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Prospect Files: Gleyber Goes Deep, Rademacher Powers Up, Lockhart Flashes the Leather (VIDEO)

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Bijan Rademacher is lighting it up right now, here is video of his second homer of the night, a three run bomb.

Gleyber Torres has struggled for much of 2016 which isn’t entirely surprising for a 19 year old, but last night he showed why he’s such an exciting prospect by blasting an opposite field dinger.

Daniel Lockhart makes a tremendous play.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 19, 2016

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TUESDAY APRIL 19, 2016

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Things started horribly for the Iowa Cubs as they trailed 6-0 after four innings before making a furious comeback that fell just short.  With the loss the Cubs fall to 4-7 on the season while New Orleans moves to 5-8.

At the Plate:

  • Arismendy Alcantara continues to have a bounce back 2016; he went 3-for-5 with his first triple of the season, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Willson Contreras actually made a couple of outs last night; he went 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach had another solid game; he went 1-for-3 with his fourth double of the season, two walks, and two runs scored.
  • Albert Almora had a huge game; he went 3-for-4 with an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored. Almora is now hitting .324 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Scott Barnes got the start, and was torched. He worked two innings, giving up five runs on six hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Stephen Perakslis was solid out of the pen; he worked three innings, giving up two runs, both unearned while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Giovanni Soto worked a solid scoreless inning in his Cubs organizational debut.
  • Felix Pena was strong as he kept the Cubs in it; he worked two scoreless/hitless innings while walking one, and striking out three.

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It was all Smokies in this one as they smacked three dingers en route to a 9-3 victory over the Montgomery Biscuits.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann ripped his first homer of the season; he went 1-for-5 with an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Chesny Young was all over the place last night; he went 1-for-3 with two stolen bases, and two runs scored.
  • Jeimer Candelario snapped out of an early season funk; he went 1-for-2 with two walks, an RBI, and two runs scored.
  • Bijan Rademacher had a huge game, what else is new? He went 2-for-4 with two homers (Four on the season now), four RBI’s, and two runs scored.

On the Mound:

  • Brad Markey struggled a bit with his command but did enough to pick up his first win of the season. Markey worked five innings, giving up two runs on eight hits while walking four, and striking out three.
  • Michael Jensen was decent in relief; he worked two innings, giving up one runs on two hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • James Pugliese and Josh Conway each worked a scoreless inning to shut the door on this one.

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It was a rough night for the Pelicans as they blew two different leads before eventually falling to Winston-Salem by a score of 6-5.

At the Plate:

  • Gleyber Torres has been really struggling so far this year; last night he went 1-for-4 with his first dinger of the year, an RBI, and a run scored, maybe that will get him going.
  • Yasiel Balaguert had a solid game; he went 2-for-4 with his first homer of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Jason Vosler continued his solid start to the year; he went 2-for-4 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .341 on the season.
  • Jeffrey Baez had a solid game; he went 1-for-3 with his third double of the season, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Jonathan Martinez turned in a solid outing; unfortunately he had to settle for a no decision. He worked six innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Jordan Minch was hung with the loss in this one; he worked 2.2 innings, giving up four runs on six hits while walking one, and striking out two.

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At the Plate:

  • P.J. Higgins had a solid game; he went 2-for-4 with a walk, and a run scored.
  • Daniel Spingola has been red hot so far this year; he went 3-for-5, and is now hitting .394 on the season.
  • Andrew Ely went 3-for-4 with a double in the loss.
  • Ian Rice went 2-for-4, but the Cubs could not do anything as they were 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position, oof.

On the Mound:

  • Preston Morrison got the start and was hung with his second loss of the season. Morrison worked 2.2 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Casey Bloomquist poured a fair bit of gasoline on the fire; he worked 2.1 innings, giving up six runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Scott Frazier was also roughed up in relief; he worked 2.1 innings, giving up two runs on one hit while walking three, and striking out three.
  • James Norwood was the lone bright spot; he worked 1.2 scoreless/hitless innings while striking out one.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 18, 2016

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MONDAY APRIL 18, 2016

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The Smokies’ pitching was outstanding last night as they completely shut down the Biscuits allowing only three hits en route a 4-0 victory.  Maybe more impressive was their approach, they walked ten times last night, clearly they have been watching the Major League club.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann got things going from the lead-off spot; he went 1-for-4 with a walk, and his sixth stolen base of the season.
  • Chesny Young was 1-for-3 with two walks, and two stolen bases in the win.
  • Bijan Rademacher continued his hot start; he was 1-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored, and he had an outfield assist. Rademacher is now hitting .444 on the season.
  • Carlos Penalver had another solid game; he was 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI’s, and a walk.

