8/6: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Looking at the Cubs system on Monday, August 8.  Daytona had the day off.

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The AZL Cubs were able to tie the game at eight in the bottom of the ninth, but gave up two in the 10th to lose 10-8.  Pierce Johnson took the mound for the second time and thew two scoreless innings, striking out two.  As good as Carlos Martinez-Pumarino was in his first 29 innings pitched Monday was a real struggle.  He gave up seven runs, six earned on seven hits in just 1.1 innings.  Jasvir Rakkar struck out two in two scoreless innings.  Alvido Jimenez took the loss, his third of the season giving up two runs in the tenth.  Justin Marra had really nice night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Garrett Schlecht also had three hits on the night and drove one in.  David Bote had two RBIs and Ben Carhart added one.  Albert Almora had one hit and Jorge Soler was back in the lineup going 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.

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Wow, Boise did it again beating Everett 11-7.  The story in this one was the offense as they pounded out 14 hits to go along with the 11 runs they scored.  After a rough game yesterday Gioskar Amaya got back on track, going 3-for-5 with a home run.  Rock Shoulders got the start at first tonight and delivered going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Carlos Escobar had two hits including a home run and two RBIs.  Stephen Bruno also hit a homer and ended with two RBIs as well.  Trey Martin ended the night with two RBIs and Wilson Contreras added a double and an RBI as well.  The staff struggled on Monday.  Justin Amlung started, but only lasted two innings giving up two runs.  Felix Pena did not pitch well in four innings, but did get his first win of the year.  He gave up four runs in four innings, however he did strike out five.  Nathan Dorris secured the win notching his first save of the season, striking out three in 1.1 innings.  The Hawks continue to roll and look to keep it going.

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Peoria dropped their fifth in a row losing to Clinton 8-6.  Leading 4-1 after the first, this was not the outcome Peoria had in mind.  The Chiefs did a few good things at the plate on Monday.  Bijan Rademacher, Wes Darvill, and Sergio Burruel all had two hits, Darvill and Burruel driving in a run a piece.  Timothy Saunders was 1-for-5 with a double, but drove in three runs and scored one.  Zeke DeVoss added a hit out of the leadoff spot and also stole his 30th base of the season.  Zach Cates got the start, but did not factor in the decision tossing 4.2 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.  Pete Levitt pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings and was in line for the win.  Justin Berg struggled and took the loss allowing three runs, two earned in two innings.  Jeffry Antigua couldn’t keep it close enough for the Chiefs as he gave up two runs in only one inning.  This was another tough loss for Peoria on Monday.

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Tennessee score two in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough as the Smokies lost to Jackson 7-6.  Tennessee did have 10 hits and seven runs, so the offense did a pretty nice job.  What else can you say about Justin Bour.  He hit another home run today, his 15th of the season and ended the day 2-for-4 with three RBIs.  Junior Lake continued his solid season going 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs.  Matt Szczur, who has been struggling since moving to Tennessee went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and a stolen base.  Lendy Castillo started and pitched only two innings allowing one run on one hit and striking out two.  Dae-Eun Rhee just didn’t have it tonight, allowing six runs in five innings and taking the loss.  The story in this one was Justin Bour who is just tearing it up right now.

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Iowa gave up a run in the top of the ninth losing to Reno 2-1.  Frankie De La Cruz pitched five innings allowing only one run, while striking out four and walking three.  Blake Parker and Michael Bowden combined to throw three scoreless innings, but Jairo Asencio took the loss allowing one run in the ninth.  Greg Rohan had nice night at the dish going 2-for-4 with the Cubs lone RBI.  Blake Lalli also added to hits, including a double.  Alfredo Amezaga also had a double and Dave Sappelt contributed with a base hit of his own.  Unfortunately I have feeling this is how most games are going to go offensively for Iowa the rest of the way.  Let’s hope I am wrong and they can do something positive going forward.

7/28: Around the Cubs Minor League System

The nightly minor league recaps.

The AZL Cubs were postponed.

