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Jorge Soler Promoted to Peoria!

Some very exciting news today as the Cubs have announced that Jorge Soler is being promoted from the AZL Cubs to Peoria!  To be honest I’m surprised that the Cubs have moved him straight to Peoria and skipped Boise altogether.  That should give you a good idea of what the Cubs think of Soler after seeing him play in just 14 games in Arizona.  Soler only hit .241 in 54 at bats, but made his presence felt all over the field.  He had two doubles, two home runs, and 10 RBI’s, as well as 13 strikeouts, but walked 6 times and had 8 stolen bases.  He has shown enough to make the jump to Peoria, the fact that he did so in such a short time is a very good sign.

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– George

8/7: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here’s what happened in the Cubs minor league system on Tuesday night.

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The AZL Cubs got back on track beating the Angels 6-1.  The Cubs used four pitchers, all doing a nice job.  Ryan McNeil struggled with his control, but struck out four and allowed no runs in 2.1 innings.  Anthony Prieto thew two scoreless innings and Loiger Padron got his fourth win of the season striking out three in three scoreless innings.  He is now 4-0 with a 1.88 ERA.  Shawon Dunston had only one hit, but drove in an impressive three runs.  Jorge Soler went for with an RBI and Albert Almora added a hit of his own.  Both top prospects stole two bases and scored a run.  Dan Lockhart had a hit and Carlos Penalver knocked in one in the victory.  After a couple tough days for the Cubs it was back to business as usual on Tuesday night.

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Tuesday didn’t go to plan for Boise as they lost to Everett 6-3.  Dan Vogelbach hit his third home run since going to Boise and ended the night 1-for-3.  Gioskar Amaya had two more hits, including a triple and an RBI.  Izaac Garsez went 2-for-2 with a run scored and Wilson Contreras had a hit and an RBI.  Jeimer Candelario and Marco Hernandez each had a hit on Tuesday night as well.  James Pugliese pitched four innings allowing one run on six hits, while striking out six in a ND.  Michael Heesch allowed three runs in two innings and took the loss.  Boise has had a nice run as of late, so they will get back at it tomorrow.

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Starling Peralta was the story in this one as the Peoria won 5-3.  Peralta thew seven innings allowing one run on two hits and struck out 14.  Yes you read that right, he struck out 14.  Bryce Shafer struggled, but Larry Suarez came in to pitch a scoreless 1.1 innings and record his first save of the season.  Offensively had one of his best, if not his best game of his young career.  He went 4-for-4 with two doubles, one triple, four runs scored, and a stolen base.  Chadd Krist and Wes Darvill each had two hits, and Krist drove in two runs.  Pin-Chieh Chen and Yaniel Cabezas each added a hit and an RBI.  Peralta really just put the Chiefs on his back in this one and had night to remember.

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Daytona picked up the win beating Lakeland 6-1.  Austin Kirk was good giving up one run on four hits in 5.2 innings.  He got the win and improved his record to 7-3.  Jeffrey Lorick and AJ Morris combined to pitch the last 3.3 innings allowing no runs.  It took a couple of games, but Javier Baez finally had his coming out party in Daytona.  He went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.  Christian Villanueva was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.  Rubi Silva added an RBI and John Andreoli went 2-for-3 with a run scored and three stolen bases, he now has 47 on the year.  Everyone else in the lineup contributed with a hit on Tuesday as it was one of those rare games where everyone ends with a hit.

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A six run first was way too much to come back from for Tennessee as they lost to Jackson 10-4.  In his second start with the Smokies Jacob Brigham really struggled giving up six runs on six hits in just 0.2 innings.  The Smokies would use five more pitchers on the evening.  Kevin Rhoderick pitched better than he has been pitching 1.1 scoreless ball.  Brian Schlitter and Dustin Harrington combined to pitch the last 2.1 innings not allowing a run.  Need I say it, Justin Bour was 2-for-3 with yet another RBI and Nelson Perez had two hits of his own.  Matt Szczur, Logan Watkins, and Matt Cerda all had triples on Tuesday.  Junior Lake, Nate Samson, and Chad Noble all contributed with an RBI a piece.  It was definitely a tough start for Brigham, but the Smokies will look to get back on track tomorrow.

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Iowa put up seven on Tuesday and that was enough as the beat Reno 7-4.  Ty’Relle Harris was quite impressive pitching six innings allowing only two runs and striking out five.  Jaye Chapman pitched a scoreless 0.2 innings, striking out both outs he recorded.  Jairo Asencio earned his first save by striking out one in one inning.  Dave Sappelt had a nice night going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.  James Adduci hit a double and knocked in three and Alfredo Amezaga added two hits and scored two runs.  Matt Tolbert added a double and drove in one run .  It is nice to see Iowa get a win, hope they can keep it going.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/6: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Looking at the Cubs system on Monday, August 8.  Daytona had the day off.

