JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 8-26-13

Omaha Strom Chasers 1 @ Iowa Cubs 2

Mike Olt went 0-1 with 3 walks. That's an interesting line. He's still been hot garbage for the Cubs since the trade (.155/.244/.282, .245 wOBA, 37 wRC+), but over the last 10, he's .259/.429/.407. That's workable. I'm still much less confident in his abilities than I was before this season, but he's still got a chance to be something. 

Ty Wright went 3-4 with 2 doubles.

Yoanner Negrin pitched a 6-hit complete game, allowing a single earned run. He also struck out 6. I still really like this guy, but I might be the only one. Sure, a 4.06 ERA as a 29-year old in the PCL doesn't SOUND all that exciting, but I like his pitch repertoire – he basically throws 37 pitches. It'll be fun for Brooks Baseball to monitor him if he makes it to the bigs. He's been really unlucky this year, too. 67.8% LOB is pretty atypical, and it's reflected in his huge difference between ERA and FIP (4.06 to 2.67). He also strikes out 24.7% of batters (so, essentially the Javier Baez rate) and walks only 6.4%. 

Mobile BayBears 0 @ Tennessee Smokies 6

Another day, another Javier Baez home run. He went 2-3 with a home run and 4 RBI no walks, either. John Andreoli walked twice and had a single as well. Christian Villanueva and Jonathan Mota both doubled. Rubi Silva had a pretty bad day; 0-4 with 3 strikeouts. 

Matt Loosen had a great, great game. 7 innings, 3 hits, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts, no runs. Armando Rivero was awesome, as was Frank Batista.

Kane County Cougars 2 @ Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4

7 hits, all from 3 people. 3 from Willson Contreras (quietly having a nice week), 2 each from Marco Hernandez and Oliver Zapata. The Cubs are going to have an interesting dilemma with both of these players, who they'd definitely like to keep (Hernandez more than Zapata), but who both will be subject to the Rule 5 draft this offseason. They don't seem like players that could stick for a whole year, but did Marwin Gonzalez seem like one either? They'll probably be unprotected, and they probably won't be drafted, but it remains something to watch. 

I just can't get excited about the KC pitching staff. James Pugliese had the bare minimum QS, Andrwe McKirahan pitched a scoreless 7th and Brian Smith surrendered a run in his inning. 

Boise Hawks 4 @ Hillsboro Hops 3

Pretty efficient: 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks. Carlos Penalver had the best day by far, walking and singling twice. He also stole a base. 

Jose Rosario went 3 innings and allowed the same amount of runs. Jasvir Rakkar was awesome, striking out 6 in 3 innings. He allowed 2 hits, no walks, and no runs. Loiger Padron went 2 scoreless innings, and Eddie Orozco struck out 3 in the ninth.