Cubs Minors Recap: Cabrera with another strong outing; Shoulders hits walk-off HR

Cubs Minors Recap: Cabrera with another strong outing; Shoulders hits walk-off HR
Alberto Cabrera

Rock Shoulders has no plans of slowing down after winning the organizational minor league player of the month award and the re-conversion of Alberto Cabrera continues to go swimmingly.

Iowa and Daytona games were postponed.

Mississippi 3 - Tennessee 2 

  • Alberto Cabrera continued his smooth transition to starter, going 6 scoreless innings while allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8.   He has a 3.31 ERA in 35.1 innings, walking 13 and striking out 34.  He even scored a run on offense.
  • AJ Morris lost the lead allowing 2 runs in just 1/3 of an inning and leaving the bases loaded for Trey McNutt, who did a good job of getting out of the inning with the score still tied.  McNutt went 1.2 scoreless innings overall.
  • Marcus Hatley struck out the side in his only inning.
  • Frank Batista took the loss.  He pitched a scoreless 10th but was unable to get out of the 11th.
  • Ronald Torreyes hasn't really stopped hitting since getting the call from extended spring training.  He had 2 more hits, scored a run, and drove in another.  Torreyes is hitting .340 in his first 52 ABs in Tennessee.  He has only struck out once all year.

Kane County 4-  Bowling Green 2

Kane County 3 - Bowling Green 1

  • Tayler Scott isn't going to miss a lot of bats but he has a knack for limiting hard contact.  Scott went 5.2 innings and allowed 2 runs.  He walked 2 and struck out 1.  He has a 3.86 ERA in 25.2 innings with 10 walks and 15 strikeouts.
  • Great relief today by Steve Perakslis who pitched 2.1 no-hit innings and LHP Matt Iannazzo, who followed that up with 3 scoreless innings of his own to pick up the win.
  • Game 2: 6'5" finesse RHP Ian Dickson can look pretty good when his command allows him to set up hitters and that was the case today.  He didn't quite make it to the 5 innings to get the win, however.  Dickson went 4.2 innings and allowed just one unearned run.  He walked 2 and struck out 4.
  • LHP Brian Smith picked up the win with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. He did now walk a batter and struck out 5.  Smith has a 3.38 ERA in 13.2 innings, walking 7 and striking out 16.
  • 2B Gioskar Amaya went 2 for 6 in the series with a double and a walk but left the second game early.  No word on the why as of yet.
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario has been mired in a slump but went 1 for 2 today with a double, walk, and 2 runs scored.  His average has dropped to .236.
  • Rock Shoulders was the star again.  He went 3 for 8 including a 2 run walk off HR to win the first game in extra innings.  He had 3 RBI total in the doubleheader.
  • Bijan Rademacher went 3 for 8 with an RBI.


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  • Hey John, I don't know if you know this, but Appel is on ESPN U right now. They're into the 8th now, but Appel looks like he's going to start the 8th. He's at 107 pitches right now. I'll post what little insight I've got on him, and some interesting stats I've picked up along the way tomorrow morning if you're going to do a draft coverage piece.

  • In reply to Jamato:

    I don't understand WTF these college coaches are thinking letting these young guys throw so many pitches. Apparently the Stanford coach is known for having his starters throw a crap ton of pitches.

  • In reply to TulaneCubs:

    Appel threw 121 pitches tonight. It looks like a lot on paper, but remember, he's not throwing every 5th day. He's throwing once a week. 121 pitches by those standards shouldn't be too concerning. And from what I've read, his coach has been much better with his pitch counts this season.

  • In reply to Jamato:

    If a guy can't throw 121 pitches he shouldn't be a first round draft choice. The college coach's job is to win, not baby pitchers for the pros.

  • In reply to Bucky:

    Yeah, I agree about the pitch count thing for sure. I mean, if you just look at the guy he's an absolute horse anyways. I don't necessarily agree with the college coach assessment though. Of course it's their job to win, but they shouldn't be risking injury to 18-22 yr old boys, and especially shouldn't be doing that if they actually have a chance to earn millions of dollars one day. If you were in one of their shoes, and blew out your elbow bc of your coach and actually had a chance to go to the show, I have a feeling you wouldn't be too happy haha.

