Cubs trade Lopez for prospect and pool money
The Cubs have sent catcher Rafael Lopez to the Angels for 20-year-old left-handed pitcher Manuel Rondon and $149,700 in international pool money for the #120 slot (4th round). In his third season, Rondon, a Venezuelan native, spent the last two years in the DSL and made 14 starts in 2014, going 0-5 with a 2.30 ERA with 66 K in 66.2 IP. He’s appeared in two games for the Angels in the Arizona Rookie League, including a June 25 approaches adjacent the Cubs (3.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K). Lopez, drafted by the Cubs in the 16th round in 2011, made the slow climb through the organization and made his MLB last year. He became expendable when the Cubs signed Miguel Montero and David Ross during he off-season and Kyle Schwarber was promoted to AAA. Lopez was hitting .276/.333/.340 in 46 games for Iowa before being designated for assignment on June 27. Here’s more on Rondon
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Round Rock 11, Iowa 5
Round Rock turned a 4-1 deficit into a route scoring 10 runs in a three-inning span.
In the Box: Kyle Schwarber was the offense, going 4-for-4 with three RBI and a walk. He had a tough night behind the plate with an error, a passed ball and two stolen base.....Christian Villanueva and Rubi Silva had two hits apiece. Jorge Soler singled, scored a run and walked twice in what may have been his final rehab start as I don’t see him making the trip to New Orleans.
Pitching Chart: Felipe Paulino got the start and surrendered four runs in 5.1 innings. Yoervis Medina allowed five runs to cross home in his one inning while Joseph Ortiz was charged with two runs over two frames.
I-Cubs Notes: Frank Batista (0-1, 2.25 ERA) gets the start Saturday night New Orleans.
Southern League—AA—Tennessee 6, Montgomery 6
Billy McKinney’s walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth gave Tennessee the win.
In the Box: Smokies had 12 hits but none bigger than McKinney’s single with the bases loaded in the ninth. He finished 2-for-5 with a run scored......Albert Almora ripped two doubles, scored three runs and knocked one in. Jacob Hanneman made another highlight reel grab in the outfield and went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. Willson Contreras and Taylor Davis had two hits each.....Smokies may have lost 1B Daniel Vogelbach for an extended period as he beat out a bunt single, pulled up, and left the field. No update on his injury but he recently returned to the lineup from the DL with a hamstring injury.
Pitching Chart: Rob Zastryzny’s first inning woes have followed him into AA. After posting an ERA over 9.00 in the first frame in 23 starts last year in Daytona. For the second straight game, the left-hander gave up runs in the first frame, surrendering a pair of solo homers. He gave up a three-run first inning homer in his last start and then blanked Mobile the next three frames before leaving due to pitch count. Zastryzny was hit by a liner in the foot in his AA debut that eventually landed him on the DL for nearly two months with a broken bone in his foot. In his third start since coming back from the DL, Zastryzny shook off the first inning and pitched a scoreless second but got in trouble again in the third that included a come backer that smacked his right ankle. He gave up a sacrifice fly after getting hit and then retired the next eight hitters before leaving after a one-out single in the 6th after 81 pitches. Zastryzny finished with a line of 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 K......Corey Black gave up a solo homer in the top of the ninth with two outs but got credit for the win. He fanned three in two innings of work and looked really good until the homer that came on an 0-2 pitch.
Smokies News: Tennessee and Montgomery were scheduled to play a doubleheader but one of the game was canceled and will be made up at a later date.......Smokies pitcher Andres Santiago has been selected to play for Puerto Rico in the Pan-Am games. Almora and Vogelbach were chosen to play for the Team USA.
Carolina League—High A—GAME 1—Myrtle Beach 5, Salem 1; GAME 2—Salem 3, Myrtle Beach 0
Pelican scored five times in the bottom of the 8th to beat Salem in the competition of Thursday night’s suspended game but were blanked in the night-cap.
