Cubs Minors Recap: Baez, Shoulders, Kim HR; Hendricks debuts; Maples, Blackburn better

Cubs Minors Recap: Baez, Shoulders, Kim HR; Hendricks debuts; Maples, Blackburn better

So rumors are starting to buzz as there has been talk of the Cubs bringing up Brett Jackson and/or Josh Vitters.  As you know, Tom heard from a source today that Jackson won't come up until September but, curiously, did not say the same about Vitters.  It makes some sense in that Vitters is having the better season and he has the clearer path to the majors.  Jackson, however, has been working on some adjustments at the plate, which I have alluded to in the past, but Carrie Muskat spells it out specifically here.


A couple of new items...

  •  I added links on the scores which will take you to the box score for that particular game.
  • And in case you missed it, I added a new poll on the right hand rail asking who you think the Cubs top prospect is.

CO Springs 4 - Iowa 1

  • Good start from veteran lefty Ryan Rowland-Smith,  who went 6 innings and allowed just 2 hits and one run. He was locked in a pitchers duel and ended with a no-decision, but new acquisition Jaye Chapman lost the game in the 9th when he allowed 3 runs.  In between, 28 year old vet Esmailin Caridad pitched 2 scoreless innings striking out 3.  Caridad has quietly put together a good season.  He's been difficult to hit, averaging a strikeout per inning and limiting opposing batters to a .190 batting average.  The blemish is that he has averaged 4 walks per 9 inning.
  • Josh Vitters was 3 for 4 with a double to raise his line to .304/.357/.509.
  • Check out these great photos of the game by Dylan Heuer Productions.

Tennessee rained out

Dunedin 6 - Daytona 2

  • Kyler Burke went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs, walking 2 and striking out 4.  After pitching extremely well in Peoria, the 24 year old LHP has struggled a bit in Daytona, posting a 4.50 ERA and walking hitters at a slightly higher rate (3.2), than he had in Peoria (2.7).  But the reality was that Burke wasn't a whole lot different in Peoria, he's just been unluckier in terms of allowing hits.
  • New acquisition Kyle Hendricks, acquired as part of the Ryan Dempster trade, pitched a scoreless inning of relief.  He allowed 2 hits.
  • LHP Hunter Cervenka was uncharacteristically wild today, allowing 4 walks in 2 innings, leading to 3 runs (2 ER).  He struck out 3.
  • CF Rubi Silva had 2 hits and had the only RBI for the D-Cubs.  He's hitting .302/.321/.410.
  • Christian Villanueva went 1 for 4 with a double and, according to the Daytona Cubs twitter account, "made an incredible over the shoulder catch after he fell down to his knees with his glove on the ground."

Quad Cities 4 - Peoria 2 

  • Yao-Lin Wang is slowly getting stretched out and today he pitched into the 6th inning (5.1 IP) and allowed 2 runs.  He walked 3 and struck out 6.  He has been able to maintain his strikeout rate of about one per inning despite pitching more innings.  LHP Jeffrey Antigua took the loss, allowing 2 runs in his 1.2 innings.
  • 2B Zeke DeVoss had his 4th 2 hit performance in his last 8 games, perhaps a sign that he may finally be getting out of his season long slump with the bat.  He just hasn't been able to string hits together all season, though he has made up for it with a high walk rate (.371).
  • Javier Baez hasn't had any trouble stringing hits together and today he went 2 for 4, including his 12th HR.  He also stole his 20th base and is hitting .333 on the year.

Boise 5 - Spokane 3

  • Jose Arias didn't last too long today.  The 6'5", 220 lbs RHP with a 92-95 mph fastball lasted just 2.2 innings, allowing 3 runs on an uncharacteristically high 3 walks (he had 9 all season before tonight).  Arias has done well overall, sporting a 3.21 ERA, but even though he's just in Boise, he's already 21, his body leaves no room for projections, and hasn't really developed quality secondary stuff.  That spells reliever to me if he's able to reach the majors someday.
  • Hayden Simpson has pitched well in Boise for the first 4.1 innings before running out of gas.  On the plus side, he was able to help save the Hawks bullpen by pitching 4.1 innings, but then gave up 2 runs in the 8th and let Spokane tie the game.  He gave up 3 runs overall.  The bright side was that  he didn't walk a batter and struck out 6.  On the year he has a 2.76 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 29.1 innings.  He has walked 14 batters.
  • 2B Gioskar Amaya had another good day on offense with a triple, single, and a walk.  He drove in a run and struck out 2.  Amaya is at .315/.383/.537  so far this season.  The triple was his 9th on the year in just 42 games, that puts him at about a 35 triple pace in a 162 game season. Amaya has good, but not great speed, but he jets out of the box when he senses extra bases, which has been quite often this season.
  • Dan Vogelbach went 1 for 3 with a double and walk.  The big 1B was caught stealing today as well.
  • DH Rock Shoulders broke a 3 way tie for the team lead in HRs with his 6th HR of the season.  Amaya and Jeimer Candelario also had 5 when the game started.  Shoulders is hitting .255.
  • LF Dong-Yub Kim joined the HR race with his 5th HR on the year, creating a new 3 way tie, this time for 2nd.  Kim is an impressive looking athlete who has hit for power (.450 slugging, .202 ISO), but also has had a lot of swing and miss in his game (32 Ks in 106 ABs).  Kim is hitting .248 on the year but he has been looking more comfortable at the plate recently.

