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!
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.
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.
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.
Yet another opposite field blast for Javier Baez, enjoy the video below.
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!).
Javy Baez celebrated the Fourth of July by destroying a baseball. It went completely out of the stadium, complex, City, County, State… Boom!
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.
Wow. With the Iowa Cubs trailing 5-2 in the eighth inning, Kris Bryant stepped to the plate with the bases loaded….. BOOM! It was probably the biggest home run that Bryant has hit in his young career, nice to see him come through in a big spot with a huge hit.
Manny Ramirez was one of my favorite players to watch growing up, I saw his whole career, and now he’s playing in the Cubs organization, it’s odd. But last night he showed that he could still destroy a baseball, he had a solid night, he went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI’s, and a run scored in Iowa’s comeback win.