Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/04/13

Happy 4th of July from the CCO!

First place has a nice ring to it as five of the Cubs’ eight affiliates are currently at the top of their division.

The I-Cubs rode the strong pitching of Barret Loux and the hot hitting of Brad Nelson earlier in the week. Boise’s Yasiel Balaguert was named Northwest League Player of the Week. While down in the Dominican Republic, strong pitching has moved the DSL Cubs firmly into first.

The Cubs named Javier Baez and Chris Rusin the organization’s pitcher and player of the month for June. Rusin was named as the I-Cubs’ lone representative in the upcoming All-Star game. And speaking of All-Stars, the Smokies will have a large contingent in the Southern League All-Star game as Arismendy Alcantara, Christian Villanueva, Rafael Lopez, Matt Szczur, Kyle Hendricks and Alberto Cabrera were named to the team.

For more information, see what’s inside of this version of Down on the Farm.

Editor’s Note: Monday’s report covers games from Wednesday to Saturday. Thursday’s report covers games Sunday through Tuesday.

Short-Season A – Boise Hawks (11-8)

The Eugene Emeralds might be glad they left Boise as the Hawks used a late rally for the third straight day and came out on top 6-5. Spearheading the attack for Boise was Northwest League Player of the Week Yasiel Balaguert (2-for-4 with three RBI). Jose Dore (2-for-4) led off the third with a double and David Bote was hit by a pitch. Balaguert stepped in and connected with his league leading fourth home run. The three-run shot increased his league leading RBI total to 22. Balaguert then started the rally in the eighth with a single. Jacob Rogers followed with a walk, and Rony Rodriguez (1-for-4 with a RBI) doubled in Balaguert. Jordan Hankins (1-for-2, two RBI) singled in Rogers and Rodriguez with his first hit in a Hawks’ uniform.

Carlos Martinez-Pumarino made the most of a spot start by allowing two unearned runs while striking out two in three innings. Jasvir Rakkar drew the long assignment and gave up three runs (two earned) with a strikeout in three innings. Andrew McKirahan got in some work as he went two scoreless innings with a strikeout. Scott Frazier made his professional debut in the ninth and appeared to get squeezed by the home plate umpire. Frazier struck out a batter in 0.2 innings. Matt Iannazzo got the final out for his first save.

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Boise faced division leader Salem-Keizer on Monday and beat them 3-2. The Hawks jumped ahead early after Jacob Hannemann (2-for-5 with a RBI) singled but was forced on a groundout by Shawon Dunston Jr. Yasiel Balaguert drew a walk and both runners moved up a base on a balk. A double by Jacob Rogers (1-for-4 with two RBI) brought both home. That’s how things would stay until the ninth when Danny Lockhart (3-for-4) hit a one out single and went to second on a passed ball. A single by Hannemann scored Lockhart.

James Pugliese continued to show how much he has improved. Pugliese allowed an earned run over six innings of work. Ethan Elias tossed two innings and gave up an earned run while striking out two batters. Matt Iannazzo picked up his second save in as many nights as he struck out two batters in a scoreless inning.

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Boise made it six wins in a row on Tuesday as they beat Salem-Keizer 10-5. The Hawks got out to a fast start as Jacob Hannemann (1-for-4) led off the game with a single and both David Bote (1-for-4 with a home run) and Yasiel Balaguert (1-for-4) walked to load the bases. Rony Rodriguez (1-for-5 with a RBI) hit a groundout that forced Hannemann at home. Lance Rymel (1-for-3 with two RBI) picked up Rodriguez and delivered a two-run single that plated both Bote and Balaguert. A walk to Cael Brockmeyer (1-for-3 with a RBI) reloaded the bases. Danny Lockhart (2-for-5 with two RBI) lined a double to right that scored Rodriguez and Rymel. Bote led off the fifth inning with a solo home run. Boise scored two more in the eighth as Rodriguez singled and Rymel walked. Brockmeyer singled in Rodriguez and Rymel advanced to third. A two out single by Shawon Dunston Jr. (1-for-4 with a RBI) plated Rymel. The Hawks added on in the ninth after Balaguert singled and Rymel walked. Jacob Rogers (1-for-1 with a home run and three RBI) stepped in and blasted his second home run, a three-run shot that cleared the bases.