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The AZL Cubs were able to tie the game at eight in the bottom of the ninth, but gave up two in the 10th to lose 10-8.  Pierce Johnson took the mound for the second time and thew two scoreless innings, striking out two.  As good as Carlos Martinez-Pumarino was in his first 29 innings pitched Monday was a real struggle.  He gave up seven runs, six earned on seven hits in just 1.1 innings.  Jasvir Rakkar struck out two in two scoreless innings.  Alvido Jimenez took the loss, his third of the season giving up two runs in the tenth.  Justin Marra had really nice night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Garrett Schlecht also had three hits on the night and drove one in.  David Bote had two RBIs and Ben Carhart added one.  Albert Almora had one hit and Jorge Soler was back in the lineup going 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.

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Wow, Boise did it again beating Everett 11-7.  The story in this one was the offense as they pounded out 14 hits to go along with the 11 runs they scored.  After a rough game yesterday Gioskar Amaya got back on track, going 3-for-5 with a home run.  Rock Shoulders got the start at first tonight and delivered going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Carlos Escobar had two hits including a home run and two RBIs.  Stephen Bruno also hit a homer and ended with two RBIs as well.  Trey Martin ended the night with two RBIs and Wilson Contreras added a double and an RBI as well.  The staff struggled on Monday.  Justin Amlung started, but only lasted two innings giving up two runs.  Felix Pena did not pitch well in four innings, but did get his first win of the year.  He gave up four runs in four innings, however he did strike out five.  Nathan Dorris secured the win notching his first save of the season, striking out three in 1.1 innings.  The Hawks continue to roll and look to keep it going.

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Peoria dropped their fifth in a row losing to Clinton 8-6.  Leading 4-1 after the first, this was not the outcome Peoria had in mind.  The Chiefs did a few good things at the plate on Monday.  Bijan Rademacher, Wes Darvill, and Sergio Burruel all had two hits, Darvill and Burruel driving in a run a piece.  Timothy Saunders was 1-for-5 with a double, but drove in three runs and scored one.  Zeke DeVoss added a hit out of the leadoff spot and also stole his 30th base of the season.  Zach Cates got the start, but did not factor in the decision tossing 4.2 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.  Pete Levitt pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings and was in line for the win.  Justin Berg struggled and took the loss allowing three runs, two earned in two innings.  Jeffry Antigua couldn’t keep it close enough for the Chiefs as he gave up two runs in only one inning.  This was another tough loss for Peoria on Monday.

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Tennessee score two in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough as the Smokies lost to Jackson 7-6.  Tennessee did have 10 hits and seven runs, so the offense did a pretty nice job.  What else can you say about Justin Bour.  He hit another home run today, his 15th of the season and ended the day 2-for-4 with three RBIs.  Junior Lake continued his solid season going 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.  Matt Szczur, who has been struggling since moving to Tennessee went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base.  Lendy Castillo started and pitched only two innings allowing one run on one hit and striking out two.  Dae-Eun Rhee just didn’t have it tonight, allowing six runs in five innings and taking the loss.  The story in this one was Justin Bour who is just tearing it up right now.

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Iowa gave up a run in the top of the ninth losing to Reno 2-1.  Frankie De La Cruz pitched five innings allowing only one run, while striking out four and walking three.  Blake Parker and Michael Bowden combined to throw three scoreless innings, but Jairo Asencio took the loss allowing one run in the ninth.  Greg Rohan had nice night at the dish going 2-for-4 with the Cubs lone RBI.  Blake Lalli also added to hits, including a double.  Alfredo Amezaga also had a double and Dave Sappelt contributed with a base hit of his own.  Unfortunately I have feeling this is how most games are going to go offensively for Iowa the rest of the way.  Let’s hope I am wrong and they can do something positive going forward.

8/5: Around the Minor League System

Here is the minor league recap for August 5, 2012.

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In an up and down game the AZL Cubs wound up on the losing end dropping Sunday’s game 8-6.  In his first start Duane Underwood struggled big time giving up four runs, three earned in just .1 innings and just like that the Cubs were down 4-0.  Over the next three innings the Cubs offense would come to life scoring six runs.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  Jacob Rogers and David Bote had a hit and each drove two runs as well.  Top prospect Albert Almora was 1-for-5 and Carlos Penalver drove a run home.  Leading 6-4 the Cubs turned it over the bullpen and after Brian Smith calmed things down, Ethan Elias really struggled giving up four runs over three innings.  Steve Perakslis and Chad Martin combined to pitch the last three innings holding the Giants scorelss.  After being down early and then taking the lead it is definitely tough to not come out on top of this one.

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Just when it looked like Boise was going to cruise to an easy win a five run seventh happened to tie the game at nine.  Luckily for Boise Daniel Vogelbach wasn’t going to let this one slip away as he connected for a game winning home run in the top of the 11th.  Lance Rymel had qutie the night on Sunday going 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs.  Trey Martin and Marco Hernandez each had three hits with Martin driving in two runs.  Izaac Garsez had his best game yet, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Wilson Contreras had two hits and scored three runs and Stephen Bruno added a hit and two RBIs.  Ian Dickson started and took a no decision as he gave up three runs on three hits in five innings.  Hunter Ackerman and Rafael Diplan did not have there best days combining to giving up six runs, five earned in just two innings.  Su-Min Jung recorded his first win of the season and Eduardo Orozco closed it out earning his second save.  Wow, was it a crazy game on Sunday, luckily for us the Hawks took the W.

