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Cubs land 7 players on MLB.com Top 100

Last night MLB Network aired a special to unveil the MLB.com top 100 prospects for 2014, and the Cubs were all over that list.  It was fun listening to the likes of Jim Callis, and Jonathan Mayo gush about how many good, young players the Cubs have waiting in the wings.  A total of seven players graced the list, here is a breakdown of each player, and some analysis.

** Players are graded on a 20-80 scale for future tools — 20-30 is well below average, 40 is below average, 50 is average, 60 is above average and 70-80 is well above average (MLB.com/Prospects rating scale)

Pierce Johnson Top 100

#100 – Right handed pitcher, Pierce Johnson (22 years old)
Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 55

Johnson was drafted in the supplemental round of the 2012 MLB Draft, 43rd overall by the Cubs.  2013 was Johnson’s first full professional season, and it was impressive.  Johnson pitched over two levels and actually found more success with Daytona which was the higher level.  Overall for 2013 Johnson went 11-6 with a 2.74 ERA while starting 21 games and appearing in 23.  In 118.1 innings Johnson only allowed 109 hits, 5 home runs (5!), while walking 43 and striking out 124.  I mentioned more success at Daytona, with the D-Cubs, Johnson worked 48.2 innings allowing only one home run with a sparkling 2.22 ERA.

Arismendy Alcantara Top 100

#89 – 2B/SS, Arismendy Alcantara (22 years old)
Scouting Grades: 
Hit: 55 | Power: 45 | Run: 60 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 55

Alcantara seemingly came out of nowhere in 2013 but in reality the talent has always been there it was just a matter of everything coming together at once.  With a brilliant 2013 season Alcantara cemented his status as the Cubs second baseman of the future, and will probably be seen on the North Side this upcoming season.  Alcantara played all of 2013 with the Smokies at the double A level and really showcased his all around game.  In just under 500 at bats Alcantara hit .271 with a .352 on base percentage and a .451 slugging percentage which was good for an .804 OPS.  Couple those on base numbers with the 31 stolen bases he had and he becomes a legitimate threat at the top of the order.  Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus says that Alcantara reminds him of Jose Reyes-lite, well, that works.

Jorge Soler Top 100

#49 – OF, Jorge Soler (21 years old)
Scouting Grades: 
Hit: 55 | Power: 65 | Run: 50 | Arm: 65 | Field: 55 | Overall: 60

Now we start getting into the meat and potatoes of the Cubs prospects, first up Jorge Soler.  I’ve seen Soler play in person a number of times, and he is an impressive specimen.  He looks more like a football player than a baseball player, but he makes it work.    Injuries derailed his 2013 season as he was only able to get 210 at bats with the Daytona Cubs.  Soler produced for the Minor League team of the year as he cracked 8 home runs, and had 35 RBI’s.  Those numbers are down a bit, again he is still adjusting to the professional game, and is only 21.  Jason Parks chimed in on Soler as well saying that his is slow to adjust, is the most likely of Cubs prospects to “miss” which I think makes sense given his raw ability, still a high ceiling though.

CJ Edwards Top 100

#42 – RHP, C.J. Edwards (22 years old)
Scouting Grades: 
Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 60

Oh, hello CJ Edwards.  That’s right, after an amazing 2013 season, Edwards has vaulted past Jorge Soler on this list.  Baseball Prospectus also had Edwards ranked as the #3 player in the Cubs organization, ahead of Soler, and Albert Almora.  Edwards wasn’t even with the Cubs at this time last year, he was one of four, yes four players acquired from Texas in the Matt Garza deal.  The 2013 season saw Edwards give up one home run, one, just one…. take that Pierce Johnson.  For 2013 Edwards tossed 116.1 innings combined at the high A level for Texas and Chicago, he only gave up 76 hits.  He finished with a 8-2 record and a 1.86 ERA while walking 41 and striking out 155, goodnight!  Jason Parks doesn’t see Edwards with a huge ceiling but Jim Callis said that Edwards could be the top of the rotation guy the Cubs need.

Albert  Almora Top 100

#18 – OF, Albert Almora (19 years old)
Scouting Grades: 
Hit: 65 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Arm: 65 | Field: 75 | Overall: 60

When it’s all said and done Albert Almora might the favorite player of a lot of fans.  While Almora doesn’t have any tools that jump off the page at you (except for his glove I guess) he plays well above them, that’s exactly what Jim Callis said last night.  Almora is a baseball player, run through the wall, do whatever it takes to win, baseball player.  Because of his 100% all the time playing style he suffered a number of injuries in 2013 which kind of disjointed his season.  Almora spent all of 2013 at Kane County but only got 249 at bats due to said injuries, but he made the most of them.  He hit .329 with 17 doubles, four triples, three homers, and 23 RBI’s.  His slash numbers were even more impressive, he had a .379 on base percentage, and a .466 slugging percentage which was good for an .842 OPS.  I think Almora will become more patient at the plate as he gets older but right now he’s fine, he walked 17 times last year and only struck out 30 times, expect to see Almora on the North Side in 2016.

