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Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/12/15

Tennessee tallied another win to move to .500 while Mesa picked up a 1-0 victory Sunday. Myrtle Beach split a doubleheader, but South Bend and Eugene couldn’t get it going in losses. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs

Iowa is off until Thursday due to the All-Star Break. C Kyle Schwarber and RHP C.J. Edwards participated in Sunday’s 2015 Futures Game in Cincinnati, where Schwarber was named Most Valuable Player after throwing out a runner and smacking a two-run triple to lead Team USA to a 10-1 victory. Edwards struck out one in a scoreless eighth inning of relief.

Tennessee Smokies (8-8)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Second Place (-5.0)

Tennessee won its second straight game, beating visiting Biloxi, 8-2.

  • RHP Pierce Johnson (1.26) picked up the victory, pitching 5.0 innings and striking out four batters while allowing just one earned run. He also recorded a career-high three RBI at the dish.
  • 3B Bryant Flete (.169) drove in his seventh run of the year and walked three times.
  • RHP Rafael Soriano (0.00) tossed a scoreless seventh inning of relief. He’s allowed an unearned run on just three hits in 4.0 innings with Tennessee this season.
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.286) drove in two (4) with a pinch-hit double.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (7-11)
Carolina League (High-A)
Fourth Place (-3.5)

GM 1: Myrtle Beach beat visiting Carolina, 9-0, in the completion of Friday’s suspended game.

  • DH Kevin Brown (.242) went 2-for-5 with a home run and a season-high-tying four RBI (15).
  • C Victor Caratini (.251) and CF Trey Martin (.250) had two hits apiece.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.274) and 1B Jacob Rogers (.254) had two walks apiece.
  • LHP Michael Heesch (6-0, 1.51) earned the win after tossing 2.2 scoreless innings of relief.
  • RHP David Garner (0.00) struck out three and allowed one hit in 2.0 scoreless innings.

GM 2: Myrtle Beach couldn’t complete the doubleheader sweep, falling to Carolina, 2-1.

  • DH Chesny Young (.293) recorded two of Myrtle Beach’s five hits, going 2-for-3 with a double (8).
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.274) went 1-for-3 with his 36th RBI of the campaign.

South Bend Cubs (9-9)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-2.5)

South Bend managed just five hits in a 3-1 loss to visiting Lake County.

  • RHP Trevor Clifton (4.73) fanned eight in 6.2 innings despite getting credited for the loss.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.277) went 2-for-3.
  • LF Charcer Burks (.273) went 1-for-4 with his 31st RBI of the campaign.
  • RHP Dillon Maples (3.24) struck out two in 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Eugene Emeralds (14-11)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene dropped its third straight game at Tri-City, falling to the Dust Devils, 15-2.

  • CF Ian Happ (.259) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and his first career triple.
  • DH Ian Rice (.300) and 1B Joe Martarano (.500) had two hits apiece.

Mesa Cubs (11-6)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place (–)

The Mesa Cubs snuck past the AZL White Sox, 1-0.

  • RHP Austyn Willis struck out four in 5.0 innings, giving up no earned runs.
  • DH Shawon Dunston Jr. (.417) went 1-for-4 and tallied his second RBI of the season.
  • RHP Mark Malave (0.00) converted his second save of the year with a scoreless ninth.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/8/15

The lower level clubs managed wins, but Iowa, Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend were unable to secure victories Wednesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (45-41)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-9.0)

Iowa had its three-game winning streak snapped, falling at Omaha, 7-2.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.351) homered for the second straight game, going 1-for-4 with a solo shot in the first inning.
  • LF Anthony Giansanti (.125) went 1-for-3 with a double and his first RBI of the campaign.
  • Iowa managed just one baserunner after the second inning. The club had three hits in the setback.

Tennessee Smokies (6-6)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-3.0)

Tennessee lost for the fourth time in five games, falling at Birmingham, 4-3.

