JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 7-16-13

Very few teams played, as this is the ASB for AA and AAA. 

Boise Hawks 3 @ Hillsboro Hops 0

The Hawks didn't have a lot of offense here, but they didn't need it. Daniel Lockhart, Jacob Rogersand Lance Rymel each had a pair of singles; Rymel added a walk. The only XBH was a double by light-hitting Carlos Penalver. Yasiel Balaguert, probably the biggest prospect of the positional players here, was 0-2 and was subbed out of this game. He was a $400k bonus baby back in 2011. Here's what Ben Badler had to say about him then:

Balaguert, who turns 19 on Jan. 9, has modest tools, a strong, thick-bodied frame (6 feet, 190 pounds) that he will have to keep in check and shows occasional average power with a quick bat and good extension. Several scouts have said he'll have to continue to make adjustments to get to his power in games because of a long, uppercut swing from the right side and an aggressive, pull-oriented approach that leaves him susceptible to secondary stuff.

Since his transition to the Cubs, he's grown to 6'2", 215 lbs. I haven't had a chance to see him at all.

James Pugliese took the start and was very dominant. He allowed 2 hits, walked none, and fanned 6 in his half-dozen innings of work. Trey Masek picked up the win with a pair of scoreless, hitless innings, though he did walk two (in addition to punching 3 out). Matt Iannazzo picked up his 4th save with a scoreless, 3 K 9th inning.

Trey Masek is continuously profiled as a fast-riser who is probably slotted for the back end of a bullpen. First, let's get this out of the way:

Ladies of OV (do any exist?); if you want to get with Trey, you've got to keep it smooth. 

Masek is a bit on the small side (generously listed at 6'1", 185 lbs), and he did have some tendinitis in his arm last year (which caused him to fall to the 5th). He also has a VERY funky delivery. He doesn't have an overpowering fastball, either. What he does have is a pair of secondary offerings (a curveball and a changeup), which make me think I'd rather see this org give him every chance to slot into the middle of the rotation. This is a guy with 2nd-round talent that happened to fall to us at round 5. I think we'd be doing ourselves a disservice if we didn't at least try; it's not like adding 2 mph to a 90mph fastball is going to make him a dominant closer or something anyway.

DSL Cubs 3 @ DSLPirates 2 
DSL Pirates2 6 @ DSL Cubs 7
VSL Mariners 0 @ VSL Cubs 2

 

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