Cubs Aug. 19 Minor League Recap

Jacob Rogers had another big hit, a two-run double, as Kane County won its 9th straight. C.J Edwards (pictured) was dealing and Addison Russell blasted his second grand slam but the Smokies lost on a walk-off homer. 2014 draft picks Carson Sands and Justin Steele were impressive in Mesa as they blanked the Giants. More catching prospect updates including Kyle Schwarber and Mark Zagunis.

Roster Moves, News, Notes

Junior Lake and Dan Straily were officially added to the Iowa roster. Lake went 0-for-4 in his debut on Aug. 18 and Straily is expected to get the start on Thursday night at Reno.....Boise pitchers Trey Lang and Alberto Diaz were both sent to Mesa while the team travels to Vancouver, and I’m assuming that visa and passport restrictions were the reason for the moves....In Daytona, Tyler Skulina was placed on the DL and Eduardo Figueroa has been sent from Tennessee to the D-Cubs.

AAA—Salt Lake 4, Iowa 2

Salt Lake completed the sweep as Iowa’s losing streak reached five games.

At the Dish: Cubs faced former big-leaguer Randy Wolf and the veteran left-hander baffled the Cubs the first time through the line-up using a curve ball in the high 60s. I-Cubs only runs of the game came on Manny Ramirez’ two-run homer off Wolf in the fourth.......Junior Lake had four hits and Kris Bryant doubled in his first start after missing a game with a toe-injury........After a hot start, Jorge Soler has cooled off and heading into play on Tuesday was just 2-for-28 with a walk and 8 K. The Cuban went 0-3 with walk.

On the Hill: Dallas Beeler (8-6, 3.80 ERA) went six innings for the 15th straight game and made his 13th quality start on Tuesday afternoon. The right-hander threw a season-high 112-pitches in seven innings, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk. Beeler blanked the Bees for five innings but Salt Lake got on the board on a walk, balk, wild pitch and sac fly. They added two runs in the seventh and Beeler finished with a line of 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K....Zac Rosscup worked a scoreless 8th and Blake Parker gave up a solo homer in the 9th.

I-Cubs Notes: Eric Jokisch (9-9, 3.52 ERA) gets the start on Wednesday as the Cubs open up a five-game series at Reno.........Randy Wehofer said during Tuesdays broadcast the Iowa Cubs have already set a franchise season record with 1,165 strikeouts, breaking the old mark of 1,093 in 1999. The I-Cubs have fanned 10 or more times in 53 games......After the game, Iowa manger Marty Pevey told Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register that Mike Olt was dealing with a hamstring injury but didn’t know the extent.


AA—Montgomery 7, Tennessee 6

Montgomery scored five runs in the bottom of the 9th including a walk-off three run homer to end the Smokies six-game win streak.

At the Dish: SS Addison Russell (.301) launched his second grand slam of the season and his 10th homer for Tennessee in the 7th. He delivered a RBI double in the first and scored twice. 1B Lars Anderson (.338) laced a RBI double in the first as the Smokies were held to six hits. 2B Stephen Bruno (.276) extended his hit streak to 10 games with a single in the 7th and is hitting .333 during the streak.

On the Hill: C.J. Edwards (1-1, 2.31 ERA) no-hit the Biscuits for four innings but a solid single to left and a bunt down the third base line had the home team in business in the fifth. The 22-year-old promptly fanned the next two hitters and induced an infield pop-up to end the frame. That also ended the night for Edwards, throwing 80 pitches, 41 for strikes. Edwards looked very confident and comfortable on the mound, and while he had some control issues, he was able to throw quality pitches when he needed them. He finished with a line of 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K. Edwards pitch count: 1st—11, 5/6; 2nd—20, 12/8; 3rd— 13, 4/9; 4th—19, 11/8; 5th—17, 7/10 (80-39/41). Coupled with his last outing (six shutout innings) you can assume Edwards is back and so is a trip to the Arizona Fall League......Matt Loosen allowed two runs on two hits and three walks in 1.1 innings and Zach Cates came in and got the final two outs of the seventh. Jeffrey Lorick tossed a scoreless 8th but allowed the leadoff hitter to reach in the 9th and left. Frank Batista (4-1, 1.91 ERA) only got one out as two runs scored and then a three-run homer ended the game,


High A—Game 1—Daytona 4, Clearwater 3—8 innings; Game 2—Clearwater 5, Daytona 2

Billy McKinney scored from first base on a grounder to second and two Clearwater errors for the walk-off win in the opener.

