Cubs June 16 Minor League Recap

Kris Bryant won the Southern League Home Run Derby in Chattanooga, defeating Mobile's John Griffin in the finals. Three Cubs draft picks signings were announced including a pair of high school arms. And on the diamond, Boise's Josh Conway worked three scoreless frames in his pro debut but the Hawks, Iowa, and Daytona all lost. Get to know DSL Cub Frandy Delarosa.

Kris Bryant wins Southern League HR Derby

Kris Bryant out homered Mobile's John Griffin 4-to-3 in the final round to capture the Southern League Home Run Derby title at Engel Field as part All-Star celebration. Bryant hit eight homers in the first round to advance and then added four more to reach the finals against Griffin, who hit four homers against Tennessee. After Griffin hit three, Bryant promptly swatted four over the wall to win the derby.

Cubs sign Sands, Steele and Brink

According to Baseball America, the Cubs have signed fourth-round pick Carson Sands for 1.1 million and 11th round pick Jordan Brink has signed for $100,000. Slot value for the 4th round pick was $480,600 while Brink signed for the maximum slot value for a round 11-40 pick. Jim Callis of also reported Monday night that fifth-round pick Justin Steele had signed for $1.1 million. The slot value for that pick was $359,900. Video of Sands on his player page.

AAA—Sacramento 5, Iowa 1

Iowa was held to five hits as the River Cats handed the I-Cubs their seventh loss in eight games.

At the Dish: Ryan Kalish (.207) provide the only run of the game for Iowa, a solo blast in the sixth, his second. Chris Valaika (.290) had a pair of doubles off the left-field wall but didn't advance any further. Javier Baez (.219) was 0-4 with a stolen base, his 12th.

On the Hill: Chris Rusin (4-9 4.02 ERA) allowed 13 hits over six innings as the River Cast scored five runs, four earned. Rusin allowed on walk, fanned three and threw 107 pitches in the outing.....Frank Batista allowed a hit in two innings..

I-Cubs Notes: With the building of the minors comes the casualties of the 40-man roster. That may be the case for Chris Rusin, who made his 13th start for Iowa on Monday afternoon—and it has very little to do how he's performed. The left-hander threw a no-hitter at New Orleans on May 7 and sported a 3.86 ERA in 74.2 innings entering play Monday. If the Cubs do get a big haul for pitcher Jeff Samardzija, it may be Rusin's 40-man roster spot that gets taken by one of the trade pieces. Cubs are also expected to add Kyle Hendricks and C.J Edwards to the 40-man to protect them from the Rule 5 draft in December. Ivan Pineyro and Eric Jokisch are also eligible for the Rule 5 draft. Cubs have 16 of their 18 pitchers under contract control for next season with the exception of Jason Hammel and Carlos Villanueva. While it may be easy to assume Rusin would be promoted to replace Samardzija in the rotation, he may also find himself with a new team if the trade involved multi-players.


The Smokies had the day off.

High A—Tampa 7, Daytona 2

Daytona lost their seventh straight as Tampa scored in each of the first five innings.

At the Dish: Cubs only managed six hits, the first one not coming until the fifth. Willson Contreras extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his first homer of the season, a solo shot in the sixth. Daytona scored in the fifth when Wes Darvill singled and eventually crossed home when the first baseman couldn't handle a throw to first.

On the Hill: Justin Amlung only last three innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks. Jose Rosario fanned six in three innings but allowed two runs on six hits. Austin Kirk allowed a run in two frames and Zack Godley fanned the side in the 8th.

D-Cubs Notes: Rob Zastryzny (1-5 6.42 ERA) gets the start Tuesday night.

Low A—Kane County

The first-half champs have three days off for the all-star break.

Short-Season—Tri-City 4, Boise 3—10 innings

At the Dish: Boise got on the board in the first when Jeffrey Baez (.286) was hit by a pitch and scored on Oliver Zapata's double off the right-field wall. They added two runs in the fourth on a RBI groundout by Varonex Cuevas and a run scoring single by Rashad Crawford (.333). Boise had plenty of chances as they were just 3-18 with RISP and left 13 on. Danny Canela (.455) went 2-4 Crawford finished with two hits. Kyle Schwarber (.562) saw his first action in left field and he went 2-5 with a triple.

