Cubs Claim Julio Borbon From Rangers (UPDATE: Gonzalez DFA’d)

Julio Borbon was designated for assignment by the Rangers last week, they were unable to work out a trade so he was placed on waivers on Wednesday.  The Cubs Borbonclaimed Borbon today, intriguing move considering they already signed Ryan Sweeney, a left-handed hitting outfielder, which is what Borbon is, and now a spot on the 40 man roster needs to be cleared to make room for him.  Borbon has also produced, he’s a career .283 hitter having 685 at bats in the Majors, and a career .324 on base percentage.  All of these numbers coming at the age of twenty-three to twenty-five, then didn’t play last year, one would think he would be a candidate to be on the active roster given the fact that he is out of minor league options.  This also could be the start of something else that is going on, I don’t want to speculate too much but there are simply too many players right now that are on the 40 man roster that are similar to Borbon.  The Cubs have Brett Jackson at Iowa, Ryan Sweeney at Iowa, Brian Bogusevic at Iowa, Dave Sappelt in Chicago, and David DeJesus in Chicago.  My guess is that he will replace Sappelt on the active roster and Sappelt will hit waivers but that’s just an educated guess at this point.

(UPDATE) Alberto Gonzalez has been DFA’d in a corresponding move to make room for Borbon.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 16, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – You wouldn’t know it by the hit totals, but the I-Cubs won this one rather handily 4-3.  Iowa only had three hits, and gave up ten, but that’s not what decides games.  Ty Wright was 1-for-4 with a run scored.  Ryan Sweeney had one of the other hits and it was a big one, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, a triple, and an RBI.  J.C. Boscan had the biggest hit of the day as he was 1-for-3 with a double, and two RBI’s, definitely an odd game at the plate, but drawing four walks definitely helped.

On The Mound –  Plenty of hits given up by the Cubs staff, but they didn’t walk anyone, and that was a huge reason they pulled this one out.  Brooks Raley had a tremendous outing getting his first win of the season going six scoreless innings giving up six hits, and striking out seven.  Yoanner Negrin continues to be untouchable out of the pen, he worked two scoreless innings only giving up two hits.  Cory Wade worked the ninth and gave up one run on two hits while striking out two.

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At The Plate – A back and forth game in Huntsville ended with the Smokies hanging on to win 4-3 over the Stars.  Matt Szczur continues to be productive out of the lead-off spot, he went 2-for-3 with a home run, a stolen base, a caught stealing, an RBI, and a run scored.  Justin Bour also joined in on the fun going 2-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and a run scored.  Rubi Silva has been scorching hot all year and it was no different last night, he was 2-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s hitting .405 on the season now.

On The MoundAlberto Cabrera got the start and his second win of the season as he went six innings giving up two runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out five.  A.J. Morris was solid out of the pen going two scoreless, and hitless innings while striking out three.  Frank Batista worked the ninth for his second save, although he made it exciting, he worked one inning giving up one run on one hit while walking one.

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At The Plate – All sorts of offense from Daytona but it wasn’t nearly enough in this one.  Seven out of the nine players in the lineup had at least one hit.  John Andreoli was 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, two stolen bases, and one run scored.  Javy Baez connected on his second homer of the season, he finished the day 1-for-5 with an RBI, a stolen base, and two runs scored.  Stephen Bruno was 2-for-2 with two walks with a double, and a run scored.  Dustin Geiger continues to stay hot going 2-for-3 with an RBI, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .310 on the season.

On The Mound – I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen anything like this in just nine innings.  The D-Cubs staff gave up fifteen runs, that was low in my opinion seeing that they gave up twenty-seven hits, twenty-seven!  Ryan Searle has been great this year, not last night, he went 4.2 innings giving up seven runs on fifteen(!) hits while striking out five, his ERA sits at 4.85 right now, a small miracle given how many runs he gave up.  Hunter Cervenka and Luis Liria gave up a combined seven runs in 2.1 innings.  Taylor Davis, a catcher, worked one inning giving up one run on four hits.

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At The Plate – The Cougars had a thrilling comeback win in game one as they scored twice in the last two innings to come back from a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3.  Gioskar Amaya was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.  Daniel Vogelbach was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored, with that two hit game his average climbed to .302 on the season.  Jeimer Candelario was 1-for-3 with a big two run double to help the Cougars come all the way back.

On The Mound –  Errors got the best of the Cougars early on and it showed in the pitching staff”s numbers.  Jose Arias got the start and went four innings giving up three runs, all unearned, on four hits while walking three and striking out three.  Jeffry Antigua was great out of the pen and was rewarded with his first win of the season.  Antigue went three scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking one and striking out three.

