We don't cover the VSL and DSL much, primarily because it is just too hard to get information and stats aren't particularly useful. We know that Mark Malave, Gleyber Torres, Eloy Jimenez, Jefferson Mejia, and Ricardo Marcano are doing well stateside but when we hear the Cubs sign a couple of sleeper they liked late in the IFA process, then we see these kid producing, we should probably take note. One guy off to a great start in the VSL is Wladimir Galindo, the 17 year old 6'3", 210 lbs. 3B hit his 7th HR yesterday to go with a .293/.369/.553 line overall. Another guy to watch is DSL Cubs catcher Yohan Matos, who is at .324/.436/.523 with 3 HRs with a 13% walk rate. Nice patience for a 17 year old kid.
On with the Recap
- Carlos Pimentel started, went 5 innings and allowed all 3 runs to pick up the loss. He is now
- Alberto Cabrera had a solid 2 inning performance, He walked one, struck out 4 and did not allow a run. In his last 5 appearances, he has allowed just one run over 8.1 innings, but more tellingly has not walked a batter and struck out 8.
- Arismendy Alcantara rebounded from his one game slump, going 1 for 2 with 2 walks and stealing his 21st base of the season.
- Javier Baez doubled, scored, and drove in a run in 4 ABs.
- Kris Bryant went 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI.
- Manny Ramirez got a start but went 0 for 3 with a walk.
- Matt Loosen got hit hard today and wasn't able to wriggle free from all the jams he got into today. Loosen allowed 6 hits and 3 walks -- and 9 runs (7 earned) in 3.1 innings. He fell to 4-3 with a 5.21 ERA
- PJ Francescon continues to struggle with some inconsistency since his brilliant start to the season. He allowed 4 runs today in 2.2 innings, raising his ERA all the way to 4.43.
- The one pitcher who was able to stop the Barons offense is Zach Cates, who threw two scoreless innings. Cates walked one and struck out two and has seemingly made a smooth transition to AA with his 2.19 ERA, but he has struggled with control, walking 10 and striking out 13 in 12.1 innings.
- Stephen Bruno doubled, walked, scored, and drove in a run. The 2B has tailed off a bit, hitting .234 in his last 10 games, but is still having a solid .286/.360/.423 campaign overall.
- LHP Nathan Dorris struggled a bit with the strike zone but otherwise was very good overall, throwing 6 scoreless innings and allowing just one hit. He struck out 4. Since his promotion to Daytona and with it, the chance to start, Dorris is 4-4 with a 3.92 ERA.
- Zach Godley earned his 2nd save, though he did allow a run in his 1.2 innings. Godley has a 5.48 ERA in the FSL.
- Albert Almora went 3 for 5, including a double and has raised his average up to .272. Almora has hit .442 in his last 10 games, getting 19 hits in that span. It was his 4th 3 hit performance in the last 9 games. The walks and the extra base hits haven't come as consistently, but those should come in time.
- Dan Vogelbach doubled and walked twice.
- Bijan Rademacher hit his 4th HR, walked, and scored twice.
- Duane Underwood has steadily improved all season, improving his command while maintaining mid 90s velo and his occasional good curve. He did not walk a batter today and has lowered his walk rate to 3.65 per 9 IP. He struck out 6 and should continue to miss more bats as his command improves and he gains consistency with his secondaries. He improved to 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA.
- Jose Arias is healthy again and has resumed his dominant work as a reliever, throwing 2 scoreless innings, walking one and striking out 2. He has struck out 11.8 batters per 9 innings this year but his control has been mediocre at just a shade over 4 per 9 IP. Arias works with a 92-96 mph two seam fastball that is an excellent pitch with good plane and some downward movement. His secondaries are average at best and his change-up is fringy, so he fits best in the bullpen, but he will need to throw more strikes.
- Michael Heesch finished the shutout with 1 inning without a walk and 2 Ks. Heesch has put up a 2.81 ERA this year out of the bullpen.
- Sparse offense even from Kyle Schwarber, who went 0-4, Carlos Penalver drove in two with a single, his only hit of the game while Shawon Dunston was the only player with more than one hit. He doubled, singled, scored, and drove in a run.
- Trevor Graham, a pitcher with average stuff across the board, good command, and some pitchability got the start and pitched 5 solid innings, allowing 2 runs, walking 3 and striking out 8. Considering the Boise offense exploded today, that was more than enough to pick up the win, His ERA is at 4.74.
- Jasvir Rakkar had a much needed bounce back outing. throwing 3 shutout innings.
- Jeffrey Baez continues to show an impressive speed/power combo. Yesterday he stole 2 bases, giving him 11 on the year and tonight he hit his 6th HR, a 3-run shot, and brought his slugging pct up to an even .500 with a 2 for 5 day. Considering he is only hitting .228. that makes for an impressive .272 ISO.
- Rashad Crawford continued to hold his own, going 2 for 5 and scoring 2 runs. The speedy OF'er is hitting .269.
- They may not be top tier prospects but Boise has a very prodductive 4-5-6 in their lineup. Danny Canela (3 for 5, double, 2 RBI, 2 runs) is hitting .321/.386/.500 with 3 HRs. Jesse Hodges, 3B, (2 for 3, run scored) iis red hot and has raised his average to .250 to go with his 4 HRs. Justin Marra (1 for 3, HR, walk, 4 RBI) has been a steady presence all year, hitting .286/.367/.586 with 4 HRs.
- Charles White went 2 for 4 with a walk, 2 runs, and 2 RBI, but is hitting just .208 to start his pro career.
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