It was a busy day across the entire Cubs system on Wednesday as it was a big day for promotions. With the 2016 MLB Draft starting today, some room needed to be made in the lower levels to account for the new draftees coming in. Obviously the shuffling of players began for entirely different reasons on Monday with the promotion of Albert Almora Jr. to Chicago, but I’ll take you through the moves in the minor leagues that were made yesterday.
Jeimer Candelario and Mark Zagunis were promoted to AAA Iowa from AA Tennessee. Candelario was number 3 on our Position Player Prospects at the beginning of the year and was slashing .219/.324/.367 in Tennessee. He is having a much better season than the numbers indicate and still is a big time bat. Zagunis was number 10 on that same list and was slashing .302/.408/.453 at the time of the promotion. He continues to move up levels due to his ability to get on base no matter where he is.
Daniel Lockhart and Trey Martin were promoted to AA Tennessee from A+ Myrtle Beach. Lockhart is slashing .244/.290/.370 this season and appears to just be organizational depth at this point in his career. He will be a utility infielder for the Smokies. Martin was sporting a line of .233/.308/.267 which is really not good. His calling card is his defense though and that is what has carried him through the system so far.
Andrew Ely was promoted to A+ Myrtle Beach from A- South Bend. He slashed .295/.368/.398 to this point with South Bend and he has really garnered some attention this year. He may be a fast riser this season as he could jump a couple more levels in the system before the end of the year.
To go along with all the promotions, there was also one player demoted yesterday. David Bote got sent down to A+ Myrtle Beach from AAA Iowa. Bote has been up and down to many different levels the past few seasons and so far was actually doing really well with the I-Cubs albeit with a very small sample size in 12 games batting ..364/.417/.500.
Besides all of the shuffling of players, Chicago Cubs Online has reported that the organization has signed Josh Silver out of the Frontier League and is expected to be assigned to A- South Bend. The 26 year old infielder was hitting .455/.506/.701 in 20 games this year for the River City Rascals.