Kris Bryant Top 100

#9 – 3B, Kris Bryant (22 years old)
Scouting Grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 70 | Run: 40 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 65

Kris Bryant seems to be on the fast track, one reason is that he is far more advanced than the other Cubs prospects on this list, the other is he mashes the baseball.  Bryant made it to three different levels in just 36 games, that’s ridiculous, he also hit at every level.  Then he went on to the Arizona Fall League and destroyed the ball in earning accolades such as the MVP award.  Bryant had 128 at bats in 2013 not counting the Arizona Fall League and his a combined .336 with 9 home runs, and 32 RBI’s, extrapolate that, good Lord.  Walking is something that Bryant hasn’t done a lot of right now, but it’s hard to argue with the .390 on base percentage, .719 slugging percentage and 1.106 OPS.  The numbers are eye-popping, and the Cubs aren’t shy about moving Bryant wherever he deserves to go, and many believe that could be as early as 2015.  Given Bryant’s defensive ability and bat it’s not out of the question that he moves to right field to keep 3B open for Baez, either way the Cubs will find a spot for that bat.

Javier Baez Top 100

#7 – SS, Javier Baez (21 years old)
Scouting Grades: Hit:
60 | Power: 70 | Run: 50 | Arm: 65 | Field: 50 | Overall: 65

If you’re not excited about Javier Baez, first off, where have you been, secondly, it’s about time you are.  Baez destroy minor league baseball last year at both high A and double A.  There wasn’t a more feared hitter in baseball, in 517 at bats Baez crushed 37 home runs, and had 111 RBI’s with a total of 75 extra-base hits.  He has been burdened with high expectations and all he has done is create new ones which are even higher.  Surveying the top prospect lists for 2014 the number seven ranking is going to be the “worst” for Baez.  Jason Parks slots him at number four but said there really isn’t a good reason why he shouldn’t be number one, that’s in all of baseball.  Many people are expecting Baez to make his Cubs debut this upcoming season, the plan right now is for him to start in triple A as Iowa’s shortstop.  Moving forward, given Baez’s defensive issues he might move to 3B but again, that really has a lot to do with how other players develop as well.

Prospects are just that, a young player that has expectation or is projected to have some sort of impact at the Major League level.  There really is no such thing as a sure thing in this game, and that goes for Cubs prospects as well.  As good as these players are there is no guarantee that any or all of them will make it to the Cubs, and be an impact player like they are projected.  That said, Cubs fans have had little to get excited about recently and this is definitely a list that you can not only get excited about but truly believe that there is some hope in the near future.

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Born on Third: Minor Matters – July 29, 2013

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SPOTLIGHT GAME

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At the plateArismendy Alcantara was a one man wrecking crew in this one as he went 3-for-4 with four RBI’s, and a walk.  Christian Villanueva was 2-for-4 with a run scored in the win.  Villanueva was part of a group of hitters at the bottom of the lineup that got the job done in this one.  The Smokies five through nine hitters were a combined 7-for-17 with two walks, three RBI’s, and eight runs scored.  John Andreoli was 1-for-2 with a walk, his eighth stolen base of the year, an RBI, and three runs scored.  Rafael Lopez was outstanding going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI’s, a walk, and two runs scored.

On the moundDae-Eun Rhee was magnificent in picking up his third win of the season against no losses.  Rhee worked 6.1 innings giving up two runs on two hits while walking one and striking out five.  Hunter Cervenka was touched up a bit as he worked two-thirds of an inning giving up one run on two hits while walking one.  Frank Batista was great in closing this one out, he worked two innings giving up one run, unearned, on no hits (what?) while walking one and striking out one.

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  • Iowa Cubs:  Logan Watkins was 2-for-4 with his eighteenth double of the season, and a run scored
  • Iowa Cubs:  Ty Wright was 2-for-4 with his third home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Iowa Cubs:  Darnell McDonald was 2-for-3 with a double, and a walk in the loss.
  • Daytona Cubs:  Zeke DeVoss was the lone offense for Daytona, he went 3-for-4 with two doubles.
  • Kane County Cougars:  Dan Vogelbach was 1-for-4 with his sixteenth home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Boise Hawks:  Kris Bryant was 1-for-4 with his second double of the season, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Boise Hawks:  Tyler Skulina worked three scoreless innings giving up two hits while striking out two.

Notes:  AZL Cubs were off, and Tyler Skulina was promoted to Kane County this morning (2013 – 4th round pick).

