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Cubs Minor League Report: 5/9/16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cubs Charities and Cubs Care grant more than $1 million to Chicago-area nonprofits


Cubs Charities today teamed up with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to announce more than $1 million in grants to nonprofit organizations serving those in need in the Chicago area. McCormick Foundation’s Cubs Care has donated more than $20 million to Chicago nonprofit organizations since its inception. This is the 12th consecutive year more than $1 million has been donated to Chicago communities through Cubs Care and Cubs Charities. Cubs Care grants help organizations to provide youth health and wellness programs and education programs.

“Cubs Charities is proud to team up with the McCormick Foundation to support deserving nonprofit organizations serving those in need in our community,” said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. “Through our shared commitment to helping our community thrive, we are able to leave a lasting impact felt far beyond the Friendly Confines.”

Events such as the Bricks and Ivy Ball and Race to Wrigley Charity Run, along with activities such as the gameday 50/50 raffle, personal video board messages and contributions from Cubs players, fans and partners help raise funds for Cubs Care grants.

“Chicago is filled with passionate fans and caring neighbors,” said David Hiller, President and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. “For more than 25 years, the McCormick Foundation and Chicago Cubs have shared a commitment to supporting amazing community organizations that work to improve the lives of underserved youth and families across Chicagoland. Together, we will continue to build a stronger community for all of us in the years to come.”

Wood hitting a homer with his foundation’s fundraising event

Battle-of-Bats-Preview-0040(Photo Courtesy Wood Family Foundation)

Cubs fans don’t need another reason to spend an afternoon at the Friendly Confines, especially this year. But Kerry Wood is offering up an opportunity that may just be too good to miss.

On May 25, the Wood Family Foundation is hosting its second-annual Kerry Wood and Friends Battle of the Bats Home Run Derby. The event gives fans a chance to live out their childhood dreams by stepping into the batter’s box and taking their hacks at Wrigley Field.

“I think both Cubs Charities and my foundation realized what kind of an event it can be,” said former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood. “Last year, we had a great turnout, a great event. We raised a lot of money for charities, so I think we’re looking to do bigger and better this year.”

What makes the event truly special is that participants get to do something unique and possibly something they have been dreaming of their whole lives. Though Wood was able to step into the Wrigley Field batter’s box on 190 regular-season occasions throughout his 14-year big-league career, what this opportunity means to fans isn’t lost on the ex-Cub. With money being raised for his foundation and participants having a good time, the event becomes twice as rewarding.

“I think when you’re running a foundation or you’re doing it for charity or anything to raise money, you do [make]… experiences,” Wood said. “You get the emails after it’s over, and they all had great stories.

“We had people in bare feet in the grass in the outfield, walking around. I don’t think I’ve done that—walk around in the outfield in my bare feet.”

Former Cubs players Ted Lilly and Derrek Lee will be on hand, and Wood said others will likely make an appearance. Contestants will each get 10 outs—that’s any swing that isn’t a home run. The top 10 qualifiers will reach the second round, with the top three going to the finals.

Interested parties can sign up in teams of four with a $15,000 minimum donation, or as individuals for $3,500. New this year, the top six high school-aged fundraisers will also get an opportunity to compete.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Cubs Charities and the Wood Family Foundation’s Pitch In Program. The Pitch In Program partners young students, fourth grade and up, with a caring adult who will serve as a mentor throughout the school year. The goal is for the students, currently in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood, to have guidance until they reach high school. The program started in October 2014 and is continuing to grow.

“I feel like we’re getting a chance to affect multiple kids in the neighborhood,” Wood said. “It’s been great for us. It’s been a great learning experience for us. I know the kids are really enjoying it. I know the families are really enjoy us being there. We’re all going through this together.”

Last year’s home run derby raised more than $100,000 and will play a big role in Pitch In’s summer program, which kicks off this year.

“Any time you can get fans out, get a chance to get out on the field and take some hacks, it’s a pretty special day,” Wood said.

For more information or to sign up, visit Or visit for more information on the Pitch In program.

—Phil Barnes

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/8/16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ChesneyYoung-Homer(Courtesy Tennessee Smokies)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cubs Lineup: 5/6/16 vs. Nationals

Cubs vs. Nationals — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: John Lackey, rhp (3-1, 4.32 ERA)
Nationals Starter: Max Scherzer, rhp (3-1, 3.55 ERA)
TV: CSN, MLB Network (out-of-network only); Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, cf
2. Jason Heyward, rf
3. Kris Bryant, lf
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1b
5. Ben Zobrist, 2b
6. Tommy La Stella, 3b
7. Javy Baez, ss
8. David Ross, c
9. John Lackey, p

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/4/16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cubs place RHP Ramirez on bereavement list, recall RHP Patton from Iowa

The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher Neil Ramirez on the bereavement list and recalled right-handed pitcher Spencer Patton from Triple-A Iowa.

Patton, who will wear uniform number 40, will be available for the Cubs Thursday as they begin their four-game series against the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field.

The 28-year-old Patton has turned in 10 scoreless appearances covering 10.0 innings this season with Iowa, posting no record with four saves in as many chances. He has walked only four hitters while striking out 17, good for an average of 15.3 strikeouts per nine innings. Patton has limited opponents to a .147 batting average and a 0.90 WHIP.

Patton broke into the big leagues with Texas in 2014 and went 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA (1 ER/9.1 IP) in nine big-league relief appearances before splitting the 2015 campaign between the Rangers and Triple-A Round Rock. He was acquired by the Cubs from Texas last November. Overall, Patton is 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA (25 ER/33.1 IP) in 36 major league relief outings, averaging more than one strikeout per inning with 36 strikeouts in 33.1 frames.

The right-hander is a native of Urbana, Ill., and was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 24th round of the 2011 Draft out of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He was acquired by Texas for right-hander Jason Frasor on July 16, 2014.

Ramirez, 26, has no record and a 4.50 ERA (3 ER/6.0 IP) in six relief appearances with the Cubs this season.

Cubs Lineup: 5/5/16 vs. Nationals

Cubs vs. Nationals — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP (1-2, 3.91 ERA)
Nationals Starter: Joe Ross, RHP (3-0, 0.79 ERA)
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: 670 The Score

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Tommy La Stella, 3B
3. Kris Bryant, RF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Ben Zobrist, 2B
6. Ryan Kalish, LF
7. Addison Russell, SS
8. Tim Federowicz, C
9. Kyle Hendricks, P

Cubs Minor League Report: 5/3/16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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