Some minor news today that affects the minor leagues. The Cubs signed announced they signed 8 players today including 2nd rounder LHP Rob Zastryzny. All of the others are in the 10th round or later. They include: 10th rounder Zach Godley, 16th rounder Cael Brockmeyer, 18th rounder Giuseppe Papaccio, 20th rounder Zak Blair, 22nd rounderKevin Brown, 23rd rounder Tyler Ihrig, and 30th rounder Zak Hermans. 5th round RHP Trey Masek also announced he signed, but then quickly took it down. He's in Mesa, so it's a matter of time, but it seems the Cubs prefer to make the announcements. I'm good with that.
The Cubs are also pursuing another Cuban RHP, Dalier Hinojosa, but at 27 he probably wouldn't spend too much time in these recaps. I wrote about him earlier.
On with the recaps...
Iowa 7 - Nashville 0
- It's been a tough year for Nick Struck after his big season at AA but today he captured some of his old mojo with a 6.2 inning performance that included 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Struck is 4-4 with a 5.48 ERA and it's not been a good year for the peripherals either as he has struggled with his control (35 walks in 69.1 innings) and hasn't missed a ton of bats either (38 strikeouts).
- RHPs Casey Coleman and Eduardo Sanchez each pitched a scoreless inning. Coleman lowered his ERA to 2.80.
- Logan Watkins had a pair of singles and drew his 41st walk of the year (13.9% rate) and raised his average to .238, but the excellent walk rate has his OBP at a respectable .347. It's been a struggle for Watkins this year and he's had the most trouble with LHP, hitting just .190/.301/.316. He's hitting .255/.366/.400 vs. RHP.
- Brian Bogusevic went 2 for 3 with a walk and even with a slow start to June (.190), Bogusevic is still hitting .319/.419/.511 on the season, showing power and speed with 9 HRs and 14 SBs in 15 attempts.
- Steve Clevenger went 1 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI and is hitting .364 since his return from rehab.
- Dave Sappelt went 3 for 5 with a double and 3 RBI. He's hitting .261 since his return to Iowa.
Daytona 14 - Clearwater 8
- LHP Kyler Burke had one of his toughest outings of the season, showing some uncharacteristic wildness with 3 walks in 4 innings. He allowed 4 runs, bumping his ERA up to 3.60.
- RHP Yao-Lin Wang continued his solid season at Daytona with 2 scoreless innings. He did not allow a hit, walked one and struck out 2 to pick up the win and move to 2-1. Wang has a 2.25 ERA this season with 10 walks and 29 Ks in 28 innings. Wang works with an 88-92 mph fastball, breaking ball, and a very good change.
- John Andreoli got on base 5 times today with 3 singles and 2 walks from the leadoff spot. He also drove in 2 and struck out 2. He also stole his 21st base. Andreoli is hitting .325 and bumped his OBP over .400 (.401).
- Zeke DeVoss had a pair of hits, including a triple, drove in a run and scored 2 runs.
- Javier Baez only had one hit but it was a grand slam, "no-doubter to dead center" according to @nolejoe, who was at the game. Those watching his walks will be happy as well as Baez drew his 7th walk of the month and 16th of the year. Baez's walk rate is 5.8% this season and this June, Baez is hitting .340/.446/.883 line with 6 HRs and a 12.5% walk rate in 56 PAs in June. A small sample size to be sure, but that's a glimpse of just how scary Javy can be when he's patient.
- 1B Dustin Geiger went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI to give him 56 on the season. It probably helps to be hitting after Baez and Soler (who was off again today with a minor injury) as well as OBP guys like Andreoli (.401) and Zeke DeVoss (.380) at the top of the lineup. Geiger's biggest improvement this year has been raising his walk rate (8.7% from 6% last year) and striking out less (down to 16.1% from 23.8%). Two reason to be wary: his ISO is down slightly (.179 from .215) and his BABIP is at a career high of .327 after .279 and .278 the previous two years, but I think those were too low. All in all, Geiger is a much more well-rounded hitter this year, batting .294/.361/.471.
- The athletic, versatile Tim Saunders was one of our favorites last year but he really struggled after an injury early in the season. He has rebounded in June to hit .375/.469/.525 in June and has raised his average to .225 after hitting just .159 in May. He went 3 for 5 and hit his own grand slam to go with a double and a single. His combination of speed (20 SBs in 23 attempts) defensive versatility, and good approach (9.9 walk rate) is his ticket to the big leagues.
S-K 9 - Boise 2
- Hard-throwing Trey Lang's line doesn't look too bad when you look at the 2 walks and 5 strikeouts in 4 innings, but he did allow 5 runs -- in part because he walked one of those batters and threw 5 wild pitches in a 3-run S-K 5th. Lang's out pitch is his slider and it seems he really struggled getting a feel for the pitch in that inning.
- Shawon Dunston, Jr. was back in the lineup and picked up where he left off with a 2 for 3 day with a walk. Dunston makes hard contact with quick wrists and hands. He's off to a .471 start.
- Keep your eye on 21 year old Kevin Encarnacion, an athletic outfielder with some pop and plate discipline (17% walk rate in the DSL last year). He had Boise's first RBI of the game, driving in Dunston with a single. He also drew his 5th walk in 5 games and is off to a 6 for 18 start (.333).
- Infielder David Bote hit a solo HR to account for Boise's other run.
- Jose Dore, once a top prospect with the San Diego Padres, doubled and walked twice. It was just his second start and he's 2 for 5 overall. Dore is just 21 and he once ranked among the Padres top 10 prospects because of his athleticism, power potential, and strong arm.
MWL All-Star Game
- Dan Vogelbach went 2 for 2 with a double, walk, run scored and RBI.
- Bijan Rademacher and Rock Shoulders both went 0-2.
- Tayler Scott pitched 2/3 of a scorless inning (1K)
- LHP Nathan Dorris pitched 1/3 of scoreless inning.
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