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Kane County Cougars Opening Day Lineup

Here is the lineup for tonight, plenty of guys to keep an eye on.  Vogelbach anchors the lineup in the three hole, Shoulders can mash the ball, Amaya is a solid 2B prospect, Trey Martin is a wonder to watch play defense in CF.  Also, 2013 first round draft pick Pierce Johnson gets the start.  Go Cougars!

LF – Chen
2B – Amaya
1B – Vogelbach
3B – Candelario
DH – Shoulders
SS – Hernandez
C – Contreras
RF – Zapata
CF – Martin

Starting pitcher – Pierce Johnson

Thanks for reading,
– George

We Are Ready For Minor League Opening Day, Are You?

April 1st marks the beginning of the Major League season, that’s wonderful and great, but for me April 4th is just as exciting as the minor league teams open their campaigns.  If you followed us last year you know what we are all about, we bring you a lot of information pertaining to prospects, and the lower level teams, that includes recaps.  We recap every game from the minor league system every night, so please follow along as it is shaping up to be a very exciting season in the Cubs system.  Here is the schedule for tomorrow.

AAA

Iowa 4-4

It hasn’t officially been announced by I would expect Chris Rusin to get the start, if not then it will be Brooks Raley.

AA

Smokies 4-4

Dallas Beeler gets the start for the Smokies.

High – A

Daytona 4-4

Ben Wells gets the start for the Daytona Cubs

A

Cougars 4-4

Pierce Johnson gets the start for the Cougars

Check back tomorrow for recaps of all of these games, thanks for reading!
– George

Kane County Cougars Release Tentative Roster, Vogelbach Included

Finally a Cubs farm team is close to Chicago!  It will be a fun Spring and Summer getting to go see this team play in person so often.  A guy you don’t see on this list is Albert Almora, odds are once he is healthy he will be patrolling CF for the Cougars and Martin will move to one of the corner spots, making up a very talented defensive outfield.  In the meantime, Daniel Vogelbach probably headlines this roster, but there are some quality prospects on this team for Cubs fans to go see.  Right handed pitcher, and 2012 first round draft pick Pierce Johnson will be in the rotation, Rock Shoulders, and Gioskar Amaya will also be guys to watch.  Another thing I like is that a lot of these guys played together last year in Boise, so there is a lot of familiarity there.

Kane County RosterThanks for reading,
– George

Cubs Instructs 2012: Soler Goes Boom

Jorge Soler connected on his first home run of the Instructional League as the Cubs beat up the Giants 8-3 yesterday afternoon.  Pierce Johnson was outstanding on the mound for the Cubs going 2.2 innings allowing no runs on only one hit, he walked two and struck out one in his instructs debut.  Ryan McNeil also got a chance to pitch yesterday afternoon, he struggled with command but had a decent outing.  McNeil went 1.1 innings giving up one run on one hit while walking two and striking out one.

As I mentioned already, Jorge Soler launched a solo shot in the victory, he finished the day 1-for-2 with a walk, RBI, and two runs scored.  Chadd Krist also got a hold of one in the victory, he was 1-for-2 with a home run, and an RBI.  Trevor Gretzky also had a big day at the plate going 2-for-2 with two singles, and two RBI’s.  The instructional league is just that, a league for instruction and it’s pretty clear that the Cubs are buying what the Cubs brass is trying to teach.  Over the first three games in Arizona the Cubs have drawn 20 walks, 20!  That is outstanding, and something worth noting as that is exactly what the Cubs front office wants to see, young prospects working counts and taking their walks.

Notables:
Marco Hernandez; 2-for-2, double, RBI, SB
Shawon Dunston Jr.; 1-for-2, RBI, SB
Ben Carhart; 1-for-2, double, RBI

Please visit The Cub Reporter for a full box score and recap of Monday’s game.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Big Time Prospects Ready For Instructional League

As we heads towards the end of the season it starts to become a reality, there’s only a handful of Cubs games left this year.  For most, this is a blessing as some fans can’t “bear”…. (get it?) to watch anymore given how bad the team has been and other sports have started.  For this Cubs fan it’s not so great as I enjoy watching this team play, no matter how infuriating it is at times.  With that said it’s time to start focusing on the off-season baseball that will take place, first up is the Cubs instructional league that starts today.  This is an important step for many of these players as they are going to get more game experience, and another opportunity to impress the front office heading into next season.  Below is a breakdown of everyone that will participate this year, the games begin on September 21.  We will give you much more information on these players as our player cards come out, we will also do our best to give you results and box scores of these games, so stay tuned!

