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Cubs sign RHP Soriano to a minor league deal

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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

Lineup
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

Lineup
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

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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).

Cubs Lineup: 6/3/15

Cubs vs. Marlins – Marlins Park
First Pitch: 6:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP
Marlins Starter: Dan Haren, RHP
TV: WPWR-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

Lineup
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kris Bryant, 3B
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Junior Lake, RF
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Chris Coghlan, LF
7. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

Cubs Minor League Recap: 6/2/15

Iowa and Tennessee each won 9-3 Tuesday, while Myrtle Beach lost both sides of its doubleheader 4-3. South Bend had the day off and will resume play Wednesday. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league Cubs action:

Iowa Cubs (27-24)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Second Place (-7.0)

Iowa blasted four homers to defeat Albuquerque by a score of 9-3 on Tuesday.

  • SS Javier Baez (.325) went 4-for-5, crushed two home runs and picked up a season high four RBI.
  • LF Adron Chambers (.280) recorded a season high four hits, including a double, drove in one and scored twice. It extended his hitting streak to six games (11-for-24/.458).
  • CF Arismendy Alcantara (.279) went 3-for-4 with a home run, one walk and a season high four runs scored. He has recorded multi-hit games in four of his last five.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva (.290) went 2-for-5 and hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, marking his third consecutive multi-hit game.
  • RHP Donn Roach (2.12) gave up one earned run in 6.0 innings pitched and improved to a perfect 6-0 record, tossing his ninth quality start.

Tennessee Smokies (29-23)
Southern League (Double-A)
Second Place (-1.0)

Tennessee picked up its second straight win at Chattanooga, topping the Lookouts 9-3.

  • 1B Wes Darvill (.152) went 3-for-3, knocked his first home run and double, scored once and earned a career high four RBI.
  • CF Albert Almora (.258) went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.
  • DH Willson Contreras (.329) went 3-for-5 and plated one, marking his second consecutive three-hit game.
  • RHP Frank Batista (1.67) earned the win, giving up just two runs off six hits in 5.2 innings of work.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (31-18)
Carolina League (High-A)
First Place (+6.0)

G1: Myrtle Beach fell to Potomac in 11 innings, dropping the third game of the series 4-3.

  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (4.14) gave up two earned runs in 5.1 innings in the no-decision.
  • DH Chesny Young (.371) went 2-for-4, swiped a base, walked once and scored twice.
  • CF Pin-Chieh Chen (.271) went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.306) went 2-for-5 and added a walk and a run scored.
  • C Victor Caratini (.233) went 1-for-4 with a two-run double and a walk.

G2: Myrtle Beach got out to an early lead, but dropped the second game of the day to Potomac 4-3.

  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.273) went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and one run scored.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.247) went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
  • C Victor Caratini (.241) went 2-for-4 and scored once.
  • SS Carlos Penalver (.254) recorded a double and scored once, finishing 2-for-3.
  • RHP Jonathan Martinez (2.86) delivered a season high six strikeouts and walked none in 5.0 innings to get the no-decision.
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