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.

Cubs Lineup: 6/30/15

Cubs vs. Mets – Citi Field
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Mets Starter: Jon Niese, LHP
TV: CSN Chicago, ESPN; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Starlin Castro, SS
5. Chris Denorfia, RF
6. Matt Szczur, LF
7. David Ross, C
8. Kyle Hendricks, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/29/15

South Bend had a late rally to earn a victory, and Eugene held off its opponent to grab a win Monday. All the other affiliates were in action but were handed losses. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (40-36)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-9.0)

Iowa fell to New Orleans in 12 innings in the series finale, 2-1. The two teams split the series, 2-2.

  • RF Jorge Soler (.000) went 0-for-3 in his first rehab game with Iowa, but drove in the team’s only run with an RBI ground out in the fifth inning.
  • C-1B Taylor Teagarden (.279) went 2-for-5, marking his seventh multi-hit game of the campaign.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.270) went 0-for-3, but drew a season-high two walks.
  • LHP Jeffry Antigua (4.29) allowed just one run on three hits in 5.0 frames. He has allowed just two earned runs in his last three appearances (10.0 innings).

Tennessee Smokies (3-2)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Second Place (-1.0)

Ryan Williams (2.30) tossed his third straight quality start for Tennessee, but the Smokies fell to Mobile in the series finale, 3-2.

  • RF Billy McKinney (.310) went 2-for-4 and scored once.
  • 3B Taylor Davis (.333) went 1-for-4 with an RBI (8).
  • 2B Stephen Bruno went 0-for-2 and plated one (31). He has earned 11 RBI in his last seven appearances.
  • RHP Ryan Williams fanned four in 6.0 innings, surrendering one run in the no-decision. In his last four starts (22.0 innings), Williams has allowed just four runs while fanning 16.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (0-5)
Carolina League (High-A)
Fourth Place (-4.5)

Myrtle Beach dropped its fifth straight game to begin the second half, falling 2-1 at Winston-Salem.

  • LF Chesny Young (.346) went 1-for-4, knocked a double (5) and plated one (16).
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.265) went 1-for-4 with a double (19). He has hit a double in his last three starts.
  • RHP Daury Torrez (4.14) tossed his second consecutive quality start, allowing just one run off seven hits while fanning six batters.
  • The Pelicans were 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

South Bend Cubs (4-1)
Midwest League (Low-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend rallied with three runs in the seventh inning to top Lansing, 4-2.

  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.254) went 3-for-4 with two doubles (6), a stolen base (8) and one run scored.
  • DH Yasiel Balaguert (.286) went 3-for-4 and plated one (31), marking his fifth three-hit game.
  • LF Charcer Burks (.273) went 1-for-5 and crushed his first home run, a solo blast to tie the game in the third inning.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.271) went 2-for-4.

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

Eugene held off a late Tri-City rally to best the Dust Devils, 5-4.

  • 1B Matt Rose (.462) went 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI (4) and two runs scored.
  • 3B Adonis Paula (.297) went 2-for-4 and plated two runs (6).
  • DH Donnie Dewees (.231) went 2-for-5 with a double and scored once.
  • CF Ian Happ (.282) went 1-for-3 with two walks, a stolen base (4) and one run scored.
  • PH Justin Marra (.318) went 1-for-1 with an RBI (3).

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

Mesa dropped its second straight game following a four-game winning streak, falling to the AZL Mariners, 3-1.

  • LF Alex Bautista (.308) went 2-for-4 and drove in one run (2).
  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.310) went 1-for-4 with a double (4) and one run scored.
  • RHP Jesus Camargo (1.80) gave up just one run while fanning five batters in 5.0 innings of relief.
  • RHP Jesus Castillo (7.36) tossed 2.0 scoreless frames and allowed just two hits.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/28/15

Iowa battled back for a win and Tennessee split a doubleheader, but everybody else was on the losing end Sunday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s action:

Iowa Cubs (40-35)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-9.0)

Iowa rallied for two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat New Orleans, 6-5.

