Cubs July 28 Minor League Recap

Albert Almora had four hits and scored three times as Tennessee moved back into first place with a win over Birmingham. Daytona continued is winning ways behind a strong pitching performance from Juan Paniagua. Kane County was swept at home for the first time this season and C.J. Edwards made his second rehab start for Mesa.

Barney to Dodgers

The Cubs have finally found a home for second baseman Darwin Barney after he was designated for assignment on July 22, sending the 28-year-old and cash considerations to the Dodgers for a player to be named later. The 2012 Gold Glove winner played 542 games with Cubs after making debut in 2010. Shouldn’t expect much in return for Barney but the fact the Cubs also included cash in deal could net them something of value. Its likely a short list of Rule 5 eligible players the Dodgers aren’t planning on adding to the 40-man roster.


Had the day off and look to snap their five-game losing streak at New Orleans on Tuesday with Dae-Eun Rhee (1-0, 3.46 ERA) making his third AAA start.

AA—Tennessee 11, Birmingham 8

Albert Almora and Addison Russell both had four hits to lead the Smokies over the Barons and move Tennessee back into first place.

At the Dish: Albert Almora started his AA career 1-for-18 but broke out in a big way Monday night with three singles and a double, scored three times, and knocked in a pair. Russell added three singles and a double, scored once, drove in a run and is hitting .303/.338/.579 with 6 HR since being traded to the Cubs. 1B Dustin Geiger was on base five times with two hits and three walks, and also knocked in three runs. Lars Anderson hit a solo homer in the ninth while Jae-Hoon Ha and Charlie Cutler had two hits each.

On the Hill: Eduardo Figueroa (2-1, 4.53 ERA) threw 84 pitches over six innings, allowing five runs on four hits and three walks. He fanned four and earned his second win. Zach Cates gave up two runs in 1.2 innings and Frank Batista surrendered a solo homer in the ninth but still earned his 8th save.

Smokies Notes: Pierce Johnson (3-4, 2.98 ERA) tries to give the Smokies the series win on Tuesday night.

High A—Daytona 7, Bradenton 0

Daytona made it six in a row with the shutout over the Pirates as Juan Paniagua tossed six scoreless frames.

At the Dish: C Willson Contreras (.238) led the attack going 3-5 with a double and two RBI. DH Billy McKinney(.312) continues to be an RBI machine for Daytona as the 19 year old knocked in two more and has 19 RBI and has reached base in 21-of-22 games since being traded from Oakland. He came into the game hitting .306/.414/.458. 2B Gioskar Amaya extended his hit streak to 10 games with two singles and SS Marco Hernandez (.293) upped his hit streak to eight games with a single and 2 RBI. Kyle Schwarber (.244) was 0-3 but scored, walked and knocked in a run. Daniel Vogelbach (.278) scored twice but had his hit streak stopped at eight games.

On the Hill: Juan Paniagua (1-1, 4.50 ERA) made his second FSL start and had better results after surrendering five runs in his debut July 22. The Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June used a 95 mph fastball and a hard slider to keep Bradenton off the board for six innings. He surrendered two hits, walked two,o and fanned six for his first FSL victory. Tyler Bremer fanned two in a pair of perfect innings while Austin Kirk worked the ninth.

D-Cubs Notes: Rob Zastryzny (2-6, 5.00 ERA) gets the start on Tuesday night as the D-Cubs look to make it seven straight.

Low A—West Michigan 2, Kane County 1

West Michigan completed the sweep over the Cougars scoring the wining run in the ninth.

At the Dish: Cougars fanned 16 times in the game, 13 coming from Kevin Ziomek in six innings. They scored their only run in the seventh to tie the game when Trey Martin singled and scored on Shawon Dunston’s RBI double. Dunston had a pair of doubles, his fifth straight multi-hit game and extended his hitting streak to eight games. The 21-year-old has been working with hitting coach Tommy Byers, moving his hands lower in the zone he told Cougars radio broadcaster Joe Brand in a recent interview. He’s also shown some improvement in left field with the glove although he misplayed a ball in the sixth that led to the Whitecaps first run. The upgrade in both aspects of his game should be enough to get him to the Florida State League next year. You can draft all the talent you want but if you can’t develop it, if you can’t make it better when it struggles, then it really doesn’t do you any good. Dunston’s progression this year says just as much about the Cubs development staff as it does the player’s advancement ....RF Jeffrey Baez collected his first MWL hit, a single.

