Cubs Minors Recap: Watkins, Andreoli HR; Hernandez with 4 hits as Boise rallies from 11-5 deficit

Cubs Minors Recap: Watkins, Andreoli HR; Hernandez with 4 hits as Boise rallies from 11-5 deficit

So today we went to Kane County early, hopefully to see some BP, but the rain deemed otherwise.  They did get the game in, however, without any delays.  Great meeting some of you last night and I hope to meet  more of you on Sunday and Monday..

The last Iowa series in New Orleans is canceled for obvious reasons, so you'll see some of the AAA players finish the season in Tennessee.

Pensacola 3 - Tennessee 2

  • LHP Eric Jokisch made his last start of the season a good one.  He went 5 innings and walked 2 and struck out 5, allowing one run.  Jokisch finished the year at Tennessee with a 7-2 record and a 2.91 ERA and a 10-6 record with a 3.11 overall.  At Tennessee he walked  33 and struck out 63 in 105 innings.
  • CF Matt Szczur went 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored.  He's hitting .211 at Tennessee
  • Logan Watkins went 1 for 3 with a 2 run HR to account for the Tennessee offense.  The HR was his 9th of the season.  Watkins is hitting .280/.384/.423 as he surpassed the .800 OPS mark for the first time this season.

Daytona 4 - Brevard County 2

  • Matt Loosen finished the year on a good note, pitching 5 innings and allowing just 2 hits and one walk.  He struck out 6 and gave up one run to finish the season at 11-5 with a 4.07 ERA.  The 23 year old had an 8.8 K/9IP rate while walking hitters at a 3.7 per 9 innings rate.
  • AJ Morris, 25, had a 2 inning, no-hit save, his 7th of the year.  Morris has a 2.24 ERA.
  • It took him until the final series of the season but John Andreoli finally hit his first HR.  He also singled and walked.  Andreoli has had a great season, far exceeding expectations.  His line with 2 games to go is .292/.405/.380.  He also stole two more bases to give him 55 on the year.
  • Nelson Perez went 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and a walk.  He drove in one run and scored another.  The 24 year old has hit well in Daytona (.278/.382/.490)  but was unable to translate that to AA Tennessee.
  • Javier Baez went 1 for 4.

Kane County 6 - Peoria 5

  • LHP Jeffrey Antigua had a bit more pop on his fastball than the last time I saw him, hitting between 87-89 early before losing a couple ticks as the game went on. The slider was short and he telegraphed his change by slowing his arm speed, though one scout there told me that his change was too slow (67-69 mph) to make a difference even if he could sell it better.  He gave up 6 runs in 5.1 innings today walking 3 and striking out 2.  He finished the season 2-3 with a 2.63 ERA at Peoria.
  • Jorge Soler went 1 for 4, singling between SS and 3B on his first AB.
  • Chadd Krist hit a pair of doubles and scored both times.  Krist is hitting .259 on the year with 4 HRs in Peoria.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers shows a good eye at the plate, walking twice while also getting a single.  Rogers has really held his own in Peoria hitting .289/.500/.426.
  • Oliver Zapata went 1 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI.  After a hot start to the season, Zapata has fallen to .228.
  • Bijan Rademacher went 2 for 4 with 3 RBI and is hitting .223 at Peoria.

Boise 12- Everett 11

  • Not a great day for starter Ian Dickson and LHP Hunter Ackerman, who gave up 11 runs between them, but LHP Brian Smith came in and completely shut down a good Everett offense.  Smith has some funk to his delivery but today he repeated it well and threw strikes.  He pitched 3 perfect innings and struck out 4.  Smith did not a allow a run in 7.2 IP in Boise, walking 4 and striking out 9.  Overall between AZ and Boise, Smith has pitched 23.1 innings and has registered a 1.16 ERA, striking out 24 and walking 10.  Smith has a promising  fastball (90-93)/change up combination.
  • Gioskar Amaya went 2 for 4 including his 12th triple, one short of the NWL record.  He also walked twice.  He scored 3 runs, including the tying run as Boise came back from an 11-5 deficit.  Amaya is hitting .298/.382/.496 on the year.
  • Marco Hernandez has completely turned his season around and today may have been his bestgame yet, going 4 for 6 with 2 RBI, including the game tying RBI. Hernandez also scored the game winner when he scored from 3rd on a Wilson Contreras ground ball.  Hernandez is now hitting .286/.311/.416 on the year.
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI and also drew a vital walk in the bottom of the 9th.  Vogelbach is hitting. 322 with 10 HRs at Boise and .323 with 17 HRs overall this season.  In this particular game, I was impressed that Vogelbach easily scored from 3rd on a short fly ball in foul territory.  The big man is faster than he looks.
  • CF Albert Almora went 2 for 5 with an RBI and is at .292 in Boise.
  • RF Rock Shoulders had 2 hits and 2 walks to raise his line to .250/.342/.447 on the year.




