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8/13: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Here is a look at the Cubs minor league affiliates on Monday, August 13.  Daytona and Tennessee each had the night off.

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The AZL Cubs just exploded pounding out 25 hits and scoring 17 runs beating Reds 17-7.  I don’t even know where to start with this one, except make sure to look at the full box score because I won’t be able to mention all the awesome things that happened in this one.  Albert Almora led the way going 5-for-6 with a triple, three runs scored, and three RBIs.  Garrett Schlect had two doubles and drove in three and Daniel Lockhart hit his first home run and drove in three as well.  Carlos Penalver was 4-for-6 with three runs scored and Yasiel Balaguert was the only Cub to not have a multi-hit game, but he did knock in three of his own.  Trevor Gretzky, Shawon Dunston, and Justin Marra all had three hits a piece, with Dunston adding two RBIs and Marra driving in one.  David Bote also had two hits.  There I think I got through all of the offensive numbers.  Paul Blackburn started, but did not have his best outing allowing four runs, three earned in two innings.  On a positive Dillon Maples was spectacular pitching three scoreless innings allowing only two hits while striking out five.  Chad Martin and Ryan Hartman also pitched in this landslide victory.

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A nine run eighth was way too much for Boise to overcome losing 11-4 on Monday night.  Jose Arias pitched six innings allowing two runs on six hits, while striking out four.  He left in line for the win and after Willengton Cruz pitched a scoreless seventh things were looking good.  Good turned to really bad when Hayden Simpson came on in relief.  He had a terrible outing giving up eight run, six earned on six hits all the while only recording one out.  He obviously took the loss as there was no way the Hawks were going to come back from that.  Offensively speaking there were some good things to come out of the Monday nights loss.  Jeimer Candelario was 3-for-4, raising his average to .294.  Marco Hernandez had two hits of his own, including a triple and an RBI.  Stephen Bruno and Wilson Contreras had a hit and an RBI a piece while Gioskar Amaya added two hits from the leadoff spot.

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Peoria tied the game at two in the top of eighth, but gave one up in the bottom half and lost 3-2 to Beloit.  Yao-Lin Wang started and pitched pretty good going six innings allowing two runs on three hits, walking one and striking out four.  Austin Reed took the loss allowing one unearned run in his two innings of work.  Jorge Soler went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.  Oliver Zapata added a double and an RBI on the evening.  Zeke DeVoss, Chadd Krist, and Bijan Rademacher all had one hit a piece in the Chiefs loss on Monday.

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Iowa’s pitchers struggled big time in this one as the Cubs lost 14-7.  Ryan Rowland-Smith started and took the loss giving up five runs in four inning.  Jaye Chapman, Seth McClung and Brian Esposito all pitched and gave up multiple runs each.  Jay Jackson was the only Cubs pitcher to come out unscathed recording two outs.  Offensively speaking Tony Campana had a nice night going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two stolen bases.  Greg Rohan and Dave Sappelt each had a hit and two RBIs in the loss to Las Vegas on Monday night.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/8: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Sorry this is getting up later than normal, but here is Wednesday’s minor league recap.

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The AZL Cubs pick up where they left off beating the Dodgers 5-2.  Paul Blackburn started and pitched two innings giving up two unearned runs on four hits, while striking out two.  Chad Martin got his first win of the season pitching two scoreless innings.  Dillon Maples then went to the mound and struck out three in his two innings of scoreless baseball.  Corbin Hoffner then pitched two scoreless followed by Ryan Hartman notching his second save of the season.  Offensively Davie Bote had a really nice game going 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs.  Treveor Gretzky was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.  Shawon Dunston also added two hit, including a triple and he drove in a run.  Albert Almora had a hit and an RBI, his seventh of the season.

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Another night and another win for Boise beating Everett 8-6.  Dan Vogelbach hit another home run, this one a two-run shot.  Rock Shoulders also hit a home run, his was a grand slam.  Jeimer Candelario had a hit and an RBI of his own.  Wilson Contreras was the only Hawks player to have a multi-hit game ending the night 2-for-4.  Gioskar Amaya only had one hit, but did score three runs.  Jose Arias pitched good enough to get the win, but did allow three runs on four hits while striking out six.  Hayden Simpson pitched three innings allowing three runs, but struck out four and Eduardo Orozco preserved the lead notching his third save pitching a scoreless ninth.