On the Mound:

  • Paul Blackburn turned in a brilliant start to pick up his second win of the season; he worked seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking three, and striking out three.
  • Corey Black was solid in relief; he worked a scoreless inning while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Andury Acevedo worked a strong ninth inning; he allowed one but also struck out the side.

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Myrtle Beach built a 6-1 lead in the seventh thanks to a huge night from Ian Happ, and hung on to beat Winston-Salem 6-4.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Tommy Thorpe got the start tonight, and picked up his first win of the season; he worked 5.1 innings, giving up one run on five hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Daury Torrez struggled in this one; he worked 1.2 innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits while striking out two.
  • David Berg was terrific out of the pen to pick up his second save of the season; he worked two scoreless/hitless innings while striking out one.

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A huge fourth inning saw the South Bend Cubs plate six runs to break open a 2-2 game on their way to a 9-3 drubbing of Bowling Green.

At the Plate:

  • Every single player in the lineup for the Cubs had at least one hit as they pounded out thirteen in the win. J. Higgins went 2-for-5 with his third double of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Donnie Dewees went 1-for-4 with a walk, two RBI’s, a run scored, and his fourth stolen base of the season.
  • Eloy Jimenez went 1-for-4 with his third double of the season, a walk, and an RBI.
  • Daniel Spingola had a huge night; he went 3-for-5 with two stolen bases, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .357 on the season.
  • Matt Rose chipped in with some power; he went 1-for-4 with his first homer of the year, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Andrew Ely went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Carson Sands struggled early, but settled in to pick up his first win of the year. Sands worked five innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • John Williamson was brilliant in relief; he worked two scoreless/hitless innings while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Greyfer Eregua cleaned things up; he worked two innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out two.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 15, 2016

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016

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Round Rock doesn’t like losing to Iowa, they haven’t done yet in four games this year.  Tonight the Express jumped in front of Iowa 3-0 in the first, and 7-3 at the end of five before hanging on for an 8-6 win.

At the Plate:

  • Dan Vogelbach is swinging it; he went 1-for-4 with his first dinger of the season, three RBI’s, and a run scored.
  • Albert Almora is having a solid 2016 so far; he went 1-for-4 and is now hitting .280 on the season.
  • Ryan Kalish went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, and two runs scored in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Drew Rucinski was torched tonight as he picked up his second loss of the season. Rucinski worked 4.1 innings, giving up seven runs on five hits while walking four, and striking out four.
  • Stephen Perakslis stopped the bleeding somewhat; he worked 2.1 innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • C.J. Reifenhauser worked just 1/3rd of an inning while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Armando Rivero kept things close by working a scoreless inning.

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An early explosion of runs by both teams made the final rather surprising; the Smokies led 3-2 after two innings and held on for a 4-2 win over Birmingham.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann snapped out of a slump tonight; he went 2-for-4 with his second double of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Bijan Rademacher is reaching levels that not many have seen; he was 1-for-1 with an RBI, and three walks tonight; he is not hitting .524 on the season, crazy.
  • Mark Zagunis, Chesny Young, and Billy McKinney all finished 1-for-4.

On the Mound:

  • Tyler Skulina got the start, and picked up his first win of the season; Skulina worked five innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out six.
  • Juan Paniagua was outstanding in relief, he worked two scoreless/hitless innings while striking out one.
  • Starling Peralta was just as good; he also worked two scoreless/hitless innings while striking out two to pick up his second save of the season.

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Myrtle Beach was completely handcuffed tonight as they were shut out by Carolina 2-0.  The Pelicans could only manage two hits in the loss, definitely a great performance from Max Povse, the starter for the Mudcats.

At the Plate:

  • Gleyber Torres did a nice job of getting on base tonight, but that was about it for the Pelicans; Torres went 0-for-2 with two walks, and was caught stealing.
  • Jason Volser was 1-for-3 with his third double of the season in the loss.
  • Gioskar Amaya was the only other Pelican to register a hit; he finished the night 1-for-2 with a walk.