On the Hill: Josh Conway waited over two years since being drafted and after two surgeries on his pitching arm, made his pro debut Monday night. The right-hander tossed three scoreless frames, allowing four hits with three strikeouts. He didn't walk a batter and got four ground ball outs. He said afterwards he felt great and according to one source, his fastball topped out in the low 90s.......Adbert Alzolay made his stateside debut as the second year pro spent 2013 in the VSL. The 18-year-old allowed a run in three frames on two hits and a walk. He fanned two and was in line for the win until Tri-City tied the game in the 7th......Josh Davis got charged with a blown save as he allowed two runs in the seventh. The right-hander, who pitched in Kane County and Daytona this season, finished with a line of 2 IP, 2H, 2ER, 1BB, 3K and a wild pitch allowed the tying run to score......Francisco Carrillo took the loss allowing the winning run to score in the 10th on a sacrifice fly. Hawks had eventual winning run picked off but no one covered third.

Hawks Notes: Boise made some roster moves as RHP Adbert Alzolay was assigned to the team from extended spring training, Alberto Diaz sent from Kane County, and Yao-Lin Wang was sent to Boise on a rehab assignment form Daytona. Alzolay, 19, shined in the VSL last year going 5-3 with a 1.07 ERA with 61 K and 10 BB in 67 IP.........Trevor Graham makes his NWL debut on Tuesday afternoon as the right-hander makes the start. Graham, the Cubs 13th round pick last year, went 2-0 at Daytona in three games, tossing 8.2 shutout innings with 8 K, earlier this season.

Venezuelan Summer League—Phillies 3, Cubs 1

Phillies pounded Cubs pitching for 13 hits in the win.

At the Dish: Cubs only run came in the seventh when Miguel Rico (.258) singled, took second on a balk, and scored on a two-out single from Fidel Matos (.278). Humberto Garcia (.256) had two singles and Rico finished with two hits. Wladimir Galindo doubled and walked. Cubs were 1-9 with RISP and left seven on.

On the Hill: Mauro Vides (0-3 3.10 ERA) made his sixth start as the 18-year-old right-hander gave up two runs on five hits in three innings. The Colombian tossed 29 innings in 15 games last year in the VSL, and has improved his command and ability to keep ball in park.....17-year-old Alfredo Colorado made his pro debut, allowing a run on three hits and walk in two innings. ....Angel Mejias, 20, gave up five hits and a walk in three innings but kept the Phillies off the board.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 11, Mets II 8

Cubs (11-3) grabbed a 9-1 lead and hung on for the win.

At the Dish: Jenner Emeterio (.333) went 3-5 with a triple a four RBI to lead a 15-hit attack. Frandy Delarosa (.308) was 3-5 with 2 RBI. Roberto Caro (.295), Yohan Matos (.310) and Antonio Gonzalez (.273) all had two hits.

On the Hill: Jose Morel improved to 2-0 with five strikeouts in five innings. He gave up three hits and didn't walk anyone. Pedro Silvero and Chris Pieters worked the next three innings. Dilson Vasquez walked five and allowed five runs in the ninth, recording only one out. Jeffry Hernandez got the final two outs for his first save.

Cubs Notes: Another July 2 prospect on the Cubs roster is Frandy Delarosa, who signed for $700,000 in 2012. The switch-hitting shortstop has quick hands from both sides of the plate and in the field. He also possess a strong arm and improving defensive skills. The 6-foot-1, 180 pounder has grown an inch and added 10 pounds since signing. He participated in the Cubs fall instructional league in October and was at his second extended spring training before being back sent to DSL. Delarosa struggled in 11 games last June, going 3-39 with 20 strikeouts. The 18-year-old is a different player at the plate this year, (7 K in 57 plate appearances) hitting .308/.351/.442 with seven doubles. A solid season in the DSL may land Delarosa on a stateside roster next year. Shortstop may not be his final position but is another quality prospect in Cubs system.

Cubs Minor League box scores June 16

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