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Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/27/15

The Cubs’ two Single-A affiliates had the day off Monday, while the higher-level teams both fell despite several notable performances. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (7-10)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-6.5)

Iowa was blanked at Colorado Springs 7-0, as the I-Cubs collected just four hits. The second game of the doubleheader was postponed due to rain and will be played tonight.

  • SS Chris Valaika (.259) went 2-for-2 and drew a walk.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.233) hit his second double of the season and walked once.

Tennessee Smokies (10-6)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+2.0)

Tennessee’s four-game winning streak was snapped by Chattanooga, as the Smokies fell 5-3 in the third game of the five-game home series.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.370) went 2-for-3, walked once and knocked a sixth-inning solo homer. Schwarber has recorded a hit in his last six starts, four of which were multi-hit games.
  • 2B Ryan Dent (.262) blasted a two-run homer in the seventh inning. He has earned an RBI in four of the last five games for a total of eight on the season.
  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (1.35) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and fanning three batters.

Vogelbach again named Southern League Player of the Week

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(Photo by Roger C. Hoover)

Cubs first base prospect Dan Vogelbach was named the Double-A Southern League Player of the Week for his efforts between April 20-26. This is the second consecutive week the 22-year-old has claimed the award.

During the six-game span, he hit .391/.517/.913 (AVG/OBP/SLG) in 23 at-bats with three homers, three doubles, six walks, 10 RBI and eight runs scored. Vogelbach’s .552 on-base percentage leads all of minor league baseball, and he also tops the Southern League in hits (24), total bases (40), walks (13), extra-base hits (10) and RBI (13). He has reached base in all 15 games played this season.

Vogelbach becomes the first player in the Southern League to receive this honor in back-to-back weeks since third baseman Kris Bryant achieved the feat for his strong two-week stretch from May 26-June 9.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/26/15

Tennessee and South Bend captured wins, while Myrtle Beach took a loss in a rain-shortened affair on Sunday. Meanwhile, Iowa was postponed due to inclement weather. The I-Cubs have a doubleheader scheduled for tonight. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Tennessee Smokies (10-5)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+2.0)

Tennessee won its fourth straight game, defeating Chattanooga 5-2. Five different Smokies drove in runs.

  • RF Albert Almora (.306) went 2-for-4, plated one, swiped a base and scored once.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.340) went 2-for-4 with a double and scored once.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.275) had a multi-hit game, drove in a run and scored once.
  • RHP Frank Batista (1.02) tossed his second quality start in 7.0 innings of work. He gave up only one earned run on three hits, walking two and fanning a season-high eight batters.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (9-7)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+1.0)

Myrtle Beach fell to Winston-Salem in the series finale by a score of 6-1. The game was called with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning due to rain.

  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.240) went 2-for-3, hit his third double and earned his eighth RBI.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.328) went 2-for-3 and scored once. It marked his third multi-hit game in his last four appearances.
  • RHP Josh Conway (3.52) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, giving up only one hit, walking two and striking out one batter.

South Bend Cubs (9-9)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fourth Place (-3.0)

South Bend defeated Fort Wayne, 7-1, in the rubber game of the three-game series.

  • CF Trey Martin (.250) went 2-for-4, plated two, swiped two bases, walked once and scored once.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.305) went 3-for-4 with a walk, two stolen bases and a run.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.228) hit his third double of the season and drove in a run.
  • RHP Ryan Williams (0.46) picked up his second straight win and second quality start of the season. He tossed 6.0 scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and fanning three batters.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/23/15

Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend all cruised to victories on Thursday, while Iowa gave up an early lead and couldn’t fight back. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (6-8)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-5.5)

Iowa fell to New Orleans 9-2 after giving up a season-high six runs in the first inning.

  • SS Chris Valaika hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and walked once. It marked his seventh RBI and second home run this season.
  • RHP Andres Santiago (0.00) threw 3.1 scoreless innings, giving up only three hits, walking two and fanning two batters.

Tennessee Smokies (8-5)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+1.5)

Tennessee cruised to a 9-2 victory at Jackson, drawing a season high 12 walks.

