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Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/10/14

Of the Cubs minor league affiliates, only Kane County picked up a win Thursday. Mesa had the day off and will resume play Friday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (49-44)
1st Place (+0.5)

Iowa scored their lone run on a solo shot from 3B Kris Bryant, falling to host Omaha, 7-1.

  • Bryant (.329) led off the seventh with his ninth home run since joining Iowa and 31st of the season. He has hit safely in 18 of his 23 games as an I-Cub.
  • C Rafael Lopez (.280) recorded the first four-hit game of his career, tallying four singles in four at-bats.
  • 1B Logan Watkins (.265) went 1-for-4 with his 11th double of the season off of Omaha’s Tim Collins. The two-bagger was his first extra-base hit off of a lefty this season.

Tennessee Smokies (12-9)
2nd Place (-0.5)

Entering the ninth knotted at four, the visiting Suns out-rallied the Smokies to win, 6-5.

  • RF Jorge Soler (.405) hit his third home run in his last three games, finishing 2-for-4 with a run, a walk and two RBI (12). He has reached base safely in all but one of his 11 games with the Smokies this season.
  • SS Addison Russell (.143) recorded his first two hits with the organization in his third game with Tennessee. His seventh-inning single snapped an initial 0-for-12 skid.
  • 1B Dustin Geiger (.222) finished 2-for-4 with his fourth double in as many games and 18th of the season.

Daytona Cubs (12-7)
T-1st Place (–)

Dunedin jumped ahead with a five-run fourth and never looked back, topping the Cubs in Daytona, 7-4.

  • SS Marco Hernandez (.293) finished 3-for-5 with his 10th double of the season. It marked his 23rd multihit game of the season and his fourth three-hit performance.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.285) knocked two doubles in four at-bats, bringing his season total to 16. His two RBI bring him to 32 on the season, the third-highest total on the team.
  • The team went just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position, but managed to produce four runs from seven hits and four walks.

Kane County Cougars (14-5)
1st Place (+1.5)

The Cougars scored early and often at Quad Cities, tallying three in the top of the first en route to a 9-5 win over the River Bandits.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.238) set a season high with eight total bases, including his first homer with Kane County and two doubles (6).
  • 2B Ben Carhart (.283) had his third multihit game in his last four, finishing 3-for-5 with a run and three RBI.
  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.267) went 2-for-5 with his 13th double of the season.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.224) also notched multiple hits, singling twice and walking while scoring two runs.
  • RF Kevin Brown (.364) launched his second homer in three games since being promoted to Kane County.
  • RHP Jose Arias (1.82) recorded the final two outs for his second save of the year.

Boise Hawks (14-13)
T-2nd Place (-1.0)

Boise pitching allowed nine runs on 19 hits and two errors as the Hawks fell, 9-3, at home.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.275), C Mark Zagunis (.366) and 1B Alex Tomasovich (.255) recorded two hits apiece.
  • Eight of Boise’s nine hitters recorded a hit. 2B Giuseppe Pappacio (.197), the lone hitless Hawk, also contributed offensively with a sacrifice fly in the third.
  • RHP Josh Davis (1-1, 7.11) suffered his first loss of the season, allowing four earned runs in 0.2 frames.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/9/14

Iowa claimed an extra-innings victory, Boise continued its winning streak and Daytona took the first game in the doubleheader Wednesday. Kane County couldn’t drive in runners and Mesa was defeated again. Meanwhile, Tennessee had the day off. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (49-43)
1st Place (+1.5)

Logan Watkins hit a 14th-inning, solo home run to lift the Cubs over host Omaha, 2-1. Watkins’ blast was the only hit the I-Cubs recorded in their last 10 innings of the game.

  • Watkins (.265) finished the game going 1-for-6 with the home run.
  • LF Josh Vitters (.217) went 1-for-5 with a double (12) and one RBI (30).
  • LHP Eric Jokisch finished with a career-high 11 strikeouts while recording his 11th quality start, giving up one earned run over seven innings.
  • LHP Michael Heesch (1-0, 0.00) earned the win in his Triple-A debut, tossing three scoreless innings.
  • LHP Zac Rosscup (2.61) picked up his third save of the season.

