2015 Draft Update
A bunch of draft picks are on their way to Mesa and its expected the Cubs will announce the signings on Monday or Tuesday after the player’s pass physicals. I won’t be posting any stories on the site until it become official. First-round pick Ian Happ tweeted he was on his way to Mesa while MLB.com reported on their draft tracker that 7th round pick Craig Brooks, Division II Pitcher and Player of the YEar, had singed for $5,000 and Vimeal Machin, a infielder from VCU and the Cubs’ 10th round pick, had inked a deal for $2,000. The Cubs saved $356,300 on the two picks. Other players indicating they have signed include RHP M.T. Minacci (33rd), C Tyler Payne (30th), IF Angelo Amendolare (27th), C Marcus Mastrobouni (25th), IF Sutton Whiting (24th), OF Alex Bautista (22nd), 3B Blake Headley (20th), RHP Kyle Miller (19th), and IF P.J. Higgins (12th). The Cubs are expected to sign all their Top 10 picks, just like the last three drafts under Club President Theo Epstein.
Schlitter back up
Needing bullpen help, the Cubs optioned OF Junior Lake back to Iowa and promoted right-hander Brian Schlitter. He went 0-2 with an 8.10 ERA (6 ER/6.2 IP) in nine appearances during his first two stays. In 14 relief appearances with Iowa this season, He went 2-0 with five saves and a 1.13 ERA. Lake, 25, is batting .224 (13-for-58) with four doubles, one home run and five RBI in 21 games with the Cubs this season.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 8, Colorado Springs (Brewers) 7—10 innings
Iowa (33-29) overcame a rain delay and a six-run 7th to beat Colorado Springs (25-36) Sunday afternoon at Principal Park.
Hitting Recap: Chris Valaika’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th gave Iowa the win. Cubs took an early lead as Christian Villanueva and Tayler Teagarden hit back-to-back homers. Villanueva finished 2-for-4 with his 8th homer and knocked in three to run his RBI total to 28. John Andreoli had two hits, walked twice, and knocked in a run while Arismendy Alcantara delivered a RBI double.
Pitching Chart: Dallas Beeler said he felt “normal” after blanking Memphis for six innings on one hit with eight strikeouts and no walks in his last outing, on Sunday he proved it. The right-hander, who started the year on the DL and got beat up while rehabbing with the I-Cubs, worked around seven hits over five innings but didn’t walk anyone for the second straight game. Not armed with a power fastball, Beeler relies on his command and complied 23 free passes in his first 33 innings. He threw 66 pitches,74% strikes, got five ground ball outs, and had his day end early when rain halted play. After working a scoreless sixth after the rain, Joseph Ortiz got charged with five runs in the 7th as the first five hitter he faced reached. Blake Cooper allowed all three inherited runner to score and gave up another run before the 7th was over. Cooper finished with a line of 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER. Gonzalez Germen threw two perfect innings for his second win.
I-Cubs Notes: Iowa heads to Omaha and send Drake Britton (2-3, 3.38 ERA) to the mound.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 4, Jacksonville (Marlins) 1
Jacob Turner made his second rehab start as three Smokies pitchers combined to hold the Suns to just three hits and Tennessee (34-29) evened the five-game series at Jacksonville (28-35).
Hitting Recap: 2B Stephen Bruno (.272) has his second straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and a walk. RF Bijan Rademacher (.232) scored twice, knocked in a run and walked while Wes Darvill was 1-for-4 with a RBI. Kyle Schwarber (.318) went 0-for-2 but did draw three walks to up his league-leading OBP to .439. He also pulled off a double steal with Daniel Vogelbach (.295), who went 0-for-3 with two walks. It was the first AA steal for both players. CF Albert Almora (.249) went 2-for-5 with a double and a run.
Pitching Chart: Jacob Turner made his second rehab start on Sunday afternoon, throwing 63 pitches, 57% for strikes, over five innings. He allowed a pair of singles, issued a walked and fanned three, recording six ground ball out and four fly outs in the 17 hitter he faced. He added a base hit in two at-bats and got into a verbal altercation with Carlos Lopez after a ground ball out that Turner fielded between the mound and first. Cubs have a few more weeks before they have to make a decision with Turner, and since he’s out of options, if they want to keep him around, he’s likely to be added to the Cubs 25-man roster and could even replace Wada in the rotation. Wouldn’t be surprised if Cubs moved Turner’s rehab to AAA Iowa, especially since LHP Eric Jokisch went to the DL........Cubs utility pitcher Jeffry Antigua was perfect in two innings, needing only 21 pitches to retire all six hitters he faced, two on strikes........Corey Black gave up a run in the 8th on a leadoff single, a passed ball, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly. He worked a scoreless ninth with a walk and two strikeouts.