 

Thanks for reading,
– George

Updated: Cubs Top 20 Prospects

MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo has done an updated top 100 prospects lists as well as each organizations top 20.  Mayo will probably come out with a list prior to the 2013 season, but here is where Cubs prospects stand as of now according to Mayo.  To check out the entire top 100 list and to read a little more on these Cubs prospects.

1. Javier Baez – SS (#24)
When the Cubs picked Almora they new his bat was going to play and that is exactly what happened.  The Cubs top pick from 2011 was outstanding in his time with Peoria this year hitting .333/.383/.596 with 12 home runs, 33 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.  He struggled a bit when moving to Daytona, but overall it was very successful season for the young shortstop.
2. Albert Almora – OF (#52)
The Cubs top pick in this years draft didn’t sign right away, but when he did he didn’t disappoint.  He started with the AZL Cubs and moved to Boise shortly after.  Combined he played in 33 games hitting .321/.331/.464 with two home runs and 19 RBIs.  He also hit 12 doubles.
3. Brett Jackson – OF (#74)
It has been an interesting year for Brett Jackson who has dropped a bit in the prospect watch.  The good news first he has made it to the show and when he makes contact does some damage as he left Iowa with 22 doubles, 12 triples, and 15 home runs, to go along with 27 stolen bases.  He also plays great defense, the bad news is he has really struggled making contact striking out over 200 times between his two stops.
4. Arodys Vizcaino – RHP (#76)
Vizcaino was considered one the Braves best young pitchers and was deemed untouchable last year.  Things changed a bit this year as he missed the entire season after elbow surgery in March.  The Cubs are very pleased to have acquired Vizcaino, but it remains to be seen how he will recover from surgery.  Lets hope it is as a starter, but at the least he is a power arm out of the pen which the Cubs need badly as well.
5. Jorge Soler – OF (#77)
Jorge Soler did quite well in getting accustomed to baseball in America.  He is still very raw, but at 20 the Cubs feel very strongly he will be a big contributor to the big club in the future.  He spent time with the AZL Cubs and moved to Peoria where he finished the year.  He combined to hit .299/.398/.463 with five home runs and 25 RBIs in just 34 games.
6. Matt Szczur – OF
The speedy outfielder had a nice season in Daytona hitting .295/.394/.407 with 38 stolen bases, but struggled a bit in 35 games with Tennessee.
7. Trey McNutt – RHP
McNutt did not have the year he was looking to have going 9-8 with 4.26 ERA.  He struggled a bit and was moved to the bullpen, but maybe it will be better for him and the Cubs.
8. Junior Lake -SS
Lake played the entire year in Tennessee and did a pretty good job going .279/.341/.432 with 10 home runs, 50 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases.  He is still very raw and will continue to work on his game.
9. Pierce Johnson – RHP
The Cubs took Johnson with the 43rd overall pick in this years draft and he did quite well making six starts, two with the AZL Cubs and four with Boise.
10. Josh Vitters – 3B
The former first round pick, number 3 overall finally put it all together this year in Iowa hitting .304/.356/.513 with 17 home runs and 68 RBIs.  The PCL All Star got the call up, but has struggled so far with the Cubs, but at only 23 the future is still very bright for Vitters.
11. Dillon Maples – RHP
It took a while for Maples to make his first appearance, but when he did he showed signs of what he could be.  He was a bit inconsistent in his six appearances, but he will have more opportunities next season to show what he has.  He has tremendous upside.
12. Robert Whitenack – RHP
Coming off of Tommy John surgery Whitenack struggled pitching for Daytona going 1-6 with a 5.96 ERA.  Although the numbers don’t look good, remember he is coming off of major surgery and has good upside.
13. Dan Vogelbach – 1B
Not many Cubs prospects did as much damage as Vogelbach did this year.  The big first baseman played in 61 games this season between the AZL Cubs and Boise Hawks.  He hit .322/.410/.641 with 17 home runs and 62 RBIs.
14. Ben Wells – RHP
A 2010 draft pick the 19-year-old Wells missed most of the season with a right elbow strain.  He made a few appearances at the end of the year, but will look to stay healthy in 2013.
 15. Paul Blackburn – RHP
Another 2012 draft pick Paul Blackburn was chosen 56th overall out of high school.  He made nine appearances for the AZL Cubs going 2-0 with a 3.48 ERA.
16. Jeimer Candelario – 3B
Candelario played the entire season at Boise and at only 18 the corner infielder showed he can hit a little bit.  The switch hitting Candelario hit .281/.345/.396 with six home runs and 47 RBIs.
17. Gioskar Amaya – 2B/SS
Amaya played his season in Boise and put up some good numbers.  He his .298/.381/.496.  The 19-year old filled up the stat sheet with six doubles, 12 triples, and eight home runs.  He also drove in 33 and stole 15 bases.
18. Tony Zych – RHP
Zych shared time between Daytona and Tennessee out of the bullpen.  He combined to going 5-4 with a 3.67 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 61.1 innings.
19. Alberto Cabrera – RHP
Cabrera, who moved to the bullpen this year started in Double-A, but quickly moved to Triple-A before finally ending up with the big club.  His minor league numbers were really good going 4-1 with 3.11 ERA with 74 strikeouts to only 14 walks.  He has struggled since coming to the Cubs, but we’ll see where he factors in going forward.
20. Marcus Hatley – RHP
Hatley pitched well in Tennessee out of the bullpen going 3-1 with a 3.40 with 46 strikeouts in 45 innings.  He then got the call to Iowa where he struggled in his time there.

