Zagunis, Almora hit for cycle; 7/14 recap

Just your typical night in the Cubs minors. Daytona’s Albert Almora and Boise’s Mark Zagunis both hit for the cycle to help lead their teams to victory. Kyle Schwarber is being promoted to Daytona and fifth-round pick Justin Steele made his pro debut for Mesa. Jorge Soler and Jeimer Candelario were honored and C.J. Edwards is headed back to the mound.

Schwarber to Daytona

According to reports including his own twitter account, Cubs first-round pick Kyle Schwarber is headed to Daytona. In 23 games at Kane County, the catcher hit .361/.448/.602 with four homers in 15 RBI. He was named Midwest League Player of the Week, the second time he earned the honor, getting the award for his five games at Boise to start his career (.361/.448/.602, 4 HR, 10 RBI).

Players of Week, Roster Moves, News, Notes

Kane County’s Jeimer Candelario and Tennessee’s Jorge Soler have been named Players of the Week by their respective leagues. Soler hit .556/.619/.1.333 in six games with four HR and 8 RBI, including a career-best two homers and five RBI vs. Jacksonville on Sunday. Soler has missed most of the season with two separate hamstring injuries and has only played in 14 games. Candelario hit .500/.556/1.083 in seven games with three homers and nine RBI. The 20-year-old third baseman started the season in Daytona but was sent back to Kane County after struggling at the plate. In 21 games for Cougars, Candelario is batting .267/.329/.493............Cubs released three players from their Mesa roster, RHP Carlos Llano, C Eufran Vargas and RHP Victor Salazar....Jonathan Mota was sent back to Tennessee from Iowa. He was sent to Des Moines to play when Kris Bryant and Javier Baez headed to Minneapolis for the Futures Game.......Tennessee pitcher C. J. Edwards tweeted that he will make his mound debut on the 23rd. Not sure if this means he’ll pitch in a game or throw off a mound for the first time. If its the latter, he may not make it back to Smokies Park before the season ends.

AAA—Iowa

Had the day off as they are on the all-star break. Kyle Hendricks, Blake Parker and Tsuyoshi Wada are PCL All-Stars and will play July 16 in Durham. Arismendy Alcantara was named a starter at second but is in Chicago and will not attend.


AA—Jacksonville 6, Tennessee 5

The Suns won for the fourth time in the five-game series, scoring the deciding run in the seventh.

At the Dish: Smokies had 11 hits, including an inside-the-park two-run homer from catcher Charlie Cutler in the fifth to tie the game at 5-5. Christian Villanueva roped a pair of doubles while Jae-Hoon Ha and Pin-Chief Chen both had two hits. Dustin Geiger delivered a pinch-hit RiB double, Jorge Soler plated a run and Ha added a RBI.

On the Hill: In an emergency start, Jeffry Antigua allowed a run on two hits in four innings. Tony Zych only got one out in the fifth, surrendering four runs on four hits and two walks. P.J. Francescon allowed one inherited runner to score as he came in with the bases loaded, and then gave up the eventual winning run in the seventh. Andrew McKirahan fanned three in the final 1.2 innings.

Smokies Notes: Smokies have Tuesday off and then head to Huntsville for five games.


High A—Daytona 13, Jupiter 8—13 innings

Albert Almora hit for the cycle as Daytona won a wild one in extra innings.

At the Dish: Albert Almora’s two-run triple in the 13th put Daytona ahead for good and completed a historic night at the plate for the 20-year-old Florida native. Almora hit his sixth homer in the first, delivered a two-run double in the ninth, and singled in the 8th and 11th. He ended the night 5-7 with 5 RBI, a career-high. Almora was the first Daytona player to hit for the cycle since Brett Jackson on June 14 in 2010. ......D-Cubs had a season-high 21 hits in the win. Marco Hernandez led of the game with a homer and finished 3-7. Daniel Vogelbach and Jordan Hankins both had three hits while Bijan Rademacher, Billy McKinney and Gioskar Amaya had two each. Rademacher hit his sixth homer.

On the Hill: With the day off on Tuesday, Daytona emptied out their bullpen using six arms in the extra inning affair. Felix Pena fanned seven in 5.1 innings but gave up five runs, four earned. Michael Jensen got the Cubs out of the sixth and Tyler Bremer worked two scoreless frames. Starling Peralta gave up three runs in the ninth but threw two scoreless frames after his third blown save. Zack Godley (3-1, 4.181 ERA) got the win with a shutout inning and Austin Kirk got the final three outs.