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Born on Third: Minor Matters – July 12, 2013


SPOTLIGHT GAME

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At The Plate – Not much going for the Iowa offense, luckily they didn’t need much to walk away with a victory.  Darnell McDonald was 2-for-2 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored in the win.  J.C. Boscan had the big hit for Iowa as he was 1-for-3 with a double, and two RBI’s.  The Cubs could only manage five hits in this one but they were 2-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

On The Mound – It was the Guillermo Moscoso show as he took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before allowing a double, and that was it.  Moscoso worked eight scoreless innings giving up one hit, two walks, and five strikeouts.  Brian Schlitter was solid as usual as he worked a scoreless inning while walking one and striking out one to earn his eleventh save of the season.

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  • AZL Cubs – Starling Peralta was brilliant working three scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out three.
  • AZL Cubs – Kevin Freeman was 2-for-4 with his first double of the season.
  • Boise HawksShawon Dunston was 3-for-5 with two doubles (7 on the season), an RBI, and two runs scored.
  • Boise HawksJordan Hankins was 2-for-4 with his first double of the year, and two runs scored.
  • Boise HawksTyler Skulina worked two scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one.
  • Kane CountyGioskar Amaya was 2-for-3 with his fifth triple of the year, a walks, and a run scored.
  • Kane CountyOliver Zapata was 1-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Tennessee SmokiesArismendy Alcantara was 2-for-4 with a walk, and a run scored in game one.
  • Tennessee SmokiesJavier Baez was 2-for-4 with a walk, and an RBI in game one.
  • Tennessee SmokiesAustin Kirk was solid in game one going six scoreless innings giving up four hits while walking one and striking out three.
  • Tennessee SmokiesFrank Batista was great out of the pen to pick up the win in game one, he worked three scoreless innings while walking two and striking out two.
  • Tennessee Smokies – Javier Baez was solid in game two as well, he went 2-for-4 with his second homer of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Tennessee SmokiesYeiper Castillo was solid in game two working four innings giving up one run on one hit while striking out six.
  • Tennessee SmokiesKevin Rhoderick is starting to round into form, he worked three scoreless innings out of the pen to pick up his first win of the season, he also struck out two.

Notes:  Daytona was rained out

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Minor Matters – June 10, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – Runs came early and often in this one as Iowa held a 6-5 lead after five innings, they added an insurance run, which they would need en route to a 7-6 victory of Oklahoma City. Solid offensive day for Iowa as eight of the nine guys in the starting lineup had at least one hit and the Cubs were 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position.  Logan Watkins was solid out of the leadoff spot going 2-for-5 with a double, and two RBI’s.  Brad Nelson had a huge day going 2-for-4 with two home runs, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  All Junior Lake has done since coming back from injury is hit, he was 1-for-5 with his fifth double of the season, and two runs scored.  Ian Stewart has found some magic at the plate as of late, he was 1-for-3 in this one with a double, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.

On The MoundYoanner Negrin is still getting stretched out as he makes his transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation; he made his third start of the season last night.  Negrin worked five innings giving up five runs on ten hits while walking two and striking out eight, he earned his first win of the season.  Casey Coleman continued his brilliance of the pen as he worked three scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking one and striking out two.  Brian Schlitter worked a rocky ninth as he gave up one run on two hits while striking out one to earn his second save of the season.

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At The Plate – Tough loss for Tennessee as they let a 3-0 lead get away in the sixth inning, and wound up losing 4-3 in walk off fashion in the ninth.  Arismendy Alcantara continued his stellar 2013 as he went 2-for-4 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .290 on the season.  Christian Villanueva also was 2-for-4 with a run scored, unfortunately the Smokies could do nothing with runners in scoring position going 1-for-8.  Rafael Lopez had a solid game going 2-for-4 with two doubles, that gives him fourteen on the season, he also had a run scored in the loss.

On The MoundA.J. Morris got the start for the Smokies and was outstanding going 5.1 innings giving up one run on two hits while striking out four.  Zach Rosscup is usually reliable, he was knocked around however as he worked one inning giving up two runs on two hits while walking one and striking out one.  Trey McNutt is starting to turn things around, he was solid going 1.2 scoreless innings giving up one hit and striking out two.  Kevin Rhoderick continued to struggle and got the loss, he worked two-thirds of an inning giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out one.

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At The PlateJavier Baez, that’s all you need to know.  These types of games don’t come around too often, in fact what Baez did was only the second time that it has been done in the 94 year history of the Florida State League.  Baez was 4-for-4 with FOUR home runs (FOUR!), seven RBI’s (SEVEN), and four runs scored, have a day, kid.  The huge night makes Baez’s numbers for the season look that much better, he’s hitting .291 with thirteen homers, and forty-four RBI’s, in a pitchers league.  Wow.

On The Mound – Rough go of it for Zach Cates, but he did give Daytona some innings, and picked up his sixth win of the season.  Cates worked six innings giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits while striking out six.  Luis Liria was knocked around out of the pen as he worked one inning giving up two runs on two hits while walking three (Not Good), and striking out two.  Larry Suarez was tremendous out of the pen going 1.1 scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one.  Frank Del Valle worked the final two-thirds of an inning to pick up his fourth save of the year, he walked one and struck out two in the process.

