June 8, 2013 – Pirates @ Cubs; Lineups

Solid match up on the mound today as Jeff Samardzija takes on A.J. Burnett in a rematch of Opening Day.  The Cubs had a solid approach yesterday for the most part as they made Liriano work, but couldn’t get a clutch hit to save their life.  The Cubs will have to do more of the same with Burnett, make him throw strikes and get in deep counts and they should have some success.  First pitch scheduled for 3:05 PM CST, here are the lineups.

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Minor Matters – June 7, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

Iowa 6-7 line

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At The Plate – Iowa had plenty of opportunities in this one but finished the night 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and on the wrong end of a 3-1 final.  Brent Lillibridge was 3-for-5 out of the leadoff spot with three singles in the loss.  Welcome back Junior Lake, since returning from the injury Lake has been on fire, he was 2-for-3 in this one with a walk, a double, and an RBI, he’s hitting .429 on the season.

On The Mound Chris Rusin was brilliant in this one and still wound up with his sixth loss of the season, he has a 3.67 ERA, doesn’t seem right to be 4-6.  Rusin worked eight strong innings giving up two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out seven.  Brian Schlitter worked one inning out of the pen giving up one run on two hits while striking out one, he now has a 1.35 ERA on the season.

Smokies 6-7 line

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At The Plate – Tennessee was never really in this one as they fell behind 4-0 by the fourth inning and could only manage one run on eight hits in the loss.  Matt Szczur continued his solid season going 3-for-4 out of the leadoff spot, all three hits were singles, Szczur is now hitting .296 on the season.  Jonathan Mota was 2-for-4 with his third home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored in the loss.

On The MoundAustin Kirk, who has been pitching for Daytona all year was promoted to Tennessee and made his debut tonight, it was a rough one.  Kirk worked six innings giving up six runs on ten hits while walking two and striking out four, he took the loss.  Tony Zych was solid out of the pen working one scoreless inning giving up one hit while striking out one.  Hunter Cervenka is starting to settle down for Tennessee, he has struggled since his promotion but was solid in this one working one scoreless inning while striking out two.

Daytona 6-7 line

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At The Plate – The Daytona Cubs fought back in the eighth and ninth but came up just one run short, losing 7-6 to Brevard County.  Tim Saunders who has struggled this year had a solid game going 2-for-4 with three RBI’s in the loss.  Javier Baez continues to improve at the plate; he was 2-for-5 with a run scored and is now hitting .281 on the season.  Zeke DeVoss had an outstanding game going 3-for-3 with three singles, three stolen bases, and three runs scored (THREE).  Wes Darvill was 2-for-4 out of the ninth spot with an RBI, and a run scored.

On The MoundMatt Loosen struggled at Tennessee so he was demoted to Daytona and made his 2013 debut tonight, it didn’t go so well.  Loosen struggled working five innings giving up six runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out four, he took the loss.  Jeffrey Lorick worked two innings giving up one run on two hits out of the pen.  Austin Reed was solid going two scoreless innings giving up two hits while striking out one.

Kane County 6-7 line

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At The Plate – Kane County was able to push across a run in the seventh inning to break a 2-2 deadlock and eventually beat Burlington 3-2.  Jeimer Candelario continues to have a strong 2013, he was 1-for-4 with his second home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.  Bijan Rademacher continues to hit, he was 2-for-4 with a double, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .324 on the season.  Carlos Escobar had a solid night going 2-for-4 with his first triple of the season, and two huge RBI’s.

On The MoundTayler Scott, the newly named all-star showed why he belonged on that roster tonight as he was outstanding.  Scott worked seven innings giving up two runs, on earned, on eight hits while walking three, he didn’t strike out anybody, how odd is that?  Steve Perakslis was solid out of the pen as he worked two scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking two and striking out two.

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June 7, 2013 – Pirates @ Cubs; Lineups

Oh right, the Cubs play today.  Lost in the excitement with the draft is that the Cubs still have games to play, it is what it is, we are forced to look to the future.  Travis Wood gets the ball for the Cubs today as they look to build on an exciting win to close out the Angels series on Wednesday.  The Pirates will counter with Francisco Liriano who gave the Cubs fits in Pittsburgh the last time these teams met.  Here are the lineups for today.

6-7 lineups

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Cubs pass on Gray, select Bryant with number two overall pick

Some people are surprised by the pick, I was caught off guard briefly, but the Cubs taking Kris Bryant wasn’t as shocking as it might have seemed on the surface.  The Cubs front office didn’t bow to the pressure of Appel/Gray have to go 1-2, they trusted their scouting and had Appel number one, and Bryant number two, and I love the fact that they went with who they wanted, and not who everyone thought should be picked there.  With that said, let’s get to know Kris Bryant shall we?

