The Daily CCO: Cubs Calling Up Alcantara and Other News and Notes

A not-so-good Tuesday for the Cubs ended on a positive note. After the Cubs could not hold off the Reds and ended up losing both games of the doubleheader, the team announced Darwin Barney would be placed on the paternity list in order to be with his wife for the birth of their third child. Darwin Barney has been hitting much better of late (12-for-31 last eight games with two doubles and a triple) while turning in play after play in the field. While Barney is out for the next two days, the Cubs will call-up one of the top prospects in the system.

Arismendy Alcantara has been called up for the last two games in Cincinnati and will return to Iowa for the weekend. Alcantara will play in the Triple-A All-Star game next week. But for the next two days, Alcantara has a chance to play on a Major League field in a big league game that actually counts. And Alcantara, if he plays, will face two very good starting pitchers in Alfredo Simon and Homer Bailey, and a Reds bullpen stocked with hard throwers.

So while it is only a half a cup of coffee for Arismendy Alcantara, at least there will be a cup of coffee to go with the front office’s cookie.

Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant was ejected from Tuesday night’s game in Omaha for basically arguing balls and strikes, the first time in his professional career Bryant has been ejected from a game.

PrintBryant did not agree with the strike zone and ending up striking out in the bat he took a called strike. Bryant told the ump after the at bat, “That’s on you” according to a report from ESPN Chicago and Bryant was tossed. Marty Pevey was also ejected from the game when he defended Bryant.

Kris Bryant admitted after the game he had used that phrase before and did not realize he said anything wrong at the time.

This is just one example of the lessons players must learn in the minor leagues.

In other Kris Bryant news … Jason McLeod told ESPN Chicago, now is not the time to move Kris Bryant to the outfield. Bryant is working on his defense at third, and for now, the Cubs see him as a third baseman.

News and Notes

Chris Rusin is staying in the Cubs pen according to a report from Cubs.com. Rusin was being considered for a spot in the rotation but the Cubs have decided to leave him in the pen for now. The Cubs will have to send out a reliever to make room for Dallas Beeler on the active roster, and that move will likely be Blake Parker returning to Iowa. Could the Cubs be closing in on a deal for one of the lefty relievers?

The Cubs have confidence in Chris Coghlan hitting leadoff for the team according to a report from Cubs.com.

There is not a timetable yet on when Emilio Bonifacio will return.

And, just case you haven’t been reminded enough … Go #VoteRizzo

Minor News and Notes

Javier Baez (1-for-4) and Kris Bryant (1-for-4) hit back-to-back in Iowa’s lineup for the first time Tuesday night … Baez hit third, Bryant fourth. Over his last 10 games, Javier Baez has a .265/.366/.618 line with three doubles, three home runs, six walks and 10 strikeouts.

Addison Russell and Jorge Soler did not play Tuesday. Russell and Soler are recovering from hamstring injuries and Tuesday was a scheduled day off for both players.

Mark Zagunis went 0-for-4 Tuesday night. Zagunis is hitting .364/.512/.455 in nine games for Boise with eight walks, five strikeouts and a .966 OPS.

Chesny Young is 6-for-8 in three games with Boise and is 7-for-14 with a double in five games in the Cubs system.

Kyle Schwarber went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI Tuesday night. Schwarber is batting .379/.471/.707/1.177 in 16 games with Kane County. Schwarber has seven doubles and four home runs to go along with eight walks and 12 strikeouts in 58 at bats.

Kevin Brown is quietly putting together a good season. Brown has played in 22 games for Tennessee, Kane County and Boise and is hitting .314/.375/.535 with nine doubles, two triples, two home runs and a .910 OPS. Brown went 2-for-4 for the Cougars Tuesday night with a home run and a double.

Albert Almora is hitting .415/.455/.683 over his last 10 games with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, three walks, three strikeouts and a 1.137 OPS.

In the wake of the trade, the Cubs will see the next wave of pitching according to a report from Tony Andracki.

This Day In Cubstory

2011 – Cubs released Augie Ojeda

2005 – On the first pitch in his first big league plate appearance, 24-year old outfielder Adam Greenberg was struck in the back of the head by a 92 mph fastball thrown by Marlins pitcher Valerio de los Santos. Greenberg suffered a concussion and experienced positional vertigo as a result of the beaning. Greenberg entered the game in the ninth inning as a pinch hitter.

2001 – Sammy Sosa lost the Home Run Derby during All-Star Game festivities to Luis Gonzalez

1970 – Cubs traded Archie Reynolds to the Angels for Juan Pizarro

1969 – Rookie Jimmy Qualls one-out single in the ninth spoiled Tom Seaver’s no-hit bid. The Cubs lost to the Mets 4-0 at Shea Stadium in ‘The Imperfect Game’

1955 – Willie Wilson, born

1946 – Cubs purchased Doyle Lade from the White Sox

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

    I enjoyed the Tony Andracki report and the comments from Walton. Glad to hear that at AAA they are constantly working on how to be a MLB player and put development ahead of winning games in some cases. As it should be…

    • Patrick_Schaefer

      I really think that is another reason why no bat veteran Eli Whiteside is in AAA IOWA is to help these young pitchers development.

  • DWalker

    At what point does Almora enter the discussion to move up? slow start but hes been .351/.378/.545/.924 over the last 28 days/19 games and getting hotter as he goes. Any hope he gets to AA this year?

    • DWalker

      another interesting thing is Almora and Russell apparently got to be buddies last year. Might do em both good.

    • Patrick_Schaefer

      Almora does need to be moved up he started off bad and has overcome that and needs to be challenged at the next level.
      There is no growth without constant challenges.

      I’m not mechanically inclined and I don’t like asking for help but I do and not for someone to do it for me but to show me how. And I’ve learned how to fix things around the house and learned how to fix the lawn mower and do basic plumbing fix the roof. I had early struggles at my job and asked for additional training and now I’m one of the top in my department.

      It’s a completely different situation but my son is 9 and autistic he’s not at the same level as other 9 year Olds but I constantly work with him I don’t treat him like he can’t do anything, I don’t push to much on his plate at one time but we work on little things and sometimes it’s not working so we have to change our approach/adapt and he keeps blossoming and has made huge strides over the past three years. But you can’t be complacent and we keep challenging him and it takes time but he keeps growing and improving in every aspect.

    • daverj

      I hope they keep him in high-A this season and if he finishes well, then move him up to AA for 2015. I think it would be a mistake to move him up to AA this year.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Schwarber has yet to be challenged and needs to keep moving up until he is challenged then Zagunis needs to be moved up and take Schwarber’s place.

    • daverj

      Unlike Almora, these are proposed promotions I agree with, especially Schwarber.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    That’s pretty sad about Adam Greenberg. He only had 2 PA in the majors he struggled after the injury and then turned things around in independent league and in the minors but never got a second chance.

    • calicub

      He was called up last year for Miami wasn’t he?

      • Patrick_Schaefer

        For 1 plate appearance.