Daytona Cubs (12-6)
1st Place (+0.5)

GM 1: Daytona allowed just one hit in a 4-1 victory over visiting Dunedin.

  • RHP Felix Pena gave up one earned run over 5.2 innings, fanning seven to earn the win.
  • CF Albert Almora (.279) went 2-for-3 with his 42nd RBI of the season.
  • 2B Gioskar Amaya (.279) and 3B Jordan Hankins (.211) had two hits apiece. Hankins drove in two (6).
  • RHP Starling Peralta (3.28) tossed 1.1 scoreless innings of relief to earn his first save of the year.

GM 2: Dunedin used a four-run, third-inning to defeat Daytona, 8-6.

  • 1B Rock Shoulders (.206) went 1-for-2 with two walks and a second-inning, solo home run.
  • SS Marco Hernandez (.287) and LF Zeke DeVoss (.172) had two hits apiece.
  • RF Billy McKinney (.300) went 1-for-2 with a walk and two RBI (2).

Kane County Cougars (13-5)
1st Place (+1.5)

Kane County went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, as they fell at Quad Cities, 3-1.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.377) went 1-for-3 with a run, a walk and his eighth double of the season.
  • DH Ben Carhart (.277), 3B Jeimer Candelario (.203) and CF Trey Martin (.233) had two hits apiece.
  • LHP Gerardo Concepcion (4.40) tossed three scoreless innings of relief.

Boise Hawks (14-12)
2nd Place (-1.0)

Boise won its fourth-straight game, beating visiting Hillsboro, 6-2.

  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.267) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored to extend his Northwest League-best hitting streak to 12 games (.380/19-for-50).
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.315) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double (5), a triple (4) and three RBI (17). It was his third-straight, three-RBI game.
  • C Mark Malave (.283) went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Mesa Cubs (8-7)
2nd Place (-0.5)

Mesa lost its fourth-straight game, falling to the visiting AZL D-backs, 8-0. The Cubs have committed 19 errors in their last four games.

  • RHP Kyuji Fujikawa made his second start with the Mesa Cubs as part of a major league rehab assignment. He hasn’t allowed a hit while fanning two in two innings.
  • 3B Varonex Cuevas (.667) recorded three of Mesa’s seven hits, going 3-for-4.
  • LHP Andin Diaz (0.00) tossed two scoreless innings of relief.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/8/14

Tennessee, Kane County and Boise all captured wins Tuesday. Iowa lost in walk-off fashion, while errors continued to plague Mesa. Meanwhile, Daytona was rained out. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (48-43)
1st Place (+0.5)

Omaha’s Brian Bocock hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Iowa, 7-6.

  • RF Brett Jackson (.213) went 1-for-4 with a second-inning, two-run homer.
  • DH Ryan Kalish (.226) went 2-for-3 with two runs, a double (7), and a sixth-inning, three-run clout.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.351) went 1-for-4 before being ejected in the eighth inning by the home plate umpire for arguing balls and strikes. It was Bryant’s first professional ejection.

Tennessee Smokies (12-8)
1st Place (+0.5)

Tennessee held host Birmingham to just four hits in a 7-3 victory.

  • C Luis Flores (.286) went 1-for-3 with two walks, a double (2) and a game-high three RBI (5).
  • SS Elliot Soto (.210) went 2-for-4 with a double (6) and two RBI (10).
  • RHP Tony Zych (3-4, 3.92) tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn his third victory.
  • RHP Frank Batista (1.20) recorded the final five outs of the game to pick up his fourth save of the year.

Kane County Cougars (13-4)
1st Place (+2.5)

Kane County won for the fourth time in its last five games, beating host Quad Cities, 7-3.

