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Cubs Minor League Report: 6/26/16

It was a big day for Cubs affiliates as everyone in action secured wins Sunday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (36-38)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second Place (-4.5)

Iowa defeated Oklahoma City, 6-5 in eight innings in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday. Game 2 was postponed due to inclement weather and will be played as part of a doubleheader tonight.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.301) went 2 for 3 with a solo homer (14), a walk and two runs scored.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.314) was 2 for 5 with a run scored.
  • 2B Vimael Machin (.364) finished 2 for 3 with a walk, an RBI (1) and two runs scored.
  • LHP Rob Zastryzny (5.05) tossed his second quality start of the season with Iowa, fanning three in seven innings.

Tennessee Smokies (2-2)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-1.0)

The Smokies allowed just three singles in a 3-0 blanking of visiting Pensacola.

  • 2B Ian Happ (.667) recorded his second straight three-hit game, going 3 for 4 with a double (2) and an RBI (3). He has three multi-hit games in his first three starts with the Smokies.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.244) went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a stolen base (25).
  • RF Billy McKinney (.259) finished 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
  • RHP Paul Blackburn (2.35 ERA) fanned five in six scoreless innings, picking up his fifth win of the year. He notched his seventh start of the season without allowing an earned run.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (2-2)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-Third Place (-1.0)

Myrtle Beach hit two solo home runs in a 2-1 victory over Carolina.

  • C Ian Rice (.455) went 2 for 4 with a game-winning homer in the bottom of the eighth inning, his first longball with Myrtle Beach.
  • LF Charcer Burks (.222) was 1 for 3 with a walk and a solo homer (6).
  • RHP Jake Stinnett (3.36 ERA) did not allow an earned run in a season-high eight innings. He has gone 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER/15.0 IP) in his last two starts.

South Bend Cubs (4-0)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (–)

SB jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning and cruised to an 11-1 victory over host Dayton.

  • C P.J. Higgins (.295) reached base five times, going 3 for 4 with two walks, a double (16), three runs scored and three RBI (23).
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.342) was 2 for 2 with two RBI (54) and a stolen base (5). He is batting .370 (30 for 81) in 21 June contests.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.315), CF Donnie Dewees (.257) and RF Eddy Martinez (.236) all tallied two-hit games with a double.
  • 1B Tyler Alamo (.261) went 1 for 4 with a two-run homer and three RBI (35).

Eugene Emeralds (7-3)
Northwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

The Emeralds won their third straight game, prevailing over Spokane, 4-1.

  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.158) was 1 for 4 with a two-run homer, his first of the season.
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.386) extended his hitting streak to six games (.500/11 for 22), going 1 for 3 with a run scored.
  • LHP Manuel Rondon (0.90 ERA) has allowed one run in 10 innings in his first two starts.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/23/16

Iowa split a doubleheader, and South Bend was powered by its offense in a win Thursday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (34-37)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second Place (-4.5)

Iowa split a doubleheader against Nashville, shutting out the Sounds for a 3‐0 win in Game 1. The I‐Cubs dropped the second contest, 7‐4.

  • LF Mark Zagunis (.321) was 1 for 3 with a double (7) and a run in Game 1.
  • SS Munenori Kawasaki (.261) had the team’s lone multi‐hit effort, going 2 for 3.
  • RHP Aaron Brooks made his third rehab start and tossed three shutout innings, walking none and striking out one.
  • RHP Corey Black (1.93) picked up his first save at the Triple‐A level.
  • In Game 2, LF Matt Murton (.331) was 2 for 3 with two runs (19).
  • 1B Jeimer Candelario (.354) had two hits, and 2B Vimael Machin (.250) was 1 for 1 with a run scored and two walks (4).

Tennessee Smokies (0-1)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Fourth Place (-1.0)

CF Jacob Hannemann belted two home runs, but Tennessee opened the season’s second half with a 6‐4 setback against Pensacola.

