The Florida State League announced Tuesday the roster for the North Mid-Season All Star team, and four Daytona Cubs were named All-Stars.
2B Gioskar Amaya, LHP Andrew McKirahan, RHP Felix Pena and OF Bijan Rademacher will join the rest of the Florida State League All Stars at McKechnie Field in Bradenton on Saturday, June 14.
Dave Keller, the D-Cubs skipper, will manage the North All-Star team and will be joined by his entire coaching staff … Mariano Duncan (hitting coach), Ron Villone (pitching coach), Pete Fagan (trainer) and Jason Morriss (strength and conditioning coach).
D-Cubs All Stars
Gioskar Amaya, a 21-year old infielder, is hitting .292/.369/.358 this season after a rough year with Kane County. Amaya has six doubles, one home run and 15 walks in 42 games with a .727 OPS.
Andrew McKirahan, a 24-year old lefty reliever, has been very good this year. McKirahan has allowed 23 hits with seven walks and 26 strikeouts in 26 innings this season. All 16 of his appearances have been out of the pen and he has four saves under his belt. McKirahan had Tommy John surgery in July of 2012 and has been better against right handed hitters (.222/.237/.292) than lefties (.250/.382/.321) so far this year.
Felix Pena is another example of why a pitcher’s win-loss record is not the best way to judge his overall performance. Pena is 1-5 in 10 starts this season. But in 51 innings, he’s allowed 15 runs, eight earned, on 33 hits with 18 walks and 28 strikeouts (1.41 ERA, 1.00 WHIP). Pena ranks second in the league in ERA and fourth in WHIP.
Bijan Rademacher, a 22-year old outfielder, is getting on base more than 40 percent of the time and is quietly having a very good season with the D-Cubs. Rademacher is hitting .313/.411/.467/.878 in 45 games with 12 doubles, one triple, 17 walks and three home runs.
Minor League Roster Moves
The Cubs minor league affiliates made three moves on Tuesday. C Rafael Lopez was promoted from Tennessee to Iowa and played in the I-Cubs finale with the Sounds. Lopez went 0-for-4 in his Triple-A debut.
Austin Kirk was sent from Tennessee to Daytona. The lefty was 1-4 in 13 appearances for the Smokies with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.
The Smokies activated Matt Loosen and he started Tuesday night’s game against the Birmingham Barons.
Minor League Notes
Jed Hoyer told the beat writers Tuesday afternoon, C.J. Edwards last MRI was clean and the Cubs are having internal discussions on when he will pitch next. Hoyer indicated the Cubs would be ramping up his “throwing progression.”
Javier Baez was not in Iowa’s starting lineup on Tuesday for the second straight day. Baez was hit in the right hand/wrist area in the third inning of Sunday’s game and left in the sixth inning. Baez pinch-hit for Tsuyoshi Wada in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game and struck out swinging.
Kris Bryant is dominating the Double-A level, but the Cubs would like to see him dominate a little longer before he is possibly promoted. Bryant was named to the North Division squad for the upcoming Southern League All-Star game. The game is scheduled to be played on June 17 in Chattanooga. Could the front office be waiting for him to participate in the All-Star game before bumping him up to Iowa?
Manny Ramirez reported to the Cubs complex in Mesa on Sunday and is expected to speed the week in Arizona. Ramirez will get some at bats before reporting to the I-Cubs for the weekend. The Des Moines Register asked I-Cubs President and General Manager Sam Bernabe if he knew when Ramirez would be reporting to the I-Cubs. Bernabe has not been told when, but did not rule out Ramirez reporting this weekend.
Gerardo Concepcion is on the disabled list after taking a comebacker off his left foot in a game on May 20. Concepcion has a fractured foot that should keep him on the disabled list for a majority of this season.
Concepcion has not been able to stay on the field and started doubting his own future in the game because he could not figure out what was going on with his health. According to the report from Gordon Wittenmyer, right before he was hit in the foot, Concepcion said he “felt great” and was going to try to avoid doing too much in an attempt to prove all of the doubters wrong.
The Cubs were using him in long-relief in order to get him back on the mound, simplify his mechanics and build confidence at the same time. Since signing with the Cubs in March of 2012, Concepcion has dealt with a calf strain, a viral infection and two back strains.