It was the first outing of the season that Paul Blackburn did not look dominant. Blackburn allowed three runs (two earned) in three innings. Orbandy Rodriguez was called on to take up as many innings as he could. The big right-hander struck out two in two scoreless innings. Trey Masek was a little wobbly in his second appearance. Masek gave up an earned run in an inning while Tyler Skulina blanked the Volcanoes for a frame in his professional debut. Tyler Bremer earned his second save as he surrendered an earned run and struck out a batter in two innings.

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Low Class-A – Kane County Cougars (2-10) (32 – 46)

It was the new kids on Sunday that helped Kane County to a 4-3 victory over Wisconsin. Kevin Encarnacion (3-for-5) led off the game with a single and scored after a stolen base, a sacrifice fly, and a fielding error. In the third, Jeimer Candelario reached base and singles by Marco Hernandez (2-for-4) and Willson Contreras loaded the bases. Oliver Zapata (2-for-4 with a RBI) then lined a base hit into center to score Candelario. Encarnacion led off the seventh with a single, Gioskar Amaya (1-for-5) singled and Hernandez was hit by a pitch. A base hit by Contreras drove in Encarnacion. Reggie Golden (1-for-3 with a home run) broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth when he clobbered his third home run of the season.

Brian Smith bounced back from a sub-par outing and allowed three earned runs in 4.1 innings while striking out three batters. Armando Rivero showed some improvement as he struck out three in 1.2 scoreless innings. It wasn’t pretty for Lendy Castillo as he walked three but otherwise shut out the Timber Rattlers for 1.2 innings. Newcomer Michael Hamann was brought in to do what many Cougars’ pitchers have struggled with this year, close out the ballgame. Hamann picked up a strikeout as he slammed the door on Wisconsin for his first save.

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Kane County’s pitching and defense let them down on Monday as the Cougars lost 4-3 to Wisconsin. Starter Jose Rosario was probably left in the game too long, as two of the three earned runs he allowed came in the seventh, his final inning of work. Justin Amlung walked three in the eighth, but it was an error by Gioskar Amaya that led to an unearned run. The Cougars grabbed the lead in the second inning after Marco Hernandez (2-for-4 with a RBI) singled and Willson Contreras reached on a throwing error. Two outs later, Oliver Zapata (1-for-3 with two RBI) tripled in both Hernandez and Contreras. Albert Almora (2-for-4) led off the third with a double and moved to third on a groundout. Hernandez singled in Almora.

The Cougars played a matinee game on getaway day and errors were Kane County’s undoing again on Tuesday in a 5-3 loss to Wisconsin. Errors by Marco Hernandez (1-for-3 with a RBI) and starter Tayler Scott led to two unearned runs. Scott gave up five runs and struck out two in 6.1 innings. Sheldon McDonald scattered four hits and struck out two in 1.2 scoreless innings.

Kevin Encarnacion (1-for-4) singled and advanced to third on a single by Albert Almora (1-for-4) but Almora was thrown out at second trying to stretch the basehit into a double. Encarnacion was wiped out on a fielder’s choice that allowed Dan Vogelbach to reach.  Jeimer Candelario (1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) came through with a two-run homer. Candelario reached on a fielder’s choice in the ninth, stole second and scored on a Marco Hernandez single.

High Class–A – Daytona Cubs (5-1) (40-32)

Poor weather postponed games for Daytona on Sunday and Monday, and Tuesday was a scheduled day off for the D-Cubs. Daytona got back on the field on Wednesday and lost 5-1 to Brevard County.

Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (7-5) (41-40)

Tennessee allowed one to slip away on Sunday as they lost 4-3 in ten innings to Montgomery. The Smokies tried to keep the upper hand as Arismendy Alcantara (1-for-4 with a home run) reached on a fielding error, moved to third on a single from Rubi Silva (2-for-4), and scored on a sacrifice fly. Matt Szczur (1-for-5) led off the third with a triple and scored on a wild pitch. Alcantara put Tennessee ahead in the sixth with his 11th home run. Alberto Cabrera started and allowed two earned runs while striking out three in 6.1 innings. Zac Rosscup finished out the seventh by striking out the two batters he faced. Frank Batista labored through the eighth and issued three walks but escaped the inning without allowing any runs. Kevin Rhoderick not only gave up the tying run in the ninth, but also the winning run in the tenth.