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Boise won in a pitchers dual 1-0.  Taylor Scott got the start and got the win pitching five innings allowing four hits, three walks, and striking out four.  Hayden Simpson threw an impressive three innings and Eduardo Orozco closed out the game earning his first save of the season.  Jeimer Candelario was 1-for-3 driving in the only Hawks run of the game.  Carlos Escobar had two hits, including a double and a run scored.  Boise has won two games in a row and look to keep that going.

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Beloit took care of Peoria quite easily win 10-4.  Starling Peralta started and took the loss giving up five runs, four earned in five innings.  Jeffry Antigua pitched very good in relief striking out two in two scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 0.73.  Offensively there wasn’t much exciting to report.  Sergio Burruel was the only Chief player with a multi-hit game going 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Paul Hoilman, Bijan Rademacher, and Yaniel Cabezas all had one hit.  Hoilman had an RBI as did Pin-Chieh Chen.  Peoria looks to get back on track.

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A for run sixth wasn’t enough losing to Bradenton 9-7.  Kyler Burke struggled giving up seven runs, five earned on eight hits in five innings.  Burke struck out six in the loss.  Hunter Cervenka threw two scoreless innings in relief striking out three.  Ronald Torreyes had a nice night at the plate going 3-for-5 with home run, a double, and three RBIs.  Timothy Saunders added two hits and drove one in.  The Cubs got single RBIs from Taylor Davis, Matt Cerda, and Rubi Silva as well.  John Andreoli led off and had a hit and a walk and scored two runs.  Rebel Ridling and Rafael Lopez each contributed a hit to the effort and Lopez scored two runs.

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Tennessee couldn’t hold Jacksonville down losing 8-5.  Nicholas Struck struggled in a losing effort giving up four runs in four innings pitched.  In a tough sign for Cub fans, Trey McNutt struggled in relief again and his ERA is now at 4.91.  Frank Batista continued his strong season pitching a scoreless eighth and striking out two lowering his ERA to 1.22.  Justin Bour had a night to remember at the plate going 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs.  Matt Szczur led off in his second game with the Smokis, he went 1-for-4 with a run scored.  Logan Watkins was 1-for-4 with a run scored as was Chad NobleMichael Burgess had a double and Dustin Harrington added a hit and a run scored as well.

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Iowa gave up one in the fifth to give them the lead.  The 2-1 lead held up and Iowa lost another one run game.  Brooks Raley was the hard luck loser pitching six innings allowing tow runs on six hits and striking out eight.  Marcus Hatley pitched well in relief striking out four in two innings.  The offense didn’t do much, Brett Jackson connected on his 15th home run of the season, ending the game 1-for-3 with a walk.  Adrian Cardenas and Josh Vitters each added ahit as did Blake Lalli.  After a nice win yesterday, the Cubs weren’t able to keep it going losing a close, low scoring game.

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7/16: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A trip through the Cubs minor league system.

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Wow AZL just continue to score this time beating the AZL Athletics 11-8.  The Cubs had some new heroes on Monday.  Shawon Dunston Jr. had two hits, hit a his first home run and knocked in four.  Daniel Lockhart, Timothy Saunders, and Jacob Rogers all had two hits and Rogers added to RBIs.  Ben Carhart also had two RBIs and Dan Vogelbach drove in his 27th run of the season.  Lendy Castillo continued his rehab assignment pitching three innings allowing no runs on only two hits.  He also struck out four.  The rest of the pitchers on Monday struggled, but David Henrie was able to pick up his fourth win of the season.

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Tied at five in the bottom of the ninth, up stepped Jeimer Candelario.  He promptly ended the game hitting a walk-off home run giving Boise the win 6-5.  Bijan Rademacher and Stephen Bruno each had three hits in the win, with Rademacher scoring three runs.  Marco Hernandez added two hits including a triple and drove in one.  Rock Shoulders and Carlos Escobar each contributed with an RBI each and Xavier Batista had two RBIs.  Eduardo Orozco pitched well again pitching two scoreless innings and getting the win.  He has not allowed a run in eight innings pitched this season in Boise.  Starting pitcher Jose Arias pitched five innings allowing three runs, two earned on four hits and striking out four.