On the Mound:

  • Trevor Clifton got the start and saw his record fall to 0-2 on the season. Clifton worked 4.2 innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking three, and striking out six.
  • Jordan Minch worked in and out of trouble tonight; he worked 2.1 scoreless innings giving up five hits.
  • James Farris worked a scoreless inning to keep things close.

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Some sloppy baseball from South Bend tonight as they made four errors en route to getting destroyed by Fort Wayne, 10-3.

At the Plate:

  • Sutton Whiting and Donnie Dewees each picked up an RBI in this one, Whiting added a base hit.
  • J. Higgins went 1-for-3 with his second double of the season, a walk, and a run scored in the loss.
  • Nice to see some production from Eddy Martinez; he went 1-for-4 with a double, and an RBI.
  • Daniel Spingola had a solid game; he went 2-for-4 with a double.
  • Ian Rice has been awesome so far this year; he went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .444 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Ryan Kellogg got the start tonight, and picked up his first loss of the season. Kellogg worked 4.1 innings, giving up four runs on six hits while walking two, and striking out four.
  • Casey Bloomquist wasn’t terribly effective out of the pen; he worked 1.2 innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on three hits while striking out two.
  • John Williamson was also touched up a bit; he worked an inning, giving up three runs, one earned, on one hit while walking two.
  • Greyfer Eregua worked a scoreless eighth inning to keep things from getting worse.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 14, 2016

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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016

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The Iowa Cubs got some solid pitching, and were able to push across a couple runs late to beat New Orleans 4-2, and move to 3-5 on the season.

At the Plate:

  • Javier Baez finished off his rehab with Iowa by going 2-for-4 with a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach has been red hot to start the year; he went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .407 on the season.
  • Albert Almora is starting to heat up; he went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the win.
  • Kristopher Negron is also swinging it well; he went 2-for-4 with a double, and an RBI.

On the Mound:

  • Tyler Ihrig got the start and was solid; he worked four innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Brandon Gomes was tremendous out of the pen, and picked up the win. Gomes worked two scoreless/hitless innings while walking two, and striking out four.
  • Jean Machi picked up a hold; he worked a scoreless inning, giving up two hits while walking one.
  • Felix Pena was roughed up a bit; he worked one inning, giving up one run on one hit while striking out two.
  • Spencer Patton picked up his first save of the season; he worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit while striking out one.

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An early 3-0 faded away in this one as the Smokies watch the Barons score five unanswered runs en route to a 5-3 victory.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Brad Markey was pretty solid once again; he worked five innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Corey Black pitched relatively well but gave up the lead late; he worked two innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out four.
  • Josh Conway picked up the loss in relief; he worked one innings, giving up two runs on one hit while striking out three.

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The Pelican defense was not up to par in this one as they committed three errors which played a huge roll in a 3-2 loss to Carolina last night.

At the Plate:

  • Rashad Crawford has a relatively tame game by his standards; he went 1-for-5 with his third double of the season.
  • Gleyber Torres is starting to trend in the right direction; he went 1-for-4 with a walk.
  • Jason Volser had a solid game; he went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Jeffrey Baez was hit and miss in this one; he made one of the costly errors, but finished the night going 2-for-4 with a double, and an RBI.

On the Mound:

  • Zach Hedges was really good in this one; unfortunately he was still hung with the loss. Hedges worked 6.2 innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on seven hits while walking three, and striking out one.
  • Daury Torrez kept things close out of the pen; he worked 1.1 scoreless/hitless innings while striking out two.

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Not a whole lot went right for South Bend last night as they were down 8-1 after two innings, and could only manage two runs on five hits in the 10-2 loss.

At the Plate:

  • Donnie Dewees is Mr. Triples; he went 2-for-3 with a walk, two triples which brings his season total up to FOUR, and had two runs scored.
  • Tyler Alamo was 2-for-3 with a walk in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Justin Steele didn’t have it, which is probably an understatement. Steele worked just two innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Scott Effross was effective out of the pen; he worked three scoreless innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out two.
  • Craig Brooks also got some solid work in; he tossed two innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Scott Frazier worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit while walking one.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 11, 2016

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016

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Finally!  Nice to see Iowa finally get into the win column, and they did so by mashing the baseball all over the field in a 9-1 victory over New Orleans.