  • RHP Felix Pena (1.53) secured the win, giving up two earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched. He struck out eight and walked two.
  • DH Kyle Schwarber (.371) went 3-for-6 with a home run and a double, plating two and scoring twice. It was his third consecutive multi-hit game.
  • C Willson Contreras (.333) went 2-for-3 with two doubles, one RBI, two walks and two runs scored. Contreras had his fourth multi-hit game this season.
  • 3B Ryan Dent (.290) went 3-for-4 and picked up three RBI.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (9-4)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+3.0)

Myrtle Beach pulled away with a four-run fifth inning to top Winston-Salem 6-0 in the first game of the series. The Pelicans are now 4-0 against Winston-Salem this season.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.280) went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base (6) and two runs. It marked his fifth multi-hit game this season.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.325) also had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4.
  • C Ben Carthart (.235) hit a two-run double in the fifth inning. Carhart also walked and scored a run.
  • RHP Daury Torrez threw his first quality start to pick up the win, pitching 7.0 scoreless innings, giving up four hits and fanning one batter.

South Bend Cubs (7-8)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Fifth Place (-4.0)

South Bend blanked Lake County 10-0 in the rubber game of the series. The SB Cubs outscored Lake County 26-3 over the final two games.

  • RHP Erick Leal picked up the win after pitching 5.0 scoreless innings, striking out six and walking just one batter.
  • RF Yasiel Balaguert (.188) went 2-for-4 with a triple and a three-run double to go along with one run scored.
  • CF Trey Martin (.267) picked up his sixth multi-hit game this season.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.275) went 2-for-3 with two RBI, two stolen bases and one run scored.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.340) went 2-for-5, swiped a base and scored twice. Young is currently on an eight-game hitting streak (13-for-31) and has six multi-hit games on the season.
  • LHP Tyler Ihrig (0.96) earned his first save after throwing 4.0 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and fanning five batters.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/22/15

Tennessee and South Bend cruised behind strong offensive performances, but Iowa and Myrtle Beach both fell Wednesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (6-7)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-4.5)

Iowa saw their two-game winning streak snapped, as they fell 6-3 at home to New Orleans.

  • LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (2.70) made his second rehab appearance, allowing two runs in 5.1 innings. In two starts, he has allowed three runs in 10.0 innings, walking six and fanning 11.
  • 1B Jonathan Mota (.355) went 2-for-4 with an RBI. It marked his fourth multi-hit game of the season.
  • RF Junior Lake (.268) went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and an RBI. He has hit safely in three straight games (.444).

Tennessee Smokies (7-5)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+1.0)

The Smokies collected 18 hits and drew eight walks as they rolled to a 13-4 victory over Jackson.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.345) had a four-hit game, going 4-for-6 with a run and an RBI.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.432) doubled and hit a three-run homer as part of a 2-for-5 night that included a walk, two runs scored and five RBI (9).
  • CF Pin-Chieh Chen (.275) went 3-for-4 with a double, two walks and two runs scored.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.282) went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI.
  • 3B Ryan Dent (.222) went 2-for-5 with his first home run of the season.
  • LF Albert Almora (.300) and 2B Stephen Bruno (.361) also had two-hit games.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (8-4)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+2.0)

The Pelicans lost for the first time since April 14, as they fell 4-1 at Salem in an afternoon contest.

  • LF Wes Darvill (.158) collected three of the team’s six hits, going 3-for-3 with a double and a stolen base.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.263) went 1-for-3 with a walk. He has hit safely in 8 of 11 games.
  • LHP Gerardo Concepcion (1.35) tossed 1.2 scoreless frames, fanning two batters. He has allowed one run in 6.2 innings this season across four appearances.

South Bend Cubs (6-8)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fifth Place (-4.0)

South Bend scored the most runs in a game in the Midwest League this season, defeating Lake County 16-3.

  • RHP Jeremy Null picked up the win, surrendering no runs on three hits and no walks in 6.0 innings of work. He struck out four. He has 17 strikeouts on the season and no walks in 17.0 innings.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.333) went 3-for-3 with four runs scored and a stolen base.
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.442) collected his third three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a run scored and two RBI.
  • C Justin Marra (.136) homered for the second consecutive game, with a two-run shot.
  • CF Trey Martin (.255), 3B Zach Hedges (.245), SS Gleyber Torres (.250), LF Charcer Burks (.356) and RF Rashad Crawford (.303) all had multi-hit games.

