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Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/3/15

Tennessee picked up another road win, but Iowa’s winning streak was stopped and South Bend gave up a late lead on Thursday. Myrtle Beach was off and will resume play Friday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (27-25)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-7.0)

Iowa saw its four-game winning streak snapped, falling 9-7 on the road at Albuquerque.

  • CF Rubi Silva (.290) collected his first four-hit game of the season, going 4-for-5 with two home runs, two runs scored and three RBI.
  • 1B Christian Villanueva (.295) homered for the third consecutive game, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI. He is 9-for-19 with three homers and 10 RBI over his last four games.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.283) went 2-for-5 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base in his fifth multi-hit game in his last six outings.
  • LF Adron Chambers recorded his fourth straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. Chambers has hit safely in seven straight games (.481/13-for-27).
  • SS Chris Valaika (.241) extended his hitting streak to five games (7-for-20), going 2-for-4.

Tennessee Smokies (30-23)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-First Place (–)

Tennessee picked up its third straight win at Chattanooga, topping the Lookouts, 6-3.

  • RHP Ryan Williams earned the win in his Double-A debut. He was named the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May, posting a 1.59 ERA in five starts with South Bend.
  • DH Kyle Schwarber picked up his sixth three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI after being named Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for May (.297 AVG, 8 HR).
  • C Willson Contreras (.328) hit a three-run homer in the third inning as part of a 1-for-4 night that also included a walk. He has hit safely in six-straight games (.458/11-for-24).

South Bend Cubs (23-29)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-7.5)

South Bend surrendered six runs in the eighth inning to drop a 9-5 decision to Cedar Rapids.

  • C Gioskar Amaya (.236) extended his hitting streak to four games (5-for-14) with a three-run homer in the second inning, his second of the season.
  • LF Kevin Encarnacion (.353) went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.263) went 2-for-4, recording his 11th multi-hit game of the season.
  • CF Charcer Burks (.282) went 1-for-4 with a walk, a double, a run scored and two stolen bases.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/2/15

Iowa and Tennessee each won 9-3 Tuesday, while Myrtle Beach lost both sides of its doubleheader 4-3. South Bend had the day off and will resume play Wednesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (27-24)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-7.0)

Iowa blasted four homers to defeat Albuquerque by a score of 9-3 on Tuesday.

  • SS Javier Baez (.325) went 4-for-5, crushed two home runs and picked up a season high four RBI.
  • LF Adron Chambers (.280) recorded a season high four hits, including a double, drove in one and scored twice. It extended his hitting streak to six games (11-for-24/.458).
  • CF Arismendy Alcantara (.279) went 3-for-4 with a home run, one walk and a season high four runs scored. He has recorded multi-hit games in four of his last five.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.290) went 2-for-5 and hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, marking his third consecutive multi-hit game.
  • RHP Donn Roach (2.12) gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings pitched and improved to a perfect 6-0 record, tossing his ninth quality start.

Tennessee Smokies (29-23)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-1.0)

Tennessee picked up its second straight win at Chattanooga, topping the Lookouts 9-3.

  • 1B Wes Darvill (.152) went 3-for-3, knocked his first home run and double, scored once and earned a career high four RBI.
  • CF Albert Almora (.258) went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.
  • DH Willson Contreras (.329) went 3-for-5 and plated one, marking his second consecutive three-hit game.
  • RHP Frank Batista (1.67) earned the win, giving up just two runs off six hits in 5.2 innings of work.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (31-18)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+6.0)

G1: Myrtle Beach fell to Potomac in 11 innings, dropping the third game of the series 4-3.

  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (4.14) gave up two earned runs in 5.1 innings in the no-decision.
  • DH Chesny Young (.371) went 2-for-4, swiped a base, walked once and scored twice.
  • CF Pin-Chieh Chen (.271) went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.306) went 2-for-5 and added a walk and a run scored.
  • C Victor Caratini (.233) went 1-for-4 with a two-run double and a walk.

