Cubs June 22 Minors Recap

Rob Zastryzny returned to the mound on Monday night and Dylan Cease, the Cubs 6th round pick last year, made his professional debut in Arizona. Mike Olt and Neil Ramirez are headed to AAA to rehab while Kyle Schwarber is added to Iowa roster.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa—Schwarber added to roster
Cather Kyle Schwarber is expected to make his AAA debut on Tuesday after his six-game stint in the majors. Schwarber hit .364/.391/.591 in 22 at-bats with 1 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 1 BB, and 8 K. The Cubs first-round pick last year batted .320/.438/.579 with 13 HR and 39 HR in 58 games for AA Tennessee and was named the starting catcher for the Southern League All-Star team. While Schwarber’s MLB visit was brief it does allow the Cubs to place the 22-year-old on the playoff roster since he was added to the 40-man roster before Aug. 31 deadline. OF Matt Szczur was promoted to Wrigley to replace Schwarber on the roster......I-Cubs had Monday off and start a three-game series with Omaha on Tuesday night with Felipe Paulino (1-3, 4.97) on the mound......Schwarber won’t be the only new face in the clubhouse as 3B Mike Olt and relief pitcher Neil Ramirez will continue their rehabs in Iowa. Olt appeared in three games for Tennessee and went 4-for-9 with two doubles and a triple. Ramirez appeared in two games for the Smokies, retiring all six hitters he faced, including the side on strikes in his second outing.

Southern League—AA—Tennessee
Seven Smokies are headed to the Southern League All-Star game in Montgomery on Tuesday night. Make that six, Kyle Schwarber is in AAA. First baseman Daniel Vogelbach and catcher Willson Contreras will start for the North All-Stars while pitchers Felix Pena, Frank Batista, Corey Black, and P.J. Francescon were all selected to play in the game.

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach
Carolina League has three days off as all-stars head west to face the California League All-Star in Rancho Cucamonga, California on Tuesday night. Starting pitchers Duane Underwood and Jonathan Martinez, outfielder Mark Zagunis and third baseman Jeimer Candelario will represent the Pelicans on the Carolina League squad.

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend
Midwest League is enjoying the all-star break as the East and West squads meet in Peoria on Tuesday night. Representing South Bend are shortstop Gleyber Torres (.312/.381/.390, 1 HR, 38 RBI, 31 R, 10 SB), outfielder Charcer Burks (.269/.340/.338, 0 HR, 22 RBI, 33 R, 15 SB), catcher Cael Brockmeyer (.292/.378/.438, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 30 R, 1 SB), starting pitcher Jeremy Null (6-2, 2.33 ERA, 65.2 IP, 4 BB, 48 K, 1.10 WHIP), and closer James Farris 2-4, 2.79 ERA, 9 SV, 29 IP, 9 BB, 39 K, 1.24 WHIP). Null is the scheduled starter for the East Squad.

Northwest League—Short-Season—Everett 8, Eugene 4
Eugene (4-1) scored six times in the 8th to beat Eugene (1-4).

Hitting Recap: Emeralds got on the board in the fifth when RF Ricardo Marcano (.250) tripled off the right-field wall, plating two runs, and scored on Kevonte Mitchell’s sacrifice fly to center. They took a 4-2 lead in the 6th on 3B Adonis Paula’s RBI single, scoring Varonex Cuevas. Paula (.316) went 2-for-4 while Ian Happ (.294) singled in four trips.

Pitching Chart: Andin Diaz fanned eight in his first start on Monday night, allowing a two-run homer as the only blemish. He gave up four hits and walked four in four innings....Jordan Brink kept the K train going by striking out the side in the 5th and 6th, allowing only a hit in his two scoreless frames. Brink was the Cubs 11th round pick last year out of Fresno State.... Dillon Maples fanned the side in order in the 7th but couldn't retired a hitter in the 8th. A single, two hit batters, and a double gave Everett a 5-4 lead and ended Maples night. Sam Wilson got the final three outs but not before an inherited runner scored and two more unearned runs crossed the plate. Emeralds pitching fanned 17 hitters.

