Daily Cubs Minors Recaps: Promotions, Beeler pitches 6 strong innings

Daily Cubs Minors Recaps: Promotions, Beeler pitches 6 strong innings
Armando Rivero

On a night when Clayton Kershaw pitched a 15 K no-hitter the 2nd most dominant game (per Game Score) in history and the best since Kerry Wood's one-hit, 20K performance back in 1998.

This is a fun time of year as signings become official and some of the top performing prospects get ready to try the next level.

Promotions/MLB Draft Update

  • Kris Bryant is the most famous promotion today.  He will got to AAA Iowa where he will play 3B.  No word yet on what will become of Christian Villanueva, but my guess is he will play 1B.  It shouldn't affect his value, everyone knows he'd be a plus 3B in the MLB right now and that the Cubs consider Kris Bryant their answer for now.
  • The Iowa bullpen just got a boost with a couple of smoke-throwing former Smokies in Arodys Vizcaino and Armando Rivero.  They join an already strong bullpen that includes Blake Parker, Zach Rosscup, and Marcus Hatley.
  • Jordan Hankins moves up to Daytona after putting together an .800+ OPS all star season at Kane County.
  • We all know who is taking Hankins roster spot.  It's Kyle Schwarber.
  • The short season leagues are about to get an infusion of talent, but don't expect the pitchers to throw much.  That has been the pattern with this front office.  2nd round pick Jake Stinnett pitched deep into the college postseason, so I would expect him to get a rest and then a light load.
  • Position player college talent, on the other hand, should get more regular playing time.  Chesny Young (13) is an advanced bat who could get a shot at Boise while Charles White, who has experience at a major baseball program, may be advanced enough to go there as well.  College seniors SS Alex Tomasovich, C Tyler Pearson, and CF Calvin Graves may also get a shot to skip AZ.

And no...none of them played today.  Here is who did...

Iowa 3 - El Paso 1

  • When people talk about September call-ups nobody talks about Dallas Beeler but I'm willing to bet that he's one of the guys who gets a call. Beeler is already on the 40 man roster, coming off an impressive AFL season and has now pitched well at Iowa. He pitched 6 shutout innings to lower his ERA to 3.98 (FIP 3.37). His K rate is slowly rising and is now at 6.8 per 9IP which would be his highest since his first season at A ball. He is also throwing strikes, walking just 2.15.  He also continues to have one of the better GB rates in the system, putting up a 1.5 GO/AO ratio.
  • Marcus Hatley pitched another scoreless inning, lowering his ERA to 2.57.   Hatley has had the best control of his career, walking just 1.55 batters per 9 IP and striking out 12.1 batters per 9 IP.   It is one of the better K to BB ratios in the organization and I wouldn't be shocked if the 26 year old 6'5" RHP finally gets his shot at the bigs this year.
  • Zach Rosscup (1IP, 1 R, 1BB, 1K) and Blake Parker (1IP, 1BB) finished up with Parker getting his 14th save.
  • Arismendy Alcantara got on base 3 times, 2 via the walk and pushing his walk rate to just over 6% on the season.  It's still a far cry from his 11% mark last year at Tennessee, but it does seem to be trending upward.  Alcantara also stole 2 bases, giving him 14 on the year.  Of the Cubs now big 3 prospects at Iowa, Alcantara has the best chance of seeing Wrigley this year -- especially if he continues to get on base the way he did today.  Suddenly Alcantara has himself a respectable .322 OBP to go with his .508 slugging percentage.
  • Rafael Lopez went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run.  He's hitting .278 early on in AAA.
  • Josh Vitters is not dead yet.  He went 3 for 4 and hit his 7th HR, though he is hitting just .226/.291/.376 on the season.  He is clinging to a thread through as his production has not been what you would want from a corner position player -- especially since 3B seems to no longer be an option.

