Spring Training AC; Big Ninth Pushes Cubs to Victory

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On the Mound:

  • Eddie Butler was solid in his Cubs debut, he worked two innings giving up one run on one hit while striking out one.
  • Ryan Williams was outstanding in relief, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit.
  • Jon Martinez struggled with command, he worked a scoreless inning while walking THREE, and striking out one.
  • Mario Meza worked two-thirds of an inning, he walked one and that was it.
  • Tommy Nance had a bounce back effort, he worked a scoreless inning while striking out one.
  • Duary Torrez was touched up a bit, he worked one inning, giving up one run on two hits while striking out one.
  • Juan Paniagua also struggled with his command, he worked one inning, giving up one run while walking THREE.

At the Plate:

  • Javier Baez went 1-for-3 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .364 on the spring.
  • Ian Happ was 1-for-2 in the win, he stole a base, and scored a run.
  • John Andreoli, Jacob Hannemann, Jeimer Candelario, Chesny Young, Albert Almora Jr., Eloy Jimenez, and Chris Dominguez all registered one hit, Jimenez with a double, and Andreoli with a triple.
  • Victor Caratini was strong once again, he went 3-for-4 with a run scored.

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

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TUESDAY, 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.

At the Plate:

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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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports); April 7, 2016

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The Iowa Cubs kicked off the 2016 minor league season for the Cubs organization today, and they walked way too many guys en route to a 7-3 loss.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Ryan Williams got the start and was knocked around, he worked three innings, giving up seven runs, six earned, on six hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Scott Barnes (2 IP), Brandon Gomes (2 IP), Carl Edwards Jr. (1 IP), and Spencer Patton (1 IP) combined to work six scoreless innings, giving up two hits while walking five, and striking out six.

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A quick start for the Smokies tonight as they put up three runs in the first on their way to a 7-3 victory over the Mobile Bay Bears.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann was productive out of the lead-off spot, he went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases.
  • Chesny Young had a huge game, he went 2-for-2 with a home run, RBI, two walks, a stolen base, and two runs scored.
  • Jeimer Candelario went 1-for-3 with a walk, and two runs scored in the win.
  • Victor Caratini, and Bijan Rademacher each registered their first homers of the year.
  • Mark Zagunis was 1-for-3 with a double, two RBI’s, and a walk.

On the Mound:

  • Rob Zastryzny had some early trouble, but settled in to pick up his first win of the season. Z worked six innings, giving up two runs on four hits while walking two, and striking out five.
  • Starling Peralta was solid out of the pen, he worked 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking one, and striking out one.
  • David Garner worked 1.1 innings to shut the door, he gave up one unearned run while walking one, and striking out one.

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Myrtle Beach is one of my favorite rosters right now in the Cubs system, and they got things off to a good start tonight by dispatching Frederick 5-2.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Jonathan Martinez was outstanding tonight in picking up his first win of the season. Martinez worked five innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking two, and striking out one.
  • Duary Torrez was lights out coming out of the pen, he worked two innings, giving up one unearned run on one hit while striking out one.
  • James Pugliese worked a scoreless inning to pick up his first hold of the season.
  • David Berg shut down things tonight, he worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

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This was on was basically over before it started as West Michigan spread right runs across the first three innings en route to a 9-4 victory over the South Bend Cubs

At the Plate:

  • Donnie Dewees 2-for-5 out of the lead-off spot, both hits were singles.
  • Eloy Jimenez was 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Eddy Martinez was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Preston Morrison got beat up pretty bad as he took his first loss of the season. Morrison worked four innings, giving up eight runs, three earned, on seven hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Kyle Twomey was great out of the pen, he worked four innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking one, and striking out seven.
  • Scott Frazier put this one to bed by working a scoreless inning.

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Cubs Top 30 Prospect Rankings Unveiled by MLB Pipeline

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Some of my best memories at this blog have been writing and reporting about the Cubs minor league system because of how good it has been.  Leading up to last year it was really the only thing to get excited about as the Major League team was subpar at best.  Now the Cubs are World Series favorites, and the prospect rankings are not as top heavy but the talent is apparent throughout.  That’s part of what makes this year so fun, winning at the major league level and still seeing a tremendous amount of organizational talent in the system.

