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1000 Words: Bryant and Baez, Friendly Foes


(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

During Sunday’s MLB Futures Game, which pits the top international prospects with the best American talents, Cubs prospect Javier Baez ripped a home run in the sixth inning to put the World Team ahead. As the Puerto Rican-born shortstop rounded rounded third, his Iowa Cubs teammate Kris Bryant (representing the U.S. Team) applauded his efforts. Baez finished 1-for-2 with the homer, while Bryant went 0-for-3 with a walk.

After a slow start to the season, Baez has picked up the pace. He wrapped up the first half hitting .240/.305/.449 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with 14 homers at Triple-A Iowa. In 92 games between Double-A and Triple-A this season, Bryant is hitting .346/.444/.701 with 31 homers and 81 RBI.



ESPN’s Law names Bryant top MiLB prospect


Kris Bryant is now seen by many as the top prospect in baseball. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

A year ago, Kris Bryant hadn’t even made his rookie ball debut. Fast forward to now, and the Cubs farmhand is viewed by many as the top prospect in the game. ESPN Insider Keith Law recently unveiled his midseason Top 50 MLB Prospects list, and he put the Triple-A third baseman squarely at the top. Joining Bryant on the list are three other Cubs prospects, including two more in the top eight overall. Below are excerpts from the list on the top Cubs prospects:

1. Kris Bryant, 3B | Chicago Cubs

Age: 22 | Current Level: AAA (Iowa)

Preseason Ranking: 15

While there are players in the minors who offer higher ceilings — notably the next two guys on this list — Bryant is so close to major-league ready that his value at this moment is at least as high as that of Buxton, who’s playing now but has been hurt most of the year, or Correa, who’s out at least until the Fall League. Bryant has power, he’s capable at third base, and his eye and approach continue to improve. Even if he’s just a .260-.270 hitter — probably a pessimistic forecast — he’ll still be a MVP-caliber bat who hits 30-40 homers and gets on base at a solid clip.

4. Addison Russell, SS | Chicago Cubs

Age: 20Current Level: AA (Tennessee)

Preseason Ranking: 3

Russell will be the best prospect to change hands this season, going from the Oakland Athletics, who took him with the 11th overall pick in 2012, to the Cubs in the deal that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A’s. A torn hamstring robbed Russell of most of April and May, but he’s healthy now and hasn’t lost anything at the plate or in the field. He has outstanding hands and plenty of arm for shortstop, which makes up for slightly limited range. His footwork has improved over the last year, so I don’t really doubt that he can stay at the position. Those great hands also serve him well at the plate, helping him to accelerate his bat quickly and get good loft in his finish to create line-drive power. I see a high-average hitter with a strong OBP and 10-15 homers — maybe even a few more —  who plays above-average defense at shortstop.

8. Javier Baez, SS | Chicago Cubs

Age: 21 Current Level: AAA (Iowa)

Preseason Ranking: 7

Baez still has the minors’ best bat speed, with great wrist and forearm strength that translates into huge all-fields power, which you saw in his homer in the Futures Game off a hanging breaking ball. He’s still rough around the edges at short, agile enough to play but lacking the finesse or the focus to do so at a major league level. That same Futures Game performance also saw him lollygagging on a groundball to short and delivering a lazy throw when he needed to fire one over to first base. Makeup may be the biggest concern here. Otherwise, Baez has the raw ability to become a 35-40 homer guy at second or third base.

28. Jorge Soler, RF | Chicago Cubs

Age: 22Current Level: AA (Tennessee)

Preseason Ranking: 26

Soler is a monster if he can just stay on the field. He has electric bat speed, plus-plus raw power and the athleticism and arm to play an above-average or better right field. He’s gotten bigger and stronger since signing in 2012, and in the 15 games he’s managed to play in Double-A this year, he’s hit .400/.456/.880 with 14 extra-base hits in 57 at-bats (tiny sample size caveat applies), indicative of his crazy strength. While he’s been injured too often for me to rank him higher, he has the raw offensive ability to be a top 10 prospect if he gets the at-bats to work on his recognition of offspeed stuff.


Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/15/14

Most of the Cubs’ minor league squads had a scheduled day off, including Iowa, which is in the midst of the Triple-A All-Star break. Pitchers Blake Parker, Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada will all take part in Wednesday’s All-Star Game. Arismendy Alcantara was also named to the squad, but will not play due to his recent promotion. Boise was the only team in action Tuesday, and they secured a one-run win on a walk-off single. Tennessee, Daytona, Kane County and Mesa all resume play Wednesday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s Hawks game:

Boise Hawks (18-14)
2nd Place (-1.0)

After surrendering a one-run lead to Spokane in the ninth, Boise emerged with the 4-3 walk-off win thanks to an RBI single from RF Jeffrey Baez.

  • RHP Erick Leal pitched six innings, giving up one earned run and striking out five.
  • Baez (.288) knocked in the game-winner with his third hit of the night, extending his Northwest League-leading hitting streak to 18 games (.377/29-for-77). His season average has risen from .164 to .288 during the streak.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.325), SS Chesny Young (.423) and C Mark Malave (.278) each recorded two hits. Malave singled and doubled, knocking in two (9).
  • RHP Ryan Williams (0.00) and LHP Sam Wilson (1.80) both suffered their first blown saves. Each allowed one run over two frames (Williams’ run was unearned). Wilson fanned five to earn his first win.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/14/14

One of the Cubs’ top prospects hit for the cycle, helping Daytona to an extra-innings win, and Mesa jumped back into a first-place tie after a successful Monday. Both Tennessee and Kane County dropped games in the late innings, and Iowa had the day off for the Triple-A All-Star Game Tuesday night. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor action:

Tennessee Smokies (13-12)
T-1st Place (–)

Charles Cutler tied the game in the fifth with a two-run, inside-the-park home run, but the Smokies offense couldn’t break the tie, falling 6-5 at home to Jacksonville.

  • Cutler (.335) finished 2-for-4 with two runs, his third homer of the season and two RBI (31).
  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.270), 3B Christian Villanueva (.292) and CF Jae-Hoon Ha (.213) all had two hits apiece.
  • Villanueva had two of Tennessee’s five doubles—the remaining three came from SS Addison Russell (.222, 1 2B), 2B Stephen Bruno (.281, 19 2B), and PH Dustin Geiger (.226, 20 2B).
  • RF Jorge Soler (0-for-3, RBI) was named the Southern League Hitter of the Week for the period from July 7-13, hitting .556 (10-for-18) with four runs, two doubles, four homers and eight RBI in six games.

Daytona Cubs (15-8)
1st Place (+0.5)

Albert Almora’s triple in the 13th helped him complete the cycle and lift Daytona over host Juptier, 13-8.

  • With his 5-for-7 night, Almora (.276) became the first Daytona Cub to hit for the cycle since Brett Jackson on June 14, 2010. He also drove in a career-high five runs, beginning when he and SS Marco Hernandez (3-for-7, 3 R, HR, RBI) hit back-to-back homers to lead off the game.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.274) and 3B Jordan Hankins (.250) each added three hits. Vogelbach drove in two (46), while Hankins tallied his second double.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.290) went 2-for-5 with a run, his sixth homer and two RBI (35).
  • RF Billy McKinney (.286) and 2B Gioskar Amaya (.272) each had two hits.
  • After RHP Starling Peralta (3.92) blew his third save, allowing three runs over three frames, RHP Zack Godley earned the win with a scoreless 12th inning.

Kane County Cougars (17-7)
1st Place (+1.0)

Visiting Beloit scored two in the ninth inning to beat Kane County, 3-2.

  • Kane County managed just four hits, including a two-run double (12 2B, 21 RBI) from SS David Bote.
  • RHP Daury Torrez (2.81) delivered his ninth quality start (6-1) in 17 tries, going seven innings and allowing no earned runs. He has allowed zero earned runs in four of his last five starts.
  • Torrez was succeeded by RHP Michael Wagner (1-2, 3.51), who surrendered two runs to suffer his first blown save and second loss of the season.

Boise Hawks (17-14)
2nd Place (-2.0)

Boise and Spokane scored all of their combined 17 runs in the first four innings, with host Boise winning, 11-6. C Mark Zagunis became the first Hawk to hit for the cycle since Demond Smith on August 4, 1994, vs. Everett.

