The Chicago Cubs' major league team beat the Washington Nationals... at losing on Tuesday. However, the Cubs' farm system went undefeated as a whole, which is super cool. In case you missed On Tap Sports Net's Around The Farm recap for Sunday, August 7, we're essentially breaking down the players who provided the biggest "yes" and "yikes" at each level. Let's take a look.
Triple-A Iowa Cubs: 4-2 Victory Over Louisville Bats
Biggest Yes: Darius Hill — 2/3, 2B, BB, 2 RBI
Darius Hill, quite simply, hits. The Iowa Cubs' outfielder continued that trend by reaching base three times from the leadoff spot and giving the Cubs their first two runs of the game. After Tuesday's performance, the Cubs' 28th-best prospect has his slash line up to .340/.376/.447. Hill doesn't hit for much power, but he has elite contact skills, making him a left-handed batter built in a similar mold to Nico Hoerner and Nick Madrigal.
Hill is Rule-5 eligible after this season, so it will be interesting to see what the Cubs do with him regarding the 40-man roster. All things considered, Hill's performance cannot be ignored, but neither can the Cubs' logjam of outfielders who need to get at-bats so the club can see what it has.
Biggest Yikes: David Bote — 0/4, 2 SO, 3 LOB
The Cubs recently sent Bote down to Triple-A. Ideally, a player with MLB experience just rakes in the minor leagues when there. Unfortunately, the start of Bote's latest stint in Iowa did not go that way.
Playing second base, Bote never reached base. His two strikeouts and three left on base both tied for the team lead. Most likely, Bote will figure it out and this was a one-off. However, this time, Bote takes home the biggest yikes award.
Double-A Tennessee Smokies: 4-1 Victory Over Mississippi Braves
Biggest Yes: Yonathan Perlaza — 2/3, 2B, BB, RBI, SB
Perlaza has flashed great power at the plate this season for Tennessee. On Tuesday, the 23-year-old slugger continued to impress at the plate. Showing off his clutch gene, Perlaza's RBI came with two outs. After his performance, his slash line is up to .261/.361/.510. Truly, the bats down in Tennessee are so impressive.
Biggest Yikes: Jake Slaughter — 0/4, SO, 4 LOB
While Perlaza impressed with the bat, Slaughter did—well—the opposite. Usually one of the Smokies' most impressive hitters, truly in terms of contact, on-base skills, and power, Slaughter just couldn't get it together on Tuesday. He was consistently at the plate in a position to tack on runs, and he could not capitalize. The pitching staff of the Smokies was pretty dominant, so they still won comfortably. Still, you want to see your exciting prospects perform, and Slaughter didn't do that.
High-A South Bend Cubs: 8-7 Victory Over Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Biggest Yes: Pete Crow-Armstrong — 3/5, HR (8), 2B, BB, 2 RBI
Stop me if you've heard this before, but Pete Crow-Armstrong is a stud. Okay, don't actually stop me because I want to finish talking about him.
The Cubs' top prospect performed incredibly well in a game that ended up needing him to do so. Crow-Armstrong was on base when Jordan Nwogu (27th-best Cubs prospect) hit a home run in the first inning. Then, PCA went deep himself in the fourth inning. When the bullpen blew a lead in the eighth inning, the Cubs needed all the help they could get to pull off the win in extra innings.
Biggest Yikes: Adam Laskey — 1.1 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 SO
This biggest yikes award was a toss-up between the two pitchers who took the mound in the disastrous eighth inning (the other being Michael McAvene). However, Laskey takes the cake here as he kept giving up hits and runs. Even though one of his earned runs came when McAvene was pitching, Laskey still left the bases stacked with runners when McAvene came in.
Laskey started the season in Low-A Myrtle Beach where he was dominant. In 19 games, he was 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 26 innings pitched.
His 17 innings pitched for South Bend have not gone well, though. Laskey's 6.88 ERA stands out even as he averages 12.71 K/9. He hasn't been bitten by the long ball (only one home run allowed at High-A). Rather, Laskey has struggled with walks and giving up hard contact. The hard contact was on display again on Tuesday.
Low-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans: 1-0 Victory Over Columbia Fireflies
Biggest Yes: Luke Little — 3.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO
The biggest yes award for Myrtle Beach was a tough one for Tuesday. In a 1-0 victory, it is tempting to give it to James Triantos, the Cubs' eighth-best prospect, who had the solo RBI in the game. You also have Jose Gonzalez, the right-hander who pitched four innings of relief for the Pelicans with five strikeouts and—obviously—no runs given up.
Still, southpaw Luke Little set the tone for the pitching staff as the starter. He had his pitches working for him. I mean, look at that slider in the clip above. Kyle Hayes swings at a pitch that ends up behind him. That's demoralizing for him, but awesome for Little and the Pelicans.
Little, a fourth-round pick in the abbreviated 2020 draft, has quietly been very solid as a starter for Myrtle Beach. He has an eye-popping 14.49 K/9 and a 2.91 ERA. While Little is still struggling with command (5.52 BB/9), he hasn't given up a single long ball and looks primed to keep rising through the Cubs' farm system.
Biggest Yikes: Felix Stevens — 0/4, SO, 4 LOB
The bats were cold for Myrtle Beach on Tuesday. Over the course of the game, the Pelicans only managed to muster five hits. The Fireflies' Luinder Avila was cruising through seven innings pitched, only giving up three hits and two walks.
Still, among the poor performances at the plate, Stevens's stands out. While he was far from the only player to go 0-for-4, Stevens did lead the team with four runners left on base. Of course, Felix Stevens is not a player you should expect to carry an offense, but he still gets the honor of the biggest yikes award here.