JOT Cubs Minor League Recap 7-27-13

Chicago Cubs 1 @ San Francisco Giants 0

The Cubs are playing well enough lately that they're suddenly in danger of losing out on a protected top 10 draft pick next year. They've got three days to trade away talent though, and I'd be shocked if the team finished the year in that mediocre 10-20 range Theo mentioned wanting to avoid at the beginning of the season.

RizzoWatch: Anthony was 0-4 last night, and it's starting to get pretty ugly. Starlin Castro was 2-4. Hooray! The Junior Lake Show was 0-3 with a walk. Nate Schierholtz was pretty much the whole offense, blasting a solo homer in a 1-4 day that won the game. All in all, the offense was tepid as hell.

Thankfully Chris Rusin decided he wanted to be awesome for a change of pace, doling out 7 shutout innings on 3 hits and 2 walks. He only struck out 3, but who cares. Pedro Strop loaded the bases with 0 outs in the eighth, then proceeded to extricate himself from the trouble without allowing a run to score. Magic. Kevin Gregg did the same with one out, and was saved by a 3-6-3 double play. Thank god for good defense.

Iowa Cubs 0 @ Oklahoma City RedHawks 5

Iowa got 4-hit last night, struck out 14 times, and nobody got past first base. Logan Watkins was 1-4. Mike Olt was 0-3 with a walk. Edwin Maysonet had the best day by going 2-4, and then proceeded to get picked off both times. Congratulations on winning the Ryan Theriot Memorial Dance Fever Award for today, Edwin Maysonet.

Barret Loux was basically a 40 degree day. 6 innings, 7 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, 4 Ks. If you missed it, he had a really nice, interesting NYT piece written about him being the player drafted after Matt HarveyWorth a read. Alberto Cabrera worked 2 innings in relief, which is a bizarre thing that's been happening since Cabrera came up to Des Moines. Cabrera had a ton of success in the Southern League this year as a starter, but he is getting just a bit old (age 24 season) and walks a few more guys than you'd like to see. They might just want to ease him into the PCL, which can be tough on pitchers. Or maybe this precedes a September bullpen callup to the majors? Just a guess. No idea what's going on.

Tennessee Smokies 6 @ Huntsville Stars 3

Has it been fully articulated how stacked this Tennessee lineup is? They've become the lineup I was expecting Kane County to be all season, just a fun player at almost every position. Javier Baez was 0-3 but took 2 walks! Fuck you Keith Law! Arismendy Alcantara was 0-4 with a walk and 3 Ks. He is ice cold of late. Justin Bour is not, however, going 1-5 with a home run for his 4th homer in as many days, and his 6th in his last ten. Nice work Justin Bour. John Andreoli also went deep in a 1-5 day.

Rubi Silva had the game of the day though, going 3-4 with a homer and a triple. Silva's having a weird season in the Southern League, posting a .285/.305/.496 line. He has just 11 walks on the year for a career high 3% rate. He's not gonna make anything of himself with that kind of aggressiveness, but it's always interesting to me when a guy can manage an .800 OPS despite barely cracking .300 in OBP.

Jonathan Mota was 2-4, and Christian Villanueva was 2-4 with a homer. Nice offensive day for the Smokies, all told.

Kyle Hendricks continued his dominating ways last night, tossing 7 innings of 6-hit, 2-run (1 earned) ball on a walk and six strikeouts. Zach Rosscup worked the 8th and allowed a hit while striking out one. Tony Zych got an out in the ninth before allowing a run on 2 walks and a hit and being replaced by Frank Batista, who got the final two without incident and closed out the game. Trade somebody so Hendricks can go to Iowa already.

Daytona Cubs 6 @ Palm Beach Cardinals 0

Taiwan Easterline was 1-4 with a double. Pin-Chieh Chen was 0-4 and the only D-Cub not to reach base. Dustin Geiger was 3-4. Bijan Rademacher was 1-4 with a SB. And Ben Carhart was 1-5 with a SB.

Eduardo Figueroa scattered 6 hits across 5 innings and kept it scoreless on 2 walks and 5 Ks. Zach Cates worked the 6th, allowing a hit and nothing else. Jeffry Antigua finished off the last three, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out 3.

Kane County Cougars 1 @ Peoria Chiefs 4

Dan Vogelbach hit his 15th homer of the season in a 1-4 day. That was the extent of the offense for KC. Rock Shoulders did go 2-3 with a double and a walk. Tayler Scott continued the season-long trend of Cougars SPs not named Johnson being terrible, allowing 4 runs in 5 innings on 9 hits, 2 BBs, and 0 Ks. Sheldon McDonald worked 3 innings and didn't allow a run, giving up a hit and a walk on 1 K.

Spokane Generals 3 @ Boise Hawks 1

Kris Bryant was 1-4. Daniel Lockhart was 3-4 with a SB. David Bote, Yasiel Balaguert, and Jose Dore were all 1-4. Nothing remotely interesting going on here.

James Pugliese is having a nice go of it in his second time through the Northwest League. Last night he worked 6 innings, allowed 5 hits and an earned run while striking out 4. He's got a 38:8 K:BB rate in 47 innings and has a 2.23 GO/AO rate. He turns 21 in two weeks. I'd give him a taste of Kane County, especially given the pitching situation there, but what do I know.

Trey Masek kept his ERA blemish free, working 2 innings and walking 2. Eddie Orozco worked the ninth and took the loss, allowing 2 runs in 2 hits, 2 walks, and a K.

AZL D-Backs 1 @ AZL Cubs 7

Brett Jackson was 1-3 with a BB and 2 Ks. Jeffrey Baez was 3-4. Greg Rohan was 2-3 with a 2B. Zak Blair was 1-3. Charcer Burks was 2-4.

On the pitching side, Anthony Prieto worked 4 innings and gave up 2 hits, 3 walks, and no runs on 3 Ks. Then it was turned over to 2013 draftees, as Tyler Ihrig worked the 5th and 6th, allowing a run on a hit and 2 Ks. Trevor Graham took the bump for the next two, gave up 2 hits, a walk, and struckout 4 with no runs allowed. Josh Davis worked the last, and allowed a hit and no runs, striking out 1.

DSL Rojos 0 @ DSL Cubs 16

VSL Cubs 12 @ VSL Rays 4