Today was travelling day for all the Cubs promoted players. We will have to wait for tomorrow to see them play. We also need to add a couple more to the list.
- Jacob Hannemann is going to Daytona
- Jeffrey Baez is going to Kane County
There may still more announcements coming and we will update when and if that happens.
Until then, on with the recap...
- Dae-Eun Rhee was very good in 6 innings, allowing walks but just one hit and one unearned run. He walked 3 and struck out 3. Rhee is 1-0 with a 3.46 in 13 innings, though he has walked 8 and struck out 6.
- Kyuji Fujikawa is moving closer to a return to Wrigley after a scoreless inning with 2 Ks. Fujikawa will have to be placed on the 40 man roster again. He was removed when he was placed on the 60 day DL. Considering he will likely be a free agent then their are no real long term 40 man roster implications.
- Logan Watkins singled, walked, stole his 15th base and scored 3 runs. Watkins is playing SS now to accommodate Baez's transition to 2B, but in doing so he can potentially increase his own value as a utility player. His LH bat, good speed, defensive versatility, and solid on base skills give him a shot at a bench role next year, though we will probably see him when the Iowa season ends.
- Javier Baez got on base 4 times with a double, single, and 2 walks. The double was a missile shot to dead CF against a strong wind, yet it almost left the yard. It certainly had enough steam on it to shoot over the CFs ahead despite the wind. You have to wonder where it would have landed if he had put just a bit of backspin on it and there was no wind. The 2 walks were also impressive as Baez's rate is at a career high 8% and his line now stands at .253/.316/.470. The OBP and OPS (.786) represent high water marks on the season. Baez also drove in 2 and scored 3.
- Kris Bryant had just one hit but it was a bases clearing double. Bryant has hit just .237 in the last 10 games but is still getting on base and putting up good slugging numbers. He had to slump sooner or later, so it will be interesting to see ho he adapts.
- 1B Lars Anderson has hit well of late and today may have been his best of the season. He walked, singled, and HR'd, scoring 2 and driving in 3. Anderson, a former top prospect with the Red Sox, seems to be figuring it out. In 101 PAs, Anderson is hitting .287/.370/.483 with 4 HRs.
- OF Ryan Kalish tripled, singled, and drove in 3 runs.
- Eduardo Figueroa pitched 5 innings and allowed just a run. He walked 2 and struck out 1. He improved to 1-1 with a 4.06 ERA.
- PJ Francescon pitched 2 scoreless innings to lower his ERA to the 4.00 mark.
- Zach Cates picked up his first save with a scoreless 9th,walking one and striking out one. It's been a solid year even though he has walked hitters again at AA. He has pitched 46 innings between Daytona and Tennessee, walking 16, striking out 35, and posting a combined 1.96 ERA, including 1.80 in AA.
- The Smokies lineup was without Jorge Soler and Albert Almora is not yet there to replace him. The Smokies also gave Russell a day off. so this wasn't a star-studded lineup, but it was still effective in part because they walked a total of 9 times. 2 of those walks came from Jae-Hoon Ha, who also singled, scored, and drove in a run.
- Stephen Bruno tripled, singled and drove in 2 runs. Bruno has cooled off a bit (.211/.231/.237 in his last 10 games) and is hitting .278/.344/.403 on the season.
- LHP Rob Zastryzny continued his strong resurgence with 6 innings of 3 hit shutout baseball. He did have some unusual control issues, walking 3 and hitting one batter. He struck out 3. Zastryzny's ERA stands at an even 5.00. He did come into the game, however, with a 9.26 K/9IP rate vs. just 2.52 walks per 9 IP. His FIP was 3.63. The 91-93 mph velo on his fastball is above average for a lefty and he mixes in a good change, but Zastryzny will have to continue to improve his slider.