A scoreless game on Monday broke bad for Tennessee as they lost 7-2 to Montgomery. Austin Kirk shut out the Biscuits for four innings but allowed two earned runs in the fifth and four in the sixth. Kirk struck out four batters in 5.2 innings. P.J. Francescon followed and gave up an earned run in 1.1 innings. Hunter Cervenka tossed a scoreless eighth inning. The two runs the Smokies scored in the eighth were more consolation types, as Chad Noble (2-for-4) singled and Elliot Soto (1-for-4) reached on a fielder’s choice. Matt Szczur (2-for-5 with a RBI) doubled in Nobel. Soto advanced to third and scored on a single by Rubi Silva (1-for-4 with a RBI).

The Smokies simply would not quit on Tuesday as Tennessee took 13 innings to beat Montgomery 4-3. The Smokies broke open a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth as Christian Villanueva (2-for-6 with a home run and two RBI) slammed his ninth home run of the season. A one out walk to Jonathan Mota brought up Rafael Lopez (2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI). Lopez hit his fifth home run of 2013. That’s that way the score remained until the top of the 13th inning, when John Andreoli (1-for-6) and Justin Bour (1-for-6) reached on one out singles. Villanueva then lined a double into center that plated Andreoli.

Kyle Hendricks had an outing which is becoming typical for him. Hendricks struck out five over five scoreless innings. Jeffry Antigua recorded four strikeouts, but allowed two earned runs in 2.2 innings. Tony Zych got the final out in the eighth. Frank Batista issued a walk in the ninth, but a wild pitch and a throwing error allowed an unearned run to score. Batista struck out four in two innings. Yeiper Castillo really picked up the slack for the Smokies as he held the Biscuits scoreless over three innings while striking out two batters.

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Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (44-42)

The stay for Iowa over .500 was short lived as Omaha shut them out on Sunday 3-0. Brooks Raley would have done okay if he had run support. Raley allowed three earned runs while striking out two in six innings. Marcus Hatley and Michael Bowden each pitched a scoreless innings with a strikeout. Five of the I-Cubs each picked up a hit, including Junior Lake, Brad Nelson, Dave Sappelt, Ty Wright, and Luis Flores.

A late inning explosion on Monday brought Iowa back up above even as they defeated Memphis 4-2. The I-Cubs scored all four of their runs in the eighth inning after Tim Torres started the inning by reaching on a missed catch and stole second base. J.C. Boscan (1-for-3) singled to move Torres to third. In his first Triple-A appearance, pinch-hitter Anthony Giansanti (1-for-2 with two RBI) doubled in both runners. Logan Watkins sacrificed Giansanti to third, and one out later Donnie Murphy was hit by a pitch. Brad Nelson (1-for-3 with two RBI) scorched a double to left that scored both Giansanti and Murphy.

Barret Loux had a start that many were looking for since he was acquired from the Rangers. Loux allowed an earned run while striking out six in five innings. Esmailin Caridad ate some innings by tossing two and giving up an earned run with a strikeout. Eduardo Sanchez threw a scoreless inning, and Brian Schlitter nailed down his eighth save with two strikeouts in the ninth.

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Iowa kept up the offensive pressure all Tuesday night as they beat Memphis 6-2. Jae-Hoon Ha (1-for-4) had a one out double and got the free ride home on Donnie Murphy’s (2-for-4, two RBI) ninth home run. Junior Lake (3-for-4) led off the fourth with a triple to lead off and trotted home on a double from Ty Wright (2-for-4 with two RBI). Lake tripled again to start out the sixth and scored on a single from Wright. It was Murphy’s turn to have a free walk in the seventh as he was on with a double when Brad Nelson (1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI) hit his 14th home run of the season. Guillermo Moscoso continues to turn out consistent performances. Moscoso allowed two earned runs with five strikeouts in 6.1 innings. Casey Coleman recorded two strikeouts in 1.2 scoreless innings, while Marcus Hatley closed out the game with two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 ninth.

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Rookie League – AZL Cubs (6-5)

Francisco Sanchez doubled and scored on a wild pitch, while Garrett Schlecht tripled in Mark Malave in the eighth to give the Cubs their winning margin as they beat the Indians 6-4 on Sunday. Rehabbing pitched Marcos Mateo struck out a batter in a scoreless inning, and Carlos Rodriguez allowed two earned runs while striking out three in 4.1 innings.