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Clinton scored two in the eighth to defeat Peoria 3-2.  Michael Jensen started and pitched well allowing one run on five hits, while striking out four in five innings pitched.  Sheldon McDonald pick up right were he left off striking out three in two scoreless innings.  Austin Reed, however was not very good on Sunday giving up two runs in two innings and taking the loss.  Not much happening on the offensive side as the Chiefs only had five hits.  With the promotion of Javier Baez, Timothy Saunders was sent to Peoria and he ended the game 1-for-4 with a double.  Yanel Cabezas had a double as well as an RBI.  Wes Darvill, Sergio Burruel, and Oliver Zapata all had one hit a piece in the loss.

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Daytona dropped another one Dunedin on Sunday losing 4-2.  Christian Villanueva was the only Cubs player with a multi-hit game as he went 2-for-4 in the loss.  Rubi Silva had a hit and drove in John Andreoli who also had a run scored.  Rebel Ridling, Rafael Lopez, and Micah Gibbs all had one hit, with Ridling scoring a run.  PJ Francescon started and gave up two runs in two innings, striking out four.  Frank Del Valle also gave up two runs, but did strike out five in his four innings of relief.  Ryan Searl thew the last two innings not allowing a run and striking one out.  Javier Baez struggled again in his second game with Daytona going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.  It is not the way wanted to start and it is not the way Daytona wanted things to go this weekend.

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After being up early, Tennessee tied it in the seventh, only to lose it in the bottom of the ninth 5-4.  Jutin Bour had a nice game going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, bringing his season total to 92.  Nelson Perez added two hits including his fifth home run of the season and Matt Cerda also had two hits on the evening.  Logan Watkins and Nate Samson each had a hit and Watkins scored a run and stole his 21st base of the season.  Eric Jokisch started, but did not factor in the decision pitching five innings and giving up three runs, while striking out six.  Brian Schlitter took the loss giving up the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

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Iowa gave up one in each the eighth and the ninth to lose to Reno 2-1.  The bright spot on Sunday was Casey Coleman.  He pitched outstanding going six innings allowing no runs on two hits and striking out eight.  Jay Jackson pitched a scoreless seventh striking out one batter.  Marcus Hatley and Esmailin Caridad each gave up a run and Caridad took the loss.  Well it happened to Iowa again on Sunday, this time losing Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters to the big club.  Diory Hernandez was 1-for-3 with the Cubs only RBI.  Greg Rohan stayed hot going 1-for-4 in the loss.  There isn’t much exciting happening in Iowa right now and with the departures of Jackson, Vitters, Welington Castillo, and Adrian Cardenas thing probably will continue to be a struggle.

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-Mark

8/4: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here’s a look at the Cubs minor league affiliates on Saturday, August 4.  The AZL Cubs were off tonight.

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After a couple of losses Boise got back on track beating Spokane 6-2 of Saturday.  Tayler Scott got his fourth win of the season allowing two runs, one earned in 5.1 innings pitched.  Matt Iannazzo and Nathan Dorris were able to finish the game off, not allowing a run in the last 3.2 innings.  Daniel Vogelbach had a great game going 2-for-4 with three RBIs.  Stephen Bruno also had two hits and scored three runs.  Jeimer Candelario had a double and also drove in a run.  It was nice to see Boise bounce back and hopefully will have continue to have a good second half.

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Peoria’s first game in a long time without Javier Baez didn’t turn out too good losing to Clinton 8-1.  Joseph Zeller started and struggled taking the loss.  He gave up six runs, five earned on eight hits in just 3.2 innings.  Just like that the Chiefs were down 6-1 and they never recovered.  Chadd Krist had a really nice game at the plate going 2-for-4 with a home run and a double.  Pin-Chieh Chen was the only other Chief to record a hit on Saturday.  Larry Suarez and Bryce Shafer both pitched well, while Luis Liria got roughed up a bit.  That’s now three losses in a row for Peoria, let’s see if they can end that skid tomorrow.

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A six run second was way too much for Daytona losing to Dunedin 12-5.  Matt Loosen started and took the loss, giving up seven runs, four earned in two innings.  He wasn’t the only Cubs pitcher who struggled as Scott Weismann and Eduardo Figueroa didn’t have their best stuff either combining to give up five runs over five innings.  The Cubs did have some good things happen at the plate as they scored five runs on nine hits.  Rebel Ridling was 2-for-4 with a home run and a double.  Rubi Silva and Elieser Bonne each had two hits, with a run scored and an RBI.  John Andreoli and Ronald Torreyes each had an RBI in the defeat.  In his first game in Daytona Javier Baez went hitless.  Daytona’s trying to make a push at the playoffs so they need to get back on track tomorrow.

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Tennessee took the first game of Saturday’s double-header beating Jackson 6-5.  The middle of the Smokies order was the key to game one’s victory as Junior Lake, Justin Bour, and Michael Burgess all had two hits and two RBIs.  They combined to go 6-for-11 with six RBIs and Justin Bour hit his 13th homer of the season.  The two guys at the top Matt Szczur and Logan Watkins each had a hit and a run scored as well.  Nicholas Struck got the win, his 12th of the season pitching five innings allowing three runs on six hits.  Frank Batista struggled a bit, but picked up his 20th save of the season.

