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Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/8/15

Iowa was the only affiliate in action Monday, but the I-Cubs represented the organization well with a victory. Tennessee, Myrtle Beach and South Bend were all rained out yesterday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (30-27)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-6.0)

Iowa recorded just four hits, topping Memphis, 2-1. The I-Cubs lead the four-game series, 2-1.

  • PH Rafael Lopez (.264) went 1-for-1 and drove in the winning run (16) in the eighth inning.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.281) went 1-for-4 with a double (6) and one run scored.
  • RF Rubi Silva (.276) went 1-for-3 and scored off a fielding error in the first inning.
  • RHP Dallas Beeler (8.31) tossed his second quality start of the campaign, giving up just one hit and fanning a season-high eight batters in 6.0 innings of work.

Cubs Sixth Homestand Events and Promotions: 6/11/15-6/16/15


The Cubs return to Wrigley Field to host a pair of Ohio teams in their next homestand as the Reds visit June 11-14 and the Indians start up an Interleague series June 15-16. The right-field section of the Budweiser Bleachers returns June 11 as well, completing the full complement of seating for the restored and expanded Budweiser Bleachers. Work will continue through early July to finalize additional amenities and concessions, including Platform 14—a new outdoor concession area located behind the historic center-field scoreboard.

Budweiser Bleacher Fridays continue this homestand with Country Day, June 12, where each fan in the bleachers 21-and-older will receive a Country Cap presented by Budweiser. Country Day includes country music, décor and entertainment, including bag toss games available in the new Right Field Porch before first pitch. One set of fans will be awarded an entry into the Jason Motte Foundation’s Chicago Cornhole Challenge Sept. 19.

This Friday also marks the return of the team’s #BudFridays social media contest. Fans 21-and-older in the Budweiser Bleachers are encouraged to wear their favorite country attire Friday and share photos on Twitter and Instagram using the #BudFridays hashtag. One creative winner will be selected from all eligible entries to receive four tickets to the next Budweiser Bleacher Friday event (Red, White and Brew, July 3). Official rules, prize value and details are available at the team’s #BudFridays contest page.

Fans will also have the opportunity to help their community while meeting Cubs players, wives and alumni during several events this homestand. On Saturday, June 13, at 10 a.m., Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta presents Catch in the Confines, where he will host a meet-and-greet with participants, take photos and sign autographs. Families, friends and fans of all ages will have the opportunity to spend 50 minutes playing catch in the outfield, visiting the batting cage and chatting in the dugout. Proceeds will benefit the Cubs Scholars program, which offers scholarships and mentoring to deserving students in need. Tickets make for a great Father’s Day gift and are available at

During Saturday evening’s game, from 5 p.m. through the second inning, Cubs wives will sell autographed mystery baseballs on the concourse near Gate F. Proceeds will benefit Cubs Charities.

Following the homestand on Thursday, June 18, the Wood Family Foundation will join Cubs Charities to host the Kerry and Friends Battle of the Bats Home Run Derby. Kerry Wood and other Cubs alumni will coach players to swing for the fences while competing for the ultimate title of Home Run Derby Champion. Fundraising will benefit underserved youth in Chicago through Cubs Charities and the Wood Family Foundation. Roster spots are nearly sold out, so interested participants should register soon at

Ticket availability is limited for Friday and Saturday’s games. Fans may check availability for each game this homestand at or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Budweiser Bleacher Fridays continue at Wrigley Field with Country Day, June 12, as all Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older receive a Country Cap presented by Budweiser. Country Day includes special entertainment, music and promotions.

The first 10,000 fans at the game Saturday, June 13, will receive a Joe Maddon Cubs Debut Bobblehead presented by Pepsi.

Kids Sundays continue June 14, when the first 5,000 children 13-and-younger will receive a Joe Maddon OYO Dugout Set.

Guests and Entertainment
On Thursday, June 11, USA Swimming Men’s National Team members Conor Dwyer and Cullen Jones will throw ceremonial first pitches and lead the seventh-inning stretch. Professional golfer Fuzzy Zoeller will throw a first pitch as well.

