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Cubs Minor League Report: 5/9/16

Iowa got off to a fast start and claimed a victory Monday, but Tennessee suffered a walk-off loss. Myrtle Beach had the day off, and South Bend was postponed due to rain. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (15-14)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-1.5)

Iowa scored five runs in the first inning and cruised to a 10-3 victory at Omaha.

  • DH Dan Vogelbach (.337) went 2 for 4 with two homers (5) and four RBI. He has nine RBI in his last five games.
  • CF John Andreoli (.216) went 3 for 5 with two runs scored.
  • C Willson Contreras (.348) reached base three times, going 1 for 3 with two walks, two runs and a stolen base (2).
  • RF Shane Victorino (.231) and 1B Taylor Davis (.296) each went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI.
  • RHP Jake Buchanan (4.24 ERA) gave up three earned runs in seven innings, striking out four in the win. He has gone 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA (4 ER/19.0 IP) in his last three starts.

Tennessee Smokies (15-16)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-4.0)

The Smokies suffered a walk-off defeat to Montgomery, 2-1.

  • 1B Victor Caratini (.289) went 2 for 3 with a double (5), stolen base (1), walk and run scored. It was his seventh multi-hit game of the season.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.263) added a triple (2), going 1 for 3 on the day.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.269) was 1 for 4 with his fifth double of the year.
  • DH Kelly Dugan (.238) went 1 for 3 with an RBI (12).
  • LHP Rob Zastryzny surrendered just one earned run in seven innings in the no-decision.

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/8/16

Iowa held on for the win, and Tennessee claimed a shutout victory Sunday. Myrtle Beach fell in extras, while South Bend had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (14-14)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-2.5)

Iowa surrendered three runs in the ninth inning, but held on for a 6-5 victory over host Omaha.

  • RHP Ryan Williams (3.86 ERA) fanned five in eight innings, giving up two earned runs in the win.
  • LF Kristopher Negron (.305) went 2 for 3 with three RBI (14), his second three-RBI game in his last three contests.
  • CF Albert Almora (.318) finished 2 for 5 with a run scored. He has now hit safely in five straight games.
  • DH Willson Contreras (.349) was 2 for 3 with a hit-by-pitch and an RBI (13).
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.250) went 1 for 4 with a solo homer (3) in the fourth inning.

Tennessee Smokies (15-15)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-4.0)

The Smokies tossed their third shutout of the year, blanking visiting Mississippi, 2-0.

  • RHP Brad Markey (2.64 ERA) tossed five scoreless innings, fanning three in the win.
  • 1B Anthony Giansanti (.229) went 2 for 3 with an RBI (3).
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.202) added a multi-hit game, going 2 for 4 with a double (8) and run scored. He has hit safely in four straight games (5 for 16), with doubles in three straight contests.
  • RHP Corey Black (1 IP, 1 SO) picked up his fourth save and has not allowed a run in his last four outings.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (15-14)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-5.5)

Myrtle Beach rallied to tie the game with two runs in the ninth, but fell in 13 innings, 6-5 at Wilmington.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.223) went 3 for 5 with a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth inning, a walk and three runs scored. It marked his second straight multi-hit game and first three-hit game this season. He is 8 for 21 in his last five games.
  • 2B Ian Happ (.280) also tallied three hits, going 3 for 5 with a walk, double (7), run scored and stolen base (5).
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.316) went 2 for 4 with an RBI (11).
  • RHP James Farris (2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 SO) tossed two scoreless innings of relief. He has allowed just two earned runs in 18 innings this season (1.00 ERA).

Young, Blackburn named organization’s Minor League Player, Pitcher of the Month for April

ChesneyYoung-Homer(Courtesy Tennessee Smokies)

The Chicago Cubs today named Double-A Tennessee infielder Chesny Young and right-handed pitcher Paul Blackburn the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for April, respectively.

Young, 23, batted .402 (33 for 82) with two doubles, one triple, two homers, 13 runs scored and nine RBI in 22 games for Tennessee in the month of April. He drew 16 walks, contributing to a .505 on-base percentage, and posted a 1.029 OPS. He led the Southern League in batting average and on-base percentage, ranked second in stolen bases (11) and tied for third in total bases (43).

