Cubs Sept. 1 Minor League Recap

The minor league regular season came to a close on Monday as Iowa ended the season with a five-game winning streak. Boise scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth in their tune-up for the NWL playoffs as outfielder Charles White won his second game on the mound. Kane County and Daytona are playoff bound and some thoughts on September call-ups.

September call-ups

Relief pitcher Blake Parker was the first I-Cubs to be recalled to Wrigley with the rosters expanding on Monday. Eric Jokisch is on his way to Chicago but is currently not on the 40-man roster. Jokisch is Rule 5 eligible so its likely he would have been added at some point as he was second in the PCL in innings pitched and strikeouts. Rafael Lopez, a two-time Southern League All-Star, is also rumored to be on his way to Chicago and is another Rule 5 eligible player. If both are called up, the Cubs would need to make room on the 40-man. Mike Olt (hamstring) and Josh Vitters (broken finger) ended the year on the DL so their call-up to Wrigley will be based on their health. Other I-Cubs on the 40-man who could get the call include pitchers Brian Schlitter, Dan Straily, Dallas Beeler, Arodys Vizcaino, and outfielder Junior Lake. Christian Villanueva, who started season in AAA and was sent to Tennessee when Bryant was promoted, is on the 40-man roster but its unlikely he gets a cup of coffee in September.

AAA—Iowa 11, Oklahoma City 1

Iowa (74-70) ended the season with a five-game win streak and completed the sweep of Oklahoma City.

At the Dish: Iowa jumped out to a 10-0 lead after the first three innings. RF Ryan Kalish (.251/.322/.404) went 4-for-5 with two RBI and C Eli Whiteside (.214/.291/.364) had three hits, two doubles and lated three runs. SS Elliot Soto (.241/.286/.306) had three hits, CF Jae-Hoon Ha (.286/.286/.429) added two and Andrew Ely (.229/.317/.343) was 1-for-3 with a RBI. Kris Bryant (.295/.418/.619) scored three times, singled and knocked in his 52nd RBI. Bryant should win every minor league player of the year award ending his first full pro season with a slash line of .325/.438/.661 with 43 HR and 110 RBI.

On the Hill: Dae-Eun Rhee (3-2, 3.75 ERA/1.44 WHIP) tossed six shutout frames and tied his career-high with 11 punchouts to earn the win. The 25-year-old right-hander from South Korea allowed six hits and a walked ended the season with 13.1 scoreless innings. Carlos Pimentel (4-9, 5.35 ERA/1.59 WHIP) pitched the 8th and Marcus Hatley (2-6, 4.60 ERA/1.37 WHIP) got charged with an unearned run in the 9th.

AA—Chattanooga 5, Tennessee 1

Smokies dropped their final game of the year to finish at 66-73 and 33-37 in the second half, three games behind the Lookouts.

At the Dish: Tennessee had eight hits but were 0-for-10 with RISP and left 11 runners on. PH Dustin Geiger (.223/.305/.376) walked with the bases loaded to plate the Smokies only run. Addison Russell (.294/.332/.536) was 2-for-3 with a double and Pin-Chieh Chen (.232/.343/.297) added two singles. CF Albert Almora (.234/.250/.355) was hitless in five at-bats.

On the Hill: Ivan Pineyro (0-4, 5.55 ERA, 1.66 WHIP) gave up a pair of homers as part of his seven hits in four innings. He was charged with three runs and fanned two. An arm injury sidelines Pineyro’s 2014 season and the Cubs will have a a decision to make as the right-hander is Rule 5 eligible. Zach Cates (2-1, 6.00 ERA, 1.59 ERA), Andrew McKirahan (0-3, 3.45 ERA, 1.19 WHIP), Tony Zych (4-5, 5.09 ERA, 1.59 WHIP) and Matt Loosen (5-5, 5.77 ERA, 1.53 WHIP) all pitched an inning.

High A—Daytona

Daytona starts their Florida State League title defense on Tuesday night as Rob Zastryzny (4-6, 4.66 ERA) gets the start in game one against Dunedin. The best-of-three series heads to Dunedin on Wednesday and Thursday.

Low A—Peoria 6, Kane County 5—12 innings

Peoria scored in the top of the 12th to take the regular season finale.

At the Dish: Kane County jumped out to three runs in the first with Jeimer Candelario (.250/.300/.426), Yasiel Balaguert (.252/.291/.366) and Cael Brockmeyer (.297/.366/.461) driving in runs. Mark Zagunis (.280/.419/.440), Chesny Young (.324/.348/.419), Balaguert and Brockmeyer all had two hits and Candelario finished with two RBI.

On the Hill: Paul Blackburn (9-4, 3.23 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) got the start and only worked two innings in preparation for the playoffs. David Garner (1-0, 4.02 ERA, 1.66 WHIP), Zak Hermans (3-3, 3.92 ERA, 1.38 WHIP), Michael Wagner (3-3, 3.23 ERA, 1.57 WHIP), and James Pugliese (4-0, 1.66 ERA, 0.99 WHIP) all saw action. Jasvir Rakkar (3-1, 0.87 ERA, 0.77 WHIP) took the loss after working the final 2.1 innings.

Cougars Notes: Catcher Tyler Alamo has joined the Cougars from Mesa. A 24th round pick last year out of Cypress High School in California played in 42 games in the Arizona Rookie League this summer, batting .192/.244/.208 with 14 RBI. He split his season between catcher (14 games) and first (10 G).

Short-Season—Boise 6, Salem-Keizer 5

Jason Vosler’s walk-off single in the ninth capped off a four-run rally and gave the Hawks a 6-5 win over Salem-Keizer.

At the Dish: The Hawks took advantage of two Volcano errors in the ninth as Gleyber Torres (.393/.469/.786) doubled in a pair. Kevin Brown (.270/.331/.460) tied the game with a single and Vosler provided the game-winner. Boise took a 1-0 lead in the second when Alex Tomasovich (.311/.372/.371) reached on a force out, took second on a walk to Vosler and scored on Mark Malave’s (.263/.348/.321) RBI single. Justin Marra’s (.279/.356/.490) pinch-hit double made it 2-0. Torres finished 3-for-5 and Tomasovich added two singles.

On the Hill: Josh Conway (0-1, 1.96 ERA, 0.93 ERA) made his 13th start and for the 9th time, worked his three-inning limit. The right-hander blanked the Volcanoes on two hits and set four down on strikes. Alberto Diaz (0-2, 6.85 ERA, 1.90 WHIP) tossed four innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk. Yomar Morel (1-0, 6.10 ERA, 1.65 WHIP) gave up two runs in the 8th and outfielder Charles White (2-0, 2.25 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) got the win despite allowing a run in the ninth

Hawks Notes: Cubs second-round pick Jake Stinnett (0-0, 2.84 ERA, 1.50 WHP) gets the start for Boise in the opening game of the playoffs against Hillsboro at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night.

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