Peguero All-Star MVP, 7/19 Cubs Recap

Cubs shortstop Yeiler Peguero was named the DSL All-Star MVP on Sunday, becoming the third Cubs prospect (Jeremy Null-MWL, Kyle Schwarber-Futures Game) to earn a MVP all-star honor. Rafael Soriano is joining Chicago while Iowa and Myrtle Beach kept their winning streaks in tact.

Peguero named MVP of DSL All-Star game
Cubs shortstop Yeiler Peguero was named the most valuable player of the Dominican Summer League All-Star game, as the National and American teams tied 2-2. Peguero has two hits, the only player with a multi-hit game, and scored a run. Peguero entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the fifth and remained in the game as the DH. Signed last summer for $250,000 out of the International Prospect League, the 17-year-old made his pro debut May 20 vs. Mets and collected his first pro hit, a triple, on June 1 vs. Mets. The switch-hitting, 5-foot-10, 150-pounder is batting .311/.440.432 with six triples and 10 stolen bases. He’s walked (29) more times than he’s struckout (10) in 38 games.......Cubs right-handed pitching prospect Junior Marte fanned both hitters he faced in the 7th. All-StarBox Score

Soriano headed to Chicago, Jackson DFA
It was widely reported Sunday night that right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson had been designated for assignment and relief pitcher Rafael Soriano will join the team from Iowa. Soriano signed a minor league deal back in June and has made seven appearances, five in AA (5 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 K) and two in AAA (2 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K). A former all-star, Soriano collected 32 saves last year for the Nationals and 43 the year before. He saved a career-high 45 in 2010 when he played for Joe Maddon and the Rays. Jackson never lived up to his contract as he went 16-34 with a 5.37 ERA in 82 games for the North Siders. Despite the guaranteed contract, the Cubs can’t afford to keep Jackson on the roster and Soriano gives them another option out of the bullpen.

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa 4, Memphis (Cardinals) 2
Iowa swept Memphis for the first time at home since 2006 as Christian Villanueva’s three-run homer proved to be the difference.

In the Box: 1B Christian Villanueva (.273) collected his fourth straight multi-hit game, that included a three-run homer (12) in the sixth. The 24-year-old went 8-for-11 with 3 HR and 9 RBI in the four-game sweep......RF Rubi Silva (.274) gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the third with his 8th long ball of the season. LF Junior Lake (.321) had two hits and extended his hitting streak to 10 games, the longest for any I-Cubs player this season. SS Jonathan Mota (.252) and P Carlos Pimentel (.263) both had two hits.

Pitching Chart: Carlos Pimentel (7-5, 3.14 ERA) went six innings for a quality start, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks. He fanned three in his 85-pitch outing, with a game score of 57...... Carl Edwards Jr. (2-0, 2.89 ERA) earned his third hold with two no-hit innings. He fanned two and issued one walk. Edwards has not allowed a hit in 5.2 innings, four games......Brian Schlitter (2-0, 0.62 ERA) worked the ninth for his 13th save.

I-Cubs Notes: Drake Britton (5-4, 4.86 ERA) gets the ball on Monday night as Round Rock comes to town.

Box Score and Game Story

Southern League—AA—Montgomery (Rays) 12, Tennessee 3
Montgomery completed the five-game sweep over Tennessee with a 18-hit attack.

In the Box: 2B Sutton Whiting (.438) went 2-for-4 with a RBI while C Willson Contreras (.317) and 1B Wes Darvill (.181) both had two hits. DH Varonex Cuevas (.240) added a RBI single.

Pitching Chart: Ryan Williams (4-1, 2.61 ERA) suffered his first AA defeat, allowing five runs on 10 hits and a walk. He fanned three in his 89-pitch outing, and had a game score of 31......Tayler Scott (4.68 ERA) gave up a grand slam in the 7th in his two innings and Gerardo Concepcion (9.17 ERA) allowed three runs on four hits in the 8th.

Smokies News: A starter for Monday’s game has not been announced.

Box Score and Game Story

Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 4, Salem 0
Three Myrtle Beach pitchers blanked Salem and Chesny Young set a Carolina League record, reaching base for the 38th straight game.

In the Box: Chesny Young singled in the first inning to set a new Carolina League record for consecutive times on-base, breaking the record of 37 by Carlos Sanchez of Winson-Salem. Young finished 2-for-5, knocked in a run in the Pelicans’ three-run 7th, and extended his hit streak to eight games......Kevin Brown led off the 5th with a triple and scored on Pin-Cheih Chen’s single for a 1-0 lead. Jacob Rogers continues to provide big hits, ripping a two-run single in the 7th.

Pitching Chart: Paul Blackburn made his second start since coming off the DL and went 4.2 innings, throwing 69 pitches, 42 for strikes. He kept the Red Sox off the board on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts......Michael Heesch (7-0, 1.37 ERA) held Salem to one hit over 3.1 frames, with two walks and three punchouts. He earned his 7th win......Josh Conway tossed a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts.

Pelicans News: Jen-Ho Tseng (3-6, 3.67 ERA) gets the start on Monday night against Salem.

Box Score and Game Story

Midwest League—Low A—West Michigan 10, South Bend 5
West Michigan (15-8, 48-44) scored the first six runs and evened the series with South Bend (13-11, 42-49).

In the Box: CF Rashad Crawford (.286) slugged a two-run homer (2) and added a two-run triple, scoring twice. RF Jeffery Baez (.224) and SS Gleyber Torres (.316) had two-hit games while C Erick Castillo (.294) was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs.

