JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 5-27-13

Programming Note

Due to external factors, we will no longer be doing weekend JOTs. I will recap the weekends on Monday (or Tuesday, since Monday was a holiday). I'll be taking the M-F beat, and dmick89 is now minor league wonk-emeritus. Think of me as like New Pope, and dmick as Pope Classic. I'm sure that'll help.

The Weekend That Was

Iowa was 3-0 on Saturday and Sunday. No one player stood out, though Logan Watkins did have a pair of walks and a home run.

Tennessee was 1-1. Eric Jokisch got the win, Alberto Cabrera the loss. Alcantara had a home run on Saturday.

Kane County was 2-1. Albert Almora continues to be ridiculous. 

Daytona was 1-1. Nothing of note occured.


Brian Schlitter was promoted to Iowa. He had a filthy ERA (0.83) in AA, a good FIP (2.97), and no strikeouts (13.3%). 

Marcus Hatley was also promoted to Iowa. He walked quite a few batters in AA (18.0%), but also struck out his fair share and stranded a large number of them. 

Hunter Cervenka, of the Marlon Byrd trade, will take Schlitter/Hatley's place in the bullpen of Tennessee. Cervenka has struggled with free passes his whole career.

Oklahoma City Redhawks 4 @ Iowa Cubs 3

This team is really, really depressing. Logan Watkins put the ball in play all 4 times he stepped up the plate; all 4 were outs. Brian Bogusevic had a double and two walks. Brett Jackson: Reloaded went 1-4. No other player worth mentioning did anything.

Guillermo Moscoso had his second consecutive dicey start. He allowed 4 runs (3 earned) in 5 innings of work, off of 8 baserunners. He struck out 8 (good!), but he faced 22 batters in 5 innings (bad!). Hisanori Takahashi and Brian Schlitter both pitched 2 scoreless innings.

Huntsville Stars 6 @ Tennessee Smokies 8

Matt Szczur had 2 walks and a hit. His line is .289/.354/.380 on the year. That's not going to cut it; he needs to show some more power. Ronald Torreyes had a 2 run jack in the 8th inning and another hit. He had 3 RBI. Arismendy Alcantara drew a walk and had a single. His line is up to .271/.340/.448 and he has an OPS over 1.2 in his last 10 games. He also stole his 15th base of the year. Rubi Silva had an RBI double. Ty Wright went 2-4 with a double also. Christian Villanueva had a single and a walk.

Matt Loosen has had a really bad year, stats-wise. He went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs, including 3 HR. He was still in line for the win (leaving the game up 5-4), but Hunter Cervenka gave 2 runs back in the 7th. Tony Zych pitched a scoreless 8th and 9th for his first win of the season.

Beloit Snappers 4 @ Kane County Cougars 8

The only thing that was important about this game was Albert Almora's injury. He's apparently going to be fine (he was limping at first, then was walking normally later). I'd expect he gets a day or two off. He went 0-1; that bum now carries a .519 average. Pin-Chieh Chen went 1-4 with a walk and a strikeout. Dan Vogelbach went deep and had 2 other hits; his line stands at .292/.356/.438 on the year. All 6 of this HR this year have come against righties; he has no power against left-handers. Jeimer Candelario had a double and a walk, always good to see. For some reason, his OPS in day games is .851, but in night games it's .595. Marco Hernandez and Gioskar Amaya both had a hit; Amaya also had a walk and stolen base. 

Michael Heesch had a quality start. He surrendered 3 runs over 6 innings, only walking 1. He only struck out 4, though. Steve Perakslis picked up the win in relief, going 3 innings and allowing only a single unearned run (on his own pickoff error). He allowed only 2 baserunners.

VSL Mariners 3 @ VSL Cubs 4

Brohiglyn Rivero got his ERA down to a more manageable 121.50 with his 0.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB performance. Jesus Castillo went 6 innings and allowed 1 hit and 1 walk. He struck out 6.