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It was a night for rehabbing pitchers as Chang-Yong Lim tossed a scoreless inning while Dayan Diaz struck out three over two shutout innings against the Dodgers as the Cubs won 10-2. Francisco Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a triple and four RBI while first baseman Kelvin Freeman was 1-for-3 with two RBI.

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Shortstop Giuseppe Papaccio was 2-for-4 with three RBI and outfielder Kevin Brown went 2-for-4 with a RBI as the Cubs beat the Brewers 10-5 on Tuesday. A parade of rehabbing pitchers including Dae-Eun Rhee, Starling Peralta, and Marcos Mateo saw action while Zack Godley and Michael Wagner made their professional debuts.

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Dominican Summer League

The DSL Cubs went 4-1 this past week and increased their lead in the division to 2.5 games with a 17-9 record in the Boca Chica South Division. Outfielder Jenner Emeterio is the only offensive player to rank among the league leaders. Emeterio is second in the DSL with 19 stolen bases. Second baseman Dalfis Otiz remains the team leader with a .315 average to go with a home run, 11 RBI, and nine stolen bases. Right-hander Jose Zapata remains the league leader with a 0.00 ERA and is tied for sixth with a 0.77 WHIP. Zapata is 2-0 with 18 strikeouts in 22 innings. Twenty-year old reliever Gilberto Abreu is tied for sixth in the league with four saves. Abreu has a 1-0 record with a 0.84 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP that includes seven strikeouts in 10.2 innings. Prospect Juan Carlos Paniagua remains unscored upon in 12.1 innings with 13 strikeouts. Paniagua is pitching in the Dominican while he awaits approval of his visa.

Venezuelan Summer League

The VSL Cubs continue to hover around the .500 mark as they went 2-3 record over the past week to run their season record 20-21, good for fourth place. Infielder/outfielder Roney Alcala is now leading the league in hitting (.383) to go along with six homers, and his 30 RBI are good for second place. Outfielder Delbis Arcila is tied with Alcala for third in the league with six home runs, as he improved his average to .304 with 25 RBI (seventh in the league). Outfielder Arnaldo Calero remained in ninth place with 22 RBI, as he is hitting .259 with three home runs and eight stolen bases. Shortstop/second baseman Bryant Flete moved back up to third place this week with 12 stolen bases, and is now hitting .298 while driving in 16 runs. Right-handed pitcher Greyfer Eregua is now one percentage point for second in the league with a 0.87 WHIP, and his improved 1.66 ERA ranks second. Eregua has 36 strikeouts in 38 innings.

News and Notes

The Chicago Cubs traded 2B Ronald Torreyes of the Tennessee Smokies to Houston for International slot money; recalled LHP Chris Rusin from the Iowa Cubs; optioned RHP Jake Arrieta and LHP Chris Rusin to the Iowa Cubs; assigned OF Anthony Giansanti to Iowa from Tennessee; assigned RHP Tyler Skulina to the Boise Hawks.

The Daytona Cubs placed LHP Kyler Burke on the 7-Day disabled list; activated RHP Dayan Diaz from the 7-Day disabled list; assigned RHP Starling Peralta to the AZL Cubs on a rehab assignment.

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  • Dorasaga

    It’s clear to me now, like it or not, that the Cubs management have something hidden in mind when it comes to building a perennial winner: Defensive prowess.

    I already brought up the other day how Rizzo has been the best defensive first baseman the past three seasons. Barney, too and now while comparing advanced stats (go UZR/150!!!) between Donaldson and Luis Valbuena, it’s clear that L.V. is the jewel of Cubs fashion, and the first place leader of baseball.

    I feel that the athletic, multi-position talents down the farm will fit this model of flashing leathers, and more young, gold glove-caliber rookies will complement their parent roster. The Cubs might sacrifice batting–can’t get both eggs in one nest all the time–but the reward would be reliable pitching and less mistakes on the field.

    • paulcatanese

      I agree, most of the top teams have that defense and multi position players, plus, and a big plus, a lot of those are switch hitters, the combination of the two would be elite in terms of a roster.
      That is something I would like to see the Cubs pursue though difficult to accomplish .

