Chicago Cubs Minor League Recap: Matt Shaw is too good for Double-A pitching

The Chicago Cubs minor league affiliates didn't have a great week in terms of wins and losses, but Matt Shaw and Moises Ballesteros had stellar individual performances.
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It was a week filled with losses for the Chicago Cubs affiliate teams, but there were some truly exceptional individual performances from players you want to see it from. 

Iowa continued a strong start to their season as they went 4-1 against the St. Paul Saints and Louisville Bats. They did have a rainout on Thursday but made it up with a double-header yesterday. They’ll complete their series with the Bats tomorrow and then have a six-game set with the Buffalo Bison.

Tennessee had had a rough week again, but they picked up a few wins going 3-4 since last Saturday. They dropped both legs of a double-header against the Chattanooga Lookouts on Sunday, but are looking for a series win against the Montgomery Biscuits this weekend. Next Week they’ll have a six-game series with the Rocket City Trash Pandas. 

South Bend has continued to look bad, but thanks to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans they’re not the worst team in the system. At the time of writing, they’re 3-9 on the season and they took a 2-5 last week. There are players worth watching at South Bend, but at the moment they’re struggling to put it all together as a team. 

Finally, Myrtle Beach has been painfully bad. This week, they went 1-5 which brings their season record to 3-9, but they’ve continued to be a punching bag for opposing offenses. In the six games they played last week, they gave up 53 runs. When you combine that with the 52 they gave up last week, you can see that this team simply isn’t going to win many games unless something changes.