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Peoria gave up four in the eighth and one in the ninth to put the game into extra innings.  It took until the 14th when the Chiefs put up two, Burlington came right back and scored three and won the game 9-8.  Timothy Saunders went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs, and two stolen bases.  Paul Hoilman also had two hits, including a home run and two RBIs.  Dustin Geiger added two hits and three RBIs and Zeke DeVoss went 3-for-7 with two runs scored and a stolen base.  Yao-Lin Wang got the start and pitched outstanding going six strong innings.  he allowed only one run on three hits and struck out 10 without walking a batter.  Luis Liria and Austin Reed both struggled combining to allow five runs in three innings.  Sheldon McDonald pitched three nice innings, but Pete Levitt took the loss allowing all three runs in the 14th.  It really should have never gotten to extra innings, but then to take a lead there and still lose is a tough pill to swallow.

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Daytona was postponed due to rain.

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Huntsville scored three in the first and three more in the third and never looked back beating Tennessee 7-2.  Junior Lake was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, he is now hitting .288.  Matt Szczur went 1-for-5 with a triple and an RBI.  In really good new Jae-Hoon Ha was back on the field for the first time since his scary collision with an unpadded wall that led to a concussion.  He ended the night 1-for-4.  Dallas Beeler started and took the loss giving up six runs, five earned in the just three innings pitched.  Casey Harman pitched three nice innings allowing only one run on three hits and striking out two.  Casey Weathers, Tony Zych, and Frank Batista combined to pitch the last three scoreless innings.  It was really nice to see Ha back on the field, hope he can stay there the rest of the way.

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The game was tied at one going to the extra innings, but Reno scored four in the 10th and beat Iowa 5-1.  Ryan Rowland-Smith got the start and pitched beautifully allowing one run on only two hits in six innings of work.  Blake Parker continues hit rehab pitching one scoreless inning.  Jay Jackson pitched two good innings, but struggled in the 10th allowing four runs in taking the loss.  Greg Rohan did not have a hit, but drove in the lone Cubs run.  Dave Sappelt was 1-for-4 with a double and Matt Tolbert was the only Cubs player with a multi-hit game going 2-for-2 with a double of his own.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/3: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Minor league recap for August 3, 2012.

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The AZL Cubs continued their tear beating the AZL D-Backs for their fifth straight victory.  It wasn’t as easy as it should have been however as the D-Backs scored five times in the ninth, but the Cubs hang on to win 7-5.  Dillon Maples made his second start on his road to recovery and turned in some solid work going 1.2 innings only allowing one hit while walking two and striking out one.  Paul Blackburn, one of two 2012 supplemental draft picks continued his strong season.  Blackburn worked 3.1 innings allowing only one hit while walking one and striking out two to earn his second victory of the season and lower his ERA to 1.86.  2012 draft picks Corbin Hoffner and Jasvir Rakkar also worked scoreless innings.  It was another night of fireworks from the AZL Cubs offense.  Albert Almora, who is on fire right now, went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and a run scored.  Shawon Dunston, and Ben Carhart each had two hits on the night with Carhart recording his 8th double of the season.  Jacob Rogers had a big night at the plate as well going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a walk, and three runs scored.

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The Boise Hawks raced out to a 4-0 lead, and held a 5-2 lead by the 5th inning but couldn’t hang on as Spokane plated three runs in the 8th on their way to a 6-5 win.  Jose Arias didn’t get very deep into this one for the Hawks as he tossed 2.2 innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking three and striking out three.  Arias left with the lead, but Hayden Simpson couldn’t hang onto it.  Simpson worked 4.1 innings giving up three runs on six hits while striking out six.  Eduardo Orozco only gave up only one run in his inning of work, but that was the deciding run as Orozco was hung with his first loss of the season.  Gioskar Amaya had another solid night at the plate, what else is new?  Amaya was 2-for-4 with his ninth triple of the season, an RBI, a walk, and a run scored, he is now hitting .315.  Daniel Vogelbach continued to be a doubles machine as he was 1-for-3 at the plate with his 5th double while with Boise.  Rock Shoulders had a productive night as well going 1-for-4 with his 6th home run of the season, a two run shot.

