Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/14/14

Top of the heap is the best way to describe the Cubs’ farm system, with three teams in first place and three more in second place. Iowa slid to a half game back without stars Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, who were at the Futures Game. Tennessee used the muscle of Jorge Soler to retain their claim on first, while Daytona received homers from Billy McKinney and Chadd Krist to remain tied for first. Kane County continued to steamroll their way through the Midwest league thanks to Jeimer Candelario. Boise rode the hot hitting of Jeffrey Baez, Rashad Crawford, and Jesse Hodges while the AZL Cubs got contributions for rehabbing Emilio Bonifacio and Kyuji Fujikawa.

For all the details, take a look inside today’s Down on the Farm Report.

Editor’s Note: Monday’s report will cover games from Thursday to Sunday. Thursday’s report covers games Monday through Wednesday. Late Games by the Boise Hawks and the AZL Cubs will be carried on the following report.

Short Season Class-A – Boise Hawks (16–14)

Boise saw their winning streak and a chance to tie for first place end Thursday as the Hawks lost 9-3 to Hillsboro. Trevor Clifton did his best to keep the Hawks in the ballgame as he allowed two earned runs and struck out three in 4.2 innings. However, Josh Davis gave the game away to the Hops as he surrendered four earned runs in 0.2 innings. Brad Markey restored some order as he had two strikeouts in 1.2 scoreless innings. Francisco Carrillo gave up three earned runs while striking out four in two innings. Boise scored all of their runs in the fourth inning after Jesse Hodges (1-for-5) led off with a single and advanced to second on an error. Chesny Young (1-for-4 with an RBI) drove in Hodges with a one-out basehit, and moved to third on a double from Alex Tomasovich (2-for-4 with a double). A sacrifice fly scored Young, and a single by Charlie White (1-for-3) loaded the bases. Jeffrey Baez (2-for-4 with an RBI) drove in Tomasovich with a base hit.

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PrintIt was a team effort for Boise Friday as both good pitching and timely hitting led to a 5-3 victory over Eugene. Josh Conway continues to work his way back from serious arm injuries as he allowed an earned run and had a strikeout in three innings. Fellow comeback pitcher Ryan McNeil had his best outing of the year. McNeil gave up an earned run and recorded five strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Fireballer David Garner struck out three and surrendered an earned run in 1.1 innings for his first victory. Sam Wilson also fanned three batters in two innings to earn his second save.

The Hawks tied the game at one in the third inning after Giuseppe Papaccio (1-for-3) walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Calvin Graves (1-for-3 with a stolen base) walked and a single from Jeffrey Baez (1-for-4) scored Papaccio. Graves singled with one out in the seventh and a base hit by Rashad Crawford (1-for-4 with an RBI) with two outs put two runners on base. A wild pitch advanced both runners into scoring position, and a single by Mark Zagunis (1-for-5 with two RBI) drove in Graves and Crawford. Zagunis scored on a base hit from Danny Canela (1-for-5 with an RBI). Boise added some cushion in the eighth after Jason Vosler (0-for-3) walked, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a single by Papaccio.

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Saturday saw a familiar pattern for Boise as they failed to get solid pitching and lost to Eugene 5-2. Trevor Graham struggled to find consistency as he allowed four earned runs on nine hits while striking out four in five innings. Jasvir Rakkar could not finish off the seventh inning after he was nicked for an unearned run and struck out three in two innings. Trey Lang worked around a hit to pitch a scoreless eighth inning. It looked as if it would be the Hawks’ night as Rashad Crawford (2-for-4 with a stolen base) beat out an infield hit with one out in the first and stole second base. A two out double from Danny Canela (2-for-3 with a double and an RBI) scored Crawford. But that would be it until the ninth inning when Justin Marra (2-for-4) hit a one out single, advanced to third on an error and later scored on a groundout.

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The Hawks finished their series with Eugene Sunday with a 6-2 victory. Boise tied the game in the second inning after Chesny Young (1-for-4 with a double) led off with a double, moved to third on a fly ball, and scored on a passed ball. The Hawks broke things open in the fourth inning after Jesse Hodges (2-for-5) singled and Young reached on a fielding error. A base hit by Alex Tomasovich (2-for-4 with an RBI) drove in Hodges. Giuseppe Papaccio (1-for-4) loaded the bases with a single. A grounder by Mark Malave (1-for-4 with two RBI) plated Young and forced Papaccio at second. Tomasovich scored on a single from Calvin Graves and a two out base hit by Rashad Crawford (1-for-4 with an RBI) plated Malave. Boise added a run in the eighth after Tomasovich began things with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error. A base hit by Malave drove in Tomasovich.