  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.249) had a game-high three hits, going 3-for-4 with a run and a RBI (26).
  • RF Billy McKinney (.308) and 2B Sutton Whiting (.667) had two hits apiece.
  • C Willson Contreras (.328) recorded his first triple of the year while driving in his 40th run of the season.
  • RHP Rafael Soriano (0.00) tossed a scoreless eighth inning while walking one.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-9)
Carolina League (High-A)
Fourth Place (-3.5)

Myrtle Beach managed just two hits in a 5-0 loss to visiting Winston-Salem.

  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.257) and CF Trey Martin (.247) each had a hit.
  • LHP Michael Heesch was dealt a no-decision in his first start of the year, giving up no runs in 5.0 innings. He is holding left-handed hitters to a .167 average (9-for-54) on the season.
  • RHP Juan Paniagua (2.50) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief while striking out three.

South Bend Cubs (7-7)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Fifth Place (-2.0)

South Bend lost for the third time in its last four games, falling at Fort Wayne, 3-1.

  • DH Jason Vosler (.265) went 1-for-4 with a sixth-inning, solo home run.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.289) went 1-for-3, extending his hitting streak to six games (9-for-22/.409).

Eugene Emeralds (13-8)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+2.0)

Eugene won its fourth straight contest, topping Vancouver, 8-4. The Emeralds scored eight runs in the sixth inning.

  • RHP Oscar De La Cruz (1.64) fanned six in 6.0 innings, giving up one earned run.
  • LF Donnie Dewees (.306) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two doubles (7) and one RBI (7).
  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.300) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, two doubles (6) and three RBI (14).
  • CF Ian Happ (.231) went 1-for-4 with an RBI (9) and stolen base (6).
  • LHP Heath Dwyer (4.15) tossed 1.1 scoreless innings of relief while fanning two.

Mesa Cubs (8-6)
Arizona Rookie League
Second Place (-0.5)

  • RHP Enrique De Los Rio gave up one earned run in 5.0 innings, striking out six.
  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.353) and RF Alex Bautista (.306) had three hits apiece while combining to score seven runs.
  • DH Joe Martarano (.261) and SS Marcus Monasterio (.235) combined to record seven RBI.
  • 1B Jose Paniagua (.277) went 1-for-5 with two runs scored, a walk and two RBI (9).
  • RHP Mark Malave (0.00) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings of relief while fanning three.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/7/15

It was a successful day for Cubs minor league squads, with affiliates going 5-1 overall on Tuesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (45-40)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-9.0)

Iowa won its third straight game, besting New Orleans, 8-3, and taking the five-game series, 3-2.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.358) went 3-for-5, blasted a solo homer (2) and two doubles (7) while plated two (9) and scoring twice. He has four games of three or more hits at Iowa.
  • CF Matt Szczur (.293) went 2-for-4 with a leadoff home run (5), a double (7), an RBI (19), two runs scored and one walk. He has a four-game hitting streak (5-for-14).
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.257) had his sixth three-hit outing, going 3-for-5 with a stolen base (12) and two runs scored.
  • 1B Christian Villanueva (.267) went 2-for-5 with a three-run double (15).

Tennessee Smokies (6-5)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-2.0)

Tennessee snapped a three-game losing skid, topping Birmingham on the road, 3-1.

  • RHP Pierce Johnson (1.14) picked up his third straight win and tossed a season-high 7.0 innings, giving up just one earned run. He has allowed just three runs in his last three outings (15.2 innings) and has yet to surrender a home run.
  • C Willson Contreras (.329) went 2-for-4, crushed a double (19) and plated two (39).
  • SS Elliot Soto (.264) went 3-for-5 with an RBI (16), a double (6) and one run scored.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.333) went 2-for-4, knocked a double (8) and scored once.
  • DH Cael Brockmeyer went 2-for-4 and clubbed his first double with the Smokies.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-8)
Carolina League (High-A)
Fourth Place (-2.5)

Myrtle Beach dropped its second straight game, falling to Winston-Salem, 3-1. The Pelicans were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.256) went 1-for-3 with a double (14), an RBI (51) and a walk.
  • DH Mark Zagunis (.308) went 2-for-5, knocked a double (18) and scored once.
  • RHP Brad Markey (1.50) drew a no-decision in his first outing with the Pelicans and tossed a quality start, allowing just one run on four hits and fanning two batters.