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The Chiefs jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead against Quad Cities but couldn’t hang as they fell 4-2.  Yao-Lin Wang continued his transition to the starting rotation as he went 5.1 innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking three and striking out six.  Wang left with the game tied at two, and unfortunately Jeffry Antigua could keep the River Bandits off the board.  Antigua went 1.2 innings giving up two runs on three hits while striking out two earning his first loss of the season.  Javier Baez continued his assault on Single-A pitching in the loss as he was 2-for-4 with his 12th home run of the season, he also stole his 20th base.  Baez is now hitting .336 on the season, and there are whispers that he is close to earning a promotion.  Zeke DeVoss had a solid night at the top of the Chiefs order going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

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The D-Cubs fell behind early, and couldn’t dig out of that hole as they dropped this one to Dunedin 6-2.  Kyler Burke started for the D-Cubs, and was responsible for that hole I was talking about.  Burke gave up three runs in the first and then settled down after that.  He went five innings giving up three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out four.  Hunter Cervenka had a rare awful outing as he struggled with his command in two innings of work, walking four and giving up three runs, two earned.  Rubi Silva continued his strong 2012 season at the plate going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, he is now hitting .302 on the campaign.   Christian Villanueva followed up his stellar Cubs debut by going 1-for-4 with a double and a spectacular catch in the field that I’m hoping to get video of shortly.

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Things seem to go from bad to worse for Iowa each night.  Tonight was no different as the I-Cubs battled Colorado Springs all game before surrendering three runs in the top of the ninth to lose 4-1.  Ryan Rowland-Smith got the start tonight and was outstanding as he went six strong innings giving up one run on two hits while walking three and striking out six.  Jaye Chapman, who was acquired from the Braves a couple of days ago took the loss as he was knocked around in the ninth.  Chapman worked one inning giving up three runs on three hits while walking one, he fell to 0-1 on the season.  The I-Cubs were dreadful with runners in scoring position, and they had plenty of chances too, when it was all said and done they were 0-for-10 in the loss.  Josh Vitters had a big night once again for Iowa, he went 3-for-4 with his 32nd double of the season.  Vitters is now hitting .304 on the season as he continues to try to force the Cubs hand and give them no choice but to award him the promotion he deserves.  Dylan Heuer has some great photo’s from the game, head on over to his website to check them out!

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor League Monthly: July 2012

Here is a recap for the month of July for the Cubs minor league system.  There are a lot of players who had a good July, but I limited it to a player of the month/pitcher of the month at each level.

AZL Cubs:  21-10 (1st place)
July Record:  14-8
The Cubs had a pretty good month of July to go along with a great start to the season and they are in first place as of today.  There were a lot of exciting things happening in Mesa, mainly the debut’s of both Albert Almora and Jorge Soler.  There were other exciting debut’s as pitchers Dillon Maples and 2012 draftees Paul Blackburn (56 overall) and Ryan McNeil (3rd round) started there professional careers.  Finally Daniel Vogelbach just crushed the ball before being promoted to Boise.  He left the Cubs hitting .324 with seven home runs, 12 doubles, and 31 RBIs.

Player of the Month:  Ben Carhart
The 22-year old third baseman was drafted in the 35th round of this years draft out of Stetson University.  This month he hit a robust .400.  with one home run, six doubles, 14 runs scored, and 12 RBIs.  He slugged .550 and had an OBP of .486 bringing his OPS to 1.036.

Pitcher of the Month:  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino
In his first year in the organization, the 21 year-old pitcher has been very good.  This month Martinez-Pulmarino was 1-0 with a 1.15 ERA.  He pitched 15.2 innings in six games, all but one out of the bullpen.  He struck out 14, allowed only five hits and walked four in July.

Boise Hawks:  5-2 (1st place second half)
July Record:  12-17
Boise was off to a really rough start, but have been hot of late winning six out of their last eight and four in a row.  Luckily for them the second half has just started, so as far as the second half goes they are off to a nice start.

Player of the Month:  Gioskar Amaya
At only 19-years old the infielder has impressed with the bat thus far at Boise and July was no different.  He hit .330 with four home runs, four triples, and three doubles.  Amaya knocked in 13 and scored an impressive 24 runs while stealing six bags.  He had an OBP of .407 and slugged .567 brining his OPS to .974.

Pitcher of the Month:  Tayler Scott
The 20-year old starting pitcher had quite a nice July.  He started six games and went 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA.  In his 30 innings pitched he gave up 21 hits, walked 14, and struck out 20.  Scott was drafted last year in the fifth round out of Notre Dame Prep High School in Scottsdale, AR.

Peoria Chiefs:  15-22 (7th place second half)
July Record:  12-16
July was not the best of months for the Chiefs and they will have some work to do to get back in the playoff picture.  Catcher Chadd Krist came up from Boise and has continued to hit and Pin-Chieh Chen has been on quite a tear over the last couple weeks.  Peoria will look to have a good August and make up a lot of ground in hopes to get back in the race.

Player of the Month:  Javier Baez
Wow did the 2011 first round pick have a great month.  The 19-year old shortstop hit .368 with with seven home runs, three triples, and six doubles.  Baez drove in 20 runs, scored 21, and stole eight bags.  His OPS for the month was 1.076 as he slugged an impressive .679 and had an OBP of .397.  It was quite the month for the highly touted Cubs prospect.