  • RHP Joe Nathan made his first rehab outing of the season, striking out two in a scoreless fifth inning. He threw 17 pitches, 11 for strikes.
  • Hannemann (.239) finished 2 for 4 with two homers (10), two RBI, two runs, a walk and a steal (24). He has 25 extra‐base hits this year (12 2B, 3 3B, 10 HR), and has four homers in his last six games.
  • 3B Chesny Young (.295) was 2 for 4 with a run. He’s hitting .333 (12 for 36) in his last 10 games.
  • RHP David Berg (3.63) spun two scoreless innings (1 H, 2 SO).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (0-1)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-First Place (–)

Myrtle Beach opened its second half with a 2‐1 loss against Carolina.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.256) went 2 for 4 and now has a seven‐game hitting streak in which he is batting .346 (9 for 26).
  • LF Charcer Burks (.218) was 2 for 3 with a double (11). He is batting .281 (9 for 32) in his last 10 games.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.220) drove in the team’s lone run, finishing 1 for 3 with walk and an RBI (17).
  • LHP Jordan Minch (3.49) finished the game with 1.2 scoreless frames, striking out two without allowing a hit or a walk.
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez (4.70 ERA) pitched 7.1 innings, striking out eight and surrendering two earned runs.

South Bend Cubs (1-0)
Midwest League (Single-A)
T-First Place (–)

South Bend had 11 hits and nine walks in an 11‐1 drubbing of Dayton to start the second half of the Midwest League season.

  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.342) was 2 for 5 with two runs, three RBI and a two‐run homer (9). He has recorded seven straight multi‐hit efforts (.517/15 for 29) and enters today with a 15‐game hitting streak in which he’s batting .433 (26 for 60) with a 1.110 OPS.
  • 1B Josh Silver (.250) finished 2 for 2 with a run, an RBI and three walks, while DH Ian Rice was 1 for 2 with two runs and three free passes.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.304), C P.J. Higgins (.283) and SS Bryant Flete (.212) also had two hits apiece.
  • LHP Ryan Kellogg (3.68) fanned seven in six innings, giving up no earned runs in the outing.
  • RHP Greyfer Eregua (3.98) earned the win with two shutout innings in relief of Kellogg, while LHP Tyler Peitzmeier (0.00) spun a scoreless ninth.

Eugene Emeralds (4-3)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene (16 hits) and Spokane (12) combined for 28 hits, but the Emeralds fell, 11‐9. Eugene’ss RHP Dylan Cease walked none, struck out seven and allowed just one run in four innings.

  • 2B Yeiler Peguro (.346) was 3 for 4 with three runs and a walk.
  • RF Robert Garcia (.286) went 2 for 5 with a run, two RBI and a triple.
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.344) was 3 for 5 with two runs, a double and two RBI.
  • DH Wladimir Galindo (.280) was 2 for 5.

Mesa Cubs (2-1)
Arizona Rookie League
First Place (+0.5)

Mesa held a 6‐1 lead through four innings, but allowed 11 runs in the final five frames to fall, 12‐6, against the AZL Diamondbacks.

  • RHP Aaron Crow (0.00 ERA) made his second scoreless one‐inning rehab outing with Mesa.
  • LHP C.J. Reifenhauser made his first rehab outing with Mesa, following Crow. He allowed one run on one hit and one walk in one inning.
  • RF Ruben Reyes (.333) finished 1 for 3 with two runs, two RBI, a double and a walk.
  • 3B Rafael Mejia (.300) was 1 for 2 with a run and two walks.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/22/16

Iowa, Eugene and Mesa racked up wins Wednesday, while all other affiliates enjoyed the final day of their All-Star breaks. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (33-36)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-5.0)

The I-Cubs slugged five doubles in a 3-2 victory over visiting Nashville.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.333) was 2 for 4 with a double (5). He has doubled in two straight games.
  • C David Freitas (.282) went 2 for 2 with a double (4), an RBI (9), a run and a walk. He has a hit in seven of his last eight games.
  • SS Munenori Kawasaki (.253) doubled (9) and drove in a run (21).
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.302) and LF Mark Zagunis (.347) also recorded doubles.
  • Jake Buchanan (4.67 ERA) tied a season high with seven strikeouts in the win.

