Cubs sign outfielders Dewees, Wilson, 11 others
Cubs announced the signings of second-round pick Donnie Dewees and fourth round pick Darryl Wilson on Thursday. Also officially signed were LHP Tyler Peitzmeier (9th), 3B Matt Rose (11th), LHP Kyle Twomey (13th), RHP Kyle Miller (19th), OF Alex Bautista (22nd), SS Sutton Whiting, C Ian Rice (29th), C Tyler Payne (30th), OF Daniel Spingola (31st), RHP M.T. Minacci (33rd) and OF Donnie Cimino (37th round). That brings the total number signed to 23, not 25 as reported by the Cubs web site. There are some reports the Cubs have signed IF/C P.J. Higgins (12th) and RHP Casey Bloomquist (17th) but the Cubs have not announced those two signings. LHP Bryan Hudson (3rd round) and RHP Preston Morrison (8th round) are the only top 10 picks unsigned. Dewees signed for a reported $1.7 million ($1.292,100 M slot value); Wilson received a $1.3 million bonus ($503,000 slot) and Peitzmeier received $5,000 ($162,800 slot).
Schwarber, Edwards named to Futures Game
Cather Kyle Schwarber and relief pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. have been named to play for the U.S. Squad in the Futures Game, set for July 12 in Cincinnati during All-Star game week. Both Cubs prospects are currently the Iowa roster but started the year in AA Tennessee. Edwards has made the transition to the bullpen in 2015, appearing in 13 games for the Smokies (2-2, 2.66 ERA, 4 SV, 23.2 IP, 17 BB, 36 K, 1.18 WHIP, .136 BAA) and has made seven appearances for Iowa (0-0, 3.27 ERA, 11 IP, 8 BB, 12 K). Schwarber has made a big splash his first full season, earning a call-up to Chicago and playing in six games (8-for-22, 1 HR, 6 RBI) for the Cubs. He started the year at Tennessee, earned all-star honors, and hit .320/.438/.579 with 13 HR, 39 RBI, 42 BB, and 51 K in 58 games. The 22-year-old went 0-for-4 in his AAA debut on June 23. Tennessee hitting coach Desi Wilson has been named as a coach for the U.S. squad.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Game 1—Iowa 3, Omaha 2—10 innings; Game 2—Iowa 1, Omaha 0
Kyle Schwarber delivered a walk-off double to win the opener and Carlos Pimentel tossed six shutout innings in the night cap as Iowa swept Omaha.
Hitting Recap: Game 1—Kyle Schwarber’s walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th gave Iowa the win. Schwarber also collected his first AAA hit, a triple, earlier in the game. He also tripled for this first hit in AA and MLB earlier this season.....Mike Olt went 3-for-4, including his first homer on his rehab stint, and added a double and single. Arismendy Alcantara walked to leadoff the 10th and scored on Schwarber’s double. Rubi Silva doubled and scored on Chris Valiaka’s doubled in the second......Game 2—Cubs only got two hits but one of those scored Adron Chambers in the first. Chambers was hit by a pitch, stole second, and scored on Christian Villanueva’s RBI single. Villanueva had both hits as Mike Olt went 0-for-2 with a walk and Schwarber was 0-for-3.
Pitching Chart: Game 1—Dallas Beeler threw 92 pitches over 6.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and no walks, The right-hander fanned six, recorded nine ground ball outs, and had a game score of 61. Neil Ramirez continued his rehab in Iowa on Thursday night, working ? of an inning. He allowed a single, recorded strikeout and got out of the inning with a ground out, throwing 13 pitches, eight for strikes. The right-hander appeared in two games in AA. Brian Schlitter worked two scoreless frames and Blake Cooper (5-2, 3.47 ERA) got credit for the win, working around a walk and hit in a scoreless 10th.. .......Game 2—Carlos Pimentel fanned a season-high nine in six shutout innings. He threw 94 pitches, 60 for strikes, walked one, surrendered three hits, and had a game score of 74. Gonzalez Germen worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.
I-Cubs Notes: Donn Roach (7-1, 2.29 ERA) is scheduled to get the start on Friday night as Iowa hosts New Orleans.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 2, Mobile 1
Taylor Davis hit a pair of solo homers and Tennessee’s bullpen kept Mobile off the board for the final 5.1 innings to take the opener of the second half.
Hitting Recap: Taylor Davis was the offense, hitting solo homers in the 4th and 6th to account for both runs. It was Davis 4th game since being sent to AA. LF Billy McKinney (.319) continued his torrid pace, going 3-for-4, all singles, and is 12 for his last 16. SS Bryant Flete had the only other hit, a single.
Pitching Chart: Pierce Johnson threw 83 pitches in his third start since coming off the DL, allowing an unearned run on three hits in 3.2 innings. The right-hander walked three, hit a pair, set one down on strikes, and got six ground ball outs. Taylor Scott recorded the final out of the 4th, stranding one inherited runner and then tossed two frames of one-hit ball with four punchouts. Corey Black tossed a pair of no-hit innings with three strikeouts, the only hitter reaching when he was hit by a pitch. P.J. Francescon gave up a single in the 9th but earned his 9th save.
Carolina League—High A—Carolina 2, Myrtle Beach 1
Myrtle Beach (0-1, 41-28) dropped the first game of the second half at Carolina (1-0, 34-35).
