Kyle Hendricks Named PCL Pitcher of the Week and Cubs News from Down on the Farm

Kyle Hendricks was named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week on Monday for the week of May 12-18. Hendricks made only one start, but it was a good one. Hendricks tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts with no walks and three hits allowed over eight shutout innings. Iowa topped Round Rock 2-0. Hendricks gave up just the three singles and faced 27 batters in his eight innings of work.

Kyle Hendricks improved to 4-3 on the season with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. In eight starts, Hendricks has allowed 22 runs, 17 earned, on 45 hits with 11 walks and 54 strikeouts in 50 innings. Over his last three starts, Hendricks is 1-2 with a 1.40 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. Hendricks has allowed 16 hits with three walks and 25 strikeouts in his last 19 1/3 innings.

Kyle Hendricks is the third I-Cubs starter to earn the Pitcher of the Week award this season. Hendricks joined last week’s recipient, Chris Rusin, and Tsuyoshi Wada. According to the release, the I-Cubs pitching staff has allowed the fewest hits (341) and walks (94) in the PCL and is ranked fourth in strikeouts (352) and sixth in ERA (4.05). Iowa is tied with Round Rock for the most shutouts (5) this season.

Albert Almora

Albert Almora went 2-for-5 on Monday and raised his season slash line to .279/.303/.388 with 10 doubles, two home runs and a .691 OPS. Over his last 10 games, Almora is hitting .341/.356/.477/.833. Almora has hit safely in eight of his last ten games and has recorded double digit hits in each of his last six games.

Almora has seemingly gotten on track since his 3-for-5 performance last Tuesday that included three doubles and four RBI. The game on May 13 was the first time Almora’s father had been able to watch him play. Albert Almora Sr. underwent surgery for prostate cancer 20 days earlier.

Roster Moves

The Kane County Cougars and Iowa Cubs announced several roster moves on Monday.

Kane County Cougars
  • RHP Jen-Ho Tseng placed on the 7-day DL with an upper extremity injury
  • RHP Zak Hermans added to roster from extended Spring Training
  • RHP Corbin Hoffner added to roster from extended Spring Training
Iowa Cubs
  • OF Justin Ruggiano added to roster on Major League rehab assignment
  • OF Casper Wells added to roster from extended Spring Training
  • RHP Marcos Mateo placed on the 7-day DL with back strain
News and Notes

Javier Baez went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Monday night’s game. Baez doubled to right in his first at bat. The ball one-hopped the wall. Baez grounded out and grounded into a double play in two of his other three at bats. News about Baez’s day-night splits created more than its fair share of noise on Monday. Baez is hitting .255/.304/.431/.735 in the daylight and .100/.203/.200/.403 under the lights.

Justin Ruggiano went 2-for-3 with a run scored in his first rehab game with the Iowa Cubs on Monday night.

Pierce Johnson is ready to make some noise with the Cubs according to a report from Comcast SportsNet.

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