Eugene Emeralds (4-2)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

The Emeralds scored a season-high eight runs in an 8-1 victory over host Hillsboro.

  • C Tyler Payne (.455) went 3 for 4 with a run scored, his second-straight multi-hit game.
  • CF Robert Garcia (.250) reached base three times and scored three runs, going 1 for 3 with two walks and two stolen bases (2).
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.296) went 2 for 5 with a triple (1), a run scored and an RBI (5).
  • DH Ian Rose (.250) and 1B Jose Paniagua (.214) each drove in two runs.
  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.250) added a two-hit game.
  • RHP Pedro Silverio (1.80 ERA) gave up one earned run in five innings to earn the win, striking out two.

Mesa Cubs (2-0)
Arizona Rookie League
First Place (+0.5)

Mesa allowed four ninth-inning runs but held on for a 5-4 victory over the AZL D-backs.

  • 3B Rafael Mejia (.250) was 2 for 4 with a double (1) and a run scored.
  • DH Kevin Zamudio (.250) and C Michael Cruz (.333) each added a double.
  • LHP Jack Leathersich (1 IP, 2 SO) picked up the win, striking out two batters in a perfect inning.
  • LHP Eugenio Palma (2 IP) tossed two scoreless innings of relief.
  • RHP Jose Albertos (0.00 ERA) fanned seven in four innings, giving up just one hit and walking one.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/21/16

Iowa was rained out, while Eugene couldn’t get the bats going Tuesday. Mesa had the day off, but the other affiliates had plenty of players participating in their respective All-Star Games.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies are currently on a three-day All-Star Break and return to action Thursday vs. Pensacola.

The Southern League All-Star Game took place last night in Pearl, Mississippi. Eight Smokies were named to the All-Star Game: RHP Paul Blackburn, INF Jeimer Candelario, C Victor Caratini, RHP Brad Markey, RHP Juan Paniagua, RHP Tyler Skulina, INF Chesny Young and OF Mark Zagunis. The Southern Division won, 5-1.

  • C Victor Caratini entered as a defensive replacement and went 1 for 2 with a double, which was the lone extra-base hit for the North All-Stars. He also scored a run.
  • RHP Paul Blackburn (1 IP, 2 SO) pitched the third inning and fanned a pair of batters.
  • RHP Juan Paniagua (0.1 IP, 1 SO) punched out the only batter he faced.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Pelicans are currently on a three-day All-Star Break and return to action Thursday vs. Carolina.

The California/Carolina League All-Star Game took place last night in Lake Elsinore, California. The Pelicans had four players selected to the All-Star Game: RHP Trevor Clifton, INF Ian Happ, RHP Zach Hedges and RHP Jake Stinnett. The Carolina League notched a 6-4 victory.

  • RHP Zach Hedges (1 IP, 1 SO) pitched a clean third inning.
  • RHP Jake Stinnett (1 IP) retired the side in the seventh.
  • RHP Trevor Clifton (0.2 IP, H) picked up the save after recording a pair of outs in the ninth.

South Bend Cubs

The SB-Cubs are currently on a three-day All-Star Break and return to action Thursday at Dayton.

  • The Midwest League All-Star Game took place last night in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The SB-Cubs had six players selected to the All-Star Game: RHP Adbert Alzolay, OF Donnie Dewees, INF Andrew Ely, INF Jesse Hodges, OF Eloy Jimenez and LHP Carson Sands. The Eastern Division came from behind to win, 11-10.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez went 1 for 5 with a homer and four RBI. He clubbed a game-tying, three-run homer to center field in the ninth inning. He was named MVP of the game.
  • CF Donnie Dewees went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a team-high three runs scored.
  • LHP Carson Sands (0.2 IP, 2 H) did not allow a run in his outing.

