Bryant Homers, Soler to the DL, Edwards Debuts and Cubs News from Down on the Farm

Kris Bryant has played two games this season and has two home runs for Double-A Tennessee. After launching his first longball of the year in his first at bat against Mat Latos on Thursday night, Bryant hit his second home run in the seventh inning of Friday night’s game. Bryant went 1-for-4 on Friday night in Pensacola with two strikeouts.

The Cubs placed Jorge Soler on the 7-day minor league disabled list on Friday with right hamstring soreness. Soler hit a double in his only at bat Thursday night against Mat Latos and was lifted in the second inning with a sore right hamstring. Soler is expected to undergo an MRI on the hamstring on Saturday to determine the severity of the injury. Soler was nursing the hamstring at the end of Spring Training. Jed Hoyer addressed Soler’s injury prior to Friday’s game and said the team is hoping for good news from the MRI and that he will be able to get back on the field soon.

PrintC.J. Edwards was very good on Friday night in his Double-A debut. Edwards allowed one hit in four shutout innings while striking out four and issuing just one walk. Edwards threw 63 pitches, 38 for strikes.

On the flip side, Javier Baez has gotten off to a slow start in Iowa, both in the field and at the plate. Two games into the season, Baez is hitless and has struggled making throws to first base. Baez has been charged with two errors and is 0-for-7 with a walk and four strikeouts in eight plate appearances.

Alberto Cabrera

RHP Alberto Cabrera cleared waivers after the Cubs designated him for assignment last Saturday to make room on the roster for Brian Schlitter. Cabrera was assigned to Triple-Iowa on Thursday and reported to the team on Friday.

Cabrera is a hard thrower with good stuff when he is able to throw strikes. Cabrera’s inconsistent mechanics have led to troubles above the Double-A level.

Alberto Cabrera was added to Iowa’s bullpen and took Casey Coleman’s roster spot.

Casey Coleman

It appears Casey Coleman’s days in the Cubs organization are over. According to reports from Tommy Birch, Coleman left the Iowa Cubs and was transferred to Short-Season Boise. Coleman will report to the team’s facility in Mesa but has apparently elected to leave the organization. Coleman told Tommy Birch he will work out in Arizona until he finds another team.

The Cubs selected Coleman in the 15th round of the 2008 draft. Casey Coleman made his big league debut on August 2, 2010 and was the winning pitcher on August 23 of the same year in Washington, the first game for interim skipper Mike Quade.

Casey Coleman was 7-13 in 48 games, 26 starts, for the Cubs during parts of three seasons (2010-2012) with a 5.76 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.

Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta will make his first rehab start on Saturday night when the Tennessee Smokies take on the Blue Wahoos in Pensacola. Arrieta completed a simulated game in Pittsburgh before Monday’s opener. Arrieta is on a five-day schedule and without any setbacks he should be able to join the rotation at some point in the last full week of April.

Minor Moves

RHP Frank Batista was added to the Smokies’ active roster on Friday when Tennessee placed Jorge Soler on the 7-day DL. The Cubs held Batista back in extended spring training while they tried to find a spot for him on Iowa’s roster.

News and Notes

According to a report from the Kane County Chronicle, Cougars’ GM Curtis Haug is optimistic the Cubs will extend the contract with Kane County to remain the organization’s Low-A affiliate. Haug said he has spoken to the Cubs about extending the contract that expires at the end of this season. The Cubs and Cougars have a good relationship that both sides should want to continue.

Follow ChicagoCubsOnline on Twitter: @TheCCO and @TheCCO_Minors

Quote of the Day

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." - Albert Einstein
Share on Fancred
  • Pingback: Bryant Homers, Soler to the DL, Edwards Debuts and Cubs News from Down on the Farm - Cubs Chronicles

  • Tom U

    Good morning! Today’s minor league starters:

    Iowa: Kyle Hendricks
    Tennessee: Jake Arrieta
    Daytona: Tayler Scott
    Kane County: Tyler Skulina (Game 1)
    Daury Torrez (Game 2)

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

    Soler “injury prone?”

    Remember when Cabrera was dropped there were some that were so upset and questioning Theo and calling it a dumb move. Then nobody else in the entire MLB wanted him! Guess it turns out these guys do know a little about what they’re doing. Guy has potential but 32 teams said “ah, no we’ll wait on them to drop Brian Schlitter.” :)

    • cubtex

      maybe it also shows that our 40 man roster isn’t as good as advertised? I think we have 4 or 5 more who would clear waivers without anyone claiming them either.

      • Tony_H

        I think it is also timing. If they waived him in January, good chance a team takes a chance as roster spots are as tight then. But most teams are making roster moves adding a NRI or two to the 25 and 40 man roster at the end of spring. Harder to take a chance on a guy like Cabrera at this time. If he was a bullpen guy with a major league track record of some sort, more likely to take the chance no him on a 25 man roster.

        • cubtex

          I agree with that.

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

        There are probably a few. Sweeney comes to mind.

        • cubtex

          a lot more than a few. A team must add these players to their 40 man and drop a player off of theirs. I really doubt Szcur,Vitters,BJax, Schlitter,Watkins and Beeler would be claimed.

          • Tony_H

            Not sure on Szczur, Vitters, Schlitter. BJAX would be intersting to see and we may soon find out.

          • JasonPen

            Szcur vitters and bjax would all be claimed…

          • cubtex

            not so sure about that. We could find out for sure sometime this year

          • TheWrongGuy

            I say they would for sure be claimed. Take a look at other minor league systems… The Angels come to mind as a horrible system that would probably claim all 3 of those names(BJAX, Vitters, Sczur). There are others the Angels are just an example.