Ben Wells was on the top of his game as he recorded eight ground ball outs along with five strikeouts as he allowed an earned run in six innings. James Norwood had his first taste of the Northwest League and strut his stuff as he struck out four in two perfect innings. Josh Davis continues to be a run-making machine as he gave up an earned run a struck out a batter in the ninth.

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Low Class-A – Kane County Cougars (62–31)

The Big Green Machine rolled out of Quad Cities Thursday night as Kane County took the rubber game of the series 9-5. The Cougars started building their lead in the first inning after Ben Carhart (3-for-5 with three RBI) and Kyle Schwarber (1-for-5) reached with one out singles and Jacob Rogers (0-for-3) walked to load the bases. Jeimer Candelario (3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, and four RBI) cleared the base with a double that plated Carhart, Schwarber and Rogers. Kevin Brown (1-for-4 with a home run) led off the fourth inning with his second home run in a Cougars uniform. Carlos Penalver (2-for-3) and Jacob Hannemann (2-for-5 with a double and an RBI) had two out singles. A base hit by Carhart drove in Penalver. The sixth started with Cael Brockmeyer (0-for-3) being hit by a pitch. Penalver walked with one out and Brockmeyer scored on a double from Hannemann. Penalver and Hannemann scored on a base hit by Carhart. Kane County added a run in the seventh after Candelario blasted a solo home run.

June Pitcher of the Month Juan Carlos Paniagua continued his excellent run as he struck out five and allowed two earned runs in 5.2 innings. Michael Wagner had some trouble, a rarity for him, as he gave up two earned runs with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings. Corbin Hoffner surrendered an earned run as he went 1.1 innings. Jose Arias got the final two outs, one with a strikeout, as he picked up his second save.

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The Cougars won their 60th game of the season on Friday as Kane County beat Beloit 6-3. Starter Duane Underwood handled the Snappers by allowing two earned runs and striking out eight in six innings. Zak Hermans had two strikeouts as he pitched a scoreless inning, while James Pugliese was tagged for an unearned run in two innings.

It was a close game until Kane County pulled away in the late innings as Ben Carhart (2-for-4 with two home runs and two RBI) put the Cougars on the board in the first with a one out solo home run. It was Jacob Rogers (1-for-4 with a home run) turn in the fourth as he hit his ninth homer of the season to put Kane County back in the lead at 2-1. Jacob Hannemann (2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and a stolen base) and Carhart led off the sixth with back-to back jacks to increase the lead to 4-2. The Cougars put the game away in the seventh after Trey Martin (1-for-3 with a double) doubled with two outs and scored on single from Hannemann. Carhart walked and Hannemann stole third base. A single by Kyle Schwarber (1-for-3 with an RBI) plated Hannemann.

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Every once in a while you run into a dry one as Kane County was shutout by Beloit 7-0 on Saturday. Tyler Skulina started but did not pitch badly. Skulina allowed two earned runs and struck out two batters in five innings. Gerardo Concepcion had a little but more trouble as he gave up three runs (two earned) with two strikeouts in three innings. Jose Arias also had a rough time as he yielded two earned runs in the ninth. The Hawks had five hits led by Jeimer Candelario, who was 2-for-3 with a double. Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 and Jacob Rogers was 1-for-4.

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An earlier postponement meant a doubleheader Sunday, and Kane County beat Beloit in the opener 3-1. Jen-Ho Tseng had a game that will put him in consideration for Midwest League Pitcher of the Week as he went the distance while allowing an earned run on three hits and striking out seven in seven innings. The Cougars scored all the runs they needed in the fourth inning after Kyle Schwarber (2-for-3) and Jacob Rogers (2-for-3) had one out singles and Jeimer Candelario (0-for-2) walked. A base hit by Kevin Brown (1-for-3 with an RBI) scored Schwarber, and a single from Cael Brockmeyer (1-for-2 with two RBI) drove in Rogers and Candelario.