Emeralds Notes: After going 1-for-18 Kevonte Mitchell was moved from the leadoff spot down to ninth in the order......Emeralds hold their home opener on Tuesday night against Boise as Carson Sands takes the mound.

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Arizona Rookie League—Diamondbacks 4, Cubs 1

Cubs only managed four hits and dropped their second straight in the desert.

Hitting Recap: Cubs had four hits and scored in the fifth on a RBI single from Roberto Caro, scoring Carlos Jimenez, who reached on a single. C Yohan Matos made his stateside debut, going 0-for-3 with walk.

Pitching Chart: Rob Zastryzny made his first appearance since going on the DL May 1 with a foot injury he suffered in his AA debut on April 12. The first hitter singled, took second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Zastryzny’s second wild pitch. In the second inning, Zastryzny worked around a one-out single and his third wild pitch, recording his second strikeout of the game. A walk was the only runner of the third and he worked around a single and walk, fanning two more in the 4th. The lefty finished with a line of 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 3 WP, Game Score 54.......Dylan Cease made his pro debut after missing the 2014 season with Tommy John surgery after the draft. The right-hander gave up a leadoff single to the first hitter he faced. A stolen base and an error on a throw to third allowed a run to score and Cease then recorded his first pro strikeout. A wild pitch and a groundout scored the second run but Cease issued a walk, uncorked a wild pitch, and gave up his second hit before departing. Tanner Griggs came into the game after Cease reached his one inning pitch limit and got a groundout to end the frame. Griggs also worked a scoreless sixth......It was a night for first at Talking Stick as former position player Mark Malave made his pro pitching debut, striking out a pair in a 1-2-3 7th. Santiago Rodriguez made his stateside debut with a scoreless 8th, retiring all three hitter he faced.

Box Score

Dominican Summer League—Mets II 6, Cubs 5
Mets collected 12 hits off Cubs pitching and rallied for the win.

Hitting Recap: 1B Rafael Mejia continues to show power in the DSL as the 17-year-old slugged his fourth homer, a two-run shot in the third. Mejia, who walked twice, has knocked in 13 runs and is hitting .313. Yovanny Cuevas (.188) double, tripled and knocked in a run while SS Yeiler Peguero (.338) went 1-for-4 with two runs.

Pitching Chart: Jesus Tejada gave up two runs on four hits and two walks. The 18-year-old first-year pro fanned two in his second pro start......17-year-old Pablo Ochoa took the loss (1-3 4.70 ERA), surrendering four runs on seven hits. The left-hander fanned three in his 4th pro game....Luis Aquino, the third-year pro signed as a free agent in the off-season after two years in the Indians organization, held the Mets scoreless over the final 2.1 frames.

Box Score

Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 6, Phillies 4—11 innings
Cubs scored twice in the 11th to beat the Phillies.

Hitting Recap:

LF Jose Rojas (.299) delivered the go-ahead RBI double and Jhonny Bethencourt (.287) added a RBI single for the extra inning win. Rojas finished 2-for-5 with 2 RBI while Bethencourt added a single and walked once. 1B Roberto Vahlis (.260) hit his first homer and drew four free passes.

Pitching Chart: Jesus Arias made his second start and the 21-year-old held the Phillies to a run in four innings, Mauro VIdes surrendered two earned runs and Eugenio Palma got charged with a blown save, giving up an inherited run and another run in the seventh but finished up with two scoreless frames. The 18-year-old Palma is in his second season.....Jose Linden earned the win with two no-hit innings and hasn’t allowed a run in four innings this year.

Cubs Notes: Cubs Luis Ayala and Jose Gonzalez were ejected after an apparent fight in the fifth inning. Five Phillies players were also ejected.

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