Cubs Minors Recap: Jackson HRs, Perez hits grand slam and Torreyes hits walk off HR for Daytona

With Iowa playing a double header there were 5 games tonight, so we'll get right to the recap...

Iowa 4 - Omaha 1

  • RHP Frankie De La Cruz had another solid outing, though he was a bit wild again.  He went 4.1 innings and gave up a run, but walked 4.  He also struck out 4.
  • The Cubs recently released LHP Nate Robertson and have signed former Dodger prospect, LHP Shane Lindsay.  Tonight he had all sorts of control problems, walking 4 and allowing a hit without retiring a batter.  4 of those runners scored.
  • Rafael Dolis looked sharp in his AAA debut, pitching 1.1 scoreless innings and striking out 2 for the save.
  • Brett Jackson went 1 for 3 with an RBI single.  He drove in a second run with a sac fly.
  • Josh Vitters went 1 for 4.
  • Dave Sappelt went 1 for 3 and scored a run.

Omaha 10 - Iowa 1

  • I can't help but think Jay Jackson's days with the Cubs organization are numbered.  He took a beating again today, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits in just 4 innings.  He's now 2-5 with a 7.04 ERA.
  • Manny Corpas pitched a scoreless inning to close out the game.  He has allowed just 1 run in the last 10 innings and has lowered his season ERA to 4.13.
  • Brett Jackson went 1 for 2 with a HR off Royals top pitching prospect, LHP Mike Montgomery.   Interesting tidbit on Jackson this season.  He has hit .345 with 4 HRs this season and has a 1.192 OPS against left-handers (h/t miCubs).  Jackson is now hitting .348 with 2 HRs in his last 8 games.  That accounted for the only runs of the game and one of only 2 hits for Iowa.  The other was a single by Ty Wright.

Tennessee 4 - Huntsville 1

  • LHP Eric Jokisch had an odd start in that he gave up just one run on one hit in 6 innings.   It's odd because Jokisch also walked 6 batters and he had a walk rate of just 2.53 per 9 innings until then.  In two AA outings, Jokisch has allowed just 2 hits in 11 innings.  He did not get the win as he left the game with a tie.  The win today went to Brian Schlitter.
  • Kevin Rhoderick pitched another scoreless inning to lower his ERA to 0.79, though it wasn't in his usual dominant fashion, as he did allow a hit and walked one but did not strike anyone out..  Rhoderick has allowed opposing batters to hit just .130 against him this season while striking out about a batter per inning.
  • Frank Batista struck out the side for his 7th save in AA.  He has yet to allow a run.  His size and stuff are not special, and he doesn't have a dominant outpitch like Rhoderick or velocity like Alberto Cabrera or Marcus Hatley...but somehow he keeps getting results.  Until he doesn't, we'll consider him worth watching.
  • SS Junior Lake had a double, a run scored, and an RBI.  Interesting to note about Lake is that he has hit .333 with 2 HRs in his 10 games, but has struck out 10 times and not walking in his last 9 games.  Lake had 10 free passes vs. 11 Ks in his first 14 games.  His walk rate has dipped below 10% for the first time this year.
  • RF Michael Burgess had 2 hits, including a HR, his 5th of the year.

Daytona 7 - Brevard County 6

  • LHP Austin Kirk got the start and had something of a rough outing, giving up 5 runs in 5 innings.
  • 24 year old, 5'10, 190 pound knuckleballer Joseph Zeller pitched 2 scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 2.52 at Daytona this year.
  • A.J. Morris, who had been making a successful comeback after a season long injury last year, blew his 2nd save of the year after allowing a game tying HR.
  • LHP Jeffrey Lorick, 24, is having an outstanding year.  He pitched a scoreless inning and picked up his first save since being promoted to Daytona, though he has 3 scoreless innings there.  Overall, Lorick has a ridiculous 0.44 ERA.  Lorick has an 88-92 mph FB, though he pitches toward the higher range when in relief.  He has a solid to good curveball.  He has commanded them both very well this season.
  • CF Matt Szczur walked and scored.  It was his 24th walk on the season in his 48th game this year.  Szczur had 5 walks in 43 games last year at Daytona.
  • SS Arismendy Alcantara is not slowing down at the plate, hitting .378 in his last 10 games to bump his average on the year to .309.  He hit .271 last year in Peoria.  He has also surpassed last season's HR total of 2 with 3 already this season.  His slugging pct. of .441 so far is by easily the best of his career.
  • RF Nelson Perez had just one hit but he made it count.  It was a grand slam and his 8th HR of the year.  The 24 year old out of the Dominican Republic is hitting .287/.394/.529 this year.
  • Journeyman 3B Greg Rohan continues to hit well with 2 more hits, including a double.  He also scored a run.
  • Rubi Silva was in RF today and contributed a single, triple, and an RBI.
  • Diminutive 2B prospect Ronald Torreyes had a pair of hits, including a walk off HR in the 9th.  Torreyes is hitting better of late, going 8 for his last 24 (.333).

