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It seems the signings are leaking in little by little but the big domino yet to fall is 2nd round pick Jake Stinnett, who played late into the college season. Stinnett is expected to sign an underslot deal and that may set the stage for the Carson Sands and Dylan Cease signings.
It appears that Stinnett's teammate, Charles White, a CF, has signed, so perhaps he isn't too far behind.
It appears that the Chicago Cubs Draft Tracker site has used up it's bandwidth, so we'll have to wait on the details but it appears that 8th round LHP Tommy Thorpe will sign, pending a physical.
I actually got a chance to see Thorpe pitch last summer, but I didn't see him at his best. He lacked command that day, something he relies on as a finesse lefty. Thorpe showed an upper 80s fastball, a solid curve, and a pretty good changeup -- which sounds similar to the profile of a few Cubs pitchers over the past few years, many of whom have made the majors (Chris Rusin, James Russell, Brooks Raley) or are at least knocking on the door (Eric Jokisch). I can't say that I left thinking, "I hope the Cubs draft that guy!", but it was only a couple of innings after a long season, so I also can't say it was a good day to judge him by. He did go 11-4 with a 2.14 ERA with 33 BB and 90 Ks in 105 innings that year, so obviously he is capable of being better than the one day I happened to see him pitch.
But without being able to click the links, we will move on for now and recap the games. It was not a good day overall for Cubs affiliates.
- Eric Jokisch walked 4 batters in 6 innings, which is unusual for him, One of those walks came just before a grand slam that broke this game open. He gave up 5 runs in all. Jokisch is the kind of guy who has to throw strikes and avoid working up in the zone but he didn't appear to have his best command today. Jokisch is 5-6 with a 3.64 ERA overall this seaso[n.
- Arismendy Alcantara singled and scored a run in 4 ABs. There was some hope by some fans that he would get the call after Bonifacio's injury today but it seems more likely that Ryan Sweeney gets the call. He was removed from the Kane County lineup before the game today.
- C Rafael Lopez is making a case to be added to the roster by the end of the year. He had two more hits today and drove in a run, He's now hitting .318, though it is early.
- The versatile Chris Valaika was at 1B today and he hit his 5th HR today. He is hitting .287/.358/.403 entering the game, so he has tailed off a bit, his OPS dropped under .800.
- Dae-Eun Rhee may not be blowing hitters away but he has always has had a good idea of how to pitch, and now that he has a lot of minor league experience, that is even more true. He pitched 6 innings and walked 3 batters and struck out just 2 but he only gave up 2 runs. Rhee has a 3.49 ERA on the season.
- Zach Cates did not allow a hit but a resurfacing of his control issues and his own error led to 2 unearned runs, costing the Smokies the game.
- Hunter Cervenka came in and struck out all 4 batters he faced. He lowered his ERA to 2.08 and raised his K rate to 11.8 per 9 IP.
- Arodys Vizcaino finished up with a scoreless inning, striking out one (video below, h/t Justin)
- It may not have been a great day for the Smokies offense but Kris Bryant continues to roll along. He walked, doubled and scored both runs.
- Charles Cutler singled twice, walked, and drove in a run.
- Rubi Silva has been mired in a season long slump. He did look like he was going to turn it around earlier in the season but has since tailed off, hitting just .239/.288/.365 after hitting a triple, single and driving in a run.
- Ugly line for Taylor Scott who went just 4.2 innings, allowed 6 hits, 5 runs, 5 BBs, struck out 3, and allowed 2 HRs. He fell to 3-5 with a 4.79 ERA
- Michael Jensen continued his solid comeback season with 1.1 scoreless innings with one K. He has a 2.83 ERA on the year.
- In the 2nd game, LHP Nathan Dorris had a similarly hideous line, allowing 5 hits, 5 runs, walking 2 and striking out 1 -- except that Dorris only lasted only 2.1 innings. He has struggled transitioning to a starter in the FSL, posting a 5.96 ERA to go with a 2-3 record.
- Jose Rosario came in guns-a-blazin', striking out all 5 hitters he faced,
- Starling Peralta pitched a scoreless inning, striking out one and lowering his ERA to 3.86 after having his own bad outing last time out.
- Not a lot of hitting for the D-Cubs but Wes Darvill had a nice pair of games, going 2 for 4 with walk and his first HR in the FSL.
- Zeke DeVoss doubled, walked, scored, and drove in a run in 3 PA s in the 2nd game.
- Juan Paniagua had his second very good start in a row, going 6 scoreless innings while allowing just 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6. In his last 2 starts he has gone 12 scoreless with 3 walks and 15 Ks. He also has a 1.11 ERA in his last 4 starts, striking out 23 in 24.1 innings. Overall he is 3-3 with a 3.25 ERA.
- Something has gotten into James Pugliese, maybe it's the bullpen role but he has been completely dominant at Kane County. He struck out the side and lowered his ERA to 1.19. earning his 2nd save. He has an incredible 7 to 1 K to BB ratio, striking out 42 batters in 30.1 innings while walking just 6. As good as he is out of the bullpen, it'd be interesting to see how he'd do as a starter. He does have a full repertoire.
- Danny Lockhart has been hitting well and today it was 2 more hits and an RBI to raise his average to .276 to go with a solid .342 OBP.
- Shawon Dunston went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored but after showing so much patience last year, he has walked just 7 times this year, resulting in just a .285 OBP. He has been hitting better of late but Dunston needs to find the plate discipline he had last season.
- It seems like Carlos Penalver does something positive everyday, yet he is hitting just .245/.292/.311 on the year. He tripled, scored, and drove in a run today.
- Trey Martin clawed back up to the Mendoza line with a pair of singles, a run scored, and his 10th SB.