 

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/21/14

Pitching boosted Iowa to a victory, and Myrtle Beach extended a winning streak on Tuesday. Tennessee let a stellar starting pitching effort go to waste, while South Bend surrendered a late lead in a loss. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (6-6)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-3.5)

Iowa won its second consecutive game, defeating visiting New Orleans, 6-4.

  • RHP Donn Roach (2.60) gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings of work, striking out three to pick up the win. He has allowed just one run in 12.0 innings this season.
  • CF Matt Szczur (.750) went 3-for-4 with an RBI in his first game back at Iowa.
  • SS Chris Valaika (.244) collected his second three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.
  • C Taylor Teagarden (.400) hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, his first of the season. He finished 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, one run scored and four RBI.

Tennessee Smokies (6-5)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-First Place (–)

Tennessee dropped a 5-3 decision at Jackson, its second straight defeat to begin the five-game series.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.261) went 2-for-5 with an RBI, for his second multi-hit game of the season.
  • CF Pin-Chieh Chen (.222) collected his first multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with a triple (2) and a run.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.436) went 1-for-4 with a double. He has hit safely in 10 of 11 games.
  • RHP Corey Black (1.80) tossed his first quality start of the season, allowing one unearned run in 6.0 innings. He struck out four and surrendered just two hits.

Myrtle Beach (8-3)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+2.0)

Myrtle Beach won its fifth straight game, topping host Salem, 7-4.

  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng struck out three and gave up two earned runs in 4.1 innings.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.259) went 2-for-3 with a double and a run driven in.
  • C Ben Carhart (.214) went 1-for-3 with a home run, two walks, two runs and two RBI.
  • RHP James Pugliese (3.00) earned the win in relief, tossing 2.2 shutout innings.

South Bend Cubs (5-8)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-5.0)

South Bend surrendered four runs in the final three innings, falling 5-2 at home to Lake County.

  • LF Charcer Burks (.333) extended his hitting streak to five games (.474/9-for-19) with a 2-for-4 night that included one RBI.
  • DH Justin Marra (.095) hit his first homer of the season, a solo shot in the third inning. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored.
  • RHP Jake Stinnett (4.38) allowed a season low two hits in 5.0 innings. He struck out four and walked five in the no-decision.

Cubs promote Russell; Alcantara optioned to Triple-A

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs selected the contract of infielder Addison Russell from Triple-A Iowa and optioned infielder/outfielder Arismendy Alcantara to Triple-A on Tuesday. To make room for Russell on the 40-man roster, infielder Mike Olt was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Russell, who will wear uniform No. 22, will be available for the Cubs tonight in Pittsburgh. The 21-year-old was hitting .318/.326/.477 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with one home run and nine RBI in 46 plate appearances at Triple-A Iowa this season.

He entered 2015 ranked as the third-best prospect in the game by Baseball America and the second-best prospect in the Cubs farm system. He was also named the top prospect in Oakland’s system heading into both the 2013 and 2014 campaigns. A first-round pick in the 2012 Draft (11th overall), Russell was acquired by the Cubs along with outfielder Billy McKinney and right-hander Dan Straily from Oakland for right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel last July 5. Russell also entered 2015 ranked as the second-best prospect by in the game by Baseball Prospectus.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Russell joins the Cubs after batting .301 (289-for-961) with 57 doubles, 20 triples, 38 home runs and 159 RBI in 244 minor league games covering the last four seasons. The right-handed hitter has posted a .377 on-base percentage and a .520 slugging percentage, good for an .897 OPS.

Russell played across three levels in his first pro campaign in 2012, earning All-Star honors for two clubs. He spent most of the 2013 campaign at High-A Stockton as a 19-year-old, recording 29 doubles, 10 triples and 17 homers to become one of only 12 minor leaguers to reach double digits in all three categories. Russell was named to the U.S. Futures team, earned postseason California League All-Star honors and capped 2013 by playing in the Arizona Fall League, where he was named to the AFL All-Star team.