POWER, it’s not easy to find in the draft, and I’m talking big, major league ready power, that’s what Bryant has.  Bryant hit thirty-one home runs in just 228 at bats with the University of San Diego this year, yikes.  What I like the most about him is his ability to get better, and adjust to things on the fly, which is not easy to do.  As a Freshman, Bryant hit nine homers, as  a Sophomore he hit fourteen, then came thirty-one this year.  He has raw power but Bryant onehis adjustment in his approach at the plate is what led to more home runs.  Bryant walked 66 times, and struck out 44 times in 228 at bats, what was the change at the plate?  His stance changed, he went with a wider base, and simplified his approach as well, he was able to take pitches and hit them where they were pitched, using the whole field with power.  Power is Bryant’s main weapon, but he has other tools as well, one of them is an above-average arm which comes in handy at third base.  Some scouts have said that Bryant profiles better as a right fielder as he has shown the ability to play there with that arm, and bat.  However the Cubs have been clear that Bryant will play third base for the foreseeable future, that’s the right move in my opinion as that is a glaring hole in the system.

The other thing I like about Bryant is his attitude on and off the field, infectious, and confident, “I obviously think I could play in the big leagues now,” Bryant said. “I have that type of confidence in myself, but, like I said, that’s not my decision. I’ll leave that up to the guys in charge.”  I love hearing that out of a player’s mouth, you can’t play this game at a high level unless you believe you can, and Bryant knows he belongs.  Bryant 2Jason McLeod also spoke to Bryant’s make up, “It’s how he carries himself on the field, how he deals with adversity, how he prepares, what kind of student athlete he was,” McLeod said of the items they checked on the list. “All the information we gathered made us feel really good about him as a person and a player.”

I’m excited to see Bryant signed and where he might start his Cubs professional career.  Usually the thought is to start these picks out at Boise, but given his skill set already don’t be surprised if he joins the prospect laden lineup at Kane County.

Congrats Kris!  Welcome to the Cubs.

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2013 MLB Draft; Day One Recap


I will provide some analysis, but post all picks as well.  Obviously I will have much more on the Cubs picks tonight and in the coming days, but it’s time for the draft.  Just keep refreshing the page for updates!


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6. Miami Marlins – Colin Moran; 3B; University of North Carolina

