 24 games. The Cubs’ minor league affiliates went 17-7 over 24 games this past week. That pretty much tells you all you need to know about this organization right now.
Typically this article is about taking a look back at the week that was, and the bulk of it will be again this week, but I’d also like to emphasize the upcoming slate of games.
All four Cubs affiliates play at home this week and it’s the only time all season that will be the case. I implore you to take advantage of this opportunity if you are someone that subscribes to MiLB.TV. Myrtle Beach, South Bend, Tennessee, and Iowa have four of the best broadcasts in all of minor league baseball. Channel hop, pick one game a night, pull up multiple games at one time, or flip a game on the radio while you have the other on your computer. Whatever the case, enjoy some great baseball in the week ahead.
- Triple-A Iowa: 3-3 last week, 14-15 overall
- Double-A Tennessee: 4-2 last week, 14-12 overall
- High-A South Bend: 6-0 last week, 15-12 overall
- Low-A Myrtle Beach: 4-2 last week, 19-8 overall
Trends and Notes
- If the Birds are hot (they are), then the South Bend Cubs are scalding. Sweeps are extremely rare in today’s six-game series version of minor league baseball, but the High-A affiliate pulled it off this week against the Cardinals affiliate, Peoria.
- Cole Roederer made his return to a full-season team after a successful battle back from Tommy John. He’s obviously way too good for Low-A ball, but the Cubs are treating it more like a rehab assignment than anything. Now that the weather is nicer in South Bend, I’d expect him to travel north any day.
- I think this version of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans is the most exciting minor league team I’ve watched during my time covering prospects. Every single game, something incredible happens. No-hitters, 24-run outbursts, steals of home, and crazy celebrations, this young Birds team has it all.
- Speaking of that 24-run game, the Pelicans beat up on the Salem Red Sox 24-6 on Wednesday night, led by Peter Matt at the plate. Last year’s 10th-round draft pick had never homered as a professional before this two-homer, seven-RBI game. Myrtle got multi-hit performances from six other guys: Pete Crow-Armstrong (3 hits, HR, walk), Cole Roederer (4 hits, 2 doubles), Ethan Hearn (2 hits, 2 walks), Yeison Santana (2 hits, double, 3 walks), BJ Murray (3 hits, 2 doubles, walk, 5 RBI), and Reggie Preciado (4 hits, 2 doubles, 6 RBI).
- Nelson Velazquez joined Nelson Maldonado in Triple-A this week. Nelly M. has continued to rake and Nelly V. is expected to start every day in a pretty crowded outfield.
- BJ Murray (Low-A): 14 AB, 7 hits, 3 doubles, 6 RBI
- Pete Crow-Armstrong (Low-A): 22 AB, 10 hits, HR, 1.111 OPS
- Cole Roederer (Low-A): 15 AB, 7 hits, 2 doubles, 4 walks
- Reggie Preciado (Low-A): 16 AB, 4 doubles, 7 RBI
- Kevin Alcántara (Low-A); 22 AB, HR, 2 doubles, 5 RBI
- Matt Mervis (High-A): 20 AB, 2 HR, 6 RBI
- Alexander Canario (High-A): 12 AB, 2 HR, 1.150 OPS
- Christopher More (Double-A): 26 AB, 9 hits, 2 HR, triple, 5 RBI, 7 runs
- Bryce Ball (Double-A): 25 AB, 11 hits, HR, 3 doubles, 7 RBI
- Yonathan Perlaza (Double-A): 10 AB, HR, 2 doubles
- Jared Young (Triple-A): 26 AB, 13 hits, 3 HR, 3 doubles, 6 runs
- Ildemaro Vargas (Triple-A): 27 AB, 11 hits, 2 doubles, 5 runs
- Nelson Maldonado (Triple-A): 27 AB, 10 hits, 3 doubles
- Richard Gallardo (Low-A): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
- Joe Nahas (High-A): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
- Max Bain (High-A): 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
- Manny Espinoza (High-A): 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
- Riley Martin (High-A): 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
- Cam Sanders (Double-A): 9.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 15 K
- Blake Whitney (Double-A): 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- Ben Leeper (Triple-A): 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Pitchers (min. 15 IP)
- DJ Herz – 0.93
- Caleb Kilian – 1.46
- Manny Espinoza – 1.83
- Blake Whitney – 0.72
- Manny Espinoza – 0.76
- Walker Powell – 0.79
- Riley Martin – 48.8%
- Eric Stout – 41.3%
- Cam Sanders – 36.0%
- Manny Espinoza – .459
- DJ Herz – .479
- Walker Powell – .480
Hitters (min. 65 PA)
- Pete Crow-Armstrong – 1.091
- Nelson Velazquez – 1.076
- Nelson Maldonado – 1.002
- Nelson Velazquez – 9
- Jared Young – 8
- Alexander Canario – 7
- Ildemaro Vargas – 10.7%
- Darius Hill – 12.0%
- Dixon Machado – 12.7%
- Robel Garcia – 19.8%
- Liam Spence – 16.9%
- Chase Strumpf – 16.7%
Great seeing @JackJP3 back on the mound in Extended Spring Training! Gave up a walk and a jam shot in his first inning but pitched out of it. Looking sharp! #Cubs #CubsProspects pic.twitter.com/VzXk2D4yoD
— Rich Biesterfeld (@biest22) May 3, 2022
Not to be outdone Matt Mervis comes up and ties the game with this solo shot! pic.twitter.com/bKdxa8uwkw
— Jordan Miller (@Miller_MiLB) May 4, 2022
Matt Mervis has done it again. His clutch gene is through the ROOF. Another go-ahead home run in the 8th inning, this one extending his hit streak to 10 games! pic.twitter.com/7tAArlFv6n
— Greg Huss (@OutOfTheVines) May 4, 2022
After a three hit game, BJ Murray hits one in the gap. He has been seeing the ball really well lately after struggling at the start of the year. pic.twitter.com/7mfA9q1UKM
— Jimmy Nelligan (@NelliganJimmy) May 5, 2022
HR for Christopher Morel. pic.twitter.com/uUlB9AqP8r
— Itsacon (@thats_so_cub) May 7, 2022
What a week!
The @SBCubs get their first-ever 6-game sweep. That’s a @Cubs sweep over the Cardinals, High-A edition.
Here’s the final out from the finale. #InTheBooth @STAAtalent pic.twitter.com/k6x2zAEt46
— Max Thoma (@MaxThoma) May 9, 2022