G2: Myrtle Beach got out to an early lead, but dropped the second game of the day to Potomac 4-3.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.273) went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and one run scored.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.247) went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
  • C Victor Caratini (.241) went 2-for-4 and scored once.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.254) recorded a double and scored once, finishing 2-for-3.
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez (2.86) delivered a season high six strikeouts and walked none in 5.0 innings to get the no-decision.

Cubs name C Schwarber, RHP Williams organization’s player, pitcher of the month

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Cubs farmhand Kyle Schwarber was named the organization’s player of the month for May. (Photo by Stephen Green)

On Wednesday, the Cubs named Double-A Tennessee catcher Kyle Schwarber and Single-A South Bend right-handed pitcher Ryan Williams the organization’s minor league player and pitcher of the month for May, respectively.

Schwarber, 22, batted .297 (27-for-91) with eight homers, two doubles, 17 RBI and 18 runs scored in 28 games for Tennessee. He drew 24 walks and delivered a 1.026 OPS thanks to a .443 on-base percentage and a .582 slugging mark. He ranked first in the Southern League in walks, second in home runs, third in OPS and OBP, and fourth in slugging percentage during the month. Additionally, Schwarber led all Cubs prospects in homers, walks, slugging and OPS, while ranking second in OBP.

In 47 games for Tennessee this season, Schwarber is hitting .312 (49-for-157) with seven doubles, one triple, 12 homers, 32 RBI, 31 runs scored and 37 walks. He leads the Southern League with a .439 OBP, .599 slugging mark, a 1.038 OPS and 37 walks, while ranking second with 12 home runs and third with 94 total bases.

Schwarber was selected by Chicago in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2014 draft out of Indiana University where he was a two-time First-Team All-American. He has batted .332 (139-for-419) with 30 homers, 25 doubles, 85 RBI and 86 runs scored in 119 minor league contests. The left-handed hitter has a .621 career slugging mark and a .432 OBP, thanks in part to 76 walks.

Williams, 23, went 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA (6 ER/34.0 IP) in five starts for South Bend during the month of May. He struck out 23 batters without issuing a walk to any of his 125 batters faced. He tossed four quality starts and twice tied a season high with 8.0 innings pitched, including 8.0 scoreless frames in the club’s 3-2 win on May 22 versus Bowling Green. The right-handed pitcher led the Midwest League in WHIP (0.76), while ranking third in ERA.

Williams began the season 4-1 with a 1.17 ERA (7 ER/53.2 IP) in nine games (eight starts) with South Bend. Entering today, he struck out 37 batters compared to two walks and held the opposition to a .190 batting average and a .461 OPS. His ERA and opponent batting average are both second-lowest in the Midwest League.

Williams was selected by the Cubs in the 10th round of the 2014 draft out of East Carolina University, where he was a Third-Team All-America selection in 2014. He entered today 6-2 with a 1.23 ERA (11 ER/80.1 IP) in 20 minor league appearances, including eight starts. He’s fanned 66 batters, while walking just five, and held opponents to a .201 batting average. Opponents hit just two home runs of him in 80.1 innings of work in the last two seasons.

Minor League Recap: 6/1/15

It was a good day all around for the Cubs minor league affiliates Monday, as Iowa and Tennessee each won by 10 runs and South Bend took both games of a doubleheader. Myrtle Beach was suspended due to rain with the game tied in the 10th inning. They will resume play prior to tonight’s game. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (26-24)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-8.0)

Iowa scored 14 runs on 15 hits to top El Paso, 14-4. Every I-Cub in the starting lineup recorded a hit.

  • RHP Carlos Pimentel (3.99) picked up the win, pitching 7.0 scoreless innings and striking out five.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.286) went 3-for-5 with a home run, a triple, a double, three RBI and a season-high three runs scored.
  • CF Matt Szczur (.330) crushed a three-run homer in the third inning, extending his hitting streak to seven games (11-for-29/.379).
  • LF Adron Chambers (.255) went 2-for-4, plated two and scored twice.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.267) went 2-for-5 with a triple, swiped a base and scored twice.
  • RF Rubi Silva (.272) recorded a triple, two RBI and one run, going 2-for-5.
  • C Rafael Lopez (.262) went 2-for-4, plated one and scored once.

