October 2012

October 17 AFL Recap; Solar Sox Bats Go Quiet

 

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Cubs prospect Dae-Eun Rhee got the start in this one and unfortunately he also got the loss.  Rhee gave up three runs on five hits, he didn’t walk anyone, and he struck out four in four innings.  With the rough outing Rhee dropped to 0-1 on the AFL season, and his ERA jumped to 7.50.  Tony Zych also got a chance to throw in this one and once again he tossed a scoreless inning, par for the course for Zych so far this Fall.  Matt Szczur was 1-for-3 from the lead off spot, he also drew a walk and was caught stealing for the first time this season.  No other Cubs got a chance to swing the bat in this one, with the loss the Mesa Solar Sox drop to 3-5 on the campaign.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Mesa Solar Sox Recap – October 14 Through October 16

Sunday October 14, 2012

No Game.

Monday October 15, 2012

FULL BOX SCORE

A six run fifth was too much for Mesa as they lost to Peoria 9-2.  Matt Szczur led off and was really good on Monday going 3-for-4 with a double bringing his average up to .368.  He also scored a run, drove one in, and stole his fourth base of the AFL.  Javier Baez got another start at shortstop and went 0-for-4 with an RBI.  There were no pitchers from the Cubs system who pitched on Monday.

Tuesday October 16, 2012

FULL BOX SCORE

Mesa dropped another to Peoria on Tuesday losing 4-2.  The Cubs system was well represented on Tuesday as five different players made appearances.  After a great game on Monday Matt Szczur led off once again this time going 0-for-4.  Rubi Silva got the start as the DH and just like Szczur was 0-for-4.  Javier Baez started as well, this time at third base.  He was 2-for-4 with an RBI and is now hitting .280 with nine RBIs this fall.  Kevin Rhoderick pitched a scoreless inning in relief, allowing only one hit and striking out two.  Nick Struck also got an inning of work, pitching a scoreless ninth for Mesa.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

No More Len and Bob; Brenly Not Returning to Cubs

It’s official, Bob Brenly will not return to the Cubs booth in 2013, I always welcomed Bob’s thoughts and humor.  Towards the end of this year you could tell, or at least I could tell that Bob was not exactly interested in watching a losing team every year.  I’m sure Bob has another gig lined up, many think he will take the same position with the D-Backs, but that has not been confirmed.  Once I hear where he’s going I will pass it along, best of luck to Bob.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Tigers Complete Deal For Jeff Baker….WOW

The last time I was this excited about a trade by the Cubs I thought Randall Delgado was coming to the Cubs, which is why I waited to report this until it was confirmed by the Cubs.  Okay, maybe I’m not THAT excited but the fact that I’m excited at all about the return for a Jeff Baker should tell you something.  Back when the Cubs traded Jeff Baker the return was to be two PTBNL (Players to be named later), well that deal has been tweaked a bit and it’s for the better.  The Tigers completed the deal by sending Josue Carreno (Full name – Josue Marcelo Carreno) a 6’1″, 170 pound 21-year-old right-handed starting pitcher, who MLB.com has as the 11th best prospect in the Tigers system to the Cubs…. for JEFF BAKER.  Here is the full report from MLB.com…

Carreno made his full-season debut in 2011, and although his performance was up-and-down, he was much stronger in the second half, with a 3.48 ERA and one strikeout per inning. He cut down his overall walk rate while keeping his strikeout rate constant from the previous summer. Better command of his fastball, curve and changeup could help him become a solid middle-of-the-rotation type, though he had success in a relief role during winter ball in Venezuela last offseason.

Yeah, you read that correctly, the Cubs traded Jeff Baker to the Tigers for a 21-year-old starting pitcher that has the stuff to be a “solid middle of the rotation type” down the road.  On the surface this is an absolute win for Theo Epstein and the Cubs, nothing against Jeff Baker, but he doesn’t seem to be the type of player that would solicit this type of player in return.  Honestly I’m completely shocked at this return as Carreno now enters a Cubs system that is short on arms and could find himself as a top 10 pitching prospect in the organization.

Thanks for reading,
– George

 

Born on Third Player Card: Gioskar Amaya

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Career

For full statistics please click here to be taken to Gioskar Amaya’s Baseball-Reference page

Thanks for reading,
– George w/ Mark’s Recap & Outlook

Mesa Solar Sox Recaps – October 11 Through October 13

Thursday October 11, 2012
FULL BOX SCORE

The Solar Sox fell behind early 5-1, but scored in five of the last six inning to win their first game of the season 6-5.  Dae-Eun Rhee got the start for the Solar Sox, and got knocked around a bit.  Rhee went two innings in his AFL debut, giving up two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out two.  Tony Zych was the only other Cubs pitcher to get into the game, and he earned the win by pitching a scoreless inning and striking out one.  Matt Szczur led off again for the Solar Sox, he finished the day 1-for-4 with an RBI, a run, and another walk, something he seems to be doing a lot of right now.  Javier Baez bounced back from a rough game the day before as he went 2-for-5 with a double, and an RBI.

