Alcantara Time! Cubs Lineup for Tonight, and Thoughts

Arismendy Alcantara Top 100

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

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Jorge Soler Hit an Absolute Bomb Last Night (VIDEO)

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.

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Javier Baez Destroys Another Baseball (VIDEO)

Thanks to Nathan Bliss for getting this video up so quickly tonight.  Baez drilled a three run homer to left, that appeared to leave the stadium, rejoice!

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Kyle Hendricks Getting the Call

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 HendricksKyle 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.

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Jorge Soler Destroys First AA Homer (VIDEO)

Welcome back, Jorge Soler!  Soler was back in the Smokies lineup for the first time in a while because of injuries, and he made his presence felt as he belted his first AA home run.

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Kris Bryant Joins the 30-Homer Club (VIDEO)

Kris Bryant and Javy Baez went deep in the same game for the second time this weekend yesterday.  Bryant got all of this one for his eighth home run in Iowa, and 30th overall this season, it’s July 7th.

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Javy Baez Blasts 13th HR of the Season (VIDEO)

Yet another opposite field blast for Javier Baez, enjoy the video below.

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What? Oh, Just a Kris Bryant Bomb (VIDEO)

Bryant and Baez hit HR’s in the same game for the first time…. first…. of many….. in Chicago?  We all hope so, for now, enjoy these fireworks (PUN!).

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Baez Sends This Baseball to an Early Grave, in a Different County (VIDEO)

Javy Baez celebrated the Fourth of July by destroying a baseball.  It went completely out of the stadium, complex, City, County, State… Boom!

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Samardzija and Hammel Traded to Oakland

Wow.  Tom Loxas and Ken Rosenthal have broke the news that Samardzija,  and Hammel have been traded to Oakland for Addison Russell (#1 prospect) Dan Straily, Mckinney (#2 prospect), and a PTBNL.

More to come.

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