On the Hill: All Daury Torrez does is get hitters out. With a fastball in the low 90s and pin point control over his off-speed pitchers, the 21-year-old right-hander continues to pile up quality outings in the MWL. Torres allowed five hits, walked one, and the only run scored when Dunston’s diving attempt for a fly ball was unsuccessful and the runner scored from first on the double. He fanned four and recorded eight ground ball outs......Michael Heesch (2-1, 2.49 ERA) worked three innings of relief, allowing the winning run in the ninth on back-to-back doubles with two outs. He finished with a line of 3 IP, 2H 1 R, 3 BB 3 K.

Cougars Notes: According to Kane County beat writers Kevin Druley and Paul Johnson, Kane County manager Mark Johnson said starters Paul Blackburn (96 IP), Daury Torrez (110) and Tyler Skulina (89) will all get skipped in their next starts as they approached their innings limit for 2014..........David Garner and Jasvir Rakkar are being promoted to help fill the gap and the Kane County fans may even get to see the Cubs second-round pick Jake Stinnett before its all over. C.J. Edwards is still rehabbing but the chances of him coming to Kane County are slim. It could be a parade of arms to Kane County to finish up the season and it doesn’t look like Blackburn or Skulina will be promoted to Daytona. Long list of possibilities including 2014 draft picks but Boise pitchers Dillon Maples, Trey Lang and Josh Conway may top the list.

Short-Season—Hillsboro 6, Boise 1

Hawks dropped their second straight at HIllsboro as they were held to five hits.

At the Dish: Boise scored their only run in the third when Bryant Flete reached on a single, took second on a walk to Calvin Graves and scored on Rashad Crawford grounder that was thrown away after getting a force at second. Daniel Lockhart had a hit in his first game since June 19 when he went on DL with a hand injury. He’s in Boise as part of his rehab assignment.

On the Hill: Trevor Clifton didn’t have his best stuff, walking a season-high four while allowing five runs ion six hits in 3.2 innings. He fanned three and threw a wild pitch....Yomar Morel allowed two inherited runners to score and then surrendered another run in the 1.1 innings. Tommy Thorpe, Cubs 8th round pick, held the Hops without a hit for three innings with two strikeouts to run his scoreless innings streak to seven innings.

Hawks Notes: David Garner and Jasvir Rakkar were sent to Kane County from Boise while Morel and Lockhart were both sent to Boise.

Arizona Rookie League—Diamondbacks 12, Cubs 6

Diamondbacks used a seven-run fifth to beat the Cubs.

At the Dish: Another big night for SS Gleyber Torres (.283) as the youngster went 3-4, tripled, knocked in two and walked. He was 4-4 with two walks on Sunday. CF Kevonte Mitchell (.317) had three hits, scored twice and plated one run while 1B Roney Alcala (.275) was 2-4 with a double.

On the Hill: C. J. Edwards made his second rehab start and could be on his way back to Tennessee. The right-hander fanned six, walked three and gave up a run on a hit in 3.2 innings...Adbert Alzolay got the final out of the fourth after Edwards reached his pitch limit but didn’t make it out of the fifth, getting charged with four runs. Alberto Diaz walked in two inherited runners and then gave up three more in the seven-run fifth. Tanner Griggs allowed four runs over 2.1 innings on six hits and two walks. Andin Diaz got the final five outs.

Venezuelan Summer League—Mariners 2, Cubs 0

Cubs were eliminated from playoff contention as they fell seven games behind the wild card spot with six to go.

At the Dish: Cubs were shutout on nine hits, three each from SS Danny Gutierrez (.287) and RF Luis Ayala (.205). DH Roberto Vahlis (.220) added a double.

On the Hill: Enrique De Los Rio (2-4, 3.52 ERA) took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in three innings. Bullpen did a nice job as Mauro Vides (4 IP) and Juan Rengifo (2 IP) kept the M’s off the board.

Cubs Notes: It will be interesting to see if anyone is promoted to the DSL after the season. Last year, Bryant Flete and Roney Alcala both headed to the Dominican after the playoffs. Flete is in Boise and Alcala is playing in Mesa. SS Andruw Monasterio and 3B Wladimir Galindo have both had decent seasons in the VSL but both are completing their first year of pro ball and still 17.

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 9, Mets II 6

Cubs used a six-run third to beat the Mets II.

At the Dish: Yohan Matos (.311) continues to excel in his first pro season as the 17-year-old catcher went 3-4, scored twice, stole two base (6) and knocked in a run. All-star SS Carlos Jimenez (.326) had two hits, including a triple, knocked in three, scored twice, swiped two bases (20), and drew a walk. RF Jenner Emeterio (.303) and DH Frandy Delarosa (.264) knocked in two runs each.

On the Hill: Jose Morel (4-1, 3.67 ERA) went five innings to earn the win, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks with 4 K. Jeffry Hernandez and Luiz Escanio both allowed two runs in two innings.

Cubs Minor League box scores July 28

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