Cubs sign 24 players
Cubs inked deals with 24 of their 38 draft picks, including 17 of the top 19 picks. Here’s the rundown of those signing and those heading to college. They signed 15 pitchers, 2 catchers, four infielders and three outfielders. Only one high school player signed. Here’s the recap:
RHP Thomas Hatch (3rd-Oklahoma State—573,900), RHP Tyson Miller (4th-California Baptist—$500,000), RHP Bailey Clark (5th-Duke—$450,000), RHP Chad Hockin (6th-Cal-State Fullerton—$241,000), C Michael Cruz (7th-Bethune-Cookman—$75,000), RHP Stephen Ridings (8th-Haverford College—$120,000), RHP Duncan Robinson (9th-Dartmouth—$30,000), RHP Dakota Mekkes (10th-Michigan State—$275,000), RHP Michael Rucker (11th-BYU—$180,000), LHP Wyatt Short (13th-Mississippi), RHP Jed Carter (15th-Auburn-Montgomery), RHP Holden Cammack (16th-Oral Roberts), 2B Zack Short (17th-Sacred Heart), LHP Marc Huberman (18th-USC), RHP Matt Swarmer (19th-Kutztown University), LHP Colton Freeman (20th-Alabama), C Samuel Tidaback (21st-North Georgia), SS Delvin Zinn (23rd- Itawamba CC), 2B Trent Giambrone (Delta State), OF Connor Myers (27th-Old Dominion), RHP Tyler Peyton (29th-Iowa), OF Zach Davis (32nd-Texas Tech), RHP Nathan Sweeney (33rd-Cherry Creek HS, CO), and OF Tolly Filotei (38th-Faulkner State CC).
The top pick not to sign was RHP Trey Cobb (11th round), who will return to Oklahoma State for his senior season. RHP Parker Dunshee (14th) will return to Wake Forest for his senior year while 1B Reynaldo Rivera (24th) of Chipola College, RHP Austin Jones (26th) of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Montana Parsons of San Jacinto College North (Baylor) and RHP Rian Bassett of Clark CC will stay in school.
High school players heading to college instead of turning pro were LHP Dante Biasi, 22nd round, Penn State; RHP Brendan Heiss, 31st, Arkansas; RHP Davis Daniel 34th, Auburn; 3B Ryan Kreider 35th;, UCLA; SS Jake Slaughter 36th, LSU; RHP Davis Moore, 37th, Fresno State; LHP Anthony Block, 39th, Washington State; Deaundre Roberts, 40th, South Florida.
Pacific Coast League—AAA—Las Vegas (Mets) 11, Iowa 5
Cubs held a 5-2 lead after four but the 51s plated nine straight runs.
Hitting Recap: Iowa grabbed a 3-0 lead in the second on a two-run double from SS Munenori Kawasaki (.274) and a run-scoring single off the bat of P Pierce Johnson (.111). Iowa made it 5-2 in the 4th on a two-run single from RF John Andreoli (.239). 2B Logan Watkins (.284) went 2-for-4 with two runs and Kawasaki was on base three times with two hits and a walk.
Pitching Chart: Pierce Johnson (1-5, 7.85 ERA) blanked Las Vegas over the first three innings but gave up six runs over the next two and never made it out of the 5th, finishing with a line of 4.1 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 5 K. Gerardo Concepcion allowed a run over 1.1 innings and Joe Nathan faced two hitters, getting a ground out and issuing a walk in his Cubs AAA debut. LH Giovanni Soto got charged with a run in the 7th and C.J. Riefenhauser surrendered three runs in the 8th. Armando Rivero fanned two in a scoreless ninth.
I-Cubs Notes: Iowa has not named a starter for Sunday‘s game at Principal Park.
Southern League—AA—Montgomery (Rays) 5, Tennessee 4
Montgomery scored a run in the 9th to force extra innings and smacked a walk-off homer for the win in the 10th.
Hitting Recap: Smokies took a 4-3 lead in the 8th on a two-run homer (4) from C Victor Caratini (.288). LF Bijan Rademacher went 3-for-4 and knocked in a run in the 8th. Caratini finished with two hits and SS Daniel Lockhart added a RBI on a sac fly. 2B Ian Happ (.329) was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and is 4-for-his-last-29.
Pitching Chart: Jen-Ho Tseng is putting together a solid season in AA as the right-hander worked six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks. The 21-year-old fanned four and threw 89 pitches, 50 for strikes. Nick Sarianides allowed a run in the 7th and David Berg worked a scoreless 8th but allowed the tying run in the 9th. Stephen Perakslis (0-3, 4.45 ERA) got the first two outs of the 10th before surrendering the game-winning homer.
Smokies News: No starter has been named for Sunday night in Montgomery.
Carolina League—High A—Myrtle Beach 12, Winston-Salem (White Sox) 10—12 innings
A wild one in Winston-Salem. After Myrtle Beach scored five runs in the top of the 8th to take a 10-7 lead, the Dash scored three times in the bottom of the 9th to force extra innings. Pelicans scored twice in the 12th to take the series opener.
Hitting Recap: RBI singles by Ian Rice and Jason Vosler in the 12th gave the Pelicans the win. SS Gleyber Torres (.269) was on base five times with two doubles and three walks, plating four runs while scoring once. CF Rashad Crawford crossed home five times with three hits and a walk while LF Charcer Burks went 2-for-5 with two runs. C Tyler Pearson was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
Pitching Chart: Another tough start for Jake Stinnett—his third straight of allowing at least six runs. Stinnett threw 80 pitches and finished with a line of 5.1 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. James Pugliese stranded an inherited runner and tossed 2.2 scoreless frames. Daury Torrez gave up five hits and three runs to tie the game and had the bases loaded with no out in the bottom of the 9th but struckout the side to force extras. Daniel Lewis (.1-0, 8.64 ERA) got the win, throwing the final three shutout innings with four strikeouts.
