The popular 2B returns to the lineup and the Cubs have signed a few draft picks (h/t to the guys @PSD)...
MLB Draft Signings
In draft news, the Cubs signed 11th round pick, RHP Jordan Brink. Brink is a bit of a sleeper as a converted outfielder and has thrown as high as 96 off the mound. He normally works 91-93 with a sharp curve. He is about 6' tall and lacks a lot of experience, so the temptation is to say he will be a reliever, but Brink may have the stuff to start. The Cubs may have to choose an arm slot as he used a 3/4 slot the year before and used a slider instead of a curve. I think the fact that he can change his arm slot and his primary breaking pitch and still have success tells you a lot about his athleticism and aptitude.
The Cubs also signed i3B Kevonte Mitchell who has an intriguing blend of size (6'4") power, and athleticism (star basketball player in HS). He also has tremendous arm strength which profiles well at 3B.
Also signed are 20th round SS Alex Thomasovich (link) and 25th round catcher Tyler Pearson (per his Twitter profile). According to the Chicago Cubs Draft Tracker website, the Cubs have also signed 12th rd RHP Tanner Griggs, 15th Rd SS Jason Vosler, and 27th round CF Calvin Graves.
It is no coincidence that most of the players announced are position players as the Cubs are more likely to want them to start playing right away, while pitchers tend to get more time off.
On with the recap...
- Chris Rusin got shelled for 9 hits and 7 runs in 3 innings as he fell to 4-8 with a 3.85 ERA.
- The ubiquitous LHP Jeffrey Antigua pitched 3 scoreless inning and lowered his ERA to 3.05. He struck out 2 and did not walk a batter.
- LHP Zac Rosscup struck out the side in his only inning as he bides his time and waits for another opportunity with the big club.
- Logan Watkins doubled and scored the I-Cubs only run when he was driven in by Josh Vitters, who went 3 for 4.
- Ryan Kalish seems closer to finding his groove, getting 2 more hits. He is 4 for his last 9 with 2 walks.
- Eduardo Figueroa went 5 innings and was a little wild (3 walks) but held the Braves to 3 hits and 2 runs. He also struck out 3. Gotta give credit to Figueroa for taking one for the team by going down to AA to help out the decimated Smokies staff, but on the bright side for him, he gets another shot to start, so maybe he makes the best of it.
- Tony Zych has quietly been stringing together some good outings and he lowered his ERA to 4.66 with 2 scoreless innings. In his last 8.1 innings he has allowed just one run and has not walked a batter.
- It seems that when PJ Francescon gets out on the mound, the game is going to be decided one way or another. He pitched a scoreless inning but once again it was a timely appearance as the Smokies took the lead, crediting Francescon with a win. Francescon has 19 appearances (all relief) and has 11 decisions. He is now 7-4 with a 3.41 ERA.
- Armando Rivero walked one and struck out 2 in one scoreless inning to earn his 10th save. His ERA is at 1.71.
- Anthony Giansanti singled and scored twice.
- Forgive me if The Return of Stephen Bruno has me excited but he was having a good year and the last time he got hurt, last year in Daytona, he didn't return for the rest of the year. So we're glad to have him back, So are the Smokies, I imagine. He immediately contributed with a double and a run scored. Bruno was hitting 288/.381/.484 entering the season. The double was his 16th in 42 games.
- Kris Bryant hit 2 singles and drove in a run. Can anyone think of anything more pedestrian? He did drive in the 2nd run and his second single in the 8th sent Giansanti to 3rd, where he scored shortly afterward on a wild pitch. Even his more human looking lines help the Smokies win.
Kane County 4 - Peoria 3 (Game 2)
Peoria 2 - Kane County 1 (Game 1)
- Tyler Skulina pitched very well in Game 1 but the defense let him down, allowing 2 unearned runs to score. Skulina fell to 4-3 but lowered his ERA to 2.70.
- Michael Wagner finished up with a scoreless inning (2 Ks) as his ERA continues to drop, It is now at 3.93 in 18.1 innings. He has allowed just one run in his last 10.1 innings, walking 4 and striking out 12. Wagner was just a 15th round pick but was underrated because he isn't overpowering, but he has a solid average stuff across the board (FB, SL, CH) and really knows how to pitch. I think he could end up being a steal.
- In the second game, Daury Torrez put in a quality start with 6 innings, allowing 3 runs while walking just one and striking out 2. He moved to 6-4 with 3.74 ERA on the year.
- Tyler Bremer picked up his 8th save with a scoreless inning, striking out the side in order, Bremer has been outstanding since taking over for the promoted Zach Godley. The 24 year old RHP has 5-0 record to go with the 8 saves and a 2.32 ERA. He has been especially good in his last 6 outings where he has pitched 8.1 scoreless innings, walking just 2 and striking out 12.
- Jacob Hannemann continues to play well and went 2 for 6 with a walk, double, 2 runs scored, and his 19th SB. He's hit .236 overall but has been better in June (.275/.318/.400)
- Carlos Penalver went 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored. He has been a steady player though he has hit just .246 overall. He has added value with great defense and some plus baserunning.
- Ben Carhart went 3 for 7 with a run scored as he continues to hover just below the .300 mark at .295.
- Jordan Hankins has been the 2nd half of the Cougars steady 1-2 punch and he went 3 for 6 with a double and 2 RBI. Hankins, a 3B, has hit .319/.358/.442 on the season.
- Tim Saunders is now playing at Kane County after spending the beginning of the season in Daytona. He pitched in an RBI double in game 2.
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