Cubs All-Star outfielder Dexter Fowler batted ninth and was the DH in his first rehab game for South Bend. After walking in his first two plate appearances, Fowler hit into a double play with runners on first and second and no outs in the 6th. Leading off the bottom of the 9th with the score tied, Fowler struckout. According to reports, he’s expected to start in CF on Saturday and then head to San Diego on Sunday for All-Star game festivities.
Cubs sign 3rd round pick
The Cubs announced they have signed RHP Thomas Hatch, the club's third round pick (104th overall). Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Cubs but Hatch signed for the slot value of the pick $573,900. the Cubs have signed 21 picks with 17 without deals before the July 15 deadline.
Hatch, 21, completed his redshirt sophomore season at Oklahoma State by helping lead the Cowboys to the College World Series. Overall, Hatch went 9-3 with a 2.14 ERA and 19 starts, including four shutouts. He allowed just two home runs, walked 33 and struck out 112 batters, becoming the 13th pitcher in OSU history to reach the 100-strikeout mark in a single season.
Hatch, recommended by area scout Ty Nichols, was named the Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year and was named to the All-America Third Team. Hatch was selected by Colorado in the 32nd round of the 2013 Draft out of Jenks High School in Oklahoma but didn’t sign.
Other picks signed by the Cubs include RHP Tyson Miller (4th round), RHP Bailey Clark (5th), RHP Chad Hockin (6th), C Michael Cruz (7th), RHP Stephen Ridings (8th), RHP Duncan Robinson (9th), RHP Dakota Mekkes (10th), LHP Wyatt Short (13th), RHP Jed Carter (15th), Holden Cammack (16th), 2B Zack Short (17th), Marc Huberman (18th), RHP Matt Swarmer (19th), LHP Colton Freeman (20th), C Samuel Tidaback (21st), OF Connor Myers (27th), 2B Trent Giambrone, RHP Tyler Peyton (29th), OF Zach Davis (32nd), and OF Tolly Filotei (38th). SS Delvin Zinn (23rd) and RHP Nathan Sweeney (33rd) are expected to pass their physicals and make their signings official soon.
Cruz, Myers, Tidaback, and Short have all their made debuts for Mesa while Giambrone debuted in Eugene.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Colorado Spring (Brewers) 15, Iowa 5
Colorado Springs pummeled Iowa pitching for 18 hits.
Pitching Chart: For the second time in three starts, Pierce Johnson got roughed up in the first inning, allowing four runs on three walks, three singles and a hit batter. The right-hander didn’t make it out of the third, as his fifth walk and a fifth hit scored another run on his 82nd pitch. Miguel Mejia gave up four runs in 1.2 innings and C.J. Riefenhauser fanned three in 1.2 frames. Corey Black got tagged for six runs in 1.2 innings and Vimael Machin made his pitching debut, getting the final out but not before allowing all three inherited runners to score.
I-Cubs Notes: Aaron Brooks (1-1, 7.71 ERA) is scheduled to get the start on Saturday night.
Prospect Profile: OF John Andreoli
John Andreoli drew attention in spring training, hitting .270/.341/.649 with 4 HR and 10 RBI in 25 games and headed to Iowa for his sixth season with the Cub and second in AAA. The 26-year-old has continued his power surge with 11 homers after only hitting eight his first six seasons. Andreoli leads the PCL in walks and sports a .235/.358/.413 slash in 86 games. He’s shown the ability to play all three outfield spots, making over 20 starts at each position for Iowa.
Southern League—AA—Game 1—Jackson (Mariners) 12, Tennessee 9; Game 2—Jackson 2, Tennessee 1—8 innings
Generals continued their dominance over the Smokies with the sweep, including the completion of the game suspended on Thursday night.
Hitting Recap: GAME 1—3B Daniel Lockhart (.228) 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 1B Benjamin Carhart, a RBI single from LF Bijan Rademacher, a RBI double from SS Carlos Penalver and a two-run single from Lockhart. 2B Ian Happ (.457) capped off the scoring with a two-run double. DH Chesny Young (.288), Happ, RF Billy McKinney (.266), Rademacher and Lockhart all finished with two hits....GAME 2—Smokies’ only run scored in the first when Young doubled and crossed home on a RBI single from LF Ian Happ. Young finished 2-for-4.
