Cubs Minor League

Cubs hand out monthly minor league awards, including a big performance from 2021 trade acquisition

1 month agoTony Andracki

The Cubs are seeing the fruits of their 2021 trade deadline haul — and not just in players like Pete Crow-Armstrong or Kevin Alcantara.

The team acquired young pitcher Daniel Palencia from the Oakland A’s in exchange for Andrew Chafin last summer and the 22-year-old righty just earned the Cubs’ minor league pitcher of the month award for June.

Palencia made 5 starts in June, going 1-2 with a 3.63 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 22.1 innings. He struck out 28 batters and walked only 5 while permitting a .207 batting average.

On the season, Palencia has a 4.68 ERA and 1.38 WHIP at Advanced Class-A South Bend while whiffing batters at an elite rate (11.0 K/9).

Last season, he pitched well for the Cubs with a 3.67 ERA and 12.7 K/9 in 7 starts for Class-A Myrtle Beach.

Palencia was ranked No. 22 on Lance Brozdowski’s preseason prospect rankings and the young flamethrower has had an inspirational journey to professional baseball.

Ezequiel Pagán was named the Cubs’ minor league player of the month. The outfielder hit .367/.474/.595 (1.069 OPS) in 23 June games while collecting 3 homers, 3 stolen bases and a whopping 27 RBI. He also walked (12) more than he struck out (11) over the month.

Pagán turns 22 on Friday and was the Cubs’ 13th round pick in 2018 out of Pro Baseball High School and Academy in Puerto Rico. He bats left handed and throws right handed and has spent the season with Class-A Myrtle Beach.

On the year, he is slashing .287/.375/.431 (.806 OPS) with 6 homers and 9 stolen bases.

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