If you are a big fan of the draft and will be in the Chicago area on August 16th, then let me know if you'd like free tickets to the Under Armour High School All-American Game at Wrigley Field.
If you were there last year than you were among the first to catch a glimpse of Cubs big money signings RHP Dylan Cease and LHP Carson Sands. It also featured OF Daz Cameron, who may be the 1st overall pick in the 2015 draft. He will be there again this year.
Other potential top picks who have already committed include SS Brendan Rogers (FL) OF's Ryan Johnson (TX) and Kyle Tucker(FL), and LHP Justin Cooper (CA).
Let me know in the comments and via e-mail. Preference will be given to Cubs Den readers and if you comment please let me know your screen name. We will probably have a beer before the game, but we will make plans for that later.
On with the recap...
- Eric Jokisch was a beast for the 2nd consecutive start going 7 innings and striking out 11 while allowing just 3 hits and one walk. Jokisch had given up 5 or more runs for 4 consecutive starts prior to July and had a 5.79 ERA in June. But in his first two July starts he has pitched 14 innings, allowed one run while walking one and striking out 18. He lowered his ERA to 3.95.
- Armando Rivero sat around 94 but reached as high as 97 when he needed it in 1.2 scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out 3. His ERA at Iowa is 1.80.
- Michael Heesch was an unexpected hero. The big LHP made the jump all the way from Kane County to fill in for a depleted Iowa staff and came through in a big way, throwing 3.1 scoreless innings, walking 2 and striking out 4 to pick up a win.
- Zac Rosscup got the last 2 outs to get his second save.
- 14 innings and 5 hits means there isn't a whole lot of offense to report. Logan Watkins hit the game winning HR in the 14th. Josh Vitters doubled home Chris Valaika for the first run.
- Felix Pena had a game that both old school and new school people can love. He went 5.2 innings and allowed just one hit and one run while also walking just 2 and striking out 7. It was Pena's 2nd win of the year. He is 2-6 with a 3.09 ERA.
- Starling Peralta pitched the last 1.1 innings and walked one and struck out 3 to pick up his first save. Peralta has a 3.28 ERA but also has a nearly 5 to 1 K to BB ratio. Great bounce back year for him.
- In the second game Jose Rosario had one of those frustrating games as he walked 4 while also allowing 7 hits and 4 runs in 4.2 innings.
- Recently promoted Tyler Bremer gave up 3 runs in 2.1 innings to take the loss. Bremer had come into the 8th inning with a 6-5 lead but allowed 2 in the 8th and then an insurance run in the 9th.
- Marco Hernandez went 2 for 3 with a walk to raise his average to .287 and his OBP to .326. It may not seem like much but the walk was his 16th, as many as he had all season and just 3 less than 2012.
- Albert Almora had 2 hits in the first game with an RBI before finally cooling off and going 0 for 4 in the second. He is hitting .275/.299/.383 on the year with 5 HRs.
- Rock Shoulders walked 3 times and hit his 7th HR of the season, putting him one behind Dan Vogelbach for the team lead.
- Gioskar Amaya went 3 for 6 with a double and 3 runs scored. Amaya is hitting .279/.365/.354 on the year.
- Jordan Hankins went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI and a run scored
- Bill McKinney went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI and 2 walks.
- Daury Torrez fell to 9-4 with a 3.02 ERA when he allowed 3 runs in 5 innings. He showed his usual good control (1 walk) and he also struck out 5.
- LHP Gerardo Concepcion bounced back with a scoreless 3 inning performance. He did not allow a single hit and walked just one hitter while striking out 3. Concepcion's ERA is at 4.40 but he has shown some improved arm strength this year, working in the 90-91 range. He has nearly a strikeout per inning (26 in 27.2 innings) while walking just under 3 batters per 9 IP.
- Kyle Schwarber went 1 for 3 with a double, walk, and run scored. He was driven in by Jeimer Candelario who went 2 for 4 with a double.
- Ben Carhart and Trey Martin each added a pair of hits while Kevin Brown singled and walked.
- It's been a bit of an up and down year for Erick Leal but he improved to 3-2 and lowered his ERA to 4.98 with a 5 inning, 2 run performance.
- 10th round pick Ryan Williams, who signed as an underslot as a college senior, is now at Boise after making his debut in AZ, as many Cubs draft picks do. Williams struck out 3 and walked none in 2 scoreless innings.
- Trey Lang has really made progress since last season and a scoreless inning lowered his ERA to 0.87. Lang flashed a mid 90s fastball when drafted but his best pitch was a hard slider. The progress has come with his command as Lang has cut his walk down to 4 in 10.1 innings while striking out 13.
- Jeffrey Baez stayed hot and while he didn't hit another HR, he did get 3 hits, stole his 13th base, and scored 2 runs. Baez is now hitting ,267/.342/.543 with 7 HRs and 13 SBs.
- Rashad Crawford also continues to hit well, though he hasn't done it with the same kind of power. Crawford has been very productive, however, and a 2 hit day (double, triple) raised his average to .315. He drove in 3 runs.
- Mark Zagunis went one for 4 with an RBI and stole his 5th base. Interestingly he played OF. He did that often in college but had mostly been a catcher as a pro.
- Mark Malave went 2 for 3 and scored a run. Malave was the catcher today.
- Kyuji Fujikawa moved one step closer to a return with a scoreless inning.
- Jose Paulino continues to struggle at AZ, allowing 7 runs (5 earned) in 4 innings. However, he walked none and struck out 5, so there was some improvement in that area. Paulino entered the game with 6 walks and 5 Ks. He has a 10.03 ERA in 3 "starts" this year.
- After a successful stint in the DSL, Andin Diaz's success has carried over to the AZ Rookie League. The 21 year old LHP has thrown 7 scoreless innings with no walks and 6 Ks so far in his stateside debut.
- 18th rd pick Austyn Willis fared much better in his second appearances. He pitched one innings, walked none and struck out 2. He did give up a run but it was unearned. Willis is a tall, projectable righty who can already hit the low 90s and shows the potential for solid breaking stuff.
- James Norwood also bounced back with a much better outing, throwing a scoreless innings, walking one and striking out 2. The 7th round pick has one of the hardest present fastballs among this year's picks, sitting 93-95 and touching 97. He is more of a thrower than a pitcher at this point but he has plenty of arm strength for this staff to work with.
- The AZ Cubs managed just 7 singles, 3 of them by soon to be 22 year old 2B Varonex Cuevas. Cuevas started the year in Boise but struggled.
- Gleyber Torres returned to the lineup and had a single in 4 ABs, He did strikeout 3 times, however.
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