  • RHP Paul Blackburn gave up two earned runs over five innings and struck out six to pick up the win.
  • RF Kevin Brown (.500) went 2-for-4 with a third-inning, solo home run.
  • C Kyle Schwarber (.379) went 3-for-5 with a run, two doubles (7) and two RBI (13).
  • LF Shawon Dunston (.260) and 3B Jeimer Candelario (.182) recorded two hits apiece.
  • RHP Zak Hermans (4.50) struck out five over three innings of relief to earn his second hold of the season.

Boise Hawks (13-12)
2nd Place (-2.0)

Boise won its third-straight game, beating visiting Hillsboro, 11-4.

  • LHP Tyler Ihrig surrendered two earned runs over six innings, striking out six, to earn his third win of the year.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.250) went 2-for-4 with his Northwest League-leading seventh blast and four RBI (24).
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.307) went 3-for-5 with two runs, a double (4) and three RBI (14). It marked Crawford’s second-straight three-hit and three-RBI game.
  • 2B Chesny Young (.750) and SS Jason Vosler (.308) had two hits apiece. Vosler drove in two (3).
  • Boise has scored 10 or more runs in three-straight games. It’s the first time they have achieved that feat since July of 2010.

Mesa Cubs (8-6)
1st Place (+0.5)

The Mesa Cubs committed three more miscues in a 6-4 loss to the visiting AZL Indians. Mesa has 15 errors in their last three games.

  • 2B Andrew Ely (.571) went 3-for-4 with a first-inning, solo home run.
  • LF Shamil Ubiera (.220) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, one RBI (8) and two stolen bases (4).
  • RHP Yomar Morel (0.00) tossed two scoreless innings of relief.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/6/14

Iowa, Tennessee and Boise all picked up wins, while Kane County and Mesa both fell short Sunday. Daytona was rained out. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (48-41)
1st Place (+2.0)

Iowa recorded seven extra-base hits in a 5-4 victory at Oklahoma City.

  • 3B Kris Bryant (.357) went 1-for-4 with a second-inning, two-run blast.
  • SS Javier Baez (.241) and LF Ryan Kalish (.213) each hit solo home runs.
  • DH Manny Ramirez (.263) went 2-for-4 with his third RBI of the season.
  • RHP Armando Rivero (3-0, 2.16) earned the win.
  • LHP Zac Rosscup (2.70) picked up his second save.

Tennessee Smokies (11-7)
1st Place (+0.5)

Tennessee scored five runs in the fourth inning to cruise past host Birmingham, 9-1.

  • RHP Corey Black surrendered one earned run over six innings, striking out six to secure the win.
  • DH Jorge Soler (.345) went 2-for-5 with a sixth-inning, solo home run.
  • 3B Jonathan Mota (.239) and 1B Dustin Geiger (.220) each had three hits. Geiger also drove in three (33).
  • RF Pin-Chieh Chen (.263), 2B Stephen Bruno (.288) and C Charles Cutler (.333) all had multihit efforts.
  • LHP Andrew McKirahan (0.00) tossed two scoreless innings of relief.

Kane County Cougars (12-4)
1st Place (+1.5)

Kane County dropped a 14-inning marathon at Clinton, falling to the LumberKings, 2-1.

  • RHP Tyler Skulina gave up one earned run on six hits and no walks over six innings.
  • LF Shawon Dunston (.256), DH Ben Carhart (.277), 3B Jeimer Candelario (.157) and 2B David Bote (.216) all had two hits apiece.
  • RHPs Jen-Ho Tseng (2.93) and James Pugliese (1.31) combined to toss seven scoreless innings of ball.

Boise Hawks (12-12)
2nd Place (-3.0)

Boise won for the fifth time in its last six games, beating visiting Eugene, 10-5.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.289) went 3-for-5 with a double (3) and a game-high three RBI (11).
  • 2B Chesny Young (1.000) went a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs scored, a double (1) and two RBI (3).
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.240), C Justin Marra (.293) and LF Mark Zagunis (.414) all had two hits.
  • RHP Josh Davis (1-0, 4.50) tossed two scoreless innings of relief to earn his first win of the season.

