Rock Shoulders Named FSL Offensive Player of the Week and Cubs News from Down on the Farm

Rock Shoulders was named the Florida State League Offensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon. The Daytona first baseman, outfielder, designated hitter is having a good second half and he became the first D-Cubs player to take home a weekly honor this season. Shoulders was 6-for-14 in five games with a double, three home runs and 10 walks this past week.

For the season, Rock Shoulders is hitting .229/.346/.414 with 16 doubles, 12 home runs and a .761 OPS. In the second half (33 games), Shoulders is batting .270/.400/.568 with six doubles, nine home runs and a .968 OPS.

Felix Doubront

The Cubs announced Monday that Felix Doubront would make his first start in the organization Tuesday for Iowa. Doubront is being sent out on a rehab assignment after completing his third bullpen session Saturday under the watchful eye of Chris Bosio.

Doubront was placed on the 15-day DL with a left calf strain after he was acquired from the Red Sox prior to the deadline.

After posting an 11-6 record in 29 games, 27 starts, for the Red Sox last season with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP, Doubront was 2-4 in 17 appearances, 10 starts, at the big league level this year with a 6.07 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. In 59 1/3 innings, Doubront gave up 69 hits with 26 walks and 43 strikeouts. Doubront made two starts (9 2/3 innings) for Triple-A Pawtucket and allowed two runs on six hits with five walks and 13 strikeouts (1.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP).

The Cubs would like to see Felix Doubront start games at the big league level before the end of the season.

Other News and Notes

PrintRHP Dan Straily has been very good of late. Straily tossed six innings of shutout ball Monday night and allowed two hits with three walks and four strikeouts on 99 pitches, 61 for strikes. Straily has three quality starts in his last three outings. Straily has not allowed an earned run since July 26.

Iowa topped Oklahoma City 3-0 on Monday night, and tied a franchise record with their 13th shutout of the season.

Billy McKinney has quietly been very good with Daytona since the trade with Oakland. McKinney is batting .327/.424/.449 with six doubles, two triples, a home run, 18 walks and 24 strikeouts for a .873 OPS. The soon-to-be 20-year old outfielder (Aug. 23) has shown a lot of improvement in 31 games with the D-Cubs.

Jorge Soler doubled in a run Monday night (1-for-4 with a double and a RBI) and is 18-for-59 in 19 games with the Iowa Cubs. Soler has eight doubles and five home runs with 12 walks and 12 strikeouts. All but three of Soler’s hits at the Triple-A level have gone for extra bases (.305/.423/.695/1.117).

Kris Bryant’s hitting streak ended at 13 games Monday when Bryant went 0-for-4.

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  • Tony_H

    Dan Straily is looking like he will be up soon to see if he can continue the success he is having against major league teams. We almost have too many guys to try and get starts that you have to believe they will be shutting down a couple of guys for the year to create some openings and go to a 6 man rotation in September.

    • Theboardrider

      I’d like to know who’s been working with him? What is making a difference.

      I know some feel he’s a “throw-in,” and relatively worthless. But we tend to hear that about any of Theo’s acquisitions that aren’t top 50 prospects. Look at Straily’s first season, the guy knows how to pitch.

      Not saying he’ll be an ace or something. But no reason to think he’s not going to be a back end guy at least. And of he, Turner and Doubront, I’d say his ceiling is lowest. I think Turner could be a wonderful pitcher, and I think Doubront could be too. Although Doubront is much more likely to just be another mid to back end guy.

      But I’ll say it now, I predict all 3 are pitching in Chicago for a while and have an impact on the great teams that we’re going to have soon.

      • Neil

        The deal with Oakland should be broken in two pieces. The Cubs acquired two prospects (Russell and McKinney) for Samardzija and basically swapped Hammel for a younger version of Jason Hammel plus a player to be named later. The PTBNL is likely conditional based on the way Hammel pitches.

        The organization has a good pitching infrastructure and the turn around started when the front office hired Derek Johnson away from Vanderbilt.

        If you are asking about Iowa’s pitching coach, I have heard and read nothing but rave reviews about the work Bruce Walton has done with Iowa this year.

        • Theboardrider

          Great analysis Neil! Thanks as always.

  • Chris K.

    Rock Shoulders. I hope he comes up to MLB just for the name.

    • paulcatanese

      Why not? He already has a movie named after him, “The Rock” :)

      • Chris K.

        I thought his name sounded like he belonged in a certain kind of movie if you catch my drift.

        • Theboardrider

          Totally get it Chris…a superhero movie right? Like the Thing, or the Hulk?

          That’s what you meant right? I mean this is a family site, no? :))))))))