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It was more nip-and-tuck in the nightcap, as the Cougars used a walk-off home run to defeat Beloit 6-5. After spotting the Snappers a run in the second inning, Kane County went to work in third after David Bote (0-for-1) drew a one out walk. A sacrifice and a walk to Ben Carhart (1-for-2) put runners on first and second. Kyle Schwarber (1-for-3 with an RBI) drove in Bote with a base hit. In the fourth inning, Will Remillard (1-for-2) had a one out single but was out on a force play from Kevin Brown (0-for-3 with a stolen base). Brown stole second and scored on a triple from Carlos Penalver (1-for-2 with a triple and an RBI). Carhart singled with one out in the fifth and Schwarber walked and both scored on a home run from Jeimer Candelario (2-for-3 with two home runs and four RBI). Paul Blackburn did not have a typical effort as he gave up four runs (three earned) in five innings. James Pugliese had a strikeout in a scoreless inning, but Michael Heesch allowed Beloit to tie the game in the seventh as he surrendered an earned run. That set up Candelario in the bottom of the frame as he hit a one out home run to give the victory to the Cougars.

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High Class–A – Daytona Cubs (40-50)

Pitching woes continue to plague the D-Cubs as they lost 7-4 to Dunedin Thursday. Nathan Dorris got the starting assignment and allowed five earned runs while striking out three in four innings. Michael Jensen tried to keep things under control as he struck out three in three scoreless innings. Stephen Perakslis gave up two earned runs in an inning, while Zack Godley worked around a walk with a strikeout in the ninth. Daytona actually took the lead in the third inning after Willson Contreras (0-for-3) and Jordan Hankins (1-for-3) started things off with walks and Contreras scored on a single from Marco Hernandez (3-for-5 with a double). The D-Cubs added three more runs in the eighth after Hankins and Hernandez led off with singles. Hernandez was wiped out on a force from Albert Almora (1-for-5). Dan Vogelbach (0-for-4) was hit by a pitch. Hankins and Almora scored on a double from Bijan Rademacher (2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI). Vogelbach scored after two out walks by Gioskar Amaya (0-for-2) and Billy McKinney (0-for-3 with an RBI).

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Daytona remained unable to close out a ballgame as their bullpen failed in an 8-5 loss to Jupiter on Friday. Yao-Lin Wang got the spot start and was competent. Wang allowed three earned runs and struck out two in three innings. Austin Kirk picked up the slack with two strikeouts in 3.2 scoreless innings. But Starling Peralta was pounded for five runs (three earned) in the final 1.1 innings. The D-Cubs tied the score in the second after Bijan Rademacher (2-for-5 with an RBI) led off with a single and scored two outs later on a base hit from Wes Darvill (2-for-4 with an RBI). Daytona moved ahead in the third after Jordan Hankins (0-for-2) walked and scored on a two out double by Dan Vogelbach (2-for-5 with a double and an RBI). The D-Cubs regained the lead in the seventh after Marco Hernandez (1-for-3) reached on an error with one out. Albert Almora (0-for-4) walked, and Hernandez scored on a two out single from Rademacher. A double by Rock Shoulders (1-for-5 with a double and two RBI) drove in Almora and Rademacher.

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Rain shortened Saturday night’s game but Daytona ended up with a 7-4 victory over Jupiter in seven and a third innings. Starter Rob Zastryzny yielded three earned runs in the first inning, but settled down to blank the Hammerheads for three more innings as he went four and struck out two batters. Justin Amlung has been pitching better since moving back to the pen. Amlung fanned three and allowed an earned run in three innings.

The D-Cubs put a run on the board in the first inning after Dan Vogelbach (1-for-3 with an RBI) walked with two out and moved to third on a single by Bijan Rademacher (2-for-5 with a stolen base). A base hit from Rock Shoulders (3-for-5 with a double and an RBI) drove in Vogelbach. Willson Contreras (2-for-3 with a double) led off the second with a double and scored on a two out single from Marco Hernandez (1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base). Daytona regained the lead in the fifth inning after Rademacher reached with a one out single and stole second base. Billy McKinney (1-for-3 with an RBI) and Contreras walked and Jordan Hankins drew a free pass to force in Rademacher. A single by Zeke DeVoss (1-for-3 with two RBI) brought in McKinney and Contreras. Gioskar Amaya (1-for-5 with a double) began the sixth inning with a double and scored on a single from Vogelbach. Vogelbach was forced out at second on a fly ball from Rademacher, and a base hit by Shoulders moved him over to third. A groundout plated Rademacher.

