It appears Daytona has made the best stretch run deal in recent FSL memory as they agreed to let the Cubs send them Dan Vogelbach and Kris Bryant for the final month of the season. Shrewd move.
We'll have some pretty cool prospect stuff later today, so check back.
New Orleans 4 - Iowa 3 (16 innings)
- Kyle Hendricks had a solid 7 inning start, though he did get touched up for 2 runs in the 5th and then a solo HR in the 6th. Overall, however, it was another good outing with no walks and 7 Ks. He has a 3.32 ERA in 3 starts with 4 walks and 19 strikeouts in 19 innings. So far, the transition has been pretty smooth in what has traditionally been a good hitter's league.
- The Iowa bullpen was outstanding as Marcos Mateo (1 IP), Brian Schlitter (2 IP, 1BB, 3 Ks), Eduardo Sanchez (2 IP, 2 BB, 2 Ks), and Marcus Hatley (3 IP, 2Ks) all had scoreless outings.
- Jeffry Antigua has had a rough go of it so far in Iowa and he allowed 3 hits in 1/3 of an inning to allow the winning run. He fell to 2-2 with a 5.87 ERA.
- Julio Borbon had a nice game, getting on base 5 times with 3 singles and 2 walks. He also stole a base and scored a run.
- Brad Nelson had a 2 run HR to put the I-Cubs ahead in the top of the first. It was his 18th of the year.
- Edwin Maysonet had 3 hits, including a double, and scored a run.
Tennessee 5 - Birmingham 2
- Eduardo Figueroa has been a pleasant surprise for the Smokies down the stretch. Promoted from Daytona despite less than stellar numbers, Figueroa has turned it up a notch at Tennesee. Figueroa has always had solid stuff, including a good FB that has reached 95 in short stints, but he was struggling to throw strikes at Daytona. He seems to have solved that problem now. Figueroa walked just one batter in 6 innings while striking out 5 in in 6 shutout innings. Today was the first time Figueroa was actually missing a few bats, however. He has just 9 total strikeouts in 22 AA innings and 6 of them came today.
- Tony Zych has been about as any good Cub reliever down the stretch and 2 more innings of one hit ball earned him the win today. Zych did not strikeout a batter, nor did he walk any, but he did give up an unearned run that actually tied the game. So Zych sort of vultured a win here, but it wasn't really his fault. He pitched very well. Zych has been whittling down the walk rate, walking just 3 in the past two months (19 IP) and it now stands at 3.46/9IP.
- The big offensive contribution didn't come from Baez or Bour or Alcantara or Villanueva for a change. It came from catcher Rafael Lopez, who went 2 for 4 with a double and drove in 4 of the 5 runs. I've mentioned Lopez before as a possible fall league candidate for the simple reason that the Cubs don't have any catchers waiting to step up in an emergency. My guess is that the Cubs would like to bring back Navarro for another year, but giving Lopez a jump start for next season may not be a bad idea to have him ready at AAA. Lopez is hitting .260/.361/.418 on the year.
Daytona 5 - Brevard County 3
- Scott Baker came back from his most recent setback and pitched 3 solid innings, allowing 3 hits -- one of them a solo HR that accounted for the only run scored off of him. Most importantly, he did not walk a batter, though he didn't strike one out either.
- Pierce Johnson stayed on his current path of missing bats but also missing the strike zone a little more than you would like. He struck out 6 batters in 4 innings as he piggybacked Baker's start. He did walk 3, however, and allowed 2 runs but he did get the win and moved to 6-1 with a 2.36 ERA. He has struck out over a batter per inning (9.3/9IP) but has also walked 4.1 batters per 9 innings. A number he'd like to get down despite his success so far.
- The good Austin Reed showed up today and pitched a scoreless inning to pick up his 4th save. He did not walk a batter and struck out one. Reed has a 4.40 ERA on the year.
- Zeke DeVoss continued his recent strong play with another multi-hit game, a double and a single, while scoring a run. DeVoss is hitting .258/402/.367 and is putting himself in the mix as a guy who could possibly fill in as an extra outfielder down the road. He's an outstanding athlete, able to steal bases and capable of making spectacular plays in CF. He also has a disciplined approach at the plate. He lacks some power and probably needs to also lift that batting average about 20 points to be able to sustain his high OBPs as pitcher get sharper with their control at the upper levels.
- Dan Vogelbach hit his second HR of the FSL and put the D-Cubs up 4-1, giving the team the insurance runs they would need to win the game. It was his only hit of the game but it was key.
- Kris Bryant filled up the stat sheet today with his first FSL walk and SB to go with his 3rd HR. His all-around play is putting him in the conversation as the Cubs top prospect, though in my opinion, it has to be Javier Baez at this point -- but there's a debate to be made for Bryant too. The cool thing is that we can even have this debate to begin with for a change. It's testament to how this system has been able to add multiple potential impact players.
Clinton 4 - Kane County 2
- Tayler Scott pitched 5 solid innings, allowing 3 hits, 2 walks and just one run. He also struck out 3. I have found that Scott is well-regarded by a few people in the Cubs organization, so I've been watching him with renewed interest of late. He's an athletic guy with a fluid delivery, an average fastball in the 89-91 range, a promising curve, and the potential for above average command. He fell to 5-8 with a 4.21 ERA.
- LHP Nathan Dorris pitched 2 scoreless innings to keep the game within reach, but the Cougars were unable to get closer than 2 with their 9th inning rally. Dorris has an even 3.00 ERA on the season. He has been especially tough on lefties - -he has yet to allow an earned run against them. They've hit just .102 and Dorris has put up a K rate of 10.3/9 IP in 15.2 innings.
- The offense was primarily provided by OF'er Jose Dore who went 3 for 4 with a 2-run double in the bottom of the 9th to bring the Cougars within 2. Dore is hitting .227 early on in the MWL.
TriCity 10 - Boise 2
- Paul Blackburn is still having some control issues though I'm not worried this is going to be a long term issue. He walked 3 more batters in 3 innings while allowing 7 hits. It led to 4 runs and Blackburn's once sparkling ERA now stands at 3.79 for the season.
- 5th round pick Trey Masek allowed 2 more runs in 1.2 innings. He walked one and struck out one. He still has a very good 2.16 ERA on the season.
- Carlos Martinez-Pumarino also got knocked around -- to the tune of 4 runs in one inning to essentially put this one out of reach. His ERA rose to 5.68.
- Not much on offense for the Hawks. Carlos Penalver continues to see the ball well. He doubled and walked. He also scored a run. David Bote and Kevin Encarnacion each had a hit and drove in a run.
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