D-Cubs Notes: Rademacher (26 games) and Vogelbach (24 games) extended their on-base streaks.....D-Cubs have Tuesday off and Jose Rosario (4-5, 5.14 ERA) gets the start against Fort Myers at the Jack.


Low A—Beloit 2, Kane County 1

A two-run homer in the top of the ninth gave Beloit the win.

At the Dish: Kane County only had four hits and both runs scored on David Bote’s two-run double after two-out walks to Kevin Brown and Trey Martin in the fifth. Brown, Martin and Benjamin Carhart all singled. Kyle Schwarber was 0-4 and didn’t reach base for only the second time in his 28-game career.

On the Hill: Daury Torrez (9-4, 2.81 ERA) continues to pile up quality outings as the 20-year-old right-hander allowed one unearned run in seven innings. He gave up four hits, fanned four, and retired 12 in a row at one point.....Michael Wagner (1-2, 3.51 ERA) wiggled out of a first and third with no outs in the 8th but gave up a two-run homer in the ninth.

Cougars Notes: The Cougars have Tuesday off and head to Lansing for three games as part of a six-game road trip.


Short-Season—Boise 11, Spokane 6

Third-round pick Mark Zagunis hit for the cycle as Boise rallied for the win with a 15-hit attack.

At the Dish: In his 17th pro game, Zagunis hit for the cycle, getting a “lost in the lights” double to complete the feat in the 8th. The Georgia Tech product hit his first pro homer in the fourth after a single and a triple in first first two plate appearances. After making his pro debut in Mesa, Zagunis is hitting .356 in the NWL and has settled in behind the plate after playing LF when he arrived.....Jason Vosler, the Cubs 16th round pick, had the best game of his young career, hitting his first pro homer and a pair of singles. Justin Marra was 2-4 with two doubles and two RBI while Jeffrey Baez had two hits and scored twice, extending his hitting streak to 17 games. Rashad Crawford had a single to extend his hit streak to 14 games. Giuseppe Papaccio went 2-4 with a RBI.

On the Hill: Tyler Ihrig (4-0, 4.37 ERA) was the beneficiary of the offensive attack as the left-hander allowed six runs in five innings. He surrendered nine hits, two leaving the yard, and fanned four.....Boise’s bullpen shut down the Indians as Brad Markey and Francisco Carrillo both threw two scoreless frames, each allowing one hit with a strikeout.

Hawks Notes: Zagunis completes the cycle


Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 5, Giants 1

Alberto Mineo hit his first pro homer and fourth-round pick Carson Sands won his first professional game in Mesa’s victory.

At the Dish: Alberto Mineo hit a solo homer in the first, his first as a pro, and added a single, upping his average to .362. The19-year-old from Italy signed as a free agent in 2010....Bryant Flete was 1-3 and knocked in two. Kevonte Mitchell singled, walked, scored twice and stole two bases.

On the Hill: Cubs fifth-round pick Justin Steele made an impressive debut, striking out the side in his only inning. According to one report, Steele was working in the low 90s with his fastball and a curve ball in the low 70s.....Dillon Maples got the start and may not be long for Mesa, yielding a walk and a hit in three scoreless with three strikeouts......Kyuji Fujikawa made his fourth appearance and threw a 1-2-3 fourth with a strikeout.....Carson Sands won his first professional game, recording a pair of punchouts in a 1-2-3 inning. Austyn Willis retired all three hitters he faced and Zach Hedges put the side done on strikes in his inning. Andin Diaz gave up a run in the ninth as the Cubs used seven pitchers.


Venezuelan Summer League—Tigers 6, Cubs 0

Cubs were blanked and had their five-game winning streak snapped.

At the Dish: Cubs had seven hits and two walks but only got four runners in scoring position. Miguel Rico (.274) had his fourth straight two-hit game and Andruw Monasterio (.278) extended his hit streak to six games with a single.

On the Hill: Enrique De Los Rio (2-3, 3.78 ERA) got tagged for 10 hits and five runs in five innings. Alex Pacheco allowed a run in two frames and Ivan Medina worked a scoreless eighth.


Dominican Summer League—Marlins 4, Cubs 0

Five pitchers held the Cubs to three hits in the shutout.

At the Dish: Cubs drew eight walks but only three hits and were 0-8 with RISP. Frandy Delarosa (.244), Yohan Matos (.308) and Carlos Jimenez (.329) had the hits.

On the Hill: Erling Moreno (0-1, 1.29 ERA) lost his first game as a pro, allowing two runs, one earned, in two innings. He allowed five hits, walked one and fanned one. Pedro Silvero threw the final six frames, surrendering two runs on six hits.


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