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A late rally wasn’t enough for Tennessee to pull out game 2 of the double-header.  The Smokies scored four in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough losing 8-7.  Casey Harman started, but only gave up one run, but lasted only three innings.  Casey Weather took the loss, giving up three runs in one inning.  Kevin Rhoderick continued his struggles giving up another four runs in only 1.2 innings.  Justin Bour hit his second home run of the night ending game two 2-for-2 with a homer and three RBIs, he now has 91 on the season.  Michael Brenly and Nelson Perez each added two RBIs and Brenly had two hits.  Logan Watkins had one hit, walked twice, and scored three runs.  All in all Tennessee ended up splitting.

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Tied at one going to the bottom of the eighth, Josh Vitters and the Cubs decided they had enough of the losing.  After taking the lead by 2-1, Vitters stepped to the plate and put the game out of reach launching his 17th home run of the season.  Jairo Asencio would close it out as Iowa beat Colorodo Springs 5-1.  Chris Rusin started and pitched well giving up only one run in on four hits in seven innings.  He also struck out eight in a no decision.  Michael Bowden got the win pitching a scoreless eighth.  There wasn’t a ton of offense outside of Vitter home run, but there was a little bit.  James Adduci went 1-for-4 with an RBI.  Brett Jackson and Dave Sappelt each had a hit and a run scored.

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-Mark

8/3: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Minor league recap for August 3, 2012.

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The AZL Cubs continued their tear beating the AZL D-Backs for their fifth straight victory.  It wasn’t as easy as it should have been however as the D-Backs scored five times in the ninth, but the Cubs hang on to win 7-5.  Dillon Maples made his second start on his road to recovery and turned in some solid work going 1.2 innings only allowing one hit while walking two and striking out one.  Paul Blackburn, one of two 2012 supplemental draft picks continued his strong season.  Blackburn worked 3.1 innings allowing only one hit while walking one and striking out two to earn his second victory of the season and lower his ERA to 1.86.  2012 draft picks Corbin Hoffner and Jasvir Rakkar also worked scoreless innings.  It was another night of fireworks from the AZL Cubs offense.  Albert Almora, who is on fire right now, went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.  Shawon Dunston, and Ben Carhart each had two hits on the night with Carhart recording his 8th double of the season.  Jacob Rogers had a big night at the plate as well going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a walk, and three runs scored.

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The Boise Hawks raced out to a 4-0 lead, and held a 5-2 lead by the 5th inning but couldn’t hang on as Spokane plated three runs in the 8th on their way to a 6-5 win.  Jose Arias didn’t get very deep into this one for the Hawks as he tossed 2.2 innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking three and striking out three.  Arias left with the lead, but Hayden Simpson couldn’t hang onto it.  Simpson worked 4.1 innings giving up three runs on six hits while striking out six.  Eduardo Orozco only gave up only one run in his inning of work, but that was the deciding run as Orozco was hung with his first loss of the season.  Gioskar Amaya had another solid night at the plate, what else is new?  Amaya was 2-for-4 with his ninth triple of the season, an RBI, a walk, and a run scored, he is now hitting .315.  Daniel Vogelbach continued to be a doubles machine as he was 1-for-3 at the plate with his 5th double while with Boise.  Rock Shoulders had a productive night as well going 1-for-4 with his 6th home run of the season, a two run shot.

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The Chiefs jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead against Quad Cities but couldn’t hang as they fell 4-2.  Yao-Lin Wang continued his transition to the starting rotation as he went 5.1 innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking three and striking out six.  Wang left with the game tied at two, and unfortunately Jeffry Antigua could keep the River Bandits off the board.  Antigua went 1.2 innings giving up two runs on three hits while striking out two earning his first loss of the season.  Javier Baez continued his assault on Single-A pitching in the loss as he was 2-for-4 with his 12th home run of the season, he also stole his 20th base.  Baez is now hitting .336 on the season, and there are whispers that he is close to earning a promotion.  Zeke DeVoss had a solid night at the top of the Chiefs order going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

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The D-Cubs fell behind early, and couldn’t dig out of that hole as they dropped this one to Dunedin 6-2.  Kyler Burke started for the D-Cubs, and was responsible for that hole I was talking about.  Burke gave up three runs in the first and then settled down after that.  He went five innings giving up three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out four.  Hunter Cervenka had a rare awful outing as he struggled with his command in two innings of work, walking four and giving up three runs, two earned.  Rubi Silva continued his strong 2012 season at the plate going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, he is now hitting .302 on the campaign.   Christian Villanueva followed up his stellar Cubs debut by going 1-for-4 with a double and a spectacular catch in the field that I’m hoping to get video of shortly.