Tennessee Smokies (28-23)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-2.0)

Tennessee cruised to a 13-3 victory over Chattanooga. The Smokies drew 11 walks in the game.

  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (3.22) gave up three earned runs in 5.1 innings, but struck out seven and walked none to pick up the win.
  • 2B Stephen Bruno (.255) went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI, two walks and three runs.
  • C Willson Contreras (.321) went 3-for-6, plated one and scored twice.
  • 1B Anthony Giansanti (.240) went 2-for-5 with two RBI.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.305) went 1-for-2 with a double, an RBI, two runs scored and three walks.

South Bend Cubs (23-28)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-7.5)

G1: South Bend scored four runs in the sixth inning to come from behind and top Lake County, 5-4.

  • C Gioskar Amaya (.234) went 2-for-3, plated one and scored once.
  • LF Kevin Encarnacion (.273) went 1-for-3 with a triple, an RBI and one run scored.

G2: South Bend blanked Lake County in the second game of the day, topping the Captains, 4-0.

  • RHP Erick Leal (4.27) gave up no earned runs in 5.0 innings to pick up the win.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.353) went 2-for-3 with a home run and a double, plating two and scoring once. It extended his hitting streak to five games (10-for-20/.500).
  • LF Rashad Crawford (.270) went 2-for-3, swiped a base and scored once.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/27/15

Kyle Schwarber led Tennessee to a walk-off win, while South Bend fell in a one-run game and Iowa lost both sides of a doubleheader Wednesday. Myrtle Beach was rained out and will play a doubleheader Thursday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (22-23)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second (-9.0)

Game 1: Iowa surrendered 16 hits in a 13-1 defeat to Reno in Game 1 of the doubleheader.

  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.256) went 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a run scored, extending his hitting streak to nine games (.361/13-for-36). The streak was snapped in the second game (0-for-3, BB).
  • CF Matt Szczur (.306) went 1-for-3 with a triple, improving his May average to .316 (12-for-38).

Game 2: Iowa committed three errors, which led to two unearned runs in a 3-2 loss.

  • SS Chris Valaika (.233) had the team’s only multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with a double and a run.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.275) and LF Jonathan Mota (.291) each went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Tennessee Smokies (25-21)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-3.5)

C Kyle Schwarber hit a walk-off single in the 13th inning as the Smokies defeated Mobile, 3-2.

  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (2.97) pitched 5.2 innings, giving up one earned run and striking out four in the no decision.
  • Schwarber (.307) went 2-for-6 with the game-winning RBI. He leads the team with 27 RBI.
  • CF Albert Almora (.271) hit a solo home run in the fifth inning, finishing 2-for-5 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI.
  • RHP Carl Edwards Jr. (2.66) tossed 2.0 scoreless frames, striking out two batters.
  • RHP Andres Santiago (4.66) collected his first win, allowing no hits in 1.2 scoreless innings.

South Bend Cubs (20-27)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-7.0)

South Bend dropped its third straight contest, falling 4-3 on the road at Dayton.

  • DH Yasiel Balaguert (.265) went 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI, extending his hitting streak to six games (12-for-23/.522). He has recorded five consecutive multi-hit games.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.278) went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.264) went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
  • RHP Ryan McNeil (4.50) tossed 2.0 scoreless frames, fanning two batters and tying his longest scoreless outing of the season. He has struck out 16 batters while walking just three this season (14.0 IP).

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/27/15

South Bend’s struggles continued with a shutout loss Tuesday. The SB-Cubs were the only team in action as Iowa was rained out. Tennessee and Myrtle Beach both had the day off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

South Bend Cubs (20-26)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-7.0)

South Bend was blanked in the series opener at Dayton, 4-0. The SB-Cubs were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

  • LF Yasiel Balaguert (.248) went 2-for-3 with a double, extending his hitting streak to five games (9-for-19/.474). He has recorded four consecutive multi-hit games.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.340) went 1-for-3 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to four games (7-for-14/.500).
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.324) went 1-for-3. He now has a seven-game hitting streak (10-for-25/.400).

