Four Cubs honored by MiLB
Four Cubs prospects were named players and pitchers of the week in their respective leagues including a clean sweep in the Midwest League as first-round pick Kyle Schwarber and right-hander Daury Torrez were both honored. Arismendy Alcantara was named the Pacific Coast League's Player of the Week and Dae-Eun Rhee earned Southern League Pitcher of the Week honors.
For Schwarber, it was the second time he's been named, earning the award for his offensive show in the Northwest League in five games at Boise. For the Cougars, Schwarber played in six games and hit .409/.536/.955 with 3 HR, 7 RBI, 8 R, 5 BB, and a stolen base. In his first 15 pro games, the Ohio native is hitting .481/.554/.1.056 with eight homers, 19 RBI, and 18 runs.
Torrez became the first Kane County starter off an impressive staff to be honored by the Midwest League. The 21-year-old right-hander needed only 80 pitches to get through eight shutout innings in his win June 29 against Wisconsin. He fanned seven, allowed five hits, didn't walk a batter and got 12 ground ball outs for a game score of 79, a season-high. Making the jump from rookie ball to a full-season at Kane County, Torrez is 8-3 with a 3.14 ERA in 80.1 innings, tops on the staff. He's made 14 starts and sports a 1.05 WHIP with 45 K and 13 BB.
Alcantara lit up the PCL last week, hitting in all seven games with a slash line of .517/.516/. 862. The 22-year-old scored eight runs out of the leadoff spot and knocked in eight with two homers and four doubles. The switch-hitting second baseman is an injury or a trade away from making his MLB debut. He's been just as impressive in AAA as he as he was last year in AA, hitting. 305/.346/.547 with 10 homers and a career-high 10 triples. He's swiped 18 bases in 21 attempts and is tied for the PCL lead in total bases with 163.
Dae-Eun Rhee made two starts for Tennessee, winning both games with a 1.42 ERA. He threw 12.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on 10 hits and three walks with 13 strikeouts. Rhee, has been the star of the Smokies pitching staff, an unlikely candidate for that title when the season started. He's made the most of his opportunity as he leads Tennessee in innings (98.2) and is second on the Southern League. In 15 starts (17 games) he 5-3 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.
Other Cub prospects earning the award this season are Iowa—LHP Tsuyoshi Wada, RHP Kyle Hendricks, LHP Chris Rusin, and SS Javier Baez; Tennessee—RHP Corey Black, 3B Kris Bryant 2x, OF Rubi Silva; Kane County—1B Jacob Rogers; Boise—C Schwarber.
AAA—Iowa 7, Omaha 6—10 innings
At the Dish: Quite the game in the battle for first place as Omaha held a 4-0 lead an kept Iowa off the board for six innings. That all changed in the 7th when Manny Ramirez, who was 3-4 on the night, launched a two-run homer to cut the lead in half. The I-Cubs took a 6-5 lead in the 8th when Kris Bryant launched his first pro grand slam with a deep drive over the center field wall. After the Storm Chasers tied the game in the ninth, the I-Cubs won it in the 10th. Javier Baez just missed a walk-off homer with a double off the left field wall. After a sacrifice bunt moved him to third, Omaha walked the next two hitters to load the bases. Vitters then ripped a single into right field for the win.....Bryant and Baez both finished 2-4 with a walk.
On the Hill: Carlos Pimentel fanned eight in five innings but gave up four runs on four hits, two leaving the yard......Arodys Vizcaino worked a scoreless inning and Yoanner Negrin gave up a run in two frames....Blake Parker gave up a run in the ninth for his first blown save of the year after converting his first 17 save opportunities.....Marcus Hatley tossed a 1-2-3 10th and earned the win.
I-Cubs Notes: Cubs play a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday as Kyle Hendricks gets the start at the 12:05 p.m. and the starter for the night cap is TBA.
AA—Montgomery 3, Tennessee 2
A two-out RBI double in the 10th gave the Biscuits the extra innings win.
At the Dish: Tennessee got both runs in the second on a RBI double by Elliot Soto and a run-scoring single from Jae-Hoon Ha. Kevin Brown started the two-out rally in the second with a single. Ha and Soto both finished with two hits and Dustin Geiger added a double.
On the Hill: Matthew Loosen had a solid outing, throwing 88 pitches in six innings. He allowed two runs on two hits and three walks with five punchouts. Jeffrey Lorick and Lendy Castillo combined for three a scoreless frames and five strikeouts. Tony Zych (1-2, 3.86 ERA) gave up a run in the 10th.
Smokies Notes: Good news for Smokies fans. Pierce Johnson, one of the Cubs top pitching prospects is headed back to Tennessee after two rehab starts at Kane County. Johnson had been on the DL with a strained calf. He also missed the start of the season with a hamstring injury that set back his throwing program in spring training.
Daytona had the day off but relief pitcher A.J. McKirahan was on the move to Tennessee as he was promoted.
Low A—Kane County
Kane County's game at Beloit was rained out and a make-up date has not yet be determined. The Cougars host Peoria (Cardinals affiliate) for three games at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark with a 6:30 p.m. start time all three nights. Paul Blackburn, Monday night's starter, is likely to get the ball on Tuesday night.
Cougars Notes: Kane County is tied for second in all the minors with 53 wins. Tyler Skulina is 7th in the MWL with a 2.63 ERA and Blackburn in 10th at 2.97. Daury Torrez leads the MWL with eight wins.
Short-Season—Tri-City 11, Boise 5
Tri-City scored nine runs in their final two at-bats as they rallied past Boise.
At the Dish: Rashad Crawford went 2-5 and knocked in three runs.....LF Mark Zagunis had two hits and is 3-for-9 in his first two games....Jesse Hodges was 2-4 and scored once while Alex Tomasovich was 1-2 with a walk....Jeffrey Baez scored twice and went 1-4.
On the Hill: Ben Wells pitched four shutout innings and then allowed two runs in the fifth before departing. He fanned four with four hits and two walks, and was in line of the win.......Tough night for the bullpen. Greyfer Eregua surrendered two homers and three runs as Tri-City tied the game in the 7th.....Jasvir Rakkar gave up seven hits in the 8th as the Dust Devils plated six runs, all earned. Alberto Diaz came in and got the final out.
Hawks Notes: Tyler Ihrig (1-0, 3.05 ERA) get the start on Tuesday night at Tri-City.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs
Cubs (5-3) had the day off.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs
Cubs (14-26) had the day off
Dominican Summer League—Cubs 7, Angels 6
At the Dish: Cub rallied in the 9th as Ruiz delivered a two-run double and then scored the game-winner on Delarosa's two-out game winner. Carlos Jimenez kept the added a two-run double in the 8th and Carlos Ramirez hit a solo homer in the 7th as Cubs scored six runs over the final three innings.....Jose Paniagua was 3-3 with two doubles and two runs.