At the Dish: GAME 1—RF Billy McKinney scored from first on a grounder to second in the bottom of the 8th to win game one. The throw to second pulled the SS off the bag and the throw to first got away. McKinney headed to third and when the catcher dove to tag out LF Bijan Rademacher at first, McKinney scampered home with the winning run. C Kyle Schwarber sent the game into extra innings with his 4th homer on a solo blast to right field as a D-Cubs and his 12th as a pro—four at each level this season. He also doubled to rise his average to .270. Jacob Hannemann had a pair of doubles and scored the Cubs first run on Wes Darvill’s RBI single. Marco Hernandez tripled and added a RBI groundout. It marked the second time the D-Cubs sent a line-up of all left-handers to the plate and it was their 9th walk-off.......GAME 2—Cubs had 10 hits but were just 1-for-11 with RISP. SS Marco Hernandez (.269) had two hits and knocked in a run while 1B Daniel Vogelbach (.272) had two hits and plated a run. Kyle Schwarber (.278) had a pair of singles and DH Billy McKinney (.314) doubled and scored.

On the Hill: GAME 1—Tayler Scott allowed three runs on six hits and three walks over six innings. He fanned five, threw two wild pitches, and allowed a homer for his fourth straight game. Stephen Perakslis (4-0, 4.02 ERA) tossed three no-hit frames as the only batter to reach was hit by a pitch. The right-hander fanned two, got five ground ball outs, and topped the radar gun at 97 mph......GAME 2—Jose Rosario (5-8, 5.55 ERA) gave up four runs on seven hits in four innings. He fanned three and one of the runs was unearned. Michael Jensen allowed a run in two frames and Austin Kirk fanned a pair in an inning.

D-Cubs Notes: Eduardo Figueroa will get the start for Daytona as he replaces Tyler Skulina in the rotation.


Low A—Kane County 4, Burlington 3

Jacob Rogers’ two-run double in the bottom of the 8th led Kane County to their ninth straight win.

At the Dish: Kane County rallied with two outs when Jeimer Candelario walks and took second on Yasiel Balaguert’s single. After a wild pitch, Rogers ripped the double (24), knocking home both runners. Cougars made the most of their four hits, including Trey Martin’s 4th homer and Mark Zagunis’ RBI double.

On the Hill: Paul Blackburn scattered eight hits and a walk over five innings. He allowed two runs, one earned, and fanned two. The 20-year-old has thrown 110 innings in his first full season and established himself as one of the Cubs top young pitching prospects. Zak Herman gave up a run over three innings and got the win. Francisco Carrillo earned his 4th save with a scoreless ninth.

Cougars Notes: Duane Underwood (5-4, 2.49 ERA) makes his 20th start on Wednesday afternoon in the series finale.


Short-Season—Vancouver 2, Boise 0

Four Vancouver pitchers blanked the Hawks on eight hits.

At the Dish: Boise only got five runners in scoring position and couldn’t get a hit when they had the opportunity. Kevin Brown went 3-for-4 with a double while Alex Tomasovich and Charcer Burks had two hits each.

On the Hill: Josh Conway went three innings and only allowed two hits in his 11 outing of the season (30.2 IP). Ryan Williams fanned a career-high six but allowed two unearned runs and got charged with the loss. The Cubs 10th round pick in June allowed five hit and walked two. Yomar Morel retired all three hitters he faced in the 8th.

Hawks Notes: Cubs second-round pick Jake Stinnett will make his NWL debut on Wednesday night at Vancouver.


Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 7, Giants 0

Four Cubs pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout.

At the Dish: 2B Varonex Cuevas (.317) had three hits, scored twice and knocked in a run to lead the offense. RF Eloy Jimenez (.246) and LF Calvin Graves (.333) both had two hits. SS Gleyber Torres (.274) hit leadoff and was 1-for-3 with a RBI and a run. Cubs got four runs and six hits off Giants first-round pick Tyler Beede in three innings.