On Friday, June 12, Chicago Bears 2015 first-round draft choice wide receiver Kevin White will throw a ceremonial first pitch. US 99.5 FM Country Music hosts Lisa Dent and Ramblin’ Ray will lead the seventh-inning stretch to coincide with Country Day in the Budweiser Bleachers.

University of Notre Dame men’s basketball coach Mike Brey will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch Saturday, June 13.

Chicago Bears safety Ryan Mundy will throw a first pitch Sunday, June 14.

Solo artist and lead singer of The Killers, Brandon Flowers, will lead the stretch Monday, June 15.

Bradley University director of athletics Dr. Chris Reynolds will throw a first pitch Tuesday, June 16, while former Cubs outfielder Bob Dernier will lead the stretch.

Food Specials
The Decade Diner, located in the right-field concourse, will serve a Footlong Chili Cheese Dog, which features a footlong Vienna Beef hot dog served with traditional Cincinnati chili, diced onions, cheddar cheese and yellow mustard. A Blackened Tilapia Po’boy also will be available, featuring Cajun-spiced tilapia, shredded crisp lettuce, sliced tomatoes and Cajun aioli on a toasted hoagie roll.

Homestand Recap, June 11-16
Thursday, June 11 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.

  • Reopening of the right field Budweiser Bleachers
  • First pitch: Professional golfer Fuzzy Zoeller
  • First pitches and seventh-inning stretch: USA Swimming Men’s National Team members Conor Dwyer and Cullen Jones
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM,

Friday, June 12 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 3:05 p.m.

  • Budweiser Bleacher Fridays: Country Day
  • Country Cap presented by Budweiser (all Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older)
  • First pitch: Chicago Bears 2015 first-round draft choice, wide receiver Kevin White
  • Seventh-inning stretch: US 99.5 FM Country Music hosts Lisa Dent and Ramblin’ Ray
  • Broadcast: WGN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio,
  • Postgame press conference: Joe Maddon’s “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative, Cubs Care Girls Fast Pitch RBI Softball

Saturday, June 13 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 6:15 p.m.

  • Promotion: Joe Maddon Cubs Debut Bobblehead presented by Pepsi (first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: University of Notre Dame men’s basketball coach Mike Brey
  • Broadcast: FOX, WBBM 780-AM,

Sunday, June 14 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:08 p.m.

  • Promotion: Joe Maddon OYO Dugout Set (first 5,000 children 13-and-younger)
  • First pitch: Chicago Bears safety Ryan Mundy
  • Broadcast: ESPN (Baseball Tonight filming live pregame), ESPN Radio, WBBM 780-AM,

Monday, June 15 vs. Cleveland Indians, 7:05 p.m.

  • Seventh-inning stretch: Solo artist and lead singer of The Killers, Brandon Flowers
  • Broadcast: WPWR, WBBM 780-AM,

Tuesday, June 16 vs. Cleveland Indians, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch: Bradley University director of athletics Dr. Chris Reynolds
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs outfielder Bob Dernier
  • Broadcast: CSN+, WBBM 780-AM,

Cubs sign RHP Soriano to a minor league deal


(Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

The Cubs and right-handed pitcher Rafael Soriano agreed to terms on a minor league contract on Tuesday.

Soriano, 35, is 22-28 with 207 saves and a 2.85 ERA (200 ER/630.2 IP) in 585 big league appearances, all but eight in relief, covering 13 seasons with Seattle (2002-06), Atlanta (2007-09), Tampa Bay (2010), the New York Yankees (2011-12) and Washington (2013-14). In the last three seasons, Soriano has combined to record 117 saves—an average of 39 per season—with a 9-5 record and 2.84 ERA in 201 relief outings.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound right-hander primarily served as a set-up man the first seven seasons of his career before saving 27 games for the Braves in 2009. He recorded a career high 45 saves and was named an AL All-Star for Joe Maddon’s Rays in 2010, his first of three seasons with more than 40 saves.  Soriano joined the Yankees in 2011 and recorded 23 holds as a set-up man for Mariano Rivera. He saved 42 games for the Yankees in 2012. He notched 43 saves in 2013 and 32 saves last year with the Nationals.