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 surrendered 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. R.J. Alvarez allowed the inherited runner to score when play resumed on a stolen base and a single. Alvarez then allowed a pair of solo homers in the 6th and finished with a line of 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K. Nick Sarianides tossed a scoreless 7th....GAME 2— Clayton Richard threw 61 pitches, 44 for strikes, working 4.2 innings in his third rehab start. The lefty fanned four, allowed three hits, coaxed 10 ground ball outs and didn’t issue any free passes. David Garner went 1.1 scoreless frames and David Berg kept the Generals off the board in the 7th. A double and a single scored the winning run in the top of the 8th as Berg fell to 1-2 with a 3.28 ERA.
Smokies News: RH Brad Markey (6-4, 2.78 ERA) toes the rubber Saturday night as the Smokies host Chattanooga.
Prospect Profile: C Gioskar Amaya
The Venezuelan native went from an All-Star second baseman in the Florida State League in 2014 to a catcher to start the next season. In his second season behind the plate, Amaya ha eared a promotion to Tennessee after hitting .245/.335/.427 in 44 games in Myrtle Beach, 37 behind the plate. In High A, Amaya threw out six of 25 base runners. Since joining the Smokies, the 23-year-old has played eight games at first and one at third, and is hitting .138 (4-for-29).
Carolina League—High A—Wilmington (Royals) 1, Myrtle Beach 0
Three Wilmington pitchers blanked the Pelicans to take the series opener.
Hitting Recap: The Pelicans outhit the Blue Rocks 5-to-4 and had their chances, but were just 1-for-12 with RISP and stranded nine. LF Charcer Burks (.232) had the only extra base hit, a double, while 2B Andrew Ely (.196) was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.
Pitching Chart: Erick Leal (10-4, 2.99 ERA) held the Blue Rocks to three hits over six innings but one of these left the yard for the game’s only run in the 3rd. He finished the night with six strikeouts in the 73-pitch outing for a game score of 67. Jordan Minch and Pedro Araujo both tossed a scoreless inning of relief.
Pelicans News: RH Jake Stinnett (7-3, 3.81 ERA) gets the start on Saturday night in Wilmington.
Prospect Profile: C Ian Rice
The Alabama native may have been the Cubs 29th round pick last June but you can’t dismiss the start to his career. After two years at Chipola Junior College and a year at Houston, the 22-year-old has excelled in his first full season, hitting .310/.417/.587 with 9 HR and 27 RBI in 39 games at South Bend and a Player of the Week award before a promotion to High A. He’s kept squaring up baseballs in the Carolina League, batting .288/.413/.596 with 4 HR in 14 games.
Midwest League—Low A—Bowling Green (Rays) 5, South Bend 3—10 innings
Despite having NL All-Star Dexter Fowler in the lineup, South Bend dropped the series opener to Bowling Green in extra innings.
Hitting Recap: 2B Carlos Sepulveda (.314) went 3-for-5 and knocked in all three runs, two coming in the second on a two-out, two-run single. CF Donnie Dewees extended his hit streak to 13 games with single and Eddy Martinez had three singles. Martinez (IFA15-Cuba) has an eight-game hitting streak and is batting .452/.514/.645 in July and hitting .341/.394/.473 over his last 25 games entering play on Friday night. 3B Jesse Hodges and C Tyler Alamo both had two hits.
Pitching Chart: The Hot Rods jumped all over Kyle Miller in the first with five hits and a walk, sending nine men to the plate and scoring three times. It was the first time all season Miller had allowed three earned runs in an outing. That would be it. Miller blanked the Hot Rods over the next five innings, ending the 91-pitch outing with a game score of 47. LH John Williamson fired two shutout frames with two strikeouts. RH Greyfer Eregua (2-4, 4.03 ERA) worked a scoreless 9th but the Hot Rods ripped three doubles in the 10th to score twice.
