We focus a lot on individual prospects in these recaps but I have to say that this Daytona team has been one of my favorite minor league teams in recent memory. They've had stars like Javier Baez and Jorge Soler, yet this is a great team from top to bottom. They kept it going after losing 4 of their top starters -- Soler, Baez, Stephen Bruno, and John Andreoli and they did it with great pitching, great OBP, speed, and timely hitting. Everyone contributed and players stepped up when they needed to. Now that they have reinforcements in the middle of their lineup with Kris Bryant and Dan Vogelbach the sky is the limit. They may be known for those star players, but it's the kind of all-around team I hope we'll see in Chicago someday.
Good luck to them.
Meanwhile, Tennessee is already playoff bound, Boise is in first place for the second half (20-13), and Iowa is 3 games out with 5 games to play.
On with the recap...
Iowa 5 - Omaha 2
- Kyle Hendricks got off to a slow start (2 runs in the first inning) and then was lights out the rest of the way. He allowed just 3 baserunners over the next 7 innings to finish with an overall line of 8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, and 4 Ks. He is 3-0 with a 2.38 ERA at Iowa. It's not smoke and mirrors either as Hendricks 2.41 FIP lines up nicely. In 34 AAA innings, he has kept the walks down (6) and he continues to miss bats (26 Ks). Hendricks doesn't need to be protected so it's unfortunate that we likely won't see him this September, but he could make his way to Wrigley by next season.
- Great play by OF Ty Wright has really helped Iowa down the stretch. He went 2 for 4 and drove in 3 runs.
- Mike Olt has been hitting the ball well of late and went 1 for 2 with 2 more walks. He's hitting .321/.500/.464 in his past 10 games. It's been a lost season for Olt but it's encouraging to see him finish the season strong.
Daytona 6 - Dunedin 2
- CJ Edwards pitched 4.1 innings, walking one and striking out 5. He allowed both runs but kept his ERA at just 1.96 since joining Daytona.
- Lendy Castillo came on in relief to finish things off with 2.2 scoreless innings and picked up the win because Edwards didn't pitch the necessary 5 innings. Castillo is now 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA. He has struck out a batter per inning (19) while walking just 7 in 19 IP. It's been a nice turnaround for him.
- Both Dustin Geiger (16) and Kris Bryant (4) each had 2-run HRs. Geiger improved his line to .281/.366/.458 on the season, an .824 OPS in a pretty tough hitters league. Bryant meanwhile has shown very little sign of slowing down, hitting .320/.358/.640 without a chance to even settle in yet. I think once he does, we'll see those walks go up and the strikeouts go down.
- Ben Carhart pitched in with a 2 for 3 day while Chadd Krist went 1 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI.
Daytona 3 - Dunedin 0
- The D-Cubs called on swingman Yao-Lin Wang and veteran Ryan Searle for the second game and they combined to shutout Dunedin on just 2 hits. Wang went 4 innings and allowed one of those hits, walking 2 and striking out 3. Searle pitched the last 3 and did not walk a batter while striking out 4.
- Wes Darvill went 3 for 3 with a double and 2 runs scored. Darvill has hit a combined .270/.344/.385 between the two A ball leagues this year. Easily his best season as a pro.
- Bijan Rademacher singled, walked, and drove in 2 runs. Rademacher has cooled off after a quick start at Daytona, his average is at .256 in the FSL.
Kane County 9 - Cedar Rapids 1
- Scott Baker had his best rehab start of the year, retiring the first 13 batters before finally allowing an infield single. It was the only baserunner he allowed in his 5 innings. He struck out 2 batters. There is an increasing chance he pitches in Chicago by the end of the year.
- Jose Arias made his way back to the MWL and had some control issues, walking 6 batters in 2.2 innings. He did manage to strike out 3 batters and hold the damage to one run.
- Steve Perakslis finished the game with 1.1 innings, striking out 2 batters and lowering his ERA to 2.88. He has walked 3.2 batters per 9 innings while striking out just a shade under 7 batters per 9 innings at 6.9.
- Jeimer Candelario's strong finish continued with another HR and hit his 35th double, good for 3rd in the league. The Cubs 3B prospect also walked, scored 3 and drove in 3 runs. Candelario's numbers are beginning to look pretty good for a 19 year old in the MWL. He has a .254/.345/.400 line with 11 HRs.
- C Carlos Escobar hit his 4th HR and drove in 2.
- Willson Conteras went 1 for 4 with a walk (7% rate this season) and is hitting .250/.318/.432 with 11 HRs and 8 SBs (11 attempts). It's a .750 OPS with some pop and even a little speed -- not bad offense for a catcher, but he'll need to translate that athleticism to more consistent play behind the dish. Today he played 1B.
Boise 10 - Salem-Keizer 6
- The Hawks got great pitching in the beginning (3 scoreless innings from Michael Wagner) and at the end (2 scoreless innings and a win by Carlos Martinez Pumarino), but got roughed up a little in between, though the 1 walk and 4 Ks in 2 innings was an improvement for Juan Paniagua, even if he still gave up 3 runs. Wagner has a 3.32 ERA in Boise in his first professional season.
- Another huge day for Kevin Encarnacion, who has torn up the NWL. A 4 hit day put him at .367 on the season. He has also shown patience (12% walk rate, .444 OBP) and pop (6 HRs, .560 SLG).
- 1B Jacob Rogers is finishing the season strong, hitting his 8th HR and raising his average to .287.
- OF Yasiel Balaguert also hit his 8th HR and is hitting .269 on the year.
- Perhaps the only person who has been hitting as well as Encarnacion and Rogers is catcher Justin Marra, who has actually been the primary DH. Marra hit his 6th HR in just 21 games. He's only hitting .239 but has added an 11.3% walk rate and a respectable .333 OBP.
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