Pitcher of the Month:  Joseph Zeller
Zeller, 24 pitched well in July going 2-2 with a 1.65 ERA in six appearances, five starts.  He pitched 32.2 innings giving up 32 hits, walking seven, and striking out 14.  He isn’t a huge strikeout pitcher and he gave up a hit an inning, but it is impressive to see the ERA as low as it was in the month.

Daytona Cubs:  18-21 (5th place second half)
July Record:  12-17
Daytona didn’t have their best month, but there were some highlights to go along with the disappointing record.  Matt Szczur was promoted to Tennessee after Jae-Hoon Ha was injured.  Szczur had been one of Daytona’s most consistent performers throughout the year and it will take some adjustments for them to get back on track without him.  The Cubs will have to make up a lot of ground in August as they sit six games back going into today.

Player of the Month:  Ronald Torreyes
At only 19-years old the second baseman is starting to really hit.  After a disappointing first couple months Torreyes had a very good June and followed it with a nice July.  He hit .333 with one home run, two triples, and seven doubles.  He also drove in 18, scored 16, and stole seven bases.  Torreyes was brought over in the Sean Marshall deal.

Pitcher of the Month:  Matt Loosen
Loosen went 4-1 in six starts in July.  He had an ERA of 3.08 throwing 38 innings, giving up 26 hits, walking 13, and striking out 35.

Tennessee Smokies:  17-20 (4th place second half)
July Record:  12-16
A sub .500 record in July wasn’t what the Smokies were looking for as they currently are 5.5 games behind the division leader.  The month was highlighted when Matt Szczur was promoted to Tennessee.  The reason he was promoted was because of an unfortunate accident when Jae-Hoon Ha got a concussion.  The Smokies need to got hot in order to make a run at the division.

Player of the Month:  Justin Bour
The 24-year old first baseman has had a good season and July was no different.  He hit .337 with four home run and eight double.  Bour drove in an impressive 25 runs which brings him to 84 on the season.  He slugged .529 and had an OBP of .381 with an OBP of .909.  It will be fun to watch Bour’s pursuit of 100 RBIs.

Pitcher of the Month:  Eric Jokisch
Jokisch, 23 was 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA in five July starts.  In 28 innings pitched he struck out 2o, walked eight, and surrendered 21 hits.  We all know the Cubs system is light on arms, but Jokisch has had a pretty good season up to this point.

Iowa Cubs:  42-69 (Last place)
July Record:  8-20
Things don’t get much worse than an 8-20 month, but maybe it is when August is starting and you are 24 games back.  It was going to be tough when Rizzo was brought up, but I don’t think anyone was expecting a month like this.  There weren’t too many bright spots, but there were some.  Josh Vitters had a good month, not great, but good.  James Adduci came up from Tennessee and did well in the 18 games he played in compiling and OPS of .999.  All Iowa can hope for now is to end the season on a high note.

Player of the Month:  Dave Sappelt
The 25-year old outfielder had his best month since coming over from Reds.  Sappelt hit .317 in July hitting one home run, one triple, and eight doubles.  He scored 16 runs and drove in 12 while stealing eight bases.  He got on base at a .368 clip and slugged .442.  It was nice to see Sappelt have a good month and my guess is we will see him in Chicago at some point this season.

Pitcher of the Month:  Esmailin Caridad
I bet you didn’t expect to hear that name again, but he had quite an impressive month.  In 18.2 innings Caridad gave up 14 hits, walked 7, and struck out 22 as his ERA stands at 0.92 for the month of July.  if Caridad can continue we might see him again in big leagues.

It wasn’t the best month for the Cubs farm system, but there were some good things as well as some really exciting things.  There were a lot of hitters and pitchers who could have been included and narrowing it down to only one per level was tough.  Hope you like it.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

7/29: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Sunday, July 29th Cubs minor league report.  Tennessee was off on Sunday.

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The AZL Cubs lost to the AZL Reds 7-3.  Dillon Maples made his much anticipated debut on Sunday, giving up one run in one pitched.  He stuggled with his command walking two and throwing a wild pitch, but struck out one and got out of a tough jam with a double play.  Paul Blackburn pitched 2.1 innings, giving up two hits, no runs, and striking out two.  Chad Martin took the loss, giving up three runs in his one inning of work.  Our nightly watch of Albert Almora and Jorge Soler was on again.  Almora went 1-for-4 and Soler was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.  Trevor Gretzky and Carlos Penalver each had two hits with Penalver driving one in.  Daniel Lockhart also had an RBI.