Soriano went 4-1 with 32 saves and a 3.19 ERA in 64 relief appearances for the Nationals in 2014. The native of San Jose, Dominican Republic, has turned in a 3.19 ERA or lower in 10 of his 13 seasons.

Cubs select Cincy OF Ian Happ with ninth overall pick in 2015 Draft

The Chicago Cubs tonight selected outfielder Ian Happ out of the University of Cincinnati with the ninth overall pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Happ was recommended by area scout Daniel Carte.

“Ian has proved to be one of the better performers in college baseball over the past couple of seasons,” said Jason McLeod, Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development. “He’s a switch-hitter who hits for average and power while showing advanced plate discipline. We feel he’s athletic enough to play the infield or outfield.”

Happ, 20, this season batted .369 (73-for-198) with 47 runs scored, 18 doubles, 14 home runs and 44 RBI for the Bearcats. He walked 49 times to contribute to a .492 on-base percentage, and his .672 slugging mark gave him a 1.164 OPS. Happ led the American Athletic Conference (AAC) in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and tied for the lead in walks. Additionally, he led his team in runs, hits, doubles, home runs and RBI.

Named a semifinalist for the 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, the switch-hitting Happ was recognized as the 2015 AAC Player of the Year, named First Team Academic All-American, Second Team Louisville Slugger All-American and was a unanimous first team All-Conference member as voted on by the league’s head coaches.

The six-foot, 205-pound Happ has batted .338 (194-for-574) with 120 runs, 44 doubles, two triples, 25 home runs and 107 RBI in three seasons at Cincinnati. He has drawn more walks (128) than strikeouts (116), contributing to a .463 on-base percentage, and along with his .552 slugging mark has recorded a 1.015 OPS through his junior season. His walks and on-base percentage both rank third-most in school history while his 56 stolen bases are fifth. Happ has seen time in both right field and center field, as well as second base, third base and shortstop.

In his sophomore 2014 season, Happ led Cincinnati with a .443 on-base percentage, .497 slugging percentage, 32 walks and 19 stolen bases while he batted .322 (55-for-171) with 13 doubles, one triple, five homers and 27 RBI. He earned First Team All-AAC honors and was a preseason first team All-America selection by Baseball America.

Happ is listed as one of the top three pure college hitters in this year’s Draft by Baseball America.

Happ is a two-time Cape Cod League All-Star, having played for the Harwich Mariners in 2013-14.  He batted .329 (49-for-149) with 12 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 26 RBI and a .936 OPS in 2014 following a 2013 summer in which he hit .293 (43-for-147) with seven doubles, two triples, five homers and 22 RBI.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Happ graduated from Mt. Lebanon (Pa.) High School after he produced a .449 career batting average with 33 doubles, five triples, 12 home runs and 65 RBI in four seasons.

The 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft continues this evening with the second round, in which the Cubs have pick No. 47. The draft continues tomorrow with rounds three-through-10 and concludes Wednesday with rounds 11-through-40.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/7/15

Iowa was victorious in walk-off fashion, and Myrtle Beach mustered just enough offense to secure a win Sunday. Meanwhile, Tennessee couldn’t get the bats going, and South Bend’s winning streak came to an end. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (29-27)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-6.0)

Taylor Teagarden hit a walk-off single in the ninth inning as the I-Cubs topped Memphis, 3-2.

  • C Taylor Teagarden (.292) went 3-for-4 with the walk-off single, a home run and all three RBI (16).
  • 3B Javier Baez (.314) went 1-for-3 with a stolen base before leaving the game with a fractured finger.
  • RHP Donn Roach (2.07) pitched 6.0 innings, giving up one earned run and striking out five. He has allowed one earned run or fewer in at least 6.0 innings in five of his last seven starts and eight of 12 overall. He has allowed just 16 earned runs in 69.2 innings pitched.