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Things seem to go from bad to worse for Iowa each night.  Tonight was no different as the I-Cubs battled Colorado Springs all game before surrendering three runs in the top of the ninth to lose 4-1.  Ryan Rowland-Smith got the start tonight and was outstanding as he went six strong innings giving up one run on two hits while walking three and striking out six.  Jaye Chapman, who was acquired from the Braves a couple of days ago took the loss as he was knocked around in the ninth.  Chapman worked one inning giving up three runs on three hits while walking one, he fell to 0-1 on the season.  The I-Cubs were dreadful with runners in scoring position, and they had plenty of chances too, when it was all said and done they were 0-for-10 in the loss.  Josh Vitters had a big night once again for Iowa, he went 3-for-4 with his 32nd double of the season.  Vitters is now hitting .304 on the season as he continues to try to force the Cubs hand and give them no choice but to award him the promotion he deserves.  Dylan Heuer has some great photo’s from the game, head on over to his website to check them out!

Thanks for reading,
– George

Get to Know A Guy Named Geiger

It is our goal here at Born on Third to educate Cubs fans on the talent that sits at the minor league level.  With the way that Theo Epstein has molded this franchise it’s clear that the goal is to have as much talent as possible come from the draft and the farm system.  Wouldn’t you hate to be that one person that has no idea who just got called up to the Cubs?  It makes you look stupid, so don’t look stupid, and learn about the future of the Chicago Cubs here.  Today we feature Dustin Geiger.

Dustin Geiger is 20-year-old third baseman from Merritt Island, Florida.  Geiger was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 24th round (730 overall) of the 2010 MLB first year player draft out of Merritt Island High School (Merritt Island, FL).  After getting drafted by the Cubs Geiger signed a deal to start his professional career, in doing so he earned a $150,000 signing bonus.

Geiger jumped right into action making his professional debut on July 10, 2010 with the Cubs Arizona Rookie League team.  Dustin struggled out of the gates hitting only .214 in July, in only 12 games however.  Not a surprise as most young players coming right out of high school need to take a step back and realize that belong at this level.  Geiger started to figure it out the longer he was in Arizona.  During a nine game stretch in August Geiger hit safely in seven of those games with a home run and seven RBI’s.  It was a glimpse into what Geiger could do with the bat, he finished off August hitting .259 with a home run and 11 RBI’s.  It was a solid 2010 for Geiger as he was able to get his feet wet before entering his first off-season as a professional.

2011 began with Geiger in a familiar spot, playing third base for the Cubs AZL team.  The results however were much different and that is a good thing.  Geiger went nuts in Arizona for the Cubs, he played in 19 games, he hit .342 with two home runs and 20 RBI’s.  He also added nine double and two triples for good measure which brought his SLG to .582 and his OPS to .948 on the season.  That was all the Cubs organization needed to see as they promoted Geiger to the Peoria Chiefs and Geiger made his single A debut on July 18, 2011.  Much like 2010, Geiger struggled with the jump in talent level.  Again, not something that is out of the ordinary, especially for a 19-year-old at A ball already.  Dustin played the final 43 games for the Chiefs, hitting .227 with a home run and 13 RBI’s.

Solid progress was stunted at the beginning of 2012 as Geiger was sidelined with an injury to start the season.  Something that drove Dustin crazy as he missed the first two months of the Peoria Chief’s season.  Geiger went through rehab and worked extremely hard to get back into game shape and back to the Chiefs as quickly as possible.  From the looks of it, the extra work he got has paid off.  Geiger made his 2012 debut with the Chiefs on June 7, 2012, and has spent the entire year with the club.  He is starting to make a name for himself, as 2012 featured a 13 game hitting streak in June where he hit .311 with 3 home runs and 14 RBI’s.  Geiger struggled in July, but something clicked, the power.  Geiger only hit .206 in July, but he hit 8 home runs and drove in 16 runs.  All of this led up to Geiger busting out here in August the last couple of days.  Over the last two days Geiger is 6-for-9 with three home runs and nine RBI’s including an 8 RBI GAME on August 1st.  To date, Geiger is hitting .268 with Peoria, he has 14 home runs and 39 RBI’s, not bad in just 47 games.

The reason I’m excited about Geiger is his ability to adjust and grow within the Cubs system.  At every level he has been at he as struggled early, but then adjusted and turned it on.  If he can continue to do those things moving forward eventually the struggles will be less and less and the production could be through the roof, like the last two days.  I would expect Geiger to finish off 2012 in Peoria and then get a chance to start off 2013 in Daytona.  If you want to interact with Dustin follow this link to Dustin’s twitter account.  He is a very active user, and talks with fans on a regular basis, so give him a follow.  Best of luck the rest of the way Dustin!

Thanks for reading,
– George

8/2: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Nightly minor league recap for August 2, 2012.

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The AZL Cubs let things get interesting in the ninth, but they held on to win 6-5.  It was a good night for the highly touted prospects of the Cubs.  Albert Almora was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.  Jorge Soler also had a double and drove in two runs on Thursday.  Shawon Dunston and Jacob Rogers each had two hits with Dunston driving one run in.  Anthony Prieto started and pitched two scoreless innings.  He was relieved by 2012 3rd round pick Ryan McNeil who got his first professional win.  McNeil struck out two in two innings of work.  Jin-Young Kim came in to close things down recording the final two outs of the game and earning his second save.  As much as it got close it was still good to see the Cubs get the win.