Mesa Cubs (8-4)
1st Place (+1.0)

The Mesa Cubs committed seven errors in a 7-5 loss at the AZL Angels.

  • Rehabbing Cubs right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa got the start and tossed a scoreless first inning.
  • C Tyler Alamo (.296) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double (1) and one RBI (5).
  • 3B Varonex Cuevas (.500) went 2-for-4 with a team-high two RBI (2).

Cubs sign sixth-round pick RHP Dylan Cease

The Cubs have reached an agreement with sixth-round draft pick Dylan Cease, a right-handed pitcher out of Milton (Ga.) High School.

With this move, the Cubs have now signed their first 22 picks, as well as 26 selections overall, from the 2014 draft.

Cease, 18, was a preseason first-team prep All-American heading into his senior year at Milton High School, but an injury hurt his draft stock. He struck out 20 batters in 12 innings without allowing a run before suffering an elbow injury in March that kept him off the mound for the remainder of the season.

In his 2013 junior season with Milton, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Cease was 9-0 with an 0.81 ERA in 69.1 innings. He struck out 100 batters, good for an average of 13 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.

Updated midseason prospect lists praise Cubs’ talent

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Triple-A Iowa’s Kris Bryant has become a top-five prospect. (Photo by Stephen Green)

For a while now, the Cubs system has been widely viewed as one of the best in baseball. After the recent Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel trade with Oakland, it might now be the best.

On Monday, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus both published their updated midseason top 50 prospects lists, and Cubs farmhands were scattered throughout each, with a trio of minor leaguers in the top 10. Below is what the publications said about the Cubs’ prospects. And while Baseball Prospectus’ and Baseball America‘s lists do differ, the quantity and location the Cubs farmhands can only be seen as a huge positive for the organization and its fans.

3B Kris Bryant
Baseball Prospectus Rank: 3
Baseball America Rank: 2

Baseball Prospectus:
Placement on preseason 101:
#17

Current MiLB level/Affiliate: Triple-A Iowa

Developmental Update: Bryant continues to launch home runs, rack up strikeouts, rake at an eye-popping clip, and show a discerning eye at the plate. Through 371 plate appearances between Double A and Triple A, Bryant is slashing .357/.453/.717 and finds himself knocking on Wrigley’s door. He has proven himself without question to be the loudest bat in the minors and a potential impact mainstay in the middle of the Cubs order for the foreseeable future. –Nick Faleris

Baseball America:
Power has been just as advertised, while his defense has been better than expected.

SS Javier Baez
Baseball Prospectus Rank: 5
Baseball America Rank: 7

Baseball Prospectus:
Placement on preseason 101:
#4

Current MiLB level/Affiliate: Triple-A Iowa

Developmental Update: Baez has the best bat speed in the minors, and it’s not even close for me; a lethal weapon that could make him the premium power bat in the game. But his approach is below average, and he routinely puts himself in bad hitter’s counts and conditions. With more refinement, the ceiling is cathedral but the risk is still quite high despite the fact that the 21-year-old is more than holding his own at the Triple-A level. –Jason Parks

Baseball America:
Long-term potential is still as an elite regular, but he has to moderate his swing-from-the-heels approach.

SS Addison Russell
Baseball Prospectus Rank: 6
Baseball America Rank: 5

Baseball Prospectus:
Placement on preseason 101:
#7

Current MiLB level/Affiliate: Double-A Tennessee

Developmental Update: From a skill-set perspective, Addison Russell has the most well-rounded profile at the shortstop position in the minors, with above-average chops in the field (including double-plus hands), and impact potential with both the hit and power tools. Russell has lost half a season to injury, but could challenge for the top spot in the minors with a strong second half. The ultimate upside is a perennial all-star at a premium spot, and the future could start as early as 2015. –Jason Parks

Baseball America:
Missed half the year with a hamstring problem; remains an elite all-around shortstop prospect with his new team.

