Five South Bend Cubs were named Midwest League All-Stars on Thursday. SS Gleyber Torres, C/1B Cael Brockmeyer, OF Charcer Burks, RHP Jeremy Null and RHP James Farris have been tabbed to participate in the 51st Midwest League All-Star Game on June 23 at Dozer Park in Peoria, Illinois.
SS Gleyber Torres has quickly become one of the top prospects in the Cubs’ system. The 18-year old is batting .317/.394/.394 with 10 doubles and two triples for a .789 OPS in 48 games. C/1B Cael Brockmeyer is hitting .298/.382/.452 in 45 games with 15 doubles, a triple and three home runs for a .835 OPS. OF Charcer Burks has put together a .279/.348/.353 line in 49 games with 10 doubles, two triples and 14 stolen bases.
RHP Jeremy Null is moving up the prospect rankings after posting a 5-1 record in nine starts over the first two months of the season. Null has allowed 52 hits with three walks and 40 strikeouts in 50 2/3 innings (1.78 ERA, 1.09 WHIP). RHP James Farris has seven saves in 16 appearances out of South Bend’s bullpen. Farris has given up 18 hits with eight walks and 31 strikeouts in 22 innings (2.45 ERA, 1.18 WHIP).
OF Chris Denorfia was assigned to Double-A Tennessee and started a rehab assignment Thursday. Denorfia is working his way back and could be activated, without any setbacks, by Tuesday’s opener in Detroit.
If Denorfia is ready to play, he will likely be the addition to the roster and not Javier Baez for the two games against the Tigers.
Chris Denorfia led off Thursday with a double and finished 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, a RBI and two runs scored in his first rehab game with the Smokies.
As the Javier Baez Watch continued Thursday, Baez played third base for the second time in two days and struggled at the plate.
Javier Baez was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts and grounded into a double play.
In the field, Baez started an around the horn double play and handled three chances without a charged error.
The Pick Off
Anthony Rizzo called it. David Ross executed it and the Cubs won a ballgame with a rare ending. With Hector Rondon struggling, the tying and winning runs on base and the Nationals second best hitter, Anthony Rendon, at the plate, Ross picked off Clint Robinson from first base to end the game.
Replay shows the Cubs caught a break. It was still a well-executed play that took advantage of a situation.
Cubs on Twitter
Here are a few of the Tweets from the Cubs’ starters over the last day and a half:
Jon Lester: “Sometimes you’re the windshield and sometimes you’re the bug. Just didn’t execute. Jake Arrieta is going to get us back on track tonight #NVRQT.”
Jason Hammel: “That’s yet another dominant pitching performance from Jake Arrieta from State Farm, “Like a good pitcher, Jake’s stuff is unfair!” #Whiff #GoCubsGo #W”
Jake Arrieta: “Strong effort from everybody … Came up big last night and on a side not, Hansel creates jingle of the decade.”
Jon Lester: “The Grey Wolf strikes again!! Huge play by David Ross to the game after Jake Arrieta twirled another gem! #WeAreGood #LetsGo #NVRQT”
According to a report from Kiley McDaniel, Brady Aiken has made his medicals available to teams interested in draft him. Aiken has placed a restriction on exactly who can see them.
The report explained, “Sources indicate the information is available only to GM-level personnel or higher.” Once the right executive receives his medicals the team can “distribute it to other decision-makers.” Teams have to specifically ask Aiken’s people and they can decide whether or not to share the information with the team.
McDaniel indicated Aiken does not want the information leaked to the media and his camp is doing everything it can to limit the information in his medicals to teams interested in drafting him.
The Cubs have not ruled out selecting Brady Aiken with the ninth pick in next week’s draft. It is believed Aiken will be taken in the first round, likely in the bottom half. McDaniel spoke to one executive that feels if he slips into the second round it would be worth the risk to draft him regardless of what his medicals say.
It is unknown if the Cubs requested information. Based on the relationship the Cubs built with Brady Aiken and his family last year, it would be rather surprising if the Cubs did not ask to at least look at the information.
Brady Aiken did not paint a good picture of the Astros’ organization in his story on the Players’ Tribune in which he announced undergoing Tommy John Surgery. So it should not come as a surprise that he and Jacob Nix have made it where they will not go down the same road with Houston.
According to a report from Evan Drellich, the Astros believe Brady Aiken and Jacob Nix have blocked the Astros from drafting them again this year.
News, Notes and Rumors
• The Sun-Times reported, the flip side of building a winner for Joe Maddon is building accountability.
