Anthony Rizzo had a very good weekend in Arizona. Rizzo went 5-for-11 in the three games with three home runs and was named National League Player of the Week on Monday.
Rizzo hit three longballs, two on Friday, and drove in four runs. And his 23 home runs on the season equaled a career-high in homers he set last year.
Anthony Rizzo is now tied with Giancarlo Stanton for the National League lead in homers and is tied for fourth in all of baseball in longballs behind Jose Abreu (29), Nelson Cruz (28) and Edwin Encarnacion (26).
Anthony Rizzo is the first Cubs position player to earn player of the week honors since Starlin Castro (Aug. 7, 2011).
The Cubs transferred Kyuji Fujikawa from Kane County to Iowa Monday to continue his rehab from Tommy John surgery. Fujikawa pitched the seventh inning of Monday’s game and allowed one run on two hits in one inning. Fujikawa did not walk or strikeout a batter and threw 13 pitches, nine for strikes.
According to Baseball America, the Cubs signed non-drafted free agent RHP Daniel Lewis. The 23-year old right hander was pitching in the Cape Cod League.
Daniel Lewis did not pitch after high school instead he served in the military for four years. The report from Baseball America indicated Lewis hit 96 mph with his fastball in his third outing in the Cape, and the Cubs signed him soon after.
Daniel Lewis has a very interesting backstory that BA provided a link to … Lewis Thriving as Cotuit Pitcher After Spending Four Years in the Military.
The Cubs are believed to be one of four teams that have expressed interest in Cuban OF Rusney Castillo. Castillo is scheduled to have a showcase July 26 at the University of Miami with representatives from all 30 teams expected to be in attendance.
Baseball America’s Ben Badler reported Monday that there is an “interesting twist” with Castillo. He will showcase his skills in the outfield as well as in the infield. Castillo has been compared to Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and Kenny Lofton in centerfield. And whether or not he will be a starter or a fourth outfielder remains to be seen.
According to Badler, Castillo does not have much experience in the infield and played only 26 games at second base and seven games at third base in 2009-10.
Rusney Castillo is expected to sign soon after his showcase next week.
News and Notes
The Cubs have carried at least eight relievers on the active roster for a majority of the season in order to monitor the innings of the young relievers. And according to a report from the Sun-Times, Rick Renteria has to temper his inclination to rely too much on relievers.
As Theo Epstein bets on big bats, the Cubs believe in Bill Mueller according to a report from Comcast SportsNet.
Anthony Rizzo wants the young Cubs to step up according to a report from Mark Gonzales.
Minor News and Notes
Kane County announced Monday that RHP Juan Carlos Paniagua was promoted to High-A Daytona. Paniagua was 6-4 in 17 appearances, 14 starts, for the Cougars this season with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Paniagua gave up 71 hits, 36 walks and struck out 75 batters in 80 1/3 innings. Paniagua was the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June.
RHP Ben Wells was promoted from the Boise Hawks to Kane County to take Paniagua’s spot in the rotation.
Javier Baez went 1-for-4 on Monday night and extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Baez reached on an infield single in sixth on a pop up in the infield that fell in between three players. Baez started at second base for the fourth time in five games.
Jorge Soler was 2-for-3 Monday before being lifted in the sixth inning. Soler has reached base safely in each game since he returned from the DL and is hitting .417/.531/.833 in his last 10 games with a 1.365 OPS. Smokies manager Buddy Bailey addressed why Soler left the game early following the game. Bailey said in order for Soler to play Tuesday, he had to come out of the game at part of his program to keep him on the field and avoid future hamstring issues.
Cubs could face a big decision on Kyle Schwarber according to a report from ESPN Chicago.
OF Zeke DeVoss signed with the Oakland A’s and made his debut with the organization Monday night. DeVoss reached on a bunt single in his first at bat for the High-A Stockton Ports.
This Day In Cubstory
2013 – Cubs traded Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers for C.J. Edwards, Justin Grimm, Mike Olt and a PTBNL. The Rangers sent Neil Ramirez to the Cubs as the PTBNL to complete the trade on Aug. 23
2012 – Ron Santo was inducted posthumously into the Hall of Fame. And as a tribute to Santo, as the players took the field in St. Louis that afternoon, they clicked their heels for the Cubs great.
2006 – Cubs traded Scott Williamson to the Padres for Fabian Jimenez Angulo and Joel Santo
1997 – Greg Maddux and the Braves topped the Cubs 4-1. Maddux threw only 78 pitches in the complete game, the lowest pitch count in a complete game since Bob Tewksbury threw 76 in Cardinals win over the Reds on Aug. 29, 1990.
1986 – Cubs fired ballgirl Marla Collins when it was discovered she posed for Playboy. The Cubs won the game that day 6-4 behind Ed Lynch
1975 – Cubs traded Eddie Solomon to the Cardinals for Ken Crosby
1968 – Glenn Beckert hit safely in the 27th consecutive game. Beckert went 2-for-5 in a Cubs 7-2 victory over the Giants in San Francisco
1965 – Ed Bailey his a Grand Slam and drove in eight runs in a Cubs 10-6 victory over the Phillies at Wrigley Field
1956 – Scott Sanderson, born
1956 – Cubs signed amateur free agent Moe Drabowsky
1947 – Cliff Johnson, born
1916 – Cubs purchased Fritz Mollwitz from the Reds