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As good as Boise has been lately Thursday was not there night losing 15-1.  In a game like that there just aren’t too many highlights, but we will try to find a couple.  Marco Hernandez and Daniel Vogelbach each had two hits, which those four were the only hits the Hawks had all night.  Vogelbach drove in his sixth run since being landing in Boise.  James Pugliese got the start and took the loss, but all five runs he gave up were unearned in his five innings of work.  Michael Heesch, Rafael Diplan, and Lance Rymel all struggled  in relief.  hopefully the Hawks can forget about this one and get back on track tomorrow.

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Peoria just didn’t have enough to get the win tonight dropping Thursday’s game to Quad Cities 6-4.  Starling Peralta started and took the loss in this one going five innings giving up three runs on three hits, while walking three and striking out six.  The game took a turn for the worse when Justin Berg entered and he gave up three runs, unfortunately for him all were unearned in his two innings of work.  Sheldon McDonald threw a scoreless ninth striking out one.  After an eight RBI two home run performance how could Dustin Geiger do anything close.  Well, he went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run staying red-hot.  Bijan Rademacher and Pin-Chieh Chen each had two hits, with Chen driving in two.  Oliver Zapata had a hit and an RBI and Wes Darvill hit a triple.  Javier Baez had a rare rough day going 0-for-4.  Peoria will look back to getting on track tomorrow.

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Daytona stayed hot and won another one Thursday defeating Fort Myers 8-2.  The story of the night came from newly acquired Christian Villanueva who came over in the Ryan Dempster deal.  In his first two at bats in the Cubs organization he hit two home runs.  He ended the night going 2-for-3 with two home runs, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Ronald Torreyes continues to just hit going 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs.  John Andreoli, Rafael Lopez, and Timothy Saunders all had two hits a piece with Lopez driving in one.  Robert Whitenack started, but didn’t last long enough to get the win, as he only allowed one run, but struggled with his control walking four.  Ryan Searle got the win in relief, his fifth of the season.  He struck out five in 3.1 innings allowing only one run on two hits.  AJ Morris threw the last two inning allowing no runs and striking out one.  Daytona is trying to make a push here as they are really playing well as of late.

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Not much good came out of this one as Tennessee lost to Pensacola 6-1.  Tennessee was only able to muster up two hits, both coming off the bat of Logan Watkins.  Watkins ended the game 2-for-4 with a home run.  In his first appearance in the Cubs organization Jacob Brigham only lasted three innings allowing three runs, two earned on five hits.  He also walked three and struck out two.  Zach Rosscup pitched five innings in relief allowing one run and striking out four and Tony Zych struggled in his one inning of relief.  Tomorrow is a new day.

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Iowa lost another losing to Colorodo Springs 7-4 on Thursday.  Brooks Raley took the loss giving up six runs on 10 hits in six innings.  Marcus Hatley pitched two really nice innings striking out three and not allowing a base runner.  Josh Vitters and Dave Sappelt each got back on track as they both went 3-for-5.  Greg Rohan followed his big day yesterday with another two hit, two RBI performance tonight.  James Adduci had two more hits and drove in one run.  Brett Jackson had one hit and stole his 26th base of the season.  There isn’t much more that can be said for Iowa that hasn’t been said already.

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Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/1: Around the Cubs Minor League System

August 1, nightly recap of the minor leagues.

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The AZL Cubs had a double header on Wednesday, with each game being seven innings a piece.  The pitching did a great job in the first one winning 4-0.  The 43rd overall pick in this past years draft Pierce Johnson made his first appearance of the season.  He started and pitched one scoreless inning.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino improved to 4-0 pitching four scoreless innings in relief.  He gave up three hits, one walk, and struck out three, his ERA on the season is 0.93.  Steve Perakslis secured the shutout by striking out five in two scoreless innings.  Albert Almora was back in the lineup and leading off on Wednesday.  He delivered going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.  Jorge Soler was 2-for-4 with a run scored and three stolen bases.  Ben Carhart had a double and an RBI.

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The AZL Cubs had a good time of it in game two as well defeating the AZL Indians 7-2.  Ben Carhart was 2-for-4 with twor runs scored and Yasiel Balaguert also had two runs with a run scored.  Trevor Gretzky had one hit and an RBI and Neftali Rosario collected two RBIs without getting a basehit.  Albert Almora didn’t have a hit, but collected his sixth RBI of the season and Jorge Soler was 0-2, but walked twice and scored two runs.  Brian Smith started for the Cubs and thew two perfect innings while striking out two.  Loiger Padron improved his record to 3-0 with his win in relief.  he gave up two runs, but struck out six in three innings of work.  Alvido Jimenez closed out the game striking out three in two scoreless innings.

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Boise was back at it and won again on Wednesday.  After getting a big lead early, they gave up nine runs in the last four innings, but held on to win 14-10.  There were a lot of good things happening offensively in this one.  Xavier Batista was 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, and three RBIs.  Jeimer Candelario and Dong-Yub Kim each had two hits and drove in three as well.  Stephen Bruno hit his first home run of the season, a two run shot in the third inning.  Daniel Vogelbach and Trey Martin each two hits with Martin scoring three runs.  Lance Rymel had quite a nice night going 3-for-4 with an RBI.  It was a tale of two games on the mound.  Su-Min Jung started and pitched well allowing one run on three hits in three innings, while striking out three.  Nathan Dorris got his first win of the season as he pitched the next two scoreless innings.  Unfortunately Tyler Bremer and Willengton Cruz both struggled, but a win is a win.