Young was named Southern League Player of the Week, April 18-24, and followed that up by batting .636 (14 for 22) with a triple and four walks in a five-game stretch, April 24-29. He was also named the Southern League Player of the Month for April.

Young was selected by the Cubs in the 14th round of the 2014 draft out of Mercer University and is in his first season at the Double-A level. In 200 minor-league contests over three seasons, Young has batted .326 (249 for 764) with 34 doubles, seven triples, three homers and 90 walks. Last season, Young was named a Carolina League Year-End All-Star after batting .321 (129 for 402) in 102 games with Single-A Myrtle Beach.

Blackburn, 22, went 3-0 with a 0.29 ERA (1 ER/31 IP) in five April starts with Tennessee, his first outings at the Double-A level. After allowing one earned run in 5 innings in his season debut, April 8, Blackburn did not allow an earned run in his next four starts, totaling 26 innings of work. Blackburn struck out 15 and walked five, while limiting opponents to a .210 batting average in his five starts.

Blackburn was named Southern League Pitcher of the Week, April 18-24, after going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 15 innings. He tossed a season high 8 innings, April 23, at Mobile, as the Smokies claimed a 5-2 victory. His 0.29 ERA in the month ranked tops among Southern League pitchers.

Blackburn was selected by the Cubs in the sandwich round (56th overall) of the 2012 draft out of Heritage High School in Brentwood, California. In five seasons, the right-handed pitcher has gone 23-12 with a 2.93 ERA (99 ER/304.1 IP) in 69 appearances, all but four as a starter. He has walked just 94 batters in 304.1 innings, while fanning 204.

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/4/16

Iowa got a big game from one of its top prospects, and Myrtle Beach grabbed a shutout victory Wednesday. Tennessee surrendered the lead late, while South Bend gave up one big inning in a loss. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (11-13)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-3.5)

Dan Vogelbach recorded five RBI, including a grand slam, as Iowa defeated host Nashville, 8-4.

  • RHP Jake Buchanan (4.41 ERA) picked up the win, striking out six in six innings and giving up one earned run.
  • DH Dan Vogelbach (.354) went 3 for 5 with a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning, five RBI (21) and two runs scored. He has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games.
  • C Willson Contreras (.338) did not record an official at-bat, picking up four walks and two runs scored. He already has two games this season with four walks drawn.
  • RF John Andreoli (.202) went 1 for 3 with a walk and two RBI (13).

Tennessee Smokies (13-13)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-3.0)

Tennessee allowed a game-winning run in the top of the ninth to fall to Mississippi, 8-7.

  • 1B Kelly Dugan (.167) went 1 for 5 with a three-run homer (2) in the fifth inning.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.231) had a multi-hit affair, going 2 for 4 with a double (5). He also knocked in his 12th run of the season, a team-high.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.240) finished 1 for 4 and hit his team-leading sixth double of the season. He also knocked in a run (11) and drew a walk.
  • RHP Josh Conway (2 IP, 2 SO) tossed a pair of perfect innings while striking out two in relief.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (14-11)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-3.5)

Myrtle Beach blanked host Winston-Salem, 3-0, to finish off a three-game sweep.

  • RHP Zach Hedges (1.69 ERA) tossed seven scoreless, striking out five and allowing just three hits in the win.
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.178) went 2 for 4 with two RBI (7).
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.290) finished 2 for 4 with a double (2) and an RBI (21). His 21 RBI lead the team.
  • DH Shawon Dunston Jr. (.233) added a two-hit game, going 2 for 3 with a run scored, walk and stolen base (3).

South Bend Cubs (14-11)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Third Place (-3.0)

South Bend surrendered four fourth-inning runs and dropped a 4-2 decision against Wisconsin.

  • 2B Andrew Ely (.267) led the team with three hits, going 3 for 4 with a run scored. It was his second three-hit game of the season.
  • C Tyler Alamo (.333) went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI (8).
  • RHP Casey Bloomquist (3 IP, 2 H, 3 SO) has not allowed a run in his last four relief appearances (13.0 IP), all of which have been at least three innings.
  • RHP Scott Effross (2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 SO) and RHP James Norwood (1 IP, 1 SO) combined for three scoreless innings of relief.