At the Plate:

  • John Andreoli was productive out of the lead-off spot; he went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, three runs scored, and a stolen base.
  • Arismendy Alcantara went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base in the win.
  • Javier Baez had a solid rehab appearance; he went 1-for-3 with his first dinger of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach continued his scorching start; he went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, his second double of the season, and a run scored. He is now hitting .421 on the season.
  • Willson Contreras is just as hot; he went 4-for-5 with his second double of the season, and four RBI’s.
  • Albert Almora continues to show a better approach at the plate, he went 0-for-3 but walked twice, and scored a run.

On the Mound:

  • Pierce Johnson got the start and struggled a bit with his command, but worked around trouble. Johnson tossed three scoreless innings, giving up two hits while walking three, and striking out five.
  • Felix Pena picked up the win out of the pen; he worked two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out three.
  • Brandon Gomes was good once again; he worked two scoreless innings while striking out two.
  • Armando Rivero bounced back from a rough start to 2016; he worked a scoreless inning while striking out one.
  • Miguel Mejia was touched up a bit; he worked one inning, giving up one run on two hits while striking out one.

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Missed opportunities were the name of the game for Tennessee as they went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position en route to a 5-4 loss to Mobile.

At the Plate:

  • Bijan Rademacher is red hot in 2016; he went 2-for-5 and is now hitting .500 on the season.
  • Chesny Young is opening some eyes in the early going; he went 2-for-4 with his second dinger of the season, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Billy McKinney is starting to heat up; he went 2-for-5 with an RBI, and a walk.
  • Victor Caratini was 2-for-3 with his first double of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Mark Zagunis was productive near the bottom of the order; he went 3-for-4 with his second double of the season.

On the Mound:

  • Tough day for Jen-Ho Tseng, and he was awesome. Tseng had to leave early after being hit by a comebacker, before that he worked three scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking one, and striking out four, no update on his condition.
  • Michael Jensen struggled in relief; he worked 2.2 innings, giving up three runs on two hits while walking two.
  • Corey Black was much better out of the pen yesterday, but he picked up the loss. Black worked two innings, giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Andury Acevedo worked 1/3rd of an inning, giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while walking two.
  • Josh Conway worked a scoreless inning while walking one, and striking out one in the loss.

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A thriller in Myrtle Beach last night as Ian Happ ripped a game winning walk-off double for the Pelicans, they scored three times in the ninth to beat Winston Salem 5-4.

At the Plate:

  • The Pelicans walked 11 (!) times last night, so that will be a common stat mentioned here. Rashad Crawford went 1-for-4 with a walk (see?), his first stolen base of the year, and a run scored.
  • Gleyber Torres has struggled in the early going, he was 0-for-4 in this one but walked once, and had two RBI’s.
  • Ian Happ as mentioned above was the hero; he went 1-for-5 with his second double of the year, and two RBI’s.
  • Yasiel Balaguert has been great this year; he went 1-for-2 with two walks in the win, he is now hitting .389 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Jake Stinnett got the start and picked up a no decision; he worked five innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Ryan McNeil was awesome out of the pen; he worked three innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • David Berg picked up his first win of the season by working a scoreless ninth inning.

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More walk-off drama in South Bend as Eloy Jimenez launched a walk-off homer to end a wild one with South Bend beating Bowling Green 7-6.

At the Plate:

  • Donnie Dewees is red hot to start 2016; he went 2-for-5 with his first double of the year, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .353 on the season.
  • Eloy Jimenez walked off as mentioned above; he finished the night 1-for-5 with said dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Eddy Julio Martinez had another good night; he went 2-for-4 with his first homer of the year, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Ian Rice had a solid game; he went 1-for-1 with a double, an RBI, two walks, and a run scored.
  • Bryant Flete has been amazing so far this year; he went 2-for-3 with a double, and two runs scored. He is now hitting .625 on the season, wow.

On the Mound:

  • Adbert Alzolay got the start and was roughed up a bit; he worked five innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits while striking out five.
  • Craig Brooks provided some much needed relief; he worked two innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Michael Wagner picked up the win out of the pen; he worked two innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking two, and striking out one.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports); April 7, 2016

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The Iowa Cubs kicked off the 2016 minor league season for the Cubs organization today, and they walked way too many guys en route to a 7-3 loss.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Ryan Williams got the start and was knocked around, he worked three innings, giving up seven runs, six earned, on six hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Scott Barnes (2 IP), Brandon Gomes (2 IP), Carl Edwards Jr. (1 IP), and Spencer Patton (1 IP) combined to work six scoreless innings, giving up two hits while walking five, and striking out six.