Tennessee Smokies (31-26)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-2.0)

The Smokies collected seven hits but zero runs, falling 1-0 in 11 innings to Birmingham.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann had the team’s only extra-base hit, going 1-for-3 with a double (4).
  • C Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-4 with a walk. He has hit safely in five straight games (8-for-19).
  • RHP Frank Batista tossed 7.0 scoreless frames for the second time this season.
  • RHP Tayler Scott allowed just one run in 4.0 innings, but took the loss.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (33-22)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+5.0)

The Pelicans scored four runs on just five hits, defeating visiting Carolina, 4-1.

  • DH Mark Zagunis (.302) went 2-for-4 with a home run (3), a double (10), a run scored and two RBI (22). He has scored a run in five of the last six games.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers went 1-for-4 with a go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth inning.
  • LHP Michael Heesch improved to a perfect 4-0 record with 2.0 scoreless innings of relief.
  • RHP James Pugliese collected his fourth save, allowing just one hit and no runs in 2.2 innings.

South Bend Cubs (26-30)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-6.5)

South Bend saw its three-game winning streak snapped, dropping an 8-3 decision vs. Quad Cities.

  • 3B Jason Vosler (.271) went 1-for-3 with a double (7), a run scored and an RBI (11). Vosler has hit safely in three straight games (5-for-11).
  • 1B Cael Brockmeyer (.302) reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI (28). He is 7-for-15 with four runs scored and four RBI in his last four games.
  • LF Kevin Encarnacion (.321) went 1-for-3 with a walk and continued his six-game hitting streak (7-for-20).
  • RHP Ryan McNeil (3.93) tossed 3.0 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit and one walk.

Cubs Lineup: 6/5/15

Cubs vs. Nationals – Nationals Park
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Tsuyoshi Wada, LHP
Nationals Starter: Tanner Roark, RHP
TV: CSN Chicago; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/4/15

Iowa and Tennessee rolled, while South Bend held on to pick up a win on Thursday. However, Myrtle Beach couldn’t bounce back from an early deficit. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (28-25)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-6.0)

Iowa cruised past Albuquerque for an 8-2 victory. Christian Villanueva homered in his fourth consecutive game, and the I-Cubs had eight extra-base hits.

  • Villanueva (.301) finished 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, three RBI, one walk and three runs scored. He has gone 12-for-27 (.444) with 14 RBI, four homers three doubles and a triple in his last six games.
  • 2B Chris Valaika (.248) went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and one run scored, extending his hitting streak to six games (9-for-24/.375).
  • C Rafael Lopez (.265) went 3-for-5 and drove in one.
  • LHP Eric Jokisch (3.66) pitched 5.0 innings, surrendering two earned runs in the win. He also  knocked his first career home run and hit a sacrifice bunt for a season high two RBI.

Tennessee Smokies (31-23)
Southern League (Double-A)
First Place (+1.0)

Tennessee rallied for four runs in the seventh inning to top Chattanooga, 6-1. The Smokies have won six of their last seven games.

  • LF Chris Denorfia (.333) went 1-for-3 with an RBI double, scored once and walked once in his first rehab game with the club.
  • DH Kyle Schwarber (.327) went 2-for-4 and plated two.
  • RHP Felix Pena (3.32) tossed his fifth quality start of the campaign, going 7.0 innings and striking out seven. He has fanned 22 batters in the past three games (17.0 innings).

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (31-19)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+5.0)

Myrtle Beach gave up an early lead, falling to the Carolina Mudcats, 3-2.

  • C Victor Caratini (.243) went 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI and one walk.
  • DH Chesny Young (.371) finished 2-for-4 and scored once.
  • LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.281) went 2-for-3 and walked once.
  • LHP Daury Torrez (3.91) tossed a quality start but took the loss, allowing three runs (two earned) off four hits while walking two and fanning six in 6.0 innings of work.

South Bend Cubs (24-29)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-7.5)

South Bend scored four runs in the first inning and hung on to top Cedar Rapids, 6-4.