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At The Plate – Nothing going right for Kane County lately, and last night was no exception as they fell to Cedar Rapids 6-2.  The Cougars could only manage two runs on six hits, but did walk four times, unfortunately they were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.  Albert Almora was 1-for-4 in the loss with his seventh double of the season, he is now hitting .423 for the year.  Rock Shoulders found some hits last night, he was 2-for-4 with his twelfth double of the season, and a run scored.  Oliver Zapata was 2-for-3 with a run scored, he now has his average up to .270 on the season.

On The Mound Pierce Johnson got the start and had one of his worst outings of 2013 as he suffered his fifth loss of the season.  Johnson worked 4.2 innings giving up five runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out four.  Lendy Castillo took over and did a solid job of keeping the Cougars in it, he worked 3.1 innings giving up one run on three hits while striking out four.

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Minor Matters – June 4, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – After four innings the Cubs didn’t have much going, then they erupted for ten runs over the final four innings en route to a 10-2 victory.  Logan Watkins had an outstanding game at the top of the order going 3-for-5 with three singles and two runs scored.  Brian Bogusevic continues to pad his stats as he was 2-for-4 with his sixth home run of the season, a walk, three RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Steve Clevenger is on the comeback trail, he was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, he’s hitting .429 since returning from that horrible oblique injury.  Brad Nelson had a productive day going 2-for-4 with his eighth home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored.  Ian Stewart is still alive, and was decent in this one going 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.

On The MoundBrooks Raley got the start, and I’m not 100% certain but I think Raley had to leave early in this one as he only threw fifty-one pitches.  Raley worked 3.1 innings giving up one run on three hits while walking one and striking out two.  Casey Coleman continues to do tremendous work out of the pen; he worked 3.2 scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out two to earn his first win of the season.  Marcus Hatley scuffled a bit, and has since his promotion to Iowa; he worked one inning giving up one run on two hits.  Alex Burnett, who cleared waivers and was optioned to Iowa got some work in today, he went one scoreless inning giving up one hit.

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At the Plate – Not a lot of offense in this one from the D-Cubs but it was enough as they squeaked out a 1-0 victory over Bradenton.  John Andreoli was 2-for-4 with two singles, and his sixteenth stolen base of the season.  Tim Saunders was 2-for-4; he also had two singles, but had a caught stealing in this one.  The only RBI of the game came from Jorge Soler; he finished the day 0-for-2 with said RBI on a sacrifice fly.

On The MoundBen Wells was outstanding to start things off for Daytona; he improved his record to 4-4 on the season with the win.  Wells worked five scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking three and striking out four.  Frank Del Valle was just as good out of the pen and earned the rare four inning save in a one run game.  Del Valle worked four scoreless innings giving up four hits while striking out four.

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At The Plate – The Smokies looked like they had control of this one with an early 4-1 lead but had to battle back from a 6-4 deficit which they did; as they scored four runs unanswered to beat Jackson 8-6.  The Smokies were dangerous all night as they pounded out fifteen hits while scoring eight runs; they were 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position.  Matt Szczur is red hot, he was 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI’s, a stolen base, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .292 on the season.  Ronald Torreyes was 2-for-5 with his second home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Arismendy Alcantara was 3-for-5 with two doubles, and an RBI, he’s now hitting .290 on the season.  Ty Wright also had a solid game going 2-for-5 with his third home run of the season, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Chad Noble had a monster game going 4-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the win.

On The MoundYeiper Castillo was roughed up in this one but was still able to give the Smokies some valuable innings.  Castillo worked six innings giving up six runs on six hits while walking three and striking out four.  Hunter Cervenka was outstanding out of the pen, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out two, he picked up his first AA win of the season.  Frank Batista was solid as usual in picking up his eighth save of the season.  Batista worked 1.1 scoreless innings giving up one hit; he lowered his ERA to 1.78 on the season.

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Minor Matters – June 1, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – Rough one for the Iowa Cubs as they built a 6-1 lead by the third inning and ended up losing 7-6 in thirteen innings, what’s worse is they gave up two runs in the ninth to let a win get away.  Brett Jackson was 1-for-5 with a walk, third home run of the season, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Brent Lillibridge had a great game going 4-for-6 with his fourth double of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.  Ian Stewart played!  He also had a decent day going 1-for-3 with his fifth double of the season, and two RBI’s.

