Cubs July 17 Minor League Recap

Boise won their fifth straight as Carlos Penalver had two hits and drove in two runs. RHP Juan Paniagua made his full-season debut taking the loss after allowing three runs in 2.1 IP for Kane County. Seventh-round pick David Garner, a pitcher from Michigan State, made his pro debut in the Arizona Rookie League fanning two in a scoreless inning.

AAA—Iowa—Pacific Coast League All-Star Game

Chris Rusin represented the I-Cubs in the Pacific Coast League All-Star Game. The left-hander got the final out of the eighth on strikes and then recorded a ground out and another punchout in the ninth before exiting in the PCL's 4-3 win.

AA—Tennessee—Southern League All-Star Game

Six Smokies were named to the all-star game and they all got to play in the North squad's 6-0 loss.

At the Plate: Tough night at the plate for the Smokies all-stars: Matt Szczur 0-2, Arismendy Alcantara 0-2, Christian Villanueva 0-3, Rafael Lopez 0-1.

On the Mound: Kyle Hendricks got the start for the North squad and threw 15 pitches in the first inning, nine for strikes. However, the South squad had a triple sandwiched between a pair of singles, scoring twice, as Hendricks was charged with the loss. RHP Alberto Cabrera worked a 1-2-3 third with a strikeout in his 10-pitch outing.

Smokies Notes: Tennessee opens a five-game home stand at Smokies Park against Jacksonville on Thursday.

High A— Charlotte 4, Daytona 3—11 innings

A walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th gave Charlotte (15-11) the win over Daytona (15-9).

At the Plate: The Cubs took a 3-2 lead in the ninth on Chadd Krist's RBI single after getting shutout for the first six innings. They got on the board in the 7th on Benjamin Carhart's (.261/.312/.361) RBI double and tied the game in the eighth when Pen-Chieh Chen tripled and scored on a Zeke DeVoss (.248/.398/.365) grounder. Dustin Geiger (.288/.361/.405) had three hits while Krist (.236/.353/.347) and Chen (282/.386/.366) both had two. The Cubs were just 1-14 with RISP.

On the Mound: Yao-Lin Wang (3-2 3.35 ERA) had a decent outing allowing five hits and two walks in 5.2 IP. He was charged with two earned runs and fanned two. Austin Reed (1-0 4.72) retired the first seven hitters he faced featuring a 94 mph fastball but in the ninth, three singles tied the game. Dayan Diaz (0-1 3.00) worked a scoreless 10th but surrendered a homer to lead off the 11th.

Cubs Notes: Daytona Cubs second baseman Stephen Bruno had Tommy John surgery in Chicago today. The 2012 seventh round pick led the Northwest League in hitting his first year of pro ball (.361/.442/.496 in 67 games) and was hitting .362/.436/.478 in 19 games at high A before the injury. He is expected to make a full recovery and should not be overlooked when talking about the Cubs top infield prospects. Don't let the 5-foot-9, 165-pound frame fool you, Bruno can hit and shows good plate discipline……...Zeke DeVoss was hit for the 19th time and leads the FSL. He's second in walks (54) and third in OBP.

Low A—Great Lakes 8, Kane County 2

Great Lakes spoiled Juan Paniagua's MWL debut as Dodgers' first-round pick Chris Anderson got his first pro win tossing five shutout innings beating Kane County.

At the Plate: The Cougars only runs came in the seventh on Wilson Contreras (7) and Kevin Encarnacion (1) hit back-to-back homers. The Cougars had six hits, with Albert Almora adding a pair of singles to raise his average to .335.

On the Mound: Juan Paniagua (0-1 7.71 ERA) made his Midwest League debut on Wednesday night as the right-hander was promoted from the AZL. His fastball was 92-94 mph and he displayed a sharp breaking ball but had control issues, walking four and hitting a batter. The right-hander was charged with three runs, two earned allowing two hits and fanning two. Here's a break down of his pitch count. 1st Inning (17 pitches: 10 strikes/7 balls); 2nd (24:12/12); 3rd (10: 5/5). Total: 2.1IP—51 pitches: 32 strikes/19 balls. Justin Amlung (3-4 4.98) had a tough night allowing three runs, two earned on five hits with two strikeouts in 3.2 IP. Cuban Armando Rivero (9.28) had his best outing as a pro tossing two scoreless frames with a pair of punchouts. LHP Andrew McKirahan made his 2013 MWL debut giving up two runs on two hits in the ninth.

Cougars Notes: Juan Paniagua has been assigned from the Arizona Rookie League to Kane County. To make room on the roster, Tayler Scott has been sent to the DL and Jose Arias, who had been on the DL, was sent to Arizona for rehab. Paniagua's development was stalled this year when he ran into visa problems and had to start the season in the DSL, instead of coming to the states. Paniagua, 23, signed a $1.5 million bonus with the Cubs last July. He pitched in four games in the DSL before being cleared to come to the U.S. and pitched one game on July 11 before being promoted.