Friday October 12, 2012
FULL BOX SCORE

For the second game in a row the Mesa Solar Sox fell behind early before roaring back from a come from behind victory.  Kevin Rhoderick made his second appearance of the AFL season, and was the only Cubs pitcher to get into this one.  Rhoderick was decent, he lasted one inning giving up one run on one hit while striking out two.  Matt Szczur made his presence felt at the top of the order again in this one, he finished the night 2-for-5 with an RBI, and two stolen bases.  Javier Baez got the day off, but Rubi Silva did get a start in right field and was 1-for-5 and had two stolen bases of his own.

Saturday October 13, 2012
FULL BOX SCORE

Mesa reversed roles today by jumping out early and giving up the lead, however they were able to battle back to earn their third straight victory.  Nick Struck made his second appearance of the AFL season working one inning giving up one run on one hit while striking out two.  Tony Zych also got into this one, he tossed a scoreless inning giving up only one hit and has yet to give up a run this season.  Rubi Silva got his second straight start in RF and replaced Szczur at the top of the lineup.  Silva delivered going 2-for-5 with two runs scored, he is now hitting .313 for the Solar Sox.  Javier Baez got back in the lineup today, and the day off must have done him some good as he launched his second home run of the season, a three run shot.  Baez finished 1-for-4 with a home run, and three RBI’s in the win.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Solar Sox Crushed; Cubs Quieted

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As good as Tuesday night was, Wednesday was equally as bad.  The Solar Sox were crushed by the Salt River Rafters 11-3, and it was really all over by the fourth inning when the Rafters built a 7-1 lead.  Javier Baez had a rough night, to say the least, he finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts at the plate and also committed two errors.  Matt Szczur led off once again for the Solar Sox and went 1-for-4 while registering his first stolen base of Fall League play.  Rubi Silva got his first start of the season in left field and went 1-for-5 at the plate.  The only Cubs pitcher not to make an appearance opening night was Nick Struck, he was able to get into this one.  Struck might have been a little too amped up for his AFL debut as he walked three over his 1.1 innings of work.  Struck struck out one, and did not allow a run despite his command issues.  The Solar Sox will look for their first win of the AFL season this afternoon at 1:35 PM CST against Surprise, it’s not a surprise, that’s just the team name.

Thanks for reading,
– George

The Oakland A’s Won’t Go Away

This is what playoff baseball is all about, heart-stopping moments that you will remember forever.  It doesn’t matter if you are an A’s fan or not, if you love baseball then it’s hard not to get wrapped up in what is taking place out West.  The A’s, for the 15th, the 15th!  Time this season walked off, that’s amazing on its own, but doing it on the biggest stage, three outs from elimination down two runs, magic. We weren’t sure if we really wanted to cover the playoffs much here as the Cubs aren’t in them, but I think I would regret it if I didn’t share this.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Baez Stars In AFL Debut

FULL BOX SCORE

It really didn’t take long for Javier Baez to make his presence felt in the Arizona Fall League.  The first 93 mph fastball he saw landed at least 430 feet away beyond the center field wall.  Baez wasn’t done there as he also added a double, and finished with three RBI’s, unfortunately the Solar Sox couldn’t hang on to an early lead and lost 6-5.  I would say that it was a pretty successful debut for all the Cubs involved.  Matt Szczur got the start in CF and finished the night 0-for-2 at the plate, but had a successful sacrifice bunt, and earned two walks from the lead off spot.  Rubi Silva was the only other Cub to swing the bat last night, and he came through with a pinch hit single.  The Cubs excelled on the mound as well in this one as Kevin Rhoderick and Tony Zych each had a scoreless outing. Rhoderick was impressive going 1.2 innings giving up only one hit and striking out three.  Zych worked a scoreless .1 of an inning in his AFL debut, all in all a great start for the Cubs prospects.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Arizona Fall League Starts Tonight!

I wrote up a piece about the AFL earlier, you can read it here, but it’s finally ready to start tonight!  I’m excited because we get to see some guys that we haven’t seen in a while, okay, only a month or so.  But, these players made this season so fun, here is a snippet from my last post about who will be participating for the Cubs.

“Cubs players will be grouped with players from the Orioles, Astros, Tigers, and Dodgers to form the Mesa Solar Sox.  Click here for the full roster, the Cubs will be sending Javier Baez, Matt Szczur, Rubi Silva, Dae-Eun Rhee, Nick Struck, Tony ZychKevin Rhoderick, and Zach Rosscup.” 

I think I’m most excited to see Baez and Szczur, for obvious reasons.  Baez is on the cusp of greatness it seems and Szczur is looking to prove himself, again.  Sure Szczur was bumped to Tennessee this year, but his season left something lacking, and if he can have a solid AFL performance that could help his chances to stay with the organization.  If not, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him packaged in a deal somewhere in the offseason for pitching, that might happen regardless.  Baez on the other hand was the star of the MWL for the Peoria Chiefs, his numbers were eye popping.  Because of that he was promoted to Daytona and struggled, of course it’s hard to get into a groove when you play once a week because of rain.  Towards the end of the season Baez started to round into form, it will be fun to see how he stacks up in the AFL which is full of high level talent.  We will recap every game as we can actually get box scores for them, so I’m pretty excited about that, going through minor league withdrawals already, yes, I have a problem.

First pitch is 7:35 PM CST tonight, as the Mesa Solar Sox take on the Salt River Rafters.  If I get a lineup ahead of time I will let you know if any Cubs are starting.

Thanks for reading,
– George

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