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/3/16

Iowa edged out a win, and Myrtle Beach got it going with the bats Tuesday. South Bend had one bad inning in a one-run loss, while Tennessee had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (10-13)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-4.5)

The I-Cubs scratched across just four hits but were able to top Nashville, 2-1.

  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.253) went 1 for 4 with a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning (2) and a stolen base (6). He has hit safely in 14 of 20 games this year.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.338) added a hit and a run scored.
  • C Taylor Davis (.286) went 1 for 3 with a walk. He’s hit safely in eight straight games (between Double-A and Triple-A).
  • RHP Ryan Williams (4.38 ERA) gave up just one earned run in six innings of work to pick up the win. He has allowed one or fewer runs in three of his five starts this season.
  • RHP Spencer Patton (1 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO) recorded his third save of the year and has yet to allow a run in his 10 innings of work this season.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (13-11)
Carolina League (Single-A)
Second Place (-3.5)

Myrtle Beach collected seven extra-base hits en route to a 5-2 victory over Winston-Salem.

  • RHP Jonathan Martinez (3.30 ERA) secured the win with six innings of one-run ball, striking out four.
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.198) started the scoring, hitting a solo homer in the first inning (2). He went 2 for 4 with an RBI (9), a run scored and a walk.
  • DH Shawon Dunston Jr. (.211) reached base four times, going 3 for 4 with two doubles (5), a triple (3), an RBI (4) and a walk.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.325) extended his hitting streak to five games, going 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored.
  • RHP Jose Rosario (1.1 IP) notched his second save of the year with 1.1 innings of perfect baseball.

South Bend Cubs (14-10)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Third Place (-3.0)

South Bend allowed five runs in the eighth inning to suffer a 5-4 setback to Wisconsin.

  • DH Matt Rose (.164) hit a solo homer (2) in the fourth inning.
  • RF Eddy Martinez (.228) finished 1 for 3 with an RBI (14), a run scored, a walk and a stolen base (2).
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.292) has hit safely in 10 out of his last 11 games, going 1 for 4 with a double (8), an RBI (13) and a run scored.
  • LHP Ryan Kellogg (2.30 ERA) pitched six scoreless innings, striking out five and walking none in the no-decision. He has allowed zero runs in three out of his five starts this season.

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/2/16

Myrtle Beach and South Bend both picked up wins, while Tennessee salvaged a split in its doubleheader Monday. Iowa was on the losing end of its game. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor-league Cubs action.

Iowa Cubs (9-13)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Third Place (-5.5)

Iowa opened up its four-game series at Nashville with a 5-1 setback.

  • C Willson Contreras (.353) hit a solo homer in the eighth inning, his first of the season.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.254) went 2 for 3 with a walk. He’s hit safely in 13 of 19 games this year.
  • RHP Felix Pena (2 IP, 1 BB, 4 SO) struck out four batters in two scoreless innings. It’s the sixth time in seven outings this season in which he has spun two scoreless frames out of the bullpen.

Tennessee Smokies (13-12)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-3.0)

The Smokies split their doubleheader at Biloxi, falling 3-2 in Game 1 before claiming a 4-1 extra-inning victory (eight innings) in Game 2.

  • RHP Tyler Skulina (4.07 ERA) allowed no earned runs in five innings, striking out two in the first game.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.219) collected a hit in both games, going a combined 2 for 5 a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base (1).
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.250) hit a game-winning homer (1) in the eighth inning of Game 2 and finished the day 2 for 5 with a walk.
  • PH Kelly Dugan (.143) added a pinch-hit two run homer (1) later in the inning.
  • C Victor Caratini (.265) had the only multi-hit game in either contest, going 2 for 3 in Game 2.
  • RHP Corey Black (1 IP, 1 BB) picked up his second save of the season in Game Two.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (12-11)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-3.0)

Myrtle Beach snapped a two-game losing skid, prevailing 3-2 in 11 innings at Winston-Salem.

