The short season begins! So far it's just Kyle Schwarber but perhaps he'll be joined by some other new draftees soon.
A couple of players appeared to have signed. 14th round pick Chesny Young, who played 3B for Mercer college, will sign pending a drug test and a physical, while the same holds true of 18th round RHP Austyn Willis from Barstow, CA.
As I predicted, the Cubs will likely sign their first 20 picks with inky Dylan Cease (6th round) and RHP John Michaek Knighton (17th round) the only ones who haven't signed or have given indication they will sign.
And Kris Bryant who ? Kyle Schwarber is the next big thing and he made his debut in style...
- Dallas Beeler did what you want him to do, he threw strikes (2 walks), he missed bats (6Ks), he kept the ball down (10 GB outs), and he kept the ball in the park (no HRs allowed and just one extra base hit) -- but sometimes the BABIP gods scoff at your efforts, they can be fickle that way. Beeler gave up 8 hits and 6 runs in just 6 innings. He fell to 3-3 with a 4.47 ERA.
- Arismendy Alcantara hit his 15th double and scored 2 runs in 4 ABs.
- Ryan Kalish is beginning to get into sync, putting up some good ABs and today he got some good results, hitting a triple, walking and driving in 3.
- Javier Baez did not get a hit but he drove in 2 runs, one of them with a sac fly. Baez is hitting .222 now after reaching as high as .239, but he is starting to put up some solid ABs again, so we could see him start to turn things around.
- The good Matt Loosen showed up today and he went 5 solid innings, allowing 2 runs wile walking 2 and striking out 5.
- Jeffrey Lorick got his first win of the season, pitching a scoreless inning to lower his ERA to 5.17.
- Lendy Castillo pitched 2 scoreless innings and is beginning to turn his season around. The outing lowered his ERA to 3.94. He has not allowed a run in his last 6 innings, though he still has more walks (17) then Ks (15) on the season.
- Armando Rivero finished with a scoreless inning, striking out 2 and lowering his ERA to 1.65. He has struck out just under 14 batters per 9 IP this season.
- Jae-Hoon Ha doubled, singled and scored a run.
- Not a big Kris Bryant day but he still singled, walked, scored and drove in a run. Bryant is hitting .358/.462/.713 with 22 HRs and 57 RBI on the season. That's pretty good.
- Charles Cutler is filling in Rafael Lopez's shoes quite well. He singled, walked, scored twice and drove in a run. Cutler is hitting .331/.439/.438.
- Dustin Geiger has shown some signs of braking out of a season long slump. He is starting to hit with a bit more pop, hitting his 9th HR while driving in 3 and scoring two. Geiger is hitting .230/.304/.394.
- Paul Blackburn went 5 innings allowing just 4 hits and not walking a batter while striking out 3, but he did allow a couple of runs and it was enough to render him with a no-decision despite a well-pitched game. Blackburn has a 2.78 ERA on the year. He has allowed just 3 HRs all season while walking just 14 and striking out 50. He also has a solid ground out to assist ratio of 1.41, so he's doing what he needs to do to pitch well and he also has the rsults to show for it. It wouldn't surprise me to see him end the year in Daytona.
- Josh Davis lost the game though he also pitched pretty well, going 3 innings without walking a batter and striking out 4.
- Carlos Penalver went 1 for 4 with a double and was driven him on an RBI single by Ben Carhart.
- Yasiel Balaguert hit his 4th HR of the year. He's hitting .229/.271/.335 overall in what has been a disappointing season coming off a strong showing in Boise.
- Trey Martin went 2 for 3 with a double as his average creeps slowly upward. He is at .209 for the year.
- Tyler Ihrig is a polished, finesse type starter who may be a bit advanced for the NWL. He dominated today with 5 innings of one-hit, scoreless baseball. He also did not walk a batter while striking out 5 but he got a no-decision despite his efforts.
- Greyfer Eguera lost the lead, allowing 2 runs in 2 innings. He walked one and struck out 2. He did end up getting the win when Boise came back to take the lead.
- Hard throwing David Garner, who features a very good slider, struck out 4 in 2 scoreless inning to pick up the save.
- Mark Malave played 1B today and went 1 for 3 with a single, walk and a run scored.
- It didn't take long for Kyle Schwarber to make his presence felt. He started the game at catcher and quickly made a throwing error and then grounding out to the 1B in his first inning. Things went much better from there as Schwarber had 3 consecutive hits, including 2 singles and then a huge game winning 3 run HR to RF in the 7th. Not a bad way to start your pro career.
- David Bote had 3 hits, including a double.
- 3B Jesse Hodges walked and drove in a run.
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