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Peoria scored seven times in from the fifth inning on and beat Bowling Green 8-3.  Paul Hoilman was outstanding at the plate going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, and three RBIs.  Pin-Chieh Chen also collected three hits.  He also scored three and drove in one.  Chadd Krist continued his impressive streak adding two hits and driving one in.  Javier Baez had yet another hit and had two RBIs.  Starling Peralta earned his third win of the season pitching five scoreless innings.  He struck out five, walked three, gave up five hits.  His ERA now stands at 2.81.  It was a good win for Peoria on Monday and will look to build on that.

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Four early runs proved to be all Charlotte would need beating Daytona 5-3.  Kyler Burke struggled early, but settled down allowing four runs on nine hits in six innings.  He took the loss on Monday and his record at Daytona stands at 1-3.  Offensively, Matt Szczur and Rebel Ridling each had two hits.  They both scored a run and they each had a double.  Szczur stole two bases bring his total to 32 and Ridling added an RBI.  Elieser Bonne had a double and an RBI and Matthew Cerda drove in a run as well.

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Tennessee was able to score eight runs, but it was not enough losing to Jackson 10-8.  The 2-3-4 hitters for the Smokies did an unbelievable job as each of those hitters had three hits.  Jae-Hoon Ha was 3-for-5 with triple, home run, two runs scored, and two RBIs.  Logan Watkins and Justin Bour each had three hits, with Bour driving one in.  Greg Rohan and Nate Samson had two hits a piece, with Rohan adding an RBI.  Junior Lake and Michael Brenly only had one hit, but each drove in two and Brenly hit his fourth home run of the season.  The pitching was not so good on Monday.  Starter Ty’relle Harris only was able to last 2.2 innings as he gave up six runs.  Zach Rosscup and Trey McNutt each surrendered two runs in their two innings of work.  McNutt took the loss, his eighth of the season.  It’s always tough to lose, but when you score eight and lose it is really tough.

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Iowa had one of the those games again where they aren’t good in any aspect.  They were outhit 16-4, made two errors, and lost 6-1 where it really counts.  I guess I will start with the offense on this one.  Brett Jackson hit his league leading 11th triple and scored the Cubs lone run when he was driven in by Adrian CardenasJosh Vitters had another hit, as did Blake Lalli and James AdduciRodrigo Lopez took the loss in this one allowing 12 hits and four runs in just five innings.  After Ryan Rowland-Smith gave up two more, Alberto Cabrera and Michael Bowden didn’t allow another run in the last 1.1 innings.  Not a good one for Iowa on Monday.

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Mark

7/6: Around the Cubs Minor League System

Cubs minor league recaps for Friday July 6.

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The AZL Cubs scored two runs in each of the first three innings and they continued to add beating the AZL Giants 10-3.  Daniel Vogelbach only had one hit today, but made it count connecting on his third home run of the season.  He was also the only Cub to drive in more than one run on the day.  Timothy Saunders was 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Carlos Escobar had two doubles and drove in a run.  Cubs also got RBI’s from Justin Marra, Carlos Penalver, and Izaac GarsezRyan Hartman got his first win of the season in relief.  He gave up two runs on five hits in 3.1 innings of work.  Matt Ianazzo was outstanding in his two innings of relief as he struck out four in two scoreless innings.

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Boise lost a tough one on Friday night falling to Tri-City 5-4.  James Pugliese got the start and gave up three runs, two earned on six hits in five innins.  Pete Levitt couldn’t hold the lead giving up a run in the seventh.  Michael Heesch then came on to strike out four in two scoreless innings.  Bryce Shafer who has been really good for Boise gave up a run in the eleventh which proved to be the game winner.  At the plate Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored.  Chadd Krist was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-5 with double and an RBI.  Wilson Contreras also had two hits and drove in two.  It was a tough loss for the Hawks as they had a lead for most of the game.

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Burlington scored two in an inning four different times to beat Peoria 8-3.  Offensively Dustin Geiger stayed hot hitting his fourth home run in three days, he drove in two on the night.  Taiwan Easterling had two hits, a run scored, and an RBI and Javier Baez was 2-for-4.  Starling Peralta got the start and took the loss, but was let down by his defense giving up six runs, only two earned on four hits in five innings.  Sheldon McDonald pitched well in relief striking out four in 2.1 innings of work.

