Cubs July 17 Minor League Recap

Homers by top prospects Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Addison Russell, Dan Vogelbach and Christian Villanueva overshadowed great outings from Dallas Beeler, Corey Black and Duane Underwood as the Cub’ minors stole the headlines on Thursday night.

AAA—Iowa 7, Round Rock 0

Javier Baez and Kris Bryant homered while Dallas Beeler and two relievers blanked the Express.

At the Dish: For the third time this season, Baez (15) and Bryant (10) homered in the same game, both hitting solo blasts. Baez (.244) added a double and played his first game in the minors at second base. He was involved in three double plays and played errors defense....Bryant (.337) also doubled and finished 3-5 with two runs.....Matt Szczur (.244) went 3-5 with two runs and Brett Jackson (.214) had two hits, scored twice and knocked in a pair. Chris Valaika (.291) and Rafael Lopez (.274) both had two hits and the I-Cubs pounded Round Rock pitching for 15 hits.

On the Hill: Dallas Beeler (6-3, 3.56 ERA) only needed 78 pitches to work his way through seven innings of shutout ball. He allowed three hits, walked a pair, and set four down on strikes. You can really see the confidence two trips to the big leagues have given him, and he likely to get another call before the end of the season......Marcus Hatley fanned two in the 8th and Armando Rivero worked a 1-2-3 ninth with a strikeout.

I-Cubs Notes: Tsuyoshi Wada (9-6, 2.84 ERA) will be looking for his first win since June 29 on Friday night.


AA—Tennessee 4, Huntsville 1

Addison Russell hit his first homer as a Cub while Jorge Soler and Christian Villanueva added bombs in the win.

At the Dish: Shortstop Addison Russell (.229) hit a solo shot homer in the fourth, his first since being traded to the Cubs. The 20-year-old also singled and scored....After walking in his first two at-bats, Jorge Soler launched a two-run homer in the sixth, his sixth of the season in only 51 at-bats. In his 10 games since returning from the DL, the 22-year-old Cuban I shitting .483/.543/1.172 with 14 RBI....Christina Villanueva added an insurance run in the ninth with a solo shot, his third.....Smokies only had five hits and never got a runner into scoring position.

On the Hill: Corey Black (5-6, 2.63 ERA) fanned eight for the second straight outing as the right-hander earned the win with six solid innings. He gave up a run on four hits and walked two. The San Diego native has only allowed four earned runs over his last 29 innings and keeps making his case as a big league starter......Four Smokies relievers blanked Huntsville over the final three frames. Frank Batista pitched the ninth for his 5th save while Hunter Cervenka (1 IP), Lendy Castillo (? IP) and Andrew McKirahan (? IP) all were credited with a hold.

Smokies Notes: Pierce Johnson (2-3, 3.74 ERA) takes the ball on Friday night.


High A—Fort Myers 7, Daytona 5

The Miracles scored in five different innings to beat Daytona for the second straight night.

At the Dish: LF Kyle Schwarber collected his first hit in the FSL and finished the game with two singles and two strikeouts in four trips. The third-round pick is 44-for-109 in his pro career......1B Daniel Vogelbach cranked his 9th homer of the year, a two-run shot in the third. He also singled, added a sac fly, and leads the D-Cubs with 49 RBI.....3B Jordan Hankins was 1-3 with a RBI while SS Marco Hernandez plated a run with a sac fly.....RF Bijan Rademacher singled to extended his on-base streak to 28 straight games.

On the Hill: Nathan Dorris (4-5, 4.99 ERA) gave up five runs on six hits and two walks and didn’t make it out of the fifth. He fanned two and got eight ground ball outs. Dorris is struggling to get right-handers out as the FSL is hitting .317 against him. It was his 8th start in the FSL after spending most of 2013 in the bullpen at Kane County......Michael Jensen (4-4, 2.72 ERA) took the loss out of the pen, allowing a run on two hits and two walks in 2 ? innings.....Working the final two frames, Austin Kirk (1-0, 4.39 ERA) surrendered a run on two hits.

D-Cubs Notes: Rob Zastryzny (1-6, 5.16 ERA) makes his 16th start on Friday night.

Low A—Kane County 3, Lansing 0—10 innings

Kane County pitching blanked Lansing on three hits and Jacob Rogers delivered a two-run single in the 10th.