It is good to see the Cubs have five players who are inside the top 80 in MLB.  You can also see the emphasis the Cubs placed on pitching, drafting Pierce Johnson and Paul Blackburn in this years draft as well as bringing in Arodys Vizcaino in the Paul Maholm deal.  Looking a little further into things is the talent Theo Epstein and company brought in this year.  They obviously brought in the three pitchers above as well as Albert Almora and Jorge Soler.  three of those five are inside the Cubs top five and Pierce Johnson makes it four in the top 10.  The exciting thing is there are more who they brought in who I would guess are close to cracking this top 20 and who may even show up in the top 20 before the 2013 season gets underway.  Keep checking back this offseason as we will talk more in-depth about these prospects as well as many more.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

Hawks Make Four Errors, Drop Game One

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Boise dropped a tough one in the first game of the series losing to the Yakima Bears 5-4.  Yakima got the scoring started in the first scoring an unearned run off of Hawks starter Pierce Johnson.  Johnson pitched three strong innings allowing one unearned run on two hits, while walking one and striking out three.  He left the game in line for the loss, but Boise rallied in the bottom of the fourth.  Marco Hernadez who had a nice night offensively (2-for-4) led the inning off with a triple, but was followed by a Stephen Bruno strikeout.  The next two hitters for the Hawks were Dan Vogelbach and Jeimer Candelario, who both walked to load the bases for Albert Almora who was ultra aggressive and struck out swinging.  Up stepped Rock Shoulders who worked a full count and then unloaded on the 3-2 breaking ball hitting a grand slam and giving Boise a 4-1 lead after four.  Jose Arias, who relieved Johnson was still on the hill in the sixth when Yakima tied things up.  A lead off single was followed by a run scoring double for the Bears.  After recording two outs Arias struggled with his command walking the next two, hitting a batter to force in a run, and throwing a passed ball, which appeared to be a cross up, and just like that the game was knotted at four.  The final line for Arias was three innings pitched giving up three runs, two earned on four hits.  Yakima would continue getting the leadoff hitter on and it wound up costing the Hawks in the ninth.  With Nathan Dorris pitching, Daniel Poma led off with a very controversial infield single.  After a sac bunt, Kevin Medrano doubled to drive in what proved to be the game-winning run.  Boise threatened in the bottom half as Albert Almora started things off with an infield hit.  Rock Shoulders struck out swinging, but Almora stole second.  Almora took third on a wild pitch, but was stranded there when Wilson Contreras and Darien Martin each struck out swinging to end the game.  Nathan Dorris took the loss giving up one run on two hits in his three innings of work.

Boise will have to be a lot better from here on out as offensively they only had five hits and struck out 15 times and defensively they committed four errors.  With those numbers it is hard to believe the Hawks even had a chance to win the game, let alone be in control of the game as they were into the sixth.  Boise will now travel to Yakima tomorrow and will have to win in order to keep the season alive.