Last season, Russell combined to bat .295 (76-for-258) with 14 doubles, one triple, 13 home runs and 45 RBI in 68 games between Stockton, Double-A Midland and Double-A Tennessee. He also played 11 games in a return trip to the Arizona Fall League.

Alcantara, 23, is hitting .077 (2-for-26) with five runs scored and one RBI in 11 games for the Cubs this season.

Olt, 26, continues his recovery from a hairline fracture in his right wrist.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 4/20/15

Myrtle Beach poured it on in extra innings, South Bend put an end to a losing streak, and Iowa salvaged a doubleheader split on Monday. Tennessee struggled on defense and couldn’t get the bats going in a loss. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (5-6)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-3.5)

Game 1: Iowa managed just two hits in an 8-0 loss vs. Oklahoma City.

  • 2B Addison Russell (.300) went 1-for-3, singling with two outs in the seventh inning to break up ex-Cub Scott Baker’s perfect game.
  • 1B Mike Baxter (.391) went 1-for-3 with his third double of the season.
  • RHP Michael Wagner (0.00) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief in his Iowa debut.

Game 2: Iowa snapped a three-game losing skid with a 4-3, nine-inning win vs. Oklahoma City.

  • RF Junior Lake (.235) recorded a walk-off sacrifice fly to drive in Baxter in the ninth.
  • C Taylor Davis (.273) went 2-for-4 with a sixth inning solo home run.
  • 2B Addison Russell (.318) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.
  • LHP James Russell (1-0, 0.00) struck out three in 2.0 scoreless innings to earn his first win of the year.

Tennessee Smokies (6-4)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-First Place (–)

Tennessee managed just three hits and committed four errors in a 7-1 loss at Jackson.

  • RHP Frank Batista pitched 4.2 scoreless innings, striking out six in the no-decision. He has allowed just one run in 10.2 innings of work this season.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.457) went 1-for-4 with a second inning solo home run.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.393) and RF Bijan Rademacher (.286) each recorded a hit.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (7-3)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+1.0)

Myrtle Beach scored three runs in the 11th inning to beat host Salem, 7-4.

  • DH Billy McKinney (.296) went 2-for-5 with a sixth inning solo home run.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.323) went 1-for-2 with three walks and an eighth inning homer.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.270) and C Victor Caratini (.292) had two hits apiece.
  • RHP Tayler Scott (1-0, 1.50) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings to earn the win.
  • RHP Matt Brazis (3.86) earned the save with a scoreless 11th inning of work.

South Bend Cubs (5-7)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Fifth Place (-4.0)

South Bend snapped a two-game skid with a 3-0 win over visiting Great Lakes.

  • RHP Ryan Williams gave up no earned runs in 5.2 innings, fanning three in the win.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.250) went 2-for-4 with a season-high-tying three RBI.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.293) went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and two stolen bases.
  • RHP James Norwood (6.75) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings to earn his first save of the year.

Brockmeyer named Midwest League Player of the Week

South Bend Cubs catcher/first baseman Cael Brockmeyer has been named the Midwest League Player of the Week for his efforts from April 9-19.

Brockmeyer is hitting .444/.524/.694 (AVG/OBP/SLG) on the season, ranking in the top three of the Midwest League in each of those categories. His 16 hits, seven extra-base hits and 25 total bases are also tops in the Low-A league, while his six doubles are tied for the most.

Brockmeyer was picked in the 16th round of the 2013 draft out of California State University.

In 77 games at Low-A Kane County last season, the 23-year-old hit .297/.366/.461 with eight homers and 14 doubles.

Vogelbach named Southern League Player of the Week

Tennessee Smokies infielder Dan Vogelbach was named the Southern League’s Player of the Week for his efforts between April 9-19.

In nine games, the 22-year-old is hitting .484/.579/.613 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with 15 hits, four doubles, three RBI and three runs scored. His batting average ranks third of all players in the minor leagues, while his on-base percentage is second. Entering Monday, his 15 hits also lead the Southern League.

The 2011 second-round pick has reached base in all nine games this season and has seven walks versus just three strikeouts to his credit in 38 plate appearances.

According to MLB.com, Vogelbach is the No. 8-ranked first base prospect in baseball and the organization’s No. 15 prospect overall.

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