Manny to Iowa and more draft picks sign
Manny Ramirez is leaving the 100 degree temperatures of the desert and will be joining the Iowa Cubs on Thursday for their twin-bill at Colorado Springs. Since signing with Cubs, Ramirez has been working out at the Cubs facility in Mesa and sharing hitting tips with Jorge Soler as well as the Cubs Arizona Rookie League team. According to a press release issued by the Iowa Cubs, Ramirez will meet with the Cubs media in a press conference on Monday, June 30 in the outfield skyboxes at Principal Park. The session will take place in the early afternoon prior to team workouts. An exact time, and any other pertinent details, will be announced in the coming days. Ramirez is a 12-time All-Star, was the 2002 American League batting champion, and the 2004 World Series Most Valuable Player with the Boston Red Sox. He has a lifetime batting average of .312 (2,574-for-8,244) with 555 home runs and 1,831 RBI in 19 Major League seasons. He last appeared in the big leagues in five games with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009. Last season, he played 30 games with the triple-A Round Rock Express in the Texas Rangers' organization and hit .259 (28-for-108) with three home runs and 13 RBI in 30 games.
Cubs made several draft signings official on Wednesday including third-round pick Mark Zagunis, a two-time All-ACC performer and 2014 Johnny Bench Award semifinalist. He hit .330 with 39 RBI In 39 RBI and a K/BB ratio of 20:32. The signings announced on Wednesday included Tommy Thorpe (8), James Farris (9), Ryan Williams (10), Tanner Griggs (11), Kevonte Mitchell (13), Chesny Young (14), Jeremy Null (15), Jason Vols. (16), Michael Knighton (17), Austyn Willis (18), Joey Martarano (22), and Andrew Ely (32). The Cub have inked all their top 22 picks except sixth-round pick Dylan Cease. Here's link to complete list with signing bonuses and where the prospects are currently assigned.
Iowa (40-36) had the day off as they head to Colorado Spring for a four-game series. The I-Cubs are one game behind Omaha in the PCL American North Division and tied with Oklahoma City. Kyle Hendricks gets the ball in game one and Carlos Pimentel throws in game two.
AA—Tennessee 4, Jackson 2
Matthew Loosen had a strong outing and the Smokies (5-2) moved into first place in the North Division to start the second half.
At the Dish: Tennessee had nine hits as every starter except one contributed a base knock. Christian Villanueva (357/.419/.607) had two hits while Dustin Geiger (.223/. and Rubi Silva knocked in runs in the Smokies three-run sixth....Anthony Giansanti smacked his second homer, a solo shot in the ninth.
On the Hill: Matt Loosen (4-2 4.73 ERA) is having a better time in AA than he did last year when he sported a 6.14 ERA and allowed 15 homers in 66 innings. While the long numbers are still up, Loosen has shown better command his last six outings that was evident on Wednesday afternoon as he issued one free pass in six innings. The only run came on a solo homer as the 25-year-old allowed five hits and fanned five, throwing 87 pitches, 61% for strikes.....Jeffrey Lorick (2-2 5.40 ERA) appeared in his team-high 27th game (tied with Tony Zych) and while he's pitched better as the season has progressed, the left-hander has yet to string together a streak of solid outings. Lorick, 26, blanked the Generals for two innings but allowed a double to leadoff the 9th, earning his 8th hold.......Frank Batista (1-0 1.23 ERA) is back at Tennessee after spending time in Mexico and Iowa. Batista earned his first save, allowing an inherited runner to score on a hit.
Smokies Notes: Corey Black (2-5 3.30 ERA) makes his 13th start on Thursday and his third since coming off the DL after getting hit by a line drive.
High A—Daytona 7, Dunedin 0
Daytona (5-2) blasted three homers to help beat Dunedin for the second straight night.
At the Dish: Rock Shoulders (5), Chadd Krist (2) and Daniel Vogelbach (7) all homered in the win...Vogelbach was 3-4 and scored twice while Gioskar Amaya went 2-4 with a pair of runs.....Albert Almora extended his hitting streak to seven games with a RBI single
On the Hill: Three Daytona hurlers blanked the Bleu Jays led by six shutout frames from Jose Rosario (4-4 4.96 ERA). He fanned four and allowed three with with four walks.....Austin Kirk worked out of a bases loaded, no out jam during his two shutout innings. He walked three and recorded three strikeouts.....Zack Godley worked the 9th with a walk and a strikeout.
D-Cubs Notes: Justin Amlung gets the start on Thursday night.
Low A—Wisconsin 3, Kane County 2
The Timber Rattlers evened the three-game series as a two-run sixth proved to be the difference.
At the Dish:Kane County only had five hits, two from Kyle Schwarber, including his second homer in the MWL and sixth overall in 11 games...Jacob Hannemann was 1-3 with awake and stolen two bases (23), including home......Jacob Rogers was robbed of a game-tying extra base hit in the 9th that was turned into a game-ending double play.
On the Hill: Tyler Skulina's days at Kane County may be numbered as the right fanned five in five innings. He yielded one run on five hits and walked one. If the CbUs thing the right-hander has made an improvement with his command, he could be headed to Daytona soon......Tough outing for Zak Hermans as he walked two adn hit a batter, recording only one out in the sixth. Corbin Hoffner allowed two inherited runners score and was charged with his third blown save. He worked 2.2 innings of hitless relief. Tyler Bremer pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.
Cougars Notes: Daury Torrez (7-3 3.48 ERA) makes his 14th start, a career-high for a season and is also in new territory for innings pitched.
Short-Season—Boise 8, Spokane 4
Boise snapped a eight-game losing streak with an 11-hit attack.
At the Dish: Jeffrey Baez got the Boise offense off to a good start with a solo homer to leadoff the game...The Hawks took the lead for good in the third with a two-run homr from Kevin Brown and a RBI double from Charlie White.......Mark Malave went 2-4 with a RBI and Brown finished with two hits.....Giuseppe Papaccio and Rashad Crawford plated runs......Every player in the lineup on Wednesday night had at least one hit.
On the Hill: Tyler Ihrig gave up three runs in the second but that would be it for the Indians as the left-hander went seven innings for his first NWL win. He allowed five hits, didn't walk a batter, and fanned five.....Josh Davis tossed the final two frames, allowing a run on three hits with two strikeouts.
Hawks Notes: The Hawks return home for a series with Hillsboro as Erick Leal (1-1 6.75 ERA) get the start
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs
Had the day off.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs
Had the day off.
Dominican Summer League—Brewers 6, Cubs 5
Cubs rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth but fell short.
At the Dish: Robert Garcia delivered a two-run triple and then scored on an error as the Cubs had the tying run on with two outs. A pop up ended the game.....Garcia finished with two hits and three RBI while Jenner Emeterio was 2-5. Yohan Matos was 1-3 and scored twice while Frandy Delarosa went 0-4 in his first game since June 16.
On the Hill: Oscar De La Cruz, 19, allowed his second earned run of the season (27 IP) as the right-hander fanned seven in six runs. He allowed two hits, one a solo homer, and walked one.....Moises Ramirez (0-1 13.50 was charged with four runs, three earned in two innings...Jeffry Hernandez allowed an unearned run in the ninth.