Props to George who did an awesome job with the graphics and thanks for reading,
-Mark

Boise Ready to Kick Off Playoffs Tonight

Compared to the AZL Cubs, the Boise Hawks have a little more room for error, but not much, as the NWL playoffs get started tonight.  Each round of the playoffs is best of three instead of a one game playoff like the AZL Cubs had to deal with.  Here is everything you need to know about the Boise Hawks in round one of the NWL playoffs, and a game one preview.

Yakima Bears (36-40, East Division first-half champions) vs. Boise Hawks (37-39, East Division second-half champions)

Yakima won the season series, 7-5

Game 1 at Boise, Sept. 3 at 8:45 p.m. ET
Game 2
at Yakima, Sept. 4 at 10:05 p.m. ET
Game 3
at Yakima (if necessary), Sept. 5 at 10:05 p.m. ET

 

Pierce Johnson gets the ball in game one for Boise, follow us on Twitter for live game updates tonight!

Thanks for reading,
– George

 

 

 

8/28: Around the Cubs Minor League System

The Cubs minor league recap for Tuesday, August 28.  Daytona was again cancelled because of rain.

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The AZL Cubs tried to come back, but ended up losing to the Diamondbacks 6-4.  Dillon Maples started and got the loss allowing two unearned runs in one inning.  The Cubs used six more pitchers to get through the rest of the game.  Some of the good pitching performances were Loiger Padron who struck out three and allowed one hit in two innings.  Anthony York struggled giving up three runs in just 0.2 innings.  Daniel Adrian, Jin-Young Kim, and Arturo Maltos-Garcia all combined to strike out eight in just three innings.  Garrett Schlecht was really good night going 4-for-4 with a double, triple, and three runs scored.  Yasiel Balaguert was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored.  Trevor Gretzky and Carlos Penalver each had a hit and an RBI.  Justin Marra had a double and Jeff Baez knocked in one run in the loss.

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Boise jumped on Everett early scoring seven runs in the first two innings and ended up winning 7-3.   Stephen Bruno has been outstanding and Tuesday was no different going 3-for-5 with a run scored.  Jeimer Candelario and Gioskar Amaya each hit a home run with Candelario driving in two and Amaya three.  Wilson Contreras and Marco Hernandez had two hits a piece with Contreras having two RBIs.  Carlos Escobar and Darien Martin each had a hit in the win.  Although he didn’t have a hit it was nice to see Albert Almora get back in the lineup.  Pierce Johnson got the start pitching two innings, allowing one unearned run on three hits while striking out three.  Jose Arias pitched the next three innings allowing one run on one hit, while walking four and striking out three.  Brian Smith pitched the next 2.2 innings and got the win not allowing a run and striking out three.  Rafael Diplan notched his first save of the season, striking out two of the four outs he recorded.

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Peoria gave up three runs in the ninth and lost to Wisconsin 4-1.  In some really good new Ben Wells got the start in his first game with Peoria since coming back from injury.  He pitched two innings allowing no runs on two hits, with one walk.  Willengton Cruz did a very nice job in relief pitching five innings allowing one run on three hits, while striking out four.  Justin Berg took the loss giving up three runs in the ninth inning.  The Chiefs only had four hits on Tuesday.  Pin-Chieh Chen and Dustin Geiger each had hits as did Timothy Saunders and Jacob Rogers.  Jorge Soler did not have a hit, but walked twice and scored the Chiefs lone run.

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Tennessee gave up one run in the ninth to tie the game, but walked-off in the 10th beating Mobile 6-5.  Logan Watkins was the hero hitting the walk off home run in the 10th, he ended the night 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.  Michael Brenly had quite a nice night as well going 3-for-4 with a home run, one RBI and two runs scored.  Matt Cerda was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Michael Burgess had a pinch hit RBI single.  Junior Lake and Rubi Silva each had a hit in the Smokies win.  Austin Kirk got the start going seven strong innings.  He gave up three runs, two earned on seven hits, while walking one and striking out one.  Kevin Rhoderick gave up a run in one inning, but got the ball to Frank Batista with the lead.  Batista blew the save, but got the win.  Tennessee is playing good ball lately and they are now 33-32, but it appears to be too late as they are five out and are one game away from being eliminated.