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A quick start for the Smokies tonight as they put up three runs in the first on their way to a 7-3 victory over the Mobile Bay Bears.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann was productive out of the lead-off spot, he went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases.
  • Chesny Young had a huge game, he went 2-for-2 with a home run, RBI, two walks, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
  • Jeimer Candelario went 1-for-3 with a walk, and two runs scored in the win.
  • Victor Caratini, and Bijan Rademacher each registered their first homers of the year.
  • Mark Zagunis was 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI’s, and a walk.

On the Mound:

  • Rob Zastryzny had some early trouble, but settled in to pick up his first win of the season. Z worked six innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking two, and striking out five.
  • Starling Peralta was solid out of the pen, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking one, and striking out one.
  • David Garner worked 1.1 innings to shut the door, he gave up one unearned run while walking one, and striking out one.

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Myrtle Beach is one of my favorite rosters right now in the Cubs system, and they got things off to a good start tonight by dispatching Frederick 5-2.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Jonathan Martinez was outstanding tonight in picking up his first win of the season. Martinez worked five innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking two, and striking out one.
  • Duary Torrez was lights out coming out of the pen, he worked two innings, giving up one unearned run on one hit while striking out one.
  • James Pugliese worked a scoreless inning to pick up his first hold of the season.
  • David Berg shut down things tonight, he worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

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This was on was basically over before it started as West Michigan spread right runs across the first three innings en route to a 9-4 victory over the South Bend Cubs

At the Plate:

  • Donnie Dewees 2-for-5 out of the lead-off spot, both hits were singles.
  • Eloy Jimenez was 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Eddy Martinez was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Preston Morrison got beat up pretty bad as he took his first loss of the season. Morrison worked four innings, giving up eight runs, three earned, on seven hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Kyle Twomey was great out of the pen, he worked four innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking one, and striking out seven.
  • Scott Frazier put this one to bed by working a scoreless inning.

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Cubs Top 30 Prospect Rankings Unveiled by MLB Pipeline

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Some of my best memories at this blog have been writing and reporting about the Cubs minor league system because of how good it has been.  Leading up to last year it was really the only thing to get excited about as the Major League team was subpar at best.  Now the Cubs are World Series favorites, and the prospect rankings are not as top heavy but the talent is apparent throughout.  That’s part of what makes this year so fun, winning at the major league level and still seeing a tremendous amount of organizational talent in the system.

Here’s how MLB Pipeline breaks it down (link to the list)

  1. Gleyber Torres – SS
  2. Willson Contreras – C
  3. Ian Happ – 2B/OF
  4. Duane Underwood – RHP
  5. Albert Almora – OF
  6. Billy McKinney – OF
  7. Jeimer Candelario – 3B
  8. Dylan Cease – RHP
  9. Oscar de la Cruz – RHP
  10. Eloy Jimenez – OF
  11. Pierce Johnson – RHP
  12. Donnie Dewes – OF
  13. Bryan Hudson – LHP
  14. J. Wilson – OF
  15. Eddy Martinez – OF
  16. Carl Edwards Jr. – RHP
  17. Justin Steele – LHP
  18. Mark Zagunis – OF
  19. Ryan Williams – RHP
  20. Dan Vogelbach – 1B
  21. Trevor Clifton – RHP
  22. Jake Stinnett – RHP
  23. Carson Sands – LHP
  24. Jen-Ho Tseng – RHP
  25. Victor Caratini – C
  26. Christian Villanueva – 3B/1B
  27. Corey Black – RHP
  28. Jacob Hannemann – OF
  29. Brad Markey – RHP
  30. Josh Conway – RHP

I really can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to keep an eye on all the arms that are on this list.  I really feel like there are a number of pitchers on this list that are close to making a major impact in the system, and eventually on the big league roster.  Duane Underwood (#4), Pierce Johnson (#11), Carl Edwards Jr. (#16), and Ryan Williams (#19) all have a great chance to be pitching on the North Side this year.  I mentioned that the prospects near the top of this list might not have the same allure as a Kris Bryant, or Anthony Rizzo but they are players who will be part of the next wave of big league talent.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Willson Contreras (#2) sees time with the Cubs this year as the backup catcher, or splitting time with Montero/Schwarber depending on what day it is.  Please don’t sleep on Albert Almora, a healthy 2016 will go a long way to seeing if he is indeed the CF of the future for the Cubs.