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Boise got one in the third, which proved to be enough beating Tri-City 1-0.  Ian Dickson started and pitched weel allowing no runs on three hits in five innings pitched.  He also walked two and struck four.  Hunter Ackerman was outstanding in relief picking up his first save.  He struck out six in just four innings and allowed only one hit.  Gioskar Amaya hit his fifth home run of the year and ended the day 2-for-3.  Rock Shoulder also had two hits, including a double and after a slow start his average is now up to .271.  Jeimer Candelario added a hit and Marco Hernadnez had a double in the game as well.  Lets hope the pitching continues down this path as that is two 1-0 wins in a row.

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Peoria scored nine in the first three innings and held on to beat Beloit 10-6.  The offense led the way in this one.  Dustin Geiger was 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.  Pin-Chieh Chen was 3-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.  Unbelievably, Javier Baez only had one hit, but he did drive in two and score one.  Wes Darvill also had two hits and drove a run in and Chadd Krist also had an RBI.  Larry Suarez got the win in relief for Peoria striking out three in 1.2 innings pitched and Bryce Shafer closed out the game pitching a scoreless ninth.  Lets see if Peoria can keep playing well going forward.

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A six run fifth helped Daytona win this shootout 12-7.  The Cubs had a lot of nice games at the plate on Sunday.  Ronald Torreyes went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.  Rafael Lopez had two hits, including his second home run of the season.  Elieser Bonne was 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Leadoff man John Andreoli had two hits, stole three bases (40), and scored three runs.  Matt Loosen wasn’t at his on Sunday, but it was good enough for him to improve his record to 10-3.  He gave up five runs, four earned on six hits in five innings pitched.  AJ Morris recorded his third save pitching a scoreless last 1.2 innings.  Good to see Daytona hitting the ball and Matt Loosen get to the 10-win mark.

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Leading by one in the bottom of the ninth, Iowa gave up one there and then gave up three in the bottom of the 10th to lose 6-3.  James Adduci continues to hit the ball going 3-for-5 on Sunday.  Welington Castillo was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer on, his sixth of the season.  Adrian Cardenas and Josh Vitters each had a hit.  Brett Jackson didn’t have any hits, but he did walk and steal a base, his 24th of the season.  Rodrigo Lopez actually pitched well going five innings and allowing only two runs, one earned on five hits, while striking out five.  After Ryan Rowland-Smith and Esmailin Caridad pitched the next three scoreless innings the rest of the bullpen blew it.  Michael Bowden gave up the run in the ninth and Jay Jackson took the loss giving up a three run homer in the tenth.  It’s just not going well for Iowa, finding different ways to lose almost every night.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

7/24: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Tuesday July 24 minor league recap.

Peoria was off.

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The AZL Cubs were at it again on Tuesday beating the AZL Indians 9-2.  Jorge Soler did it again, hitting his second home run in four games.  This one off the scoreboard in left.  Soler would add another hit  ending the night 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs.  Ben Carhart continued his hot hitting going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.  He also drove in three and scored a run.  Speaking of hot, Shawon Dunston Jr. had two more hits, a double and a triple plus he scored three runs from the lead off spot.  Albert Alomora did not have a hit, but did drive two runs in and scored two.  2012 Comp. pick Paul Blackburn recorded his first win of the season, pitching two scoreless innings in relief.  Another good win for the Cubs in the AZL.

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Boise got another great pitching peformance out of their staff on Tuesday beating the Yakima Bears 2-1.  Ian Dickson was tremendous thowing six no-hit innings before being removed in the seventh.  Dickson struck out four en route to his second win of the season.  Hunter Ackerman gave up a run, but struck out three in 2.1 innings and Michael Hamann closed it out recording his first save of the season.  Jeimer Candelario had a nice night at the dish going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.  In his first game as a Hawk, Dan Vogelbach was 2-for-4 with a double.  Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, and Trey Martin each added a hit and Bruno scored a run.  It is nice to see the Hawks pitching have a nice couple days here.

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Daytona held on to beat Brevard County 4-3 on Tuesday night.  Matt Loosen started and got the win pitching six innings while allowing two runs on only three hits.  He also walked three and struck out eight, lowering his ERA to 2.81.  Ryan Searle struck out two in the seventh and AJ Morris pitched the last two recording his first save of the season.  Rubi Silva went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs.  Ronald Torreyes, Matt Szczur, Rebel Ridling, and Micah Gibbs all had a hit.  Daytona will play two on Wednesday.