Daytona 11- Tampa 2

  • Tayler Scott pitched 6 solid innings, walking one and striking out 2 while giving up just a pair of runs.  The native South African moved to 4-5 with a 4.64 ERA.  Scott has gotten by with his good curve and a high 80s fastball but he hasn't missed a lot of bats this season.
  • The D-Cubs offense finished up their first half in style, pounding out 14 hits, starting with leadoff man Pin-Chieh Chen, who went 3 for 5 with a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.  Chen finished the first half with a strong .353 OBP and a .744 OPS overall.
  • Albert Almora singled and walked, scoring 2 runs.  He is one player who will probably be glad for a fresh start after hitting .241/.264/.317 in the first half.
  • Dan Vogelbach singled, walked, and doubled in 5 PAs, scoring 2 runs and driving in one in the process.  Vogelbach tailed off a bit after getting hot and goes into the 2nd half with a line of .259/.350/.392 and just 5 HRs.
  • Bijan Rademacher didn't quite sustain his torrid pace but he did stay productive.  He went 2 for 5 and has a .292/.394/.427 slash line.
  • Few hitters struggled more than Rock Shoulders but he did hit a grand salami today.  It was just his 3rd HR of the season, however, to go with a .201 average while striking out 30% of the time.
  • Gioskar Amaya started the season srong and finished the first half with a flourish, hitting his 2nd HR and going 3 for 4 with a double overall.  He is hitting .281/.359/.374 heading into the 2nd half.  I'll take those first two numbers from him but I do think he could add some extra base power.

Eugene 5 - Boise 1

  • Ben Wells tries to get his career back on track but it didn't go well today as he went just 4 innings, walking 3, and allowing 5 runs (4 overall).
  • David Garner had some control issues,walking 2 batters, but he did not allow any damage in his one inning of work.  Garner was one of several pitchers the Cubs took n the first 10 rounds last year.  He's a bit undersized and has command issues, so many think he is a bullpen guy, but he does have a solid FB (touches 94) and a plus slider.
  • Control issues seemed to be the phrase of the day for Boise pitchers.  Trey Masek pitched 2 scoreless innings but he walked 3 batters.  He did strike out 4 and kept Eugene scoreless, but that makes 8 walks between 3 talented pitchers.
  • Trey Lang pitched a scoreless and put an end to the free pass giveaway.  He struck out one.
  • The offense misfired today without their star player.  Jeffrey Baez was put in the 3rd spot but he seemed to press with the new responsibility, striking out in all 4 of his PAs.
  • Not much offense but David Bote hit a HR and scored 2 runs.  3B Jesse Hodges walked and drove him Bote for the other run.


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    I can't get the box score to open. Is it safe to assume, Javy didn't play or didn't play well ?

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    he went 0-4 with 2 k's

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Yes, he struck out twice and went 0-4. I'll try and fix the link.

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Baez had issues with the ump's strike zone, to put it mildly. The called 3rd strike of his first AB looked to be pretty high, the way the catcher had to reach for it (camera angle above and behind home plate, so it's hard to judge how high the pitch was). the called 3rd cam after Baez had words with the ump on a called 2nd strike.

    Because of this, Baez chased a high FB for strike 3 in his next AB. I give him a mulligan on last night's game.

  • You're mighty diplomatic or optimistic or both John, lol, but yes, Vitters is completely and 100% dead as a prospect. I would suspect neither he nor Jackson will be on the 40-man come August 1.

    I wonder what ultimately went wrong with Vitters, I've heard about the lousy work ethic before, but he was hitting fine as he moved up the system until he got his cup of coffee. Then, he failed so miserably in Chicago I wonder if it messed with his head and confidence so much that he just couldn't get over the hump again. Who knows.

    It is gives me a LITTLE bit of solace that of the two prospects I was hoping the Cubs would pick instead of Vitters in 07, one has fought injuries and the other can't hit over the Mendoza line, so that salves the wound a bit. But ouch, #3 overall draft pick.

  • I see likely future-Cub Daniel Norris was promoted to AA. Last night he struck out 9 but gave up 4 ER in 5 2/3 IP.

    John, do you think if the Cubs get someone newly promoted they'd keep him at the same level? Or send him back to the level he just came from?

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    That bullpen at Iowa is seriously good. Heading into next year, we will have surplus depth in RH relief pitching, if we want to trade from that; I think we can right now.

    I also think you are right on Beeler. He flies under the radar, and is a low-ceiling guy, but he is probably close to ML-ready as a spot starter. He throws strikes and ground balls, which can get you by. If we deal off pitching, it could be him taking the ball, and not Hendricks. Already being on the 40-man is a good head start for him.

  • In reply to Zonk:

    I'd prefer we keep that RHP relief depth, unless we can get something significant for a RH reliever (unlikely) or unless it's Strop, who will be 2nd year arb eligible this year.

