Cubs August 12 Minor League Recap

The Cubs minor league affiliates were a perfect 7-0 Monday night and 2013 International prospect Jefferson Mejia made his professional debut in the DSL. There was plenty of news off the field on Monday. Eric Jokisch and Kris Bryant earned MiLB honors, Bryant was promoted to Daytona along with Kane County 1B Dan Vogelbach, and the Cubs announced the signing of 18-year-old RHP Jen-Ho Tseng,

Cubs players honored by MiLB

Eric Jokisch was named pitcher of the week in the Southern League and Kris Bryant earned player of the week honors in the Northwest League. Jokisch threw a no-hitter in his only game and Bryant extended his hitting streak to 15 games hitting .529/.565/.1.000 with a homer and 5 RBI.

Bryant joined the Hawks in Eugene on July 23 and went 1-for-12 in his first three Northwest League games. He's been on the rise ever since, having hit in each of his last 15 contests, including three multi-hit contests last week. The second overall pick in June's Draft, Bryant is hitting .500/.553/.933 with two homers, nine RBI, six strikeouts and five walks in nine August games.

Jokisch came into the Aug. 6 game at first-place Jacksonville having lost his last three starts while allowing 14 earned runs over 16 innings. The 24-year-old fanned eight and walked four in the gem, tossing Tennessee's first no-hitter since 2007. The Northwestern product had just come off the disabled list after suffering shoulder spasms, but the injury may have been a blessing in disguise as it prompted him to abandon his curveball in favor of a hybrid slider/cutter.

Cubs sign Jen-Ho Tseng

The Cubs have gone over their International spending cap, officially announcing the signing of Jen-Ho Tseng for $1.625 million. The 18-year-old Taiwanese right-hander sports a low 90 mph fastball and his repertoire includes a knuckle curve, change-up, slider, and sinker. The 6-foot-1, 200 pounder throws with a 3/4 arm slot and out of the wind-up has a slight hesitation in his delivery. Tseng turns 19 in October and should start 2014 in the Arizona Rookie League, and if he has a good spring, may start at short-season Boise. He was a senior in high school when he competed in the 2013 World Baseball Classic throwing one inning with a walk and two strikeouts.

Roster Moves

After 18 games in the Northwest League, Kris Bryant is headed to Daytona the Cubs announced. Bryant is not the only Boise player on the move as Trevor Gretzky has been promoted to Kane County to take Daniel Vogelbach's spot on the roster. Vogelbach is heading to his home state earning a promotion to Daytona. IF Brad Zapenas was sent back to Kane County and OF Taiwan Easterling was placed on the seven-day disabled list.

AAA—Iowa 2, Sacramento 1

Josh Vitters and Mike Olt homered to lead Iowa (57-66) to the win over Sacramento (67-56).

At the Plate: Iowa only got five hits but two of them left the yard as Josh Vitters (5) and Mike Olt (13) both homered. Vitters (.294/.381/.506) was making his first start after coming off the disabled list with a strained right hamstring. It was his first game since July 25. It was Olt (.195/.291/.391) second homer since begin traded to the Cubs. Edgar Gonzalez (.311/.347/.556) went 2-4 and Julio Borbon (.444/.545/.444) singled.

On the Mound: Iowa pitching allowed seven walks on the night but only surrendered one run. Justin Grimm (2-2 5.63 ERA) earned his first win as a Cub, yielding a run on four hits and four walks in 5.1 innings. He threw 106 pitches and finished with six strikeouts....Marcos Mateo (0-0 1.59) got the final two outs of the sixth and then held the River Cats in the seventh......Zach Rosscup ran into trouble in his second AAA appearance allowing a hit and two walks to load the bases in the eighth. He did fan two and all five outs he's recorded in AAA have been strikeouts........For the third time this season, Brian Schlitter (1-3 3.24) came into a game with the bases loaded and closed the door, allowing none of the inherited runners to score. He retired the side on order in the ninth for his 16th save in 16 opportunities.

