Today we are taking a break from our talk of Cubs prospects (ICYMI the South Bend Cubs currently have 3 of the top 30 prospects in the Cubs organization) and we’ll focus on other happenings regarding the baby Cubs.
- Catcher/first baseman/opening day hero Cael Brockmeyer has been named the Midwest League Player of the Week. The stats that won him the recognition look like this: in 36 ABs, he has 16 hits; has scored 7 times; has 6 doubles, 1 home run (which was a walk off on opening day) and 5 RBI; has taken 6 walks; has on-base percentage of .524, slugging percentage of .694, batting average of .444 and an on-base plus slugging of 1.218. Not too shabby, huh?
- Cuban outfielder Yasiel Balaguert was activated from the DL and started Monday evening’s game in right field, batting 7th behind Gleyber Torres.
- Everyday right field Jeffrey Baez went on the 7 day DL Monday after leaving Sunday’s game early.
- The SB Cubs had their first “promotion” when Jasvir Rakkar was sent to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High A). With the baby Cubs, Rakkar pitched 7.2 innings with an ERA of 2.35. He gave up 9 hits, 2 earned runs, 1 walk and struck out 8 in those innings.
- Rakkar’s place is now taken by (nearby) Niles, Michigan native David Garner. Garner came into the Monday, 4/20 game in relief of Ryan Williams. He pitched 1 1/3 innings, giving up only 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks and 1 strikeout. With the Cubs win, he earned his first “hold” of the year. Garner (wearing number 27) is a 6’1″, 180 pound right handed pitcher. Garner was most recently at Cubs extended spring training. Last year, Garner pitched for Boise and Kane County. He was a 7th round pick in the 2013 draft.
- Going into Monday’s game, the South Bend Cubs were the ONLY team in the Midwest League without a save. During four of the last six games, the Cubs had the lead going into the 8th inning but ended up losing. Relief pitchers were 0-5 in save opportunities. THANKFULLY due to Jesse Hodges’s (@CCHodgy) offense (responsible for all 3 SB runs), the SB Cubs held on to their lead and earned James Norwood the SB Cubs’ first save of the year.
- Tuesday, 4/21 is $2 Tuesday at Four Winds Field where tickets will be the lowest price of the year for only, you guessed it, two dollars. The Cubs take on Lake County and Jake Stinnett will start. I’ll be at that game (c’mon how can you beat $2 tickets?) and will get some pics and updates.