Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Strumpf, Crow-Armstrong, and Caissie homer in losing efforts; Pelicans and I-Cubs rained out

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Strumpf, Crow-Armstrong, and Caissie homer in losing efforts; Pelicans and I-Cubs rained out

Chase Strumpf (photo by Rikk Carlson)

MLB

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

The arbitration hearing for Willson Contreras happens today. This essentially kicks off the trade season for the Cubs. I still hold out hope that the Cubs are considering an extension offer to Contreras, but once the arbitration ruling is made it essentially opens up the trade season for the Cubs. We are beginning to gain a clearer picture at this point in the season as to which teams are contenders and among those teams which could be looking for an upgrade at the catcher position. Interested teams will soon know the full financial obligation owed to Contreras for the remainder of the season and thus make more concrete plans.

Most deals still happen near the deadline, but I do believe any potential Contreras trade could happen earlier in the season, as it would allow additional time for Contreras to work with and get familiar with the pitchers on his new team prior to the playoffs. Adding a catcher in-season isn’t as easy as adding a left fielder. It can cause a disruption in pitch calling and game planning, and the longer adjustment period a team has, likely the better. Just something to keep in mind.

AAA

Iowa PPD

AA

Biloxi 4, Tennessee 3

Game Recap

Tennessee took a short-lived lead on a solo home run by Chase Strumpf in the 2nd, then after falling behind 3-1, tied the game up on doubles by Jake Slaughter and Bradlee Beesley as well as an RBI groundout by Yonathan Perlaza in the 7th. But Kyle Johnson would allow a walkoff sac fly in the bottom of the 9th.

Chase Strumpf just squeaked it over the fence. pic.twitter.com/JxIJZfcuv2

— Brad (@ballskwok)

June 8, 2022

Top Performers

Chase Strumph: 3-4, 2B, HR (11), R, RBI (.236)Cam Balego: 1-2, R, 2 BB (.222)Jake Slaughter: 1-3, 2B, R, BB (.286)Yonathan Perlaza: 2-5, RBI, CS (4) (.217)Bradlee Beesley: 1-4, 2B, RBI (.138)Samuel Reyes: 2 IP, H, 0 R, BB, 2 K (4.50)Danis Correa: 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, K (2.70)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

As Bryan notes in the tweet, there were a lot of early season struggles among Cubs hitting prospects, but most of the top guys have turned their seasons around, including Chase Strumpf:

A lot of Cubs offensive prospects have this story that they slumped hard the first few games of the year, and then it turned on big.

Chase Strumpf, including tonight’s first 2 PA’s (2B, HR), wow.

First 10 G: 550 OPS
38 G since: 260/428/577

Only 8K in last 40 PA too.

— Cubs Prospects – Bryan Smith (@cubprospects)

June 9, 2022

High-A

Cedar Rapids 12, South Bend 5

Game Recap

Manuel Espinoza had his first bad game of the season, allowing six runs in just two innings. The bullpen did not provide much relief either, and despite big games from Owen Caissie and Pete Crow-Armstrong, the Cubs never really managed to claw their way back into the game.

How did he hit this out?

No. 3 @Cubs prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong golfs his ninth homer of the year and his second for the @SBCubs. pic.twitter.com/xnDwedC0gv

— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline)

June 9, 2022

Caissie connects! pic.twitter.com/MuX5Npu0OU

— Brad (@ballskwok)

June 9, 2022

Big time @Cubs Prospects x2!

Both Pete Crow-Armstrong and Owen Caissie went deep tonight at @FourWindsField. These @hoosierlottery home runs were each long drives pic.twitter.com/n2Wd5xv9kI

— South Bend Cubs (@SBCubs)

June 9, 2022

Top Performers

Owen Caissie: 3-4, 2B, HR (5), 2 R, RBI, BB, SB (3) (.232)Pete Crow-Armstrong: 2-5, HR (2), 2 R, RBI (.233)Fabian Pertuz: 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB (.228)Jonathan Sierra: 2-4, 2B (.297)Yeison Santana: 2-5, R (.261)

Injuries, Updates, and Trends

The big game by Owen Caissie snapped an 0-for-15 streak to open the month.

Low-A

Myrtle Beach PPD

ACL

Cubs Off Day

DSL

Pirates Gold 8, Cubs Blue 3

Cubs Red 5, Guardians Blue 2

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