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Peoria won a crazy one on Wednesday scoring three in the top of the ninth to win 11-10.  The day belonged to Dustin Geiger.  Geiger was 3-for-5 with a double, two home runs and eight RBIs, yes eight RBIs.  He stole the show early and finished it late with a two run bomb that turned out to be the game winner.  Javier Baez had two more hits, including a double.  He also scored two runs and drove one in.  Zeke DeVoss and Pin-Chieh Chen each had two hits, with Chen scoring three.  Zach Cates started and didn’t have his best stuff, but came away with a no decision.  Bryce Shafer got the win striking out four of the five outs he recorded.  Austin Reed picked up his first save of the season pitching a scoreless ninth.  Congrats to Geiger on just an ubelievable game.

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Daytona scored one in the fifth and one in the seventh to win a pitchers dual 2-1.  Lendy Castillo continued his comeback throwing four innings, giving up three hits and allowing an unearned run.  He had four strikeouts in the start.  Eduardo Figueroa got the win, his third of the season pitching three scoreless innings.  Scott Weismann and Jeffrey Lorick combined to pitch the last two innings, with Lorick earning his second save of the season.  Rubi Silva was 1-for-4, but drove in the two Cubs runs on Wednesday.  Ronald Torreyes continued hitting the ball going 2-for-3.  John  Andreoli and Taylor Davis each had two hits in the contest.  It was a good win for Daytona.

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Because of rain Tennessee had another double header on Wednesday.  The first one was a continuation of the night before.  The Smokies got two in the fifth, winning 4-2.  There were a couple bright spots on the mound.  Dae-Eun Rhee started and took a no-decision pitching four solid innings only allowing one run on three hits.  Trey McNutt got the win in relief pitching three innings allowing one run on two hits and Kevin Rhoderick recorded his eighth save of the season striking out three in two scoreless innings.  Justin Bour was 1-for-4 with another RBI.  Greg Rohan went 1-for-2 with an RBI and Nate Samson was 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBIs.

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One was all Tennessee needed as  Justin Bour was the hero hitting a walk off home run in the bottom of the seventh.  He now has 12 home runs and 86 RBIs on the season.  Dallas Beeler started and was tremendous allowing only one hit in five scoreless innings of work.  Brian Schlitter picked up his second win in relief pitching the final two frames.  Junior Lake, Nelson Perez, and Matt Cerda all had one hit a piece in the victory.  Two wins to start the month is the right way to start it.

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Iowa was able to score six, but an eight run inning was way too much to come back from losing 11-6.  We’ll start with the offense in this one.  Brett Jackson was 3-for-5 with a double, triple, and a run scored.  Josh Vitters hit his 16th home run of the season and had two RBIs.  Greg Rohan, who was just promoted from AA was 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs.  James Adduci collected two more hits including a triple and an RBI.  Ty’Relle Harris got the start and took the loss as he was not very sharp.  Michael Bowden did a very nice job striking out six in three innings and recently acquired Jaye Chapman threw a scoreless inning in relief.

All around it was a nice night for the Cubs minor leaguers with the only loss coming in Iowa.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

Minor League Monthly: July 2012

Here is a recap for the month of July for the Cubs minor league system.  There are a lot of players who had a good July, but I limited it to a player of the month/pitcher of the month at each level.

AZL Cubs:  21-10 (1st place)
July Record:  14-8
The Cubs had a pretty good month of July to go along with a great start to the season and they are in first place as of today.  There were a lot of exciting things happening in Mesa, mainly the debut’s of both Albert Almora and Jorge Soler.  There were other exciting debut’s as pitchers Dillon Maples and 2012 draftees Paul Blackburn (56 overall) and Ryan McNeil (3rd round) started there professional careers.  Finally Daniel Vogelbach just crushed the ball before being promoted to Boise.  He left the Cubs hitting .324 with seven home runs, 12 doubles, and 31 RBIs.

Player of the Month:  Ben Carhart
The 22-year old third baseman was drafted in the 35th round of this years draft out of Stetson University.  This month he hit a robust .400.  with one home run, six doubles, 14 runs scored, and 12 RBIs.  He slugged .550 and had an OBP of .486 bringing his OPS to 1.036.

Pitcher of the Month:  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino
In his first year in the organization, the 21 year-old pitcher has been very good.  This month Martinez-Pulmarino was 1-0 with a 1.15 ERA.  He pitched 15.2 innings in six games, all but one out of the bullpen.  He struck out 14, allowed only five hits and walked four in July.

Boise Hawks:  5-2 (1st place second half)
July Record:  12-17
Boise was off to a really rough start, but have been hot of late winning six out of their last eight and four in a row.  Luckily for them the second half has just started, so as far as the second half goes they are off to a nice start.