  • Steve Baier

    I went to the Iowa Cubs game vs Memphis last night. 2 highlights: 1. Jae-Hoon Ha had a great game with a double and a home run. The Memphis pitcher had some crazy off-speed stuff that had the I-Cubs looking foolish the first time through the order but Ha made an adjustment in his 2nd AB, stayed back on it, and drove it down the left-field line. He was stranded at 2nd that inning but he got the whole team going. I think he’s already passed Brett Jackson.
    And 2. Junior Lake, the very next inning, hit the longest home run I’ve ever seen at Sec Taylor Stadium. Seriously – a high liner over the left-field skyboxes. It was incredible! They lost the game on a Memphis RBI single in the 9th but it was fun watching Ha and Lake.

    • Suzy S

      Thanks for the first hand account,Steve. They are always welcome!!!

      • Steve Baier

        No problem! As the new young prospects come up through here, it will get really exciting to go to I-Cubs games. I go to several every year. Anyone who is within driving distance of Des Moines, it really is a beautiful ballpark too, and you’re close to the action. Well worth a trip, especially if you can see multiple games or a series.

        • Tom U

          Steve thanks for the on the spot report. The word I get from Tennessee is that Jae-Hoon Ha will be sorely missed, as he does a lot of little things that go unnoticed but usually have a big impact. he is also considered to be an outstanding teammate and has a very close relationship with second baseman Logan Watkins.

          I’ve been cautiously optimistic with the front office’s approach to Iowa this season. They are starting to slowly rid themselves of the fringe major league junk beginning to rely more on players from the system. It is pleasant to see players like Ha, Junior Lake, and Anthony Giansanti starting to get a chance.

          • Steve Baier

            Totally agree. Those last few Hendry years, the I-Cubs’ roster was filled with castoffs from other organizations. Much more exciting now.

          • Ripsnorter1

            I think it is fair to say that Team Theo does quite a bit of that as well. Look at all of the cast offs they pick up, and option down to AAA.

          • Tony_Hall

            And why have they had to do that…..maybe it had to do with the talent level in A and AA ball when Theo took over. That is who should be on the AAA team now. AAA will always be a place to stash AAAA and major league depth, but should be about 50/50 with these guys and the young guys. Next year we should see this be closer to being true.

          • Tom U

            Tony, that is somewhat of a fallacy that has been perpetrated over the past few years. Most teams keep a couple of veteran pitchers and positions players in reserve at Triple-A, but no more than that. A very small handful of contending teams may go beyond that.

          • Tony_Hall

            Here is a comparison to the Cardinals, who do everything the right way. For age I used the year they were born to determine what age they turn this year. We are right in the middle of the year.

            AAA Roster
            AGE – Cubs – Cardinals
            21-0-1
            22-0-2
            23-2-1
            24-5-2
            25-4-6

            Under 25 Cubs lead 7-6
            With 25 yr olds Cards lead 12-11

            26-3-5
            27-4-4
            28-2-4
            29-2-1

            26-29 Cardinals 14-11

            30-4-1
            31-1-1
            32-2-0
            33-0-2
            34-1-0
            35-1-0

            30 and over Cubs 9 Cards 4

            Median age
            Cubs 27
            Cardinals 26

            I can’t say that there is a huge difference in the way one of the best franchises stocks it’s AAA roster and how they Cubs do it.

          • Tom U

            Here’s another way of looking at things Tony. The Cardinals have had 23 players at Triple A with majors league experience, while the Cubs have had 39.

          • Tony_Hall

            That is due to the older part of the roster being turned over more as the Cubs have used those players on the major league roster. The Cardinals have not needed as much for the major league roster.

            I just don’t believe we will see a AAA team with much more than a 50/50 split of young prospects versus major league depth.

          • Tom U

            Tony the percentage of players over the team’s average age that have major league experience is the same: about 43%. The difference is that the Cardinals are a contending team that potentially could need those players while the Cubs are a developing team that does not. The Cubs should have about half of that percentage, or around 8 to 9 players, if that many.

          • Tony_Hall

            And they may get there soon, as they are going to start calling up players as the roster shuffle continues. The Cubs have had to use older players to fill roster spots in Iowa, so that they can keep players in AA and below until they deem they are ready. I know you would have liked to seen more moves sooner, but that is why they have used so many.

            I also am not sure I agree that the Cubs don’t need these players yet the Cardinals do. The Cubs need them to fill roster spots on the major league team, when and if needed, versus calling up someone who is not ready.

          • Tom U

            Was going to say something snarky (not toward you, Tony) but decided to pass it up.