South Bend Cubs (7-6)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-2.0)

South Bend scored two runs in the seventh to top Fort Wayne in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory.

  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.289) went 1-for-3 with a game-winning two-run homer in the seventh inning,  extending his hitting streak to five games (8-for-19/.421).
  • RHP Zach Hedges (3.84) earned the win and tossed a season-high 8.0 innings. It marked his fourth straight outing with 6.0 or more innings pitched and his third quality start in that stretch.
  • LHP Tyler Ihrig (2.04) completed his second save of the season after tossing a hitless frame and fanning two batters.

Eugene Emeralds (12-8)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene won its third straight contest, topping Vancouver, 6-4. The Emeralds wrap up the five-game series against the Canadians tonight.

  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.288) went 2-for-3 with a double (4), RBI (11), a walk and one run scored. It extended his hitting streak to a team-leading 11 games (13-for-38/.342).
  • LHP Justin Steele (1.23) earned his third consecutive win, striking out six in 5.0 innings while giving up one earned run. He has fanned 27 batters in four games (22.0 innings).
  • 1B Matt Rose (.308) went 1-for-4 with an RBI double (2) that plated two (9) and one run scored.
  • CF Ian Happ (.230) earned an RBI (8), scored once and drew two walks, despite going 0-for-3.
  • DH Ian Rice (.350) went 2-for-4, knocked a double and an RBI (3).
  • 3B Adonis Paula (.259) went 2-for-4 with a double (3).
  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.119) went 1-for-3, knocked a triple and scoring once.

Mesa Cubs (7-6)
Arizona Rookie League
Second Place (-2.0)

1B Jose Paniagua (.286) blasted the team’s first grand slam of the year in the third inning, helping the Cubs to a 9-2 victory over the AZL Padres.

  • All told, Paniagua went 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.
  • CF Robert Garcia (.372) went 2-for-5, crushed a triple (3), swiped a base (2) and scored twice.
  • RF Alex Bautista (.250) went 2-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored.
  • RHP Jesus Camargo (1.29) earned his second win after tossing 4.0 scoreless innings of relief while fanning a season high seven batters. He has allowed just one earned run in 9.0 innings of relief.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/6/15

Iowa took both games of its doubleheader and Eugene edged out a win Monday. But Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend all lost one-run contests while Mesa had the day off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (44-40)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-9.5)

Iowa swept its doubleheader at New Orleans, rallying for three runs in the seventh to win 4-2 in Game One, and blanking the Zephyrs, 2-0 in the second game.

  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (3.42) earned the win in Game Two, pitching 5.1 scoreless innings and adding three strikeouts.
  • 2B-CF Arismendy Alcantara (.251) went a combined 3-for-7 with three doubles (13) and an RBI (26).
  • LF Junior Lake (.283) went a combined 2-for-6 and hit a two-run homer (2) in the seventh inning of Game One.
  • C Taylor Davis (.283) and RF Jonathan Mota (.258) each went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the nightcap.
  • 2B Angelo Amendolare (.400) collected his first two hits of the season for Iowa in the second game.

Tennessee Smokies (5-5)
Southern League (Double-A)
Third Place (-3.0)

Tennessee dropped its third straight contest, falling 4-3 at Birmingham.

