JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 5-8-13

This will be brief.

Iowa Cubs 8 @ Colorado Springs Sky Sox 6

Barret Loux had a typical Barret Loux start. He threw 4 innings, allowed 8 hits and 4 runs while walking 3 and striking out 4. Esmailin Caridad picked up the win and threw 2 hitless innings. He allowed a walk and struck a batter out. Hisanori Takahashi gave up 3 hits and 2 runs 1.2 innings. Blake Parker walked and struck a batter out in 1.1 innings.

The I-Cubs had 8 runs on 16 hits and 6 walks. This isn’t a very fun team to follow, as you all know. I think I say it every day, but it’s really that bad. Alberto Gonzalez was 4-5 with a double and a walk. Brad Nelson was 3-5 with 2 doubles and JC Boscan was 3-4 with a walk. Josh Vitters was 1-5 with a strikeout.

Birmingham Barons 12 @ Tennessee Smokies 11 (14 innings)

Dallas Beeler had a typical Barret Loux start. He threw 4.2 innings, allowed 4 hits and 3 walks. All 7 scored. He struckout 4 and thanks to a shitload of Smokies errors, only 4 runs were earned.

Kyuji Fujikawa threw 2 innings, allowed a hit and nothing else. Zach Rosscup continues to impress. He threw 3 innings, allowed 2 hits and no runs. He didn’t walk anybody and struckout 3.

Matt Szczur was 2-7 and Ronald Torreyes was 1-6. Arismendy Alcantara had a good game, going 2-5 with a double and 2 walks. Rubi Silva was 2-7 with a home run and 2 strikeouts.

Rafael Lopez was 3-5 with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.

Christian Villanueva had 2 errors and Lopez and Elliot Soto each had 1.

Daytona Cubs 5 @ St. Lucie Mets 6 (10 innings)

Austin Kirk had a typical Barrett Loux day. He threw 5 innings, allowed 9 hits and a walk. He gave up 5 runs and struckout 3. He also surrendered 3 home runs. Eduardo Figueroa struckout 3 in 2 innings. Luis Liria pitched 2.2innings and gave up a hit and a walk and a run. He struckout 3.

I’ve been on Javier Baez watch for awhile now. He was 1-5 last night with 3 more strikeouts. He had briefly cut his strikeout rate down to just under 28% and after the last handful of games, it’s back up to 30.2%. He has struckout 42 times in 139 plate appearances. He’s walked just 5 times.

Baez has a lot of power, which he’s shown this season even while he’s been, let’s just say not at his best. Due to the power, his wRC+ is still about league average, but his OBP is under .275.

Good power or not, Baez has to make some changes at the plate. He’s striking out way too much and not walking nearly enough. He’s only in High A and he has 2 minor league levels above him that are more difficult. Not to mention MLB. He’s young, but that doesn’t make up the difference. He’s striking out more than Brett Jackson was in the minor leagues prior to 2012. That’s not good, especially when his walk rate is less than half of what Jackson’s was.

He now has 220+ plate appearances at High A. His ISO is plenty good (.225ish), but that’s about it. His defense has been quite bad (13 errors in 31 games), his walk rate and strikeout rate have been horrible (has been his entire career)

Jorge Soler was 3-4 with 2 doubles and a home run. He also walked once. Tim Saunders was 2-5. He really needed that. His batting average has dropped to .185. Zeke DeVoss was 0-3 with a walk and his average is now down to .208.

Kane County Cougars 0 @ Burlington Bees 4

Pierce Johnson also had a typical Barrett Loux start. He pitched just 4 innings. He gave up 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. He struckout 5. Justin Amlung pitched 2 innings and walked a batter. He also struckout 2. Matt Iannazzo pitched the final 2 and allowed a hit and one walk.

The Cougars had 0 runs, 5 hits and 2walks. Dan Vogelbach was 1-4 with a double. Rock Shoulders was also 1-4. He struckout 3 times. Jeimer Candelario and Gioskar Amaya continue to struggle. They were each 0-4. Bijan Rademacher was 2-2 with a walk.