Kris Bryant promoted to Iowa
The big news of the day was Kris Bryant is headed to AAA Iowa and will join the team on Thursday. It was also reported that Armando Rivero and Arodys Vizcaino will be promoted to Iowa. This may be only the tip of the iceberg as far as roster moves go as no corresponding moves were announced and these won't be made official until Thursday. I'll have a complete recap tomorrow and will be tweeting the transactions as I receive them.............I'm not surprised by any of the promotions, Bryant is one of the best bats in system and Vizcaino and Rivero may be the top two bullpen arms. If you are a regular you should be well-versed in the two relievers, and if not, make sure you check out their profile stories that can be found on their player page. Will be interested to see what happens to Christian Villanueva as he may be sent back to AA. He's struggled this year and is 0-18 in last six games. He was not in the lineup Wednesday night............For those of you not familiar with the prospect profiles I wrote during off-season, here's the complete list with links.
AAA—Iowa 3, El Paso 1
Dallas Beeler tossed six shutout frames as Iowa beat El Paso to even the series.
At the Dish: Iowa took a 2-0 lead in the first on two-out RBI singles from Rafael Lopez and Josh Vitters. Vitters put the I-Cubs up 3-0 with a solo blast in the fifth, his 7th. He finished 3-4 and Lopez ended the night 2-4.....Arismendy Alcantara was on base three times with a hit and two walks, scoring once.
On the Hill: For the second time this season, Dallas Beeler pitched shutout ball as the right-hander kept El Paso off the board for six innings. He allowed three hits, walked two, and fanned six in his 96-pitch outing.......Marcus Hatley worked a 1-2-3 seventh with a strikeout......Zac Rosscup allowed a pair of doubles in the eighth as El Paso got on the board.....Blake Parker worked around a two-out single and two walks to earn his 14th save.
I-Cubs Notes: Tsuyoshi Wada (6-4, 2.82) is expected to make the start on Thursday night.
Tennessee had the day off as the mourn the loss of third baseman Kris Bryant as well as relievers Armando Rivero and Arodys Vizcaino. Cheer up Smokie fans, Jorge Soler and C.J. Edwards will be there soon. Tennessee looks to get off to a good start in the second half as they host Chattanooga for the five-game series.
High A—Daytona 11, Tampa 2
Daytona scored six runs in the first, four coming on a Rock Shoulders grand slam, to snap a eight-game losing streak.
At the Dish: Tampa had one of the Yankees top prospects on the mound, right-hander Rafael De Paula, facing a team that hadn't won a game since June 6. De Paula only lasted one inning as the D-Cubs got six runs in the first, four on Shoulder's slam. Gioskar Amaya followed with a solo blast and Wes Darvill gave the D-Cubs a 1-0 lead with a RBI ground out after a Pin-Chieh Chen triple.......Amaya finished the night 3-4 with a triple and three RBI. Chen had three hits and knocked in a run....Dan Vogelbach and Bijan Rademacher both had two hits, scored twice, and added a RBI.
On the Hill: Tayler Scott (4-5 4.64 ERA) worked six strong innings only allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. He fanned two and got nine ground ball outs......Stephen Perakslis tossed two scoreless frames as the right hander fanned three and hit 96 on stadium gun....Jasvir Rakaar worked a 1-2-3 ninth in his third game.
D-Cubs Notes: According to Daytona broadcaster Robbie Aaron, the D-Cubs held a player's only meeting on Wednesday. Daytona opens the second half at Brevard County on Thursday night.
Low A—Kane County
Cougars had the day off and start the second half with a four-game series at home against Cedar Rapids, the Twins affiliate. Kyle Schwarber is expected to make his MWL debut Thursday night. The Cougars will be without All-Star third baseman Jordan Hankins, who's headed to Daytona. Daury Torrez (6-3 3.74 ERA) gets the start on Thursday and Juan Paniagua (3-3 3.25 ERA) will go on Friday night.
Short-Season—Eugene 5, Boise 2
Boise opened their eight-game road trip with a loss at Eugene.
At the Dish: Boise got on the board in the fourth when David Bote was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Jesse Hodges' RBI single. The Hawks were held to four hits, and scored their final run in the eighth when Bote rocked a solo shot to left, his first.
On the Hill: Ben Wells (0-1 9.00 ERA) made his first start since only going .2 innings on May 23 for Daytona. Wells didn't get much help from his defense as three errors and five hits gave the Emeralds a 3-0 lead after three frames. He finished the night with aline of 4IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K..........David Garner made his second appearance and pitched around two walks in a scoreless fifth in his only winning.........Trey Masek made his 2014 debut as the '13 fifth round pick worked around a one-out double and a walk by striking out the final two hitters of the sixth. He pitched another scoreless frame and ended the night with 4 K.....Trey Lang fanned one in his scoreless inning of relief.
Venezuelan Summer League—Mariners 9, Cubs 3
Mariners (13-17) scored in four of the first five innings to beat the Cubs (11-20)
On the Hill: Cubs used four pitchers in the loss as Moises Ramirez (2-2 5.06 ERA) got the start, allowing three runs in three innings. Carlos Rodriguez (3 IP, 3 R), Ivan Median (2 IP, 1 R) and Alex Pacheco (1 IP, 2 R) all saw action.
Dominican Summer League—Rangers II 3, Cubs 2
Cubs fell to the first-place Rangers for the second day and find themselves two games behind.
On the Hill: Junior Marte got the start and allowed an unearned run in the first, his only innings of work....Pedro Araujo took the loss, yielding two runs on six hits in five innings......Aneuris Rosario tossed two scoreless frames with 2 K.