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The Cubs will see Reds ace Johnny Cueto on Sunday. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)
The Cubs go from pitcher’s environment to hitter’s paradise as they head to Cincinnati for a three-game set. GM Walt Jocketty finally addressed an area this offseason that has plagued the Reds for years: the leadoff spot. And, boy, did he ever. Center fielder Shin-Soo Choo has put up a monstrous .300/.449/.535 (AVG/OBP/SLG) slash line with nine home runs in 45 games. That’s a far cry from the sub-.300 on-base percentage days of Corey Patterson, Willy Taveras and Drew Stubbs—even if Choo is better suited to a corner outfield spot. He is exactly the type of player the Reds need as they look to capture their third division title in four years.
HITTING 4.8 RS/G, 2nd in NL
It’s true that only Choo and other-worldly first baseman Joey Votto get on base with any consistency, but it’s been at such a great rate (roughly 47 percent of plate appearances combined) it’s allowed the team’s power to have maximum effect. Votto, of course, supplies plenty of pop, but so do second baseman Brandon Phillips, third baseman Todd Frazier and right fielder Jay Bruce—though impressively, it’s Choo who leads the team in home runs. On the defensive end, young shortstop Zack Cozart pairs up with Phillips to form one of the game’s best double-play tandems. And Votto has worked hard to become a good fielder at first. In the end, this is a lineup that does it all besides steal bases. It will be vital for Cubs pitchers to limit baserunners in order to mitigate any damage from home runs in Great American Ball Park.
PITCHING 3.6 RA/G, 5th in NL
The lineup gets the plaudits, but the pitching at least deserves a, “You’re not looking so bad yourself.” Every starting pitcher has an ERA below 3.50, from veteran Bronson Arroyo—who throws tonight—to the other four arms (all ages 27 and below). Some of the across-the-board improvements in the last few years could be credited to the defense, but there’s more to it than that. The Cubs will also see ace Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey this weekend. Owner of a corkscrew windup and one of the game’s most deceptive change-ups, Cueto has continually refined his command to become a truly outstanding starting pitcher. The improved control has paid off in reduced walks and home runs, though he didn’t look his finest in last week’s return from oblique and back issues. Interestingly, he’s even spoken about reducing the twist in his motion if it would prevent future injuries. Once seen as a disappointment after being heralded as a top prospect, Bailey is another member of the pitching staff who has seen a downward trend in his walks—and he not only earned a no-hitter last year but also posted a career-best ERA. Flame-throwing lefty Aroldis Chapman is the closer, but rookie J.J. Hoover has also picked up a save or two.
As Memorial Day weekend approaches, let’s take a moment to thank our troops for all they do—and all they have done—for our country. Prior to joining the North Siders in 1953, “Mr. Cub,” Ernie Banks, spent two years in the United States Army during the Korean War. Former Cubs pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander also served in the Army during World War I.
Lendy Castillo fanned a season-high nine batters in 5.1 innings of relief. (Photo by Stephen Green)
Iowa and Tennessee both captured a win with shutout performances Thursday while Daytona fell despite offensive power and Kane County dropped an early lead. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action:
Iowa Cubs (19-25)
Iowa plated two, first-inning runs, blanking visiting Las Vegas 4-0. The I-Cubs have won four of their last five games.
- 2B Logan Watkins (.233) went 2-for-4 with a homer, a run scored and a team-high two RBI (10).
- LF Dave Sappelt (.308) extended his hitting streak to five games (.563/9-for-16), going 2-for-3 with a walk and a RBI (10).
- 3B Josh Vitters (.262) reached base three times, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
Tennessee Smokies (24-21)
Tennessee plated two, fourth-inning runs, blanking Hunstville 2-0.
- SS Arismendy Alcantara (.271) reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two walks, a homer, a run scored, a RBI (23) and a stolen base (14).
- RF Tim Torres (.283) went 1-for-3 with a double (5) and a RBI (4).
- C Rafael Lopez (.266) was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
- RHP Marcus Hatley (3.00) converted his second save, allowing a hit and a walk while fanning one in a scoreless ninth frame.
Daytona Cubs (23-22)
Despite collecting 12 hits, Daytona dropped an 8-4 decision at Jupiter.
