Cubs sign Dylan Cease, AAA All-Stars, roster moves
According to reports and the player's own twitter account, the Cubs have signed sixth-round pick Dylan Cease, a right-handed prep arm from Georgia. Cease will take a reported $1.5 million bonus instead of going to Vanderbilt, and is likely to undergo Tommy John surgery to correct an elbow injury he suffered in March. Before the injury, his fastball sat 91-95 with an average curve ball. The Cubs have signed their first 22 picks and added four others—15 pitchers, 3 catchers, 6 infielders, and 2 outfielders. Here's a link to complete list with signing bonuses and their current team.
Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara and pitcher Kyle Hendricks, Tsuyoshi Wada and Blake Parker have been selected to play in the AAA All-Star game for thePacific Coast League.. It marked the first time Iowa has had four player in the game since its inception in 1988. The PCL will face the International League on July 16 and I-Cubs broadcaster Deene Ehlis will have the call as part of the radio broadcast.
Tennessee has placed 3B Christian Villanueva and LHP Jeffrey Lorick on the disabled list. The extent of their injures are not know. Villanueva's transaction was retroactive to June 30 so he would be eligible to rejoin the team as soon as July 7. Pin-Chieh Chen was promoted from Daytona.
AAA—Oklahoma City 4, Iowa 3
At the Dish: For what Cubs fans hope is the first of many—Baez and Bryant both homered but it wasn't enough. Baez hit his 12th long ball of the year and the 65th of his career. Bryant, who finished 3-4, hit his 7th homer in AAA and the 29th of the season. Logan Watkins doubled and scored on a double play ground out as Iowa was held to six hits.
On the Hill: Eric Jokisch made his team-leading 17th start and entered the game 5th in the PCL with 100 innings pitched. The left-hander twirled seven innings of two-hit ball with seven punchouts. He threw 85 pitches in the shutout outing.....Arodys Vizcaino didn't retire any of the three hitters he faced, surrendering two singles and a walk to load the bases. Marcus Hatley (2-2, 2.67 ERA) entered the game, and after a strikeout, gave up a RBI single. A ground out scored another run, and after a wild pitch and an intentional walk, Hartley allowed a two-run single.
AA—Birmingham 6, Tennessee 0
In the opener of a five-game series, the Smokies were blanked by three Birmingham hurlers.
At the Dish: Not much offense for the Smokies and when they did get a runner into scoring position, they went 0-9 and left 10 on. Jae-Hoon Ha extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single. The only extra bast hit on the night came from Anthony Giansanti, a double.
On the Hill: The Smokies workhorse of 2014 took the mound Friday night as Dae-Eun Rhee made his 16th start and had only allowed three runs over his last 18.2 innings (3 starts). The Barons got to the right-hander for three runs in the first on two hits and a pair of walks. He settled down and kept his team in the game finishing with a line of 6 IP, 3 H 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K.....Tony Zych allowed two runs on five hits over two frames.
For the second straight night, the remnants of Hurricane Arthur has postponed the game between Daytona and Brevard County. The two teams will make up the game with a doubleheader on Aug. 14.
Low A—Kane County 2, Clinton 1
At the Dish: Kane County made the most of their four hits as Cael Brockmeyer (.319) gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead in the second with a RBI triple, scoring Jacob Rogers (.264), who singled. Shawon Dunston (.242) walked to lead off the sixth, took second on a bunt, moved to third on a ground out and trotted home on Kyle Schwarber's (.388) RBI double, his second hit of the night.
On the Hill: Juan Paniagua (4-3, 3.11 ERA) still needs works on tempo and command but the 24-year-old right-hander is figuring it out in his first full pro season. Despite his age, Paniagua has very few innings on his arm, throwing nearly as many innings this season (63.2) than the total of his previous four seasons (76.2). Allowing two earned runs over his last 20.1 innings, Paniagua tossed five shutout innings, retiring eight in a row at one point. After two outs in the sixth, Clinton used a walk and two hits to plate their only run of the night.....Michael Wagner picked up his second save, tossing three shutout frames with three strikeouts. The right-hander has only given up one earned run over his last 17.2 innings.
