Eric Jokisch Tosses a No-Hitter and Other Cubs News and Notes

Cubs’ prospect Eric Jokisch had a night he will never forget on Tuesday in Jacksonville. Jokisch threw a nine-inning no-hitter against the Jacksonville Suns in his first game back from the disabled list.

With a little help from Christian Villanueva and Javier Baez in the ninth inning, Jokisch notched the first no hitter for the Smokies since Mark Holliman in 2007 and the first nine-inning no hitter since Leo Estrella in 2000.

Eric Jokisch struck out five of the first ten batters he retired in order to start his evening. The southpaw issued a one out walk in the bottom of the fourth then retired the side in order in fifth and sixth innings. Jokisch issued two out walks in both the seventh and eighth innings and went to the ninth with a chance at a no hitter. Jokisch threw only 99 pitches over the first eight innings.

Plays by Villanueva and Baez kept the no-hitter intact for the first two outs in the ninth. Jokisch issued his fourth walk of the night with two down in the ninth before retiring Pete Andrelczyk on a grounder to third to end the game.

Eric Jokisch struck out eight batters and walked four on Tuesday. Jokisch threw 108 pitches, 69 for strikes, on Tuesday night and joined teammate Matt Loosen as the second starting pitcher in the Cubs’ system to throw a no-hitter this season.

Albert Almora

Albert Almora will be out of Kane County’s lineup for a few days according to multiple reports on Tuesday. Almora left Sunday’s game with a slight groin strain. Almora is hitting .329/.376/.466/.842 with 17 doubles, four triples and three home runs in 61 games this season. Almora has 116 total bases with 17 walks and 30 strikeouts.

According to Bruce Miles, Almora was placed on the 7-day DL and the Cubs are hoping he is only out for a week.

Kyle Hendricks

Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to make his Triple-A debut on Thursday night at Principal Park against the Fresno Grizzlies. Hendricks earned his promotion after posting a 10-3 record in 21 starts with the Smokies this season. In 126 1/3 innings, Hendricks has allowed only 107 hits while maintaining nearly a 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio (101 strikeouts, 26 walks)

The Cubs acquired Kyle Hendricks, along with 3B Christian Villanueva, last July from the Rangers for Ryan Dempster.

Toolsy Lists

Baseball America released a list of the players with the best tools in the minors on Tuesday. Kyle Hendricks (best control), Christian Villanueva (best defensive third baseman), Arismendy Alcantara (best infield arm) and Rubi Silva (best outfield arm) of the Smokies made the Double-A list. And Javier Baez (best infield arm) made the High-A manager’s list.

Mike Olt was named the best defensive third baseman in the Pacific Coast League.

News and Notes

The I-Cubs placed RHP Barret Loux on the 7-day DL with a right shoulder strain. Loux has been on the disabled list two other times this season due to a sprained ankle.

The Cubs released RHP Kevin Rhoderick on Tuesday. Rhoderick was selected in the ninth round of the 2010 draft. The 24-year old was 1-5 in 33 games this season with a 5.65 ERA and a 1.93 WHIP. In 43 innings, Rhoderick surrendered 41 hits and walked 42 batters while recording only 26 strikeouts.

The I-Cubs placed catcher Luis Flores on the disabled list on Tuesday after he suffered a concussion on Monday night. The Cubs promoted 16th round pick Cael Brockmeyer from Boise to take Flores spot on the roster. Brockmeyer was in the starting lineup in Tuesday’s 10-3 win over Tacoma. Brockmeyer went 1-for-3 with a walk.

According to a report from the Sporting News, there is a snag in the deal between RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and the Phillies and there is a chance that Gonzalez does not end up signing with Philadelphia. Ruben Amaro Jr. declined to comment on Tuesday.

The Sun-Times asked the question, who is Edwin Jackson?

Julio Borbon cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Iowa.

Javier Baez went 4-for-6 on Tuesday with two doubles and three RBI. Baez is 16-for-44 in his last ten games with five doubles, three home runs, 12 RBI and five walks (.364/.429/.682/1.110).

Mike Olt hit his first home run on Tuesday since being acquired from the Rangers in the Matt Garza trade. Olt went 1-for-2 with a home run and three walks and is 3-for-11 in his last three games with one double, one triple, one home run, three walks and two strikeouts.