- CF John Andreoli (.305) went 3-for-5 with a triple (6) and a team-high two runs scored.
- 1B Dustin Geiger (.325) recorded his eighth multi-hit game of the month, going 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly RBI, his team-leading 40th RBI of the season.
- SS Tim Saunders (.179) went 2-for-4 with a stolen base (13).
Kane County Cougars (20-23)
Kane County squandered an 8-4, fourth inning lead, dropping a 9-8, 14-inning marathon at Peoria.
- CF Albert Almora (.636) went 4-for-7 with two doubles (3), a run scored and a RBI (2) in his second game with the Cougars.
- 3B Jeimer Candelario (.267) extended his hitting streak to eight games (.417/15-for-36), going 2-for-7 with a double (16) and a team-high four RBI (16).
- LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.231) reached base three times, going 1-for-5 with two walks, a team-high three runs scored and two RBI (11).
- RHP Lendy Castillo (6.93) scattered five hits and two walks while fanning a season-high nine in 5.1 scoreless innings of relief.
- LHP Jeff Antigua (2.91) fanned four in two perfect innings of relief.
Cubs fan are cut from a different cloth. They’re passionate, dedicated and—as the club’s 2013 ad campaign has displayed—incredibly committed. A few examples include the Galbraith family, whose house is tricked out in Cubs memorabilia; Adam Weiler, who remembers spending significant time hanging out in his car listening to Harry Caray’s game broadcasts; and David Eagan, who has turned the back of his head into a Cubs shrine. For the May issue of Vine Line, we talked to these committed fans as well as the people who made the ad campaign happen.
It all started with a bet.
About four years ago, David Eagan, a bouncer at a South Side bar and die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, was having a drink with some friends at the Polish American Club in his native Chicago Heights when the conversation turned to tattoos.
Eagan, who’s sported a shaved head for years, expressed interest in having the Cubs emblem permanently etched onto the back of his scalp. The proposition was quickly dismissed by one of the patrons, who bet Eagan the cost of the tattoo that he would never go through with it.
But Eagan, who’s built like a longshoreman but has the soft-spoken manner of a librarian, does not joke around, especially when it comes to his beloved Cubbies.
“People have learned that when I say I’m going to do something, I’ve already got it in my head that I’m doing it,” said Eagan, now 33 years old.
A few weeks later, he returned to the club to collect on that free ink. After approximately 90 minutes in the tattoo parlor, the pale, smooth real estate between Eagan’s ears was now the proud home of a royal blue Cubbie Bear logo. Best of all, Eagan didn’t have to pay a cent for it—his bar buddy gladly honored the wager and ponied up.
Eagan has returned to the inkwell a few times since then to celebrate his beloved hometown team, most notably adding legendary third baseman Ron Santo’s autograph and retired number 10—crowned by a golden halo—above the bear about a year ago.
“I get a lot of people saying, ‘Please tell me you’re getting paid for that,’” he said. “Why am I going to ask for a paycheck for something I love?”
A Fan-Centric Approach
If you didn’t spy Eagan’s impressive cranial tribute while wandering the right-field bleachers at Wrigley Field on Opening Day, don’t worry. By now you’ve probably caught a glimpse of it while watching a game on WGN, surfing the Internet or standing on a CTA platform. The Cubs marketing machine has made Eagan’s tattoo a star, thanks to a recently launched, full-scale campaign that includes transit ads and TV commercials featuring Eagan and other dedicated Cubs fans.
It’s all part of the Cubs’ new “Committed” marketing push, which was conceived by Chicago-based ad agency Schafer Condon Carter after they won the account in November 2012. Launched in late March, “Committed” celebrates Cubs fandom across the country and honors fans’ longstanding loyalty to the team with the promise of one day winning the World Series.
The latter is not subtext—it’s the linchpin of the whole messaging effort. Much of the campaign’s creative is surprisingly confident and bold, especially for a young team coming off a rough season. The ads proclaim, in loud Cubs blue and red, “Love Deserves a Ring,” “Not If, When,” and “Nothing Worth Having Ever Comes Easy.”
When evaluating their marketing options, the Cubs were searching for a single-minded message, and SCC challenged the organization to broadcast what they were already talking about internally, said Cubs Senior Marketing Director Alison Miller.
