JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 6-11-13

Iowa Cubs 7 @ Oklahoma City RedHawks 6

Logan Watkins had a double and a single, with 2 RBI. Dave Sappelt had a walk and a single and a single RBI. Brad Nelson went 2-4 with 2 HR. I can't imagine anyone in the organization having a better day than that. Junior Lake heard us arguing and wanted to let us know that he still loves us. He didn't have an error and did have a strikeout. He also had a double. Ian Stewart had a walk and a double and is now hitting a robust .164 on the year. He played first base. Darnell McDonald had a double and an RBI. Luis Flores is only hitting .174 on the season but did draw 2 walks. By the way, none of this counts, because Phil Humber was the pitcher on the other side. 

Yoanner Negrin had another poor start. He allowed 5 runs in 5 innings off the strength of 2 home runs allowed, 2 walks, and 10 hits. He did strike out 8 so it's not all bad. Casey Coleman did 3 innings of great work, allowing no runs. Brian Schlitter picked up the save by allowing a single run in the ninth.

Tennessee Smokies 3 @ Mobile BayBears 4 

Matt Szczur was 0-4 today. It happens. Arismendy Alcantara went 2-4 and was caught stealing. Rubi Silva had a walk but no hits. Christian Villanueva continues to go on the warpath, going 2-4 with a run and a caught stealing. His OPS in April/May/June: .588/.857/.890. Rafael Lopez was 2-4 with 2 doubles. Hooray!

A.J. Morris had a great little game. He pitched 5.1 innings and allowed 2 hits and no walks. He struck out 4 and allowed a single run. He only had 71 pitches, too. Zach Rosscup had a rare poor outing, allowing a pair of runs on a two-run blast. Trey McNutt had 1.2 scoreless innings, and Kevin Rhoderick wrapped it up with 0.2 innings of one-run ball.

Cincinnati Reds 6 @ Chicago Cubs 2

David DeJesus did not have a great game. He struck out twice and did not reach base. Anthony Rizzo continues to struggle but did have a walk. Alfonso Soriano struck out 3 times with a single. Nate Schierholtz had 2 hits and continues to build some trade value. Starlin Castro had a ninth-inning double. He really needs to start coming around.

Scott Feldman had a poor outing, but still has a 3.22 ERA. 

Fort Myers Miracle 6 @ Javier Baez 7

Javier Baez, come on down! He had 4 home runs for 7 RBI, and missed the homer cycle by a grand slam. He now has a line of .291/.339/.570, compared to Jorge Soler's (1-4) .278/.344/.470. Soler is ice cold lately, but let's give Baez his credit. It wasn't a perfect game (his 26th error)… but it was damn close. He's still the owner of an 11/60 BB/SO ratio, but I'd wager that his walks are going to start going up as A+ starts to realize that he can demolish anything you throw at him. He homered off of 3 different pitches, according to sitrick. His OPS in June is 1.725. His OPS is better with Runners On (.946) than when Bases are Empty (.875), and better still with RISP (.968). I don't even want to write about anyone else on this offense. Go Javier Baez.

Zach Cates got the win, thanks to Javier Baez. He went 6 innings and allowed 4 runs (3 earned, Cabezas' first error of the year caused the other run), and Luis Liria had another poor outing. His ERA sits at 7.03. Larry Suarez and Frank Del Valle each were scoreless. 

Kane County Cougars 2 @ Cedar Rapids Kernels 6

Gioskar Amaya had 3 walks, so that's great. He was also caught stealing and picked off, so that's not great. Albert Almora doesn't even seem to be trying anymore, with a lowly 1-4, 2B performance. Dan Vogelbach had an RBI, a walk, and a SO. Rock Shoulders went 2-4 with a double, and Oliver Zapata had 2 hits. 

Pierce Johnson had an atypically poor night, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits in 2 walks over 4.2 innings. He did face Byron Buxton who roughed him up good. Lendy Castillo closed it out with 3.1 innings of 1-run ball. His ERA is almost under 7 now!

DSL Cubs 4 @ DSL Braves 6

Enderson Mercedes was more like a Reliant Robin in this game. He faced 2 batters and walked them both. 

VSL Cubs 4 @ VSL Tigers 5

Both Ricardo Marcano and Delbis Arcila went 3-3 with a walk in this game. Marcano had 1 double and Arcila had 3.