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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Things are getting very interesting… The Cubs have announced that Jorge Soler is being promoted to Iowa, and Albert Almora is being promoted to Tennessee.
The Cubs prospects are getting closer and closer to the Majors, and I’m not even talking about Kris Bryant, or Javier Baez, or Addison Russell… the light at the end of the tunnel is the brightest it has been since the building started.
Bryant, Soler, Baez…. all in the same lineup at Iowa.
Almora joins Russell in Tennesse… exciting days ahead!
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!
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.
Get drafted. √
Destroy baseball at Boise. √
Get promoted to Kane County. √
Destroy baseball at Kane County. √
Get promoted to Daytona. √
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!
Jorge Soler has been battling injury issues for the better part of a calendar year, those kind of issues makes it easy to forget what kind of talent he is. Well, Soler is doing his best to remind everyone that he will crush anything in his way, especially a baseball.
On Sunday afternoon Soler blasted two home runs, you know, just a typical day for Soler. In just fourteen games with Tennessee, Soler is hitting .426 with nine doubles, five home runs, and seventeen RBI’s. Yeah, those are video game numbers, like really good video game numbers. If Soler can stay healthy, and that’s a big if, he might be ticketed for Chicago come September. The contract that was given to Soler gives the Cubs control for the better part of the next decade, so he can come up as soon as he earns it.
Video’s from today –
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
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.
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 Kyle 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.