Here’s how MLB Pipeline breaks it down (link to the list)

  1. Gleyber Torres – SS
  2. Willson Contreras – C
  3. Ian Happ – 2B/OF
  4. Duane Underwood – RHP
  5. Albert Almora – OF
  6. Billy McKinney – OF
  7. Jeimer Candelario – 3B
  8. Dylan Cease – RHP
  9. Oscar de la Cruz – RHP
  10. Eloy Jimenez – OF
  11. Pierce Johnson – RHP
  12. Donnie Dewes – OF
  13. Bryan Hudson – LHP
  14. J. Wilson – OF
  15. Eddy Martinez – OF
  16. Carl Edwards Jr. – RHP
  17. Justin Steele – LHP
  18. Mark Zagunis – OF
  19. Ryan Williams – RHP
  20. Dan Vogelbach – 1B
  21. Trevor Clifton – RHP
  22. Jake Stinnett – RHP
  23. Carson Sands – LHP
  24. Jen-Ho Tseng – RHP
  25. Victor Caratini – C
  26. Christian Villanueva – 3B/1B
  27. Corey Black – RHP
  28. Jacob Hannemann – OF
  29. Brad Markey – RHP
  30. Josh Conway – RHP

I really can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to keep an eye on all the arms that are on this list.  I really feel like there are a number of pitchers on this list that are close to making a major impact in the system, and eventually on the big league roster.  Duane Underwood (#4), Pierce Johnson (#11), Carl Edwards Jr. (#16), and Ryan Williams (#19) all have a great chance to be pitching on the North Side this year.  I mentioned that the prospects near the top of this list might not have the same allure as a Kris Bryant, or Anthony Rizzo but they are players who will be part of the next wave of big league talent.  I wouldn’t be surprised if Willson Contreras (#2) sees time with the Cubs this year as the backup catcher, or splitting time with Montero/Schwarber depending on what day it is.  Please don’t sleep on Albert Almora, a healthy 2016 will go a long way to seeing if he is indeed the CF of the future for the Cubs.

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Riding the Bus: April 14, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Reports)

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TUESDAY • APRIL 14, 2015

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Tough luck loss for the Cubs in this one as they held a late lead only to watch Dayton push across a run in the 8th, and 9th for a 3-2 victory.  Ryan Williams didn’t do much wrong in his first professional start for the Cubs, he was brilliant, unfortunately the result was a no decision.

At the Plate:

  • Trey Martin had a solid game at the top of the order, he was 2-for-4 with a double, and a triple.
  • Cael Brockmeyer is a doubles machine, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, and his fifth double of the season.
  • Gleyber Torres is doing great things as an 18 year old, he went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI, and a stolen base in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Ryan Williams got the start and was dominant, he worked six innings, giving up one run on one hit while striking out seven.
  • Ryan McNeil battles his command, but was able to pitch out of trouble.  He worked one scoreless inning, giving up one hit while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Tommy Thorpe struggle, and was hung with the loss, he worked 1.1 innings, giving up two runs on three hits while walking one, and striking out one.

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The Pelicans jumped out in front early, scoring four times in the second to take a 4-0 lead.  Jen-Ho Tseng, who was making his 2015 debut made that hold up with a rather solid performance to earn the victory.

At the Plate:

  • Mark Zagunis had a solid game, he was 1-for-2 with a walk, and an RBI.
  • Victor Caratini continued his hot start to the season, he was 1-for-1 with a walk, and two runs scored.
  • Carlos Penalver came up big from the nine-hole, he was 1-for-2 with a walk, a double, two RBI’s, and a run scored.

On the Mound:

  • Jen-Ho Tseng was solid in his 2015 debut, he worked five innings, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out five.
  • Tayler Scott finished shut the door, earning his first save of the year.  Scott worked two innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking one, and striking out three.

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The Pelicans couldn’t earn the double-header sweep as the bats went silent in a 3-1 loss in the nightcap.  The Pelicans could only manage four hits in this one, and were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.  Starter Jonathan Martinez did everything he could to get his team a win, they just fell short.

At the Plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann had a solid game from the lead-off spot, he was 1-for-2 with a walk, and a run scored.
  • Mark Zagunis was the only other Pelican to make noise in this one, he was 2-for-3 with a double, a solid day all around.

On the Mound:

  • I mentioned that Jonathan Martinez was brilliant, he was.  Martinez worked five innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • Josh Conway struggled a bit with command, he worked one scoreless inning, giving up two hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Gerardo Concepcion took the loss in this one, he worked one inning, giving up two runs, one earned, on one hit while walking two.