2B Arismendy Alcantara
Baseball Prospectus Rank: 18
Baseball America Rank: 33

Baseball Prospectus:
Placement on preseason 101:
#83

Current MiLB level/Affiliate: Triple-A Iowa

Developmental Update: I’ve always liked Alcantara, but I was too low on him coming into the season, despite a skill set that has three-way impact potential at the highest level (hit/glove/run). Now that the 22-year-old has taken his talents to Triple-A, and exceeded expectations at the plate and on base, the future first-division player has jumped the list and emerged as a top 20 prospect in the game. –Jason Parks

Baseball America:
Hard not to like an athletic middle infielder who can play short in a pinch and has power and speed.

OF Albert Almora
Baseball Prospectus Rank: 37
Baseball America Rank: NR

Baseball Prospectus:
Placement on preseason 101:
#25

Current MiLB level/Affiliate: High-A Daytona

Developmental Update: Almora’s had a rough start to his season. His lack of production in half a season at High-A as a 20-year-old shouldn’t obfuscate the tools he still has. Almora makes loud, consistent contact and plays a very good center field due to his ability to make early reads off the bat. The baseball IQ is high and it helps the other tools play up. He’s not the sexy name in the Cubs system, but don’t forget about him. –Mauricio Rubio

The recent 2014 draft class was off-limits for consideration on each list. But Baseball Prospectus noted a few prospects from the class, including the Cubs’ first-round pick in Kyle Schwarber.

Baseball Prospectus:
C/OF Kyle Schwarber
Where he fits:
Somewhere after Hunter Renfroe (44th)
Schwarber was the most advanced collegiate bat in the draft class, with an ability to hit for plus in-game power without sacrificing average. He puts together professional at bats, shows well against top competition, and has a general knack for finding his pitch and driving it. At present he’s being permitted to feast upon heavily overmatched Low-A arms, and likely won’t face his first real professional challenge until Double-A (or perhaps the Arizona Fall League if he finds a spot on the taxi squad). The BP Prospect Team loves catchers, so his ranking on the Top 101 might be largely dictated by the position at which the Cubs elect to stick him. If it looks like he is destined for first base, he won’t debut on the Top 101 as high as organization mate Kris Bryant (17th last winter), but he could fit comfortably in the Top 60 or so with a solid 2014 pro showing.

 

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/2/14

Iowa continued its winning streak, Tennessee hurled a shutout, Boise racked up another victory and Mesa rallied for a win Wednesday. Meanwhile, errors cost Daytona, and Kane County couldn’t prevent a few big innings. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (47-38)
1st Place (+3.0)

Iowa won its fifth-straight game, beating visiting Omaha, 4-3.

  • LHP Chris Rusin gave up one earned run over seven innings to secure the win.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.310) went 2-for-4 with a run, a triple (11) and one RBI (40) to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. He’s batting .469 (23-for-49) with four doubles, two triples, two homers, nine RBI and 11 runs scored during his streak.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.345) went 2-for-4 with a run scored, a double (5), an RBI (18) and one stolen base (1).
  • RHP Blake Parker (1.44) earned his 18th save of the year.

Tennessee Smokies (10-4)
1st Place (+2.5)

Tennessee held visiting Montgomery to just three hits for a 7-0 victory.

  • C Luis Flores (.261) went 1-for-3 with a fifth-inning, solo home run.
  • LF Kevin Brown (.500) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a double (1) and two RBI (4).
  • CF Jae-Hoon Ha (.218) went 2-for-4 with a run, a double (10) and a game-high three RBI (25).
  • RHP Pierce Johnson got the win in his return from the disabled list, pitching 7.1 scoreless innings and striking out five. Johnson hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts, spanning 11.1 innings.

Daytona Cubs (8-5)
3rd Place (-2.0)

Daytona committed three errors in a 4-3 loss at Brevard County.

  • CF Albert Almora (.266) recorded his third multihit game in his last four, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored, a walk and his 16th double of the year.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.277) went 1-for-3 with a team-high two RBI (41).