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Iowa lost to Nashville 7-3.  Horacio Ramirez wasn’t good giving up seven runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings.  Miguel Socolovich, Rafael Dolis, and Jairo Asencio combined to pitch 3.1 innings not allowing a run.  Alfredo Amezaga was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.  Tony Campana and Matt Tolbert each had two hits, with Tolbert scoring a run.  Greg Rohan, Dave Sappelt, and James Adduci each had a hit in the Cubs loss.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

8/21: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Tuesday’s minor league report.  As you may have guessed Daytona was postponed yet again.

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The AZL Cubs lost to the Mariners 4-1 in one of their two games on Tuesday.  Duane Underwood got the start and pitched pretty good going three innings and allowing no runs on no hits, while walking one and striking out three.  Anthony Prieto pitched the next 2.1 innnings and took the loss giving up four runs.  At the plate Justin Marra had himself a nice day going 2-for-2 with a double and a triple.  He also scored the Cubs lone run when he was driven in by Trevor Gretzky who also had two hits.  Shawon Dunston also had a hit in the loss.

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The AZL Cubs scored four times in the seventh to beat the Mariners 7-6.  The offense did a nice job in not giving up in this one.  Shawon Dunston was 2-for-3 with a two runs scored and an RBI.  Anthony Giansanti who is working his way back from injury also had two hits and drove in three.  Justin Marra, Ben Carhart, and Garrett Schlecht all had a hit and an RBI in the game.  Carlos Penalver and Jeffrey Baez each had a hit in the win.  Carl Lang got the start only pitching one inning and allowing no runs.  Carlos Martinez-Pumarino continued to struggle as he gave up five runs, four earned on six hits in only three innings.  After Steve Perakslis gave up one run in two innings Chad Martin pitched a scoreless seventh and earned his third win of the season.

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After a rough loss on Monday night Boise came out swinging beating Yakima 7-4.  Pierce Johnson started, but struggled a bit giving up three runs in two innings.  Felix Pena came in relief and pitched five wonderful innings allowing only one unearned run and striking out three.  Eduardo Orozco pitched the final two innings notching his sixth save of the season.  Offensively Gioskar Amaya had himself a nice night going 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Albert Almora had a hit and an RBI and Marco Hernandez also drove one in.  Stephen Bruno and Xavier Batista each had a hit and combined to score three runs.  It was good to get back in the win column after last nights debacle.

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Peoria came back strong on Tuesday beating Wisconsin 4-2.  Jeff Antigua was good enough to win this one, but got a no decision.  He last 5.2 innings allowing two runs, one earned on five hits, while striking out five.  Austin Reed threw 2.1 scoreless innings in getting the win.  Larry Suarez pitched the ninth and recorded his fourth save.  After a couple rough games for Jorge Soler he got back on track going 3-for-4 with an RBI.  Sergio Burruel also had a nice night at the plate adding three hits and driving in one run as well.  Pin-Chieh Chen contributed with a hit and an RBI.  Timothy Saunders, Dustin Geiger, and Wes Darvill all had a hit a piece with Darvill also scoring a run and stealing a base.  It was good to see the Chiefs and Soler get back on track in this one.

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Tennessee lost a pitcher’s duel 3-1 in 11 innings.  Eric Jokisch started for the Smokies giving up no runs in five innings of work.  He left in line for the win and Trey McNutt and Tony Zych got it to the ninth inning scoreless, but Frank Batista gave up a run in the ninth.  Kevin Rhoderick took the loss as Casey Harman couldn’t get the final out of the 11th before the two runs scored.  Jae-Hoon Ha and Matt Cerda were the only Tennessee players to have multi hit games.  Justin Bour had a hit and drove in the only Smokies run.  Rubi Silva and Matt Szczur each had a hit in the loss.

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Iowa scored two in the seventh to beat Memphis 2-0 on Tuesday.  Seth McClung started for the Cubs and was brilliant pitching seven strong innings allowing no runs on six hits, while walking one and striking out six.  Scott Maine pitched a scoreless eighth and turned the ball over to Blake Parker who struck out two in recording his sixth save of the season.  The Cubs didn’t do much offensively, but a two-run homer by Jeff Frazier proved to be more than enough.  Blake Lalli also had a hit and scored on the Frazier home run.  Diory Hernandez and Matt Tolbert each had doubles  in the Cubs victory.

Thanks for Reading,
-Mark

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