 

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/25/15

Myrtle Beach recorded a shutout victory, and Tennessee earned a win in a rain-shortened game Monday, but both Iowa and South Bend couldn’t get it done. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (22-21)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-8.0)

Iowa dropped the series opener to Reno, 8-3. The I-Cubs belted two homers in the setback.

  • 1B Taylor Davis (.371) blasted a solo homer in the second inning. It extended his hitting streak to seven games (15-for-28/.536, 11 XBH)
  • RF Rubi Silva (.279) went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in the second inning and a stolen base. He has driven in eight runs in the last four games.
  • CF Arismendy Alcantara (.252) went 3-for-4, swiped a base and scored once, extending his hitting streak to eight games (12-for-34/.352).
  • LF Adron Chambers (.241) went 2-for-4 with two doubles.

Tennessee Smokies (24-21)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-4.5)

Tennessee took the final game of the five-game series, topping Montgomery, 6-4. The game was called with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning due to rain.

  • DH Willson Contreras (.317) went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double. He recorded three RBI and scored twice, extending his hitting streak to six games (9-for-22/.409).
  • LF Jacob Hannemann (.196) went 1-for-3, plated two and walked once.
  • RHP Felix Pena (3.33) tossed his fourth quality start and fanned a season-high nine batters in 6.0 innings.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (27-15)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+5.5)

Myrtle Beach blanked Potomac in the series finale, 3-0. The Pelicans took the four-game series, 3-1.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.276) went 2-for-4, knocked a double and plated two. He went 6-for-17 (.352 AVG) with two home runs, a double and four RBI in the series.
  • SS Chesny Young (.366) went 2-for-4 with a double and one run scored.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.314) went 1-for-4 with an RBI double.
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (4.26) had his first scoreless outing, holding Potomac to just two hits while fanning a season-high six batters in 6.0 innings of work.

South Bend Cubs (20-25)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-6.0)

South Bend split the four-game series with Bowling Green after suffering a 12-8 loss. Five SB-Cubs had multi-hit games, and the team recorded 15 hits in the loss.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.340) went 3-for-5, plated two and scored twice.
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.324) went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in the seventh inning, extending his hitting streak to six games (9-for-22/.409).
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.240) crushed a solo homer in the second inning.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.236) went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. It marked his third consecutive multi-hit game and extended his hitting streak to four games (7-for-16/.438).
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.204) went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
  • DH Gioskar Amaya (.231) went 3-for-5 and scored once, marking his second three-hit game of the campaign.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/21/15

It was a rough day in the standings for the Cubs minor league affiliates Thursday, as all four clubs lost. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (19-20)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-7.0)

Iowa dropped the series opener against Tacoma, 5-3. The I-Cubs went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

  • LF Arismendy Alcantara (.238) went 2-for-4, blasted a homer and a triple, plated one and walked once.
  • C Taylor Davis (.358) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and one run scored. It marked his third consecutive multi-hit game (8-for-11/.727).
  • CF Matt Szczur (.327) recorded a double, walked once and scored once to extend his hitting streak to five games (8-for-16/.500).

Tennessee Smokies (22-19)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-3.5)

Tennessee’s ninth-inning rally fell short as the Smokies dropped the series opener at Montgomery, 4-3.

  • RF Billy McKinney (.320) had his third multi-hit game with the Smokies, going 2-for-3.
  • C Willson Contreras (.305) went 1-for-4 with a double and one RBI.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.328) went 0-for-2, but walked once, earned an RBI and scored once. He has drawn 31 walks over 39 games this season.
  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (3.21) took the loss, snapping his two-game winning streak.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (24-12)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+4.5)

The Pelicans allowed two runs in the eighth inning as they fell to Frederick in the series finale, 4-3.