Iowa was postponed.

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Riding the Bus – April 9, 2015 (Cubs Minor League Recaps)

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THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2015

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So far so good as the South Bend Cubs make their Cubs affiliate debut with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Bowling Green.  Jake Stinnett got the start for South Bend and was pretty good, he worked five innings, giving up one run on three hits, while walking two, and striking out four.  The game was very much in doubt until Cael Brockmeyer crushed a walk-off dinger to the delight of the South Bend faithful.

At the plate:

  • Jeffrey Baez went 1-for-4 with a home run, an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Cael Brockmeyer had a huge night, he went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.

On the mound:

  • Ryan Williams came on in relief of Stinnett and was spotless, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out one.
  • James Farris was equally as good and picked up the win, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit while walking two, and striking out four.

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Talk about a grand entrance to the Cubs organization.  The Myrtle Beach Pelicans exploded this evening, not literally, putting up nine runs on fifteen hits in the victory.  Seven of the nine Pelican hitters had hits, five of them had a multi-hit game.  Duane Underwood was solid, but he could have been throwing underhand and would have picked up the win, but he was really good.

At the plate:

  • Jacob Hannemann did his job at the top of the order, he went 3-for-5 with an RBI, and a run scored.
  • The other Jacob was pretty good too, Jacob Rogers went 3-for-4 with a double, a dinger, two RBI, and two runs scored.
  • Victor Caratini, thanks Braves.  Caratini was 2-for-4 with two RBI in the win.
  • Both Shawon Dunston Jr., and Daniel Lockhart each had a triple in the win.
  • Carlos Penalver was brilliant as a second lead-off man of sorts from the nine spot, he was 3-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base.

On the mound:

  • Duane Underwood was steady as usual in this one, he worked five innings, giving up one run, unearned, while walking two, and striking out five.
  • Jonathan Martinez took over and tossed a scoreless inning, giving up one hit while striking out one.
  • James Pugliese was outstanding, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out one.
  • Starling Peralta cleaned things up in a mop up role, he worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit while striking out two.

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The Smokies were extremely efficient in this one as they managed to score seven times on just seven hits, not terribly easy to do.  You know what makes it much easy?  Taking walks, the Smokies earned six walks in the win, that’s how you play winning baseball.  The one-two punch of Corey Black, and C.J. Edwards shut the door on the Braves, Black started, and Edwards came out of the pen to pick up a hold.

At the Plate:

  • Albert Almora got things off on the right foot, he went 1-for-4 with a walk, and two runs…. wait, a walk!!?  I like it.
  • Kyle Schwarber gave Smokies fans a glimpse of what he beings to the table, he was 1-for-3 with two walks, a triple, an RBI, and two runs scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach also joined the fun, he was 1-for-3 with a walk, and an RBI in the win.

On the Mound:

  • Corey Black got the start and picked up the win, he worked five innings, giving up one run on four hits, while walking three, and striking out four.
  • C.J. Edwards made his debut out of the pen tonight, and he was okay, he worked 2.1 innings, giving up one run on two hits, while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Hunter Cervenka was tasked with shutting this one done, and that’s exactly what he did, Cervenka worked 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit while striking out two.

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This was a tough one, the excitement of opening day, and a really good lineup was erased this morning when we found out that Javier Baez‘s sister Noely had passed away, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Javy.  To the game, the Cubs were able to create some two out magic in the third as they scored four times to take a 4-2 lead, it was short-lived however.  Memphis scored twice in the fifth, and then three times in the seventh en route to a 7-4 victory.

At the plate:

  • Addison Russell got off to a great start tonight, he was 3-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Kris Bryant didn’t hit a dinger, let that sink in, he finished the night 1-for-4 with an RBI, and a stolen base.
  • Junior Lake was productive, he went 1-for-4 with two RBI in the loss.

On the mound:

  • Donn Roach got the start, and found too many Redbird bats, he worked 5.1 innings, giving up four runs on ten hits while walking one, and striking out two.
  • Drake Britton was handed the loss in this one, he worked 1.1 innings, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out one.
  • Armando Rivero didn’t get much work in this one, he worked a third of an inning, giving up one run on one hit.
  • Gonzalez Germen did some solid work out of the pen, he worked a scoreless inning, he walked one, and struck out one.

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