AA—Completion of Aug. 11 game—Tennessee 3, Montgomery 2; Game 2—Tennessee

Tennessee (29-20, 63-55) got a RBI double from Taylor Davis to win the suspended game and then scored six times in the first of the second tilt sweeping Montgomery (23-27, 60-60) and extending their lead to 3.5 games in the SL North.

At the Plate: GAME 1— On Sunday, Justin Bour (.230/.317/.486) put the Smokies on the board in the second on a RBI groundout, scoring Arismendy Alcantara (.271/.345/.443), who reached on a fielder's choice and took third on Javier Baez's single. Baez (.273/.329/.580) took a 3-0 pitch over the left field wall to tie the game at 2-2. It was Baez's 12th homer in AA and 29th on the season. The Smokies took the lead in the 7th as Taylor Davis made his first AA hit count, doubling in Jonathan Mota, who reached on a two-out single. GAME 2—The Smokies got a three-run homer from Christian Villanueva and a two-run shot from Jonathan Mota (265/.344/.392) in the first. Bour added a RBI double for a 6-0 lead. They scored three more times in the third on a RBI double from John Andreoli (.288/.354/.411) and a two-run double from Mota, who ended the night with 4 RBI. Nate Samson (.346/.400/.423) and Bour finished with two hits each.

On the Mound: GAME 1—Matthew Loosen (1-3 7.15 ERA in AA) made the start yielding a hit and three walks in two innings before rain halted play on Sunday. Eric Jokisch (10-10 3.47) worked until one out in the ninth as the lefty allowed two runs, one earned, in 6.1 frames. He gave up four hits and two walks. Tony Zych (3-4 2.61) closed the door getting the final two outs for his second save and his fifth straight appearance without allowing a run. GAME 2—Yeiper Castillo (1-2 4.05) got the start and a six-run lead but could only go three innings allowing four runs on four hits and two walks. He threw 66 pitches and fanned one......Jeffry Antigua (2-0 2.03) has pitched for all four Cubs' full-season teams this year and the lefty improved to 8-2 overall tossing three innings of one-hit ball. He walked one and fanned two in his 45-pitch relief gem. Frank Batista (3-3 2.77) pitched the seventh walking one batter.

High A—Daytona 5, Tampa 4

Daytona (26-15, 61-46) completed the sweep of Tampa (21-26, 49-66) and ran their winning streak to four games.

At the Plate: Daytona did all their damage in the fourth inning scoring five times on six singles, two walks, three stolen bases, a wild pitch, and a throwing error that ended up in the dugout. RF Bijan Rademacher (.278/.325/.417) and C Chadd Krist (.229/.339/.335) delivered RBI singles to put the Cubs on the board. Benjamin Carhart (.249/.301/.340) became the sixth Daytona hitter to reach base when his single scored Dustin Geiger (.283/.368/.451) and when the throw from the outfield skipped into the dugout, Krist crossed home. A wild pitch then scored Carhart. CF Zeke DeVoss (.261/.408/.375) extended his on-base streak to 29 games as he singled, walked and was hit by a pitch. He leads the FSL in walks (80) and hit-by-pitch (20), and is second OBP. Anthony Giansanti (.298/.378/.394), Pin-Chieh Chen (.272/.355/.344) and Carhart all finished with two hits.

The Starter: Pitching for the first time since July 31, Ivan Pineyro took the hill for the fifth time as a Cub. Pineyro, 21, was acquired in the Scott Hairston trade on July 8 after pitching the previous two season in the Nationals organization. He spent his first year in the DSL and then got hit by a line drive and broke his jaw during spring training in 2012. He returned to the mound after the injury making 13 starts at two different stops in rookie ball and began 2013 at Class A Hagerstown. Heading into Monday night's start he was 7-3 2.95 ERA, 103.2 IP, 89 H, 34 ER, 23 BB 94 K .235 BAA. He stands 6-foot-1 and sports a 88-92 mph fastball with an above average curve ball and change-up. In his Daytona starts, the right-hander has been able to keep hitters off balance by changing speeds and no one has had much success with his curve. Pineyro is another example of adding a quality arm into the minor leagues system by trading veterans on the MLB roster..........On the Mound: Pineyro (2-0 1.86 ERA) earned his second win for Daytona allowing run on eight hits and a walk in six innings. He fanned two and has two walks in 29 innings.....Lendy Castillo (1-0 3.27) only lasted an inning surrounding three runs, two earned, on four hits with a strikeout....Jeffrey Lorick (3-0 3.25) notched his second save tossing two innings of one-hit ball with a strikeout.