On the Hill: The Cubs’ high school arms of the 2014 draft were on display Tuesday night in Mesa as Justin Steele (5th round) and Carson Sands (4th round) both tossed three scoreless innings. Steele (0-0, 2.20 ERA, 16.1 IP, 5 BB, 21 K) fanned four and gave up a hit while Sands (3-0, 0.56 ERA, 16 IP, 6 BB, 16 K) allowed two hits, a walk, and set three down on strikes. Andin Diaz worked two scoreless innings and Hector Perez got the final three out, two on strikes.


Dominican Summer League—Cubs 9, Mets 3

Cubs scored in five different innings to beat the Mets for the second straight tday

At the Dish: CF Robert Caro (.295) scored three times from the leadoff spot and was a homer shy of the cycle. LF Robert Garcia (.313) plated three runs, RF Jenner Emeterio (.310) knocked in two, while 3B Antonio Valerio (.280) and C Erick Gonzalez (.250) had two hits each.

On the Hill: Pedro Silverio only gave up three hits as the Mets scored one run in five innings. The 20-year-old fanned three and walked one. Assael Aquino allowed a run in 2.2 innings and Chris Pieters surrendered a run in 1.1 frames.

Cubs Notes: Cubs are 2.5 games out of the wild card spot with four games to play.


Cubs catching prospects

Charlie Cutler—The Cubs acquired the 28-year-old during the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft after spending time with Cardinals and Pirates. Cutler is hitting. .308/.413/.411 with 41 RBI for Tennessee and has show some mobility with time at first and left. A minor league free agent at the end of the season, the Cubs may bring him back as they lack catching depth in the upper levels.

Kyle Schwarber—The Cubs first-round pick breezed through the Northwest and Midwest leagues, hitting .408/.483/.748 with 8 HR and 25 RBI in 28 games between the two levels. In mid-July, the Cubs promoted Schwarber to Daytona and he’s been splitting his time between catcher, left field and DH. The Cubs front office said they plan to develop Schwarber as a catcher and he will attend fall instructs. In 31 games at Daytona, the Ohio native is batting .262/.388/.411 with three HR, 14 RBI, and 23 BB/29K.

Victor Caratini—The Cubs unloaded two big leaguers to the Braves for the 21-year-old catching prospect at the trade deadline. A second-round pick last year, Caratini hit .290/.415/.430 in 58 games his first year in the Appalachian League, playing third base. A catcher in high school in Puerto Rico, Caratini made the switch from third to catcher, and hit .279/.352/.406 in 87 games at Rome, 70 behind the plate. After the trade, Caratini has played in a dozen games for the Cougars, hitting .255/.314/.340. Caratini will likely join Schwarber and several other backstops at fall instructs.

Mark Zagunis—The Cubs third-round pick in June has been in the shadows of Kyle Schwarber even though he hit for the cycle in his 17th pro game. The 21-year-old from Virginia Tech played two games in Mesa and was sent to Boise in late June. In 41 games for the Hawks, Zagunis was selected to the NWL all-star game and hit .299/.429/.422 including the historic night. He slugged his first two pro homers in Boise with nine doubles, two triples and as many walks (31) as strikeouts. Zagunis is likely headed to fall instructs and could start 2015 back in Kane County.

Tyler Alamo—A 24th round pick last year out of Cypress High School in California, the 19-year-old has yet to leave Mesa after playing in 11 games his first pro season (.111/.167/.111). Splitting time between the backstop and first, Alamo is hitting .203/.241/.216 with a double and eight RBI. Should be able to get to Boise to start next season and start his way through the minors but needs to develop some power with his game.

Antonio Valerio—In his fourth pro season, Valerio earned a trip to extended spring training and was sent to Kane County for two games (1-7, 2B). After leaving Kane County, the 23-year-old was sent back to the DSL. He’s batting .272/.342/.340, all career highs, in 34 games. If he doesn’t return for extended spring next year, his days with Cubs organization could be over, especially with the influx of young catchers in the lower levels.

Cubs Minor League box scores Aug. 19


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