- The D-Cubs spread out their offense but the star was Dan Vogelbach, who hit 2 HRs, including one the opposite way. The 1B has really improved his overall approach to hitting, a process he started last year at Kane County, when he became less pull conscious and took more of an all fields approach. He's always had good strike zone awareness so he is become a well-rounded hitter. The raw power is still there and that will ultimately be the key to his chances at a long MLB career. He is hitting .272/.359/.433 (.792 OPS) with 11 HRs.
- Bill McKinney tripled and scored twice. He is hitting .286/.370/.429 with Daytona in his first 17 games.
- Duane Underwood stayed hot and we saw a little bit of everything with him. He was tough to hit (3 hits) though he did make a couple of mistakes (2 solo HRs). His control continues to be solid (2 walks) and he missed some bats. Underwood has come in with a renewed energy and he has worked hard after coming into camp a little soft last year. His fastball command has improved by leaps and bounds while he is gradually becoming more consistent with his curve, though he still tends to hang a few. He just turned 20 and he is already in the MWL, so he has plenty of time to smooth out the rough edges, but he looks like a real promising pitcher right now. He is 5-2 with a 2.44 ERA.
- LHP Gerardo Concepcion threw 3 scoreless allowing just one hit, though he did walk 3. He lowered his ERA to 3.86. He also struck out 3 batters. Concepcion did not miss a lot of bats in Cuba, nor did he do so in his debut season but he is striking out 8.4 batters per 9 IP this year, in part because the velocity has improved and sometimes sits in the low 90s.
- Jose Arias pitched a scoreless inning for his 3rd save. The big RHP walked one, struck out 2 and lowered his ERA to 2.14.
- Jeimer Candelario drove in a pair of run with a single. He also scored a run.
- Cael Brockmeyer doubled twice raising his line to .320/.390/.490 in 157 PAs this year.
- Kevin Brown slumped for a bit but appears to be on his way back with a 3 for 4 day and 2 RBI. He is hitting .316 with 2 HRs in 11 games in the MWL.
- CJ Edwards made his first start since April 20th, pitching 2 scoreless innings, walking one and striking out 2 before a storm delayed the game. It's likely he wouldn't have gone much further anyway.
- Jose Paulino piggybacked the start and pitched 4 scoreless innings. The AZ Cubs rookie starter started terribly. He had given up 15 runs in his first 13.2 innings so maybe this outing will be a turning point for him.
- 12th round pick Tanner Griggs pitched innings. He has a 91-92 FB that can reach the mid 90s at times. He also throws a slider, which is his best secondary offering, as well as a curve, and a change. He pitched 2 scoreless innings and has yet to give up a run in 6 innings since turning pro.
- Yomar Morel, 20, finished up the shutout and extended his scoreless streak at AZ to 10.2 innings. He did, however, walk his first batter since joining the rookie league. Morel started at Boise but got hit hard but he has been untouchable in the rookie league.
- Kevonte Mitchell went 1 for 3 and scored a run, once again playing CF. Mitchell is off to a nice start, hitting .289, though he has yet to flash any in-game power.
- Bryant Flete is forcing his way to more and more playing time. He had 2 more hits, stole his 3rd base and scored 2 runs. He is hitting .315/.393/.352. He was replaced by Ho-Young Son who got 2 hits in 2 ABs himself and is now hitting .304.
- Eloy Jimenez had a 2 run single in his first AB but it would be his only hit. He finished 1 for 5. Jimenez is hitting .279 with 2 HRs and has struck out just 16.9% of the time.
- 1B Roney Alcala was one of the better hitters in the DSL last year but he has really struggled in AZ. He went 2 for 5 with a double and scored 3, but is hitting just .216 on the year.
- SS Gleyber Torres has been mired in a slump but a 2 for 3 day with 2 walks could be a sign that is coming to an end.. He has an excellent 13% walk rate on the season, which bumps his OBP to .326 despite a .231 average. Torres also scored 3 times and drove in a run.
- C Erick Castillo doubled twice and drove in a run, but also threw out just one of 5 base stealers.
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