  • LF Junior Lake (.306) went 2-for-4 with a double (7), two RBI (16) and a run scored. He has gone 9-for-14 (.643) with three doubles and four runs scored in his last four games.
  • 1B Mike Olt (.286) finished 2-for-4 with a double (3) and a run scored in his sixth rehab game with Iowa.
  • RF Rubi Silva (.268) collected two hits, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
  • SS Ryan Dent (.269) went 2-for-4 with a triple (1), a run scored and a season-high two RBI (5).

Tennessee Smokies (3-1)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-First Place (–)

The Smokies split their doubleheader at Mobile, taking Game 1, 5-4, before falling in Game 2, 7-3.

  • 1B Dan Vogelbach (.286) went a combined 2-for-4 with a double (13), a home run (5), three walks, two runs scored and three RBI (34). His home run was a two-run shot in the second game.
  • C Taylor Davis (.348) went 2-for-3 with a solo home run (3) in Game 2. He is 6-for-12 with two doubles and three home runs in his last three starts.
  • C Willson Contreras (.330) and 2B Stephen Bruno (.293) each went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Game 1.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (0-4)
Carolina League (High-A)
Fourth Place (-3.5)

Myrtle Beach dropped its fourth straight game to begin the second half, falling 3-2 at Winston-Salem.

  • SS Chesny Young (.348) went 2-for-5 for his 11th multi-hit game in June.
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.222) extended his hitting streak to six games (9-for-22), going 2-for-4 with a double (8) and an RBI (15).
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez struck out five in 7.0 innings, giving up one earned run in the no-decision. He has allowed just one earned run in four of his last five outings and went 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA (7 ER/26.0 IP) in five June starts.

South Bend Cubs (3-1)
Midwest League (Low-A)
First Place (+1.0)

South Bend dropped its first game of the second half, falling 6-3 at Lake County.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.319) went 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run, a run scored and two RBI (42).
  • DH Kevin Encarnacion (.267) went 2-for-4.
  • C Erick Castillo (.273) collected his first multi-hit game at South Bend, going 2-for-4.

Eugene Emeralds (5-6)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene surrendered eight runs in the eighth and ninth innings, falling 8-2 vs. Tri-City.

  • CF Ian Happ (.278) hit his third home run, going 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
  • C Ian Rice (.333) reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.
  • LHP Andin Diaz has allowed just two earned runs on six hits in 9.2 IP in his first two starts after pitching 5.2 scoreless innings Sunday.

Mesa Cubs (4-3)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place (–)

Mesa had its four-game winning streak snapped, dropping an 11-6 contest against the Giants.

  • SS Carlos Sepulveda (.296) went 2-for-5 with two RBI (3). He has hit safely in all six games (8-for-27).
  • CF Robert Garcia (.333) went 2-for-3 with a triple (1), a run scored and two RBI (7). Garcia is 5-for-8 with a double, a triple, three runs scored and six RBI in his last two games.
  • RHP Dylan Cease threw 2.0 perfect innings, fanning two batters.

Eddie Vedder joins the Hot Stove Cool Music concert lineup

Vedder140724_Cubs_021Pearl Jam frontman and rock icon Eddie Vedder will take the stage at the fourth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert on July 9 at Wrigleyville’s Metro. Vedder will join Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons and Chicago Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper as part of the all-star music lineup at the annual event celebrating music, baseball and charitable giving.

“We are thrilled and honored Eddie Vedder has volunteered to play the show and help raise money for deserving nonprofits in Chicago,” said Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations and Foundation To Be Named Later co-founder Theo Epstein. “Hot Stove Cool Music revolves around the power of music, baseball and community involvement. There’s no better person to represent that spirit than Eddie. He’s a rock legend, a tried-and-true Cubs fan and he has a tremendous heart. It will be a memorable night for everyone.”