  • Zagunis launched his first professional home run in the fourth inning en route to becoming one of two Cubs minor leaguers to hit for the cycle yesterday. He finished 4-for-5 with three runs and four RBI (12). His total hits, runs and RBI all set new professional career highs.
  • 2B Jason Vosler (.286) also notched his first professional home run in his seventh game with Boise, finishing 3-for-4 with a run, the homer and two RBI (5).
  • RF Jeffry Baez (.273) extended his Northwest League-leading hitting streak to 17 games (.366/26-for-71), going 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Mesa Cubs (10-8)
T-1st Place (–)

Mesa moved into a tie for first place with a 5-1 win at the AZL Giants.

  • DH Alberto Mineo (.362) hit his first homer of the season, finishing 2-for-4.
  • 2B Bryant Flete (.333) singled and drove in two (5).
  • LF Kevonte Mitchell (.250) went 1-for-3 with two runs, a walk, and two stolen bases (3).
  • LHP Carson Sands (1-0, 0.00) struck out two in a scoreless sixth to earn his first professional win in his second game with Mesa.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/13/14

The Cubs minor league system had a successful Sunday, with only Iowa taking a loss. Meanwhile, Mesa was rained out. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (51-46)
2nd Place (-0.5)

Iowa managed just three hits in a 5-2 loss to visiting Oklahoma City.

  • 2B Logan Watkins (.277), SS Chris Valaika (.289) and 1B Lars Anderson (.254) all recorded a hit.
  • RHP Dae-Eun Rhee (6.43) allowed one run on three hits and struck out three in three innings of relief.

Tennessee Smokies (13-11)
1st Place (+0.5)

Tennessee used a seven-run fifth-inning to snap a three-game skid and beat visiting Jacksonville, 14-8.

  • RF Jorge Soler (.426) recorded his first career multihomer game, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored, two home runs and a career-high five RBI (17).
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.281) went 3-for-5 with two runs, three RBI (28) and one stolen base (5).
  • SS Elliot Soto (.233) and LF Anthony Giansanti (.233) had two hits apiece.
  • RHP Zach Cates (2-1, 2.25) tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory.

Daytona Cubs (14-8)
T-1st Place (–)

Daytona won its second-straight game, beating host Jupiter, 6-2.

  • RHP Tayler Scott pitched six scoreless innings to earn the win.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.261) went 1-for-4 with a home run and four RBI (8).
  • C Chadd Krist (.214) went 2-for-3 with a second-inning, two-run homer.
  • RHP Zack Godley (5.01) tossed a scoreless eighth inning.

Kane County Cougars (17-6)
1st Place (+2.0)

GM 1: Kane County held visiting Beloit to just three hits in a 3-1 victory.

  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng gave up three hits over seven innings and surrendered just one run to earn the win.
  • DH Kyle Schwarber (.382) and 1B Jacob Rogers (.265) had two hits apiece.

GM 2: Kane County beat Beloit 6-5 to complete the doubleheader sweep.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.267) went 2-for-3 with two home runs and a game-high four RBI (15).
  • LHP Michael Heesch (2-0, 3.18) allowed one run on two hits in one inning of relief to earn the win.

Boise Hawks (16-14)
2nd Place (-2.0)

Boise recorded 11 hits in a 6-2 victory at Eugene.

  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.264) and 1B Alex Tomasovich (.275) had two hits apiece.
  • RF Jeffry Baez (.273) extended his hitting streak to a season-high 16 games (.364/24-for-66).
  • RHP James Norwood (0.00) struck out four hitters in two perfect innings of relief.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/10/14

Of the Cubs minor league affiliates, only Kane County picked up a win Thursday. Mesa had the day off and will resume play Friday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (49-44)
1st Place (+0.5)

Iowa scored their lone run on a solo shot from 3B Kris Bryant, falling to host Omaha, 7-1.

