Monday brought all sorts of action down on the farm, with Iowa providing most of the news updates.
First of all, Cubs closer Wade Davis was placed on the paternity list. To shore up the bullpen with Davis out, Dylan Floro was called back up the Chicago. This was his third stint with the Cubbies and it was a short one as Floro was sent back down on Tuesday to make room for The Machine to return.
While Floro made the trip from Iowa to Chicago, two other players hit the road from Tennessee to make their way to Iowa. Jacob Hannemann and Andury Acevedo got the call on Monday for their first taste of Triple-A in the Cubs system.
Acevedo, a right handed relief pitcher was acquired off waivers from the Yankees prior to last season. Although he has been rather injury-prone, he has the stuff to pitch in the high minors. Successful results and numbers paired with the movement and velocity on his pitches in Triple-A could be enough to prove that he is ready for Chicago.
Hannemann was drafted in 2014 (the Kris Bryant draft) out of BYU. Everyone heard the story that he would be rusty due to his mission trip in college and had the potential to break out big time, but that never really happened with the bat. While his defensive and speed are plus-plus tools, his arm and hitting ability are just not very good yet. He has shown a little pop, but Hannemann really profiles as a potential 4th or 5th outfielder.
It was reported by Tommy Birch of The Des Moines Register on Monday that righty Ryan Williams will miss the rest of the year. After quickly ascending through the system in 2015 en route to being named Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Williams has struggled to find the field. Last season he saw action in only nine games before he went down with a shoulder strain and this year it is a tear in his rotator cuff that will do him in.
The last big update is that the Cubs selected their minor league hitter and pitcher of the month. Victor Caratini of Iowa was the hitting recipient of the award slashing .366/.398/.573/.971. In addition to his ridiculous slash line, he also posted a wRC+ of 153 while striking out in only 15.3% of his at bats. Caratini is just one Major League catching injury away from getting the call to Chicago.
Duncan Robinson of South Bend (not the three-point specialist for the Michigan basketball team) won the award on the pitching side of things. In 27 innings he posted an ERA/FIP/WHIP slash line of 1.00/3.40/0.70, held opponents to a .181 batting average, and had a 25% strikeout percentage and 2.1% walk rate. He could see a promotion to Myrtle Beach fairly soon if he keeps putting up these incredible numbers.