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Javier Baez Being Promoted to Cubs! Per Report

Per a Bruce Levine report, the Cubs are ready to call up Javier Baez, as in TOMORROW!  Levine broke the news this afternoon, and of course I have ZERO access to twitter to enjoy this.  But per that report, Javier Baez will be in a Cubs uniform tomorrow…. WOW.  Hold onto your butts.

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Addison Russell Goes Deep Again (VIDEO)

I don’t know about you, but I could watch Addison Russell hit all day.  Russell went deep again yesterday, his 8th home run for the Smokies, and is not showing any signs of slowing down.  Russell started slow after the trade from Oakland, but is hitting .364 in his last ten with five home runs.  Tasty.

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Javier Baez Has a Monster Game (VIDEO)

Javier Baez is doing everything the Cubs organization wants him too, and then some.  On Sunday, Baez went nuts, he hit two home runs, and walked twice, and has been showing increased patience at the plate of late.  That coupled with his second half resurgence has many fans ready (more so than usual) for Baez at Wrigley.

The first home run… a laser.

The second home run.. a towering shot.

 

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Kris Bryant doing Kris Bryant Things (VIDEO)

Home run number 14 at Iowa for Kris Bryant.  After a mini-slump, Bryant has stormed back at the plate, which is a very good sign.  Sometimes young players can’t get themselves out of a funk, Bryant has been able to, at the highest minor league level.

 

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Speaking of Monster Shots… JORGE SOLER! (VIDEO)

Jorge Soler continues to knock around pitching at every level, last night he destroyed a baseball, a three run shot for the Iowa Cubs.  Enjoy the video below, my guess is Soler will be doing this at Wrigley Field shortly.

 

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Addison Russell Hits a Monster Shot (VIDEO)

Addison Russell has been swinging a hot bat as of late, and last night he blasted his seventh home run of the season.  He got all of that one, just another exciting prospect doing exciting things on a nightly basis.

 

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Riding the Bus; Cubs Minor League Reports (7/28/2014)

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It’s back!  Hopefully for good, technology can be a real…. you know what..

Smokies 7-28

 

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  A huge night for the Smokies hitters in this one, as eight of the nine starters had at least one hit, and seven of the nine starters had at least one RBI.

At the Plate:

  • Albert Almora finally had his break out game for the Smokies.  Almora was 4-for-6 with a double, two RBI’s, and three runs scored.
  • Addison Russell continued his torrid pace of late, he went 4-for-6 as well, with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Lars Anderson showed off his power in this one, he was 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI’s, two walks, and two runs scored.
  • Dustin Geiger had himself a game, he was 2-for-2 with a double, three RBI’s, three walks (CUBS WAY!), two runs scored, and a stolen base.

On the Mound:

  • Eduardo Figueroa did just enough to walk away with the win, he worked six innings, giving up five runs on four hits, while walking three, and striking out four.
  • Zach Cates also had to battle while not having his best stuff, he worked 1.2 innings, giving up two runs, on three hits, while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Frank Batista shut the door on this one, picking up his eighth save, he worked 1.1 innings, giving up one run on three hits, while striking out one.

Daytona 7-28

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It was the Juan Paniagua show in Daytona last night, as the recently promoted right hander twirled a gem as he picked up his first High A victory.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann has really performed well since being promoted to Daytona, he was 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, a stolen base, and two runs scored in the win.
  • Willson Contreras had a big night, he was 3-for-5 with a double, and two RBI’s.
  • Billy McKinney just hits, that is all he has done since being acquired in the Hammel/Samardzija trade with Oakland.  He was 2-for-5 with a double, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .312 on the season.
  • Gioskar Amaya had another solid night out of the nine hole, he was 2-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Juan Paniagua was dominant in this one, he worked six scoreless innings, giving up two hits, while walking two, and striking out six.
  • Tyler Bremer was brilliant out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings, while striking out two.
  • Austin Kirk mopped things up in the ninth, he worked a scoreless frame, while giving up one hit, and striking out one.

Cougars 7-28

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The Cougars lost…… at…..home…..  I know, it totally doesn’t feel natural, like the Universe is out of tilt, I think we’ll survive.  The two best teams in the Midwest League went toe-to-toe, and the Whitecaps came out on top.

At the Plate:

  • Shawon Dunston is heating up, he went 2-for-5 with two doubles (12 on the year), and an RBI.
  • Will Remillard was one of the few Cougars to get on base multiple times, he went 1-for-3 with a walk.

On the Mound:

  • Duary Torrez did everything he could to keep his team in the game, he finished his night with a no decision.  Torrez worked six innings, giving up one run on five hits, while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Michael Heesch struggled with his command in this one, he worked three innings, giving up one run on two hits, while walking three (see?), and striking out three.

Hawks 7-28

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The Boise Hawks just couldn’t get the bats going in this one, as they could only manage one run on five hits in a 6-1 loss to the Hops.

At the Plate:

  • Danny Canela was one of the few Hawks to find some success, he was 1-for-4 with a double, he’s now hitting .281 on the season.
  • Danny Lockhart, David Bote, Jesse Hodges, and Bryant Flete all had one hit in the loss, all singles.

On the Mound:

  • Trevor Clifton got the start for the Hawks, and struggled throughout as he suffered his second loss of the season.  Clifton worked 3.2 innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits, while walking four, and striking out three.
  • Yomar Morel didn’t have much luck either out of the pen, he worked 1.1 innings, giving up one run on two hits, while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Tommy Thorpe was brilliant, he worked three perfect innings, registering two strikeouts.

AZL Cubs 7-28

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Plenty of offense for the Cubs in this one, unfortunately the pitching was lacking.  The D-backs pounded out twelve hits en route to a 12-6 victory over the Cubs Arizona League squad.

At the Plate:

  • Kevonte Mitchell can swing it, he was 3-for-5 with a stolen base, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .317 on the season.
  • Gleyber Torres  is someone you will be hearing a lot about moving forward, he was 3-for-4 with a triple (2nd of the season), a walk, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Roney Alcala had a solid game near the bottom of the order, he was 2-for-4 with a double, and a run scored in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • C.J. Edwards was back on the mound as he continues his rehab, and he was pretty good.  Edwards worked 3.2 innings, giving up one run on one hit, while walking three, and striking out six.
  • Adbert Alzolay struggled out of the pen, he worked one inning, giving up four runs on three hits, while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Alberto Diaz couldn’t find the plate, and he paid for it.  Diaz worked only a third of an inning, giving up three runs, two earned, on one hit, while walking four (see?), and striking out one.
  • Tanner Griggs was also beat up, he worked 2.1 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits, while walking two.
  • Andin Diaz was solid, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit, and striking out two.

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Jorge Soler Crushes First AAA Homer (VIDEO)

Soler’s first full week in Iowa came to a close with a bang yesterday as he destroyed a two run homer to dead center.  Soler has had a solid start at the AAA level, and could be the first of the big Cubs prospects (Not named Alcantara) to reach Wrigley Field this year.

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Prospect-Palooza!! Home Runs From Last Night (VIDEO)

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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!

Baez HR

Bryant HR

Soler HR

Russell HR

Villanueva HR

Vogelbach HR

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.

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Kyle Schwarber Headed to Daytona

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Get drafted.   √

Destroy baseball at Boise.  √

Get promoted to Kane County.  √

Destroy baseball at Kane County.  √

Get promoted to Daytona.  √

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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!

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