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At The Plate – No such comeback luck in this one from the Cougars as they were done in by a seven run second inning.  Marco Hernandez was 2-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, an error, and two runs scored.  Wes Darvill was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Bijan Rademacher was 2-for-2 with a walk.  The top three guys in the Cougars order went 0-for-10 in game two, and the Cougars went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

On The MoundMichael Heesch got the start and didn’t get much help from his defense.  Heesch went 1.2 innings giving up six runs, two earned, on five hits while walking one and striking out two.  Brian Smith got beat up a little bit as he went 2.1 innins giving up two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out two.  Steve Perakslis and Nathan Dorris each tossed a scoreless inning in the loss.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 15, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – The Cubs built an early lead but once again had trouble holding it as they dropped to 3-9 on the season.  Darwin Barney had a huge game in his last rehab appearance, he was 4-for-5 with a double, and two runs scored.  Ryan Sweeney continues to mash the ball, he went 2-for-4 with a home run (3), three RBI’s and a run scored.  Brett Jackson was 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored.

On The Mound –  The Cubs were beat up from start to finish in this one.  Drew Carpenter got the start, he went 4.1 innings giving up five runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out one.  Emailin Caridad went 1.2 innings out of the pen giving up one run on three hits while striking out three.  Both Jensen Lewis and Jaye Chapman continued their horrendous 2013 as Lewis gave up two runs, and Chapman gave up three.

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At The Plate Jae-Hoon Ha continued his red-hot start going 2-for-3 with two walks, a double, an RBI, and a run scored.  Rubi Silva has been the hottest hitter in the Smokies lineup, he was 3-for-4 with a home run (2), four RBI’s, a double, and two runs scored, he’s now hitting .394 on the season.  Jonathan Mota was 2-for-4 in the loss.

On The MoundDallas Beeler put together a quality start and was in line for the win before the bullpen lost it.  Beeler went six innings giving up three runs on four hits while walking three and striking out four.  Tony Zych went 1.1 innings out of the pen giving up two runs on two hits while walking one.  Trey McNutt had a rough go of it as he not only blew the save but got the loss, he went 1.1 innings giving up three runs on three hits while walking two.

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At The Plate – The D-Cubs continued to pound the ball in a 8-1 victory over Clearwater to move one game above .500 on the season.  Zeke DeVoss was very productive from the lead-off spot going 2-for-4 with a walk, a triple, and three RBI’s.  John Andreoli was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, he’s now hitting .341 on the season.  Ben Carhart went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.  Stephen Bruno (2-for-4) and David Bote (2-for-3) each had two hits in the win as Daytona pounded out thirteen total.

On The MoundBen Wells was outstanding as he found his command in this one.  Wells went six scoreless innings to earn his first win, he gave up five hits while walking one and striking out four.  Yeiper Castillo went two scoreless innings out of the pen, he gave up one hit while striking out two.  Sheldon McDonald worked the ninth inning, he gave up one run on three hits while striking out one.

NOTES:  Kane County was snowed/rained out….again, shocking.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 12, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

 

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At The Plate – The I-Cubs were looking pretty good through four innings, then the bottom fell out, and that’s putting it nicely.  Logan Watkins continues to embody everything that Theo Epstein wants, as he was 0-for-2 from the lead-off spot but had three walks.  Ryan Sweeney was 1-for-4 with his second home run of the season, two RBI’s, and a run scored.  Brian Bogusevic, and J.C. Boscan each had two hits in the loss.  Edwin Maysonet only had one hit on the night, but he was productive as he had three RBI’s.

On The MoundNick Struck did just fine tonight, I know the final score doesn’t indicate that but he was solid.  Struck went four innings giving up two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out three.  That was the end of the good news for the Iowa pitching.  Esmailin Caridad was hung with the loss, he worked one inning giving up five runs, four earned, on three hits while walking three and striking out one.  Jaye Chapman was even worse as he gave up five runs on six hits while walking one and striking out one in just two-thirds of an inning.  Cory Wade had an odd stat line, he went three innings giving up two runs on NO hits while walking three and striking out five.  The I-Cubs are now 1-8 on the season.

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At The Plate – The Smokies could only manage four hits and two runs but that was just enough for the victory.  Matt Szczur continued his strong start to the season from the lead-off spot going 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, two stolen bases, and a run scored.  Jae-Hoon Ha was 1-for-3 with the only other RBI for the Smokies.  Rubi Silva, and Jonathan Mota tallied the only other hits for the Smokies in the win.

On The Mound – Outstanding work all night for the Smokies pitchers.  Eric Jokisch got the start and also the victory as he went six strong innings giving up one run on four hits while walking one and striking out three.  Tony Zych, Zach Rosscup, and Trey McNutt all tossed scoreless innings to shut the door on the Lookouts.  Trey McNutt earned his first save of the season and has yet to give up a run in 2013.