The fundraiser will feature ensemble performances by Chicago and Boston rockers including John Stirratt (Wilco), Daxx Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Jennifer Hall, Matt Spiegel and Curt Morrison (Tributosaurus), Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies, Mysteries of Life), Jake Smith (Mysteries of Life), Gerald Dowd, Jason Narducy (Split Single, Bob Mould), Brendan Bayliss (Umphrey’s McGee), Will Dailey, Chris Cote, Phil Aiken, Paul Ahlstrand and more. WXRT’s Lin Brehmer, actor Joel Murray and actor/comedian Mike O’Malley will serve as the evening’s emcees.

A limited amount of general admission tickets will be released today at noon. Tickets will be available for $75 online at www.metrochicago.com or in person at the Metro box office located at 3730 N. Clark St. There will be no service fees for cash purchases at the Metro box office. VIP tickets can also be purchased online at www.metrochicago.com.

Proceeds benefit Cubs Charities and Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL). Both nonprofit organizations share the same mission to help underserved youth in Chicago.

Cubs Lineup: 6/26/15

Cubs vs. Cardinals – Busch Stadium
First Pitch: 7:15 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta
Cardinals Starter: John Lackey, RHP
TV: ABC-7, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Miguel Montero, C
5. Chris Coghlan, LF
6. Starlin Castro, SS
7. Mike Baxter, RF
8. Jake Arrieta, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/25/15

Iowa took both games of a doubleheader, and Tennessee, South Bend, Eugene and Mesa all captured victories as well on Thursday. Only Myrtle Beach was on the losing side. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (38-34)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-10.0)

Iowa swept a doubleheader against visiting Omaha, winning Game 1, 3-2, in 10 innings on a Kyle Schwarber walk-off double. The I-Cubs then blanked the Storm Chasers in Game 2, 1-0.

  • RHP Dallas Beeler (6.79) struck out six in 6.1 innings of the first game, giving up two earned runs in the no-decision.
  • RHP Carlos Pimentel (3.15) fanned nine batters in 6.0 scoreless innings to pick up his sixth win of the year. He’s gone 4-1 with a 0.95 ERA in five June starts.
  • 3B Mike Olt (.429) went 3-for-4 with a home run (1) in Game 1 and followed that up with a pair of walks in the second game. He is 3-for-9 with a double and a home run in three rehab games at Iowa.
  • RHP Neil Ramirez (0.00) allowed one hit and fanned one batter in 0.2 scoreless innings in Game 1. It was his first rehab outing with Iowa (third overall).
  • DH Kyle Schwarber (.222) went 2-for-5 with a triple (1) and a walk-off RBI double in Game 1.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.277) went 2-for-2 and drove in the only run in the nightcap.

Tennessee Smokies (1-0)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-First Place (–)

Taylor Davis hit two solo home runs to lift the Smokies past host Mobile, 2-1.

  • C Taylor Davis (.286) went 2-for-4 with the two home runs (2). He has five RBI in four games with the Smokies after starting the season at Triple-A Iowa.
  • LF Billy McKinney (.319) went 3-for-4, extending his hitting streak to six games (13-for-20), including three three-hit efforts. McKinney is batting .339 (20-for-59) in 18 June contests.
  • RHP Tayler Scott (2.30) collected his third win, striking out four batters in 2.1 scoreless frames.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (0-1)
Carolina League (High-A)
Fourth Place (-1.0)

The Pelicans dropped a 2-1 decision at Carolina to open the season’s second half.

  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.294) went 2-for-4 with a stolen base (10). He has five multi-hit games in his last nine contests and is hitting .321 (26-for-81) in 23 June games.
  • DH Daniel Lockhart (.214) went 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to three games (5-for-11).
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.319) went 1-for-4 and scored the Pelicans only run.

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

South Bend opened the second half with a 4-3 victory at Lake County.

  • 3B Jason Vosler (.261) went 2-for-4 with his first homer of the season and two RBI (16).
  • SS Gleyber Torres (.315) went 2-for-4 with a triple (3) and a run scored. He has three multi-hit games in his last four contests.
  • RHP Zach Hedges tossed his fourth quality start of the season to collect the win, striking out five in 6.2 innings.