Smokies News: Ryan Williams (1-0, 3.86 ERA) gets the ball on Monday night in the series finale in Jacksonville.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 7, Lynchburg (Indians) 1
Myrtle Beach snapped its three-game losing streak and won for only the fifth time in June but reduced their magic number to five for the first half title.
Hitting Recap: C Victor Caratini (.241) hit his first homer since being traded to the Cubs last July, a two-run blast in the 4th. RF Mark Zagunis (.303) had two hits and knocked in a pair while LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.276) and CF Trey Martin (.240) had two hits each. Chesny Young extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single while Jacob Rogers went 1-3 and knocked in his 37th RBI, third in the league.
Pitching Chart:Jonathan Martinez made his 10th start and had gone at least 5 innings in all 10. Season-high 6 K vs. Potomac June 2. Six shutout innings vs. Wilmington April 29. Throws 4 pitches, fastball 88-92 and can hit 94, 87-89 sinker, 82-84 slider, 81-83 change-up.......Martinez improved to 5-1, only allowing a solo homer, one of two hits, over six innings. He threw 76 pitches, 46 for strikes, and in typical Martinez fashion got eight fly outs and six ground outs. The bullpen was perfect. Fernando Cruz worked a 1-2-3 seventh and James Pugliese retired all six hitters he faced, one on strikes.
Pelicans News: Myrtle Beach hits the road for a three-game series on Monday night at Winston-Salem with Daury Torrez (4-4, 4.12 ERA) getting the start......Duane Underwood (.203) Tyler Skulina (.205) and Jeremy Martinez (.213) are 1-2-3 in batting average against in the Carolina League among active qualifying starters.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 7, Peoria (Cardinals) 3
South Bend clubbed three homers off Peoria pitching and Gleyber Torres had a career-high five hits in the win.
Hitting Recap: Hitting just .179 his last 10 games (7-for-43), Gleyber Torres broke out of his slump on Sunday as the 18-year-old had a career-high five hits and slugged his first Midwest League homer. Three singles, a double, and a two-run blast to left-center were part of a 3 RBI day. Rashad Crawford slugged his first MWL homer and Cael Brockmeyer went deep for the fifth time. Yasiel Balaguert went 3-for-5 with a run scored while Andrew Ely had two hits and scored twice.
Pitching Chart: Erick Leal got the start on Sunday and went 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks. The 20-year-old right-hander fanned five and had a game score of 47. Jordan Minch had his best relief appearance of the season, tossing 3.2 innings of one-hit ball. The left-hander from Purdue walked one and got five ground ball outs.
SB-Cubs News: South Bend looks to take the series on Monday night against the Chiefs as they send Tommy Thorpe (1-4, 5.04 ERA) to the mound.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs
Cubs (9-4) had Sunday off and find themselves a half game out of first behind Rangers I (9-3). A six-game win streak was snapped on Saturday vs. Marlins. SS Yeiler Peguero is hitting .333/.455/.511 in his first 13 pro games while another 2014 signee, OF Wander Feliz is batting .314/.442/457. RHP Pedro Silverio, 20, has yet to allow an earned run in 17 innings and has 17 K and 2 BB. 20-year-old Junior Marte is 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA in three starts, 13 IP, 6 BB, 11 K, 0.92 WHIP. Best arm out of the bullpen is 21-year-old Luis Aquino (1-0, 0.00 ERA), who’s only allowed two hits in nine innings with 12 punchouts and no walks.......Cubs have added 2B Edgar Rondon to the roster.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs
Cubs has Sunday off and at 12-12 find themselves in second place 5.5 games behind the Rays (17-6). Jose Gonzalez leads the VSL with 19 RBI and Luis Ayala has a league-high 10 steals and is third with 15 runs. Juan Rengifo is tops with six saves while Carlos Rodriguez has a league-low 0.67 WHIP and is second with 23 strikeouts. Cubs have made one roster move since start of season, sending Moises Ramirez from the DSL to Venezuela.