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Fantasy Baseball 2016: The Cubs Infield Rankings from Baseball Prospectus

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There are plenty of reasons why I love this time of year. The weather is starting to warm up (marginally), spring training is just kicking off, and fantasy baseball is emerging from its off-season hibernation.

If you are in to fantasy baseball then I suggest you keep reading because I will provide some knowledge from one of the best brains in the game, Mr. Bret Sayre from Baseball Prospectus; follow him on twitter @dynastyguru). Bret specifically focuses on dynasty league rankings so you can expect that these rankings were put together with the idea that you might be freezing/keeping these players after this year. Typically that could mean that a player with a better future ahead of him might be more valuable in the long run than a player expected to achieve greater success in 2016. That’s just a heads up as some of you might notice that these rankings could be a little different than your average run of the mill fantasy baseball rankings. Because this is a Cubs blog we are going to focus on where Bret has said Cubs in his rankings, get excited!

** Rankings listed next to player are the positional ranking, not overall player ranking. Notes about the ranking are my own.

Catcher

2. Kyle Schwarber – All the way up to second, that’s pretty awesome. Obviously a popular topic is whether or not Schwarber will stick at catcher, regardless Schwarber should have eligibility at C heading into this year’s draft. If he does stick at catcher or at least has the eligibility there then his value is through the roof compared to if he was strictly an outfielder. His value would still be high, but you aren’t going to see the numbers he is going to put up from the position behind the plate typically.

14. Miguel Montero – Miggy falls just outside the normal range for your everyday starting catcher (typically top 10-12 are going to be your #1). It’s not a bad value for Miggy as he is still going to get a large amount of playing time in the middle of a lineup that looks to be very dangerous heading into 2016.

31. Willson Contreras – The Cubs number one prospect is getting some love from Bret and looks like someone to target late in drafts because of his future value behind the plate.

First Base

2. Anthony Rizzo – Only Paul Goldschmidt ranks ahead of Rizzo which seems reasonable giving how awesome that guy is. I love the ranking for Rizzo and it makes a lot of sense because he seems to be getting better with each season and now sits in the middle of a lineup that is ripe for production for the foreseeable future. Entering his age 26 season Rizzo looks to improve upon some gaudy numbers from last year, (38 doubles, 31 homers, 101 RBI, 17 stolen bases, 78 walks, 94 runs).

23. Dan Vogelbach – I’m not surprised that Vogelbach continues to receive favorable rankings in the dynasty leagues. The big man at first base is a threat across the board but he’ll probably have to find another team to play for in the National League, or move to the American League as first base/DH are his only options.

Second Base

9. Javier Baez – Baez has always been an intriguing option but this year his value takes a bit of a hit because of the acquisition of Ben Zobrist and the versatile Cubs roster. That doesn’t mean that Baez is void of value, he made improvements to his game last year and has been rumored to play a little CF this year. The more time on the field the better for Baez and his owners moving forward.

18. Ben Zobrist – The newcomer to the Cubs has never really had a ton of value at one position because he is so versatile. Teaming up with Joe Maddon this year means that Zobrist will be utilized to his full potential wherever the Cubs skipper needs him. Because of that I expect him to be in the lineup the majority of time which will give Zobrist plenty of value to be drafted as a utility/bench guy this year.

32. Arismendy Alcantara – Yes, he does still exist! Alcantara has been floating around these lists for a few years and is kind of the forgotten man in the Cubs organization. He still has a World of talent but needs to prove he belongs on the field as the next wave of Cubs prospects are nipping at his heels.

Third Base

2. Kris Bryant – Depending on what kind of league you play in Bryant might be the number one overall pick. No one in the game can match the pure power that he has, but he comes in on this list right behind Manny Machado. The fact that 2015 could be the bottom of the barrel in terms of production is enough to invest highly in Bryant as the cornerstone of your fantasy franchise.

34. Jeimer Candelario – The thing that has impressed me with Candelario is that he is a prospect that has seen a fair amount of failure only to learn from it and get better. Candelario has made some solid strides in the past year or so which gives him some value moving forward.

Shortstop

4. Addison Russell – I still contend that when it is all said and done Addison Russell might be the best of the bunch when it comes to the recent group of Cubs prospects. Russell does everything well, and flashed brilliance in 2015 before seeing his season end early in the playoffs due to an injury. I see no reason why Russell can’t get better with experience as he has shown the ability to make adjustments through his minor league career.