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Tennessee was back in action Tuesday pounding Jacksonville 9-2.  The Smokies showed some power hitting three home runs on the evening.  Junior Lake was 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, and two RBIs.  Greg Rohan added two hits of his own including a home run and Michael Brenly connected on his fifth homer of the year.  Nelson Perez had his best day since going to Double-A as he went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.  Michael Burgess also added two hits and scored two runs.  Eric Jokisch got the start and the win for the Smokies giving up one run on four hits in five innings pitched while striking out eight.  Brian Schlitter, Kevin Rhoderick, and Casey Weathers combined to pitch the last four innings allowing one run and striking out five.  This is the way to come back after a day off.

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Another day another bad loss for Iowa, losing 15-9 on Tuesday.  Offensively Iowa couldn’t have done much more on Tuesday scoring nine runs on twelve hits.  Welington Castillo was 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI.  Brett Jackson hit his 14th home run of the season and drove in two.  Josh Vitters had one hit and also drove in two as did Alfredo Amezaga.  Dave Sappelt and Diory Hernandez each had two hits as well.  The pitching was terrible yet again on Tuesday.  Rogrio Lopez got the start and promtly gave up eight runs in 3.2 innings pitched.  Ryan Rowland-Smith took the loss as he gave up three more runs in just 1.2 innings.  Iowa continues to struggle.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

7/19: Around the Cubs Minor League System

All teams back in action on Thursday July 19.

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Jorge Soler made his much anticipated debut on Thursday night, but the AZL Cubs fell to the AZL Mariners 4-3 in 12 innings.  It was not quite the debut we were looking for from Soler as he went 0-3, grounding out twice and lining into a double play.  The Cubs got RBIs from David Bote, Daniel Lockhart, and Justin Marra.  Marra also had two hits on the evening.  Paul Blackburn got the start on Thursday and pitched three innings allowing one runs on three hits.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino struck out five in four innings out of the pen and Daniel Adrian struck out four in three scoreless innings.  Chad Martin took the loss giving up the winning run in the 12th inning.  Not the type of game we become accustomed to from the Cubs in Arizona.

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The pitching for Boise did their job on Thursday, but the Hawks still lost to Eugene 2-1.  Ian Dickson got the start and took the tough loss.  He gave up two runs, one earned in five innings.  He also struck out five, his record now stands at 1-3.  Hunter Ackerman was outstanding in relief striking out four and allowing only one hit in three innings pitched.  All of the Hawks offense came off the bat of Stephen Bruno who had the only two hits for Boise.  He also drove in Gioskar Amaya who reached on a walk.  This is a tough one to swallow as the pitching did so well, unfortunately the hitting did not.

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Peoria dropped another to West Michigan losing 4-2.  Yao-Lin Wang started and took the loss allowing three runs in the second inning, one earned in just 1.2 innings pitched.  Josheph Zeller pitched well in relief allowing one unearned run on seven hits in 5.1 innings.  He struck out three and lowered his ERA to 1.69.  Javier Baez did it again going 2-for-4 hitting his ninth home run of the season and stealing his 17th base.  Chadd Krist only was able to muster up one hit tonight as his average dropped to .462.  Dustin Geiger added a hit and scored the only other Chiefs run of the day.  Peoria will look to get back on track tomorrow.

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It is tough to win when you allow four runs in one inning and then a single run four innings in a row.  Daytona didn’t disprove this losing 8-3 to Jupiter.  Austin Kirk took the loss allowing five runs in five innings pitched.  His ERA stands at an impressive 2.88.  Hunter Cervenka, Scott Weismann, and AJ Morris all gave up a run in their inning of work out of the bullpen.  The good news came from one of the Cubs top prospects Matt Szczur.  He was 3-for-4 with a triple, run scored, RBI and his 33rd stolen base of the year.  Ronald Torreyes was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.  Elliot Soto added two hits driving in one run and Rubi Silva also had an RBI.  Not a good loss all the way around for the Cubs.

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After giving up three in the first Tennessee tried to mount a comeback, but it ultimately came up short losing 4-3 to Chattanooga.  Eric Jokisch took the loss allowing three runs on six hits in five innings.  Kevin Rhoderick hopefully got back on track Thursday striking out all four of the outs he recorded.  Marcus Hatley pitched a scoreless inning giving up three hits, but striking out one.  Juan Apodaca hit a double and drove in two runs.  Jae-Hoon Ha was 2-for-3 with a run scored and Logan Watkins drove stole his 19th base of the season and drove in his 36th run of the season.  It was a good comeback attempt, but turned out to be another disappointing loss.