Short-Season—Boise 5, Hillsboro 1

Boise (17-16) won its fifth in a row ending their eight-game road trip with a sweep of Hillsboro (8-25)

At the Plate: Boise had five hits but one of them off the bat of Carlos Penalver plated two runs in the Hawks' three-run second. Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases and a wild pitch on a strikeout scored the first run. Penalver then delivered the two-run single to extend his hitting streak to four games. The Hawks added two runs in the ninth when Cael Brockmeyer extended his hitting streak to five games with a single, stole second, took third on Penalver's second hit, and scored when the throw got away allowing the runners to advance. Penalver stole his third base of the year and scored on Shawon Dunston's single, his 12th RBI.

On the Mound: Fourth-round pick Tyler Skulina (0-0 0.00 ERA) made his first pro start as the 21-year-old right-hander entered the game with a line of (4G, 6IP, 2H 0R, 2BB, 2K). Featuring a fastball in the mid-90s, Skulina made quick work of the Hops in his two innings allowing a hit with a punchout. Michael Wagner made his NWL debut giving up a run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in two innings. Logier Pardon (2-2 5.92) tossed three strong innings yielding a hit and a walk with two strikeouts to earn the win. Eduardo Orozco made a promising debut in his first rehab start since going on the DL June 11 with elbow issues. The right-hander fanned the side in the eighth. RHP Tyler Bremer threw a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts.

Hawks Notes: Carlos Martinez, a hard-throwing right-hander from Cuba, was hitting the mid 90s when he got to Boise but after a short stint on the DL, Martinez's velocity was down. The Cubs paid the 22-year-old Martinez $250,000 after he defected from Cuba in Dec. of 2011. He pitched 43.1 innings last year in the AZL (5-0 3.53) and has a 2.94 ERA at Boise in seven games, 12.2 IP, 9K, 1.03 WHIP.

Arizona Rookie League—Diamondbacks 5, Cubs 3

Diamondbacks (12-9) had 11 hits off Cubs (10-12) pitching in their win.

At the Plate: Garrett Schlecht (.200) had two hits including a triple and scored. Jesse Hodges (.203), Wilfredo Petit (.111) and Jeffrey Baez (.250) all drove in runs.

On the Mound: Starling Peralta made his fourth rehab appearance as the right-hander is working his way back to Daytona. He faced 12 hitters in three innings allowing two hits and a walk with three strikeouts. RHP Zak Hermans allowed his first runs as a pro giving up three earned on four hits and two walks in two innings. David Garner, the seventh-round pick out of Michigan State, made his pro debut tossing a scoreless inning with two strikeouts and walk. RHP Daury Torrez (2-1 3.86) pitched the final three innings allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits with four strikeouts.

Cubs Notes: RHP David Garner and C Tyler Alamo were both added to the Cubs AZL roster…..Two Mesa Cubs are making a quick transition to pro ball and wooden bats. 2B Zak Blair (.328/.409/.431) and 1B Kelvin Freeman (.289/.340/.311) are two of the top hitters in Mesa. Blair, a 20th round pick out of Mercyhurst College, started 10-23 and leads the team with 11 RBI. Kelvin Freeman (17th round) got off to a horrendous start (1-19) and has four straight multi-hit games. As Freeman get more comfortable at the plate, look for his power numbers to come around as the 6-foot-5 right-hander hit 16 homers his senior season, 7th best in the NCAA.

Dominican Summer League—Pirates II 3, Cubs 2—14 innings

Pirates scored the winning run on a wild pitch to beat the Cubs in 14 innings.

At the Plate: Varonex Cuevas had two hits, walked twice, and drove in a run. The Cubs tied in the game in the 9th on a pass ball. Shamil Ubiera had two singles.

On the Mound: The Cubs used six pitchers as Dilson Vasquez took the loss as he was responsible for the runner that scored on Jesus Perez's wild pitch. Cubs pitching fanned 19 Pirates as Vasquez, Gilberto Abreu and Yomar Morel had 5K each.

Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 17, Rays 4

The Cubs offense teed off on Rays pitching for 16 hits, including four homers, as the Cubs won their sixth straight.

At the Plate: Ricardo Marcano smacked a grand slam (4) as part of his three hit day as the outfielder scored three times and had 7 RBI. 3B Miguel Rico, hitting .193 entering the game, had himself a day blasting two homers (8) and a single, scored three times and knocked in six runs. Roberto Vahlis hit his third homer (3), a two run shot. Arnaldo Calero went 3-5 with two triples and scored four times.

On the Mound: Adbert Alzolay, 18, (4-2 1.21 ERA) continues to impress as the six-foot right-hander blanked the Rays on two hits for five innings. He fanned six and has a BAA of .198. Chris Pieters allowed four runs in .2 innings while Mauro Vides (.1 IP), Moises Ramirez (1 IP), Yapson Gomez (1 IP), and Manuel Fuentes (1 IP) held the Rays scoreless.

Here's the link for July 17 Cubs minor league box scores

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