According to tweets from Kyle Hendricks, the right-hander is headed to AAA Iowa, earning a promotion after a tremendous season at AA Tennessee. He made the start today and a recap is below……..The biggest roster move of the day was the Cubs' announcement of the $2.8 million signing bonus for 16-year-old outfielder Eloy Jimenez. There were reports of Jimenez signing on July 4 but the Cubs made it official today.
Here's what scout.com's Kiley McDaniel had to say about the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder: "Jimenez will likely get the biggest bonus of the class as the prototypical toosly, high-upside, long-limbed corner outfield with present power and athleticism. The reason I have him third is that this class of player is often overrated on July 2nd and ends up producing huge strikeout numbers in the low minors. When 15/16 year old players have limited current tools, the long-levered present power guys with physical projection seem to rise to the top as it's hard to ignore balls flying over the fence. All that said, Jimenez is still a fine prospect. He ran a 6.72 in the 60 in January which is an above average to plus time but players in Latin countries are coached on how to post fast times and generally get the most out of the showcase culture. Jimenez's speed plays more to average during games, likely losing a step as he fills out. He's fine defensively and his arm is often average but, at this age, arm strength can vary event-to-event and some have put a 55 on his arm. While Jimenez hasn't hit in games like many scouts hoped he would or his tools would suggest, he isn't a wild-hacking all-power guy. He actually has a bat path that's in the zone a long time with power created by bat speed and strength rather than a steep angle that sacrifices contact. Some clubs buy into his hit-ability due to private looks they get when Jimenez camps at the academies of interested teams. Jimenez's power is a present 50 for me, with obvious projection to 55 or even 60. There are some small mechanical things I'd change about the swing, but Jimenez has good looseness and feel to his swing in BP, so some maturity and small adjustments could unlock his potential."
The Cubs have now signed Jimenez ($2.8 M), Gleybar Torres ($1.7 M), Jefferson Mejia ($850,000), Erling Moreno ($650,000) and Johan Matos ($270,000) for a total of $6.270,000. Even with the added slot values acquired in trades, the Cubs are over their total slot value ($5,520,200) and will face at least a 75 percent tax and won't be allowed to sign a player for more than $500,000 next year. Its also been reported, but the Cubs have not confirmed, they have signed RHP Jen-Ho Tseng, a 18-year-old Taiwanese who's fastball has been clocked at 95 mph. If the Cubs sign Tseng, they will go over their slot value by 15 percent and face a 100 percent tax and not be able to sign any international players next year for over $250,000.
AAA—Salt Lake 9, Iowa 3
Salt Lake (64-49) broke open a 2-2 tie with five runs in the sixth to send Iowa (51-62) to their seventh straight loss.
At the Plate: The I-Cubs had 10 hits as Edgar Gonzalez hit his second homer in the first to give Iowa a 1-0 lead. Jae-Hoon Ha doubled in a run in the fourth and Gonzalez added a RBI single in the seventh. Donnie Murphy went 3-5 and Brad Nelson singled and scored.
On the Mound: Barret Loux (4-6 4.84 ERA) kept the I-Cubs in the game for five innings but didn't make it out of the sixth. He finished the night with a line of 5.1IP, 11H, 7ER, 2BB, 2K and threw 88 pitches, 57 for strikes. Alberto Cabrera gave up two runs in 1.2 innings on two hits and two walks. Marcus Hatley pitched a 1-2-3 8th.
AA—Tennessee 2, Birmingham 1,
Javier Baez scored from third in the bottom of the ninth on John Andreoli's infield chopper as Tennessee (24-15, 58-50) beat Birmingham (23-17, 67-43) to win the series. The victory moves the Smokies 1.5 games ahead of the Barons.
At the Plate: Tennessee was held to three hits but one of those was Justin Bour's 15th homer of the season. Bour (.243/.338/.520) hit nine homers in July. Baez (.222/.287/.586) reached on an error in the ninth and stole second, After an intentional walk to Bour, Christian Villanueva (.261/.314/.452) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Andreoli (.291/.373/.436) hit a high hop to the right of the mound and by the time the pitcher fielded the ball, Baez slid home with the winning run.
On the Mound: A sign of a good pitcher is getting people out when you don't have your best stuff. That's exactly what Kyle Hendricks (10-3 1.85 ERA/1.05 WHIP) did Thursday afternoon limiting the Barons to one run in six innings. Hendricks surrendered seven hits, a walk, and a hit batter but pitched out of trouble in the third, fourth, and fifth throwing 100 pitches in his 20th start. Hunter Cervenka (3-1 4.13 ) had his longest outing of the season holding the Barons scoreless for final three frames to earn the victory. He only threw 28 pitches and walked one.