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At The Plate – The D-Cubs didn’t need much in this one, but they were able to score five times on just six hits.  Taiwan Easterling had another solid game going 2-for-5 with a double, three RBI’s and a run scored.  Javier Baez was 1-for-4 with a walk, and an RBI, much better approach from Baez in this one.  Stephen Bruno was 1-for-4 with a double, and a run scored.

On The Mound Austin Kirk was outstanding despite fighting his command early.  Kirk went five scoreless innings giving up two hits while walking four and striking out two, he improves to 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA.  Yao-Lin Wang was just as good out of the pen going four scoreless innings giving up one hit while walking one and striking out five to earn the rare four inning save.

NOTES:  Kane County was scheduled to play a double header in Wisconsin today but for the second straight day they were snowed out.  They are planning on playing a double header tomorrow and Saturday to make up for the last two days.  Ronald Torreyes is back!  He was a week late in arriving to camp and stayed about a week late to make up for it.  He has now been assigned to AA Tennessee.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 11, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – The I-Cubs were shut down tonight as they could only manage three hits in the 2-0 loss.  Brett Jackson was 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.  Ryan Sweeney (1-for-4), and Ty Wright (1-for-3) were the only Cubs to get hits.  The Cubs did walk three times, but struck out nine times and were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position.

On The MoundBrooks Raley was outstanding, unfortunately the result was his second loss of the season.  Raley went seven strong innings giving up two runs on eight hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out seven.  Jensen Lewis tossed a scoreless frame out of the bullpen surrendering only one hit.

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At The Plate – Not much offense at all for the Smokies as they could only manage three runs on five hits, and only had two runners in scoring position all night.  Arismendy Alcantara was 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored.  Christian Villanueva was 1-for-4 with a double, and RBI, and a run scored.  Jair Fernandez was 2-for-4 with an RBI, both hits were singles.

On The MoundAlberto Cabrera got the start for the Smokies and got touched up a bit.  He worked six innings giving up four runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out five and was hung with the loss.  Marcus Hatley struggled out of the pen as he went two innings giving up two run on three hits while walking one and striking out three.  Brian Schlitter worked a scoreless inning giving up one hit and striking out one.

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At The Plate – The D-Cubs were able to pound out nine hits in this one, unfortunately they could only push across two runs and were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.  Taiwan Easterling continued his hot start going 2-for-4 with a double, he’s now hitting .333 on the season.  Stephen Bruno is also on fire, he went 2-for-4 as well with a double, a stolen base, and a run scored, he’s hitting .370 on the season.  Dustin Geiger has been on fire the last three games, he went 2-for-4 tonight with a double and an RBI.

On The Mound – Not a lot of good for the D-Cubs tonight, but they only used two pitchers.  Starling Peralta got the start and got knocked around, but he didn’t walk anyone, so there’s that.  Peralta went six innings giving up six runs on eight hits with seven strike outs, he did however give up four home runs, ouch.  Yeiper Castillo followed Peralta and had the same success, or lack thereof.  Castillo worked three innings giving up six runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out one.

NOTES:  Kane County was rained out, and Jorge Soler served game one of his five game suspension tonight.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 10, 2013 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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At The Plate – Hey! A Win!  The I-Cubs got their first win of the 2013 season on Wednesday night.  Ryan Sweeney was 2-for-5, the Cubs newcomer is now hitting .438 on the season.  Edwin Maysonet was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.  Luis Flores was 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season.

On The Mound – Really nice night from a staff that has been beaten up in the early going.  Drew Carpenter got the start and also walked away with the win going five innings giving up two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out four.  Yoanner Negrin was great out of the pen going 2.2 innings giving up no runs on two hits while walking one and striking out two.  Blake Parker was stout as well in earning his first save of the season going 1.1 innings giving up only one hit while walking none and striking out two.

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At The Plate – Not a whole lot of offense in this one for the Smokies as they could only manage two runs on six hits.  Rubi Silva was 2-for-4 with a double.  Justin Bour was solid tonight going 1-f0r-2 with two walks, a home run, an RBI, and a run scored.  Arismendy Alcantara was 1-for-4 with a double and three strike outs in the loss.

On The MoundDallas Beeler had a really good outing, unfortunately he was still hung with the loss.  Beeler went six innings giving up two runs on six hits while walking one and striking out three.  The normally reliable Kevin Rhoderick had a rough go of it as he gave up four runs on two hits in 1.1 innings of work, he also walked two.  Frank Batista was solid out of the pen going 1.2 innings giving up no runs on two hits while striking out one.