  • Bryant (.329) led off the seventh with his ninth home run since joining Iowa and 31st of the season. He has hit safely in 18 of his 23 games as an I-Cub.
  • C Rafael Lopez (.280) recorded the first four-hit game of his career, tallying four singles in four at-bats.
  • 1B Logan Watkins (.265) went 1-for-4 with his 11th double of the season off of Omaha’s Tim Collins. The two-bagger was his first extra-base hit off of a lefty this season.

Tennessee Smokies (12-9)
2nd Place (-0.5)

Entering the ninth knotted at four, the visiting Suns out-rallied the Smokies to win, 6-5.

  • RF Jorge Soler (.405) hit his third home run in his last three games, finishing 2-for-4 with a run, a walk and two RBI (12). He has reached base safely in all but one of his 11 games with the Smokies this season.
  • SS Addison Russell (.143) recorded his first two hits with the organization in his third game with Tennessee. His seventh-inning single snapped an initial 0-for-12 skid.
  • 1B Dustin Geiger (.222) finished 2-for-4 with his fourth double in as many games and 18th of the season.

Daytona Cubs (12-7)
T-1st Place (–)

Dunedin jumped ahead with a five-run fourth and never looked back, topping the Cubs in Daytona, 7-4.

  • SS Marco Hernandez (.293) finished 3-for-5 with his 10th double of the season. It marked his 23rd multihit game of the season and his fourth three-hit performance.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.285) knocked two doubles in four at-bats, bringing his season total to 16. His two RBI bring him to 32 on the season, the third-highest total on the team.
  • The team went just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position, but managed to produce four runs from seven hits and four walks.

Kane County Cougars (14-5)
1st Place (+1.5)

The Cougars scored early and often at Quad Cities, tallying three in the top of the first en route to a 9-5 win over the River Bandits.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.238) set a season high with eight total bases, including his first homer with Kane County and two doubles (6).
  • 2B Ben Carhart (.283) had his third multihit game in his last four, finishing 3-for-5 with a run and three RBI.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.267) went 2-for-5 with his 13th double of the season.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.224) also notched multiple hits, singling twice and walking while scoring two runs.
  • RF Kevin Brown (.364) launched his second homer in three games since being promoted to Kane County.
  • RHP Jose Arias (1.82) recorded the final two outs for his second save of the year.

Boise Hawks (14-13)
T-2nd Place (-1.0)

Boise pitching allowed nine runs on 19 hits and two errors as the Hawks fell, 9-3, at home.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.275), C Mark Zagunis (.366) and 1B Alex Tomasovich (.255) recorded two hits apiece.
  • Eight of Boise’s nine hitters recorded a hit. 2B Giuseppe Pappacio (.197), the lone hitless Hawk, also contributed offensively with a sacrifice fly in the third.
  • RHP Josh Davis (1-1, 7.11) suffered his first loss of the season, allowing four earned runs in 0.2 frames.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/9/14

Iowa claimed an extra-innings victory, Boise continued its winning streak and Daytona took the first game in the doubleheader Wednesday. Kane County couldn’t drive in runners and Mesa was defeated again. Meanwhile, Tennessee had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (49-43)
1st Place (+1.5)

Logan Watkins hit a 14th-inning, solo home run to lift the Cubs over host Omaha, 2-1. Watkins’ blast was the only hit the I-Cubs recorded in their last 10 innings of the game.

  • Watkins (.265) finished the game going 1-for-6 with the home run.
  • LF Josh Vitters (.217) went 1-for-5 with a double (12) and one RBI (30).
  • LHP Eric Jokisch finished with a career-high 11 strikeouts while recording his 11th quality start, giving up one earned run over seven innings.
  • LHP Michael Heesch (1-0, 0.00) earned the win in his Triple-A debut, tossing three scoreless innings.
  • LHP Zac Rosscup (2.61) picked up his third save of the season.

Daytona Cubs (12-6)
1st Place (+0.5)

GM 1: Daytona allowed just one hit in a 4-1 victory over visiting Dunedin.

  • RHP Felix Pena gave up one earned run over 5.2 innings, fanning seven to earn the win.
  • CF Albert Almora (.279) went 2-for-3 with his 42nd RBI of the season.
  • 2B Gioskar Amaya (.279) and 3B Jordan Hankins (.211) had two hits apiece. Hankins drove in two (6).
  • RHP Starling Peralta (3.28) tossed 1.1 scoreless innings of relief to earn his first save of the year.

