Week 8 saw some interesting developments down on the farm. Here's Cubs minor league action for the week.
The Iowa Cubs split their series vs Omaha. Overall, they are now at 17-28. As for individual players of note:
• Nick Martini had a two home run week.
• Nico Hoerner began his rehab assignment as he tries to get back to the majors.
• Trevor Williams had a 2 inning rehab start, 0 ER
• Cory Abbott had a 5 inning 3 ER quality start.
The AA Smokies are 16-30 on the season, after going 2-4 in Mississippi. For individual players:
• Nelson Maldonado had a hot week, with 8 hits in 22 AB.
• Brennan Davis is at a .693 OPS. Not a lot of pop or batting average, but a very healthy .360 OBP.
• Luis Lugo had a nice week. One start and one relief appearance. 8.1 IP, 0 ER. He was the winner in the only Smokie wins.
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
The low A Pelicans spit their series in Columbia. They are 21-26 now. As for some of the player highlights:
• Ryan Reynold had a nice .907 OPS for the week.
• Manuel Espinoza bounced back with a 5 shutout inning start.
• DJ Herz also bounced back nicely with 5 no hit innings.
South Bend Cubs
The South Bend Cubs A+ are now 20-27, after going 2-4 vs Fort Wayne. As for some of the player highlights:
• Nelson Velazquez had a two homer week.
• Delvin Zinn is up to 30 steals, 2 caught stealing. He tied his career high.
• Max Bain had 6 no hit innings.
Play of the week:
Ed Howard hit his first professional homer in dramatic fashion.