At The Plate – Things have not gone well for the Iowa Cubs, that is reflected in their now 0-5 record. Logan Watkins led off today as was great going 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .368 on the season. Brett Jackson had a solid game going 2-for-4 with a double, and two RBI’s. Newcomer Donnie Murphy went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the loss.
On The Mound – Really rough go of it for the I-Cubs pitchers. Barret Loux got the start and was beat up giving up six runs on three hits while walking three walks and striking out two in only one inning of work. Jaye Chapman worked 2.2 innings giving up two runs on two hits while walking three without a strike out. Cory Wade got roughed up giving up five runs on eight hits while striking out one in three innings of work. Blake Parker worked 1.1 scoreless innings while walking one and striking out two.
At The Plate – Matt Szczur continued his solid work out of the lead-off spot going 2-for-3 with a run scored, and a stolen base. Arismendy Alcantara who was hitting in the two hole was 2-for-4, but also made two errors. The rest of the Smokies lineup could only manage one hit in the 2-1 loss.
On The Mound – Really solid effort from the Smokies pitchers in this one. Dae-Eun Rhee got the start and was decent, he struggled a bit with his command in 4.1 innings of work giving up one run on two hits while walking three and striking out one. Brian Schlitter was the tough luck loser in this one, he worked 1.2 innings giving up one run, unearned, on two hits while walking one. Zach Rosscup and Trey McNutt each worked a scoreless inning to keep things close.
At The Plate – Finally a win for the Cougars, they did plenty offensively but had to work overtime after a blown save, more on that in a bit. Gioskar Amaya broke out today after a slow start to the season, he was 3-for-5 with a triple, a stolen base, and a run scored. Chadd Krist was 3-for-5 with two doubles, ans two runs scored. Bijan Rademacher did most of the damage today going 3-for-5 with three RBI’s. Rock Shoulders stayed red hot at the plate going 2-for-5 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .455 on the season.
On The Mound – Lendy Castillo who is transitioning to a starting role was fantastic in his 2013 debut. Castillo went five strong innings giving up one run on three hits while walking two and striking out four, unfortunately he had a win snatched from him. Brian Smith was solid out of the pen going two scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out one. Justin Amlung blew the save but also got the win, he worked three innings giving up four runs on four hits while walking one and striking out three.
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Not much has gone right for the Mesa Solar Sox as they currently sit at 6-16 which is good for dead last in the AFL East. Wanted to bring you up to speed on how the Cubs prospects are doing, it’s been a rough go of it.
I’m actually happy with what Szczur has done with the Solar Sox so far. He’s not driving the ball much, but he is getting on base at a .353 clip, and is stealing bases, something a good lead off hitter does.
What a weird season for Baez, his average was way down and so was his OBP. His power numbers were through the roof however, as he blasted four home runs and drove in 16 during his injury shortened AFL season. Not thrilled with the OBP, but it’s hard not to be impressed with his production.
It’s been a tough AFL season for Silva, but I expected that as he is not playing every day and is finding it hard to find a groove. Silva is not making enough contact, but that’s why these players are here, to learn and develop.
Watkins was a late addition to the AFL roster, he was summoned after Javier Baez was injured. Watkins is showing outstanding plate discipline early, something he has done all year, and what a year it was for the Cubs minor league player of the year. It’s nice to see the patience, I know the organization is loving that too.
Really like the innings Rhee has been able to throw down in Arizona, the results, not so much. Command has been spotty for Rhee, and it shows with the 6 walks and 22 hits in just under 17 innings.
Struck has been able to wiggle off the hook many times already during the AFL season. Command has gotten him in trouble as he as walked 8 guys in just 12 innings. However, his ERA hasn’t really taken a hit as it sits at a respectable 3.75 for the season.
Zych has been really good down in Arizona, he has given up more hits than innings pitched but he doesn’t walk guys. Zych has only walked one guy in 10 innings of work, and sports a sparkling 2.70 ERA on the season.
Rhoderick has been very good for the Solar Sox, his 4.82 ERA might suggest otherwise, but he’s been dominant at times. In just over nine innings of work Rhoderick has stuck out 14 and only walked two, he’s only given up seven hits. The long ball has hurt him as he has given up two home runs which have accounted for the majority of the runs he has given up.
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Hey, at least it’s not a loss, right? The Solar Sox showed some life in this one as they led Phoenix 6-2 in the seventh inning. Unfortunately the Solar Sox chucked that lead, only a run in the ninth saved this from being yet another loss. The two teams called it quits after each went scoreless in the 10th and settled for a tie. Dae-Eun Rhee got the start for the Solar Sox and the Cubs prospect pitched well, he gave up two runs on six hits in 3.2 innings. Tony Zych also made an appearance for the Solar Sox, and he was outstanding again, tossing a scoreless 1.2 innings while giving up three hits. Javier Baez was the only Cubs position player to get into the game today, and it was another clunker. Baez finished the day 1-for-5 with an RBI at the plate, but made two more errors, that brings his AFL total nine, and he’s only played in ten of the games.
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Cubs prospect Dae-Eun Rhee got the start in this one and unfortunately he also got the loss. Rhee gave up three runs on five hits, he didn’t walk anyone, and he struck out four in four innings. With the rough outing Rhee dropped to 0-1 on the AFL season, and his ERA jumped to 7.50. Tony Zych also got a chance to throw in this one and once again he tossed a scoreless inning, par for the course for Zych so far this Fall. Matt Szczur was 1-for-3 from the lead off spot, he also drew a walk and was caught stealing for the first time this season. No other Cubs got a chance to swing the bat in this one, with the loss the Mesa Solar Sox drop to 3-5 on the campaign.