    Otherwise, with injuries and the inconsistency of pen arms, I'd love to have some surplus depth in AAA. Does it stink for Blake Parker that he's been great in AAA and can't find his way onto the big league club? Sure. But if someone goes down, it'd be great to have a guy like that to bring up.

    Strop, Vizcaino, Grimm, Ramirez, Rondon, Schlitter, Parker, Rivero and Hatley is very good depth and we're going to need that depth when guys get hurt.

  • In reply to TulaneCubs:

    Agreed. I also think was done by design from our FO. Very smart of them. They will also probably look to create value from the closer role. They tried and failed with Marmol & Veras. I don't see them doing this with the young cost controlled arms they've acquired, but you never know. A young cost controlled closer will net a significant return. We appear to have several capable arms of filling that role....

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    Not convinced about Hatley. He's 26, wasn't very impressive in spring training, I'd have to see something in mlb.

  • In reply to SKMD:

    He's definitely in a tough spot. His contract is up at the end of the year. He may decide he has a better chance with another org. The Cubs are going to have more young relief pitchers than they have spots in the Chicago bullpen and among the "vets" he is probably behind Schlitter and Parker.

  • In reply to mjvz:

    His contract is only up if they don't put him on the 40 man, correct? I was actually surprised to see how much 40 man room the Cubs may have after this year (here's an article from AZ Phil on it Villanueva, Schierholtz, Bonifacio, Fujikawa & Hammel gone. Shark probably gone. Coghlan, Kalish, Baker, Whiteside, Vitters, Jackson, Barney, Rusin & Szczur all DFA-able or non-tender candidates. That's a ton of roster spots that could be easily opened.

  • In reply to TulaneCubs:

    Didn't realize the contract was up only if not on the 40. I thought he was going to be a 6 year MiLB FA.

  • In reply to SKMD:

    Schlitter is 28 and just now having success in the MLB...

  • With all the promotions, Iowa should become a very good club overnight. Definitely must-see tv (except for those televised Kane County series in July).

  • In reply to Eldrad:

    Unfortunately the Iowa home game broadcasts are pretty terrible.

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    Isn't the AAA roster overloaded? I thought they had to trim a couple of players.

  • In reply to Glen Krisch:

    It'll happen today. I don't think any of the guys that got called up yesterday were officially added to the roster yet.

  • Unless Bryant absolutely dominates AAA this year and dominates spring training, I don't see him being called up until after the Super Two date next season.

  • In reply to JLynch2247:

    I don't expect Bryant to start the season with the Cubs in 2015, but I don't think Theo/Hoyer are as concerned with his Super 2 status as much as they are with delaying his service time clock. With Bryant, I think they just want to ensure that they get that extra year of team control. That's I why I fully expect him to be up by late April/early May 2015, assuming he has performed up to par at Iowa.

  • In reply to John Kerth:

    Same thing, right?

  • In reply to KSCubsFan:

    Yeah, I thought the Super Two date was the same thing?

  • In reply to JLynch2247:

    Super Two is about getting an extra year of arbitration. Service time is related to free agency and years of control.

    If they held Bryant back until May, he wouldn't get a full year of service time and it would delay his free agency by a year. But he would be Super Two eligible and could go to arbitration a year earlier. He would still be under the Cubs control for the same amount of time, but he'd cost them a little more with the extra arb year.

    If they held him back until June/July (after the projected Super Two deadline), it wouldn't change the number of years of control, but he'd get one less year of arbitration and the Cubs would save a little money.

  • In reply to North Side Irish:

    Thank you for that explanation! I now understand.

  • In reply to KSCubsFan:

    Not exactly. A year of service time in MLB is equal to 172 days, and there are normally around 183 total days in the major league calendar. This means that if the Cubs want to keep Bryant (or any other prospect) from accruing a full year of service time, they simply need to leave him in the minors for around 15-20 days out of the entire season next year. This is what the Rays did with Longoria a few years ago and, more recently, the Astros with Springer.

    Super 2 status regards the player’s eligibility to go to arbitration a year earlier than usual, thus gaining four years of arbitration as opposed to the usual three; team control is unaffected. In order to reach Super 2 status, the player has two meet the following:

    1. Have less than three years of service time, but more than two.
    2. Rank within the top 22% of all 2-year players in terms of service time.