Arizona Rookie League Cubs

  • Dillon Maples was much better today, though he was still wild.  He managed to go 1.2 scoreless innings, but he did walk 2, hit another batter, and threw another wild pitch.  He allowed just one hit and struck out one batter.
  • After a shaky start, 2012 first round supplemental pick Paul Blackburn has been pretty sharp.  The projectable RHP has been at about 89-91 mph of late and could throw harder down the road when he fills out.  For right now, he's shown an advanced feel for pitching and good command. Today was his longest outing as he went 3.1 scoreless innings and allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out 2.  His ERA after tonight dropped to 1.86.
  • LF Shawon Dunston went 2 for 5 with a walk today and has begun to hit well in AZ after being a bit overmatched in Boise earlier this season.  He's hit .333 in his last 10 games to raise his average to .266 overall.   Shawon-O-Meter, JR?
  • CF Albert Almora is heating up and went 2 for 4 with his 4th double of the season.  10 games in, we'll put up his first slash line, which is .297/.333/.486.  Not a bad start.
  • 22 year old 3B Ben Carhart is probably too advanced for this league.  He's a good, polished hitter with a nice approach which has led to a rather robust .385/.463/.516 line. Today he went 2 for 5 with a double.  The trouble is that with Candelario at Boise, Geiger in Peoria, and Villanueva at Daytona, there really isn't anywhere for him to go.
  • A similar story applies to 40th round pick Jacob Rogers.  The 6'5" 1B went 3 for 4 with a double, walk, and 3 runs scored.  Like Carhart, he's a man among boys, as Rogers will turn 23 in 3 weeks.  He's hitting a ridiculous .400/.493/.657.










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    I checked the box score? Did Jorge Soler just get the day off or is he banged up ??

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Think it was just a day off.

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    Poor Jacob Rogers couldn't have picked a worse organization to be a part of on a bet. Even our "org guy" first basemen are crushing the ball.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    'Right? The only thing he might be able to do is pull a Tim Saunders and jump all the way to Daytona where they have another org guy, Rebel Ridling, playing 1B.

    I think Ridling is probably gone next year and Hoilman has had a so-so season, so maybe they squeeze him him in somewhere next year.

  • John, regardless of how much credit you get you deserve way more. You do such a fantastic job. I hope you have this job for years to come.

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    Just read cubs are looking into what it will take to acquire Derek Lowe..(god no)... Just to mention to great site John.. Best blog out there by far..

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    In reply to Colman Conneely:

    This has to be the thinking on Lowe: get him dirt cheap this year. If he's done, too bad. If he isn't, sign him to a one year deal with a team option and flip him at the deadline.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    It would be a good idea, as I have seen enough of Christ Volstad and Casey Coleman for a lifetime.

    Although I believe he's going back "home" to Boston whom have a bunch of holes in there rotation as well. Although the Twinkies are trying to finish those Redsux out this weekend.

  • In reply to Colman Conneely:

    Thanks Colman!

    As for Lowe, I've seen that as well. It doesn't bother me so much because the Cubs don't really have a veteran in the rotation right now and they don't have any AAA guys to step up. But I do worry that it will be another Doug Davis situation.

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    You think Baez is playing pee wee... Also I think the cubs should bring up Jackson.. He might hit better MLB.. Plus change of scenery.. Chance to work with MLB coaches.. I still believe in this guy because I remember the spring he had was unreal..

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    In reply to Colman Conneely:

    Yea, I am with you Colman.

    Get Jackson up here already. It's time to see what he can do at the next level.

    Also, There really is no reason for Vitters, not to be up here right now as well. Other then the double in the 5th to tie the game, I can't remember the last time Luis Valbuena had a hit that mattered.

    Let them both try to get 100+ AB's this year so we can see what we got. Even if they struggle, it might not be the worst thing that could happen to them. Look what happened to Rizzo after struggling last year? He worked so hard in the offseason as well the next year and vowed when he got called up again, it was going to be permanent!

    I am sure Vitters has been hearing scouts/people in the know saying hes a bust or a fringe MLB player and BJax has gone from can't miss MLB prospect to potential 4th/5th OF. I think having something really positve happen for them can't hurt their development. Since the team is obviously going no where and everyone knows this, I think these guys need a little reward after all the years toiling in the system.

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    John, you just made the best Cubs blog anywhere even better!
    Box score links!! You've narrowed down the Cub sites I visit with this one-stop shopping idea. I used to read your wrap-up then immediately go to MiLb to see the boxes. Fantastic addition!
    It's awesome to check out the Peoria, Boise, and AZL lineups and see the talent and depth they're developing. I can't wait for the day when we'll be trading our 3rd and 4th best prospects at a position to acquire the vets we'll need to help win the WS!!

  • In reply to AdolphoPhillips66:

    Thanks Adolpho! That was the suggestion of one of our readers. So thanks for the feedback, we'll keep doing it since it's not much extra work for me to add them.

    It's like Texas this year. They have Beltre in the majors, Olt behind him, and then Villanueva, so they were able to get Dempster without trading from the top of their depth chart. The Dodgers, meanwhile, were unable to make a major deal because nobody wanted their secondary prospects.

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    John, is there anywhere we could see the clip of the defensive gem by Villaneuva? Sounds impressive, i'm liking this kid already

  • In reply to Luigi Ziccarelli:

    Not that I'm aware of, if anybody has one, please post...

  • "Jackson won't come up until Jackson." Of course, one can't come up before oneself, and he won't come up before Reggie Jackson.

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    Baez just got promoted to Daytona.

    Here's the Chiefs' tweet: Chiefs fans hope you enjoyed 57 games of Javier Baez, he has been promoted to Daytona. Chiefs receive SS Tim Saunders (32nd rd '12) from Day

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Thanks Mike. Just whipped up a quick article. Didn't know about the Saunders part. He wasn't struggling in Daytona, but hey, guys like him have to make room for the elite guys. It's a tough business.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Thanks for the update Mike!

    I hope Daytona isn't a challenge for him either and if he goes to the Arizona fall league, he can start next year at the next level.

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