“Let’s tell our fans that we’re serious about this,” Miller said of the deliberations. “It might not be in 2013, but we’re all working hard to get to the ultimate goal of winning the World Series.”
But perhaps the most impactful aspect of the campaign is the collection of unscripted, documentary-style commercials featuring an assemblage of everyday Cubs fans speaking from the heart about their lifetime relationship with the franchise.
“Our fans have been so committed to us, so why not celebrate and highlight the loyal fans we have?” Miller said.
In addition to Eagan, the TV spots include Jessi and Jeff Galbraith, newlyweds from Indianapolis, whose home is a veritable Cubs shrine; Adam Weiler, a Wrigleyville father who is playfully fighting his Milwaukee Brewers-loving wife for the baseball soul of their toddler son, Henry; a vignette featuring three college buddies with a lucky chant slated to air a little later in the campaign; and a lone player spot, which hasn’t been produced yet.
There’s also a community-based, social media component to the campaign that allows fans to go online at cubs.com and share their own experiences, including uploading photos and videos they shoot themselves at home or at the ballpark. These stories could be used in the next phase of the campaign.
As unconventional as the advertising concept sounds—promoting a major league ballclub using fans instead of players—the actual drafting of the commercials’ talent was easier than you might think. Instead of putting out a casting call through social media, SCC trekked out to the three-day Cubs Convention in mid-January to recruit potential fans.
Foot traffic past SCC’s table was light on the first day, according to account executive Molly Gilles, but that quickly changed on days two and three after the firm printed flyers, made signs and walked the convention floor to inform people they could be in an official Cubs commercial.
“Once you phrase it like that, people were coming over in droves,” Gilles said.
SCC talked to more than 150 people and gathered hours of footage and stories—everything from the offbeat, such as grown men clad from head to toe in Cubs pajamas, to the heartfelt, like the woman who broke down in tears telling the story of how much the team meant to her recently deceased brother.
The takeaway from those conversations, according to SCC Creative Director Michael Dorich, wasn’t simply how loyal Cubs fans were; it was how optimistic they sounded about the team’s World Series prospects.
“People in the interviews didn’t say ‘eventually’ or ‘one day,’” Dorich said. “They believe it’s going to happen and that we’re on track.”
Without being pressed, Dorich is quick to disclose the fact that he is, in fact, a White Sox fan (his fellow creative director on the project, Ron Sone, is a longtime Cubs supporter). But Dorich has a ready rejoinder for Cubs fans who may view him with suspicion in light of this information.
“In 2005 I did make a promise to the powers that be: If the Sox win the World Series, I would not be a Cub-hater,” he said. “I’m not a Cub-hater. I’m a baseball fan.”
The Stuff of Devotion
Jeff and Jessi Galbraith were two enthusiastic fans who made the final cut.
“We let the Cubs flag fly—literally,” said the 26-year-old Jessi. “It’s always in front of our house.”
The couple, who hail from Illinois but now live in Indianapolis, met in May 2010 while at a party in Carbondale, Ill. As Jessi tells it, Jeff, now 29, was easy to spot because of the Cubs hat on his head and the Old Style in his hand. She approached him with a compliment, but since this was Southern Illinois—the baseball equivalent of a demilitarized zone separating Cubs fans from Cardinals fans—he didn’t believe her.
“I told him, ‘I’m a Cubs fan. I was listening to the game on the drive down here,’” Jessi said. “He said that’s when he fell in love with me, when he figured out I was a crazy Cubs fan listening to the game on the radio.”
They married a little more than two years later and even had their engagement photos taken at Wrigley Field. The convention tickets were a wedding gift from husband to wife, along with a baseball autographed by former Cub Geovany Soto. The idea to try out for the commercial was Jeff’s, according to Jessi, who was a little hesitant to participate but quickly became excited after they were chosen.
The spot features the couple proudly showcasing the Cubs paraphernalia that adorns their home, including jerseys, bats, a toaster, lawn chairs and cookie cutters—much of it purchased by friends and family off the couple’s wedding gift registry.
“Our collection has expanded exponentially since we got together,” Jessi said.