SB-Cubs News: Adbert Alzolay (5-4, 4.33 ERA) takes the mound on Saturday night at Four Winds Field.
Prospect Profile: LHP John Williamson
A two-way player at Rice University for four seasons, the Cubs used their 23rd round pick last June on the left-handed reliever. Appearing in 19 games for South Bend, the 23-year-old has 25 K in 30.2 innings with 14 BB and a 1.37 WHIP. Williamson excelled in June, posting a 1.93 ERA and has only allowed two earned runs over his last 13.1 innings, and has yet to allow an earned run in the second half. Left-handers are hitting .178 against Williamson and righties are swinging at a .282 clip.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Game 1—Eugene 5, Everett (Mariners) 0; Game 2—Eugene 11, Everett 0
Jose Paulino was nearly unhittable in the opener and Matt rose homered in both ends of the sweep.
Hitting Recap: GAME 1—1B Matt Rose (solo) and 3B Wladimir Galindo (two-run) both homered in the first inning to provide the Ems with all the offense they would need. LF Chris Pieters (.328) went 1-for-3 with a RBI as the Ems were held to five hits......GAME 2—Rose (.292) went 3-for-4 in the nightcap, blasting a three-run homer in the 4th. 1B Jose Paniagua (.310) had three hits and knocked in a pair while Pieters doubled and got credit for three RBI. SS Yeiler Peguero (.257) was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Pitching Chart: GAME 1—LH Jose Paulino (2-0, 0.41 ERA) fired six innings of one-hit ball, fanning four and issuing one free pass in the gem. Paulino recorded nine ground ball outs and finished with a game score of 76. Mark Malave retired all three hitters he faced in the 7th....GAME 2—Manuel Rondon (3-0, 1.42 ERA) kept the Aqua Sox off the board for five innings, allowing four hits and two walks. He fanned five and had a game score of 63. Enrique De Los Rio tossed two perfect frames, retiring all six hitters he faced, one on strikes.
Emeralds Notes: Eugene returns home and send Jesus Castillo (1-2, 2.40 ERA) to the mound against Hillsboro on Saturday night.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 6, A’s 3
Cubs (8-7) collected 12 hits in the win over the A’s (9-6)
Hitting Recap: 1B Gustavo Polanco (.431) went 4-for-4 and knocked in two runs while LF Ruben Reyes (.265) added two RBI with a sacrifice fly and a single. C Samuel Tidaback collected the first hits of his pro career, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored in his second pro game. RF Luis Ayala (.350) went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI.
Pitching Chart: Cubs used five pitchers in the win. Pablo Ochoa gave up two runs in his first start, working 3.2 innings. Jack Leathersich got the final out of the 4th, striking out the only hitter he faced. Tanner Griggs (1-0, 3.60 ERA) fanned the side in the 5th and got credit for the win. Eugenio Palma allowed a run in two innings and Luis Aquino got the final six out for his second save.
Dominican Summer League— Yankees 1 (12), Cubs 1 (3)
Yankees (14-15) pounded Cubs (14-16) pitching for 15 hits.
Pitching Chart: Jesus Tejada (1-1, 2.89 ERA) gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk over three innings. Luis Silva (IFA15-Venezuela) got charged with four runs in the 4th and Juan Rengifo (IFA13-Venezuela) tossed two scoreless. Fernando Calderon (IFA15-Dominican Republic) allowed three runs in the 8th, his second inning of work.
Dominican Summer League—Mariners 11, Cubs 2 (4)
Mariners (20-9) moved into first with another assault on Cubs (19-10) pitching.
Hitting Recap: CF Yovanny Cuevas (.234) smacked a two-run homer (2) and 1B Richard Nunez (.286) was 1-for-3 with a double. LF Abraham Rodriguez (.340) extended his hit streak to 12 games with a RBI (21) single.
Pitching Chart: Alfredo Colorado (2-3, 4.67 ERA) lasted four innings, surrendering five runs on seven hits and two walks. Colorado, 20, (IFA13-Venezuela) fanned four in his 6th start. Omar Ventura got rocked for five runs in two innings and Bryan Molina got charged with an unearned run over the final three innings.