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At The Plate – Well, this one will be talked about for one thing, the incident involving Soler, I wrote about it earlier, you can read about it here, just going to recap the game now.  Crazy game not counting fights as Daytona blew a two-run lead in the ninth and ended up losing by 5 in eleven.  Zeke DeVoss had another solid night at the top of the lineup going 2-for-6 with a home run, an RBI, and a run scored.  John Andreoli stayed red-hot going 3-for-6 with a double, he’s now hitting .478 on the season.  Jorge Soler did some good work with the bat…at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a walk, a double, and a run scored.  Stephen Bruno, Ben Carhart, and Taiwan Easterling all had two hits in this one.  Dustin Geiger and Easterling both went deep for their first home run of the season.

On The Mound – Some good, some really bad for the D-Cubs.  Ben Wells got the start and struggled with his command which cut his outing short.  Wells went four innings giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits while walking four and not striking out anyone.  Austin Reed didn’t fare much better as he could only go one-third of an inning giving up three runs on two hits while walking two.  Ryan Searle was outstanding again going 3.2 innings giving up no runs on one hit while walking one and striking out four.  Luis Liria not only got the blown save but the loss as well as he went 2.2 innings giving up seven runs on seven hits while walking two and striking out three.

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At The Plate – The Cougars had an awesome approach at the plate today as they walked eight times, unfortunately they were only 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.  Jeimer Candelario didn’t have a hit in this one but he was able to walk three times.  Daniel Vogelbach was 1-for-3 with a walk, and an RBI.  Another day, another two hits for Rock Shoulders, he went 2-for-5 and is now hitting .467 on the season.  Bijan Rademacher was 1-for-2 with two walks, and two runs scored in the loss.  Trey Martin found some production today going 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two RBI’s.

On The Mound – Remember how I mentioned how great the Cougars approach was because of the eight walks?  Well Cougars pitching issued ten free passes, not good.  Tayler Scott got the start and went two innings giving up four runs on three hits while walking five, he was slapped with the loss.  Nathan Dorris was outstanding in this one going four scoreless innings giving up only one hit and striking out five.  Steve Perakslis couldn’t keep things close as he went two innings giving up five runs on five hits while walking two and striking out three.  I mentioned Bijan Rademacher already, well he got to pitch as well, he worked one inning giving up one run, unearned, on no hits while walking three, it was that kind of day.

What a weird day, thanks for reading,
– George

Minor Matters – April 7, 2013

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At The Plate – Not a whole lot going on for the Iowa Cubs in their fourth straight loss to start the season.  They could only manage three runs on four hits as they were swept by the Isotopes.  Ryan Sweeney had his second straight solid game going 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, and RBI, and a run scored.  Brett Jackson was 1-for-4 with a runs scored, the I-Cubs were o-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

On The Mound – 2012 minor league pitcher of the year Nick Struck got the start, and also the loss in this one.  Struck went five innings giving up four runs on eight hits while walking none and striking out one.  Casey Coleman worked two innings giving up two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out two.  Jensen Lewis also gave up a run in an inning of work on two hits.

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At The Plate – The Smokies staged a late comeback that came up one run short.  Matt Szczur was 1-for-4 from the lead-off spot with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .368 on the season.  Justin Bour was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.  Jae-Hoon Ha was 1-for-4 with a walk, a stolen base, an RBI, and a run scored, he is now hitting .389 on the season.

On The Mound Kyle Hendricks got the start, and had a rough go of it.  Hendrick went five innings giving up five runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out five, he took the loss.  Tony Zych (1.2 innings) and A.J. Morris (1.1 innings) each had scoreless appearances out of the bullpen.

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At The Plate – The D-Cubs are finding a grove right now, they are winning convincingly, and now have won three straight.  It was the Jorge Soler show again as he went 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run, two RBI’s, and two runs scored, he is now hitting .438 on the season.  Stephen Bruno continued his hot start to the season going 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s hitting .385 on the season.  John Andreoli tops them all however as he went 2-for-3 with two walks, a triple, an RBI, and two runs scored, he’s hitting a robust .467 on the season.

On The MoundP.J. Francescon was outstanding this afternoon, he went five scoreless innings, he gave up only one hit while walking one and striking out six.  Yeiper Castillo (2.0 innings), Luis Liria (1.0 inning), and Austin Reed (1.0 inning) all had scoreless appearances to close this one out.

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At The Plate – Pitchers duel in this one, only thirteen combined hits in thirteen innings as Kane County dropped their fourth straight.  Oliver Zapata had another solid game going 2-for-5 with a walk and a caught stealing, he’s now hitting .357 on the season.  Rock Shoulders continues his torrid start going 2-for-3, he’s now hitting .471 on the season.  Willson Contreras was 1-for-3 with a walk, and an RBI in the loss.

On The MoundMichael Heesch was outstanding this afternoon, he went 6.1 innings giving up one run on one hit while walking two and striking out five.  Felix Pena was just as solid out of the pen going 5.2 scoreless innings giving up three hits while walking one and striking out five.  Eduardo Orozco got the loss as he gave up two runs in his inning of work on two hits while walking one.

Thanks for reading,
– George