What the 30-second spot doesn’t touch on is the depth of Jessi’s devotion, which spills over into her career as a dental hygienist. On game days, the TV in the exam room is often tuned to WGN-TV, where the sound of Len Kasper’s play-by-play mercifully drowns out the unwelcome sounds of the dentist’s drill.
“My co-workers shake their heads and roll their eyes,” she said. “They think I’m nuts.”
It’s a Generational Thing
SCC has been using the word “authentic” to describe its work on the campaign. And that’s exactly what it is—right down to the intricate textures and stitching that adorn the ads’ text and logos, all perfectly rendered from genuine Cubs hats and uniforms. At the end of the day, it came down to keeping every component grounded. The spots feature real people, minimal makeup and no special effects.
“When you see Henry [Weiler] or you see David [Eagan], that’s what we’re talking about,” said SCC Managing Partner Michael D. Grossman. “We’re talking about love.”
Take one of the campaign’s stars, Adam Weiler. His commitment to the Cubs reaches beyond his season tickets and his home in the shadow of Wrigley Field—all the way back to rushing home from school in his native Aurora, Ill., to hear Harry Caray call a game. When Weiler was in graduate school at Michigan State University during the Cubs’ 1998 postseason run, he recalls sitting in his Pontiac Grand Am listening to the games on the radio, desperately wishing he was in the stands.
“The distance from the Cubs made the distance from home seem all that much larger,” said the 37-year-old Weiler.
More than a decade later, in July 2010, Weiler took his infant son, Henry, to his first Cubs game, despite the fact Henry’s wife, Catherine, is a dyed-in-the-wool Brewers fan and has been trying to nudge Henry toward her camp since his birth. Fortunately, Henry’s enthusiastic declaration of “Go Cubs!” at the end of his cute—and sneakily touching—TV spot shows the matter may be settled, which makes for one proud papa.
“He gets the concept there’s a side to be picked, and he’s firmly on daddy’s side,” Weiler boasted.
And just like that, it’s no longer about baseball. It’s about fathers and sons, the generations lying in wait for that elusive title, and the unexplainable force that binds together the passions, dreams and shared experiences of millions of fans. Powerful stuff, for sure, and the Cubs are planning to stick with it for the foreseeable future, according to marketing chief Miller.
“The objective is to continue the messaging year after year,” she says. “After we win a World Series, I’ll call the agency and tell them we have to change it. That will be a great conversation to have.”
—By Jim Distasio
Edwin Maysonet was one of three I-Cubs players to blast a homer Wednesday. (Photo by Stephen Green)
Iowa and Kane County were unable to recover from sizable deficits Wednesday while Daytona secured its sixth win in its last seven outings. Tennessee had the day off but will take the field tonight, hosting Huntsville. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action:
Iowa Cubs (18-25)
Las Vegas hit three home runs in the first four innings, defeating Iowa 9-4, snapping the Cubs three-game winning streak.
- CF Brian Bogusevic (.370) homered for the third straight game, extending his hitting streak to four games (.455/5-for-11).
- 2B Edwin Maysonet (.253) went 2-for-5 with a home run, a run scored and a RBI (13).
- LF Dave Sappelt (.286) extended his hitting streak to four games (.538/7-for-13), going 2-for-3 with a walk.
- RHP Casey Coleman (3 IP, 2 H, BB, 2 K) pitched a season-high three innings, allowing no runs.
Daytona Cubs (23-21)
Daytona led 6-1 after three innings, cruising to an 8-4 victory at Jupiter, the Cubs’ sixth win in their last seven games.
- LF John Andreoli (.296) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. He has collected at least three hits in five games this season.
- SS Javier Baez (.266) extended his hitting streak to nine games (.368/14-for-38), going 1-for-5 with a double (12), two runs scored and a RBI (25).
- 1B Dustin Geiger (.319) recorded his seventh multi-hit game of the month, going 2-for-5 with two RBI (39). He leads the Florida State League with 39 RBI.
- Austin Kirk earned his fifth win of the season, tops in the Cubs organization.
Kane County Cougars (20-23)
Kane County collected 10 hits, but mustered only two runs in a 9-2 setback at Peoria.