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Casey Coleman got scratched from his start so Ryan Rowland-Smith took his place and struggled giving up five runs, three earned in just four innings pitched.  All of those runs came in the second and Iowa could never rebound losing 9-1.  Offensively Brett Jackson was 2-for-4 with the Cubs lone RBI.  Dave Sappelt and Blake Lalli each had two hits and both had a double.  Adrian Cardenas and Welington Castillo had doubles as well.  Other than that not much excitement coming from Iowa on Thursday night.

Thanks for reading,
Mark

7/14: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor leaguers on Saturday.

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The AZL Cubs did it again on Saturday beating the AZL Padres 13-3.  After a couple rough nights, Timothy Saunders got back on track going 4-for-6 with a double, home run, three runs scored, and five RBIs.  He raised his average back up to .493.  Equally as impressive has been Dan Vogelbach, and he didn’t disappoint on Saturday.  He had two hits, including a double and drove in four.  The Cubs got three hits out of Daniel Lockhart and Jacob Rogers and they combined to score five runs on the night.  Shawon Dunston Jr. and Garrett Schlect each added two hits a piece and Carlos Penalver hit a triple and drove in two.  One of this year’s supplemental picks Paul Blackburn got his first start of the year.  He pitched one inning and allowed a run, but it was good to see him pitch.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino recorded his third win of the season striking out four and allowing only one hit in three innings.  The Cubs have been really impressive so far.

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Two four run innings was plenty for Boise beating Vancouver 9-3.  The Hawks were led offensively by Trey Martin and Marco Hernandez.  Martin was 2-for-4 with a triple and a home run.  He also scored two runs and knocked in four.  Hernandez also had two, including two doubles and driving in three.  Lead-off hitter Gioskar Amaya did his job well on Saturday going 2-for-3 with a walk.  One of his hits was a triple and he scored three runs.  Hawks got an RBI a piece from Stephen Bruno and Bijan Rademacher.  Ian Dickson got the start, but did not factor in the decision as he only pitched 4.1 innings.  Pete Levitt picked up his first win in relief pitching 1.2 scoreless innings.  Michael Hamann and Rafael Diplan combined to pitch the last three innings of the game securing the Boise win.

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In a back and forth game Peoria was able to come out on top 9-8 in ten innings.  Chadd Krist played the role of hero winning the game with a walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth.  He ended the night 3-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Javier Baez had his best night as a professional going 3-for-5 with a home run and a triple.  He also scored a run, drove in four and stole his 16th base.  He now has a ten game hitting streak and his batting average now stands at .319.  Taiwan Easterling and Paul Hoilman each had two hits and Easterling drove in two.  Michael Jensen got the start giving up six runs in 5.1 innings of work.  Yao-Lin Wang got the win pitching a scoreless tenth inning.

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Daytona watched a six two lead slip away late when Palm Beach scored seven times in the last two innings to win 9-6.  Despite walking five and allowing six hits starter Austin Kirk was in line for the win, but was let down by his bullpen.  Kirk left only allowing two run, one earned in six inning of work lowering his ERA to 2.59.  After a dominate one inning of work by Eduardo Figueroa, Jeffrey Lorick and Brian Schlitter really struggled combining to give up seven runs, five earned over the next 1.1 innings.  There were a few bright spots from the offense on Saturday for the Cubs.  Ronald Torreyes was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.  John Andreoli, Rafael Lopez, and Elieser Bonne all had two hits with Bonne driving one in.  Matt Szczur and Rebel Ridling each had an RBI a piece and Taylor Davis drove in two.  Another tough loss for Daytona on Saturday.

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Michael Burgess and Juan Apodaca‘s power was on display Saturday leading Tennessee to a 4-2 win on Saturday.  Apodaca hit a three-run homer and Michael Burgess hit a solo shot, his tenth of the season.  That was all the offense the Smokies would need as Dae-Eun Rhee and the bullpen would do all the rest.  Rhee gave up two runs on five hits in five innings.  He struck out six in route to his sixth win of the year.  Tony Zych pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three and Marcus Hatley came in to shut it down.  That he did striking out three in two innings of work recording his fourth save of the season.  It is nice to see Tennessee come out on top of a well-played game from both teams.

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A seven run second from Omaha was all they needed beating Iowa 7-1.  Randy Wells got the start and was terrible allowing seven runs on six hits in just 1.2 innings pitched.  As bad as Randy Wells was the offense couldn’t get much going either.  James Adduci had two hits and scored a run, the only Cubs player with a multi-hit game.  Dave Sappelt drove in the Cubs lone run.  Josh Vitters had his 27th double of the season and Brett Jackson also added a hit.  Other than that there wasn’t much to the game at the plate.  Casey Coleman pitched 5.1 good innings in relief not allowing a run and striking out three.  Alberto Cabrera had another nice outing out of the pen striking out one in one inning of work.