  • In reply to Bucky:

    Just because a guy CAN throw 121 pitches doesn't mean he SHOULD throw 121 pitches. My guess is if you counted the # of pitchers in the majors that threw more than 121 pitches this year, you'd have less than 5. A major league baseball coach's job is to win and yet they're not exposing their pitchers to pitch counts like that.

    I just think it's negligent to have young guys throw that many pitches. If you're in the CWS and want to stretch your stud longer, OK, I'll give you a pass. But Stanford seems to do this pretty regularly with Appel. Here's to hoping HS pitchers are paying attention to the risks associated with these high pitch counts and start to shun programs that extend guys. That way, these coaches will have to change or take a hit to their program.

  • In reply to TulaneCubs:

    I agree. Often with HS/C coaches the program is about them and their personal gain not the kids. I don't know that that is the case with Appel but I have seen it many times. Too many put their success ahead of the players career.

  • In reply to Jamato:

    This was the first time I've ever seen him pitch, for some reason. Wow, his slider is simply nasty. It's about the same as Carlton's, only from the right side, and great command. We could certainly do worse.

  • In reply to cubs1969:

    Yeah, it was my first time seeing him in action too, and he was simply amazing. I have seen gifs and a couple mins of video online, but this was a whole other animal. The guy is a polished beast if that oxymoron is appropriate haha. I was kind of split before in who I wanted to draft between he and Grey, but after last night there's no question in my mind that I want Appel now.

  • In reply to Jamato:

    Thanks Jamato. Was trying to keep an eye on that, the AA Tennessee game, and also watching the Hawks game (wife is a huge hockey fan!)

    Let me know what you've got and I'll add it in.

  • John, I was curious what Rock Shoulders ceiling is and if you think it has improved after this much of the season. I know it is a small sample size but I guess what I am asking is if he would be considered a prospect now. I certainly did not have him on my radar before the season.
    Thank You

  • In reply to Tide23:

    Unfortunately not considered a prospect. He is 21 going on 22 in A Ball. He is mainly a 1B, but has played some outfield ( I don't know how well defensively). Don't get me wrong as it is great to see him doing well, but he has way too much to prove and so many tougher levels to get through. Not to mention the small sample size you mentioned because he was nowhere close to this production last year with Avg.

  • I really like the way A Cabrera is pitching. He started out slow but his last two starts have been great. What is the chance he gets called up when some pitchers are traded at the deadline?

  • In reply to John57:

    If you are meaning AAA, I would say a decent chance. If you are talking about the big league club, very little chance. Depends of course on how many pitchers get traded, but there are a couple of starters and relievers who will get the call this year from AAA when spots open up, whenever that may be. Now maybe with september callups depending on how everything is going.

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    In reply to John57:

    I believe there's a very good chance if he continues to out pitch the other depth guys and we deal a pitcher or two.. an infusion of young power arms like Vizcaino and Cabrera will give us something too look forward too if were out of it come july.

  • In reply to John57:

    I would say those chances are increasing right now. I think he'll make some starts with the Cubs by the end of the year. His stuff and demeanor may be better suited for starting.

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    I'm having mixed emotions right now. I just bought tickets to see Kane County @ South Bend on July 10th. On one hand, I hope some of the current stars of the team are still playing for the Cougars then, but on the other hand, I hope they're playing for Daytona. I know you all can feel my dilemma.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    I get the feeling you won't see Shoulders and maybe not Pierce Johnson (but you may have missed him if it wasn't his turn anyway), but I think you should see the rest of the stars -- and you'll get a bonus in that Almora will be there too by then. Maybe I'll see you there. Haven't been to the South Bend stadium yet.

  • I agree with John. There is a good chance (hopefully) that Johnson will be in Daytona by that time, but a good chance that he will be replaced by Josh Conway, who is starting to look like a steal in last year's draft. And one of Vogelbach or Shoulders is also likely to move up, with no top replacement for them

    But who knows? Perhaps you will get the chance to see Appel make his first professional start.

  • In reply to DaveP:

    Nice call on Conway. Very possible. I think he may have leaped ahead of Blackburn at this point.

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