Low A—Kane County 4, Cedar Rapids 3

Reggie Golden's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth gave Kane County (18-31, 48-67) the come-from-behind win over Cedar Rapids (32-18, 72-46).

At the Plate: The Cougars scored two runs in their last at-bat for the win as Jeimer Candelario (.258/.347/.392) led off with his 31st double and scored on a single by Rock Shoulders (.255/.351/.458), his 62nd RBI. Jose Dore entered the game to run for Shoulders and reached third as the Kernals walked the next two hitters. Golden (.237/.285/.398) then lifted a fly ball to center field for the win. Kane County took a 2-1 lead on a RBI single from Candelario and a sacrifice fly from Carlos Escobar (.258/.310/.414) in the fourth. Daniel Vogelbach (.284/.364/.450) was 2-4 with a double and a run is his final game for the Cougars. Giuseppe Papaccio (.259/.326/.346) had two hits.

On the Mound: Michael Heesch (3-9 3.82 ERA) had a solid late-season outing tossing five strong innings in his 21st game, making his 19th start. He surrendered two hits and an unearned run with a walk and a strikeout......Al Yevoli (0-0 6.10) was charged with his first blown save allowing the Kernals to take the lead with two runs on four hits and a walk in two innings of relief......Andrew McKirahan (2-0 2.25) worked around two walks in two no-hit innings for the win in his 8th game in the MWL.


Boise had the day off but the Cubs front office robbed their roster of two of their top names—Kris Bryant and Trevor Gretzky.

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 7, Mariners 0

Three Cubs (21-22) pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout and the offense delivered 12 hits in the win over the Mariners (19-24)

At the Plate: Jeffrey Baez (.273/.347/.364) was a homer shy of the cycle going 3-4 with two runs and a RBI. Mark Malave (.271/.379/.318) and Trevor Stevens (.200/.368/.367) had two hits and two RBI while Jesse Hodges (.219/.279/.305) tripled, singled and drove in a run. Brian Bogusevic (.286/.412/.357, 4 games) doubled home a run in four trips to the dish.

On the Mound: Erik Leal (3-2 2.68 ERA) continues to pitch his way out of the desert fanning six in five innings, only allowing a single for the win. It was his second straight shutout appearance with 11 K in 9.1 IP on just 5 hits and 1 BB....Brad Renner (0-0 0.00) remained unscored upon in his pro career tossing two no-hit innings with three punchouts and a walk. Renner has 7K in 4IP in 3 games.......Ethan Elias (1-1 8.18) had a positive outing fanning three in two scoreless frames with two hits.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 5, Rojos (Reds) 4

Cubs (41-18) scored three runs in the top of the seventh and rallied to beat Rojos (14-46) in a game shortened to 7 1/2 innings by rain.

At the Plate: Adonis Paula's (.284/.386/.398) two-run double was the difference in the game as the Cubs scored three times in the seventh. Roberto Caro (.246/.363/.363) got the inning started with a RBI triple, plating Antonio Gonzalez (.173/.354/.213), who lead off with a walk. Roberto Garcia (.246/.378/.262) was 2-2 with a walk while Jenner Emeterio (.231/.394/.275) scored twice with two walks and his 31st stolen base.

On the Mound: RHP Jefferson Mejia, the 18-year-old Dominican signed on July 2 for $850,000, made his pro debut. He threw two innings allowing two runs on two hits with a strikeout......RHP Carlos Llano (6-1 3.09 ERA) fanned eight in four innings giving up two runs on five hits......RHP Luiz Escanio (1-0 2.38) recorded his second save with a scoreless inning on a hit and a punchout.

August 12 Cubs minor league box scores

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