Burlington 3 - Peoria 2

  • Gerardo Concepcion was solid, albeit a little wild again today.  He walked 4 batters in 6 innings but only gave up 2 runs.  He also held Burlington to 4 hits while striking out 4.
  • Austin Reed remains in something of a funk and took the loss when he allowed the game winning HR>
  • 2B and leadoff prospect Zeke DeVoss got on base 3 times today with 2 walks and a single.  He also scored a run.
  • CF Taiwan Easterling singled and scored a run.
  • Yasiel Balaguert had a 2 run single in 3 trips to the plate today.
  • Javier Baez went 0 for 4 and is now off to a 2 for 16 start.
  • Catcher Yaniel Cabezas has been hitting the ball well of late.  He's hit .303 in his last 10 games, all singles, to raise his season average to .239.



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  • Nice to see Dolis get a couple of K's. It'll be good for him to get a little AAA time. He's not THAT awesome a prospect that we should expect him to skip AAA and dominate at the MLB level.

    Is it just me or is there a strong argument that Rhoderick could be the Cubs best relief prospect in the system? The way he's dominating AA in just his second pro season is pretty impressive.

    I didn't realize Zeller was a knuckleballer--thanks for including tidbits like that.

    It's tough to see Baez get off to a slow start--evidently he can't just do whatever the f@#% he wants in the Midwest League.

    Do you think this is really Torreyes age 19 year? He looks older than that to me.

  • In reply to SVAZCUB:

    Dolis showed some flashes, but maybe he needs to go to AAA to learn to trust and command his slider. His sinking fastball's a great pitch, but gotta give guys a wrinkle every so often.

    Rhoderick is interesting. That slider is unhittable when he commands it. Kind of small and a bit of a max effort guy who's had some command issues in the past, so I guess there's reason for the Cubs to want him to continue to prove himself. Got to believe he has their attention right now.

    Sure thing on Zeller. I was reminded of it today, so thought I'd mention it. Now there's a guy who'll really have to prove himself at every level.

    LOL on Baez.

    Torreyes does look old, but so did Juan Cruz. I thought he looked 40 when he was 20. And now that he's 33 he looks 50. Some guys have bad luck. Greg Oden the basketball player always looks older to me, so does LeBron to a lesser extent. Then you got guys like Tony Campana who still look like they're in high school. I always used to look extremely young for my age...catching up to me now though!

  • Finesse Lefty day huh?
    Both Concepcion and Jokisch struggled with command I see. Pretty disappointing outing by Kirk coming off the 8IP 4H game last week, I guess I just thought he'd continue that momentum.

    Batista K's the side in 13pitches... Guy is an enigma..

  • In reply to furiousjeff:

    Ha! Not a great day for those guys.

    Haven't seen Concepcion but believe his command issues are with his breaking pitch. He did okay today despite some struggles.

    Batista fascinates me. He must be doing something to fool hitters despite so so stuff.

  • It's a shame about Jay Jackson. The Crew took swept a four game set from L.A. last night. It would be great if Milwaukee can keep itself in postseason contention through the trade deadline, which should keep Grienke off of the block and force every GM hunting for a 1-3 SP to come talk to Jed Hoyer.

  • In reply to Eddie:

    Good point. I thought Milwaukee would be better this year based on their pitching and having just enough bat to contend in a weak division. Never thought I'd be rooting for Milwaukee!

  • John, I'm looking for advise. I have 4 ticket for the Sunday Chiefs/Cougars game that I can't use. I want to make them available to one of our people at no cost. What's the best way to handle this without being beseiged by calls or emails. The seats are premium in the first section beyond the Chiefs dugout... front row, on the rail.

  • In reply to Moonlight:

    I can put it out there. I'm going Sunday too and I believe I'm sitting in the same area if I remember correctly. I usually sit behind home plate but I got some there for a change of pace.

    I'll send you an e-mail.

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    In reply to Moonlight:

    Good golly, every time I think there couldn't possibly be *another* reason this blog is the BEST, posts like this come along. The combination of well-informed, accessible writers and passionate, intelligent, generous posters make this not just my favorite place to get Cubs news, but one of my favorite sites period. Thanks guys.

  • In reply to jdlf:

    Wow. Thanks for the kind words!

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    What happened to Jay Jackson? He had nice potential a few years back always mentioned with Chris Carpenter and all the sudden fell off the map..good to see Bjax heating up. John if he goes on a tear while keeping the K's down would he get the call soon? I'm ready to see what out CF of the future can do.

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