Last night was just about perfect. With no major league games on the schedule, the baseball World had its full attention on the Minor Leagues, and the Cubs’ kids put on quite the show.
Of course Javier Baez was involved, he hit an absolute monster shot.
Kris Bryant went deep earlier in the same game, pure power.
Jorge Soler, who has assaulted Southern League pitching also went deep last night, I’m pretty sure that’s why the game wasn’t televised, MILB didn’t want kids watching that massacre. Addison Russell also smacked a home run, are you sensing a theme here? Christian Villanueva went deep for the Smokies as well, everybody freak out!
Not to be undone, down in Daytona, Dan Vogelbach also crushed a home run. So if you have lost count, let’s recap!
I’m sure there will be continued exciting nights at the minor league level, and soon enough this kind of excitement will be at the major league level. I can’t wait.
Get drafted. √
Destroy baseball at Boise. √
Get promoted to Kane County. √
Destroy baseball at Kane County. √
Get promoted to Daytona. √
Boom! Kyle Schwarber has been a professional baseball player for about a month, and all he has done is hit. He started with the Boise Hawks, he played five games there and hit .600 with four home runs, and ten RBI’s in twenty-four plate appearances. Then came Kane County, Schwarber played in twenty-two games hitting .380 with four home runs, and fifteen RBI’s in ninety-two plate appearances.
The grand totals so far? .424 average (42-for-99), eight home runs, twenty-five RBI’s, nine doubles, one triple, thirteen walks, eighteen strikeouts, and an OPS of just 1.278.
As you can see by the tweet above, Schwarber is moving on from Kane County, and the report is that he is heading to High A Daytona. That is excellent news as this is the second straight season that the Cubs first round pick will see the high A level, Kris Bryant did it last year.
This is very good news, and exciting as well. Good luck, Kyle!
Jorge Soler has been battling injury issues for the better part of a calendar year, those kind of issues makes it easy to forget what kind of talent he is. Well, Soler is doing his best to remind everyone that he will crush anything in his way, especially a baseball.
On Sunday afternoon Soler blasted two home runs, you know, just a typical day for Soler. In just fourteen games with Tennessee, Soler is hitting .426 with nine doubles, five home runs, and seventeen RBI’s. Yeah, those are video game numbers, like really good video game numbers. If Soler can stay healthy, and that’s a big if, he might be ticketed for Chicago come September. The contract that was given to Soler gives the Cubs control for the better part of the next decade, so he can come up as soon as he earns it.
Video’s from today –
Darwin Barney and his wife made a baby, because of that, we get Arismendy Alcantara! Now the news around baseball is that Alcantara will be up for just two games while Barney is on paternity leave, hopefully that paternity leave lasts longer, like three months. I don’t think a decision has been made with Alcantara yet, he belongs in the Majors, and has done nothing but hit recently at Iowa. Lately, Alcantara has been playing CF, I think that’s a clue as to what might happen when Barney returns, we’ll see what happens but we will be seeing more of Alcantara moving forward, and that’s a good thing.
LF – Coghlan
2B – Alcantara
1B – Rizzo
SS – Castro
3B – Valbuena
CF – Ruggiano
RF – Sweeney
C – Castillo
SP – Beeler
This is the kind of power that Jorge Soler has, and it’s scary. Look how far this one goes, just, wow. Soler seems like he is back to 100%, and he is mashing the ball right now, hopefully that continues.
It was happy hugs in the Iowa dugout last night, as Kyle Hendricks was lifted after just two innings of work. The reason? He’s going to the show. GM Jed Hoyer confirmed today that Kyle Hendricks will be getting called up to the Cubs, and will make his Major League debut this week, most likely in Cincinnati. The Cubs play a double-header on Tuesday, so that makes sense, and there was a spot on the 40-man roster created with the Samardzija/Hammel trade to Oakland.
I’ve been a fan of Hendricks for a while, and I’m super excited that he is getting his shot. Ever since he was acquired from the Texas Rangers he has pitched his tail off to get to this spot. The thing about Hendricks is he’s a pitcher, relying on command and not velocity, but something has changed this year. The command is still there (23 walks in 102.2 innings), but he has been seen touching mid 90′s on the gun, a definite spike, and something that could take him to the next level.
Best of luck, Kyle.