In the Box: GAME 1—Jeimer Candelario’s bases clearing triple was the big hit in the 8th. The Pelicans tied the game on a RBI single off the bat of Mark Zagunis and Cael Brockmeyer plated Candelario with a sacrifice fly......GAME 2—Only three hits for Myrtle Beach, a double by Zagunis and singles by Victor Caratini and Trey Martin.
Pitching Chart: GAME 1—James Pugliese got the win, working three shutout innings after the game resumed. Jasvir Rakkar worked a scoreless ninth......GAME 2—Jen-Ho Tseng turned in one of his better performances of the season, blanking the Red Sox for five innings. The right-hander fanned six and allowed three hits and three walks in his 84-pitch outing. James Farris lost for the second time giving up three runs while recording just two outs in the sixth.
Pelicans News: Jonathan Martinez (5-1, 2.77 ERA) gets the ball on Saturday night as the Pelican head to Carolina.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 7, Bowling Green 6—10 innings
South Bend scored six times in the bottom of the 8th to tie and the game and Gioskar Amaya delivered the walk-off single in the 10th for the win.
In the Box: Cubs were blanked for seven innings but erupted for six runs in the 8th. Rashad Crawford got things started with a two-run double, Charcer Burks followed with a RBI single and Gleyber Torres made it 6-4 with a run-scoring double. Amaya cut the lead to 6-5 with a RBI single and Andrew Ely’s sac fly tied the game. South Bend loaded the bases in the 10th and Amaya’s dribbler back to the mound scored Burks for the win. Burks, Torres, Amaya and Jeffry Baez all had two hits.
Pitching Chart: Jake Stinnett worked seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks. He gave up a homer and fanned one. Dillon Maples gave up two runs in relief but got credit for the win, going three innings.
SB-Cubs News: Cubs 10th round pick Vimael Machin is the first 2015 draft pick to hit the Midwest League as the infielder was promoted on Friday. No corresponding roster move was made as South Bend players are still serving suspensions for the bench-clearing brawl with Dayton.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Hillsboro 5, Eugene 4
Hillsboro snapped Eugene’s four-game win streak.
Pitching Chart: Jose Paulino took the loss, allowing three runs but only one was earned. He fanned three and gave up a solo homer. Greyfer Eregua tossed three scoreless frames and Kyle Twomey made his pro debut, surrendering a two-run homer in the seventh.
Emeralds Notes: No starter has been named as the Eugene returns home to host Vancouver on Saturday night.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 10, A’s 4
Cubs bats erupted for 15 hits in the win over the A’s.
In the Box: Another big game for Robert Garcia as the 21-year-old switch-hitter went 4-for-5 with three RBI and was a triple shy of the cycle. Wladimir Galindo had three hits and knocked in two while Joe Martarano collected his first three-hit game of his young career. Donnie Cimino made his pro debut, going 1-for 5 with a single. C Marcus Mastrobuoni saw his first pro action and was 0-for-2 with two runs scored with two walks.
Pitching Chart: Austyn Willis gave up four runs over three innings in his third start while Carlos Rodriguez tossed four frames of shutout ball and earned the win. Mark Malave fanned five over the final two scoreless innings.
Dominican Summer League—Brewers 1, Cubs 0
Two Brewers pitchers held the Cubs to just two hits.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 5, Phillies 2
Cubs (19-22) snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over the Phillies (17-24).
In the Box: Jhonny Bethencourt is becoming the best hitter in the lin-up as he’s been moved to the top of the order and sports a .305/.417/.381 slash over the first 35 games. The 18-year-old went 2-for-4 with a double. 1B Roberto Vahlis (.267) and SS Rafael Narea (.216) both had two hits and plated a run.
Pitching Chart: Andres Bonalde, a 17-year-old in his first pro season, made his fifth start, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks in four frames. In 25.2 innings, the left-hander has walked seven, fanned 15 and has a 1.40 WHIP....Alfredo Colorado got the win in his ’15 debut, with two no-hit innings. Moises Ramirez fanned three in two scoreless innings and Juan Rengifo earned his 8th save.