          • Tony_Hall

            Go ahead, this is part comedy relief, versus taking the Cubs actual record too seriously right now.

          • Tom U

            They wanted the veterans for what? So they can firmly take a hold of last place?

          • Tony_Hall

            Actually, you may be on to something.

            Honestly, one more year of having a top draft pick, and the pool money that goes with it, is probably all this system needs to be able to flip the switch to building the top of the organization.

          • Tom U

            It will be interesting to see whether Houston, who chose to suffer there growing pains at the major league level, will come out any better than the Cubs.

          • Tony_Hall

            For being the next largest city/market in the US, they don’t seem to have any of the big market advantages that come with it.

          • Tony_Hall

            Any idea of how the fireworks show is at the Kane County games, and specifically 4th of July. Trying to talk my family into going to the game, but I know my wife will say she wants to go to a bigger fireworks show.

          • Tom U

            Sorry Tony, never seen them. To echo the words of Joe Bohringer “Fireworks night is a scout’s best friend”.

          • Tom U

            I tend to believe that a lot of that is more PR than anything. You have to remember that most of the mainstream media are not very knowledgeable or motivated to know what is happening in the minors, unless it is a high profile prospect.

            If the front office decided to rely on a player such as Yoanner Negrin, and he didn’t do well, the beat writer would be all over that, asking about why they didn’t go out and get a player like Zach Putnam (you mean, we could have had THE Zach Putnam?) instead.

            Hopefully, those times are coming to an end.

          • Dorasaga

            So true.

        • paulcatanese

          Nice report Steve.

  • Ray Ray

    After looking at Mike Olt’s box scores recently…..the more I feel like I don’t want to touch this guy with a ten foot pole. His K rate is unbelievable. He was 0-3 again yesterday with 2 K’s. He had a game recently where he was 0-4 with 4 K’s. He is hitting .202. He has 69 K’s in 183 AB’s. I thought he was starting to show some improvement but that is definately not the case.

    • SuzyS

      Kind of sounds like BJAX #2. We already have BJAX and Vitters in the disappointment department….I would think that Garza might bring better than that….and I’m sure the Cubs FO is on it.
      Garza is worth a high supplemental pick if he won’t sign an extension…so the Cubs can afford to be choosy.

      • Ray Ray

        Agreed Suzy. Garza is pitching great and should help a playoff team get over the hump. I would hope they can get a lot more than a struggling prospect that is overmatched in AAA.

        • Tony_Hall

          There is a bottom offer that has to equal the draft pick compensation they would receive if he signs elsewhere as they will most definitely tag him with it. So somewhere between what we feel he is worth and there is what we will get back in return, unless multiple teams get into actual bidding, then it could reach what we think he is worth.

          • Ray Ray

            I can’t imagine multiple teams not wanting a Matt Garza for a playoff push. Jon Heyman has him as the #1 pitcher available on the trade market. Multiple teams will be involved.

          • Tony_Hall

            I am sure of that, but will more than one be willing to keep pushing their offer up. Every team would like to have Garza, but only the ones that feel he is the difference in making or winning in the playoffs will be talking and then only the ones that truly feel he puts them over the top will “overpay” for him and then of those teams, which ones have the prospects we want back. I don’t believe many teams fit all the criteria for this to be a “win” for the Cubs. That was my point. We need 2-3 teams to be willing to do whatever it takes to get him.

          • Ray Ray

            I think the way he as looked over his last 4 starts….more than one team will pony up. They need to get a quality starting pitching prospect back like a Tyler Skaggs or Martin Perez. I would even take Casey Kelly(TJ surgery and all) with Fuentes, but they need to get a starting pitching prospect who has more than a #5 ceiling

          • Tony_Hall

            If they don’t they won’t trade him.

            But I want at least 2 arms.
            The higher level the 1st arm is, the higher the risk with the second arm is fine, but I want 2 shots at TOR arms. I would also want a bat, even a bat that is high risk,

          • Suzy S

            I’d like that also…BUT…tempering his value is the fact that he’s a rental…unless he’d agree to a contract extension in advance…to the team he’s going to.

            Let’s hope for a bidding war.
            In which case…he might not go until the deadline…if the FO tries to get maximum value.

  • Suzy S

    There’s nothing that evokes more good-time memories then baseball and the Fourth of July!!! Happy Fourth of July to all!!!