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Thursday October 11, 2012
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The Solar Sox fell behind early 5-1, but scored in five of the last six inning to win their first game of the season 6-5. Dae-Eun Rhee got the start for the Solar Sox, and got knocked around a bit. Rhee went two innings in his AFL debut, giving up two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out two. Tony Zych was the only other Cubs pitcher to get into the game, and he earned the win by pitching a scoreless inning and striking out one. Matt Szczur led off again for the Solar Sox, he finished the day 1-for-4 with an RBI, a run, and another walk, something he seems to be doing a lot of right now. Javier Baez bounced back from a rough game the day before as he went 2-for-5 with a double, and an RBI.
Friday October 12, 2012
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For the second game in a row the Mesa Solar Sox fell behind early before roaring back from a come from behind victory. Kevin Rhoderick made his second appearance of the AFL season, and was the only Cubs pitcher to get into this one. Rhoderick was decent, he lasted one inning giving up one run on one hit while striking out two. Matt Szczur made his presence felt at the top of the order again in this one, he finished the night 2-for-5 with an RBI, and two stolen bases. Javier Baez got the day off, but Rubi Silva did get a start in right field and was 1-for-5 and had two stolen bases of his own.
Saturday October 13, 2012
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Mesa reversed roles today by jumping out early and giving up the lead, however they were able to battle back to earn their third straight victory. Nick Struck made his second appearance of the AFL season working one inning giving up one run on one hit while striking out two. Tony Zych also got into this one, he tossed a scoreless inning giving up only one hit and has yet to give up a run this season. Rubi Silva got his second straight start in RF and replaced Szczur at the top of the lineup. Silva delivered going 2-for-5 with two runs scored, he is now hitting .313 for the Solar Sox. Javier Baez got back in the lineup today, and the day off must have done him some good as he launched his second home run of the season, a three run shot. Baez finished 1-for-4 with a home run, and three RBI’s in the win.
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Only three games on Sunday as the minor league season comes to a close. Daytona’s season ended on Sunday, while Peoria and Tennessee will play their final game on Monday.
Peoria led most of the way, but lost in extra innings 5-4. Starling Peralta got the start and pitched pretty good, but had one tough inning in which he gave up three runs on three hits, walked three, and struck out eight in 5.1. Sheldon McDonald and Steve Perakslis combined to pitch the next 2.2 innings allowing one run. Austin Reed took the loss as he gave up a run in the 10th inning. Jorge Soler was the story on the offensive side as he was 3-for-5 with a mammoth home run, his third with Peoria. Jacob Rogers and Timothy Saunders each had two hits with Rogers knocking in one run. Zeke DeVoss, Pin-Chieh Chen, and Sergio Burruel each had a hit with Burruel adding an RBI in the loss.
Daytona ended the season on good note beating Brevard County in walk off fashion 3-2. Also ending the season on a positive note was Javier Baez who was 2-for-3 with two home runs and two RBIs. Taylor Davis was the hero though as he had two hits, including the walk off RBI. Ronald Torreyes was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in the win. Nelson Perez and Micah Gibbs each had a hit. Ryan Searle got the start pitching six inning allowing two runs, one earned on four hits. Matt Spencer and Hunter Cervenka combined to pitch 2.1 innings not allowing a hit and striking out four. Eduardo Figueroa got the win getting the last two outs of the game. It was a nice way for Javier Baez and the Daytona Cubs to end the season.
Tennessee scored four in the 15th beating Pensacola 7-3. Dae-Eun Rhee got the start pitching six innings allowing one run on five hits. Tony Zych struggled giving up two runs in just 0.2 innings, but Frank Batista and Brian Schlitter did a really nice job pitching the next 4.1 scoreless innings. Casey Harman was outstanding as well pitching four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, one walk, and one strike out notching his first win of the season. Matt Cerda was 3-for-7 with an RBI and a run scored. Logan Watkins had two hits, including a double and two RBIs. Junior Lake had one hit, but he made it count hitting a three-run homer and ended with four RBIs on the night. Jae-Hoon Ha, Rubi Silva, and Michael Brenly each had two hits in the win.
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I wish the Arizona Fall League was closer to Chicago, obviously there are reason’s why it’s not, I’m not a complete moron. I wish it was closer so I could see games because the rosters are made up of some of the best prospects from all over baseball. There are six teams competing in the league, here is the breakdown of Major League team participation.
Cubs players will be grouped with players from the Orioles, Astros, Tigers, and Dodgers to form the Mesa Solar Sox. Click here for the full roster, the Cubs will be sending Javier Baez, Matt Szczur, Rubi Silva, Dae-Eun Rhee, Nick Struck, Tony Zych, Kevin Rhoderick, and Zach Rosscup. The purpose of this league is to get a look at guys, could be guys that didn’t play too much during the season or guys that are ready to jump a level, possibly to the major league level, or are on the bubble for a 40 man roster spot. If they are not added to the 40-man roster they will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft and could be lost to another team. The three players vying for a spot on the 40-man roster are Rhee, Rosscup, and Struck, all others are already on the 40-man roster. So this league is clearly important, it could be make or break for some guys, or it could be an important building block for others.
One glaring omission is Jorge Soler as he didn’t get too much time to play here in the States this year. My guess is that he will be playing somewhere this offseason, most likely a winter league as the organization would like to see him get more 2012 at bats.
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