Smokies Notes: Smokies manager Buddy Bailey told radio announcer Michael Wottreng that a promotion for Kyle Hendricks was "on the horizon and he'll probably get a chance." And according to his twitter account on Thursday night, he's been promoted to AAA Iowa.
Daytona and Fort Myers were canceled due to rain. RHP Corey Black will make his Cubs debut on Friday at Jackie Robinson Ballpark vs. Bradenton.
Low A—Kane County 6, Wisconsin 2
Kane County scored five times in the sixth and defeated Wisconsin. It was the Cougars third straight win, the first time they've won three straight since May 24-25.
At the Plate: Kane County busted out the bats in the sixth, scoring five times on six straight hits. New Cougar Jose Dore tied the game with a leadoff homer and Gioskar Amaya (.269/.342/.406) singled and scored on Albert Almora's base hit. Daniel Vogelbach (.290/.365/.461) doubled home Almora (.326/.375/.467), and after Jeimer Candelario (.254/.339/.386) singled, Rock Shoulders (.266/.364/.489) cleared the bases with a two-run double. Oliver Zapata's (.248/.311/.379) 5th homer of the season cut the lead to 2-1 in the third. Kane County had 10 hits with Shoulders and Almora with two each.
On the Mound: Tayler Scott (4-6 4.29 ERA) scattered seven hits over five innings in his 20th start of the season. Scott allowed two runs and fanned three. Andrew McKirahan (1-0 4.50) earned his first MWL victory tossing two innings of scoreless relief. Armando Rivero (0-0 5.40) continues to rack up the scoreless frames running his streak to 9.2 with two more Thursday night. The hard-throwing right-hander fanned a pair and has 28 K in 18.1 IP since joining Kane County. Rivero gave up 11 earned runs in his first 8.2 innings.
Short-Season—Everett 5, Boise 1
Everett scored in the first two innings and beat Boise for the second straight night in the five-game series limiting the Hawks to five hits.
At the Plate: Boise was held to five hits and their only run came on Jacob Rogers' (.291) sixth homer of the season. Daniel Lockhart (.309) went 2-4 and Kris Bryant (.237) extended his hitting streak to seven games.
On the Mound: James Pugliese (3-3 2.60) allowed nine hits, including a homer, and the righty surrendered four runs in five innings with two walks and a strikeout. Eddie Orozco continued his rehab stint working two innings. The right-hander allowed two hits and a run with four punchouts. Jasvir Rakkar (1-1 4.32) worked a 1-2-3 eighth.
Arizona Rookie League—A's 3, Cubs 2
A two-out error and a hit batter with the bases loaded gave the A's (15-19) the deciding run in the seventh with two outs to beat the Cubs (15-19)
At the Plate: The Cubs knocked out 10 hits as Mark Malave (.246) was 2-3 with a RBI single to tie the game in the 7th. Kelvin Freeman (.260) got the Cubs on the board in the fourth with a RBI double and finished the night 1-4. Francisco Sanchez (.196) and Rashard Crawford (.218) both added two hits. Jesse Hodges (.216) was 1-4 and scored.
On the Mound: Ryan Searle made his first appearance since April after being named Florida State League pitcher of the week. The right-hander from Australia went two innings with three hits and a strikeout. Trevor Graham (0-0 2.70 ERA) allowed a two-run homer in the fourth and finished the night tossing two frames with a walk. Ethan Elias (1-1 9.95) gave up an unearned run in the seventh and finished the night with a line of 2.2 IP, 2H 1R, 2BB 2K. Trey Lang held the A's scoreless the final 1.1 innings with two strikeouts.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs
No results available with game vs. Nationals when the story was posted. Will provide in the Aug. 2 recap.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 2, Rays 1
Jhonny Pereda hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 7th to give the Cubs (36-29) the win over the Rays (17-48).
At the Plate: 17-year-old catcher Jhonny Pereda, hitting only .217 in his first pro season, picked an opportune time for his second homer of the year. Victor Gomez was 2-3 while Ricardo Marcano and Roney Alcala both doubled. The Cubs are hitting .270 as a team.
On the Mound: RHP Adbert Alzolay (5-3 1.07 ERA) continues to mow down VSL hitters as the 18-year-old fanned five in five scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and has 61 K in 67 IP with 10 walks. Greyfer Eregua (2-1 1.50) got the win holding the Rays scoreless for two innings. Alberto Diaz (3-0 2.23) allowed a run in the 8th and Yomar Pacheco nailed down his 10th save despite allowing two hits in the ninth.
Cubs Notes: Cubs increased their lead to 2.5 games over the Phillies (33-31) who were idle. The Cubs have Aug. 2 off and then face the Phillies on Aug. 3. A win would clinch a playoff spot for the Cubs. They play the Tigers Aug. 4 and end the season with the M's on Aug.5.