- CF Albert Almora (.750) went 3-for-4 with a double (1), a run scored and a RBI (1) in his first game of the season.
- 3B Jeimer Candelario (.266) extended his hitting streak to seven games (.448/13-for-29), going 1-for-4.
- 2B Gioskar Amaya (.259) went 1-for-4 with a triple (4) and a run scored.
- 1B Dan Vogelbach (.285) doubled and knocked in a run in four at-bats.
(Photo by Jason Wise)
Albert Almora has always felt most comfortable when he’s on a baseball diamond. For the first time during the 2013 regular season, he’ll get that opportunity.
The Cubs’ 2012 first-round draft pick was transferred to Single-A Kane County on Wednesday after missing the first portion of the season with a broken hamate bone in his wrist. The sixth overall pick of last year’s draft entered the season as the organization’s second-best prospect and minor league baseball’s No. 33 overall prospect, according to Baseball America. The publication also lists Almora as the best hitter for average and the best defensive outfielder in the Cubs minor league system.
After signing with the Cubs in early July, he split time between the Arizona Rookie League and Short-Season Boise. In 33 combined games, the outfielder hit .321/.331/.464 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with 12 doubles in 140 at-bats.
Almora joins an impressive list of former first rounders to play for the Cougars including Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Joe Blanton.
(Photo by Stephen Green)
The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Shawn Camp on the 15-day disabled list with a right big toe sprain and recalled right-handed pitcher Rafael Dolis from Triple-A Iowa.
Dolis, 25, is 1-0 with one save and a 5.40 ERA in 12 relief appearances (11.2 IP) with Iowa this season. This is already the third time he’s been with the big club, as he was up for brief stints from April 13-15 and May 6-8. He has appeared in two big league games in 2013, giving up no earned runs in 1.2 innings pitched. Dolis, who made the Opening Day roster in 2012, and has seen action with the Cubs each of the last three seasons, going 2-4 with four saves and a 5.93 ERA in 37 career big league relief appearances.
Camp, 37, is 1-1 with a 7.56 ERA (14 ER/16.2 IP) in 20 relief appearances this season.
Brian Bogusevic collected two homers in a doubleheader set Tuesday. (Photo by Stephen Green)
Iowa swept a doubleheader, Daytona’s late offensive outburst led to victory and Tennessee fell in a narrow 11-inning loss Tuesday. Kane County had the day off, but the Cougars return to the field tonight at Peoria. Here are some highlights from yesterday’s action.
Iowa Cubs (18-24)
Game 1: Iowa scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to walk off with a 2-1 victory over Las Vegas in the first game of a doubleheader.
- RF Brian Bogusevic (1-for-3, HR, R, RBI) hit a game-tying home run, leading off the bottom of the seventh.
- SS Donnie Murphy (.286) went 1-for-3, driving in the game-winning run with a two-out RBI-single.
- RHP Esmailin Caridad (3 IP, H, BB, 2 K) tossed a season-high, 3.0-scoreless frames.
- RHP Rafael Dolis (IP, BB, 3 K) earned his first win, striking out three in a scoreless seventh frame.
Game 2: Las Vegas scored five runs in the sixth inning to tie the game, but Iowa answered with a run in the bottom of the frame, winning 6-5 and sweeping the doubleheader.
- CF Brian Bogusevic (.368) homered in both games of the doubleheader, including a go-ahead blast in the bottom of the sixth inning. He finished 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs and a RBI (17), extending his hitting streak to three games (.444/4-for-9).
- LF Darnell McDonald (.221) collected two doubles (5) and two RBI (10) in four at-bats.
- RF Dave Sappelt (.261) extended his hitting streak to three games (.500/5-for-10), going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI (9).
- RHP Zach Putnam (IP, BB, K) converted his sixth save of the season.
Tennessee Smokies (23-21)
Chattanooga walked-off with a 5-4, 11-inning victory over Tennessee.
- CF Rubi Silva (.265) went 2-for-5 with a triple (5) and two RBI. He has reached base five times in his last 10 plate appearances.
- LF Tim Torres (.280) collected his third multi-hit game this month, going 2-for-5 with a double (4) and a run.
- SS Elliot Soto (.143) collected his first multi-hit game of the season, going 2-for-5 with a run scored.
