News, Notes and Game Recaps from July 7

Big offensive nights from Myrtle Beach’s Gleyber Torres and Mesa’s Zach Short along with prospect updates on Daniel Vogelbach, David Berg, Charcer Burks and Tyler Alamo

Fowler headed to South Bend

Chicago Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler was head to South Bend and begin a rehab assignment before the All-Star break. According to South Bend Cubs, Fowler will play Friday and Saturday night against Bowling Green at Four Winds Field. 

Pacific Coast League—AAA—Iowa, Colorado Springs (Brewers) 11, Iowa 3

Colorado Springs ripped Iowa pitching for 13 hits in the series opener.

Hitting Recap: 1B Daniel Vogelbach (.312) went 3-for-4, scored twice and knocked in a pair (60). LF Matt Murton  (.347) had three hits while C Tim Federowicz (.333) and 2B Logan Watkins (.275) both collected two hits.

Pitching Chart: Jake Buchanan (7-5, 4.77 ERA) gave up eight runs on eight hits and three walks over 5.2 innings. Gerardo Concepcion allowed three runs in 1.1 innings and Jose Rosario worked a scoreless frame in his AAA debut.

I-Cubs Notes: RH Pierce Johnson (1-3, 6.37 ERA) gets the start on Friday night at Colorado Springs.

Prospect Update: 1B Daniel Vogelbach

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Simply put, the Florida native is having the best season of his pro career. Heading into play on Thursday, the 23-year-old was batting .306/.421/.544, all career-bests at a full-season affiliate. He’s also on pace to set career-highs in doubles (18), homers (15) and total bases (153). And pitchers shouldn’t fall behind the left-hander slugger as he’s batting .396/.626/.736 in close to 150 plate appearances when ahead in the count. The AAA All-Star has made 71 starts at first and sports a .993 fielding percentage (4 errors).

Southern League—AA—Game 1—Jackson (Mariners) 9, Tennessee 8—suspended 5th inning; Game 2—Tennessee vs. Jackson-Postponed

Jackson jumped out to a 9-1 lead but the Smokies scored seven times in the bottom of the 4th to cut the lead to one before the rains came. 

Hitting Recap: GAME 1—3B Daniel Lockhart hit his first AA homer, a long shot over the right field wall. The Smokies began the 6th with six straight hits including a RBI double from Benjamin Carhart, a RBI single from Bijan Rademacher, A RBI double from Carlos Penalverr and a twi-run single from Lockhart. Ian Happ capped off the scoring with a two-run double. 

Pitching Chart: GAME 1— Paul Blackburn allowed a career-high eight runs and gave up a pair of 3-run homers over three innings. The righty gave up nine hits and threw 70 pitches, 41 for strikes. RH Juan Paniagua gave up a run on the 4th and walked the leadoff hitter in the 5th before the rains hit.

Smokies News: Clayton Richard is scheduled to make his  third rehab start on Friday night in Tennessee. The 32-year-old may not join the Cubs until after the all-star break but he’s only allowed one hit over five innings in his two starts in Iowa, one only lasting one inning. Richard struggled in Chicago and was put on the DL after a developing a blister.

Prospect Update: RHP David Berg

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The 23-year-old’s been a pro for just over a year but has already found his way onto a AA roster. The former UCLA standout started his second season in Myrtle Beach but after posting a 1.42 ERA in nine games with four saves, the side-winding right-hander was promoted to Tennessee. Berg has spent most of his time as a set-up man in AA but did convert his only save opportunity on June 30. In 17 appearances (22 IP) for the Smokies, Berg is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA, allowing 25 hits and two walks for a 1.23 WHIP. He’s fanned 14 and yet to allow a homer in his pro career in 54 innings, 44 games.

Carolina League—High A—Winston-Salem (White Sox) 13, Myrtle Beach 9

Dash scored 10 unanswered runs to down the Pelicans.

Hitting Recap: SS Gleyber Torres (.268) gave the Pelicans a 2-0 lead in the 1st on a two-run homer deep over the left-field wall, his 9th. Torres, who finished 4-for-6, only hit three bombs last year at South Bend. 1B Yasiel Balaguert  (.223) launched a solo shot in the second, his 50th RBI of the season, to tie the game at 3-3. Myrtle Beach took a 4-3 lead in the 3rd on a RBI single by DH Ian Rice (.292) but the Dash would score the games next 10 runs. Pelicans added five runs in the 9th on a RBI double from 2B David Bote (.296), fielder’s choice RBI by LF Charcer Burks (.231), bases loaded walk to CF Rashad Crawford (.243), and a two-run single from Torres. 

Pitching Chart: RH Trevor Clifton (4-6, 3.12 ERA) took the loss, giving up five runs on five hits and four walks. Clifton fanned six in the 87-pitch outing. RH James Pugliese surrendered two runs in the fifth and RH Craig Brooks got charged with four earned runs on six hits and walk in his Carolina League debut that lasted 1.2 innings. Tommy Thorpe allowed two runs in 1.1 innings. 

Pelicans News: The Pelicans have received RHP Craig Brooks from South Bend. Brooks pitched in 23 games with South Bend, all in relief, going 2-1 with a 1.39 ERA. The right-hander allowed just 22 hits in 32.1 innings, fanning 42 against 20 walks. Brooks was drafted by the Cubs in the 7th round in 2015 out of Catawba College.....RH Erick Leal (10-3, 3.11 ERA) gets the start on Friday night at Wilmington.