Follow ChicagoCubsOnline on Twitter: @TheCCO and @TheCCO_Minors

Quote of the Day

"We cannot discover new oceans until we have the courage to lose sight of the shore." - Muriel Chen
Share on Fancred
  • Dorasaga

    Thanks for the report. Now TomU needs to start the Eric “Jockey” Watch.

    • Tom U

      If you check out TheCCOMinors YouTube channel, you can see and interview I did with Jokisch when he was with Peoria. Sorry for the quality. It was our first attempt and we didn’t realize there would be so much background noise.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5jgIUUCKew

      • Brp921

        Thanks Tom. Couldn’t hear it well but it’s a great idea. I hope to see more of them.

  • Ripsnorter1

    They ask, “Who is Edwin Jackson?”
    The answer is so simple. It’s “what you see, is what you get.” He’s exactly what you’ve seen already. Inconsistent. Killer stuff–has been rated as having the #10 best stuff in all of MLB–and a sub-.500 pitcher.

    $52 million doesn’t buy as much as it used to buy.
    Mr. Cubtex–you win. Cubs cannot go .500 the rest of the way.

    Hey, let’s lose ‘em all and see if we can draft higher this year!

    • BosephHeyden

      That would be the only way the Cubs move up one spot from where they already are. That would also be the most they could move, since the Astros and Marlins are both horrible excuses for professional teams.

      • cubtex

        Astros 37 wins
        W Sox 42
        Marlins 43
        Brewers 48
        Cubs 49

        Realistically, I think 4th would be my hunch

        • Brp921

          Don’t overestimate this team and what they can accomplish cubtex. The skies the limit the way we’ve been playing.

          • cubtex

            true. what was I thinking?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Checking some stats this morning reveals the following:

    Brett Jackson: .214 BA in AA. 0 HRs. He’s 6 for 28 and I’d think pretty discouraged right now. Confidence shot=cannot play MLB. I hope his confidence returns quickly, but Gary Scott’s did not. He did not play last night. I think the Cubs will drop him off of the 40 man roster this winter.

    Christian Villanueva: .260 BA this year, but this RH batter is hitting LH pitching at a mere .216 in 116 AB. WHAT? He has hit RH pitching at .278 clip. He’s slugging .446 overall. He knows how to Brett Jackson, er, I mean, strikeout. 95 K in 404 AB. He must fix that.

    Mike Olt: has his Iowa BA up to .130 now.
    But looking at Dave Sappelt, he’s banging out a .240 PCL BA!

    Shockingly, Neal Struck has a 6.17 ERA this year.

    The PCL is hitting .317 off of him this year.

    And Chang-Yong Lim has been humming this year.
    He’s 37 years old, but has a 2.12 ERA. The leagues are hitting .211 off of him.

    • 07GreyDigger

      This Rip dumps on Cubs prospects report has been brought to you by Schenider Electric! The official power company of the Chicago Cubs.

      • J Daniel

        Great play!

    • Rational Logic

      You’re right. We should release Olt, Villanueva, and Jackson and sign Lim to a long term deal.

      What exactly is the point of this? You can easily pick through a team’s system and identify sub-par performers. They’re called busts. The Cubs will have them, too. Doesn’t speak to the volume of talent as a whole of the FO.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Better re-read that report. I didn’t say dump anybody. I am expecting the Cubs to be in need of a roster spot, and I think Brett Jackson may find himself on the outside looking in if he doesn’t have a great August.

        But even at that, I did not suggest dump anybody. Just quoting the stats, that’s all.
        Oh the cruelty of reporting the stats!
        LOL

        • Rational Logic

          Anybody who read that post didn’t just think you were solely “posting the stats” without another agenda, as made evidence in your remarks regarding Struck and Sappelt.

          Don’t pretend we can’t read between the lines.

          It once again begs the question, “what is your point” as it’s clearly not to post stats. If you’re looking for reasons to blame the FO for poor performances of minor leaguers, sure, go ahead and pick those who are not performing up to par. But you should also include any performing at a premium. Not to mention the overall talent level that has been brought in since.

          As a cynic of the system and FO, I thought you’d have more than just reporting stats! Anybody can do that…

          Trades and releases are inevitable, but past performance isn’t necessarily indicative of future performance, and much less talent overall. I don’t think anybody expects Olt to hit .130 in his career, etc.