  • LHP Tsuyoshi Wada made his first rehab start, allowing four runs in 4.0 innings. He threw 61 pitches, 42 for strikes, and struck out five batters.
  • RHP Rafael Soriano made his Cubs organizational debut, striking out three batters and allowing one hit in 1.0 inning of relief.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.257) went 2-for-5 and RF Billy McKinney (.302) went 2-for-4.
  • RHP Ryan Williams (2.08) fanned seven batters in 3.0 scoreless innings of relief.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-7)
Carolina League (High-A)
Third Place (-3.0)

The Pelicans fell in walk-off fashion, 3-2 in nine innings at Carolina.

  • SS Carlos Penalver (.237) went 3-for-4 with his second three-hit game of the season.
  • 1B Chesny Young (.335) went 2-for-4, collecting his third multi-hit game in his last six contests.
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.236) and CF Trey Martin (.245) each had RBI.
  • RHP Jeremy Null made his second start with Myrtle Beach, collecting his first quality start by pitching 6.0 innings, giving up two earned runs.

South Bend Cubs (6-6)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-2.0)

South Bend tallied nine runs and 14 hits but dropped a 12-inning contest against Fort Wayne, 10-9.

  • C Gioskar Amaya (.275) went 4-for-5 with a walk, a three-run homer (3), three runs scored and three RBI (26). He is 11-for-22 (.500) in his last six games.
  • 1B David Bote (.213) went 3-for-6 with a double (11), two runs scored and an RBI (14).
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.265) went 2-for-6 with a double (10) and two runs scored.
  • LF Charcer Burks (.277) went 2-for-6 with a double (15) and stolen base (17).

Eugene Emeralds (11-8)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene won its second straight contest, defeating visiting Vancouver, 6-5.

  • RF Kevonte Mitchell (.109) went 1-for-2 with a double (2), two walks and three runs scored, including the game-winning run in the ninth inning.
  • 1B-3B Matt Rose (.314) went 2-for-4.
  • LF Donnie Dewees (.268) and 2B Frandy Delarosa (.266) each went 1-for-4 with a walk and run scored.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/5/15

Myrtle Beach overpowered its way to a win, and Eugene recorded a shutout victory Sunday. Iowa, Tennessee and South Bend were all handed losses while Mesa was rained out. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (42-40)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-11.0)

Iowa was blanked at New Orleans, recording just two hits in the 2-0 setback. The game was called with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning due to rain.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.356) reached base twice, going 1-for-2 and walking once. He has reached base safely in six straight games.
  • 1B Taylor Davis (.281) also recorded a hit for the I-Cubs, going 1-for-3.
  • RHP Donn Roach tossed his sixth consecutive quality start but took the loss after allowing two runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings of work.

Tennessee Smokies (5-4)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Second Place (-2.0)

Tennessee was unable to overcome Birmingham’s early lead and fell to the Barons, 9-4.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.232) went 2-for-5 and connected on his fourth triple of the season. He has had three multi-hit efforts and five extra-base hits in his last four games.
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.250) went 1-for-4 and blasted a solo homer in his first game with the Smokies.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.237) went 1-for-2 with a double (7) and a season-high three walks, scoring once.
  • RF Billy McKinney went 1-for-3 with a double (13), an RBI (20) and a walk.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-6)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-Second Place (-1.5)

The Pelicans enjoyed their second consecutive game with 10 or more hits, blanking Carolina, 12-0. The game was called after the top of the eighth inning due to rain.

  • RHP Daury Torrez (3.80) tossed his second career compete game shutout, surrendering just three hits while fanning six batters and walking none in 7.0 scoreless frames.
  • C Victor Caratini (.248) went 2-for-3, blasted a homer (3), drove in three runs (32), walked twice and scored twice.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.311) went 1-for-4 with a double (17), three RBI (40), a walk and two runs scored. He has an RBI in five of his last six games (seven total RBI).
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.285) went 2-for-4, knocked a double (21) and scored twice.
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.235) went 2-for-4 with an RBI (19) and one run scored.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.256) went 1-for-3, plated two (50), walked twice and scored once.