On The Mound – Weird night for the Iowa pitching as they missed a lot of bats, and found a lot of them too.  Guillermo Moscoso was beat up but did alright I guess, he worked 5.2 innings giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits while walking two and striking out ten (see?).  Hisanori Takahashi worked two-thirds of an inning, he walking one and struck out one.  Casey Coleman is quietly settling in at Iowa, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings while striking out two.  Eduardo Sanchez is officially a Cub, he worked the ninth inning giving up two runs on two hits while walking one and striking out one to register the blown save.  Marcus Hatley was recently promoted to Iowa from Tennessee and had his best outing tonight; he worked two scoreless innings giving up one hit while striking out three.  Jeffry Antigua suffered the loss in this one but didn’t pitch poorly, he worked two innings giving up one run on three hits while walking one and striking out four.

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At The Plate – The Smokies got knocked around pretty good in this one as the Barons built a 5-0 lead en route to cruising to a 9-3 victory.  Matt Szczur did his thing at the top of the lineup going 1-for-2 with three walks (CUBS WAY!), and his fourteenth stolen base of the season.  Arismendy Alcantara, or as I like to call him “Scoresheet” was 1-for-3 with a walk, his ninth home run of the season, and two runs scored.  Christian Villanueva provided some pop in this one as well going 1-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.

On The Mound – Aside from Matt Loosen the Smokies pitching wasn’t half bad, unfortunately Loosen started this one.  Loosen took his second loss of the season after going 5.1 innings giving up eight runs, four earned, on six hits while walking four and striking out three.  Frank Batista was solid out of the pen going 1.2 scoreless innings giving up three hits while striking out one.  Trey McNutt worked an inning giving up one run on two hits while walking one, if McNutt can harness his stuff and cut down on the walks his ERA will dwindle as well.

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At The Plate – Offensive explosion time for Daytona as they pounded out twenty hits, and scored fourteen runs beating Brevard County 14-5.  This might be the longest “at the plate” recap that I write all year, and really, I’m okay with that.  Ben Carhart was fantastic today, going 3-for-6 with two doubles giving him fourteen on the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Javier Baez won the night, end of discussion, that’s it; he was 5-for-6 with three doubles, his ninth home run of the season, SIX RBI’s (ZOMG!), and three runs scored, wow.  Jorge Soler also had a solid night going 2-for-5 with his eighth home run of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Dustin Geiger was slugging as well going 2-for-5 with two doubles, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Chadd Krist was also productive in this one going 2-for-3 with his sixth double of the season, and three RBI’s.  Wes Darvill and Taylor Davis contributed as well, with Darvill having three hits, and Davis adding two.

On The MoundP.J. Francescon found some of his 2012 magic in this one, helps having a ginormous lead, but it was nice to see him have a nice outing.  He worked six innings giving up one run on five hits while striking out six, with no walks (that’s important).  Austin Reed was roughed up a bit out of the pen as he worked two innings giving up three runs on five hits while walking two and striking out three.  Sheldon McDonald closed the door in this one, he worked one inning giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out one.

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At The Plate – Nightmarish night for the floundering Cougars as they were obliterated by the Kernels 15-2, yes, a team named after corn scored fifteen runs tonight (they are good, I know).  Nice to see Albert Almora in the lineup and healthy after a hamstring scare, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored; he’s now hitting .444 on the season.  Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-4 with two singles, kind of shocked that he didn’t hit any doubles in this one.  The Cougars could only manage seven hits and two runs tonight as their entire lineup is struggling at the same time, which usually results in losses.

On The Mound – Taylor Scott isn’t used to being roughed up, but he didn’t have it tonight.  Scott suffered his second loss of the season as he worked four innings giving up seven runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out four.  Ian Dickson wasn’t much better, he worked three innings giving up five runs on four hits while walking five (NO!), and striking out two.  Nathan Dorris was solid in this one, working one scoreless inning giving up one hit; his ERA is now 2.78 on the season.  David Bote, the second baseman, worked the ninth inning and well, looked like a second baseman pitching.  Bote gave up three runs on three hits while walking two in his inning of work.

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Minor Matters – May 29, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – The Iowa Cubs fell behind quickly in this one, trailing 4-0 after two innings; they were able to cut the deficit to one by the fifth but couldn’t get any closer losing 4-3.  The Cubs left too many opportunities slip away as they were only 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position.  Brian Bogusevic was 1-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored, his 2013 has been spectacular, he’s now hitting .358 on the season.  Dave Sappelt was one of the few productive Cubs in this one, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, an RBI, and a run scored.  Brad Nelson and Logan Watkins were the only other Cubs to records RBI’s in the loss.

On The Mound – After a bumpy first two innings Nick Struck was able to settle down, he worked five innings giving up four runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out three.  Struck has struggled this year, his record fell to 3-4 on the season, while his 6.07 ERA is also underwhelming.  Casey Coleman took over and was brilliant, he worked three scoreless, hit-less, innings while walking two and striking out two, he definitely kept the Cubs in this one and gave them a chance to come back.