GM 2: Dunedin used a four-run, third-inning to defeat Daytona, 8-6.

  • 1B Rock Shoulders (.206) went 1-for-2 with two walks and a second-inning, solo home run.
  • SS Marco Hernandez (.287) and LF Zeke DeVoss (.172) had two hits apiece.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.300) went 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBI (2).

Kane County Cougars (13-5)
1st Place (+1.5)

Kane County went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, as they fell at Quad Cities, 3-1.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.377) went 1-for-3 with a run, a walk and his eighth double of the season.
  • DH Ben Carhart (.277), 3B Jeimer Candelario (.203) and CF Trey Martin (.233) had two hits apiece.
  • LHP Gerardo Concepcion (4.40) tossed three scoreless innings of relief.

Boise Hawks (14-12)
2nd Place (-1.0)

Boise won its fourth-straight game, beating visiting Hillsboro, 6-2.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.267) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored to extend his Northwest League-best hitting streak to 12 games (.380/19-for-50).
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.315) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double (5), a triple (4) and three RBI (17). It was his third-straight, three-RBI game.
  • C Mark Malave (.283) went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Mesa Cubs (8-7)
2nd Place (-0.5)

Mesa lost its fourth-straight game, falling to the visiting AZL D-backs, 8-0. The Cubs have committed 19 errors in their last four games.

  • RHP Kyuji Fujikawa made his second start with the Mesa Cubs as part of a major league rehab assignment. He hasn’t allowed a hit while fanning two in two innings.
  • 3B Varonex Cuevas (.667) recorded three of Mesa’s seven hits, going 3-for-4.
  • LHP Andin Diaz (0.00) tossed two scoreless innings of relief.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/8/14

Tennessee, Kane County and Boise all captured wins Tuesday. Iowa lost in walk-off fashion, while errors continued to plague Mesa. Meanwhile, Daytona was rained out. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (48-43)
1st Place (+0.5)

Omaha’s Brian Bocock hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Iowa, 7-6.

  • RF Brett Jackson (.213) went 1-for-4 with a second-inning, two-run homer.
  • DH Ryan Kalish (.226) went 2-for-3 with two runs, a double (7), and a sixth-inning, three-run clout.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.351) went 1-for-4 before being ejected in the eighth inning by the home plate umpire for arguing balls and strikes. It was Bryant’s first professional ejection.

Tennessee Smokies (12-8)
1st Place (+0.5)

Tennessee held host Birmingham to just four hits in a 7-3 victory.

  • C Luis Flores (.286) went 1-for-3 with two walks, a double (2) and a game-high three RBI (5).
  • SS Elliot Soto (.210) went 2-for-4 with a double (6) and two RBI (10).
  • RHP Tony Zych (3-4, 3.92) tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn his third victory.
  • RHP Frank Batista (1.20) recorded the final five outs of the game to pick up his fourth save of the year.

Kane County Cougars (13-4)
1st Place (+2.5)

Kane County won for the fourth time in its last five games, beating host Quad Cities, 7-3.

  • RHP Paul Blackburn gave up two earned runs over five innings and struck out six to pick up the win.
  • RF Kevin Brown (.500) went 2-for-4 with a third-inning, solo home run.
  • C Kyle Schwarber (.379) went 3-for-5 with a run, two doubles (7) and two RBI (13).
  • LF Shawon Dunston (.260) and 3B Jeimer Candelario (.182) recorded two hits apiece.
  • RHP Zak Hermans (4.50) struck out five over three innings of relief to earn his second hold of the season.

Boise Hawks (13-12)
2nd Place (-2.0)

Boise won its third-straight game, beating visiting Hillsboro, 11-4.

  • LHP Tyler Ihrig surrendered two earned runs over six innings, striking out six, to earn his third win of the year.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.250) went 2-for-4 with his Northwest League-leading seventh blast and four RBI (24).
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.307) went 3-for-5 with two runs, a double (4) and three RBI (14). It marked Crawford’s second-straight three-hit and three-RBI game.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.750) and SS Jason Vosler (.308) had two hits apiece. Vosler drove in two (3).
  • Boise has scored 10 or more runs in three-straight games. It’s the first time they have achieved that feat since July of 2010.