          • cubtex

            with your example. The Angels only have 1 outfielder on their 40 man roster who is not on the current 25 man roster. 1 outfielder. J.B, Shuck. Would they take Szcur over Shuck? How about Vitters or BJax. I think BJax would have the better chance over the other 2 but it isn’t a slam dunk. Shuck has been more productive than all 3 in the minors the last couple of years.

          • TheWrongGuy

            I agree about Shuck.
            But the thing is with the new CBA restrictions in gaining new talent for an organization. What is a better way to gain talent for an organization than to pick-up players off the scraps of other teams(good way to place talent in your system). With 2 former number 1 picks from the draft. can eat up some AB’s and be productive. Not to mention BJAX and Vitters are both from California and is why they served as a good example.

          • cubtex

            outfielders with ceilings like Szcur,BJax and Vitters are a dime a dozen. You don’t have to look much further than the Cubs to see what is and was available. Chris Coghlan,Ryan Kalish,Brian Bogusevic,Justin Ruggiano,Darnel McDonald etc.

          • TheWrongGuy

            I agree.
            ‘nough said.
            You made my point for me. The Angels are only an example. As Tony has posted, this year there will be many changes to the 40 man. This is a make it or break it year for those 3 names. So we could see them being waved/ or traded.

          • cubtex

            I agree. I hope Vitters and BJax both get an opportunity this year with the Cubs. I really wish Sweeney wasn’t signed. He is clogging up a roster spot and playing time for Kalish and Lake now….and hopefully BJax and Vitters at some point.

          • Ripsnorter1

            “Poor Roster Management.”
            Again.

            For crying out loud, waive Sweeney. He’s clogging up the drain.

        • Tony_H

          Sweeney would likely be claimed.
          Beeler, McDonald and Watkins are the 3 I would bet would clear waivers.

    • Tom U

      However, this management seems to fall in love with “stuff” pitchers that can’t seem to translate that to success. Think of Lendy Castillo and Hector Rondon as examples.

      Did you see how badly Carlos Pimentel and Jonathan Sanchez were rocked last night? Both also “stuff” pitchers. Can’t wait to see Tsuyoshi Wada pitch.

      • cubtex

        that’s the one thing I agree with “management” Hard to make it without above average stuff

        • Tom U

          I don’t necessarily disagree, but that “stuff” has to translate to success at sometime. You can’t keep pinning your hopes on “maybe someday he’ll get it”.

          • cubtex

            agreed.

          • cubtex

            Tom- What is your opinion of Yoanner Negrin? He is almost 30 and I guess they moved him to the bullpen this year. Great K rate last year. Do you see him at Wrigley this year as a bullpen piece?

          • Tom U

            I had Negrin in mind when I was writing about this. He has been nothing but a strikeout machine since he came into the organization full time (he was loaned out to Mexico previously). Pitchers like Negrin and Zac Rosscup are the one who should be getting chances, not players such as Hammel, McDonald, Rondon, Wright, and Veres.

            Management should be over with “flipping” and more focused on “building”.

            Ultimately, Negrin may never get a chance because of his age and that he is not one of “their” guys.

          • Tom U

            Sorry I can’t follow the discussion any more. I have obligations to attend to.

          • cubtex

            have a great weekend and have a good run!

          • cubtex

            I agree. Not a Wesley Wright fan. I like Rosscup’s stuff. Reminds me of former Cub prospect Scott Maine who could never find command. Hopefully Rosscup improves a lot in that area.

          • Ripsnorter1

            My thoughts exactly.

            And it is too bad. Blake Parker. Where’s he at these days? Pushing up daisies in Iowa…..

      • Ripsnorter1

        Can we release Jonathan Sanchez soon? él es un gran busto

  • cubtex

    I guess we can do some draft prospect reports since June is creeping up.

    Tyler Beede- 5-3 with a 2.81 ERA went 8 IP threw 120 pitches 5 hits and 4 runs

    Jeff Hoffman beat a good Rice team. 8IP 7 hits 1ER 1 BB and 7 K’s

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Several people were talking about Soler being a 30 million dollar bust the other day. He has a huge upside, and people talking about how much money the FO is wasting. My question is do you prefer Pujols or Cabrera in their 40′s or a gamble on Soler to live up to his potential. And be an allstar?

    • cubtex

      If they were spending 30 mil on other players….I wouldn’t have a problem with a gamble like that…. but they aren’t. If Soler would have been in the mlb draft he would have probably been a #10 to #15 pick. So you are basically spending 30 mil on a draft pick or prospect that has a chance to make it but also a chance that he doesn’t.

      • Swish23

        30M alot for a guy who has spent last year in the minors will all this year; and most likely some or all of next year; if he can ever get healthy. that’s 7.5M on a minor leaguer. waste of monies. Soler spent last year hurt, had a major temper tantrum, and is now hurt starting this year; while the other more expensive international players like Darvish, Tanaka, Ryu, Cespedes, Puig, Abreu are starting in the majors or been all-stars. I never understand why the comparision is either this guy or instantly its’ a Pujols or Fielder like contract. what about all the guys in between like Davrish, Cespedes, Puig, Ryu, Abreu………..those could be signed too. It’s not go for broke or go cheap; there’s an inbetween; this owner and FO is choosing to not go there.

      • Patrick_Schaefer

        What i was saying is there are worst ways to spend.