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Daytona had a nice win on Friday beating Dunedin 5-1.  Matt Loosen got the start and very impressive improving his record to 7-3.  He struck out 10 while only giving up three hits and allowing no runs in seven innings of work.  Matt Spencer and Scott Weismann each pitched a scoreless inning in relief to preserve the win.  At the plate the Cubs had some really special nights.  Arismendy Alcantara was a single a way from the cycle.  He ended the night 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI’s.  Rubi Silva also was impressive going 4-for-5 with an RBI.  Ronald Torreyes and Taylor Davis each drove in a run and John Andreoli had a triple and also scored a run.

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Game one of the double header belonged to Eric Jokisch and the Smokies beating Jacksonville 5-1.  Jokisch pitched six inning allowing one run on five hits while striking out two and walking one.  Marcus Hatley threw a scoreless seventh to close the game out.  Offensively Justin Bour and Michael Burgess each recorded a hit and two RBI’s.  Greg Rohan also drove in a run and scored one ending the game 1-for-3 with a double.  Nelson Perez and Michael Brenly each had a hit and Brenley scored a run.

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Game two was a different story as Jacksonville came out on top beating Tennessee 3-1.  Nicholas Struck took the loss, but didn’t pitch that bad as his defense let him down.  He struck out six in five innings pitched and gave up three runs, only one earned in five innings.  Tony Zych who struck out three and Frank Batista each pitched a scoreless frame.  Offensively there wasn’t too much to talk about Logan Watkins, James Adduci, Juan Apodaca, and Nate Samson were the only Smokies to recored hits.  Apodaca drove in Adduci for the only Smokies run in game two.

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Alfredo Amezaga played the part of the hero on Friday delilvering a base hit in the 11th inning to give Iowa a 5-4 win.  The unsung hero’s in this game were the bullpen.  Casey Coleman got the start, but only lasted three innings and gave up three runs.  Frankie De La Cruz pitched four solid innings of relief allowing no runs on three hits.  Jay Jackson followed suit pitching a scoreless inning.  Michael Bowden did blow the save, but was able to pitch a scoreless tenth and eleventh inning in route to his second win.  Offensively Dave Sappelt was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.  Blake Lalli also had two hits including a double.  Welington Castillo hit his third home run of the season and had two runs scored and two RBI’s.  Josh Vitters kept his average at the .300 mark going 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.  Adrian Cardenas also added a hit and an RBI on Friday.  Brett Jackson missed his second game in row.

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Mark

7/1: Around the Cubs Minor League System

A look at the Cubs minor leaguers on Sunday, July 1.

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The AZL Cubs held on to beat the AZL Athletics 9-7 on Sunday.  Dan Vogelbach kept up his torrid pace going 4-for-5 with a triple, homer, two runs scored, and three RBI’s.  He is now hitting .471.  Timothy Saunders had two more hits and and also drove in one run.  His average now stands at .483.  Carlos Escobar and Izaac Garsez each had two hits and a run scored on Sunday.  Ben Carhart and Carlos Penalver each had an RBI in the victory.  Nathan Dorris got the win pitching a scoreless inning in relief and Alvido Jimenez recorded his first save of the young season.

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In a well pitched game Boise came up short losing 2-1 to Tri-City in ten innings.  Rafael Diplan struggled with his comand walking three in .2 of an inning to take the loss.  James Pugliese got the start and struck out five in four scoreless innings.  Eduardo Orozco and Michael Heesch each pitched two scoreless inning on Sunday.  Not much to talk about offensively in this one as Boise could only plate one.  The lone RBI came off the bat of Dong-Yub Kim who was 2-for-4 with game-tying solo homer in the seventh.  Jeimer Candelario and Chadd Krist continued their hot hitting as Candelario had two hits and Krist had three.

