We're still giddy about 1st round pick Kris Bryant and today Mike Safford of @BoiseHawksRadio posted some video of Kris Bryant's first BP as a Boise Hawk.
Bryant struggled in the game, however. He struck out 5 times in 5 ABs. He did show off his plus arm with a nice play to his left, spin, and a bullet throw to first.
On with the recap...
Iowa 1 - New Orleans 0
- Guillermo Moscoso is capable of dominating at times with his 90-93 mph fastball, slider and change and that was the case tonight. He went 5 innings and allowed just one hit and struck out 9. He did walk 3 batters. Moscoso has a 3.93 ERA on the year with exactly one strikeout per inning (94 Ks in 94 IP). He has walked about 4.5 batters per 9 IP, however.
- Henry Rodriguez is off the 40 man roster but he's still in the Cubs organization. The hard-throwing righty pitched a scoreless inning though he did allow 2 hits.
- Casey Coleman pitched 2 scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 3.21 while Brian Schlitter picked up the win with a scoreless inning when Edwin Maysonet singled home Donnie Murphy to win the game in the bottom of the 9th.
- Logan Watkins had two hits, one of the infield variety.
Huntsville 6 - Tennessee 4
- Rough outing for LHP Eric Jokisch who allowed 7 hits including 2 HRs -- one of them a 3-run shot. He walked 2 and struck out 4. Jokisch fell to 8-9 with a 3.61 ERA on the year. A solid season for the change-up specialist but he has been overshadowed by Kyle Hendricks and Alberto Cabrera.
- Marco Mateo pitched a scoreless inning and continues to do well in his rehab.
- Javier Baez isn't exactly setting AA on fire (.203 average, 3 walks, 20 Ks in 75 ABs), but he has shown he's fully capable of destroying mistakes. He hit his 5th HR at Tennessee and 22nd overall on the season.
- Arismendy Alcantara went 0 for 3 with an RBI and was featured today on MiLB.com.
Port St. Lucie 5 - Daytona 3
Daytona 7 - Port St. Lucie 0
- The first game is one that Zach Cates would probably like to forget. He walked 4 batters and lasted just 2/3 of an inning, allowing 5 runs on 3 hits. Cates can pitch well and has solid stuff (89-93 mph FB, slider, change), but he can lose his command spectacularly at times, something I witnessed first hand when I saw him in Peoria last year when he was missing by wide margins. Not sure if that was the case tonight but Daytona manager Dave Keller wasted no time pulling him.
- Austin Reed was pressed into long relief and performed extremely well with 4.1 scoreless innings without walking a batter. Curiously, despite his good stuff, he didn't strike anyone out either. Reed lowered his ERA to 4.33 and has a 2.14 ERA since the all-star break. In those 21 innings, he has walked just 2 batters.
- Rehabbing Chang Yon Lim pitched 2 scoreless, no-hit innings, walking one and striking out 3. He has allowed one run on 2 hits in his 5 Daytona innings.
- Good to see Pierce Johnson back on the mound and dominating like his old self. Reader Jason was at the game and said Johnson was clocking at 90-93 mph with a very good curve. Johnson went 5 innings and allowed 3 hits, walking and striking out 3. Johnson is 3-1 with a 2.33 ERA in Daytona this year in 27 innings. He has walked 10 and struck out 21. Overall across the two levels, Johnson is 8-6 with a 2.89 ERA walking 2.98 batters and striking out 8.84 per 9 IP.
- LHP Frank Del Valle bounced back after a horrendous outing to pitch 2 scoreless innings.
- Solid double-header for Dustin Geiger who went 1 for 4 with a double, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored.
- The big star today was Wes Darvill, who was drafted as a 17 year old, reed-thin infielder out of Canada in the 5th round (2009). At the time, the Cubs considered him a sleeper because of his athleticism and the possibility of filling out his frame as he matured. Well, it took 4 years but Darvill has finally put on about 30 lbs. of muscle and it's beginning to pay off. He went 5 for 6 with 2 doubles, a triple, 2 runs scored, and 5 RBI. Darvill suddenly has respectable numbers at Daytona and he's still not old for the league despite being a pro for 4 years. He's hitting .260/.342/.393 at Daytona and .279/.361/.410 overall this season. Late bloomer?
- Pin-Chieh Chen hit his first Daytona HR.
Boise 6 - Eugene 0
- Dillon Maples may have had his best outing as a professional, pitching with both poise and command -- not to mention a 94 mph fastball and his usual filthy curve. I was reminded today of an outing we saw earlier with Maples that we actually have on video. He appeared to be constantly taking deep breaths, trying to settle himself down -- making us wonder at the time if he was just pressing. That did not appear to be the case today as Maples dominated through 5 scoreless innings in which he did not walk a batter. He also struck out 7.
- Corbin Hoffner kept it going with 3 scoreless innings. He did not walk a batter either but that's not unusual for him. He did strikeout 2. Hoffner continues to dominate at Boise. The outing lowered his ERA to 1.35 in 26.2 innings. He has walked just 6 batters while striking out 25.
- Carlos Martinez-Pumarino finished up with a scoreless innings to complete the Boise Hawks 3rd straight shutout and 27.2 straight scoreless innings overall. Pumarino stuck out the side, giving him 14 Ks in 15.2 innings and lowering his ERA to 2.87. Pumarino was signed along with Yasiel Balaguert out of Cuba before the Cubs went on to sign higher profile signees Gerardo Concepcion and Jorge Soler.
- CF Jacob Hanneman's day went well with 2 singles, a walk, and 2 SBs. Hanneman is hitting .296 at Boise.
- Daniel Lockhart went 1 for 3 with 2 walks and 2 RBI. He's hitting .311 on the season.
- 1B Jacob Rogers doubled and hit his 5th HR of the season and drove in two. He's hitting .293
AZL Cubs 7 - AZL Indians 2
- A couple of rehabbers started the game and it started off strong with Jose Arias and 2 scoreless innings with no walks and 2 strikeouts.
- Starling Peralta came on in relief and pitched 3 more scoreless innings before running into some trouble in the 6th. He ended up leaving with just one out and allowed 2 runs that inning. It started with an HBP and an error and then Peralta allowed a 2 run double. In the end it was 3.1 IP, 1 earned run, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts for Peralta.
- David DeJesus went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored.
- 2B Zak Blair snapped out of a 0-20 slump with a single and 2 walks. His average has dropped to .260 on the year.
- One interesting lineup note was 18 year old Mark Malave playing SS. He was signed as a catcher out of Venezuela and then moved to 3B, but this is the first I've heard of him playing SS. If he can stick there, his bat would be a potential huge asset at the position. He went 1 for 3 on the day and is hitting .268, but he's an advanced hitter who could move through the system quickly despite his young age.
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