Kane County Cougars (9-3)
1st Place (+0.5)

Visiting Peoria scored six times in the first two innings to beat Kane County, 8-5.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.262) and DH Yasiel Balaguert (.248) had two hits apiece.
  • LF Kyle Schwarber (.390) went 2-for-4 with a walk.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.267) and C Will Remillard (.307) both walked three times.

Boise Hawks (9-11)
T-2nd Place (-4.0)

Boise won its second-straight at Tri-City, beating the Dust Devils, 8-3.

  • RHP Erick Leal gave up no earned runs in six innings to pick up his second win of the year.
  • 3B Jesse Hodges (.229) homered for the third time in his last two games, going 2-for-5 with a third-inning, two-run shot.
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.438), C Mark Malave (.267) and SS Giuseppe Papaccio (.233) had two hits apiece.
  • RHP Brad Markley (0.00) tossed two scoreless innings of relief.

Mesa Cubs (7-3)
1st Place (+1.0)

Mesa tallied two runs in the seventh inning to beat the visiting AZL Padres, 6-4.

  • DH Eloy Jimenez (.444) went 2-for-4 with a sixth-inning, two-run homer.
  • C Alberto Mineo (.360) and LF Ricardo Marcano (.278) recorded two hits apiece.
  • RHP Adbert Alzolay (1-0, 5.25) earned the win, and RHP Carlos Llano (4.50) earned his first save.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/1/14

Iowa racked up a pair of wins Tuesday, and Tennessee, Kane County, Boise and Mesa were also victorious. Only Daytona was on the losing end of the scoreboard. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (46-38)
1st Place (+2.0)

GM 1: Iowa won its third-straight game, beating visiting Omaha, 5-3.

  • RHP Kyle Hendricks gave up three earned runs over six innings, striking out seven and picking up his 10th win of the year.
  • CF Arismendy Alcantara (.305) went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base (19) to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
  • RF Brett Jackson (.205) went 2-for-3 with a game-high three RBI (11) and a triple (3).
  • LHP Zac Rosscup (2.89) tossed a scoreless seventh inning to earn his first save of the year.

GM 2: Brett Jackson hit a walkoff, three-run homer in the eighth inning to lift Iowa over Omaha, 7-4.

  • Jackson (.215) finished the doubleheader going 4-for-6 with a homer and six RBI.
  • 3B Kris Bryant (.333) went 2-for-4 with two runs, a double (4) and two RBI (17).
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.307) went 2-for-4 with a stolen base (20) to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He’s batting .467 (21-for-45) with four doubles, a triple, two homers, eight RBI, and 10 runs scored during his streak.
  • RHP Armando Rivero (2-0, 2.84) struck out five and allowed two runs in two innings to earn the win.

Tennessee Smokies (9-4)
1st Place (+2.0)

Tennessee scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally past Montgomery, 6-5.

  • RHP Corey Black pitched 4.2 innings, giving up no runs on four hits and four walks.
  • SS Elliot Soto (.208) batted leadoff and went 3-for-4 with a run, a double (5) and one RBI (7).
  • 3B Jonathan Mota (.220) also recorded three hits, going 3-for-4 with a run and a double (4).
  • LF Kevin Brown (.417) and C Charles Cutler (.335) had two hits apiece.
  • RHP Zach Cates (1-1, 2.61) earned the win, while RHP Frank Batista (0.87) earned his third save.

Daytona Cubs (8-4)
T-2nd Place (-1.0)

Daytona managed just five hits in a 3-0 loss to visiting Brevard County.

  • RF Pin-Chieh Chen (.275) recorded the D-Cubs’ lone multihit game, going 2-for-3.
  • CF Albert Almora (.259) and 3B Wes Darvill (.254) each had a hit.
  • RHP Stephen Perakslis (5.49) struck out two over 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Kane County Cougars (9-2)
1st Place (+1.5)

Kane County scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning to beat visiting Peoria, 6-1.