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Starling Peralta pitched eight solid innings allowing three runs, two earned on four hits, but took the loss as Peoria lost to Kane County 7-2.  As good as Peralta was Larry Suarez was not so good in relief giving up four runs in one inning of work.  The offense didn’t do much damage, but Taiwan Easterling was 3-for-3 and Dustin Geiger had two hits of his own.  Chiefs got RBI’s from Zeke DeVoss and Wes Darvill.  Top prospect Javier Baez collected a hit and scored a run.

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Matt Loosen and Daytona fell to Lakeland 5-3 on Sunday.  Loosen started and gave up four runs, three earned in six innings pitched.  A.J. Morris pitched well in relief striking out two in two innings of work.  From an offensive standpoint Daytona couldn’t get much done recording only four hits.  Rebel Ridling was 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI.  Matt Szczur also had a double, scored a run, and drove one in.  The other Cubs hit came from Elieser Bonne and the other RBI came off the bat of John Andreoli.

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Tennessee couldn’t get much going at the plate and fell to Chattanooga 3-0.  Nicholas Struck pitched well enough to win, but took the loss, giving up two runs, one earned in five innings pitched.  Casey Harman and Casey Weathers each pitched in relief.  Not too much excitement from the offense, but Justin Bour was 3-for-4 with two doubles.  Nate Samson had two hits of his own and Jae-Hoon Ha and Juan Apodaca each had a hit on the night.

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 Iowa’s frantic rally comes up short on Sunday dropping a high scoring game to Nashville 13-12.  At one point the Cubs were down by nine runs headed to the sixth, but after scoring eight runs in three innings, they failed to score in the ninth.  Offensively Iowa pounded out 16 hits and 12 runs.  Adrian Cardenas and Josh Vitters each had three hits, including two doubles a piece, two runs scored, and an RBI.  Blake Lalli also had three hits including a double, two runs scored, and three RBI’s.  Dave Sappelt hit his fourth home run of the year and Matt Tolbert drove in two runs and also two hits.  Brett Jackson raised his average to .261 going 2-for-5 with a double, triple, two runs scored, and two RBI’s.  Frankie De La Cruz got the start and, but didn’t last long giving up nine runs, seven earned in just 4.1 innings pitched.  Jay Jackson threw another scoreless inning out of the bullpen and also struck two out.  Michael Bowden struck out three in a scoreless inning.

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Mark

Full 2012 Cubs Draft Recap

That was a long three days for everyone involved, I will try to break it down to the best of my ability for you.  It’s obvious that the Cubs needed to fill their system with pitching depth and it appears that they did so.

The Cubs had 42 picks in this years draft, 40 round plus two compensation (or sandwhich) picks.  In years past the draft has been 50 rounds, under the new CBA the rounds were reduced to 40.  The breakdown of the 42 picks is as follows, 22 pitchers (18 RHP, 4 LHP), seven infielders, eight outfielders, and five catchers.  Of those players 20 were college players, seven were junior college players, and the Cubs drafted 15 high school players. 

Here’s the full list…

 

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Live Draft Blog; Round 2 – Round 15 Starts NOW!

The MLB Draft gets going again in about five minutes, round 2 through round 15 will be completed today, we will update this post with the Cubs picks, follow along and use the comments section to comment or follow on twitter!

Cubs 2nd Round Pick (67th Overall) –

Duane Underwood
Pope HS (Ga.), Senior
Height: 6’2″, Weight: 205
Position: RHP
DOB: 07/20/1994
Bats: R, Throws: R
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Underwood is everything you’d want from a high school pitcher: athletic with arm strength, a chance to have three at least Major League-average pitches and outstanding mound presence.The Georgia product will sit in the low 90s with his fastball typically, but he can reach back for 95-96 mph occasionally. His secondary offerings aren’t as good as the fastball, but both his curve and changeup have a chance. When he throws them right, his curve can have a very good 12-to-6 late break and his changeup can be very deceptive.He doesn’t throw either consistently right now and he does have some issues with command at times. His poise, knowledge of the game and athleticsm say he’ll continue to evolve as a pitcher, meaning he could start moving up charts this spring. —Round 3 through Round 15 after the jump.
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