Cubs Minors Recap: Baez swings some heavy lumber (Video)

Two rainouts (Iowa and Kane County) means an early recap today…

Javier Baez went with a heavier bat today according to the Daytona announcers and the results were pretty immediate. I don’t know if it’s to slow him down a bit and let him see that he doesn’t need to swing that hard on every pitch to make solid contact. Who knows? Whatever the reason, it seemed to work for today. Thanks to @mattmettler for the video and some first hand accounts of the game. Give him a follow if you’re on Twitter.

On to the recaps…

Iowa game was postponed.

Tennessee 4 – Huntsville 1

  •  LHP Eric Jokisch was masterful today.  The Huntsville batters tried to wait him out and be patient in their approach, but Jokisch made them pay by throwing strike after strike.  He put the Huntsville batters behind early and often with called strikes and then put them away once he was ahead.  He went 6 strong, scoreless innings allowing just 3 hits, walking none and striking out 7.  Jokisch is 2-1 with a 1.00 ERA on the season.
  • LHP Zac Rosscup kept it going with 2 scoreless innings, although he didn’t strike anyone out.  Rosscup has a 1.29 ERA and has shown an ability to miss bats.
  • Tremendous day for Arismendy Alcantara as he went 1 for 1 with 3 walks and 4 stolen bases.  The three walks gave him 13 in his last 98 PAs — an interesting trend considering he had walked just 12 times in the previous 313 PAs.  The Smokies were very disciplined in general, drawing 7 walks overall.
  • 3B Christian Villanueva was the other star, going 1 for 3 with a big 3-run HR, his first of the year.  He also walked.  Villanueva seems to be emerging from an early season slump.

Daytona 13 – Clearwater 2

This one goes to 11. Just a tremendous day for Daytona all-around.  It started with great pitching performances and an incredibly disciplined approach at the plate (11 walks) — and then those bats came to life.  Stephen Bruno extended his hitting streak to 11.

  • Zeke DeVoss was on a whopping 6 times with a double, 3 walks, an HBP, and also got on on an error.  He stole his 6th base of the season.
  • Great to see Taiwan Easterling join the walk party.  Normally an aggressive hitter, he drew 3 free passes today to go with a double, an RBI, and 2 runs scored.
  • Javier Baez had a big 3 hit day and though he didn’t walk, did work the count a bit better today and seemed to stay more within himself overall.  He had 2 singles and a long HR over the CF wall today.  He did strikeout but it was actually a good AB, where he battled the pitcher to a 2-2 count and fouled off a few pitches before going down.  I’ll take that kind of strikeout from Baez.
  • John Andreoli was hitless but drew 3 walks, including one with the bases loaded.  He drove in a second run with a sac fly.
  • It was almost a rare hitless day by Stephen Bruno as he struggled a bit with the curveball according to the Daytona announcers, but he singled in his last PA to extend his hitting streak to 11.
  • When Dustin Geiger gets hot, he doesn’t go halfway.  He has a 10 game hitting streak and is hitting .390 in that span.   Another big day for the Cubs 3B-1B prospect as he went 3 for 5 with a HR and 4 RBIs.  He also scored 2 runs.
  • 3B Ben Carhart had 2 singles and 2 RBI

Kane County game was postponed

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    Speaking of rain-outs, it's not looking pretty for the rest of the Texas series.

  • I haven't even started a Game Preview yet. I don't think they're getting this game in.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    You might be right, John. Tomorrow might be interesting.

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    I find it odd that Soler is reportedly not with the DCubs, and not showing up in extended spring training box scores, either. Perhaps there's a bigger underlying issue than we feared. (Or perhaps he's just in his Daytona Beach apartment and will be joining the team tomorrow.)

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Getting the feeling they just didn't want to risk playing him against Clearwater. If he doesn't play in next series I'll see if it's something else.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Soler was suspended for 5 games, back on 4/18...

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-04-12/sports/ct-spt-0412-cubs-giants-chicago-20130412_1_jorge-soler-president-theo-epstein-starlin-castro

  • Alcantarra with 2 more errors. Any chance he can play CF?

    Carrie Muskat reported that Soler will be back in lineup Thursday. Probably some extra discipline from the team.

  • In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    Errors are almost all throwing errors, same as last year. SS probably not for him, got to have everything going -- arm, footwork, etc. He has the arm, but word is he rushes the throw, not in good position sometimes. He's got the hands, athleticism, quickness for the infield, so maybe 2B is a better spot for him at first. If that doesn't work out, maybe you think about the OF then.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Or simply a different approach to coaching.

  • In reply to SFToby:

    I don't know if that's it, honestly. True shortstops are a rarity. You can't coach everyone into being a shortstops, it takes a lot of talent, athleticism, and a lot of instincts.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Speaking of which, any update on Tim Saunders, John?

  • Heavy storms here (Kewanee) all afternoon and were heading your way I think.....can't see getting game in....and I so hoped to see Kevin Gregg...AAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    In reply to Hubbs16:

    Rangers won't win tonight.

  • In reply to Hubbs16:

    You'll have to wait one more day, Hubbs. At least.