Eugene Emeralds (3-2)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

The Emeralds could only muster three hits, falling to Hillsboro, 4-1.

  • C Marcus Mastrobuoni (.286) went 1 for 3 with a double (1), run scored, walk and stolen base (1).
  • 3B Matt Rose (.267) finished 1 for 4 with a double (1).
  • 1B Chris Pieters (.286) drew a pair of walks.
  • CF D.J. Wilson (.190) was 1 for 3 with a free pass.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/20/16

All three teams in action secured wins Monday, while the other teams enjoyed their All-Star breaks. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (32-36)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second (-4.5)

Iowa snapped a four-game losing streak, defeating host Memphis, 5-4.

  • CF John Andreoli (.238) went 2 for 3 with a walk, two doubles (7) and two runs scored. He is batting .429 (15 for 35) with nine extra-base hits in his last nine games.
  • LF Matt Murton (.322) extended his hitting streak to four games (.444/8 for 18), going 2 for 4 with a run scored.
  • SS Kristopher Negron (.271) went 2 for 4 with a double (10).
  • RHP Spencer Patton (1 IP, 1 SO) collected his eighth save. He has not allowed a run in his last seven appearances (7 IP).

Tennessee Smokies (28-42)

The Smokies are currently on a three-day All-Star Break and return to action on Thursday vs. Pensacola.

The Southern League All-Star Game takes place tonight in Pearl, Mississippi. Eight Smokies were named to the All-Star Game: RHP Paul Blackburn, INF Jeimer Candelario, C Victor Caratini, RHP Brad Markey, RHP Juan Paniagua, RHP Tyler Skulina, INF Chesny Young and OF Mark Zagunis.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (36-34)

The Pelicans are currently on a three-day All-Star Break and return to action on Thursday vs. Carolina.

The California/Carolina League All-Star Game takes place tonight in Lake Elsinore, California. The Pelicans had four players selected to the All-Star Game: RHP Trevor Clifton, INF Ian Happ, RHP Zach Hedges and RHP Jake Stinnett.

South Bend Cubs (41-28)

South Bend is currently on a three-day All-Star Break and returns to action on Thursday at Dayton.

The Midwest League All-Star Game takes place tonight in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The SB-Cubs had six players selected to the All-Star Game: RHP Adbert Alzolay, OF Donnie Dewees, INF Andrew Ely, INF Jesse Hodges, OF Eloy Jimenez and LHP Carson Sands.

Eugene Emeralds (3-1)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

The Emeralds allowed just three hits as they blanked host Hillsboro, 6-0.

  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.333) was 1 for 4 with a two-run homer (1) in the third inning. He has hit safely in all four games (6 for 18).
  • C Tyler Payne (.286) went 2 for 4 with a double (1) and a triple (1).
  • 2B Yeiler Peguero (.313) finished 2 for 4 with a double (2) and a run scored.
  • LHP Manuel Rondon (0.00 ERA) allowed just one hit and no walks in five innings in his first start of the season.
  • RHP Michael Knighton (4 IP, 2 H, 3 SO) followed with four scoreless innings to collect the save.

Mesa Cubs (1-0)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place (–)

Mesa rallied for five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the AZL Brewers, 5-3.

  • RF Luis Ayala (.600) finished 3 for 5 with a go-ahead, three-run, inside-the-park home run (1).
  • 1B Kevin Zamudio (.250) went 1 for 4 with a two-run homer (1) in the eighth inning to start the scoring.
  • DH Gustavo Polanco (.500) finished 2 for 4 with a run scored.
  • LHP Yapson Gomez (3 IP, 2 SO) tossed three perfect innings of relief to collect the win.

 

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/19/16

South Bend clinched a first-half title with a win Sunday, but the other affiliates were unable to secure victories. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (31-36)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second Place (-5.5)

The I-Cubs were 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and fell to Memphis, 4-3.