25. Gleyber Torres – Don’t look now but the Cubs have another shortstop that is making noise in the minors. Torres is the next big thing coming out of the Cubs’ system and he could be ready to make some sort of impact earlier than initially expected as he made it all the way to High-A Myrtle Beach last year as an 18 year old. Torres is definitely a guy that I would have no problem stashing in a minor league spot and waiting to see that investment pay off in a big way.

Once the full outfielder rankings, and pitching rankings are released I will put something similar together for you.  Thanks for reading!

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Riding the Bus: May 7, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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THURSDAY • MAY 7, 2015

Myrtle Beach 5-7 Final

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Walk-off!  The Pelicans improved to a seasons best seven games over .500 with a 2-1 win over Salem thanks to a Billy McKinney walk-off dinger!  You can also thank Duane Underwood for dominating on the mound.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis is an on base machine, he was 0-for-2 with three walks in the win.
  • Billy McKinney is similar to Zagunis in regards to being one of those on base machines, he was 1-for-1 with FOUR walks, said walk-off dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Jacob Rogers, and Trey Martin each had one hit, both singles.

On the Mound:

  • Duane Underwood Jr. got the start tonight, and was brilliant.  He worked seven innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Juan Paniagua was solid out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings while striking out one.
  • Michael Heesch picked up his second win of the season, he worked a scoreless inning in doing so.

Tennessee Smokies 5-7 Final

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A tough loss for the Smokies as they saw an early 4-0 lead slip away in a 5-4 loss.  The Smokies scored four times in the first inning and couldn’t find anymore offense the rest of the way.

At the Plate:

  • Albert Almora has picked up where he left off before the injury, he was 1-for-4 with a run scored, he’s hitting .310 on the season.
  • Kyle Schwarber was solid in this one, he went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
  • Bijan Rademacher had the big hit for the Smokies, he was 1-for-4 with a double, and three RBI’s.
  • Elliot Soto was the best of the bunch tonight, he was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

On the Mound:

  • Corey Black got the start, and he struggled with his command, he worked five innings, giving up three runs on four hits while walking four, and striking out seven.
  • Fernando Cruz was outstanding out of the pen, he worked three scoreless innings, giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while striking out four.
  • Stephen Perakslis picked up the loss in this one, he worked two-thirds of an inning, giving up one run on three hits.

South Bend 5-7 Final

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Things got a little close late in this one but the South Bend Cubs hung on to beat Bowling Green 3-2.  Not many teams can say that as Bowling Green boasts a 17-11 record on the year, tonight the Cubs had just enough.

At the Plate:

  • Charcer Burks has been great this year, it continued tonight, he was 1-for-3 with two walks, and two RBI’s.
  • Justin Marra found some extra base magic, he was 1-for-3 with a double, and a walk.
  • Jesse Hodges was solid as well, he went 1-for-3 with his fifth double of the year, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Jeffrey Baez had a nice game, he went 1-for-3 with a walk, and a run scored, maybe that will get him going.
  • Gleyber Torres continues to get on base, he was 1-for-4 with a walk in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Zach Hedges got the start, and he does what he usually does, put up zeroes.  He worked five scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking two, and striking out four.
  • Ryan McNeil was decent out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out two.
  • Jordan Minch was touched up, he worked 1.2 innings, giving up one run on one hit while walking one, and striking out two.
  • James Farris had his shortest outing of the year, but it was all he needed to pick up his third save of the year.  He worked a third of an inning to shut the door.

Iowa Cubs 5-7 Final

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The Iowa Cubs didn’t have much going in this one, but found a way to push four runs across the plate in the seventh for a 4-1 victory in Nashville.

At the Plate:

  • Arismendy Alcantara has been flashing the power in Iowa, he was 1-for-4 with a walk, his fourth dinger, two RBI’s, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Mike Baxter has been solid all year, he was 2-for-4 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .314 on the season.
  • Jonathan Mota was right in the middle of the action, he went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the win.
  • John Andreoli, Chris Valaika, and Taylor Davis all had one hit tonight.

On the Mound:

  • Tsuyoshi Wada got the start, and continues to make a push to be promoted, he worked 5.2 innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking two, and striking out six.
  • Gonzalez Germen has been awesome in Iowa, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings to pick up his third win, he struck out two in the process.
  • Blake Cooper worked a scoreless inning to pick up his second hold of the year.
  • Brian Schlitter worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

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