Mesa Cubs (8-6)
1st Place (+0.5)

The Mesa Cubs committed three more miscues in a 6-4 loss to the visiting AZL Indians. Mesa has 15 errors in their last three games.

  • 2B Andrew Ely (.571) went 3-for-4 with a first-inning, solo home run.
  • LF Shamil Ubiera (.220) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, one RBI (8) and two stolen bases (4).
  • RHP Yomar Morel (0.00) tossed two scoreless innings of relief.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/6/14

Iowa, Tennessee and Boise all picked up wins, while Kane County and Mesa both fell short Sunday. Daytona was rained out. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (48-41)
1st Place (+2.0)

Iowa recorded seven extra-base hits in a 5-4 victory at Oklahoma City.

  • 3B Kris Bryant (.357) went 1-for-4 with a second-inning, two-run blast.
  • SS Javier Baez (.241) and LF Ryan Kalish (.213) each hit solo home runs.
  • DH Manny Ramirez (.263) went 2-for-4 with his third RBI of the season.
  • RHP Armando Rivero (3-0, 2.16) earned the win.
  • LHP Zac Rosscup (2.70) picked up his second save.

Tennessee Smokies (11-7)
1st Place (+0.5)

Tennessee scored five runs in the fourth inning to cruise past host Birmingham, 9-1.

  • RHP Corey Black surrendered one earned run over six innings, striking out six to secure the win.
  • DH Jorge Soler (.345) went 2-for-5 with a sixth-inning, solo home run.
  • 3B Jonathan Mota (.239) and 1B Dustin Geiger (.220) each had three hits. Geiger also drove in three (33).
  • RF Pin-Chieh Chen (.263), 2B Stephen Bruno (.288) and C Charles Cutler (.333) all had multihit efforts.
  • LHP Andrew McKirahan (0.00) tossed two scoreless innings of relief.

Kane County Cougars (12-4)
1st Place (+1.5)

Kane County dropped a 14-inning marathon at Clinton, falling to the LumberKings, 2-1.

  • RHP Tyler Skulina gave up one earned run on six hits and no walks over six innings.
  • LF Shawon Dunston (.256), DH Ben Carhart (.277), 3B Jeimer Candelario (.157) and 2B David Bote (.216) all had two hits apiece.
  • RHPs Jen-Ho Tseng (2.93) and James Pugliese (1.31) combined to toss seven scoreless innings of ball.

Boise Hawks (12-12)
2nd Place (-3.0)

Boise won for the fifth time in its last six games, beating visiting Eugene, 10-5.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.289) went 3-for-5 with a double (3) and a game-high three RBI (11).
  • 2B Chesny Young (1.000) went a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs scored, a double (1) and two RBI (3).
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.240), C Justin Marra (.293) and LF Mark Zagunis (.414) all had two hits.
  • RHP Josh Davis (1-0, 4.50) tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn his first win of the season.

Mesa Cubs (8-4)
1st Place (+1.0)

The Mesa Cubs committed seven errors in a 7-5 loss at the AZL Angels.

  • Rehabbing Cubs right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa got the start and tossed a scoreless first inning.
  • C Tyler Alamo (.296) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double (1) and one RBI (5).
  • 3B Varonex Cuevas (.500) went 2-for-4 with a team-high two RBI (2).

Cubs sign sixth-round pick RHP Dylan Cease

The Cubs have reached an agreement with sixth-round draft pick Dylan Cease, a right-handed pitcher out of Milton (Ga.) High School.

With this move, the Cubs have now signed their first 22 picks, as well as 26 selections overall, from the 2014 draft.

Cease, 18, was a preseason first-team prep All-American heading into his senior year at Milton High School, but an injury hurt his draft stock. He struck out 20 batters in 12 innings without allowing a run before suffering an elbow injury in March that kept him off the mound for the remainder of the season.

In his 2013 junior season with Milton, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Cease was 9-0 with an 0.81 ERA in 69.1 innings. He struck out 100 batters, good for an average of 13 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.


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