  • SS Munenori Kawasaki (.252) was the only Iowa batter to tally more than one hit, going 2 for 3 with a double (8), an RBI (20) and a walk.
  • LF Matt Murton (.315) went 1 for 4 with an RBI (22) and a run.
  • PH-RF Mark Zagunis (.381) hit a pinch-hit triple (2) to lead off the eighth inning. He also scored a run.
  • The Iowa bullpen combined to throw 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing only two hits over the span.

Tennessee Smokies (28-42)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fifth Place (-18.0)

The Smokies mustered just three singles in a 4-0 setback at Jackson to conclude the season’s first half.

  • RF Billy McKinney (.256), 3B David Bote (.200) and C Victor Caratini (.298) each collected hits.
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.22 ERA) gave up one earned run in six innings. He has posted a 1.48 ERA (4 ER/24.1 IP) in his last five starts.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (36-34)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-7.5)

The Pelicans finished the first half with a 4-3, 11-inning setback at Potomac.

  • DH Ian Happ (.296) went 3 for 4 with a double (16), a two-run homer (7) and a walk. He has four straight multi-hit games and is batting .361 (22 for 61) in June.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.271) was 2 for 4 with a walk and a double (18).
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.182) finished 2 for 5 with a stolen base (1).
  • RHP Michael Wagner (4 IP, 1 H, 6 SO) tossed four scoreless innings of relief in his first outing of the season with Myrtle Beach.

South Bend Cubs (41-28)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend defeated Lake County 3-1 to clinch a playoff berth and the Eastern Division first half title.

  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.341) extended his hitting streak to 14 games (.453/24 for 53), going 2 for 3 with two doubles (24) and two RBI (45). He has hit safely in 32 of his last 35 games and has multiple hits in six straight games.
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.300) went 1 for 4 with a double (6), an RBI (8) and a run scored.
  • RHP Kyle Miller (1.35 ERA) struck out five in seven innings, giving up just one earned run in the win. He has gone 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA (3 ER/18 IP) in three starts this season.
  • RHP Pedro Araujo (2 IP, 4 SO) struck out four batters in two perfect innings.

Eugene Emeralds (2-1)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

The Emeralds lost their first game of the season to Boise, 6-4 (13 inn.). It’s their second extra-inning game in as many days.

  • 3B Wladmir Galindo (.167) was 2 for 5 with a pair of solo homers (2).
  • 2B Yeiler Peguero (.250) went 2 for 5 with a homer (1), two RBI (2) and a run scored.
  • CF D.J. Wilson (.154) and SS Andruw Monasterio (.357) both finished 2 for 6.
  • Jose Paulino (0.00 ERA) punched out five and allowed five hits over five scoreless frames.
  • RHP Alex Santana (2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO) threw 2.1 scoreless innings.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/16/16

South Bend inched closer to a first-half title Thursday, but Iowa couldn’t hold a lead, and Tennessee’s bats never came alive. Myrtle Beach was rained out. Eugene begins its Short-Season A campaign Friday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (31-33)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-2.5)

Iowa gave up a five-run ninth inning to lose to Colorado Springs, 9-8, in walk-off fashion (10 innings).

  • CF John Andreoli (.230) went 2 for 6 with a triple (5), a homer (10), an RBI (33) and two runs scored. He has three straight multi-hit games.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.312) homered (12), scored two runs and walked once.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.438) extended his multi-hit streak to six straight games, going 2 for 4 with a double (5), an RBI (4), a run and a walk.
  • LF Matt Murton (.314) finished 3 for 5 with a pair of runs.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.345) went 1 for 4 with a triple (2) and a walk.

Tennessee Smokies (28-38)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-14.0)

The Smokies could muster only four hits as they lost to first-place Jackson, 3-2.

  • DH Kelly Dugan (.212) went 1 for 3 with a double (6) and an RBI (21).
  • 3B Chesny Young (.295) finished 1 for 4 with a triple (2) and a run.
  • 1B Ben Carhart (.224) was 1 for 4 with a double (1) and a run.
  • C Victor Caratini (.294) reached base twice, going 0 for 2 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch.
  • RHP David Berg (2.2 IP, 1 SO) faced the minimum eight batters in his 2.2 scoreless innings.