  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.298) went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, two RBI and one run scored, snapping a five-game hitless skid.
  • LF Rashad Crawford (.278) went 2-for-3, knocked a double, plated one, swiped a base and walked once.
  • 1B Yasiel Balaguert (.296) went 2-for-4 with one run scored.
  • RHP Trevor Clifton (3.83) snapped a three-game skid, earning the win with 5.0 innings of work.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/3/15

Tennessee picked up another road win, but Iowa’s winning streak was stopped and South Bend gave up a late lead on Thursday. Myrtle Beach was off and will resume play Friday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s Cubs minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (27-25)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-7.0)

Iowa saw its four-game winning streak snapped, falling 9-7 on the road at Albuquerque.

  • CF Rubi Silva (.290) collected his first four-hit game of the season, going 4-for-5 with two home runs, two runs scored and three RBI.
  • 1B Christian Villanueva (.295) homered for the third consecutive game, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI. He is 9-for-19 with three homers and 10 RBI over his last four games.
  • 2B Arismendy Alcantara (.283) went 2-for-5 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base in his fifth multi-hit game in his last six outings.
  • LF Adron Chambers recorded his fourth straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-3 with two walks and a run scored. Chambers has hit safely in seven straight games (.481/13-for-27).
  • SS Chris Valaika (.241) extended his hitting streak to five games (7-for-20), going 2-for-4.

Tennessee Smokies (30-23)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-First Place (–)

Tennessee picked up its third straight win at Chattanooga, topping the Lookouts, 6-3.

  • RHP Ryan Williams earned the win in his Double-A debut. He was named the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May, posting a 1.59 ERA in five starts with South Bend.
  • DH Kyle Schwarber picked up his sixth three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI after being named Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for May (.297 AVG, 8 HR).
  • C Willson Contreras (.328) hit a three-run homer in the third inning as part of a 1-for-4 night that also included a walk. He has hit safely in six-straight games (.458/11-for-24).

South Bend Cubs (23-29)
Midwest League (Low-A)
Seventh Place (-7.5)

South Bend surrendered six runs in the eighth inning to drop a 9-5 decision to Cedar Rapids.

  • C Gioskar Amaya (.236) extended his hitting streak to four games (5-for-14) with a three-run homer in the second inning, his second of the season.
  • LF Kevin Encarnacion (.353) went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
  • 3B Jason Vosler (.263) went 2-for-4, recording his 11th multi-hit game of the season.
  • CF Charcer Burks (.282) went 1-for-4 with a walk, a double, a run scored and two stolen bases.

Cubs Lineup: 6/4/15

Cubs vs. Nationals – Nationals Park
First Pitch: 6:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, RHP
Nationals Starter: Gio Gonzalez, LHP
TV: WGN-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

Bryant named NL Rookie of the Month for May


Photo by Stephen Green

Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday that Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has been named the National League Rookie of the Month for May.

Bryant, 23, led major league rookies with 22 RBI during the month, and his seven home runs ranked second. He is the first Cubs rookie to record at least 22 RBI in the month of May since Bob Speake had 29 RBI in 1955 and Ernie Banks had 27 RBI in 1954. All told, Bryant hit .265 (27-for-102) with two doubles, a triple, seven homers, 22 RBI, 20 runs scored, 16 walks, three stolen bases, a .369 on-base percentage and a .510 slugging percentage last month.

The Cubs first-round selection and second-overall pick in the 2013 draft, Bryant is batting .273 (42-for-154) with seven homers, seven doubles, one triple, 33 RBI, 28 runs scored and 27 walks in 42 games since making his big league debut on April 17. The right-handed batter recorded a 12-game hitting streak from May 11-23, in which he hit .349 with a 1.108 OPS. The 12-game streak tied fellow rookie Addison Russell for the longest by a Cub this season and is tied for the longest by a Cubs rookie since Jerome Walton’s 30-game hitting streak in 1989.

Bryant enters tonight tied for eighth in the NL in walks and ranks 13th in the NL in RBI. Additionally, he leads all rookies in RBI and on-base percentage (.387) and ranks among the top five NL rookies in batting average, home runs, runs scored, hits, total bases (72), walks, steals (5) and slugging (.468).


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