  • Game officially canceled.

  • Did anyone hear kap interview Edwin Jackson ? He has been on a lot of teams and he said this team has the most pressure on it even though people are not looking for them to do anything. I have to take his word since he is in the locker room.

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    In reply to seankl:

    What pressure is there on this team?

  • 100+ years worth of pressure.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Absolutely nothing good is expected of this season's team. If there's any pressure, the players are putting it on themselves.

  • I don't know but it could be them playing afraid or uptight. When I watch them it looks that way. They are waiting for something bad to happen,and when you play like something will happen. I'm not trying to make excuses but the franchise is not like any other franchise in sports. The owner,front office , coaches, and players have to answer for over a hundred years of losing.

  • What pressure is on this team?

    I'm curious, what does Chicago sports talk radio sound like these days regarding the Cubs?

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    In reply to Richard Beckman:

    almost 100% on board with the rebuild, haven't heard any hosts pushing for more wins this year, most expect 72-75 wins and slow improvement. The callers are a different story. Boers/bernstein today talking about the "idiot fans" that flock the cubs convention expecting instant gratification, whom Ricketts is wisely ignoring. Zero sympathy for the rooftops, eager to see construction plans as we all are.

  • In reply to SKMD:

    "The callers are a different story."

    And that does not create pressure?

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    In reply to Richard Beckman:

    I would be shocked if any pro atheletes even listen to sports-call in shows, much less take what they hear personally

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    In reply to Richard Beckman:

    See below.

  • See what below?

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    In reply to Richard Beckman:

    SKMD answered your question.

  • It Could Be Worse Dept.:
    Rick Ankiel has 20 strikeouts in 28 ABs so far this year.
    That's a .714 SO rate, equal to 428 Ks in a 600-AB season.

  • In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    Yikes. It's all part of Houston's grand plan to be as terrible as possible.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    He's making Rob Deer and Adam Dunn look like pure contact hitters.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    And the Marlins laugh at their insignificant effort.

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    In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    Ankiel for Jackson straight up?

  • "Were #1" should be Houston motto

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    They're more like the other number, if you know what I mean....

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    Well damn John, the one day you put out the minors recap early is the day I'm at the DCubs game...I was going to send you video of the Baez homer too!

  • In reply to Matt McNear:

    Haha! You can still send it. We can post it as well. What did you think of the game today?

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Well, once I got past the disappointment of Soler not being in the lineup AND Baez not playing in the field, it was a great game. Little slow getting started but the bats really came alive in the 6th!
    Baez looked good, saw a lot of pitches, although that strike out could have been a walk if he hadn't swung at a bad one early (I'll take 3-6 with a homer any day though). The HR swing looked really easy, not as explosive as video I've seen in the past, so the heavier bat info makes sense. He also would have had another RBI if one of his singles hadn't been kept in the infield by a really nice diving effort by the SS.

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    In reply to Matt McNear:

    BTW where should I send the video?

  • In reply to Matt McNear:

    My email is in the about section on the menu at the top of the page.

    Thanks for the info!

  • Great Home Run call by Matt! "Oh $h!t he nailed it" I think he should replace Moreland,

    A lot of talent in Daytona (Baez, Soler, Bruno, Andreoli, Devoss) and Tennessee (Jokisch, Rosscup, Silva, Ha). Im hoping sooner, rather than later the Cubs replace the Iowa has beens/never will be's with this up and coming talent. Im sure in time they will.

  • In reply to Cub Fan Dan:

    Or Chicago!

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    if houston passes on bourbon, is he not an easy upgrade over sappelt, and give Thoyer more leeway to trade DDJ?

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    In reply to SKMD:

    I believe every A.L. team would have to pass on Borbon before N.L. teams are given the opportunity to claim him.

  • In reply to SKMD:

    Borbon is a lefty hitter who can't replace Sappelt in the current platoon system. He's not been as good a hitter in AAA as Sappelt has been, so not sure why people will think he'll be a good hitter in the majors. He's a 4th or 5th OF'er, doesn't really take walks...not sure where you see an upgrade. And Texas wants a young pitcher for him. Not sure how that's an upgrade or a good idea for this team.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    As for DDJ, I'd rather replace him with Sweeney than Borbon.

  • I'm surprised no one's mentioned Matt Garza pitching in Kane County on Friday. If someone did mention it, sorry I missed it.

  • In reply to WillieG1:

    I think we may have mentioned it somewhere. I haven't mentioned in the recaps, though.

  • Baez's day yesterday just goes to show how people shouldn't freak out about early season numbers. Yesterday's game lifted his OPS to .725, which seems like a .100 point boost from where he started the day.

  • I wonder how much heavier the bat is?

  • I wonder why Torreyes isn't playing regularly.
    Also if you check Sappelt's career he has hit everywhere when he's play full time. If a offered a good deal I'd trade DeJesus and take a chance.

  • In reply to rockyje:

    I asked that question and was told there is no know reason as to why Torreyes isn't playing regularly. No injury, no off the field stuff (though I doubt that would be the case anyway)...who knows?

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