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With no Cubs game today, it makes sense to shine a light on the Minor Leagues. We cover every level of Cubs baseball here on the blog, and recently it has been a lot more fun than writing about the Major League club as the future offers a bit more promise, I think you agree.
The Daytona Cubs open the season this week, Thursday to be exact, here is their opening day roster. This roster might be tweaked before then, but here is how it stands at the moment.
- RHP – Zach Cates
- RHP – Michael Jensen
- LHP – Austin Kirk
- LHP – Andrew McKirahan
- RHP – Felix Pena
- RHP – Starling Peralta
- RHP – Austin Reed
- RHP – Jose Rosario
- RHP – Tayler Scott
- RHP – Arodys Vizcaino
- RHP – Yao-Lin Wang
- LHP – Rob Zastryzny
PLAYERS TO WATCH
There are a number of intriguing arms that will start their season at Daytona this year, Arodys Vizcaino has to be at the top of that list. Some might be surprised by seeing his name here, but he is coming back from a long recovery from two different elbow procedures. Slow and steady wins the race here as the Cubs are very high on Vizcaino, there is no reason to start him any higher.
I’m very excited to Rob Zastryzny starting at Daytona this year, the left-handed starter was the Cubs second round pick last year. That’s right, this is his first full professional season, and he is starting at high A, that’s something to be excited about.
I enjoyed watching Tayler Scott at Kane County last year, and think that he could start making a name for himself this year. Scott was a 5th round draft pick of the Cubs in 2011, and has jumped a level each professional season.
- Gioskar Amaya (R-2B)
- Jeimer Candelario (S-3B)
- Marco Hernandez (S-SS)
- Tim Saunders (R-2B)
- Rock Shoulders (L-DH/1B)
- Dan Vogelbach (L-1B/DH)
PLAYERS TO WATCH
This is a very exciting roster, and is basically the same group of guys that made Boise so entertaining two years ago, minus a few players here and there.
For an organization with little catching depth, the Cubs boast three solid ones at Daytona. My favorite backstop has to be Chadd Krist, Krist was drafted in the 9th round of the 2012 draft by the Cubs. In two professional years, Krist has played at four different levels, and I expect him to play at two more this year. He finished 2013 at Daytona, and if he displays the same approach this year as he did last year, then Tennessee will be calling.
Where to start in the infield? Amaya and Candelario are going to be a lot of fun to watch as they continue their ascension in the Cubs system. Both guys were signed by the Cubs as non-drafted free agents, and both are considered to be top-20 prospects in the Cubs system by MLB.com.
All eyes will be on Dan Vogelbach, and Albert Almora this season, and I don’t think either guy will finish this year at Daytona. Almora was sidelined for parts of he first two professional seasons, but his production while on the field has been outstanding. He played all of 2013 at Kane County and finished with a .329 average, and an .842 OPS, he’s heading to Tennessee shortly. Vogelbach was originally though of as an overweight, monster power designated hitter when he was drafted. The only thing he has done since then is work hard in order to make his own opportunities. Since he was drafted, Vogy has lost all sorts of weight which has allowed him to improve his defense, but he hasn’t lost any of the power. 2013 was a big one for Vogelbach, he played at Kane County and Daytona, registering 19 home runs, and 76 RBI’s, he will be in Tennessee at some point this season.
Hello reader, wanted to give you a quick update on a change we are making to the minor league reports. Today we debut our new layout which will include one “spotlight game” this game will be much like the reports you are use to. We will break the game down by hitters and pitchers, a full recap so to speak. For the remainder of the minor league games we will provide a line score, and a box score that you can click a link to view. Instead of recapping all six games every night we will detail the top performers at each level. The goal here is to limit the amount of time it takes to recap everything given how many games there are now, but also provide information that you want. Thanks everyone.
At The Plate – This one was a pitchers duel for the majority of the game then things got crazy in the seventh. Iowa scored seven times to take an 8-2 lead, then Albuguerque bounced back with three in the eighth to make it a came before the Cubs shut the door on an 8-5 win. Seven of the nine guys in the starting lineup had hits for Iowa, and as a team the Cubs walked seven times (Cubs way!). Logan Watkins was 1-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and his eighth stolen base of the season. Donnie Murphy only had one at bat but made the most of it as he was 1-for-1 with his tenth home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored. Anthony Giansanti was 1-for-3 with his third double of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.
On The Mound – Guillermo Moscoso got the start for Iowa and struggled with his command but was able to pitch in and out of trouble to pick up his sixth win of the season. Moscoso worked six innings giving up two runs on two hits while walking five (command, see?) and striking out five. Michael Bowden worked a scoreless inning out of the pen, he gave up one hit while striking out two. Casey Coleman struggled in this one as he worked two-thirds of an inning giving up three runs on three hits while walking two and striking out one. Brian Schlitter was solid in picking up his ninth save of the year, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking one and striking out two.
- AZL Cubs: Jeffrey Baez went 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
- Boise Hawks: Shawon Dunston Jr. was 2-for-4 with a triple, and a run scored
- Boise Hawks: 2013 2nd round pick Rob Zastrynzy made his Cubs debut going one scoreless inning while walking one and striking out two.
- Kane County Cougars: Albert Almora was 3-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
- Kane County Cougars: Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a walk, and a run scored.
- Daytona Cubs: Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-for-2 with a double, and a walk.
I will provide some analysis, but post all picks as well. Obviously I will have much more on the Cubs picks tonight and in the coming days, but it’s time for the draft. Just keep refreshing the page for updates!