- 3B Christian Villanueva (.265) extended his hitting streak to five games (.400/8-for-20) with a first-inning double.
Daytona Cubs (22-21)
Daytona scored five runs in the 10th inning, pulling away from Jupiter, 7-2.
- SS Javier Baez (.268) extended his hitting streak to eight games (.394/13-for-33), going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base (4).
- 3B Ben Carhart (.272) went 3-for-5 with a double (11) and a run scored.
- RF Jorge Soler (.299) went 2-for-4 with two RBI (20). He is hitting .462 (12-for-26) with five runs and four RBI over his last six games.
- C Chad Noble (.231) and DH Chadd Krist (.345) each went 2-for-4.
Russell Martin has played a big role in the Pirates’ early-season success. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
The Cubs head to Pittsburgh, where the Pirates have established themselves as one of the NL Central’s top three teams. Winners of eight of their last 10 games, the Bucs sit at 26-18—just two games back of the division-leading Cardinals. PNC Park generally plays as a pitcher-friendly stadium. With the Pirates’ deep pitching staff, runs could be at a premium in the next few days.
4.0 RS/G 11th in NL
At the plate, the Pirates have been somewhat of a stars-and-scrubs affair thus far. Center fielder Andrew McCutchen and left fielder Starling Marte form an outstanding one-two punch that will be in Pittsburgh for years to come. Both can hit, hit for power, steal bases and play the field. Marte does have nine walks to 45 strikeouts in 197 plate appearances, however, so he’ll be challenged to harness his free-swinging ways as pitchers adjust to him. Garrett Jones and Gaby Sanchez are a very good left-right tandem at first base—expect Jones to start against the Cubs’ three right-handers scheduled to pitch, while Sanchez will offer protection against lefty James Russell. Catcher Russell Martin is looking like a steal at two years and $17 million. The 30-year-old has a great reputation for calling a game, and he’s the team’s most productive hitter through 44 games. But the rest of the infield has struggled offensively. Second baseman Neil Walker, shortstop Clint Barmes and third baseman Pedro Alvarez are each hitting in the low .200s. Barmes offers great defense, but Walker and Alvarez don’t.
3.6 RA/G, 4th in NL
The Cubs will miss resurgent 36-year-old A.J. Burnett, as well as breakout left-hander Jeff Locke. But there has been little drop off between them and veteran lefty Wandy Rodriguez, who toes the rubber Tuesday. Cubs fans have seen him for years in a Houston uniform. He brings a big, sweeping curve that will get lefties flailing and tie up righties. His control is much improved from his earlier days, though the increased use of his two-seam fastball has cost him some strikeouts. Francisco Liriano and Jeanmar Gomez follow, having stepped into the rotation due to injuries and attrition. Liriano is back to sitting in the 93-mph range and has been effective through two starts, despite his usual free passes. Lefties will have to watch for his four-seam fastball and slider combo, while righties will also see a two-seamer and change-up. Gomez was a minor offseason acquisition from the Indians, and he’s made great use of his heavy sinker in starts and relief so far. After getting a great deal of attention from GM Neal Huntington, the back end of the bullpen has been a revelation for the Pirates. Jason Grilli was bumped from setup duty to the ninth inning, and he boasts a 0.92 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 19.2 innings. Justin Wilson, who has a big fastball from the left side and mixes in a nasty cutter that plays against both hands, pairs with new addition Mark Melancon as the squad’s late-inning setup men.
(Aldrin Capulong/Daytona Cubs)
At the outset of the season, everyone knew the Daytona Cubs’ roster was loaded with talent. Now the individual accolades are starting to pile up. On Monday, the Florida State League announced Cubs infielder Dustin Geiger was the league’s player of the week for the week ending May 19.
In the eight games during that stretch, the 21-year-old batted .469 (15-for-32) with a pair of homers, seven doubles, a triple, seven runs driven in and six runs scored. This season, the Merritt Island, Fla., native is hitting .333 with five home runs and a league-leading 36 RBI.
Geiger, a 24th round pick in the 2010 draft, joins outfielder Jorge Soler, shortstop Javier Baez and right-handed pitcher Ryan Searle as Daytona Cubs to win the award this season.