7. Boston Red Sox – Trey Ball; LHP; New Castle HS (Ind.)

8. Kansas City Royals – Hunter Dozier; SS; Stephen F. Austin

9. Pittsburgh Pirates – Austin Meadows; OF; Grayson HS (GA)

10. Toronto Blue Jays – Phil Bickford; RHP; Oaks Christian HS (CA)

11. New York Mets – Dominic Smith; 1B; Serra HS (CA)

12. Seattle Mariners – D.J. Peterson; 3B; New Mexico University

13. San Diego Padres – Hunter Renfroe; OF; Mississippi State

14. Pittsburgh Pirates – Reese McGuire; C; Kentwood HS (WA)

15. Arizona Diamondbacks – Braden Shipley; RHP; University of Nevada

16. Philadelphia Phillies – J.P. Crawford; SS; Lakewood HS (CA)

17. Chicago White Sox – Tim Anderson; SS; East Central CC

18 – Los Angeles Dodgers – Chris Anderson; RHP; Jacksonville University

19. St. Louis Cardinals – Marco Gonzales; LHP; Gonzaga

20. Detroit Tigers – Jonathan Crawford; RHP; Florida

21. Tampa Bay Rays – Nick Ciuffo; C; Lexington HS (SC)

22. Baltimore Orioles – Hunter Harvey, RHP, Bandys HS (NC)

23. Texas Rangers – Alex Gonzalez; RHP; Oral Roberts

24. Oakland Athletics – Billy McKinney; CF; Plano West Sr. HS (TX)

25. San Francisco Giants – Christian Arroyo; C; Hernando HS (FL)

26. New York Yankees – Eric Jagielo; 3B; Notre Dame

27. Cincinnati Reds – Phillip Ervin; OF; Samford University

28. St. Louis Cardinals – Rob Kaminsky; LHP; St. Joseph Regional

29. Tampa Bay Rays – Ryne Stanek; RHP; Arkansas

30. Texas Rangers – Travis Demeritte; SS; Winder-Barrow HS (GA)

31. Atlanta Braves – Jason Hursh; RHP; Oklahoma State

32. New York Yankees – Aaron Judge; OF; Fresno State

33. New York Yankees – Ian Clarkin; LHP; Madison HS (CA)


34. Kansas City Royals – Sean Manaea; LHP; Indiana State

35. Miami Marlins – Matt Krook; LHP; St. Ignatius Prep (CA)

36. Arizona Diamondbacks – Aaron Blair; RHP; Marshall

37. Baltimore Orioles – Josh Hart; OF; Parkview HS (GA)

38. Cincinnati Reds – Michael Lorenzen; RHP; Cal State Fullerton

39. Detroit Tigers – Corey Knebel; RHP; Texas


40. Houston Astros – Andrew Thurman; RHP; University of California

41. Chicago Cubs – Rob Zastrynzy; LHP; Missouri

42. Colorado Rockies – Ryan McMahon; 3B; Mater Dei HS (CA)

43. Minnesota Twins – Ryan Eades; RHP; LSU

44. Miami Marlins – Trevor Williams; RHP; Arizona State

45. Boston Red Sox – Teddy Stankiewicz; RHP; Seminole State

46. Kansas City Royals – Cody Reed; LHP; Northwest Mississippi CC (MS)

47. Toronto Blue Jays – Clinton Hollon; RHP; Woodford County HS (KY)

48. New York Mets – Andrew Church; RHP; Basic HS (NV)

49. Seattle Mariners – Austin Wilson; OF; Stanford

50. San Diego Padres – Dustin Peterson; SS; Gilbert HS (AZ)

51. Pittsburgh Pirates – Blake Taylor; LHP; Dana Hills HS (CA)

52. Arizona Diamondbacks – Justin Williams; SS; Terrebonne HS (LA)

53. Philadelphia Phillies – Andrew Knapp; C; California

54. Milwaukee Brewers – Devin Williams; RHP; Hazelwood West HS (MO)

55. Chicago White Sox – Tyler Danish; RHP; Durant HS (FL)

56. Los Angeles Dodgers – Tom Windle; LHP; Minnesota

57. St. Louis Cardinals – Oscar Mercado; SS; Gaither HS (FL)

58. Detroit Tigers – Kevin Ziomek; LHP; Vanderbilt

59. Anaheim Angels – Hunter Green; LHP; Warren East HS (KY)

60. Tampa Bay Rays – Riley Unroe; SS; Desert Ridge HS (AZ)

61. Baltimore Orioles – Chance Sisco; C; Santiago HS (CA)

62. Texas Rangers – Akeem Bostick; RHP; West Florence HS (SC)

63. Oakland Athletics – Dillon Overton; LHP; Oklahoma

64. San Francisco Giants – Ryder Jones; 3B; Watauga HS (NC)

65. Atlanta Braves – Victor Caratini; C; Miami Dade CC South (FL)

66. New York Yankees – Gosuke, Katoh; 2B; Rancho Bernardo HS (CA)

67. Cincinnati Reds – Kevin Franklin; 3B; Gahr HS (CA)

68. Washington Nationals – Jake Johansen; RHP; Dallas Baptist


69. San Diego Padres – Jordan Paroubeck; OF; Serra HS (CA)

70. Colorado Rockies – Alex Balog; RHP; University of San Francisco

71. Oakland Athletics – Chad Pinder; SS; Virginia Tech

72. Milwaukee Brewers – Tucker Neuhaus; SS; Wharton HA (FL)

73. Miami Marlins – Colby Suggs; RHP; Arkansas

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Rizzo comes up huge to complete Cubs comeback

Cubs 6-5 line

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Tale of two games in this one for the Cubs as they fell behind 4-1 in the fourth inning then went to work.  Cody Ransom just barely snuck a three-run homer inside the left field foul pole to tie the game at four in the fifth.  The Cubs jumped ahead in the sixth inning as Ryan Sweeney came through with a big RBI single.  The Cubs hung onto that one run lead until the eighth inning when Mark Trumbo took James Russell deep to tie things up.  It stayed that way until the tenth inning when the Cubs loaded the bases with two out for Anthony Rizzo.  Up until that at bat Rizzo was scuffling, but that’s the great thing about baseball, always a chance to turn the day around.  That’s exactly what Rizzo did as he laced a two-out bases clearing double to give the Cubs an 8-5 lead, and they held off the Angels in the bottom half to take this one 8-6.


Picture of the game 6-5

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Game Highlights:

Rizzo’s huge three-run double
Ransom’s three-run homer
Sweeney’s big hit
Barney’s RBI groundout
Sweeney makes a huge diving catch
Gregg nails down the save

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Minor Matters – June 5, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

Kane County 6-5 line

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At The Plate – The Cougars had the bats working in this one, and they needed them as the Bee’s put the pressure on all game but Kane County was able to hang on for an 8-6 victory.  Oliver Zapata did some damage from the lead-off spot going 2-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored.  Dan Vogelbach had a huge game going 2-for-3 with his ninth home run of the season, two RBI’s, two walks (CUBS WAY!), a double, and three runs scored.  Jeimer Candelario, and Rock Shoulders each had two hits and an RBI in the win.  Reggie Golden is back, and healthy, that’s the most important thing, but he’s also hitting, he went 3-for-4 with two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .368 on the season.

On The Mound Pierce Johnson got the start in this one and didn’t get much help from his defense, but was able to pick up his fourth win of the season.  Johnson worked five innings giving up four runs, two earned, on five hits while walking two and striking out five.  Eddie Orozco worked two innings giving up two runs on two hits while walking one and striking out two.  Felix Pena was outstanding going two scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out three.

NOTES:  Smokies were rained out, Daytona was rained out, and Iowa was off.

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