Prospect Update: OF Charcer Burks

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The Cubs 9th round pick in 2013 out of William Travis High School in Texas, Burks is batting .228/.351/.379 with a career-high six homers. The 21-year-old has swiped 15 bases in 19 attempts and drawn 37 walks, second to only Ian Happ’s 48. Making 58 starts in left for the Pelicans, Burks has also seen time in center, and can handle both positions. He’s coming off his best month at the plate in June (.278/.344/.456) and is batting .262 with a .408 OBP against left-handers. 

Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 5, Fort Wayne (Padres) 3

SS Andruw Monasterio starred in his MWL debut, going 2-for-3 including two-run triple to give South Bend the lead for good.

Hitting Recap: Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the 4th on three straight singles by LF Donnie Dewees (.270), DH Eloy Jimenez (.337) and RF Eddy Martinez (.255), the third one plating Dewees. An infield single by 1B Adonis Paula (.222) loaded the bases with one out but the Cubs couldn’t score. SS Andruw Monasterio made an impact in his MWL debut with a two-run triple in the 7th to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead. He then scored on a RBI (46) single from Dewees. Martinez followed with a RBI double to make it 5-2. Monasterio ripped a double in his first MWL at-bat. Cubs collected 16 hits as 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.305) and Jimenez had three each. 

Pitching Chart: Casey Bloomquist (6-4, 2.66 ERA) went six solid innings but ran out of gas in the 7th allowing a leadoff homer and only got one out before two singles ended his night. The righty finished finished with a line of 6.1 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 0 BB 6 K. LH Tyler Peitzmeier (9th round-2015) got out of the jam in the 7th and tossed a scoreless 8th for his first hold. Peitzmeier has not allowed a run in his first five MWL appearances (8.2 IP). Dillon Maples retired the side in order in the 9th for his first save. 

SB-Cubs News: The Chicago Cubs have promoted RHP Craig Brooks to Myrtle Beach and activated RHP James Norwood from the disabled list.....The Chicago Cubs have released SS Sutton Whiting, a 24th round pick last June. Whiting hit .247/.354/.272 in 28 games with the SB-Cubs this season and spent time at Iowa, Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, Eugene and Mesa in his Cubs career. 

Prospect Update: 1B/C Tyler Alamo

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Another Cubs prospect having the best season of his career. The Cubs 24th round pick in 2013 out of Cypress High School in California, Alamo spent his first two seasons in Mesa and then spent last year at Short-Season Eugene. The right-hander has smacked the first four homers of his pro career and has knocked in 39 runs after coming into year with 28 career RBI. After hitting .350 in April, Alamo has cooled down and sports a .262/.309/.352 slash line heading into Thursday’s action. In his 44 starts at first, Alamo has been impressive with the glove as he came into the year with just 11 career starts at 1B. He’s also caught 12 games, throwing out 5-of-19 runners. 

Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene @ Everett (Mariners)

Game was rained out and will be made up with a twin-bill on Friday night. Manuel Rondon (2-0, 1.93 ERA)  and Jose Paulino (1-0, 0.56 ERA) are scheduled to start of the Ems.

Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 10, Padres 4

Cubs (7-7) used a four-run first and beat the Padres (8-6). 

Hitting Recap: 2B Zack Short (.385), the Cubs 17th round pick in June, went 4-4-, knocked in three runs, scored three times and had two doubles in the best game of his young career. C Michael Cruz (.219), the Cubs 7th round pick, slugged his first homer and another June pick, Connor Myers (27th round) was 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Isaac Paredes (.229) knocked in three runs and Jhonny Pereda (.267) added two RBI.

Pitching Chart: Brian Matusz made his second start since signing with the Cubs, tossing three no-hit innings with five strikeouts. Jordan Brink got charged with an unearned run in the 4th and Andin Diaz (1-0, 2.70 ERA) got the win with two perfect innings. Javier Assad gave up two unearned run in two frames and Jose Leidenz allowed a run in the 9th. 

Dominican Summer League—Cubs 1 (4), Yankees 1 (0)

Brailyn Marquez and two relievers combined to blank the Yankees (13-15). 

Hitting Recap: 1B Luis Hidalgo (.194) delivered a two-run single in the Cubs (14-15) three-run 7th. 2B Yonathan Perlaza (.234) went 2-for-4 with a triple and stole his 5th base while LF Jonathan Sierra (.207) and 3B Orian Nunez (.271) were both 1-for-3 with a RBI. 

Pitching Chart: Making his fifth pro start, 17-year-old Brailyn Marquez (3-0, 1.13 ERA) tossed five innings, allowing three hits and two walks to go along with four strikeouts. Marquez (IFA15-Dominican Republic) recorded eight ground ball outs and had a game score of 64. RH Moises Ramirez (IFA12-Dominican Republic) fanned three over 2.1 innings and RH Freddy Tineo (IFA14-Venezuela) got the final five outs. 

Dominican Summer League—Mariners (17), Cubs 2 (11)

In a battle for first place in the DSL South Division, the Mariners (19-9) outslugged the Cubs (19-9) and moved into a first-place tie. 

Hitting Recap: Cubs only had five hits but took advantage of 10 walks. CF Yovanny Cuevas (.233) smacked a grand slam homer (1) and 3B Henrry Pedra (.212) smacked his first homer. LF Abraham Rodriguez (.344) extended his hit streak to 11 games, going 1-for-5 with a double and three RBI (20). 

Pitching Chart: Tough day on the mound. Hector Garcia gave up three runs over five innings, allowing six hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Sucre Valdez got charged with five runs over 1.1 frames and Yan De La Cruz (2-1, 6/97 ERA) got tagged for eight runs on nine hits in just 1.1 innings. Ivan Medina allowed an inherited run to score and gave up another run before getting the final out of the 8th. 

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