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On Sunday, Daytona held on to their slim claim to first place as they cruised to an easy 6-2 victory over Jupiter. It all started in the second inning after Rock Shoulders (1-for-3 with a double) drew a one out walk. A single by Wes Darvill (2-for-3) and a force play by Billy McKinney (1-for-3 with a home run and four RBI) scored Shoulders. McKinney scored on a home run from Chadd Krist (2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI). Shoulders led off the sixth with a double and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly. The D-Cubs answered a run from the Hammerheads in the eighth after Darvill singled with two outs and scored on a home run from McKinney.

Tayler Scott had one of his best outings of the season as he scattered five hit in six scoreless innings with a strikeout. Stephen Perakslis surrendered two runs (one earned) and had two strikeouts in two innings. Zack Godley struck out a batter in a scoreless ninth.

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Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (46-47)

Tennessee was able to come back Thursday but the Smokies could not seal the deal as they lost 6-5 to Jacksonville. Matt Loosen put the Smokies in a hole as he allowed four earned runs and struck out two in three innings. Jeffrey Lorick, Zach Cates, and Lendy Castillo worked two innings, 1.1 innings, and 0.2 innings respectively and kept the Suns off the board. Hunter Cervenka gave up two earned runs in 1.2 innings, and Frank Batista picked up the final out. Tennessee started their comeback in the fifth inning after Luis Flores (0-for-4) led off with a walk and Jonathan Mota (1-for-4) reached on a one out single. A base hit from pinch-hitter Stephen Bruno (1-for-1) loaded the bases. Flores scored on a force out by Jae-Hoon Ha (0-for-5 with an RBI). Elliot Soto (1-for-3 with an RBI) reloaded the base with a walk, and a wild pitch allowed Mota to score. Jorge Soler (2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI) led off the sixth with a solo home run. Pinch-hitter Pin-Chieh Chen (1-for-2 with a triple) started the seventh with a triple and scored on a one out single from Soto. In the ninth, Soto walked with two outs and Addison Russell (2-for-5) singled. A base hit from Soler plated Soto.

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It was a tough 4-2 loss on Friday as Tennessee just couldn’t get their offense together against Jacksonville. Corey Black pitched a season-high seven innings. Black allowed two earned runs and struck out eight batters. Tony Zych had two strikeouts as he gave up an earned run in an inning, while Andrew McKirahan struck out a batter with an earned run in the ninth. The Smokies got on the board first after Pin-Chieh Chen (0-for-3 with a stolen base) walked with one out in the third inning. Chen stole second base and scored on a single from Addison Russell (2-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base). Christian Villanueva (2-for-4 with a home run) added a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning.

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An excellent pitching performance Saturday was spoiled by a lack of offense as Tennessee lost 2-0 to Jacksonville. Pierce Johnson limited the Suns to three hits but allowed two earned runs while striking out five in 5.1 innings. The bullpen did their job as they shutout Jacksonville the rest of the way and held them to two more hits. Lendy Castillo tossed 0.2 innings, while Jeffrey Lorick pitched an inning. P.J. Francescon had two strikeouts in two innings. The Smokies outhit the Suns 7-5 but couldn’t capitalize. Elliot Soto was 2-for-3 with a double, while Anthony Giansanti went 1-for-3. Pin-Chieh Chen and Luis Flores were 1-for-4 and Jorge Soler and Charles Cutler contributed pinch-hits.

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It was ‘swing from the heels’ day on Sunday as Tennessee and Jacksonville combined for 25 hits with the Smokies beating the Suns 14-8. It all started innocently enough after Elliot Soto (2-for-4 with a double, RBI, and a stolen base) and Steven Bruno (3-for-5 with three RBI and a stolen base) led off the game with singles. Soto stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly. After Jacksonville took the lead 4-1, Tennessee stormed back with seven runs in the fifth inning after Dustin Geiger (1-for-3 with a double and an RBI) reached on an error. Pinch-hitter Addison Russell had a single, and Geiger scored on a double from Soto. Pinch-runner P.J. Francescon scored on a ground out, and Soto came in on a home run from Jorge Soler (3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI). Christian Villanueva (1-for-3 with two RBI) walked and a double by Luis Flores (1-for-4 with a double) put runners in scoring position. Villanueva scored on a single from Anthony Giansanti (2-for-4 with two RBI). Giansanti and Flores scored on a double by Geiger. The Smokies picked up a run in the sixth inning after Bruno and Soler had one out singles. Bruno scored on a base hit from Villanueva. It was 9-8 Tennessee in the bottom of the seventh when they put on the winning kick. Jae-Hoon Ha (1-for-5) singled with two outs and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Charles Cutler (1-for-4) and Soto walked, with Ha and Cutler scoring on a single from Bruno. Soto and Bruno scored when Soler delivered his second home run of the game.

