Cubs June 23 Minor League Recap

Three Cubs prospects earned Player of the Week honors on Monday as Rubi Silva, Jacob Rogers and Kyle Schwarber were all cited. Iowa continues to roll in the PCL as Kris Bryant walloped another HR but Tennessee, Daytona and Boise all lost. Jefferson Mejia won his first pro game with nine strikeouts for Mesa as OF Charcer Burks is as hot as the Arizona sun.

Three Cubs earn Player of the Week honors

MiLB.com honored three Cubs prospects as Tennessee's Rubi Silva (Southern League), Kane County's Jacob Rogers (Southern League) and Boise's Kyle Schwarber (Northwest League) all earned Player of the Week honors.. At Tennessee last week, Silva hit .467/.467/1.000 in four games with a triple, two homers, four RBI and two stolen bases. The 24-year-old Cuban is hitting .256/.301/.403 in his third year for the Smokies with 6 HR and 34 RBI.....Jacob Rogers, the Cubs 40th round pick in 2012, was 5-11 with two doubles, a triple and a homer in a week shortened by the all-star game. After hitting .200 in April, Rogers is batting .255/.358/.437 in 69 games with 7 HR and 30 RBI.......Kyle Schwarber took the Northwest League by storm in his pro debut hitting .600/.625/.1.350 with four homers, 10 RBI, and seven runs in five games. His performance earned him promotion to Kane County.

Cubs 8th round pick Tommy Thorpe, left-hander out of Oregon, has signed for $135,000. The slot value for the pick was $161,800

AAA—Iowa 4, Albuquerque 3

Dallas Beeler threw another quality outing and Kris Bryant's fourth AAA homer proved to be the difference as Iowa won for the fifth time in six games.

At the Dish: Kris Bryant just hits homers. The slugging third baseman has four hits, all homers, including a solo shot Monday afternoon that proved to be the difference in the ball game. He also walked twice and now had 26 long balls on the season........Good aggressive base running got the I-Cubs a run in the first when Javier Baez singled and took second on a walk to Chris Valaika. Baez then used a delayed steal to swipe third and trotted home when the throw to third went into left field. Cubs added two runs in the second on singles by Matt Szczur, Brett Jackson, Arismendy Alcantara and Ryan Kalish, the last two plating runs.....Baez, Alcantara and Szczur all finished with two hits.

On the Hill: Dallas Beeler improved to 5-3 with a six-inning quality outing, the-Cubs 44th of the season and the seventh for Beeler in 10 starts. The right-hander surrendered three runs on four hits and two walks. He fanned two and threw 92 pitches, 60 for strikes. He's really done a good job keeping the ball down in the zone this year and that was evident on Monday with 10 ground ball outs.....The bullpen trio of Arodys Vizcaino, Zac Rosscup and Blake Parker all tossed a scoreless inning, combining for five punchouts. Parker earned his 16th save.

I-Cubs Notes: Tsuyoshi Wada (7-4 2.81 ERA) gets the start on Tuesday afternoon and Iowa has Wednesday off before heading to Colorado Spring for


AA—Chattanooga 7, Tennessee 3

Lookouts had 11 hits and kept the Smokies off the board every inning except one.

At the Dish: Tennessee only had four hits, scoring all three runs in the seventh. A RBI groundout by Rubi SIlva plated the first run and Taylor David delivered a two-out, pinch-hit RBI single.....Charlie Cutler and Dustin Geiger both singled and scored.

On the Hill: Joe Gardner surrendered a three-run homer in the first and went 3.2 innings in his 85-pitch outing. Gardner (1-1 3.62 ERA) finished with a line of 3.2 IP, 7H, 4ER, 2BB 5K.....Jeffry Antigua allowed an unearned run in three innings and Lendy Castillo got the final out of the seventh.....Jeffrey Lorick's night only lasted three hitters before he was thrown out. Lorick gave up a leadoff triple and after a groundout, the Lookouts hitter fouled a ball off his leg that was called fair. He reached on the single and took third on a throwing error. Smokies manager Buddy Bailey was thrown out arguing the call. During the next at-bat, Lorick threw a low pitch that was blocked by Cutler, but the Lookout hitter kicked the ball away, allowing the run to score. Lorick was then ejected for arguing.....Tony Zych got the final five out, three on strikes.

Smokies Notes: Jorge Soler was not in the Mesa lineup on Monday night and may be on his way back to Tennessee. Dae-Eun Rhee is expected to get the start on Tuesday night at Jackson.


High A—Tampa 8, Daytona 0

Tampa scored six times in the third and three Yankee pitchers kept Daytona off the board.