    • paulcatanese

      Agree Suzy, and recall and post the same thing every year.
      Remember sitting out if the garage, portable TV, watching the Cubs or Sox play a doubleheader on a black and white tv (rabbit ears of course) and the grill with Italian beef sandwiches or sausage and onions on the grill and a cooler full of soft drinks and shooting the breeze with neighbors as they walked by.
      Good days.

  • Ray Ray

    It appears as if the Cubs are over the alloted international bonus pool money by roughly $629,000. I imagine Theo will try and get back some of that in a future trade. Will it be as part of the Garza deal….or will they deal another prospect like Torreyes? I am sure something will happen like that because they don’t want to be shut out from next years international free agency.

    • Tony_Hall

      Keep in mind that just because teams have money “allotted” to them, doesn’t mean they want to spend it. The White Sox would be one close to home that I don’t see spending all their money in this area and I am sure there are many others. So if a team isn’t planning on spending the money allotted to them, they can trade it and get a player for really no cost. It is almost like Jerry Reinsdorf had a hand in this, finding a way for his team to save budget money, and get a player in return.

      • Ray Ray

        Exactly. I know that and that is why it shouldn’t be too hard to make a deal with some team.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    When may Hendricks get a call up? He’s dealing. Will he go to Triple-A?

    Another gem for Loux. Exciting…

    • Tom U

      Boardrider, I believe that Hendricks and probably AJ Morris and Zac Rosscup will be moved up once the dust clears after the front office is done with the major league staff. It looks as if Blake Parker with be staying in the pen, and Chris Rusin looks to play a role. Someone who may also factor in is reliever Brian Schlitter.

      • Suzy S

        Tom U…what happened to Ryan Searle? I see that he hasn’t pitched since April and is on the Daytona 7 day DL….Other than that…I can’t find out much info.

        • Tom U

          Out for the season. I believe that it was either elbow or shoulder problems. I’ll send him a Tweet to see how he is doing.

          • Suzy S

            Sorry to see that. I followed Searle all winter and it seemed like he had a good chance to advance.

    • Tony_Hall

      He is on schedule for a Sunday start…..however unlikely that is, it would be cool to see.

  • Suzy S

    Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Cubs feel the talent in this year’s international market is much better than the projected talent next year. Hence, they are not really concerned with the penalties for going over the allotment pools this year.

    The Tribune is also reporting the Cubs are not done in the international market…and are still targeting several prospects this year….http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-cubs-international-players-20130704,0,6900881.story

    • Ray Ray

      saw that too Suzy and said the same thing. That was a good plan.

      • triple

        I agree, especially if they can really “overstock” this year, I don’t see next year to be much of a loss, especially if they can still sign guys for under $250k.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        Ray, is it safe to say Thoyer has made a believer out of you the past few days. You seem to be giving them the benedit of the doubt of late and muh more supportive.

    • DWalker

      if thats the case, are any of 3 Rafael Devers, 4 Luis Encarnacion and 5 Leonardo Molina still in play? If they are going to blow it out, they may really blow it this year and none of them have been officially signed yet. I know these guys are usually a couple of years younger than high school draftees in the main draft, but quality wise, would they already have taken what could be two first rounders and a supplemental in the regular draft?

  • Ray Ray

    So it sounds like the plan in the international pool is to go all out this year and overspend and do nothing next year and trade the pool money. With the prospects they were able to sign this year, that was a good gameplan.

    • Suzy S

      I agree…if that is how they view it.
      They can trade pool money next year if they don’t see the prospects there.

    • Tony_Hall

      Makes sense, as next year they can go after volume of players if needed, and as long as they don’t care about the penalty, they can sign as many guys as they want this whole year, where many teams will not want to pay the penalty.

  • Tony_Hall
    • Ray Ray

      You knew he would. That was the plan all along and he will go to the minors for the Dodgers and get some work.

      • Tony_Hall

        It is too bad that teams can’t send guys like this down to the minors without going through waivers. Here is a good example if there was a 21 day minor league option (or whatever amount of days, like a DL but not where you make up an injury) where a player who is out of options, under contract, can go down and get some work in, if the player agrees to it. I am sure the union would never agree to it, because it is all about the money to them, and not about helping players play better.

        • paulcatanese

          Agree Tony, that would be perfect, but then it makes sense.
          And we all know that would not happen.
          Being from Chicago, unions were good at one time, but seriously have my doubts now.