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At The Plate – The Annual Rickwood Classic didn’t go the way the Smokies were hoping as they fell to Birmingham 6-3.  Arismendy Alcantara had a solid game going 3-for-4 with his first triple of the year, but also made a costly error, his eighteenth of the season.  Christian Villanueva has been on a steady upswing as of late, and it continued today as he was 1-for-4 with his seventeenth double of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Lance Rymel made a successful double A debut going 1-for-3 with a walk, and an RBI in the loss.

On The MoundYeiper Castillo is still adjusting to the jump in levels as he struggled again in his second start with Tennessee.  Castillo worked 3.2 innings giving up five runs, four earned, on five hits while walking two and striking out four.  A.J. Morris was solid in relief; he worked 3.1 innings giving up one run on three hits while striking out five.  Trey McNutt had a solid performance as he continues to lower his ERA; he worked one scoreless inning while striking out one, lowering his ERA to 4.98 on the season.

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At The Plate – The Daytona Cubs couldn’t get much offense going in this one but they didn’t need it as pitching carried them to a 3-0 victory.  Zeke DeVoss had a solid day from the leadoff spot going 2-for-4 with two singles, and a run scored.  John Andreoli continues to hit, he was 2-for-3 with his sixth double of the season, an RBI, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .317 on the season.  Dustin Geiger was 1-for-3 with an RBI, his forty-third of the season, and he is hitting .311 as well, quite the year so far.

On The Mound –Daytona won this game on the mound, and they only needed two arms to do it.  Zach Cates got the start and was outstanding for his fifth win of the season, he worked six scoreless innings giving up five hits while walking one and striking out five.  Yao-Lin Wang was brilliant out of the pen, he worked three scoreless innings to earn his second save of the season giving up one hit while walking one and striking out five.

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At The Plate – Kane County continues to struggle without Albert Almora as they could only generate one run on five hits in a 2-1 defeat.  Marco Hernandez was 2-for-4 with two singles, and a run scored in the loss.  Carlos Escobar was 2-for-4, both singles, and an RBI, and that was it for the Cougars as the only other hit came from Oliver Zapata, also a single.

On The MoundPierce Johnson might be filing a complaint for lack of run support soon; he was tagged with the loss in this one making his record 3-4 on the season despite a sparkling 2.89 ERA.  Johnson was solid going 5.2 innings giving up one run on four hits while walking one and striking out seven.  Justin Amlung got into trouble, but was able to pitch out of it for the most part; he worked 2.1 innings giving up one run on four hits while striking out two.

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Minor Matters – May 28, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – The Iowa Cubs are on to something as they continue to play some solid baseball, and more importantly get wins.  Brett Jackson had a solid game going 1-for-3 with a walk, his fourth stolen base of the season, and a run scored.  Donnie Murphy is putting together a solid season, he went 2-for-4 with his fourth double of the year, and a run scored.  Edwin Maysonet was 1-for-3 with his fifth home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored.  Brent Lillibridge has found his power at triple A, I didn’t think he could ever hit a home run, but he was 2-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.

On The MoundChris Rusin was absolutely brilliant and has really found a groove as of late, he earned his fourth win and lowered his ERA to 3.55 on the season.  Rusin worked eight strong innings giving up one run on six hits while striking out eight, and no walks, outstanding.  Eduardo Sanchez worked the final inning giving up one run on three hits while striking out one.

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At The Plate – Really good game between two solid teams, and it ended with the Smokies hanging on for a 3-2 victory.  Arismendy Alcantara was 1-for-4 with his eighth home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.  Christian Villanueva padded his slugging numbers in this one, he was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and a run scored.  Anthony Giansanti was 1-for-4 with a run scored, and two huge outfield assists in the win.

On The MoundKyle Hendricks was solid yet again, and is turning into the ace of the Smokies staff.  Hendricks went 6.2 innings giving up two runs on six hits while walking two and striking out six, he improved his record to 5-2 with the win, and lowered his ERA to 2.47 on the season.  Kevin Rhoderick continued to struggle with his command, but was able to pitch around it, working one scoreless inning while walking two.  Frank Batista was solid again in picking up his seventh save of the year; he worked 1.1 scoreless innings giving up one hit.

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At The Plate –Outstanding comeback win for Daytona as they scored once in the bottom of the ninth to tie it, then walked off in the eleventh.  John Andreoli continues to have a solid 2013, he was 2-for-6 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .312 on the season.  Javier Baez was the hero last night, he went 2-for-6 with a game winning, walk-off homer in the eleventh, his seventh of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Ben Carhart had a solid game going 1-for-3 with a walk, and two runs scored in the win.

On The MoundAustin Kirk struggled a bit with his command but was still able to work around most of the trouble, he went five innings giving up three runs on seven hits while walking four and striking out three.  Austin Reed was okay out of the pen working two innings giving up one run on two hits while walking one.  Eduardo Figueroa, Larry Suarez, and Frank Del Valle were solid the rest of the way, shutting down the Yankees over the final four innings.  Del Valle worked the final two innings to get the win, his third of the season.