South Bend Cubs (6-5)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-1.0)

South Bend dropped the series finale at Bowling Green, 9-4. The two teams split the series, 2-2.

  • DH Jason Vosler (.263) went 2-for-4, blasted a solo homer (3) and a double (9), and scored twice.
  • C Erick Castillo (.240) went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI (4) and a walk.
  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.263) went 1-for-3, drove in one (23) and walked once.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.183) earned an RBI (8) and scored once despite going 0-for-4.

Eugene Emeralds (10-8)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene blanked Vancouver, 6-0. The series will be decided in tonight’s rubber match.

  • DH Justin Marra (.243) went 2-for-5, crushed a homer in the fifth, plated three (6) and scored once.
  • LF Donnie Dewees (.270) went 2-for-4 with a double (5), an RBI (6), a walk and one run scored.
  • 3B Blake Headley (.250) went 2-for-3, walked once and scored once.
  • 1B Matt Rose (.290) drew three walks and scored once despite going 0-for-2.
  • RHP Adbert Alzolay (0.00) earned his first win after tossing 4.0 hitless innings of relief and fanning four batters versus only one walk.

Cubs acquire pitching prospect, international slot money from Angels for C Rafael Lopez

The Cubs today acquired minor league left-handed pitching prospect Manny Rondon and international slot number four from the Los Angeles Angels for catcher Rafael Lopez.

Lopez, 27, was designated for assignment on June 27. He batted .276 (43-for-156) with eight doubles, one triple, no home runs and 17 RBI in 46 games with Iowa this season. Lopez made his big league debut with the Cubs last year and hit .182 (2-for-11) in seven games.

Rondon, 20, has gone 3-7 with a 2.94 ERA (38 ER/116.1 IP) in 36 appearances (18 starts) covering three pro seasons in the Angels organization. He was a 2014 Dominican Summer League All-Star when he went 0-5 with a 2.30 ERA (17 ER/66.2 IP) in 14 starts. The 2015 season marks Rondon’s first in the United States, and he made just two starts with the Angels’ rookie league club in Arizona prior to today’s trade.

The left-hander is a native of Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, Venezuela, and signed with the Angels as an undrafted free agent in 2012.

Cubs name Zagunis, Pimentel minor league player, pitcher of the month for June

The Cubs today named Single-A Myrtle Beach outfielder Mark Zagunis and Triple-A Iowa right-handed pitcher Carlos Pimentel the organization’s minor league player and pitcher of the month for June, respectively.

Zagunis, 22, batted .326 (31-for-95) with 23 runs scored, six doubles, one triple, four home runs, 16 RBI and 14 walks compared to 13 strikeouts in 26 June games for Myrtle Beach. He recorded a .448 on-base percentage and a .537 slugging mark to contribute to a .985 OPS for the month. In nine games from June 10-19, Zaguins hit .439 with four doubles, one triple, two home runs and 11 RBI while posting a 1.209 OPS.

The right-handed hitting Zagunis last month led the Carolina League in runs scored, tied for first in home runs, ranked second in total bases (51) and OPS, third in OBP, tied for third in hits and walks, ranked fourth in slugging, tied for fourth in RBI and tied for fifth in extra-base hits (11).

Zagunis was named a Carolina League midseason All-Star and was tabbed as the league’s Player of the Week for June 15-21. This season, he is batting .313 with 50 runs scored, 15 doubles, four triples, five homers, 35 RBI and 52 walks in 70 games for Myrtle Beach. He has a .446 on-base percentage and a .464 slugging mark.

Selected by the Cubs in the third round of the 2014 draft out of Virginia Tech, Zagunis owns a .302 average with 31 doubles, seven triples, seven homers, 67 RBI and 94 walks compared to 84 strikeouts in 127 career minor league contests.