Player of the Month:  Gioskar Amaya
At only 19-years old the infielder has impressed with the bat thus far at Boise and July was no different.  He hit .330 with four home runs, four triples, and three doubles.  Amaya knocked in 13 and scored an impressive 24 runs while stealing six bags.  He had an OBP of .407 and slugged .567 brining his OPS to .974.

Pitcher of the Month:  Tayler Scott
The 20-year old starting pitcher had quite a nice July.  He started six games and went 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA.  In his 30 innings pitched he gave up 21 hits, walked 14, and struck out 20.  Scott was drafted last year in the fifth round out of Notre Dame Prep High School in Scottsdale, AR.

Peoria Chiefs:  15-22 (7th place second half)
July Record:  12-16
July was not the best of months for the Chiefs and they will have some work to do to get back in the playoff picture.  Catcher Chadd Krist came up from Boise and has continued to hit and Pin-Chieh Chen has been on quite a tear over the last couple weeks.  Peoria will look to have a good August and make up a lot of ground in hopes to get back in the race.

Player of the Month:  Javier Baez
Wow did the 2011 first round pick have a great month.  The 19-year old shortstop hit .368 with with seven home runs, three triples, and six doubles.  Baez drove in 20 runs, scored 21, and stole eight bags.  His OPS for the month was 1.076 as he slugged an impressive .679 and had an OBP of .397.  It was quite the month for the highly touted Cubs prospect.

Pitcher of the Month:  Joseph Zeller
Zeller, 24 pitched well in July going 2-2 with a 1.65 ERA in six appearances, five starts.  He pitched 32.2 innings giving up 32 hits, walking seven, and striking out 14.  He isn’t a huge strikeout pitcher and he gave up a hit an inning, but it is impressive to see the ERA as low as it was in the month.

Daytona Cubs:  18-21 (5th place second half)
July Record:  12-17
Daytona didn’t have their best month, but there were some highlights to go along with the disappointing record.  Matt Szczur was promoted to Tennessee after Jae-Hoon Ha was injured.  Szczur had been one of Daytona’s most consistent performers throughout the year and it will take some adjustments for them to get back on track without him.  The Cubs will have to make up a lot of ground in August as they sit six games back going into today.

Player of the Month:  Ronald Torreyes
At only 19-years old the second baseman is starting to really hit.  After a disappointing first couple months Torreyes had a very good June and followed it with a nice July.  He hit .333 with one home run, two triples, and seven doubles.  He also drove in 18, scored 16, and stole seven bases.  Torreyes was brought over in the Sean Marshall deal.

Pitcher of the Month:  Matt Loosen
Loosen went 4-1 in six starts in July.  He had an ERA of 3.08 throwing 38 innings, giving up 26 hits, walking 13, and striking out 35.

Tennessee Smokies:  17-20 (4th place second half)
July Record:  12-16
A sub .500 record in July wasn’t what the Smokies were looking for as they currently are 5.5 games behind the division leader.  The month was highlighted when Matt Szczur was promoted to Tennessee.  The reason he was promoted was because of an unfortunate accident when Jae-Hoon Ha got a concussion.  The Smokies need to got hot in order to make a run at the division.

Player of the Month:  Justin Bour
The 24-year old first baseman has had a good season and July was no different.  He hit .337 with four home run and eight double.  Bour drove in an impressive 25 runs which brings him to 84 on the season.  He slugged .529 and had an OBP of .381 with an OBP of .909.  It will be fun to watch Bour’s pursuit of 100 RBIs.

Pitcher of the Month:  Eric Jokisch
Jokisch, 23 was 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA in five July starts.  In 28 innings pitched he struck out 2o, walked eight, and surrendered 21 hits.  We all know the Cubs system is light on arms, but Jokisch has had a pretty good season up to this point.

Iowa Cubs:  42-69 (Last place)
July Record:  8-20
Things don’t get much worse than an 8-20 month, but maybe it is when August is starting and you are 24 games back.  It was going to be tough when Rizzo was brought up, but I don’t think anyone was expecting a month like this.  There weren’t too many bright spots, but there were some.  Josh Vitters had a good month, not great, but good.  James Adduci came up from Tennessee and did well in the 18 games he played in compiling and OPS of .999.  All Iowa can hope for now is to end the season on a high note.

Player of the Month:  Dave Sappelt
The 25-year old outfielder had his best month since coming over from Reds.  Sappelt hit .317 in July hitting one home run, one triple, and eight doubles.  He scored 16 runs and drove in 12 while stealing eight bases.  He got on base at a .368 clip and slugged .442.  It was nice to see Sappelt have a good month and my guess is we will see him in Chicago at some point this season.

Pitcher of the Month:  Esmailin Caridad
I bet you didn’t expect to hear that name again, but he had quite an impressive month.  In 18.2 innings Caridad gave up 14 hits, walked 7, and struck out 22 as his ERA stands at 0.92 for the month of July.  if Caridad can continue we might see him again in big leagues.

It wasn’t the best month for the Cubs farm system, but there were some good things as well as some really exciting things.  There were a lot of hitters and pitchers who could have been included and narrowing it down to only one per level was tough.  Hope you like it.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

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