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At The Plate – Tough luck for the Cougars as their rally was cut short by Mother Nature, they scored three times in the fifth to make it 7-5 then the skies opened up and the game was called after five and a half innings.  Pin-Chieh Chen was 1-for-3 with his second triple of the season, and two RBI’s in the loss.  Gioskar Amaya had a solid game going 1-for-1 with two walks (Cubs Way!), a double, and a run scored.  Dan Vogelbach had a productive day going 1-for-3 with his seventh home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On The MoundDillon Maples has been having a rough go of it since returning from injury, last night the walks got him into big trouble.  Maples worked three innings giving up seven runs on four hits while walking five (see?), and striking out five.  Lendy Castillo took over and was solid, going two scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out two.

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Minor Matters – May 26, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – Iowa is on a roll, they have now won four games in a row, and seven of their last eight.  The Cubs could only manage four hits, and two runs but it was enough for the victory over Oklahoma City.  Brian Bogusevic, and Brent Lillibridge each had one hit, and one stolen base in the victory, both hits were singles.  It was the Edwin Maysonet show offensively for the Cubs, he was 2-for-2 with his fourth home run of the season, an RBI, a double, and two runs scored.

On The MoundBarret Loux finally got things in order and was outstanding to earn his third win of the season.  Loux went six strong innings giving up one run on three hits while walking three and striking out six.  Blake Parker was solid as usual to close this one out; he worked one scoreless inning while striking out one to earn his seventh save of the season.

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At The Plate – Make that five wins in a row for Iowa, and eight wins in their last nine games as they finished off an impressive double-header sweep over a good RedHawks team.  The Cubs struck for three runs in the first inning and that lead held up until the sixth inning when Oklahoma City tied things up, but the Cubs bounced right back in the bottom half to win it 4-3.  Logan Watkins was 1-for-3 with his fifth home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.  Brian Bogusevic, Brett Jackson, and Brad Nelson each had one hit in the victory, Bogusevic and Jackson also had a stolen base.  Donnie Murphy was 1-for-2 with his fourth home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.

On The MoundYoanner Negrin got the start in this one, he normally does most of his work out of the pen, but he was solid.  Negrin worked 4.1 innings giving up two runs on two hits while walking three and striking out five.  Marcus Hatley worked 1.2 innings giving up one run on one hit while walking one and striking out two, which was good enough to give Hatley his first win of the season.  Zach Putnam worked a scoreless seventh inning to pick up his fourth save of the season.

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At The Plate – The Smokies pounded out ten hits and five runs en route to a 5-2 victory over Huntsville on Sunday Night.  Matt Szczur was 2-for-4 with his ninth double of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.  Rubi Silva was 2-for-4 with his ninth double of the season in the win.  Tim Torres is having a solid 2013, he was 1-for-3 with his second home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Arismendy Alcantara continues to hit, he was 1-for-3 with a walk (that’s great to see from him), and he made his seventeenth error of the season.

On The MoundEric Jokisch is putting together quite the solid season; he was good again in this one as he picked up his fourth win of the season.  Jokisch worked 5.2 innings giving up two runs on seven hits while striking out six, he lowered his ERA to 3.44 on the season.  Trey McNutt bounced back with a solid performance out of the pen, he worked a scoreless inning while striking out the side.  Zach Rosscup was solid as well going 1.1 scoreless innings while walking one and striking out two.  Frank Batista worked a scoreless inning as well while striking out one; he has a sparkling 2.14 ERA on the season.

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At The Plate – Daytona fell behind 4-0 early and couldn’t ever get back in this one as they fell to Lakeland 5-3.  Zeke DeVoss had a solid day from the leadoff spot going 3-for-4 with a walk, all three hits were singles.  Javier Baez was 1-for-3, he also made his twenty-third error of the season, he’s now hitting .266 this year.  Jorge Soler was 1-for-4 with his seventh home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Chadd Krist was 2-for-4 with his fourth double of the season in the loss.

On The Mound P.J. Francescon got the start in this one, and was roughed up as he suffered his fourth loss of the season.  Francescon worked six innings giving up four runs on six hits while walking three and striking out six.  Yao-Lin Wang was solid going 1.2 innings giving up one run on no hits while walking one and striking out two.  Jeffrey Lorick was good out of the pen going 1.1 scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking one and striking out two.

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At The Plate – The Cougars did everything but win this game as they built a 5-2 lead in the fifth inning only to see it disappear in the sixth en route to a 6-5 loss.  Pin-Chieh Chen was solid out of the leadoff spot going 2-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored.  Albert Almora continues to hit, he was 2-for-5, which actually lowered his average to .538 on the season.  Marco Hernandez was 2-for-4 with two singles, and an RBI in the loss.  Gioskar Amaya was 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.