Hitting Recap: Pelicans scored their only run of the game in the 6th when RF Mark Zagunis (.319) singled and eventually scored on Chesny Young’s RBI single. Both hitters finished 1-for-4. LF Pin-Chieh Chen (.294) and DH Daniel Lockhart (.214) had two hits each as all eight of Myrtle Beach’s hits were singles.
Pitching Chart: Tyler Skulina (2-4, 3.05 ERA) only lasted three innings in his first start of the second half but threw 68 pitches, 38 for strikes. He allowed a run on four hits, walked two and fanned four....Fernando Cruz (1.86 ERA) kept the Mudcats off the board for two innings, allowing three hits and a walk with a strikeout. Juan Paniagua (3-2, 2.86 ERA) got charged with a run in his two innings and took the loss. James Pugliese (1.59 ERA) worked a 1-2-3 ninth.
Pelicans News: All-Star pitcher Duane Underwood (6-2, 1.85 ERA) gets the start on Friday night in Carolina......RHP Zach Cates has been sent back to AA Tennessee and he’s been replaced on the roster by RHP James Farris, the all-star closer for South Bend.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 4, Lake County 3
South Bend (1-0, 30-38) opened the second half with a win over Lake County (0-1, 36-33).
Hitting Recap: 3B Jason Vosler (.261) went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, his first, and a RBI single in four at-bats. RF Kevin Encarnacion (.264) slugged his second homer, a solo blast in the 7th. DH Yasiel Balaguert (.285) double in a run while SS Gleyber Torres (315) went 2-for-4 with a triple and run scored.
Pitching Chart: Zach Hedges (3-4, 3.97 ERA) worked into the 7th in his second straight start, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk in 6.1 innings. Hedges fanned five and got nine ground ball outs. Jordan Minch allowed one of the two inherited runners to score in the 7th but fanned the side in the 8th. Brad Markey earned his first save with a 1-2-3 9th.
SB-Cubs News: Trevor Clifton (2-6, 4.88 ERA) gets the start on Friday night at Lake County and his first since being kicked out of his last outing against Dayton after a bench clearing brawl.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 3, Boise 1
Justin Steele earned his first pro win and Eugene (3-5) beat Boise (3-5) to take the series.
Hitting Recap: Blake Headley’s pro debut was a good one as the 20th round pick out of Nebraska knocked in the emerals first run with a groundnut in the first and collected his first pro hit, a single, in the third. Justin Marra went 2-for-3 and delivered a RBI double in the first. Vimeal Machin, the Cubs 10th round pick from VCU, made his pro debut and singled in three at-bats. Frandy Delarosa added a RBI groundout. Kevonte Mitchell’s woes continued as he went 0-for-3 and is 1-for-27 in eight games with 12 K.
Pitching Chart: Justin Steele held the Hawks to just three hits as they only scored once off the left-hander. He fanned six and didn’t walk anyone over six innings. Steele got seven ground ball outs and had a game score of 68. It was his first win as a pro.....Corbin Hoffner and his new side arm delivery worked two scoreless frames and Sam Wilson fanned a pair in the 9th for his first save./P>
Emeralds Notes: Tri-City comes to PK Park for a five-game set and Oscar De La Cruz (0-1, 4.50 ERA) gets the start on Friday night.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 6, Angels 4
Cubs (3-2) jumped out to an early lead and beat the Angels for their third straight win.
Hitting Recap: 1B Joe Martarano (.294) went 2-for-5 and knocked in a pair with a triple. 3B Wladimir Galindo (.316) double, tripled and scored twice while Jose Paniagua had two hits and drove in a run. 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.273) singled, walked, knocked in a run and scored twice. Sutton Whiting, the Cubs 24th round pick out of Louisville, made his pro debut a good one as he singled as a pinch-hitter in the 9th and stole a base.
Pitching Chart: After three starts in the DSL (17 IP, 0 ER) Pedro Silverio made his stateside debut on Thursday night, allowing two runs over four innings. The 20-year-old right-hander gave up six hits, walked one and fanned two for a game score of 43. Michael Knighton, who made his season debut for South Bend, pitched in his second AZL game, allowing a run over two innings. Francisco Carrillo, who started year in South Bend, got credit for the win, allowing a solo homer in two innings. Mark Malave pitched the ninth as the former position player earned his first save.
Dominican Summer League—Rangers II 4, Cubs 2
Cubs (12-11) dropped their sixth straight falling to the Rangers II (12-11).
Hitting Recap: Cubs had eight hits but were 1-for-10 with RISP and stranded 11. SS Yeiler Peguero (.341) went 2-for-5, swiped his 8th base and scored once. 3B Rafael Mejia (.297) singled, scored, and drove in a run while C Richard Nunez (.235) went 2-for-4.
Pitching Chart: Junior Marte got the start and allowed three runs on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Marte worked four innings and had a game score of 43. Jose Morel worked four frames, surrendering a run on three hits and a walk. He fanned six.
Venezuelan Summer League—Tigers 1, Cubs 0
Tigers (15-19) scored the only run of the game in the second, holding the Cubs (17-17) to three hits.
Pitching Chart: Yapson Gomez (0-1, 0.00 ERA) made his first start of season, allowing an unearned run on three hits in two innings. Alex Pacheco blanked the Tigers for three innings and Bryan Molina threw three perfect innings, retiring all nine hitters he faced.