Eduardo Figueroa started for the Smokies and was tagged for four runs, all unearned, in three innings. Zach Cates was the first call out of the pen as he had a strikeout in two scoreless innings. Lendy Castillo gave up two earned runs and had two strikeouts in 0.2 innings, while Hunter Cervenka allowed two earned runs and struck out two in 1.1 innings. Frank Batista settled things down by striking out two in two scoreless innings.

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Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (51-46)

It was one of those nights for Iowa on Thursday as they lost 7-1 to Omaha. With an increased workload with all the promotions and options, Carlos Pimentel got the start and gave up four runs (three earned) while striking out two in 5.2 innings. Arodys Vizcaino continues to get hit hard as he allowed three earned runs with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings. Up from Boise to provide a fresh arm, Jasvir Rakkar picked up a strikeout in a perfect inning. The I-Cubs got a consolation run in the seventh after Kris Bryant (1-for-3 with a home run and an RBI) blasted his ninth home run in an Iowa uniform.

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It was win number 50 for the Iowa Cubs Friday as they scored all of their runs early in the 7-4 victory over Oklahoma City. Iowa tied the game in the bottom of the first after Logan Watkins (2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBI, and a stolen base) reached on a one out double, stole third, and scored on a ground out. The I-Cubs then exploded for six runs in the second after Rafael Lopez (1-for-3) walked and scored on a Chris Valaika (1-for-2 with a home run and two RBI) home run. Josh Vitters (1-for-4) was hit by a pitch, stole second and Brett Jackson (1-for-3) walked. A sacrifice bunt moved the runners up a base, and Ryan Kalish (0-for-4) was walked intentionally. A double by Watkins scored Vitters, Jackson and Kalish, and Watkins took third on a throw to the plate. A double from Javier Baez (1-for-4 with a double and two RBI) plated Watkins.

Chris Rusin was back after spending a few days with the parent club and had a season high nine strikeouts as he allowed two earned runs in seven innings. Alberto Cabrera gave up two earned runs in two innings with a strikeout.

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A day-night doubleheader Saturday began with the two biggest cogs on the Iowa offense missing as Javier Baez and Kris Bryant were off to the Futures Game. The I-Cubs pulled together a team effort and beat Oklahoma City 6-5. Dan Straily got the starting nod and struggled through the entire game. Straily allowed five runs (four earned) while striking out four in four innings. Marcos Mateo picked up the slack by blanking the RedHawks over three innings with six strikeouts. Iowa began chipping away at a 5-0 deficit in the fourth inning, when Logan Watkins (1-for-3) and Chris Valaika (1-for-3) had one out singles. A force out by Manny Ramirez (0-for-3 with an RBI) plated Watkins. A walk to Josh Vitters (1-for-2) put two runners on for Ryan Kalish (2-for-3 with a double, a home run, three RBI, and a stolen base), who delivered a three-run home run. Vitters then started the rally in the bottom of the seventh with a single. Kalish doubled, but pinch-runner Brett Jackson was thrown out at the plate. A double from Mota plated Kalish with the tying run, and Lars Anderson(0-for-2) was walked. A single by Eli Whiteside (1-for-2 with an RBI) scored Mota with the game-winner.

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After a break, Iowa resumed with game two of the day-night doubleheader and lost 2-1 to Oklahoma City. Yoanner Negrin got the spot start and wasn’t too bad as he went six innings and allowed two earned runs while striking out four batters. Armando Rivero pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout. The I-Cubs tried to rally back in the seventh inning after Lars Anderson (1-for-3 with a double) led off with a double and moved to third on a single from Matt Szczur (1-for-4). Szczur stole second and Anderson scored on a groundout.