On The Mound – Taylor Scott was roughed up, but really only had two bad innings as he earned a no decision.  Scott worked 5.2 innings giving up four runs on six hits while walking three and striking out two.  Eddie Orozco added fuel to the fire in the fateful sixth, he worked 2.1 innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out three.  Jeffry Antigua was solid going one scoreless inning giving up one hit while striking out one.

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Minor Matters – May 25, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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At The Plate – The Iowa Cubs are officially on a roll, with last night’s win they have won three in a row, and six of their last seven games.  Brian Bogusevic probably belongs in the Majors at this point, but there is nowhere to put him, he went 3-for-5 with an RBI, he’s now hitting .364 on the season.  Brad Nelson was 2-for-4 with two singles in the victory.  Edwin Maysonet had a huge game going 2-for-4 with his third home run of the season, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Luis Flores came up with a rare huge offensive game going 2-for-2 with two walks, two doubles, two RBI’s, and a run scored.

On The MoundBrooks Raley was solid on the mound for the Cubs, as he improved his record to 4-3 on the season.  Raley worked 6.1 innings giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits while walking three and striking out six.  Casey Coleman was outstanding out of the pen going 2.2 scoreless innings while walking one and striking out one to earn his first save of the season.

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At The Plate – Nothing went right for the Smokies in this one as they could only manage three hits all night, and two runs in a 7-2 loss.  Arismendy Alcantara was one of the few Smokies to come through last night, he was 1-for-4 with his seventh home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Rubi Silva, and Tim Torres were the only other Smokies to record hits in this one, both singles; they each had a stolen base as well.

On The MoundAlberto Cabrera rarely gets beat up, last night was one of those rare times that he did.  Cabrera worked six innings giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits while walking three and striking out seven.  A.J. Morris wasn’t much better out of the pen going 1.1 innings giving up two runs on three hits while walking three.  Brian Schlitter doesn’t allow runs, he just doesn’t, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one.

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At The Plate – Daytona only needed one inning to get the victory in this one; they scored five times in the second inning and held on for dear life in a 5-4 victory of the Flying Tigers, what a name, eh?  Jorge Soler was 1-for-4 with his eleventh double of the season, and a run scored in the victory.  Daytona made their hits count as they could only manage six all game, and the two guys at the bottom of the order came up huge.  Taiwan Easterling (8 hitter) was 1-for-3 with two RBI’s and a run scored, while Tim Saunders (9 hitter) was 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored.

On The Mound – Nice to have Kyler Burke back on the mound, he was brilliant in this one to earn his first victory of the season.  Burke went five scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking two and striking out two, he lowered his ERA to 0.90 on the season.  Eduardo Figueroa found some trouble, but kept the damage limited going 1.1 innings giving up one run on three hits while walking one.  Hunter Cervenka was touched up, gasp!  That never happens!  Cervenka worked 1.2 innings giving up three runs on two hits while walking two and striking out three.  Luis Liria came on to save the day, and the game going one scoreless inning giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one to earn his second save of the season.

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At The Plate – Solid comeback win for Kane County in game one as they scored twice in the fifth to tie the game, then walked off in the seventh for the win.  Oh hey look, Albert Almora shows up in the recap, what else is new?  Almora was 3-for-4 with two doubles; he now has five doubles in four games for the Cougars, he added two RBI’s, two runs scored, and an outfield assist in the victory.  Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-3 with his ninth double of the season, and a walk.  Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-3 with two singles; he’s now hitting .263 on the season, that average is on the rise.

On The MoundJose Arias pitched in and out of trouble, because of that he couldn’t make it five innings for the win.  Arias worked 4.1 innings giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits while walking three and striking out one.  Nathan Dorris got back on track in this one, and subsequently he earned his second win of the season.  Dorris worked 2.2 scoreless innings out of the pen giving up two hits while striking out three.

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At The Plate – The runs came early and often in game two as the Snapper and Cougars totaled nine runs in the first three innings; luckily the Cougars were on the right side of the score, leading 5-4.  The Cougar pitching settled down after that, and the offense tacked on two runs in the fifth en route to a 7-4 victory.  Oliver Zapata getting a chance to lead off was solid, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Albert Almora only had one hit in game two so there really isn’t much to say about him in game two….  Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored in the victory, he’s now hitting .291 on the season.  Rock Shoulders was tired of slumping, so he busted out in game two, he was 2-for-3 with two home runs (11,12), three RBI’s, and two runs scored.  Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-2 with a walk, a double, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .323 on the season.

On The MoundBrian Smith was roughed up a bit in this one, and earned a no decision thanks to his red hot offense.  Smith worked four innings giving up four runs on three hits while walking two and striking out two.  Ian Dickson was awesome out of the pen and was rewarded with his second win of the season.  Dickson worked three scoreless innings giving up on hit whiles walking one and striking out four.

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