At the Dish: Daytona had seven hits and two walks but were just 1-7 with RISP. Pin-Chieh Chen and Albert Almora had two hits each. Its been a struggle for Almora as he plays what amounts to his first full season, after getting a late start last year with a broken hamate bone. The 20-year-old is hitting .243/.266/.320 in 64 games but has a five-game-hitting streak.......Jordan Hankins (.286) was 1-3 with a double and Daniel Vogelbach extended his hitting streak to six games with a single in four trips......Gioskar Amaya (.286) was on base three times with a single, a walk, and hit-by-pitch

On the Hill: Tayler Scott (4-6, 5.09 ERA) didn't make it out of the third inning as the Yankees scored six times, five of the runs earned. Scott walked three and allowed five hits with one strikeout.....Stephen Perakslis tossed 3.1 scoreless frames as he only allowed two hits and a walk.....Yao-Lin Wang made his first appearance in Daytona since going on the DL. He surrendered two runs in 2.1 frames on two hits and a walk.

D-Cubs Notes: Daytona returns home on Tuesday night as Felix Pena (1-6 3.03 ERA) makes the start.


Low A—Kane County

Cougars had the day off as Paul Blackburn (5-2 2.78 ERA) makes the start on Tuesday night on Dan Vogelbach bobblehead night.


Short-Season—Spokane 12, Boise 6

Boise dropped their seventh in a row as Spokane pounded Hawks' pitching for 15 hits

At the Dish: Boise had 10 hits as Kevin Brown doubled, tripled, and knocked in two. Danny Canela blasted his second homer and had 2 RBI. Jesse Hodges was 1-3 with a RBI as every starter except Jeffrey Baez had a hit. Baez continues to struggle, and is just 1-for-his-last-22....Alex Tomasovich was 1-4 with a double.

On the Hill: Trevor Graham got roughed up for seven runs on eight hits and three walks. He was lifted after the first two hitters of the fourth reached, and both eventually scored as Greyfer Eregua allowed a three-run homer. Eregua finished the fourth with two walks and a strikeout.......Trey Masek made his second appearance and gave up four runs on five hits and a walk in 1.2 innings......Francisco Carrillo had a nice outing, fanning six in 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Hawks Notes: Boise looks to end the skid Tuesday night when Ben Wells (0-1 9.00 ERA) goes to the mound.


Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 9, Angles 6

Jefferson Mejia won his first pro game and Charcer Burks had another big night at the plate.

At the Dish: Charcer Burks had three hits, including a a pair of doubles, knocked in two, scored twice and stole a base to lead the offense....Gleyber Torres went 1-3 with a two-run double while Alberto Mineo, Tyler Alamo, Ricardo Marcano, and Adonis Paula all had two hits.......Ho-young So got his first start at second and collected his first pro hit as well as his first RBI. He scored twice and swiped a base.

On the Hill: The story of the night was the pitching of 19-year-old Jefferson Mejia. Part of the Cubs 2013 International haul, the 6-foot-7 right-hander picked up his first pro win with five innings of relief. He fanned nine and only allowed three hits. Both runs were unearned and he didn't walk a batter.........Struggles for Scott Frazier continue as the right hander only got two outs in the first as he walked three and hit two, getting charged with three runs.....Victor Salazar got the final out of the first, retiring the only batter he faced.....Alex Santana tossed three frames, allowing a run on three hits.


Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 5, Mariners 3—10 innings

Cubs tied the game with a run in the 9th and then added two more in the 10th for the win.

At the Dish: Wladimir Galindo (.282/.349/.496) delivered a two-out, two-run double in the top of the 10th to give the Cubs the win. The Cubs tied the game in the ninth when Danny Gutierrez (.194/.265/.226) singled, moved to second on a bunt, and scored on two straight wild pitches.....Miguel Rico (.264/.355/.413) went 2-4 with two runs and a double......Gutierrez finished 2-5 with a RBI.......17-year-old shortstop Andruw Monasterio (.333, 3-9) played his third straight game at short, going 1-4 with a double....Luis Hidalgo went 1-4 with a double and leads the Cubs with a .359 average.

On the Hill: 21-year-old Yapson Gomez (2-0 1.85 ERA) made his sixth start and now leads the Cubs with 34 innings pitched. The left-hander allowed two runs on five hits with two strikeouts........Eugenio Palma allowed a run in two innings and Julio Sanchez (3-1 4.21 ERA) got the win working two scoreless frames.


Dominican Summer League—Cubs 6, Marlins 2

Santiago Rodriguez ran his unearned run scoreless streak to 26 innings as the 20-year-old right-hander added six more in the win.

At the Dish: SS Carlos Jimenez was 2-5 with a double and a run while Miguel Ruiz, Jenner Emeterio, Jose Paniagua and Franklin Tineo all had RBI.

On the Hill: Rodriguez (3-0 0.00 ERA) allowed seven hits and an unearned run in six innings. He fanned three....Deibi Torres worked the final three innings for his first save. He allowed a run on three hits and a walk.


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