South Bend Cubs (40-26)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

The SB-Cubs topped Lake County, 5-1, and are now one win away from clinching a first-half playoff spot.

  • RHP Preston Morrison (3.32 ERA) struck out nine in seven scoreless innings to secure the win. He has a 2.14 ERA (10 ER/42 IP) since the beginning of May, compared to a 6.11 ERA (12 ER/17.2 IP) in April.
  • DH P.J. Higgins (.284) was 2 for 4 with a double (14), an RBI (19), a run and a walk.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.329) went 2 for 4 with a double (22), an RBI (43) and a run scored, extending his hitting streak to 11 games (.429/18 for 42). He has hit safely in 29 of his last 32 games.
  • 1B Tyler Alamo (.282) finished 2 for 3 with an RBI (32) and a walk.
  • SS Bryant Flete (.209) went 1 for 4 with a pair of RBI (15).

Cubs officially recall C Contreras from Triple-A Iowa, DFA C Federowicz

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The Cubs officially recalled catcher Willson Contreras from Triple-A Iowa Friday. Catcher Tim Federowicz has been designated for assignment.

Contreras, who will wear uniform No. 40, will be available for the Cubs this afternoon as they begin their three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field.

The 24-year-old joins the first major-league roster of his career after batting .350 (71 for 203) with 16 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 43 RBI in 54 games with Iowa. He has turned in a .439 on-base percentage and .591 slugging percentage, good for a 1.030 OPS. Among Pacific Coast League leaders, Contreras ranks third in on-base percentage and OPS and fifth in batting average and slugging. The right-handed hitter joins the Cubs riding a 20-game hitting streak, during which he posted a .383 (31 for 81) batting average.

Contreras was named Chicago’s 2015 Minor League Player of the Year after winning the Southern League batting title with Double-A Tennessee. Contreras batted .333 (151 for 454) with 34 doubles, four triples, eight homers and 75 RBI in 126 games during his first-ever stop at Double-A. He was named to both the midseason and postseason Southern League All-Star teams, as he ranked second in the league in doubles, RBI and on-base percentage (.413), and third with a .478 slugging percentage. Later in the year, he was named an Arizona Fall League All-Star.

The 6-foot-1, 212-pound backstop went to major-league Spring Training this year with the Cubs for the first time in his career. Heading into 2016, he was named the No. 1 catching prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com, who also listed him as the 51st-best prospect overall. Baseball America named Contreras as the second-best prospect in the Cubs organization.

Contreras originally signed with Chicago as a non-drafted minor-league free agent on July 2, 2009, out of Venezuela. He was primarily an infielder with some outfield exposure for the first three years of his pro career before catching 39 games for Single-A Boise in 2012, one of six positions he played that season.  He has caught more than 70 games in every season since and was utilized exclusively at catcher with Iowa this season.

In eight minor-league seasons, Contreras has batted .283 (536-for-1,895) with 97 doubles, 22 triples, 39 homers and 282 RBI in 516 career games.

Federowicz, 28, is batting .192 (5 for 26) with two RBI in 13 games for the Cubs this season.

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/15/16

The bats came alive for Iowa, and Myrtle Beach claimed a narrow victory Wednesday. However, South Bend left too many men on base, while Tennessee was rained out. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (31-32)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-1.5)

Iowa tallied 15 hits in a 6-5 triumph over host Colorado Springs.