  • RHP Jake Stinnett (1.99) fanned three in five innings, giving up no earned runs.
  • DH Charcer Burks (.179) reached base three times, going 1 for 4 with two walks.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.290) started the scoring, hitting a two-run homer in the first (1) inning. He has three multi-RBI games in his last six contests.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.321) went 2 for 4 with a double (5) and the game-winning run in the 11th. He has hit safely in four straight games.
  • RHP David Berg (2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 SO) collected his second win, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings.

South Bend Cubs (14-9)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Third Place (-2.0)

South Bend tossed its first shutout of the season, blanking visiting Wisconsin, 3-0.

  • LHP Carson Sands (4.43) tossed a season-high six innings, striking out four and allowing three hits and three walks in the win.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.294) collected his second straight multi-hit game, going 2 for 4 with a double (7), a run scored and a stolen base (3).
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.438) finished 2 for 3 with an RBI (2). He has hit safely in all five games with South Bend, going 7 for 16.
  • RHP Preston Morrison (3 IP, 1 H, 5 SO) tossed three scoreless innings in his first relief outing of the season to collect the save.

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/1/16

Rain dampened most of the action for Cubs affiliates, with only Iowa getting the opportunity to play. Tennessee’s game will be made up Monday as part of a doubleheader, Myrtle Beach will be rescheduled for a date in June, and no make-up date has been scheduled for South Bend. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.

Iowa Cubs (9-12)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Third Place (-4.5)

Iowa dropped a seven-inning game against Colorado Springs, 4-3. Game 2 of the scheduled doubleheader was postponed due to inclement weather and unplayable conditions.

  • LF John Andreoli (.216) went 2 for 4 with a run scored, an RBI (11) and a stolen base (7). He has gone 6 for 17 with six runs scored, five RBI and five walks in his last five games.
  • C Willson Contreras (.359) finished 2 for 3 with an RBI (9) and two doubles (6).
  • RHP Armando Rivero (2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO) tossed two scoreless innings of relief. He has not allowed a run in five of his seven relief outings.

Cubs Minor League Report: 4/28/16

Iowa powered past its opponent Thursday, but Tennessee couldn’t overcome a bad inning and South Bend dropped both games of the doubleheader. Myrtle Beach was rained out. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (8-11)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Third Place (-5.0)

Ryan Kalish finished a homer shy of the cycle as the I-Cubs topped Colorado Springs, 10-5.

  • RF Ryan Kalish (.413) went 3 for 4 with a double (4), a triple (2), an RBI (4), a walk and four runs scored. His four runs marked his best output since Aug. 9, 2009.
  • C Willson Contreras (.368) was 0 for 1 with four walks, an RBI (8) and two runs scored.
  • CF Albert Almora (.362) finished 3 for 5 with a three-run homer (3). He has had three-straight multi-hit games.
  • RHP Spencer Patton (IP, BB, 2 SO) has not allowed a run in his eight innings of work this season.

Tennessee Smokies (11-10)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-2.5)

Tennessee could not recover from Biloxi’s four-run fourth inning and fell 6-5.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.247) was 2 for 5 with a solo home run (4) and two runs scored.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.219) went 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI (5).
  • 1B Taylor Davis (.339) added a multi-hit game, going 2 for 4 with a double (3) and an RBI (10).
  • 2B Chesny Young (.384) finished 2 for 5 with an RBI (7) and a run scored.

South Bend Cubs (12-8)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Third Place (-1.5)

The SB-Cubs fell in a pair of seven-inning games to Quad Cities. The doubleheader was played to make up for Wednesday’s postponed game (rain). South Bend committed three errors en route to an 11-2 setback in Game One. The SB-Cubs outhit Quad Cities in Game Two, but lost 3-0.

  • DH P.J. Higgins (.310) was 2 for 3 in the first game and had three hits overall on the day.
  • SS Bryant Flete (.296) went 2 for 6 on the day with a double in Game One.
  • Three SB-Cubs hit doubles in Game Two.
  • DH Eloy Jimenez (.288) was 1 for 3 in the second game with his fifth double of the season.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.444) and 1B Matt Rose (.140) both went 1 for 3 with their first doubles of the season.
  • South Bend was 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position in Game Two.

