I am not used to this at all. The 4th of July has messed up my routine, but I will get over it this morning. Between a new top prospect list, a trip to the vet, and putting in a new front screen door, I have had a busy morning. And with the affiliates off yesterday instead, some moves will probably be announced today.

I am not sure what to expect today.

Could we DJ Herz move to Tennessee??? It is doubtful.

Will Ezequiel Pagan head to South Bend from Myrtle Beach? He could.

Will Danis Correa join Javier Assad in Tennessee? You never know.

When Luis Devers was announced by Myrtle Beach as heading to South Bend on Saturday, I thought for sure that when I got to the ballpark that DJ Herz would not be there. Yet, he was there. Little did I know that Walker Powell, who I had ironically talked to the day before about his desire to start, wound up heading to Double-A and he started Sunday night.

The big issue right now within the system is that Iowa’s rotation is just not working out right now. It got a little sturdier last week with the return on Caleb Kilian and the promotion of Javier Assad, but they need another arm or two. Are Anderson Espinoza and Peyton Remy (who just had his second child, Congrats!) ready? No. Then again, the Cubs might not have a choice with Dermody and Gsellman getting lit up like Christmas trees on the 4th of July every night. Even Cam Sanders and Luke Farrell have been torched recently.

It well be interesting to see if that issue is partially addressed today.

So, without further adieu, let’s see what my “Top 5 Should Be Promoted List” looks like today.

1. Ezequiel Pagan | OF | Myrtle Beach – He’s more than ready but no place to play in SB’s star studded OF

2. Danis Correa | RP | Tennessee – He’s ready and he throws 99. Make a spot and send him to the Futures Game.

3. Zac Leigh | RP | Tennessee – If Correa goes, he goes. Still working on his slider some, though.

4. DJ Herz | SP | South Bend – He needs to get to the 5th inning regularly.

5. James Triantos |3B | Myrtle Beach – He’s getting close…maybe another 2-4 weeks. Come August 1, send him up!

Here are some moves from over the weekend.

To Chicago – Anderson Espinoza

To Iowa – Stephen Brault, Narciso Crook, Javier Assad

To Tennessee – Brandon Leibrandt, Walker Powell

To South Bend – Luis Devers sent from MB, Caleb Knight activated off the IL

To Myrtle Beach – Yovanny Cabrera, Gregori Montano

To ACL Cubs – Esmarly Tatis, Fredi Montenegro

I will be back in an hour or so with an update!

3:45 PM

Dakota Mekkes was removed from the development list in Iowa.

4:52 PM

LHP Brandon Leibrandt assigned to Iowa Cubs from Tennessee Smokies.