One of the top prospects in the Cubs’ system had a very special night in Daytona on Monday. Javier Baez hit four home runs in as many at bats and drove in seven of the D-Cubs’ nine runs in Daytona’s 9-7 victory over Fort Myers.
Javier Baez hit the four home runs off three different pitchers to all three fields. Baez hit his first homer to right center on a fastball. The second one cleared the centerfield wall, also on a fastball. Baez hit his third one out to left on a changeup and he completed his night by pulling a slider over the left field wall.
Javier Baez made history by becoming only the second player in the 94-year history of the Florida State League to hit four home runs in the same game. Former Cubs’ farmhand, Ryan Harvey was the first player to hit four homers in a FSL game back in 2006.
After a rather slow start to the season, the 20-year old shortstop has his slash line up to .291/.339/.570 with 17 doubles, four triples and 13 home runs. Baez is hitting .432/.523/1.054 with an OPS of 1.577 over his last 10 games with five doubles, six home runs, three walks and nine strikeouts. Baez did commit his 26th error on Monday night.
According to a report from the Sun-Times, Carlos Marmol has been cleared in the sexual-assault civil suit. Marmol was accused last fall of sexual-assault and the woman that filed the charges dropped her civil suit against Marmol.
Police in the Dominican Republic investigated the situation after charges were filed but found insufficient evidence to file criminal charges. Marmol found out from his lawyers last week that the civil suit had been dropped.
The Sun-Times reported that Marmol did not pay a settlement.
The Cubs minor league pitcher for the month of May received another honor on Monday. Kyle Hendricks was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week (June 3-9).
Kyle Hendricks is 6-2 in 12 starts for the Smokies this season with a 2.14 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Hendricks has struck out 61 batters with only 16 walks in 71 1/3 innings. Hendricks has surrendered 61 hits and only two home runs.
News and Notes
Ian Stewart questioned on his Twitter account if he will play for the Cubs again. When asked when he would be heading back to Chicago, Stewart responded with “probably never.” Stewart stated recently on his Twitter account that he wished the Cubs would let him go so he could sign with another team. Stewart chose to take his assignment to Iowa. The Cubs owe Stewart the remainder of the $2 million contract they signed him to in the off-season as long as he remains in the organization or if they release him.
On the eve of Matt Garza facing the Reds for the first time since accusing Johnny Cueto of throwing at David DeJesus, Dusty Baker put the onus on Garza according to a report from ESPN Chicago. Baker said the Reds have moved on and that Johnny Cueto was fined for throwing the ball over DeJesus’ head.
WGN Radio announced on Monday that they will carry all of the Blackhawks Stanley Cup games. Games three, four and seven would conflict with Cubs games and instead of moving the Blackhawks to a sister station, the Cubs games will be moved to The Loop, 97.9 FM.
Shawn Camp will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday with the Kane County Cougars. If all goes well during Camp’s one inning on Tuesday, he will pitch again on Friday for the Cougars.