  • RF Mark Zagunis (.328) went 4-for-4 with an RBI, a double and one run scored. He tied his career high with four hits and extended his hitting streak to 11 games (20-for-45/.444).
  • DH Chesny Young (.480) went 3-for-4, hit a double, plated one and walked once. Young has recorded a hit in every game with the Pelicans, including five consecutive multi-hit games (12-for-25/.480).
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.212) went 2-for-4 with one run scored.
  • RHP Daury Torrez (3.86) tossed his third quality start but drew a no-decision after surrendering two earned runs in 6.0 innings.

South Bend Cubs (18-23)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-6.0)

South Bend allowed a season high 17 runs in the series finale at Lansing. The SB-Cubs’ 17-2 setback marked their fifth consecutive loss.

  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.305) went 1-for-4 with a two-run blast in the fourth inning.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.250) went 2-for-4 and with a run scored.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/20/15

Myrtle Beach came back from an early deficit to pick up the win, but Tennessee and South Bend were both on the losing side Wednesday. Iowa had the day off and returns to action tonight. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Tennessee Smokies (22-18)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-3.0)

Tennessee surrendered three home runs in a 6-4 setback at home against Jackson.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.333) went 2-for-3 with a run scored and walk. He has 30 walks in 38 games.
  • DH Willson Contreras (.307) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.
  • 2B Elliot Soto (.295) reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a run scored and walk.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (24-13)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+4.5)

Myrtle Beach overcame an early 3-0 deficit to defeat visiting Frederick, 6-4.

  • 3B Chesny Young (.429) went 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI. He has four consecutive multi-hit games and has hit safely in all five games with Myrtle Beach (9-for-21).
  • CF Trey Martin (.208) went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.262) tied a season high with three walks, going 1-for-2 with a run scored.
  • RHP James Pugliese (1.96) tossed a season-high 3.0 innings and collected his third save. He’s allowed four hits and one run while striking out five batters.

South Bend Cubs (18-22)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-6.0)

South Bend dropped its seventh game in the last eight contests, falling 8-1 at Lansing.

  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.216) went 2-for-4 with a double and walk. He has hit safely in six of the last seven games.
  • 2B Jason Vosler (.266) has multi-hit games in five of his last seven contests, going 2-for-4 with a double.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.254) went 2-for-4 with a double. Hodges is 5-for-8 in the last two games.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 5/19/15

Tennessee’s pitching powered the team to victory, but Myrtle Beach had its winning streak snapped and South Bend continued to struggle on Tuesday. Iowa was rained out and will be made up on Sept. 1 as part of a doubleheader. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Tennessee Smokies (22-17)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-2.0)

Tennessee recorded its second shutout in the last four games, blanking Jackson 3-0.

  • RHP Ivan Pineyro (2.70) struck out six in 7.0 scoreless innings. He gave up four hits and walked three.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.294) went 3-for-3 with a triple, a walk, an RBI and a run scored.
  • 2B Ryan Dent (.240) went 1-for-3 with two runs scored, tying a season high.
  • RHP Ivan Pineyro has gone 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA (4 ER/26.0 IP) in his last four starts.
  • RHP Carl Edwards Jr. (3.20) collected his third save, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings of relief (0 H, 3 BB).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (23-13)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+3.5)

Myrtle Beach had its five-game winning streak snapped, falling 6-2 at home to Frederick.

  • 2B Chesny Young (.389) went 2-for-5 with a stolen base. He has three consecutive multi-hit games and has hit safely in all four games with Myrtle Beach (7-for-18).
  • C Victor Caratini (.213) went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.311) reached base four times, going 1-for-2 with three walks. He’s now hit safely in nine straight games (.417/15-for-36).
  • RHP Juan Paniagua (0.00) tossed 2.1 scoreless innings. In five appearances with Myrtle Beach, he has allowed zero runs on four hits in 11.1 innings, fanning 12 batters and walking three.

South Bend (18-21)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Sixth Place (-5.0)

South Bend dropped its sixth game in its last seven contests, falling 7-3 at Lansing.

  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.245) recorded a season-high three hits, going 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI (15).
  • LF Charcer Burks (.321) went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen base. He has hit safely in 10 straight games (.311/14-for-45).
  • SS Jason Vosler (.257) went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He has multi-hit games in four of his last six contests.
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