Draft 2017—College pitchers
It happens almost every year, the prognosticators tab a college pitcher the number one pick in the draft and by the time May rolls around he’s no longer considered the top arm. Such is the case this year. Florida’s Alex Faedo was the guy this yer, despite having surgery on both knees. But the surgeries and a slight drop in velocity have pushed the right-hander down the draft boards. Unfortunately, not far enough to have him fall to the Cubs with the 27th pick.
Kyle Wright (Vanderbilt) is now considered the top college arm and will be long gone before the Cubs pick. RH J.B. Bukauskas (North Carolina), RH @Griffin Canning (UCLA), RH Tanner Houck (Missouri), and RH @Alex Lange (LSU) and LHP David Peterson (Oregon) are all quality arms but are expected to be gone.
That leaves an interesting bunch. LH Seth Romero (Houston) was considered one of the best college left-hander but was recently kicked off the team for a fight during batting practice and seen his draft stock drop. Since the Cubs have a history of drafting players with high character, its unlikely they take Romero.
The Cubs could be in on pair of Florida junior college are—LH @Brandon Little (Manatee-Sarasota) and RH Nate Pearson (Central Florida). Little shined in the Cape Cod League with a fastball in the upper 90s and a plus curve. He was drafted by the Giants in 2015 but went to North Carolina and then transferred after his freshman season. The 6-foot-6 Pearson hits the upper 90s with his fastball but still needs to develop his secondary pitches.
Other top college arms that could end up with the North Siders include @Will Crowe (South Carolina), @Clark Schmidt (South Carolina), Corbin Martin (Texas A&M), Luke Heimlich (Oregon) and Tristan Beck (Stanford).
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 7, Tacoma (Mariners) 6
Iowa scored five times in the first and hung on to beat Tacoma.
Hitting Recap: 3B Jeimer Candelario(.325) and 1B Chris Dominguez on a sacrifice fly from 2B Tommy La Stella (.269). DH Stephen Bruno(.231) added a solo homer in the fourth and C Victor Caratini (.351) added a RBI ground out in the fifth. Iowa had seven hits in the win.
Pitching Chart: Casey Kelly made his second start and went three innings, surrendering five runs (four earned) on six hits and three walks. Kelly threw 82 pitches, 53 for strikes….. David Berg earned the win, tossing two scoreless frames….LF Jack Leathersich earned his second hold, giving up a solo homer over two innings. Pierce Johnson collected his fifth save, recording the final six outs, two on strikes.
I-Cubs Notes: Reno (Diamondbacks) comes to town on Tuesday night and Seth Frankoff (0-1, 3.28 ERA) gets the start.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee @ Birmingham—Rained Out
The Smokies game was rained out and will be made up as a doubleheader when the two teams play in Tennessee during the June 4-8 home stand. Smokies have Tuesday off and return home on Wednesday to face Biloxi.
Carolina League—High A—Salem (Red Sox) 10, Myrtle Beach 5
Thomas Hatch tossed five shutout innings but the bullpen gave up 10 runs over the final three frames as Salem took the series finale.
Hitting Recap: Pelicans took a 3-0 lead in the second when DH Tyler Alamo (.250) doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly from 3B Jesse Hodges (.252). CF Robert Garcia (.239) added a RBI single and 2B Bryant Flete (.286) doubled home Garcia. A sacrifice fly from Flete made it 4-0 in the fourth and the Pelicans tied the game at 5-5 in the seventh on a sacrifice fly from RF Eddy Martinez (.211). Hodges finished 3-for-3 with two doubles while LF Daniel Spingola (.324) and Trent Giambrone (219) both had two hits.
Pitching Chart: Thomas Hatch (5.45 ERA) had his best outing since his first of the season, blanking the Red Sox for five innings. Hatch fanned four, allowed three hits and walked two in the 86-pitch outing. Scott Effross got tagged for five runs (four earned) on four hits and a walk in the sixth. Marc Huberman (0-1, 8.59 ERA) didn’t fare any better, surrendering two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth on five hits and four walks.
Pelicans News: Justin Steele (2-3, 2.65 ERA) takes the mound as the Pelicans host Winston-Salem on Tuesday night.
Midwest League—Low A—Bowling Green (Rays) 11, South Bend 1
South Bend (26-17) was held to two hits in the series opener at Bowling Green (18-24).
Hitting Recap: South Bend scored their only run in the fourth when 3B Zack Short (.277) led off with a double and eventually scored on a ground out by DH Wladimir Galindo (,282). 2B Yeiler Peguero (.297) had the other hit, a single.
Pitching Chart: Manuel Rondon (5-2, 5.77 ERA) got roughed up for eight runs in 4.2 innings, surrendering 11 hits and three walks while fanning three in the 86-pitch outing. Pedro Silverio gave up three runs over 2.1 frames and Michael Knighton tossed a scoreless eighth.
SB-Cubs News: Duncan Robinson (5-1, 1.34 ERA) gets the ball for Tuesday night’s tilt in Bowling Green.