Cubs sign Rowen, assign him to Iowa
The Chicago Cubs have signed right-handed pitcher Ben Rowen to a minor league contract and assigned him to AA Iowa. Rowen, 26, comes to the Cubs from the Baltimore Orioles organization, where he was a combined 2-0 with a 2.41 ERA in 26 games between AA Norfolk and AA Bowie. He opted out of his contract on July 1 to sign with Chicago. Rowen was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 22nd round of the 2010 June draft out of Virginia Tech. He has eight games of major league experience under his belt with Texas in 2014, going 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA and seven strikeouts in 8.2 innings.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—New Orleans 2, Iowa 0—7 innings (rain)
New Orleans held Iowa to two hits in a seven-inning game called after a storm hit Zephyr Field.
Pitching Chart: Donn Roach made his first start in Iowa since being called up to Chicago. The right-hander gave up two runs in the fifth on a solo homer and a sacrifice fly. Roach (7-2, 2.33 ERA) got 14 ground ball outs and finished with a line of 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K.
I-Cubs Notes: The two teams play a doubleheader on Monday but Cubs have not announced a starter.
Southern League—AA—Birmingham 9, Tennessee 4
Birmingham jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and beat Tennessee for the second straight game.
In the Box: Smokies had eight hits and drew seven walks but went just 2-for-12 with RISP, hit into three double plays and stranded nine. Cael Brockmeyer made his first AA hit a memorable one, sending a pitch over the centerfield wall for a solo homer in the fourth. CF Jacob Hannemann (.232) was 2-for-5 with a triple while SS Elliot Soto (.253) and RF Billy McKinney (.297) plated runs.
Pitching Chart: Ivan Pineyro battled through five innings, throwing 102 pitches, 58 for strikes. The right-hander allowed six runs on six hits and four walks in his first start since June 26.....Bullpen didn’t fare any better as Starling Peralta (3.46 ERA) gave up two runs over two innings and Zach Cates (5.23 ERA) surrendered a run in the 9th.
Smokies News: According to several reports Tsuyoshi Wada is expected to make a rehab start on Monday night in Birmingham. Wada was in Chicago’s rotation but was sent to the DL after experiencing some shoulder issues.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 12, Carolina 0—8 innings (Rain)
For the second straight day, the Pelicans took aim on the Carolina pitching staff, recording 10 hits and reaching double-figures in runs scored.
In the Box: Another big night for the offense as catcher Victor Caratini (.248) went 2-for-3, swatted his third homer, and knocked in three. RF Mark Zagunis (.311) double and plated three runs while 1B Jacob Rogers (.256) was 1-for-3 with 2 RBI. 3B Jeimer Candelario (.285) ripped his 21st double, one of two hits, and 2B Daniel Lockhart (.235) delivered two hits and a RBI.
Pitching Chart: Daury Torrez (6-5, 3.80 ERA) has his best outing of the year, blanking the Mudcats for seven innings on just three hits. He fanned six and only needed 76 pitches, throwing 55 for strikes. He ended the night with a game score of 77.
Pelicans News: The roster moves continue as Jasvir Rakkar was officially listed as in-active so he can participate in the Pan-Am Games for Team Canada. RHP Brad Markey was promoted to High A from South Bend and LHP Michael Heesch was sent to AAA Iowa. Markey is expected to get the start on Tuesday night for Myrtle Beach.
Midwest League—Low A—Bowling Green 9, South Bend 4
Bowling Green used a five-run sixth to put away South Bend and earn a split in the two-game series.
In the Box: Only five hits for South Bend, two off the bat of DH Jason Vosler, who doubled and homered in four trips. The Cubs 16th round pick last year out of Northeastern is hitting .267 with three homers and 18 RBI in 58 games. C Erick Castillo (.240) doubled home a run in the ninth and RF Jeffrey Baez (.183) added a RBI groundout.
Pitching Chart: Tommy Thorpe (2-5, 4.47 ERA) made his third start and pitched into the fifth, getting charged with four runs on six hits and four walks. Lefty Jordan Minch (3.79 ERA) surrendered five unearned runs, allowing four hits and two walks in 1.2 innings. Daniel Lewis (3.06 ERA) retired all seven Hot Rod hitters he faced, sending one down on strikes.
SB-Cubs News: The Cubs activated OF Kevin Encarnacion from the restricted list as he finished out his suspension for his involvement in a bench clearing brawl with Dayton......Trevor Clifton (3-6, 4.33 ERA) makes his 13th start on Monday night against Fort Wayne as South Bend opens a two-game home stand with the Tin Caps.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 6, Vancouver
Four Eugene pitchers blanked Vancouver on two-hits to even the series.
In the Box: Emeralds grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second when 3B Blake Headley (.250) reached on a bunt single and eventually scored on RF Ricardo Marcano’s (.200) RBI single. LF Donnie Dewees (.270) fifth double of the year made it 2-0, plating CF Kevonte Mitchell (.094), who singled and stole second. Justin Marra’s solo homer made it 3-0 and the Eugene DH delivered a two-run single after a wild pitch with the bases loaded. Dewees, Headley and Marra (.243) all finished with two hits.
Pitching Chart: Ryan Kellogg made his first pro start and like all newly drafted pitchers, was on a two-inning limit. He only needed 27 pitches to complete his two frames, allowing a hit while striking out one with fastball in the low 90s......Adbert Alzolay (1-1, 0.00 ERA) made his third appearance but unlike the first two, worked more than two innings, tossing four no-hit frames. The lefty retired the first ten hitters he faced, issued a walk, and got the final two batters to end his night......Francisco Carrillo tossed two shutout frames and Trey Masek made his Eugene debut with a scoreless 1-2-3 ninth.
Emeralds Notes: Carson Sands (1-1, 2.81 ERA) gets the start on Monday night.....Eloy Jimenez missed his second straight game and according to Manager Gary Van Tol the 18-year-old has a slight hamstring issue and is day-to-day. OF Ian Happ had his first day off since joining Eugene, 18 games.
Arizona Rookie League—Diamondbacks, Cubs—Postponed
Sunday night’s game was postponed.
Dominican Summer League—Cubs
Cubs (16-15) have Sundays off and find themselves 6.5 games behind first-place Rd Sox II (22-8). After their seven-game losing streak, the Cubs went 3-3 this week. Yeiler Peguero (.313/.439/.424) continues to lead the offense but the 17-year-old has played sparingly the last week and left three games early, nursing an injury.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs
Cubs (19-23) had Sunday off and are now in third place after losing 9 of their last 11 games. The Rays have a nine-game led in the division with the Phillies, Cubs and Tigers all within two games of each other. 18-year-old Jhonny Bethencourt is making a push for an invite to fall instructs, hitting .320/.425/.416 in 37 games while spending most of his time at second. CF Jose Gonzalez (.252/.379/.340) leads the VSL in RBI (31) and stolen base (12). Juan Rengifo (4-3, 1.97 ERA, 0.94 WHIP) has already appeared in 18 games out of the bullpen and after an impressive start has three losses and a blown save in his last four outings.