Eugene Emeralds (3-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-Second Place (-2.0)

Eugene won its second straight game, topping visiting Boise, 3-1.

  • DH Justin Marra (.278) went 2-for-3 with a double (1), a triple (1), a walk, an RBI and a run scored.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.235) went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
  • LHP Justin Steele (0.82) has allowed one earned run in 11.0 innings to begin his campaign. He struck out six in 6.0 innings, giving up just one earned run.

Mesa Cubs (3-2)
Arizona Rookie League
T-First Place (–)

The Mesa Cubs scored three runs in the first inning and held on for a 6-4 win over the Angels.

  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.316) has doubled in three straight games, going 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored last night.
  • 1B Joe Martarano (.294), LF Jose Paniagua (.267) and SS Carlos Jimenez (.429) all had multi-hit games.

Cubs sign second-round pick Dewees

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Photo courtesy University of North Florida

On Thursday, the Cubs announced they have signed outfielder Donnie Dewees, the club’s second-round pick (47th overall) of the 2015 Draft.

Dewees, 21, was named a semifinalist for the 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award and was named the 2015 Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year. The redshirt sophomore batted .422 (106-for-251) with 88 runs, 12 doubles, eight triples, 18 home runs and 68 RBI in 60 games for North Florida this season. The left-handed hitter recorded a .483 on-base percentage, thanks to 30 walks compared to just 16 strikeouts, and a .749 slugging percentage, good for a 1.232 OPS. He led the nation in hits (106), runs, slugging percentage and total bases (188).

Earlier in 2015, Dewees held the nation’s longest hitting streak of 31 games, and he recorded two hitting streaks of 16 games or more this season, helping the Ospreys to their first-ever Atlantic Sun regular season championship.

In 2014, Dewees hit .340 (51-for-150) with 31 runs, nine doubles, one triple, three homers, 20 RBI and 20 walks for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod League. In 2013 with North Florida, the 5-foot, 11-inch, 180-pounder was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. A native of Crystal River, Fla., Dewees graduated from Crystal River High School.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/24/15

Eugene had a pair of big innings to secure its second win, and the Mesa bats led the way in a victory Wednesday. Iowa was rained out, while Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend wrapped up their All-Star breaks and will return to play Thursday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Eugene Emeralds (2-5)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
Fourth Place (-2.0)

Eugene rallied for eight runs in the sixth and seventh innings to defeat visiting Boise, 8-3.

  • LHP Carson Sands (4.09) fanned six in 6.0 innings, giving up three earned runs in the no-decision.
  • 2B Frandy Delarosa (.240) went 2-for-4 with a triple (1) and a team-high four RBI (5).
  • SS Ho-young Son (.308) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base (2). He has three multi-hit games in his last four contests.
  • RF Ricardo Marcano (.308) went 2-for-4, his first multi-hit game of the season.
  • RHP Jae-Hoon Ha collected his first victory, striking out four batters in 2.0 hitless innings.

Mesa Cubs (2-2)
Arizona League (Rookie League)
T-Second Place (-1.0)

The Mesa Cubs collected 11 hits to win their second straight, defeating the Angels, 6-5.

  • C Yohan Matos (.143) went 1-for-4 with a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth inning.
  • 3B Wladimir Galindo (.250) went 3-for-4 with a double (2).
  • SS Andruw Monasterio (.300) went 2-for-4 with two doubles (2) and a run scored.
  • LHP Carlos Rodriguez tossed 2.0 perfect frames to earn the win, fanning one.

Cubs Lineup: 6/25/15

Cubs vs. Dodgers – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Dodgers Starter: Carlos Frias, RHP
TV: ABC-7, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Chris Denorfia, CF
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Chris Coghlan, LF
5. Addison Russell, SS
6. Mike Baxter, RF
7. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Jonathan Herrera, 2B

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