6. Miami Marlins – Colin Moran; 3B; University of North Carolina
7. Boston Red Sox – Trey Ball; LHP; New Castle HS (Ind.)
8. Kansas City Royals – Hunter Dozier; SS; Stephen F. Austin
9. Pittsburgh Pirates – Austin Meadows; OF; Grayson HS (GA)
10. Toronto Blue Jays – Phil Bickford; RHP; Oaks Christian HS (CA)
11. New York Mets – Dominic Smith; 1B; Serra HS (CA)
12. Seattle Mariners – D.J. Peterson; 3B; New Mexico University
13. San Diego Padres – Hunter Renfroe; OF; Mississippi State
14. Pittsburgh Pirates – Reese McGuire; C; Kentwood HS (WA)
15. Arizona Diamondbacks – Braden Shipley; RHP; University of Nevada
16. Philadelphia Phillies – J.P. Crawford; SS; Lakewood HS (CA)
17. Chicago White Sox – Tim Anderson; SS; East Central CC
18 – Los Angeles Dodgers – Chris Anderson; RHP; Jacksonville University
19. St. Louis Cardinals – Marco Gonzales; LHP; Gonzaga
20. Detroit Tigers – Jonathan Crawford; RHP; Florida
21. Tampa Bay Rays – Nick Ciuffo; C; Lexington HS (SC)
22. Baltimore Orioles – Hunter Harvey, RHP, Bandys HS (NC)
23. Texas Rangers – Alex Gonzalez; RHP; Oral Roberts
24. Oakland Athletics – Billy McKinney; CF; Plano West Sr. HS (TX)
25. San Francisco Giants – Christian Arroyo; C; Hernando HS (FL)
26. New York Yankees – Eric Jagielo; 3B; Notre Dame
27. Cincinnati Reds – Phillip Ervin; OF; Samford University
28. St. Louis Cardinals – Rob Kaminsky; LHP; St. Joseph Regional
29. Tampa Bay Rays – Ryne Stanek; RHP; Arkansas
30. Texas Rangers – Travis Demeritte; SS; Winder-Barrow HS (GA)
31. Atlanta Braves – Jason Hursh; RHP; Oklahoma State
32. New York Yankees – Aaron Judge; OF; Fresno State
33. New York Yankees – Ian Clarkin; LHP; Madison HS (CA)
COMPETITIVE BALANCE ROUND A
34. Kansas City Royals – Sean Manaea; LHP; Indiana State
35. Miami Marlins – Matt Krook; LHP; St. Ignatius Prep (CA)
36. Arizona Diamondbacks – Aaron Blair; RHP; Marshall
37. Baltimore Orioles – Josh Hart; OF; Parkview HS (GA)
38. Cincinnati Reds – Michael Lorenzen; RHP; Cal State Fullerton
39. Detroit Tigers – Corey Knebel; RHP; Texas
40. Houston Astros – Andrew Thurman; RHP; University of California
41. Chicago Cubs – Rob Zastrynzy; LHP; Missouri
42. Colorado Rockies – Ryan McMahon; 3B; Mater Dei HS (CA)
43. Minnesota Twins – Ryan Eades; RHP; LSU
44. Miami Marlins – Trevor Williams; RHP; Arizona State
45. Boston Red Sox – Teddy Stankiewicz; RHP; Seminole State
46. Kansas City Royals – Cody Reed; LHP; Northwest Mississippi CC (MS)
47. Toronto Blue Jays – Clinton Hollon; RHP; Woodford County HS (KY)
48. New York Mets – Andrew Church; RHP; Basic HS (NV)
49. Seattle Mariners – Austin Wilson; OF; Stanford
50. San Diego Padres – Dustin Peterson; SS; Gilbert HS (AZ)
51. Pittsburgh Pirates – Blake Taylor; LHP; Dana Hills HS (CA)
52. Arizona Diamondbacks – Justin Williams; SS; Terrebonne HS (LA)
53. Philadelphia Phillies – Andrew Knapp; C; California
54. Milwaukee Brewers – Devin Williams; RHP; Hazelwood West HS (MO)
55. Chicago White Sox – Tyler Danish; RHP; Durant HS (FL)
56. Los Angeles Dodgers – Tom Windle; LHP; Minnesota
57. St. Louis Cardinals – Oscar Mercado; SS; Gaither HS (FL)
58. Detroit Tigers – Kevin Ziomek; LHP; Vanderbilt
59. Anaheim Angels – Hunter Green; LHP; Warren East HS (KY)
60. Tampa Bay Rays – Riley Unroe; SS; Desert Ridge HS (AZ)
61. Baltimore Orioles – Chance Sisco; C; Santiago HS (CA)
62. Texas Rangers – Akeem Bostick; RHP; West Florence HS (SC)
63. Oakland Athletics – Dillon Overton; LHP; Oklahoma
64. San Francisco Giants – Ryder Jones; 3B; Watauga HS (NC)
65. Atlanta Braves – Victor Caratini; C; Miami Dade CC South (FL)
66. New York Yankees – Gosuke, Katoh; 2B; Rancho Bernardo HS (CA)
67. Cincinnati Reds – Kevin Franklin; 3B; Gahr HS (CA)
68. Washington Nationals – Jake Johansen; RHP; Dallas Baptist
COMPETITIVE BALANCE ROUND B
69. San Diego Padres – Jordan Paroubeck; OF; Serra HS (CA)
70. Colorado Rockies – Alex Balog; RHP; University of San Francisco
71. Oakland Athletics – Chad Pinder; SS; Virginia Tech
72. Milwaukee Brewers – Tucker Neuhaus; SS; Wharton HA (FL)
73. Miami Marlins – Colby Suggs; RHP; Arkansas