Pimentel, 25, was 4-1 with a 0.95 ERA (3 ER/28.1 IP) in five June starts for Iowa, as he held opponents to a .192 batting average (19-for-99), a .287 on-base percentage and a .212 slugging mark. He walked 14 batters, struck out 22, did not allow a home run and recorded four quality starts, including three outings of at least 6.0 shutout innings.

Pimentel’s 0.95 June ERA led all Pacific Coast League hurlers while his four June victories tied for the league lead. His .192 average against was fourth lowest in the league. He is 6-4 with a 3.01 ERA in 15 games, all but one in a starting role, for Iowa this season. Pimentel has walked 38, struck out 70 and registered at least 6.0 innings in five of his last six starts.

Signed to a minor league deal by Chicago in November 2013 following seven seasons in the Texas Rangers farm system, Pimentel is 51-52 with a 4.06 ERA, one complete game and three saves in 216 career minor league games (147 starts). He has walked 406 and struck out 813 batters, including a career-high 133 in 2013 with Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/1/15

Iowa picked up a win with a big run in the late innings, Myrtle Beach edged out a victory, and Eugene kept things going Wednesday. Meanwhile, South Bend fell in extras while Tennessee was rained out and Mesa had the day off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (41-37)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second Place (-10.0)

Iowa scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to sneak past visiting Round Rock, 4-3.

  • RHP Carlos Pimentel (3.01) struck out nine batters in 6.0 innings, giving up just one earned run in the no-decision.
  • C Kyle Schwarber (.313) went 3-for-4 with a double (4) and an RBI (4) for his second three-hit game with Iowa.
  • RF Junior Lake (.303) went 2-for-4 with a double (8) and a run scored. He is batting .480 (12-for-25) in his last seven games.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (2-5)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-Third Place (-2.5)

In a game featuring 25 hits, seven walks and four errors, the Pelicans held on for an 8-7 victory over visiting Salem.

  • CF Mark Zagunis (.316) went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI (35).
  • SS Chesny Young (.343) went 2-for-5 with a double (6), a run scored and two RBI (19). He has hit safely in four straight games (6-for-19) and 19 of the last 21.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.252) went 2-for-4 with a double (12), a run scored and two RBI (44).
  • RHP David Garner (0.00) collected the win in his first appearance with Myrtle Beach, allowing just one unearned run in 3.0 innings.

South Bend Cubs (4-3)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-First Place (–)

South Bend lost its second straight game to Lansing, falling 3-2 in 10 innings.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.326) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two stolen bases (12), extending his hitting streak to seven games (13-for-30/.433).
  • CF Charcer Burks (.281) went 2-for-5 for his second straight multi-hit game.
  • DH Gioskar Amaya (.256) went 2-for-3 with a walk.

Eugene Emeralds (8-6)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene won its seventh game in its last eight contests, defeating host Hillsboro, 6-2.

  • Justin Steele (1.06) picked up his second win of the summer, striking out six and giving up one earned run in 6.0 innings.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.321) homered for the second straight game, going 3-for-4 with a solo homer, two runs scored and one RBI (9).
  • C Tyler Alamo (.333) extended his hitting streak to eight games (10-for-27/.370), going 2-for-4 with an RBI (6).

Cubs sign third-round pick LHP Hudson

The Cubs announced they have signed left-handed pitcher Bryan Hudson, the club’s third-round pick (82nd overall) of the 2015 Draft. Overall, the Cubs have signed 28 selections, including two other new signees since the club’s last update: right-handers Preston Morrison (eighth round) and Scott Effross (15th).

Hudson, 18, starred at Alton (Ill.) High School, going 10-2 with five shutouts and a 0.50 ERA in 70.1 innings. He also struck out 152 hitters in 15 appearances (13 starts) for the Redbirds this past season. The southpaw limited opponents to a .138 batting average to go along with a 0.90 WHIP. He averaged 19.45 strikeouts per nine innings all while posting a 5.24 strikeout to walk ratio (29 walks).

