Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 12, 2016

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Not enough offensive firepower for Iowa last night as they were only able to push across two runs on five hits in a 4-2 loss to New Orleans.  The loss drops the I-Cubs to a 1-5 record to start the season.

At the Plate:

  • Willson Contreras stayed hot last night; he went 2-for-4 with his third double of the season, and a run scored.
  • Albert Almora is struggling to find hits; he went 0-for-3 with an RBI in the loss.
  • Kristopher Negron went 1-for-3 with his first dinger of the year, an RBI, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Ryan Williams was much better in his second start; he worked five innings, giving up one run on six hits while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Scott Barnes picked up the loss in relief; he worked 1.2 innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Jean Machi tossed 1.1 innings, giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while walking one, and striking out two.
  • C.J. Riefenhauser had his bet appearance of 2016, he worked a scoreless ninth inning.


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After trailing 4-0 early the Smokies came all the way back to tie it only to see Birmingham push across a run in the bottom of the ninth to win 5-4.

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On the Mound:

  • Rob Zastryzny had a rough go of it; he worked five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Gerardo Concepcion had another great outing; he worked three scoreless/hitless innings while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Juan Paniagua took the loss in this one; he worked just 1/3rd of an inning, giving up one run on two hits while walking two, and striking out one.


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A late Pelican comeback came up short as Myrtle Beach could not battle back from a 4-0 deficit and fell to Winston Salem, 4-3.

At the Plate:

  • Rashad Crawford continued his hot start to 2016; he went 3-for-5 with a double, his first homer of the year, and RBI, and a run scored.
  • Ian Happ is putting things together; he went 3-for-5 with his third double of the year, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .292 on the season.
  • Jason Volser, Shawon Dunston Jr., Cael Brockmeyer, and Charcer Burks all finished the night with one hit.

On the Mound:

  • Tommy Thorpe got the start, and picked up the loss in this one. Thorpe tossed five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • James Farris was brilliant out of the pen; he worked three scoreless/hitless innings while striking out four.
  • Jose Rosario worked a scoreless ninth to give the Pelicans a chance to tie it late.


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It took ten innings, but the South Bend Cubs took care of Bowling Green, 3-2.  A solid effort across the board as the Cubs trailed 2-0 after one half inning before shutting down the Hot Rods the rest of the way.

At the Plate:

  • Donnie Dewees is a triples machine; he went 2-for-4 with his second triple of the year, a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
  • Eloy Jimenez was the thunder for the Cubs; he went 4-for-5 with a double, and an RBI.
  • P.J. Higgins, and Daniel Spingola each picked up an RBI in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Carson Sands was pretty solid; he worked five innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Kyle Twomey was great out of the pen; he worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out two.
  • Scott Frazier also chipped in with a scoreless inning.
  • Casey Bloomquist picked up the win in relief; he worked two scoreless innings, giving up three hits while striking out one.

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Daytona Throttles Dunedin in Game One

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The task facing the Daytona Cubs offense was a tall one coming into game one, Matt Boyd had been lights out for Dunedin in 90 innings of work this year.  Not tonight.  The D-Cubs torched Boyd for seven runs over the first 3.1 innings en route to an 11-1 laugher.

At the Plate:

  • Kyle Schwarber was 1-for-5, but it was a big one, a two-0ut grand slam in the fourth inning.  He finished with four RBI’s, and one run scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach had a huge game, he went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, two RBI’s, and two runs scored.
  • Billy McKinney hasn’t slowed down all year, he went 2-for-4 with a double, and two runs scored in the win.
  • Willson Contreras was solid behind the plate, and at the plate, he went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and three runs scored.
  • Bijan Rademacher was also productive from the bottom of the order, he went 3-for-3 with three RBI’s.

On the Mound:

  • Rob Zastrynzy got the start, and was brilliant in picking up the victory.  Zastrynzy worked six innings, giving up one run on five hits, while walking one, and striking out four.
  • The D-Cubs pen worked three scoreless innings, but struggled with their command.  Starling Peralta worked an inning while walking two, and striking out one.  Gerardo Concepcion worked an inning while walking three (See?), and Jose Rosario mopped things up, working an inning while giving up two hits.

Game two is tomorrow night, the D-Cubs have a chance to make quick work of the best of three series.

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Playoff Primer; Daytona Cubs [vs] Dunedin Blue Jays



If I would have told you that the Daytona Cubs would be participating in the FSL Playoffs this year you would have called me crazy, and probably kicked me a couple times.  But here we are, after a horrendous start to the season, the D-Cubs torched the FSL North in the second half of the season, going 41-27 thanks to some key additions to their lineup.  The two additions I’m thinking of are Kyle Schwarber (2014 1st round pick), and Billy McKinney who was acquired from Oakland in the Samardzija/Hammel deal in July.

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Schwarber played in 44 games for Daytona this year, he hit .302 with ten homers, and twenty-eight RBI’s while OPS’ing at a .952 clip.  Schwarber also knows how to get on base, he walked twenty-six times against only thirty-eight strikeouts.

McKinney had a similar season with Daytona, minus the power.  McKinney played in 51 games with Daytona, he hit .301 with twelve doubles, four triples, one homer, and thirty-six RBI’s.  Much like Schwarber, McKinney gets on base with the best of them, he walked twenty-five times against forty-two strikeouts, eerily similar to Schwarber.