Cubs Minor League Report: 4/27/16

It was a quiet night for Cubs affiliates, as only Myrtle Beach took the field Wednesday. Iowa and Tennessee had the afternoon off, while South Bend was rained out. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s abbreviated Cubs minor league action.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (11-9)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-1.0)

Myrtle Beach had a pair of home runs in a 5-1 win over Potomac.

  • 2B Ian Happ (.319) went 2 for 4 with a two-run homer in the first inning. He has 10 RBI in his last nine games.
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.147) added a two-run homer in the fifth inning and finished 1 for 4.
  • DH Daniel Lockhart (.226) collected his third multi-hit game in his last four contests, going 2 for 4 with a double (3), a run scored and an RBI (1).
  • RHP Daury Torrez (2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 SO) struck out five batters in two scoreless innings.
  • RHP Zach Hedges (2.16 ERA) pitched six strong innings, giving up one earned run and fanning six to get the win. He has allowed three earned runs in 19.2 innings over his last three starts.

Cubs Minor League Report: 4/26/16

Tennessee rolled and South Bend extended its winning streak Tuesday, while Iowa and Myrtle Beach couldn’t do enough to secure wins. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s Cubs minor-league action.

Iowa Cubs (7-11)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Fourth Place (-5.0)

The I-Cubs outhit Oklahoma City but were not able to overcome a three-run Dodgers homer in the third inning, dropping the final game of the series, 4-2.

  • LF Matt Murton (.250) was 2 for 4 with a pair of RBI (6). It was his second straight two-hit game.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.362) added a multi-hit effort, going 2 for 4 with a double (5).
  • CF Albert Almora (.344) was also 2 for 4.
  • RHP Miguel Mejia (1.1 IP, 3 SO), RHP Felix Peña (2 IP, 3 SO) and LHP C.J. Riefenhauser (1 IP) combined to throw 4.1 hitless innings to finish the game. Mejia and Peña fanned six batters in their 3.1 innings of work.

Tennessee Smokies (11-9)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-1.5)

Led by Jeimer Candelario’s six-RBI performance, the Smokies triumphed over Mobile, 11-2.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.217) led the way, going 2 for 3 with a double (5), a three-run homer (2), two walks and two runs scored. He tied a career-high with six RBI (April 28, 2014 with Single-A Daytona).
  • 2B Chesny Young (.382) went 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
  • RF Anthony Giansanti (.231) was 1 for 1 with a solo homer (1), a walk and two runs scored.
  • C Victor Caratini (.259) finished 2 for 3 with a double (4), two RBI (8), two walks and a run scored.
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (5.82) picked up his first win of the season, giving up two earned runs in five innings.
  • RHP Starling Peralta (2 IP, 1 H, 2 SO), RHP Juan Paniagua (1 IP, 1 H, 1 SO) and RHP Josh Conway (1 IP, 1 BB) combined to toss four scoreless innings.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (10-9)
Carolina League (High-A)
Second Place (-1.0)

Myrtle Beach went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position and fell to Potomac, 7-4.

  • DH Daniel Lockhart (.185) went 2 for 3 with a double (2), a triple (1), two runs scored and a walk. It’s his second two-hit game of the season.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.246) was 1 for 4 with an RBI (8) and managed to accumulate three outfield assists as well.
  • LHP Jordan Minch (1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 SO) tossed a scoreless eighth inning.

South Bend Cubs (12-6)
Midwest League (Single-A)
Second Place (-0.5)

The SB-Cubs extended their winning streak to six games as they topped Quad Cities, 7-5. The streak is the longest since South Bend became a Cubs affiliate in 2015.

  • DH Daniel Spingola (.377) went 2 for 4 with a double (4), two RBI (7), a HBP and a run scored. It extended his hitting streak to nine games.
  • CF Donnie Dewees (.357) was 1 for 5 with a triple (6) and an RBI (14). He leads the Midwest League in extra-base hits (13).
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.286) collected a multi-hit game, going 2 for 4 with an RBI (12) and a run scored. It extended his hitting streak to six games.
  • RHP Casey Bloomquist (3.0 IP, 1 H, 2 SO) tossed three frames of one-hit, no-run ball.
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