The six-foot, eight-inch 220-pound left-hander helped lead the Redbirds to a school-record 30 wins in 2015, including a second-place tie in the Southwestern Conference with an 11-3 mark. He finished his career at Alton with a school record 25 wins and 323 strikeouts, while posting a 1.32 ERA (29 ER/198.0 IP). Hudson is a three-time All Southwestern Conference pitcher, a two-time All-State Performer for the Illinois Coaches Association and a two-time All-State Performer for Prep Baseball Report.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/30/15

Myrtle Beach snapped its losing streak, Eugene rallied for a win, and Mesa secured a victory with a walk-off homer Tuesday. Iowa faltered late, and South Bend’s rally wasn’t enough. Tennessee had the day off and resumes play today. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (40-37)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-10.0)

Iowa got out to an early lead, but was unable to hang on, falling to Round Rock, 6-4.

  • DH Christian Villanueva (.269) and C Kyle Schwarber (.250) each went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
  • CF Rubi Silva (.267) went 1-for-3 with an RBI (27) and one run scored.
  • RHP Dallas Beeler (6.33) tossed his second consecutive quality start, allowing just two earned runs off five hits in 6.0 innings of work.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (1-5)
Carolina League (High-A)
Fourth Place (-3.5)

Myrtle Beach snapped its four-game skid, besting Winston-Salem, 8-4. RHP Jeremy Null drew a no-decision in his first start with the Pelicans.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.277) went 4-for-4, plated two (28) and scored once. His four hits ties a career high set on May 20, 2013.
  • 1B Victor Caratini (.242) went 1-for-4 with a double (15) and two RBI (29).
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.312) went 1-for-3 with an RBI (34), a walk and a season-high three runs scored.
  • DH Daniel Lockhart (.227) went 2-for-4 and scored twice, extending his hitting streak to eight games (12-for-30/.400).
  • LF Kevin Brown (.236) went 2-for-5, marking his sixth multi-hit effort.

South Bend Cubs (4-2)
Midwest League (Low-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend’s eighth-inning rally fell short, and the SB-Cubs were topped by Lansing, 5-4.

  • 1B Jesse Hodges (.251) went 3-for-4, crushed a double (9) and drove in two runs (23).
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.320) went 2-for-5 with a double (12), extending his hitting streak to six games (10-for-25/.400).
  • LF Charcer Burks (.279) went 3-for-5 for his fifth three-hit game of the season.
  • 2B Andrew Ely (.248) went 1-for-3 with an RBI (13), a walk and one run scored.
  • RF Kevin Encarnacion (.275) went 2-for-5 and scored twice.

Eugene Emeralds (7-6)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene rallied in the eighth inning to top Tri-City, 9-4. The Emeralds took the five-game series, 4-1.

  • DH Donnie Dewees (.333) went 3-for-5 with three doubles (4), four RBI (4), one stolen base (1) and a run scored.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.288) went 2-for-4, blasted a solo homer (1), swiped a base (3) and walked once.
  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.256) went 1-for-3 with an RBI (8), a walk and two runs scored.
  • SS Ho-young Son (.250) went 1-for-4, plated one and scored once.
  • LHP Carson Sands (2.81) earned his first win of the season, allowing just one run (unearned) off three hits and fanning four batters in 5.0 innings of work.

Mesa Cubs (5-4)
Arizona Rookie League
T-Second Place (-1.0)

The Mesa Cubs topped the AZL Mariners, 9-8. Jose Paniagua (.258) crushed a walk-off solo home run to seal the game in the ninth inning.

  • RF Robert Garcia (.346) went 2-for-5 with a triple (2) and scored twice.
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.200) went 2-for-4 and recorded two RBI (5).
  • 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.265) added two RBI (5), swiped a base, walked once and scored once, despite going 0-for-3.
  • 3B Carlos Jimenez (.357) went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.
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