Game one is tomorrow night in Daytona, and the Cubs need to take game one before the best of three series shifts to Dunedin.  Daytona sends Rob Zastrynzy to the mound in game one, Z was 4-6 with a 4.66 ERA with Daytona this year.  A stiff test awaits the D-Cubs lineup as Dunedin will go to Matt Boyd who has been lights out this year, he went 5-3 with a 1.39 ERA this season.

Check back for game updates, recaps, etc.  Please don’t rain.


FSL North Championship Series Schedule

Game 1 – Tuesday, September 2, 7:05 p.m. – Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark

Game 2 – Wednesday, September 3, 6:30 p.m. – Florida Auto Exchange Stadium

Game 3 – Thursday, September 4, 6:30 p.m. – Florida Auto Exchange Stadium (If Necessary)


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2014 Daytona Cubs Opening Day Roster

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With no Cubs game today, it makes sense to shine a light on the Minor Leagues.  We cover every level of Cubs baseball here on the blog, and recently it has been a lot more fun than writing about the Major League club as the future offers a bit more promise, I think you agree.

The Daytona Cubs open the season this week, Thursday to be exact, here is their opening day roster.  This roster might be tweaked before then, but here is how it stands at the moment.



There are a number of intriguing arms that will start their season at Daytona this year, Arodys Vizcaino has to be at the top of that list.  Some might be surprised by seeing his name here, but he is coming back from a long recovery from two different elbow procedures.  Slow and steady wins the race here as the Cubs are very high on Vizcaino, there is no reason to start him any higher.

I’m very excited to Rob Zastryzny starting at Daytona this year, the left-handed starter was the Cubs second round pick last year.  That’s right, this is his first full professional season, and he is starting at high A, that’s something to be excited about.

I enjoyed watching Tayler Scott at Kane County last year, and think that he could start making a name for himself this year.  Scott was a 5th round draft pick of the Cubs in 2011, and has jumped a level each professional season.





This is a very exciting roster, and is basically the same group of guys that made Boise so entertaining two years ago, minus a few players here and there.

For an organization with little catching depth, the Cubs boast three solid ones at Daytona.  My favorite backstop has to be Chadd Krist, Krist was drafted in the 9th round of the 2012 draft by the Cubs.  In two professional years, Krist has played at four different levels, and I expect him to play at two more this year.  He finished 2013 at Daytona, and if he displays the same approach this year as he did last year, then Tennessee will be calling.

Where to start in the infield?  Amaya and Candelario are going to be a lot of fun to watch as they continue their ascension in the Cubs system.  Both guys were signed by the Cubs as non-drafted free agents, and both are considered to be top-20 prospects in the Cubs system by MLB.com.

All eyes will be on Dan Vogelbach, and Albert Almora this season, and I don’t think either guy will finish this year at Daytona.  Almora was sidelined for parts of he first two professional seasons, but his production while on the field has been outstanding.  He played all of 2013 at Kane County and finished with a .329 average, and an .842 OPS, he’s heading to Tennessee shortly.  Vogelbach was originally though of as an overweight, monster power designated hitter when he was drafted.  The only thing he has done since then is work hard in order to make his own opportunities.  Since he was drafted, Vogy has lost all sorts of weight which has allowed him to improve his defense, but he hasn’t lost any of the power.  2013 was a big one for Vogelbach, he played at Kane County and Daytona, registering 19 home runs, and  76 RBI’s, he will be in Tennessee at some point this season.

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Born on Third: Minor Matters – July 7, 2013

Hello reader, wanted to give you a quick update on a change we are making to the minor league reports.  Today we debut our new layout which will include one “spotlight game” this game will be much like the reports you are use to.  We will break the game down by hitters and pitchers, a full recap so to speak.  For the remainder of the minor league games we will provide a line score, and a box score that you can click a link to view.  Instead of recapping all six games every night we will detail the top performers at each level.  The goal here is to limit the amount of time it takes to recap everything given how many games there are now, but also provide information that you want.  Thanks everyone.


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At The Plate – This one was a pitchers duel for the majority of the game then things got crazy in the seventh.  Iowa scored seven times to take an 8-2 lead, then Albuguerque bounced back with three in the eighth to make it a came before the Cubs shut the door on an 8-5 win.  Seven of the nine guys in the starting lineup had hits for Iowa, and as a team the Cubs walked seven times (Cubs way!).  Logan Watkins was 1-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and his eighth stolen base of the season.  Donnie Murphy only had one at bat but made the most of it as he was 1-for-1 with his tenth home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.  Anthony Giansanti was 1-for-3 with his third double of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.

On The MoundGuillermo Moscoso got the start for Iowa and struggled with his command but was able to pitch in and out of trouble to pick up his sixth win of the season.  Moscoso worked six innings giving up two runs on two hits while walking five (command, see?) and striking out five.  Michael Bowden worked a scoreless inning out of the pen, he gave up one hit while striking out two.  Casey Coleman struggled in this one as he worked two-thirds of an inning giving up three runs on three hits while walking two and striking out one.  Brian Schlitter was solid in picking up his ninth save of the year, he worked 1.1 scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking one and striking out two.


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  • AZL Cubs:  Jeffrey Baez went 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Boise Hawks: Shawon Dunston Jr. was 2-for-4 with a triple, and a run scored
  • Boise Hawks: 2013 2nd round pick Rob Zastrynzy made his Cubs debut going one scoreless inning while walking one and striking out two.
  • Kane County Cougars: Albert Almora was 3-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
  • Kane County Cougars: Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a walk, and a run scored.
  • Daytona Cubs: Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-for-2 with a double, and a walk.

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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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