Pelicans News: Zach Hedges (7-7, 2.78 ERA) gets the start on Sunday at Winston-Salem.
Midwest League—Low A—South Bend 5, Kane County (D-Backs) 2
An early lead and 10 hits gave South Bend (15-8, 56-36) the win over Kane County (8-15, 41-52).
Hitting Recap: CF Donnie Dewees (.275) had two hits including a two-run triple and scored once to lead the 10-hit attack. Leadoff man SS Andruw Monasterio (.229) singled twice and scored two runs while 1B Tyler Alamo (.260) went 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI. DH Bryant Flete (.219) and 2B Josh Silver (.228) added RBI.
Pitching Chart: Before Friday night’s game in Clinton, Adbert Alzolay (6-4, 4.41 ERA) spent time working with pitching coach David Rosario on his delivery. That lesson paid dividends. After allowing 24 hits and 11 runs over his last three starts (17 IP), the Venezuelan right-hander held Kane County to two runs over six innings. Alzolay gave up seven hits, walked one and fanned two in the efficient 68-pitch outing. RH Tommy Nance recorded his first pro save, closing out the Cougars on one hit in three scoreless. The hard-throwing right-hander fanned three and got five ground ball outs.
SB-Cubs News: Carson Sands (7-2, 4.29 ERA) gets the ball on Sunday afternoon.
Northwest League—Short-Season—Eugene 4, Tri-City (Padres) 3
Eugene got outhit 11-3 but tallied four runs in the 7th for the win.
Hitting Recap: Ems scored all their runs and collected all three hits in the 7th. 1B Matt Rose (.241) and 3B Wladimir Galindo (.225) led off the inning with walks and a bunt single from Kevonte Mitchell loaded the bases. 2B Trent Giambrone (.240) rolled a grounder through the left side for a to cut the lead to 2-1 and with two outs, CF Darryl Wilson (.167) cleared the bases with a three-run double. Eugene was being no-hit until the 7th with a walk and a hit-by-pitch as their only base runners.
Pitching Chart: Jesus Castillo only lasted four innings, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks to go along with two strikeouts. It was his shortest outing in five starts. Enrique De Los Rio got the win in relief, yielding an unearned run over 2.1 innings. M.T. Minacci held the Dust Devils scoreless for 1.1 innings and Jared Cheek got the final four outs for his sixth save,
Emeralds Notes: Eugene sends Pedro Silverio (1-1, 6.23 ERA) to the mound on Sunday night.
Arizona Rookie League—Cubs 9, D-Backs 3
Cubs scored nine times in the 3rd and beat the D-Backs.
Hitting Recap: The first 10 hitters of the third inning all reached—six singles, a double, a triple and two walks. CF Luis Ayala (.333) had the big hit, a two-run triple, and added a RBI single before the inning was done. LF Yohan Matos (.278) plated run in both his plate appearances (double, sac fly) while C Michael Cruz (.214), DH Jhonny Pereda (.233), SS Isaac Paredes (.271) and RF Ruben Reyes (.255) plated runs.
Pitching Chart: Pablo Ochoa, 18, got the start and earned his first win, giving up an unearned run on six hits and two walks over five innings. Ochoa (IFA14-DR) fanned four and had a game score of 55. LH Jack Leathersich continues to log innings in his comeback from Tommy John, striking out the side in the 6th. RH Duncan Robinson (9th round-Dartmouth) made his pro debut and allowed two hits with a strikeout in a scoreless 7th. RH Matt Swarmer (19th round-Kutztown) saw his first pro action in the 8th and allowed a run on a hit and a walk. Andin Diaz got charged with an unearned run in the 9th.
Dominican Summer League
Three Cubs have been named to the 2016 DSL All-Star team and will suit up for the National League team on Sunday at the Mariners facility. LHP Brailyn Marquez (Cubs1), SS Fidel Mejia (Cubs2), and OF Abraham Rodriguez (Cubs2) will represent the Cubs in Sunday’s tilt against American League.
Signed last summer out of the Dominican Republic for a reported $600,000, Marquez is 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA in six starts (26 IP, 13 BB, 22 K, 1.27 WHIP). The 17-year-old’s best outing was against the Indians when he tossed five shutout innings of one-hit ball and fanned six.
After hitting .275/.360/.331 in his first pro season in the DSL, 17-year-old Fidel Mejia is off to a fine start, batting .358/.400/.431 with nine doubles, 15 RBI and seven steals. The Cubs added the Dominican Republic shortstop to the organization in 2014 for the maximum amount they could sign a player—$250,000.
The “other guy” the Cubs signed from Panama last summer is off to a impressive start to his pro career. Abraham Rodriguez is batting .325/.349/.462 and leads the team with 25 RiB and 54 total bases in 31 games. The 17-year-old had an 11-game hit streak early in the season and followed that up with a 14-game streak. The Cub signed Rodriguez for a reported $250,000.
Former Cubs prospect Wander Cabrera, who was traded to Rockies during the off season for relief pitcher Rex Brothers, who was released by the Cubs in sprig training. The 18-year-old Cabrera (IFA15-DR) is 3-0 with a 2.51 ERA in seven starts, logging 28.2 innings with 11 BB and 30 K. made seven
Last year, Cubs shortstop prospect Yeiler Peguero, now with Eugene, was named the game’s MVP.