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    Wow this Boise team really is something.

  • In reply to Colman Conneely:

    Great team and with Marco Hernandez hitting now too it just gives them an extra bat. If their pitching holds up, they'll be the one Cubs team to win a championship this year.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    The pitching staff really really isn't all that bad, I've heard that quite a few members of the staff are being considered for a September call-up. Admittedly, its being done to give the big club batting practice pitchers on the cheap, but still.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Ha! That would probably help the Cubs hitters gain their confidence.

  • John,

    It was really nice meeting you and your wife last night, even though she's a Sox fan. What's all that about? Just kidding.

    I'd like to share some thoughts on last night's Peoria Chiefs game.

    Wow, Jorge Soler looks like a man among boys. Huge athletic build who can hit the ball hard. He doesn't speak much English but I asked him some questions in Spanish. His answers were short. He's really soft spoken. Another fan who happened to be Cuban, not sure if they knew each other or not, grabbed him and they talked for a while. Soler just nodded and listen attentively. Not sure if anyone else noticed but he was always the 1st one on the field.

    Now the negative. I've heard that he's supposed to be outstanding in the field. I'm not so sure about that. His range wasn't really put to the test but his arm was. He doesn't have a cannon for an arm. I would say average. He also doesn't seem fast. So in my opinion he may be best suited for LF. BTW, he only has 4 HR's this season.

    I hope I'm not being too harsh but time will tell on how good he will become. I'm guessing he will be a good hitting player but it all depends on how he's coached.

  • In reply to WillieG1:

    Haha! Yeah, I have to forgive her for the White Sox thing. It's funny that a couple of my oldest friends also had similar mixed baseball marriages!

    It was really nice meeting you and your wife too, Willie. We'll be there again today -- in the right section this time. Beer in one hand, bratwurst in the other :)

    I did walk over there toward the end of that conversation with that Cuban dude, just as they were saying goodbye.

    The reports say he has a very good arm, but that wasn't on display last night. Soler had a much nicer throw when I saw him in Beloit. That one he threw yesterday...not so much. Not sure if he had a good grip but it was too low and off line.

    I don't think he's all that fast. He's not a fluid runner, still kind of gangly. He times above average but I'm not sure he can keep that speed as he matures physically.

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    John is Yasiel Puig playing in the dodgers system yet? I thought we would see him in the MLB right after they signed him because he was "MLB ready"

  • In reply to Colman Conneely:

    He is playing and he's playing very well. He's in high Class A right now, but considering he played a higher level of Cuban baseball, that's not surprising. Hitting .327 in 59 PAs

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Wow impressive.. Just read on MLB tr he's kinds stuck with all there OF spots taken now that crawfords there..

  • In reply to Colman Conneely:

    He was kind of a mystery but I think scouts are starting to warm up to him more. They still like Soler better long term.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    I wouldn't have minded grabbing him to see what he could do. But, as he was the first in the Dodgers throwing obscene amounts of money at the wall to see what would stick, I have no problem with him lighting up Rancho Cucamonga.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    Really, we're lucky we got Soler before the Dodgers lost their minds, or that contract could have been 60 or 70. Or more.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Would loved to have gotten him too and they made a run at it, but LA throwing 42M at him despite not really having seen him play was obscene. It may pay off, but it was still reckless.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    That is a dumb way to spend money.. I really think this Boston trade is gonna screw them in the long run..

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