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The somewhat toothless Iowa Cubs limped into the All-Star break with a 5-2 loss to Oklahoma City Sunday. Still without big bats Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, Iowa struggled to get three hits as they scored all of their runs in the fourth inning. Matt Szczur (0-for-3) was hit by a pitch and Logan Watkins (1-for-3) walked, with both advancing a base on a wild pitch. Szczur scored on a sacrifice fly, and Watkins came home on a throwing error. Tsuyoshi Wada was back after a short stint with the parent club and allowed four runs while striking out five in six innings. Dae-Eun Rhee relieved and gave up an earned run as he struck out three in three innings.

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Arizona Rookie League – AZL Cubs (9–8)

There’s not much to say about the AZL Cubs’ 8-0 loss to the Diamondbacks on Thursday. Rehabbing reliever Kyuji Fujikawa had a strikeout in a scoreless inning, but Jose Paulino allowed seven runs (five earned) with five strikeouts in four innings. Third baseman Varonex Cuevas went 3-for-4.

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A-Cubs pitchers records 14 strikeouts Friday as they beat the Mariners 2-0. Fourth round left-hander Carson Sands made his professional debut and had two strikeouts in an inning of work. Jesus Castillo pitched three innings with three strikeouts for the victory, while Pedro Araujo had five strikeouts in three innings. Kevonte Mitchell and Adonis Paula went 1-for-4 with an RBI.

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The AZL Cubs were not able to muster enough offense Saturday night as they lost to the White Sox 3-1. Rehabbing infielder, Emilio Bonifacio led off the game with a walk, stole second and scored on a single from Alberto Mineo (1-for-4 with an RBI). Jefferson Mejia allowed three runs (one earned) and struck out a batter in relief to take the loss.

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News and Notes

The Chicago Cubs sent INF/OF Emilio Bonifacio to the AZL Cubs on a rehab assignment; recalled LHP Zac Rosscup from the Iowa Cubs; optioned RHP Kyle Hendricks and RHP Blake Parker to the Iowa Cubs; assigned INF/OF Jonathan Mota to the Iowa Cubs from the Tennessee Smokies; assigned LHP Michael Heesch to the Iowa Cubs from the Kane County Cougars; assigned RHP Jasvir Rakkar to the Iowa Cubs from the Boise Hawks; assigned RHP Alberto Cabrera to the Tennessee Smokies from the Iowa Cubs; assigned LHP Michael Heesch to the Kane County Cougars from the Iowa Cubs;  assigned RHP Jasvir Rakkar to the Boise Hawks from the Iowa Cubs; assigned RHP James Norwood and LHP Tommy Thorpe to the Boise Hawks from the AZL Cubs; assigned RHP Greyfer Eregua and LHP Alberto Diaz to the AZL Cubs from the Boise Hawks; assigned LHP Carson Sands to the AZL Cubs. The Iowa Cubs placed INF Javier Baez and INF Kris Bryant on the temporary inactive list; activated 1B Lars Anderson from the 7-day disabled list.

Top Prospect Watch
  • Note: Jorge Soler returns to the Top Prospect List, replacing OF Jacob Hannemann
Albert Almora (OF) – Daytona Cubs

 

Corey Black (RHP) – Tennessee Smokies

 

Paul Blackburn (RHP) – Kane County Cougars

 

Kyle Hendricks (RHP) – Iowa Cubs

 

Eloy Jimenez (OF) – AZL Cubs

 

Pierce Johnson (RHP) – Tennessee Smokies

 

Jorge Soler (OF) – Tennessee Smokies

 

Dan Vogelbach (1B) – Daytona Cubs

 

Rob Zastryzny (LHP) – Daytona Cubs

 

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

    Tseng is a guy that I’m excited about. Wish Loosen could ever be consistent. Guy threw a no hitter but is just all over the place.

    Black and Johnson are getting going again. Just wish CJ would join them and that staff would be together.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Tom – great job as always… Pierce Johnson and Corey Black are in AA and both judging by BB/9 appear to have some control issues going on, is there anyone else in AA or higher with TOR stuff?

    • Tom U

      At present, no. CJ Edwards and Ivan Pineyro are the closest and they both are still on the DL.

      • Patrick_Schaefer

        Thanks for responding.

  • SuzyS

    Whatever happened to Trey McNutt? Was he released or is he on the DL?

    • Tom U

      Trey is rehabbing in Arizona along with Barret Loux. Both are out for the season, but things do have a way of changing.

      • SuzyS

        Thanks, Tom.