8/24: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Our nightly trip through the Cubs minor leagues.  The AZL Cubs were off on Friday night.

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Things were looking good for Boise after a six run second, but Vancouver quickly scored four in the bottom half and ended up beating the Hawks 7-6.  With Tayler Scott staked to a four run lead, it was easy to assume this one was over, but Scott was not at his best today, but left with a chance to win as he left with the lead.  He pitched five innings allowing five runs on seven hits, while walking four and striking out three.  Rafael Diplan pitched the final three innings and took the loss as he gave up two runs, one of which was unearned.  At the plate Marco Hernandez had a good night going 3-for-4 with a run scored.  Albert Almora and Jeimer Candelario also had good nights as each had two hits with Almora scoring a run.  Lance Rymel had one hit on the evening and also drove in two runs.  Darien Martin and Stephen Bruno each had a hit and an RBI in the loss.  Not a good loss for Boise, but they have come back strong all second half, I expect much of the same.

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Beloit took an early lead and never looked back beating Peoria 8-2 on Friday night.  Yao-Lin Wang started and took the loss pitching 4.1 innings and allowing six runs, four earned on 10 hits.  Willengton Cruz pitched two innings allowing two runs and Austin Reed pitched a scoreless frame.  There were only a couple bright spots on the offensive side of things for the Chiefs in this one.  Dustin Geiger was 2-for-3 with a home run, his 17th of the season and two RBIs.  Chadd Krist also had two hits and Zeke DeVoss added a hit and scored a run as well.  Jorge Soler got the night off for Peoria.

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Daytona won the first game of a double-header on Friday 4-3.  Kyle Hendricks started and got his first win with the Cubs as he went five innings allowing two runs on three hits, while striking out three.  AJ Morris recorded his fifth save of the season as he pitched the final two innings of game one.  Down 2-0 Elieser Bonne quickly gave the Cubs the lead connecting on a three run homer, his third of the season.  In the sixth inning Christian Villanueva gave Daytona a two run lead as he hit his third home run since coming to the Cubs.  John Andreoli had two hits in the win.

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Game two didn’t go as well as Daytona lost to Tampa 11-5.  Matt Loosen had a really rough outing as he gave up eight runs on five hits to go along with six walks and seven strikeouts.  Hunter Cervenka proved to not be much better allowing three more runs over the next 2.2 innings.  Offensively speaking Christian Villanueva started right where he left off going 2-for-3 witha double and two runs scored.  Elieser Bonne also had two hits including a double and John Andreoli had a hit and two RBIs.  Rebel Ridling and Nelson Perez each had a hit and an RBI a piece.  Javier Baez was held hitless in game one, but added a hit and an RBI in the game two loss.

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A seven run third inning helped Tennessee beat Mobile 11-5.  Dallas Beeler was the beneficiary of all those runs as he got the win despite giving up five runs in five innings.  Kevin Rhoderick and Tony Zych pitched two scoreless innings a piece to close out the game.  The Smokies a had few really nice nights at the plate starting with Matt Sczcur who was 2-for-4 with a home run and three runs scored.  Logan Watkins was 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and an RBI.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Rubi Silva each had two hits with Ha having two doubles and driving in three.  Silva hit his first home run and drove in two.  Junior Lake had a home run of his own and knocked in three.  Justin Bour had a double and walked three times, but unbelievably didn’t have an RBI in the Smokies 11 run win.

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Iowa scored two in the seventh and one in the eighth to defeat Oklahoma City 5-3.  Yoanner Negrin started, but did not factor in the decision as he gave up three runs on eight hits in six innings pitched.  Jay Jackson got the win in relief as he pitched a scoreless seventh inning.  After Scott Maine threw a scoreless eighth Jairo Asencio struck out two in the ninth and picked up his fourth save.  Tony Campana had a nice night at the top of the order going 2-for-4 with a triple, a run scored, and an RBI.  Jeff Frazier and Diory Hernandez each had two hits with Hernandez driving in one run.  Adrian Cardenas had only one hit, but it was a home run as he knocked in two in the Cubs win.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

5 Comments

Hey Mark, where does Stephen Bruno play next year? It seems like Jeimer Candelario and Marco Hernandez would start for Peoria/Kane, and Dustin Geiger and Javy Baez would play in Daytona. Does he move past Zeke DeVoss to play second for Daytona next season? Or move Geiger over to first? Or play a super-utility DH-RF-SS-3B position at Low-A?

Hey Alex, Mark will get back to you shortly about your question, its a good one. We will be having a full minor league breakdown after the minor league season ends that will try and forecast next season. Thanks so much for reading and commenting! Just my two cents…Bruno starts at Boise then moves to Peoria/Kane mid season. Thanks again Alex!

– George

I will say this, Bruno CAN play at Peoria/Kane, I just don’t know if they will start him there. They very well could in order for him to get a full season’s worth of games/at bats.

– George

Alex, right now I don’t think position is a huge worry for the Cubs, if he hits he will play wherever that may be. You are correct I would think Jeimer and Hernandez will move up as will Amaya who his having a really nice year in Boise. Zeke has struggled a bit defensively, but with his high OBP he will need to stay in the lineup, with his speed, maybe he moves to the OF, but I don’t know if they will do that yet. Remember Tim Saunders is also doing quite well in Peoria so he will have to find playing time probably in Daytona’s IF. In which town will Bruno be playing in is also a good question. My guess is he will start in Peoria/Kane. If the Cubs want him to focus on one position, maybe he starts in Boise, but you can also look and say he was a college draftee who is 21, maybe he goes to Daytona, but my guess is Peoria/Kane to start the year. A lot can change over the course of an offseason so we will see. Thanks for reading and commenting.
-Mark

Alex, I think Mark brings up a good point about position. His bat plays, that will determine what position he plays I think. Odds are Peoria seems the likely starting point next year, but you never know with trades/ offseason movement. Love talking Cubs Alex, we want more of that!!

– George

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