Today we've added a bonus with a couple of draft notes including the allotment the Cubs have for each pick and a link to see the rest of the teams. So let's get started with the updates.
- LHP Brooks Raley had a superb outing today going 6 scoreless, walkless innings. He struck out 7. Raley can be a legit bottom of the rotation starter when he commands his pitches, but that hasn't happened consistently enough.
- Yoanner Negrin stretch his scoreless inning streak to start the season to 9.2 with 2 more scoreless frames. He has walked 2 and struck out 13 batters during the streak.
- The I-Cubs managed just 3 hits but they were timely and they combined them with 4 walks, leading to the 4 runs. Ryan Sweeney had one of each with a triple, a walk, and one of the RBIs.
- Emergency catcher JC Boscan is off to a good start, hitting .391. He doubled and drove in 2 runs today.
- Alberto Cabrera's conversion to starter is going well, if not spectacularly. He pitched 6 innings and allowed 2 runs today. He walked 2 and struck out 5. He's off to a 2-1 start with a 4.00 ERA with 4 walks and 19 strikeouts in 18 innings.
- A.J. Morris bounced back from a horrific outing with 2 scoreless innings with no walks and 3 strikeouts.
- Frank Batista got the save but did allow a run in the process.
- CF Matt Szczur had another good day at the plate with 2 hits, including his first HR of the year. In fact, it was his first extra base hit. Right now it seems that Szczur can play CF, be can asset on the bases, and get on base -- but the doubt has been whether his swing can generate consistent power. Perhaps today will be the start of more extra base pop from Szczur.
- 1B Justin Bour got his 10th RBI the season with a HR, his 2nd of the year.
- 4th outfielder prospect Rubi Silva stayed red hot with a pair of hits, including his 3rd HR of the season. He's batting .405 with a .784 slugging percentage.
- 3B Christian Villanueva has struggled a bit at the plate but did contribute with an RBI double today.
- The D-Cubs pitchers gave up a whopping 27 hits today led by 15 in just 4.2 innings by starter Ryan Searle. The only real prospect who pitched today, however, was LHP Hunter Cervenka, who made his debut. He was throwing well in AZ, hitting 93-94 mph on the radar, but did give up three runs in 2 innings today. He walked 2 and fanned 2.
- Javier Baez hit his 2nd HR of the year but he also struck out 3 times today. He's off to just a .173 start at the plate.
- John Andreoli continues his OBP ways with 2 singles and a walk today. He also scored a run and had an RBI.
- If there is one player who is nearly as hot as Silva, it' s 2B Stephen Bruno. Two more hits today, including a double, to go with 2 walks. Bruno is hitting .422 this season but he's also doing something he didn't do a lot of last year, which is to draw walks. He now has 5 walks in 50 PAs.
- Dustin Geiger has really turned it around after a slow start and is not hitting .310 after a 2 hit day. He hasn't hit for a lot of power, but we know Geiger can go on a power binge as well.
- RHP Jose Arias survived a nightmare defensive performance in the first inning in which the Cougars committed 3 errors on the first 3 batters. He did also give up 3 hits and 3 runs in that first inning, but all but one of those hits should never have happened. He ended up pitching 3 more innings and allowing just one more hit, though he did walk 3 batters. He also struck out 3.
- LHP Jeffry Antigua picked up the victory with 3 scoreless innings when the Cougars rallied to win the game in the 8th and 9th.
- In the second game, RHP Michael Heesch was not able to follow up on a strong debut and in fact, lasted just 1.2 innings, giving up 6 runs. Again, it was the Cougars defense that played a hand. Only 2 of the runs were earned. LHP Brian Smith gave up 2 more runs (1 earned) in 2 innings while RHP Stephen Perakslis and LHP Nathan Dorris ended the game with a scoreless inning apiece.
- Jeimer Candelario went 2 for 7 in the two games with a double and 2 RBI.
- Marco Hernandez looks like he's starting to climb out of his slump and had 3 hits, including 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, and an RBI. On the downside, he's still struggling in the field and committed 2 errors -- both of which led to multiple runs. He has 5 errors on the season so far.
MLB Draft Update
- A while back I wrote how Houston will be in a bind if they draft Mark Appel and try to use the same strategy they did last year. I thought this simply because Appel won't sign early and Boras has shown a willingness to go the distance rather than give up his right to negotiate. This would seriously hamper the Astros' efforts to sign overslots later in the draft. So I'm very flattered to see that a great baseball mind like Jim Callis feels the same way.
- Jim Callis alsohas the bonus pools and slots for each individual pick for every team here. Here is what the Cubs pool looks like...
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