  • RHP Paul Blackburn pitched six scoreless innings, striking out three and picking up the win.
  • 2B Ben Carhart (.280) went 1-for-4 with a third-inning, three-run homer.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.171) went 1-for-4 with a double (3) and two RBI (6).
  • RHP Jose Arias (2.00) allowed just one hit in two scoreless innings of relief.

Boise Hawks (8-11)
T-2nd Place (-4.0)

Boise used a 19-hit attack to rout host Tri-City, 14-3. The 19 hits by the Hawks were their most since recording 20 hits vs. Yakima in 2009.

  • LHP Tyler Ihrig gave up two earned runs over six innings, striking out five and walking none to secure the win.
  • Jesse Hodges (.215) went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, two home runs and a career-high six RBI (12). The six RBI are the most by a Boise player since Kyler Burke had six vs. Vancouver during the 2008 season.
  • 1B Daniel Canela (.323) reached base five times, going a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs scored, a walk and one RBI (8).
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.216) batted leadoff and went 3-for-5 with an eighth-inning two-run homer.
  • CF Rashad Crawford (.271), LF Mark Zagunis (.385), DH Mark Malave (.244) and 2B Zak Blair (.250) all had multihit games.

Mesa Cubs (6-3)
1st Place (+0.5)

Mesa scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat the visiting AZL Reds, 6-4.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.313) reached base four times, going 3-for-3 with a run, a walk and one RBI (7).
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.400) and 1B Ricardo Marcano (.250) had two hits apiece.
  • RHP Ryan Williams (1-0, 0.00) earned the win, while RHP Yomar Morel (0.00) picked up his first save.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/30/14

Iowa brought the big bats and came away with a walk-off win, but Tennessee lost in walk-off fashion while Boise’s opponents scored some big runs late on Monday. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (44-38)
1st Place (+0.5)

Josh Vitters hit a walk-off single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to lift Iowa over Omaha, 7-6.

  • 3B Kris Bryant (.333) went 2-for-4 with an eighth inning grand slam.
  • DH Manny Ramirez (.375) went 3-for-4 with a seventh-inning, two-run homer.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara went 1-for-4 with a run scored to extend his hitting streak to nine games. He’s batting .474 (18-for-38) with four doubles, a triple, two homers, eight RBI, and 10 runs scored during his streak. He was named the PCL Player of the Week for June 23-29, batting a league-best .517 last week with six multi-hit games.
  • RHP Marcus Hatley (2-1, 2.27) earned the win after tossing a scoreless top of the 10th inning.

Tennessee Smokies (8-4)
1st Place (+1.0)

Montgomery tallied a run in the top of the 10th inning to beat Tennessee, 3-2.

  • SS Elliot Soto (.185) recorded Tennessee’s lone multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double (4) and one RBI (6).
  • LHP Jeff Lorick (5.21) and RHP Lendy Castillo (2.74) each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.
  • RHP Matt Loosen was dealt a no-decision despite tossing his fifth quality start of the campaign.
  • Right-hander Dae-Eun Rhee has been named the league’s Pitcher of the Week for the time period between June 23-29. Rhee posted a 2-0 record and 1.42 ERA (2 ER in 12.2 IP), adding 13 strikeouts while only walking three.

Boise Hawks (7-11)
4th Place (-4.0)

Host Tri-City scored nine runs over the final two innings to beat Boise, 11-5.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.259) went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a team-high three RBI (8).
  • LF Mark Zagunis (.333) and 3B Jesse Hodges (.183) each recorded two hits apiece.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.188) went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and his eighth stolen base of the year.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/26/14

In a full slate of minor league games Thursday, Tennessee and Kane County both pitched shutouts, Mesa secured a victory, and Iowa split a doubleheader. On the down side, Daytona gave up a late lead, and Boise’s bats were quiet. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (41-37)
2nd Place (-1.5)

Game 1: Iowa won the first game of the road doubleheader, topping the Sky Sox, 7-3.