Cougars Notes: Duane Underwood (2-2, 2.84 ERA) gets the start of Saturday night in Clinton.
Short-Season—Eugene 7, Boise 1
Eugene beat Boise for the fourth straight time to spoil the Hawks' 4th of July celebration.
At the Dish: The Hawks only scored one run on a sacrifice fly by Giuseppe Papaccio in the second for a 1-0 lead. Mark Malave had two of the Hawks seven singles. Mark Zagunis, the Cubs third-round pick in June, was 1-2, walked twice and stole his second base. Jeffrey Baez was 1-5 and extended his hitting streak to eight games.
On the Hill: Josh Conway made his fourth start (0-0, 2.08 ERA) and entered the game retiring the last 11 hitters he had faced. He added three more no-hit innings to his resume, walking two.....Ryan McNeil tossed two more shutout frames but couldn't retire any of the four hitters he faced in the sixth out. McNeil was charged with three runs and allowed five hits and a walk....Greyfer Eregua retired all six hitters he faced but Alberto Diaz gave up four runs over the final two innings.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 7, Angels 1
Eloy Jimenez knocked in three runs and five Cubs hurlers held the Angles to five hits.
At the Dish: Jimenez (.429) continues to impress as the outfielder doubled, tripled and knocked in three runs. Alberto Mineo (.400) was 3-5 with a RBI while Jorge Soler had a RBI double. Yorvit Torrealba went 1-3 and scored twice while Gleyber Torres had two hits and scored once.Charcer Burks was 1-3 with a walk and two stolen bases.
On the Hill: Jesus Castillo, acquired in the Tony Campana trade, got the start and went three innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits and two walks. Zach Hedges earned his first pro win with a shutout inning and Ryan Williams tossed a scoreless frame. Andin Diaz and Pedro Araujo each tossed two shutout innings.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 6, Tigers 5
Cubs (17-27) scored five runs in the fifth and downed the first-place Tigers (30-13). With a month left in the season, the Cubs are trailing the Phillies by 8.5 games for the wildcard spot.
At the Dish: Andruw Monasterio (.261) and Miguel Rico (.252) both knocked in two runs in the fifth and Jesus Gonzalez (.206) got it all started with a RBI double. Wladimir Galindo (.293) hit his VSL leading 7th homer in the eighth in what proved to be the difference in the game. Galindo continues to impress in the VSL as the 17-year-old corner infielder is second in slugging and OPS.
On the Hill: Gabriel Lima (0-1, 5.25 ERA ERA) made his third pro start as the 18-year-old tossed three innings, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks. The 6-foot-2 right-hander fanned two......Angel Mejias (1.2, 1.19 ERA) earned the win with three scoreless innings of relief and Eugenio Palma (0-0, 2.45 ERA) was charged with two runs in an inning. Jose Leidenz (2-1, 2.73 ERA) worked two shutout frames for his first save but allowed two inherited runners to score in the 8th.
Dominican Summer League—Yankees 7, Cubs 3
Yankees scored five runs in the top of the ninth to beat the Cubs.
On the Hill: Erling Moreno, one of the Cubs top pitchers signed last year on July 2 from Columbia, made his DSL debut, after making an appearance in the VSL (3 IP, 4H 0R, 3K). On Friday, the 6-foot-3 right-hander threw two scoreless frames with a walk and two strikeouts....After 32 innings of not allowing an earned run, Santiago Rodriguez gave up a run in his first of five innings. He fanned eight and yielded five hits and two walks. Luis Vizcaino didn't retire any of the six hitters he faced in the ninth as only three or the runs allowed were earned. Chris Pieters got the final three outs but allowed two inherited runners to score.