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...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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