• According to Comcast SportsNet, the Nationals force Cubs to focus and raise their game.
• Love it or hate it, the Cubs are creating their own identity according to Comcast SportsNet.
• C/OF Kyle Schwarber was 2-for-4 with two RBI on Thursday … Schwarber is batting .327/.446/.600 with seven doubles, one triple, 12 home runs and a 1.046 OPS in 49 games (37 walks, 42 strikeouts).
• The Royals’ Ned Yost added the Astros’ A.J. Hinch and the Mariners’ Lloyd McClendon to his American League coaching staff for the All-Star Game.
• Bruce Bochy, Giants manager and future Hall of Famer, also added two coaches to his squad for the All-Star Game. Joining Bochy in the NL dugout will be the Dodgers’ Don Mattingly and the Reds’ Bryan Price.
• The Cubs received approval to install new concession stands in the bleachers according to the Tribune.
• Jorge Soler rejoined his teammates in Washington on Thursday. According to ESPN Chicago, he was in a walking boot.
• Joe Maddon was Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo’s manager in 1983 for Class-A Peoria.
• Jesse Spector ranked the general managers … Jed Hoyer is eighth on his list, up from No. 20 a year ago.
• Welington Castillo is wearing No. 7 for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
• The Mariners DFA’d OF Justin Ruggiano. The Cubs dealt Ruggiano to Seattle last December for RHP Matt Brazis. Ruggiano batted .214/.321/.357 with four doubles and two home runs in 36 games for the Mariners.
And, last but not least, Joe Maddon was asked about the stats he uses to fill out a lineup. Maddon would not say what he uses but told ESPN Chicago, “We have our own cocktail brewing.” Maddon explained he will check to see how his players have performed against certain pitchers after he makes out the lineup. “Just to see how our work compares to real life.”
This Day In Cubstory
2014 – Cubs selected C/OF Kyle Schwarber in the first round (4th overall pick) of the draft
2012 – Ryan Dempster won his first game since August 16, 2011, 18 starts, in a 10-0 victory over the Brewers. Dempster retired the first 15 batters he faced.
2008 – Cubs selected Andrew Cashner in the first round (19th overall pick) of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Ryan Flaherty in the sandwich round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Chris Carpenter in the third round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Josh Harrison in the sixth round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Tony Campana in the 13th round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Casey Coleman in the 15th round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Jeff Beliveau in the 18th round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Logan Watkins in the 21st round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Sonny Gray in the 27th round of the draft, the player did not sign
2006 – Carlos Zambrano held the Astros hitless for 7 1/3 innings. Preston Wilson broke up the no-hit bid. Zambrano homered in the Cubs 8-0 victory over the Astros in Houston.
2001 – Cubs selected Mark Prior in the first round (second overall pick) of the draft
2001 – Cubs selected Ryan Theriot in the third round of the draft
2001 – Cubs selected Ricky Nolasco in the fourth round of the draft
2001 – Cubs selected Brendan Harris in the fifth round of the draft
2001 – Cubs selected Sergio Mitre in the seventh round of the draft
2001 – Cubs selected Geovany Soto in the 11th round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Luis Montanez in the first round (third overall pick) of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Bobby Hill in the second round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Todd Wellemeyer in the fourth round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Dontrelle Willis in the eighth round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Jon Leicester in the 11th round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Jason Dubois in the 14th round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Buck Coats in the 18th round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Carmen Pignatiello in the 20th round of the draft
1996 – Sammy Sosa hit three home runs, drove in five runs and led the Cubs to a comeback win over the Phillies, 9-6.
1992 – Cubs signed free agent Dennis Rasmussen
1990 – The Red Sox released Bill Buckner
1989 – Cubs selected Gary Scott in the second round of the draft
1984 – Robinson Chirinos, born
1979 – Cubs selected Dave Owen in the 10th round of the draft
1974 – Cubs selected Scot Thompson in the first round (seventh overall pick) of the draft
1973 – Cubs selected Mike Krukow in the eighth round of the draft
1969 – Cubs selected Larry Gura in the second round of the draft
1925 – Cubs completed a triple play in the seventh inning against the Dodgers, first baseman Barney Friberg to shortstop Rabbit Maranville at Wrigley Field.
1916 – Heine Zimmerman stole home in the fourth inning of a Cubs 1-0 victory over the Braves in Boston
1885 – Second baseman Fred Pfeffer pitched a complete game victory, 7-4, over Detroit. Pfeffer struck out six and only two of the runs were earned.
1878 – Bill Maloney, born