  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.294) led off the ninth with his ninth homer, finishing 2-for-3 with two runs, a double (20) and two RBI (35).
  • CF Ryan Kalish (.233) had his first three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4 with a run, his fourth double, two RBI (10) and two stolen bases (6).
  • 1B Chris Valaika (.306) added two singles, a run and his 37th RBI.
  • RHP Kyle Hendricks tossed his fourth-consecutive quality start, and 10th in 15 starts this season. He pitched six innings of two-run ball, striking out four, to pick up the victory.

Game 2: Player/coach Manny Ramirez made his season debut with Iowa, going 0-for-4 and reaching on an error as the I-Cubs fell in the nightcap at Colorado Springs, 7-6.

  • SS Javier Baez (.237) went 3-for-4 with two runs, two doubles (13) and his team-leading 44th RBI.
  • Iowa totaled six doubles on the night—two from Baez and one each from 3B Kris Bryant (1-for-4, RBI), PH Ryan Kalish (1-for-3, R), C Eli Whiteside (1-for-3) and Alcantara (1-for-4, R).

Tennessee Smokies (6-2)
1st Place (+1.5)

Tennessee blanked host Jackson for a 4-0 victory.

  • RHP Corey Black pitched 5.1 scoreless innings, striking out three and picking up his third win of the season.
  • Five Smokies recorded two hits apiece—2B Stephen Bruno (.300), 3B Christian Villanueva (.364), RF Rubi Silva (.255), LF Jonathan Mota (.192) and SS Elliot Soto (.152). Villanueva has three-straight multihit games (7-for-13).
  • DH Charles Cutler (.322) hit a double (9) and knocked in a run (27) in four tries. He had the Smokies’ only extra-base hit.
  • Following Black’s 5.1 scoreless frames, LHP Hunter Cervenka (2.87) and RHP P.J. Francescon (3.12) completed the shutout, throwing two and 1.2 innings, respectively.

Daytona Cubs (5-3)
T-1st Place (–)

RHP Michael Jensen (L, 4-3) allowed visiting Dunedin to take the lead with two earned runs in the ninth, and Daytona lost, 5-3.

  • SS Marco Hernandez (.276) was the only Cub to record multiple hits, including his eighth double.
  • Team RBI leaders 1B Dan Vogelbach (.271, 35 RBI) and CF Albert Almora (.254, 34 RBI) each added one to their season totals.

Kane County Cougars (5-2)
T-2nd Place (-0.5)

RHP Daury Torrez tossed eight scoreless innings in a 5-0 victory over Wisconsin.

  • Torrez struck out seven and gave up five hits over eight innings in the win.
  • C Kyle Schwarber (.455), C Ben Carhart (.293) and 1B Jacob Rogers (.263) each went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Schwarber and Carhart hit their third and 15th doubles, respectively.
  • CF Trey Martin (.231) doubled in four tries and knocked in two (22).
  • RHP James Pugliese (1.24) polished off the win with a perfect ninth inning.

Boise Hawks (5-9)
4th Place (-4.0)

Boise managed just five hits in a 10-0 loss to visiting Hillsboro.

  • CF Rashad Crawford (.243) hit his second double and his third triple of the season.
  • DH Justin Marra (.325) went 2-for-3 with his fifth double. He leads the team with eight extra-base hits.
  • RHPs Greyfer Eregua (6.00) and David Garner (1.50) finished the game with four scoreless frames, allowing just one hit and fanning six.

Mesa Cubs (4-1)
1st Place (+0.5)

Mesa improved to a league-best 4-1, topping the visiting Athletics, 7-4.

  • DH Jorge Soler hit his first homer, a two-run shot, and finished 1-for-2 with two runs and two RBI. In three games this season, he is 5-for-10 (.500) with three runs, two doubles, a homer and four RBI.
  • CF Charcer Burks (.524) added a solo shot in the eighth. In five games, he is 11-for-21 (.524) with nine runs, four doubles, a triple, a homer, seven RBI and four stolen bases.
  • LHP Andin Diaz (1-0, 0.00) earned the win in his first appearance, spinning three scoreless innings and striking out two.
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