Chicago Cubs Minor League Recap: Matt Mervis homers and 2023 draft picks rack up hits

The Chicago Cubs minor leaguers had some great games yesterday as Matt Mervis and Alexander Canario homered at the AAA level and some 2023 draft picks came into their own.

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Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A) (56-42)

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans beat the Down East Wood Ducks 6-0 

Shutouts are fun. The Cubs took a 4-0 lead in the second inning and even though the Wood Ducks scattered eight hits across the game, the Pelicans were able to escape any damage thanks to great pitching in clutch performances. It was also nice to see a couple of rookies continue to hit well to start their professional careers. 

Rafael Morel (OF) went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored. 

Pedro Ramirez (2B) went 1-for-3 with a single, a walk and a run scored. 

Brian Kalmer (DH) went 1-for-3 with a home run, two walks, an RBI and a run scored. 

Brett Bateman (OF) went 3-for-5 with three singles and a stolen base. 

Luis Rujano (RHP) was dominant. He pitched 4.1 scoreless innings allowing only five hits and one walk while striking out six. 

Yovanny Cabrera (RHP) went 2.2 scoreless innings and only allowed one hit and no walks while striking out three.

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