    The reason teams try to avoid this is they end up starting the arbitration process sooner, thus costing them more money through the player’s increased salary. With the Cubs, I don’t think they are as concerned about the possibility of paying Bryant more as they are with him gaining free agency a year earlier.

  • Awesome, David Bote hit a hr and scored 2 runs even though his team only scored 1 the whole game lol.

    I can't confirm the Box score right now so there has to be a mistake somewhere ;-)

  • In reply to Caps:

    Boise had 2 runs. Sometimes I put the current score up as a place holder. I just forgot to change it.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Ha! Got it, at least I'm glad I brought it to your attention, I just found it funny, but it makes sense that it was a mistake... Only Kris Bryant can score 2 runs on a day his team scores one lol.

  • In reply to Caps:

    If other players at any level score runs, it is solely because Kris Bryant gave them permission.

  • I'm actually hoping that the 'first' guy in Iowa to get a call-up when Shark or Hammel is traded (Yes - I have accepted that inevitablitity now) is Beeler. Not that I don't like Hendricks,... but Beeler is good, and already on the 40-man. Could make the same sort of arguement about Rusin of course,...

    The guy (Beeler) will likely never be an Ace - but he appears to have the groundball stuff to be successful in Wrigley on a windy day as long as his defense holds it together.

  • I had high hopes for Tayler Scott a few years back...good athlete with a fresh arm. I assumed he would pick up some velocity as he got older and filled out, but he's 22 now and he's still 6-3 and just 165 lbs. I doubt it's going to happen at this point, but I'm pushing 40 and still filling out, so who knows.

  • For 2015 I understand the whole keeping the kids down for the extra year of control/paying less with arbitration thing but I feel the Cubs will be throwing away another April+ if we're stuck with no 2nd/3rd baseman and it's a hole we won't be able to dig ourselves out.

    I don't see this offense being successful with Olt/Valbuena getting regular reps especially when you can't hide them in the line-up because the OF is so terrible.

    If Bryant/Baez prove themselves from now through the end of Spring Training I'm all of bringing them up as soon as the season starts.

  • In reply to Jimmie Ward:

    You're assuming the FO doesn't acquire MLB veterans plus if they keep the relatively same team they have this year they won't have as bad of an April as this year. Currently, this team is getting completely better as the season progresses. The bullpen is way better then they were in April and Castro and Rizzo have emerged as potential all-star players. Also, Junior Lake and Mike Olt will be far better off next year with the experience they are receiving now. Also, you have to take in account that the Cubs April schedule was one of the toughest in baseball.

  • In reply to JLynch2247:

    We're both assuming.

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  • In reply to JLynch2247:

    That's what I said last year.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I was pretty optimistic about this year too, but I can't help it. I'm a very optimistic person haha

  • In reply to JLynch2247:

    Die Hard friend?

  • In reply to Jimmie Ward:

    If this team keeps pushing their way towards .500, I think the big question for this year is are they going to trade away some prospects for a cost controlled hitter and a starter? (and no I don't think they are headed for the playoffs this year)

    The high minors are getting stacked with mlb talent in the infield and pitching that is going to have to be moved so something has to give On top of that it sounds like Theo isn't very excited about large long term pitching contracts.

    don't give up on Mike Olt just yet his power is ridiculous his approach at the plate is solid, if he can make adjustments lookout.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    After the untouchables (Bryant/Baez) I'm not sure what kind of cost controlled hitter/starter you can get with a package of the rest.

    Soler is attractive but I don't think the front office will give up on him just yet, and I'm sure if a team is interested in acquiring him they're going to want to see him show some ability to stay on the field for an extended period of time. The Cubs would be selling low on him.

  • In reply to Jimmie Ward:

    I agree about soler. I don't think they would have paid him that much money just to trade him away before he reaches the majors.

  • In reply to Jimmie Ward:

    I don't know what they could get either but when we trade our veterans we will have to look at adding some prospects with them to get the type of hitter (or pitcher) we want.

    As an example Pederson or Gonzalez +, we would have to give up shark or if we trade hammel we have quite a few nice pieces to add that might get the deal done.

    In essence, we might be buyers. Trading for someone who has 3-4 years left on a contract that pay 10-15 per year could get done with a few solid minor leaguers.

    So if the deals are right I could see us being both buyers and sellers this season and off season because we have such a large inventory of players.

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    I have said this before if we do resign shark we are really 2 or 3 players from the outside and 2 or 3 players from the organization from being very good next year.

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