  • C Willson Contreras (.350) extended his hitting streak to 20 games (.383/31 for 81), going 1 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI (43).
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.360) finished 3 for 3 with a triple (1), a walk, a run scored and an RBI (7).
  • CF John Andreoli (.227) went 3 for 5 with a triple (4), a run scored and an RBI (32). It’s his second straight three-hit game. He  has scored nine runs in his last five games.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.429) was 3 for 4 with two doubles (4), one walk and two runs scored. He has collected multiple hits in five straight games, going 11 for 19 with eight runs during that stretch.
  • 2B Logan Watkins (.246) went 3 for 4 with a walk, two RBI (19) and two stolen bases (7). He is 7 for 9 in his last two games.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (34-31)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-7.0)

Myrtle Beach scored a run in the fourth inning and held on for a 1-0 shutout win over Frederick.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.254) had the team’s only multi-hit game, going 2 for 4 with a double (15) and a stolen base (11).
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.228) went 0 for 3 with a walk and scored the game’s only run on a wild pitch.
  • LF Charcer Burks (.216) went 1 for 3 with a double (10).
  • RHP Jake Stinnett (3.78 ERA) tossed seven scoreless innings, fanning seven and walking just two to earn the win. It’s his longest scoreless outing of the season.
  • RHP Ryan McNeil (2 IP, 1 SO) has not allowed a run in his last seven appearances (6 IP).

South Bend Cubs (39-26)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position, falling 3-2 at Dayton.

  • DH Ian Rice (.327) went 2 for 4 with a solo homer (7) in the sixth inning. He has scored a run and driven in a run in each of his last three games.
  • CF Roberto Caro (.333) reached three times, going 2 for 3 with a walk.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.329) was 2 for 4 with a double (21) and a run scored, extending his hitting streak to 10 games (.400/16 for 40). He has hit safely in 28 of his last 31 games.
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.248) finished 2 for 4 with a double (11).

Cubs Minor League Report: 6/14/16

Iowa split its doubleheader, Tennessee won in convincing fashion, and South Bend had one big inning in its victory Tuesday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (30-32)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-2.5)

  • C Willson Contreras (.354) extended his hitting streak to 19 games in the first contest. He was 2 for 4 with a double (16), an RBI (43) and a run scored.
  • 2B/SS Logan Watkins (.231) was a homer shy of the cycle in the second game, going 4 for 5 with a double (7), a triple (3), an RBI (17) and two runs.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.375) tallied six hits over the twin bill. He had a double in each contest.
  • CF John Andreoli (.219) slugged a pair of homers in the second game (9). He went 3 for 4 with four RBI (31), four runs scored and a walk.
  • RHP Joel Peralta (1 IP, 1 SO) pitched a clean frame in his Iowa debut during Game 2.

Tennessee Smokies (28-37)
Southern League (Double-A)
Fourth Place (-13.0)

The Smokies collected 10 hits in a 4-1 triumph over visiting Chattanooga.

  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (3.56) surrendered just one earned run in six innings of work to pick up the win.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.241) went 1 for 4 with a solo homer (8), his second-straight game with a homer.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.296) finished 3 for 4 with two RBI (15).
  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.317) and RF Bijan Rademacher (.282) each went 2 for 4.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (33-31)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-7.5)

Myrtle Beach could not recover from a four-run third inning and lost to Frederick, 5-4.

  • 2B Ian Happ (.279) went 3 for 4 with a double (11) and an RBI (37). It’s his fifth three-hit game this year.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.249) was 2 for 5 with a double (14), an RBI (17) and a run scored.
  • RF Daniel Spingola (.200) finished 2 for 4 with a run scored.
  • RHP Daury Torrez (2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 SO) did not allow a run in 2.1 innings of relief.

South Bend Cubs (39-25)
Midwest League (Single-A)
First Place (+1.0)

The SB-Cubs put up seven runs in the sixth inning to top Dayton, 7-2. The squad has sole possession of first place with five games left in the first half.

  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.318) was 2 for 5 with two RBI (7) and a run scored. He has reached base in his last 10 games.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.326) finished 3 for 5 with an RBI (42) and a run scored. It extended his hitting streak to nine games (14 for 36/.389).
  • C P.J. Higgins (.284) was 2 for 5 with a run scored.
  • RHP Adbert Alzolay (4.15 ERA) tossed a career-high seven innings, allowed only three hits and strikiing out five in the win.