Thanks for Reading,
Mark

Full 2012 Cubs Draft Recap

That was a long three days for everyone involved, I will try to break it down to the best of my ability for you.  It’s obvious that the Cubs needed to fill their system with pitching depth and it appears that they did so.

The Cubs had 42 picks in this years draft, 40 round plus two compensation (or sandwhich) picks.  In years past the draft has been 50 rounds, under the new CBA the rounds were reduced to 40.  The breakdown of the 42 picks is as follows, 22 pitchers (18 RHP, 4 LHP), seven infielders, eight outfielders, and five catchers.  Of those players 20 were college players, seven were junior college players, and the Cubs drafted 15 high school players. 

Here’s the full list…

 

Thanks for reading!
– George

Chicago Cubs Draft Recap…So Far

With how bad the Cubs have been all year and the promise of a bright future, yesterday was like Christmas morning.  Well, I guess it was more like what we might get on Christmas morning 3-5 years from now.  Still an exciting day for fans as right now it’s one of the few things we can get excited about.

The draft kicked off with a surprise as Carlos Correa was selected number one overall by the Houston Astros.  In fact the guy most, if not everyone thought was going number one, Mark Appel, didn’t get selected until number eight by the Pirates.  The concern with Appel is his sign-ablity because he is represented by Boras.  Before the draft started if you would have told me that the Cubs would have a shot at Appel at number six I would have thought you were crazy, but there he was.  The Cubs however went a different direction, and I think the correct one.

Cubs 1st pick, number 6 overall:  Albert Almora

I love the pick, the kid is pure character not to mention an elite talent in the outfield.

Scouting Report from Baseball America..

Albert Almora combines a high school player’s upside with the polish of a college hitter. He’s headed to Chicago after the Cubs selected him sixth overall.

Almora has tools, game instincts and makeup; his lone weakness is his fringe-average speed, which some scouts describe as below-average. Scouts give him 60s across the board otherwise, with some giving him higher grades for his arm strength. His instincts allow him to play center field at a high level; one scout said he was a 40 runner with 80 range and said he played center field like some players do shortstop, being instinctual rather than reactive like almost all outfielders.

Almora has played for team USA six times already, he’s only 18.  I’m very excited to see this kid progress through the system.

Here’s some video of Almora…



Interview with Jonathan Mayo

MLB Netwok’s Piece on Almora (Try not to love this kid)

Cubs 2nd pick, number 43 overall (Supplemental):  Pierce Johnson

Here is Jonathan Mayo’s take on Pierce Johnson…

Johnson was moving quickly up Draft boards, but a forearm strain put that on pause. He came back and threw well, with plenty of time to show everyone he’s fully healthy leading up to the Draft.

Johnson has a good three-pitch mix starting with a fastball that is plus at times, touching 94 mph. He’s more successful when he keeps it down in the zone, which he does when he repeats his delivery well. Johnson throws a hard curve that works as an effective out pitch, missing more bats than he does with the fastball. He doesn’t use the changeup as much, but it has the potential to be at least an average pitch in the future. He throws strikes and competes very well on the mound.

Assuming he’s healthy, Johnson should join a solid group of college starters who could go off the board shortly after the top tier, profiling well as a No. 3-type starter at the highest level.

The Cubs got a quite a bit of value with the 43rd pick overall, and it could turn out to be a great pick if Johnson proves to be healthy.

Pierce Johnson draft video..

Cubs 2nd pick, number 56 overall (Supplemental):  Paul Blackburn

Here is Jonathan Mayo’s take on Paul Blackburn

After a big performance at last summer’s Area Code Games, Blackburn has continued pitching well this spring to keep him firmly on the prospect map.

The NoCal high schooler has a good fastball that hits 92 mph consistently and will touch a tick or two higher on the radar gun at times. His two secondary offerings – a curve and a changeup – both have the chance to be very effective pitches. He’s generally around the strike zone and thanks to his athleticism and sound delivery, his command should only improve with experience.

The Arizona State recruit has some projectability, meaning his already pretty good stuff has room to get even better. That should get him off the board early enough to keep him from heading to Arizona.

Good command and a ton of room to get better, sounds good to me.  The Cubs will be hoping that they grabbed Blackburn early enough to break his commitment to Arizona.

Paul Blackburn draft video…

Round two starts today at 11 AM CST, get ready for more draft coverage as new names will start pouring in very soon.

Thanks for reading!
– George

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