Pitching Chart: Rough day for Trevor Clifton (3-8, 4.97 ERA) as the right-hander allowed five hits, including a homer, and got tagged for four runs, three earned, in 2.1 innings. He didn’t record a strikeout and had a game score of 32......Daniel Lewis (0-1, 3.04 ERA), signed as a free agent last year while pitching in the Cape Cod League, gave up two runs over 2.2 frames on five hits and two walks. Sam Wilson (1-1, 7.24 ERA) blanked the Whitecaps for three innings but the first four hitters of the 9th reached, two scoring on a homer. Wilson got charged with four runs and fanned three. Corbin Hoffner (1-0, 0.82 ERA) worked around two walks in a scoreless ninth.

SB-Cubs News: Zach Hedges (5-5, 3.64 ERA) gets the start on Monday afternoon at Four Winds Field.

Box Score and Game Story

Northwest League—Short-Season—Vancouver 16, Eugene 4
Vancouver (12-19) scored 10 runs in the first and evened the series with Eugene (16-15).

In the Box: Cubs had 10 hits, two each from CF Ian Happ (.283), DH Eloy Jimenez (.303), and C Tyler Alamo (.321). 1B Matt Rose (.243) doubled home a pair of runs and added a sacrifice fly.

Pitching Chart: Carson Sands (1-3, 6.26 ERA) gave up eight hits in the first inning and could only record one out as Vancouver scored nine times against the right-hander. It was his shortest outing as a pro and the most runs allowed in any appearance. He had surrendered seven earned runs in his first 22.2 innings in the NWL......John Williamson got charged with the tenth run in the first and the Canadians plated four more off the lefty in his 2.2 innings. The 23rd round pick in June gave up seven hits and walked one....The silver lining of the day was the five innings of Pedro Araujo (0-0, 3.47 ERA) who fanned 10 and didn’t walk a hitter. He allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and recorded four ground ball outs. The 22-year-old has 37 K in 23.1 innings.

Emeralds Notes: Justin Steele (3-0, 1.08 ERA) get the ball on Monday night in game three of the series.

Box Score and Game Story

Arizona Rookie League—Dodgers 3, Cubs 0
Four Dodgers (12-12) pitchers blanked the Cubs (12-10).

In the Box: The Cubs had seven hits, all singles and went 0-for-10 with RISP. 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.217) and 1B Jose Paniagua (.290) had two hits each.

Pitching Chart: James Norwood, the Cubs 7th round pick from St. Louis University in 2014, had his best rehab outing since being sent to Mesa. He tossed a season-high four innings, no-hitting the Dodgers with six strikeouts.The 21-year-old started the year in the bullpen in South Bend but after a trip to the DL and two more games in the MWL, Norwood went on the DL and missed over a month before pitching in the AZL in late June......Trey McNutt worked a 1-2-3 inning, retiring all three hitters he faced, one on strikes.....Austyn Willis surrendered a two-run homer in the sixth and then a single, an errant pickoff throw, and a throwing error on Marcus Mastrobuoni allowed another run to score in the 7th.......Mark Malave worked a 1-2-3 8th and has yet to allow a run in nine innings with 11 K. Not bad for his first year on the mound after three years in the minors as a position player.

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Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs
An eight-game losing streak has landed the Cubs (22-31) in the basement of the VSL, five games back in the loss column for second place behind the Tigers (28-26). The Phillies are 23-31. Nineteen games remain in the season that ends Aug. 8.

In the Box: Cubs have only used 13 position players this season and 11 of them have over 135 plate appearances with Jose Gonzalez leading with 241.....Gonzalez leads the VSL with 36 RBI but is fourth on the Cubs with 65 total bases as 37 of his 47 hits have been singles.......Cubs have been caught stealing 54 times while swiping 74 bases. Luis Ayala leads the team with 19 steal but has been nabbed seven times.

Pitching Chart: Cubs have pushed the youngsters to the front line as 17-year-olds Emilio Ferrebus (0-2, 7.33 ERA, 23.1 IP), Riger Fernandez 0-3, 6.67 ERA, 27 IP), Freddy Tineo (0-3, 4.83 ERA, 31.2 IP) and Andres Bonalde (2-3, 4.68 ERA, 32.2 IP) have combined to make 32 of the 53 starts in their first pro seasons. 19-year-old Gabriel Lima is 3-2 with a 1.82 ERA in seven starts and has logged 34.2 innings in his second season. Veterans Jesus Arias, 21, (39 IP); Harrinson Bermudez, 20 (37.2 IP); and Juan Rengifo, 21, (37.2 IP) have garnished the most work, a majority in relief as Arias is the only one to start a game (5 starts).......Cubs have 11 arms that have logged over 25 innings with Arias topping the leader board with 39.

Cubs Notes: Cubs have two games with the Tigers (July 20-21) and then face the Rays for three games, including a twin-bill on July 22.

Pan Am-Games
Canada scored three runs in the 10th beating Team USA 7-6 for the Gold Medal in the Pan-Am games. Albert Almora went 1-for-4 with a RBI for Team USA. Canada’s Jesse Hodges and Jasvir Rakkar didn’t play in the gold medal game. USA took a 6-4 lead in the top of the 10th inning, that started with runners on first and second under international rules. In the bronze medal game, Cuba hit a three run homer in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and then added a walk-off blast for the 7-6 win over Puerto Rico. Andres Santiago (Tennessee) got the start for Puerto Rico and worked six innings, allowing three runs on five hits and four walks with seven strikeouts.

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