On the day that news surfaced Javier Baez was being promoted to the big leagues, two of the other top prospects in the system received more recognition from MLB Pipeline.
Jorge Soler hit .378/.473/.811 in 27 games between Tennessee and Iowa with eight home runs, 15 RBI and a 1.283 OPS. Soler went hitless Monday with two walks and is batting .243/.364/.595 with a .958 OPS in 13 games with Iowa.
Kris Bryant went 8-for-24 during the week with two doubles, three home runs, five walks, seven strikeouts and 10 runs scored.
Kris Bryant has come out of his first ‘slump’ and is batting .345/.525/.759 in his last 10 games with three doubles, three home runs, nine walks, 10 strikeouts, three stolen bases and a 1.284 OPS. For the season, Kris Bryant is batting .339/.442/.686 with 33 doubles, 36 home runs, 94 RBI, 279 total bases, 15 stolen bases and a 1.128 OPS.
Javier Baez received an honorable mention for Offensive Player of the Week and Offensive Player of the Month and Jen-Ho Tseng, arguably the Cubs top pitching prospect, received an honorable mention for Pitcher of the Month.
Jake Stinnett, the Cubs second round pick in June’s Draft, made his professional debut Monday night for the AZL Cubs. Stinnett threw two-thirds of an inning and retired both batters he faced.
A report from the park by Bill Mitchell, Stinnett’s fastball was in the 91-92 mph range in his “easy 2/3 inning outing.”
While the strikeouts are still there, Mike Olt is seeing the ball and making good contact since he was sent down to Iowa last month.
Olt collected two more hits Monday night and was 2-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two strikeouts.
In 14 games with Iowa, Mike Olt is 18-for-54 with seven doubles, a home run, a walk and 17 strikeouts (.333/.345/.519) for a .864 OPS. Olt is hitting both left handers and right handers during his short time with Iowa.
Tom Ricketts spoke to the Executives’ Club of Chicago last Monday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva, the home of the Kane County Cougars. And Mr. Ricketts was asked about where the team stood with the television contract for the games that are currently broadcast on WGN TV.
One option for the Cubs is a Cubs network on a multicast station.
Tom Ricketts said, “The biggest challenge for us on the business side is to make sure the decisions we make over the next few years on our media rights will be the ones that make the most send for the organization and give us the most financial flexibility going forward. The good news is it’s going to be great for the team. Those are going to be big dollars, and those are going to be dollars that go back on the field.”
The business side is working on finding the best option for the team moving forward until after the 2019 season when the Cubs will own all of the television rights to its games.
As was reported in June when the multicast option first surfaced, if the Cubs choose that option the team will have to start planning soon and taking steps forward in order to have enough time to be ready for next season’s telecasts.
News and Notes
According to a report from David Kaplan, the front office is not going to promote Addison Russell to Triple-A Iowa, right now, to take Javier Baez’s spot on the roster. Russell is performing well with Tennessee and more importantly, he is staying on the field. In 26 games with the Smokies, Russell is batting .287/.327/.554 with three doubles, eight home runs and a .882 OPS.
Oakland placed Jason Hammel on revocable trade waivers Monday.
According to Buster Olney, it would make sense for the Cubs or the Pirates to place a claim on Cole Hamels. For the Cubs it would be to make a deal “unlikely” for other teams and for the Pirates to block team like the Dodgers, Cardinals and Giants from getting a chance to make a deal with Philly for him.
The I-Cubs’ pitching staff leads the PCL with 12 shutouts this season.
Manny Ramirez is enjoying his role with the Iowa Cubs.
This Day In Cubstory
2013 – Cubs selected Thomas Neal off waivers from the Yankees
2012 – Darwin Barney set the Cubs’ All-Time record for consecutive games by a second baseman without committing an error. Barney was not charged with an error for the 91st straight game. Barney went onto set the NL mark of 127 straight errorless games by a second baseman, surpassing Cubs Hall of Famer and his former manager Ryne Sandberg.
2012 – Cubs traded Jeff Baker to the Tigers for a PTBNL. Detroit sent Marcelo Carreno and cash to the Cubs on Oct. 16, 2012 to complete the trade
2009 – Cubs released B.J. Ryan
2009 – Cubs released Jason Waddell
2007 – Tom Glavine beat the Cubs at Wrigley Field for career win No. 300
2000 – Sammy Sosa became the first player in Cubs history to collect 100 RBI in six consecutive seasons. Sosa broke the franchise record of five set by Hack Wilson (1926-30).
1981 – The Cubs traded Rick Reuschel to the Yankees for Doug Bird, Mike Griffin and $400,000.
1979 – Hack Wilson, Willie Mays and Warren Giles were inducted into the Hall of Fame
1979 – Cubs honor Jack Brickhouse for his 5,000th television broadcast of a game.
1977 – Eric Hinske, born
1977 – The Phillies signed amateur free agent Bobby Dernier
1945 – Cubs pounded out 22 hits in game one of a doubleheader against the Reds. The Cubs took the opener of the twinbill 12-5 behind three doubles and a single from Stan Hack and four hits from Phil Cavarretta. Claude Passeau picked up the win in game two, 2-1.
1943 – Cubs traded Bill Lee to the Phillies for Mickey Livingston
1913 – Cubs traded Ed Reulbach to the Brooklyn Superbas for Eddie Stack and cash
1911 – Frank Chance suspended Joe Tinker for indifferent play and fined Tinker $150.00. Tinker was reinstated the next day.
1894 – With Cap Anson at bat in the sixth inning, a fire broke out in the grandstand at West Side Grounds. With 10,000 on hand, a stampede injured hundreds as the crowd tore through the barbed wire fence that was installed to prevent the 25-cent bleacher fans from mobbing the umpires. The game was called after six innings with the Chicago National League team posting an 8-1 victory.