  • cubtex

    Was thinking about the progress on the mlb team on my way to work and maybe some of you have other opinions but I think Theo has to sign a FA RH power bat next year whether it be Corey Hart or even Nelson Cruz. Let’s look at the team by losses.
    2012- 101
    2013- 92-97???? that would be a good guess wouldn’t you agree?
    2014- 86-90???? Before anyone chimes in and says….How can you make a guess like that without knowing what the roster will be like. OK, lets look at the way the roster might and probably look at its current state.
    This team has ZERO run producers. Rizzo will more than likely bat 3rd again(he is not a 3 hitter hence his low RBI total and .185 avg with RISP) Schierholz will more than likely be back and there is your other middle of the order bat(either 4th or 5th) OUCH!!!
    I feel they need to get a true CF. DeJesus cannot cover any ground. Did you see that play last night? Would you say 90% of the other CF in baseball make that catch? He cannot run. He might get away with that at Wrigley but not other bigger ballparks.
    OK, so lets go with this.

    1B Rizzo
    2B Barney or Watkins(until Alcantara is ready which means Theo will not add anyone there in the offseason)
    SS Castro
    3B Villanueva or Olt(If Olt is not ready to start they year they will go with Villanueva until Olt is ready. Again, no way Theo adds another 3B this offseason with all the depth in the minors)
    C Wellington Castillo with his 19 RBI and .165 BA with RISP.

    That will be your starting infield for 2014.

    OF( Now this is where hopefully a power bat is added)
    LF- Junior Lake
    RF Schierholz
    CF ? right now DeJesus. Ugh

    Starting staff
    Shark
    Travis “Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” Wood
    Edwin Jackson
    and 2 question marks
    Grimm
    Arrieta
    Rusin
    Villanueva
    Scott Baker

    Does anyone think this team can win 80 games next year with the projections I listed? Be honest. They have ZERO run producers. ZERO TOR starters(maybe Shark can take the next step and be more than a #3) Hence my grade for Theo. F for the MLB club and A for farm system.

    • 07GreyDigger

      I don’t see why they can’t switch Lake and Dejesus around and they may try it this year. But I agree, Corey Hart for Nelson Cruz on an incentives based contract makes a ton of sense for a corner outfield spot.

      Also, I don’t think Villanueva starts at 3B over Olt as he’s a year behind in development. I think Olt gets every opportunity to start at 3B next season.

      With the prospect depth they’ve acquired, there’s no reason to think they don’t try to make a trade in the winter. There’s that to remember.

      • cubtex

        Sorry about that Chief. Had to throw a “Get Smart” reference. Meant Valbuena. Too many Valbuena’s Villanueva, Vizcaino’s. Gets confusing.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Cubs playing 189 games this year?….and 176 games next year?…….Cubtex, mixing pills & booze is not safe…..or maybe your calculator needs new batteries……….Cubs will have more problems in 2014 and one more July sell off…….I believe Baker signed on for one year…….Olt will have to be our Opening Day third baseman……2/3 of the Outfield will be traded next year…….biggest trade chip we have now is Samardzija……if you at the bottom of your division, what is the use of having Shark around if you are trying to rebuild a club!……..I hear this kid named Torres will replace Castro when the time comes…..the future is bright, but we have a few more bridges to cross.

      • cubtex

        Reading is a skill Cubby Den. I said they will lose 92-97 this year. See Cubby Den that little – means either/or. Not plus. See the plus sign is +. So if I had said 92 + 97 you are adding correctly with your 189 answer. Great job.
        Anyway….my point is that for those thinking that this will be an 80 plus win team next year because that is the progression this team is on….it is not true. They need to add a #4 hitter a top of rotation starter, 3 or 4 bullpen arms, a leadoff hitter and then they have a shot for a .500 record.

  • paulcatanese

    One thing about a no-hitter, the pitcher isn’t the only one that won’t forget. The players will remember as well. I doubt that anyone who has played the game
    doesn’t remember one that he has played in.
    Eric Jokisch has provided life time memories for his teammates.

    • oldanddisgusted

      Or the fans that were there to see it. I still remember being in the right field bleachers on Aug. 19, 1969. Never saw Billy Williams catch Hank Aaron’s “home run”. He was in the left field dip in the wall and we couldn’t see him from right-center. And Glenn Beckert bobbling the last grounder before throwing to first for the final out. Great Memories.

    • Bredstik

      Definitely. I was at Austin Kirk’s no hitter on the 4th of July in Peoria a couple of years back. Great Memories.

  • raymondrobertkoenig

    Rizzo’s not starting tonight.