At the Dish: The Cougars had 11 hits but didn’t get on the board until the 10th when 1B Jacob Rogers (.264) ripped a two-run single. Cael Brockmeyer (.296) followed with a RBI base hit to make it 3-0. Rogers finished 3-5 while Benjamin Carhart (.282), Will Remillard (.291) and Trey Martin (.239) all had two hits. Jacob Hannemann (.258) was 1-4 with a double.

On the Hill: Duane Underwood (4-2, 2.36 ERA) is learning how to pitch, gaining confidence in his stuff, and getting hitters out. He blanked the Lugnuts for six innings, allowing three hits and coaxing 12 ground ball outs. The second-round pick in 2012 out of Pope High School in Georgia walked one (his first walk in 16 innings) and fanned three. In the last 17 innings, the 19-year-old has allowed two runs, 11 hits, one walk, and fanned 17. Underwood’s ability to harness his 95-mph fastball and command his breaking ball have led to a lower walk rate and more strikeouts in his first full season......In his first rehab appearance in the MWL, Kyuji Fujikawa worked a scoreless 7th, fanning two with a walk. Fujikawa is retuning from Tommy John surgery after signing a two-year deal with the Cubs last year........Gerardo Concepcion (2-2, 4.17 ERA) no-hit Lansing for the final three innings and earned the win. He struckout three and the only base runners to reach were on two walks.

Cougars Notes: Tyler Skulina (4-5, 2.93 ERA) makes the start on Friday night at Lansing.


Short-Season—Spokane 12, Boise 5

Spokane used a three-run sixth to pull away from Boise and snap their four-game win streak.

At the Dish: Boise had 13 hits as Jason Vosler (.325) went 3-4 with a RBI.....Jeffrey Baez (.282) extended his hit streak to 20 games with a single....Mark Zagunis continues to square up NWL pitching, going 2-5 with two runs to up his average to .352.

On the Hill: In his sixth start, RHP Josh Conway had his roughest outing, allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk. He went 2 ? and fanned one....Jasvir Rakkar kept the Indians off the board for 1 ? innings with a strikeout.... Not good news for Ryan McNeil, who’s making a comeback from Tommy John surgery, as he left in the 7th with an injury. After giving up four runs on two homers, McNeil was taken out and according to Boise announcer Mike Safford, who holding his right-elbow when he departed....RHP Trey Lang pitched the final 2 ?, allowing three runs on a hit and three walks. Lang had only allowed one eared run in 11 ? innings.

Hawks Notes: Trevor Graham (3-2, 5.25 ERA) takes the mound on Friday night.


Arizona Rookie League—Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 2

The Diamondbacks hung on to beat the Cubs despite a ninth inning rally.

At the Dish: Cubs were blanked for eight innings but scored twice in the ninth. Singles by Kevonte Mitchell, Eloy Jimenez and Erick Castillo loaded the bases. A wild pitch scored the first run and a Bryant Flete ground out made it 3-2. Charcer Burks grounded out to first to end the game. Jimenez led the Cubs with two hit.

On the Hill: Fifth-round pick Justin Steele pitched in his second pro game, tossing a scoreless first with a walk. Tanner Griggs (0-0, 0.00 ERA), the Cubs 12-round pick, worked two scoreless innings with a walk in his third appearance. Jose Paulino gave up all three D-backs hits as they scored three times off the right-hander in two innings. Andin Diaz fanned four in three no-hit innings.


Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs

Thursday’s game was rained out.


Dominican Summer League—Phillies 6, Cubs 4

Phillies (15-26) scored off of all three Cubs’ pitchers, collecting 10 hits and walking six times.

At the Dish: Cubs had 10 hits but fanned 10 times and left eight on. Jenner Emeterio (.297) was 3-4 with two RBI while Roberto Caro (.278) and Frandy Delarosa (.256) had two hits each.

On the Hill: 17-year-old Andri Rondon (2-1, 3.65 ERA) made his fourth start (6th game) and took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits and four walks. Assael Aquino and Chris Pieters both gave up a run in their two innings.


Roster Moves, News, Notes

According to Baseball America, the Cubs have signed Emilio Ferrebus, a 16-year-old Venezuelan right-hander. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder reportedly throws a fastball in the low 90s and also features a curve and change-up.


Cubs Minor League box scores July 17


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