Cubs’ Minor League Daily: Bour In Home Run Derby

You can’t have an All-Star Game without a Home Run Derby, and you can’t have a Home Run Derby without a left handed slugging first baseman. With the 2012 Southern League All-Star Game taking place in the home stadium for the Tennessee Smokies, Cubs’ prospect and left handed first baseman Justin Bour will not only be fighting for bragging rights, he’ll be attempting to defend his home turf.

Bour had already mashed six home runs at the end of May. Unfortunately, he still has six home runs. His June averages are higher than what we saw last month, but so far that has not translated into a June long ball. It seems, however, that he has been seeing the ball fairly well lately; hopefully that will give him a bit of an edge. The Derby begins at 6 PM ET this evening in Tennessee, and the All-Star Game will follow shortly thereafter.

The Midwest League All-Star game is also tonight. That event gets underway at 6 PM CDT.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Iowa had a much needed day of rest yesterday. They resume play this evening at Round Rock.
Tennessee – Tennessee enjoyed a day off on Monday, but they will be hosting the Southern League All-Star Game on Tuesday evening.
Daytona – A rough first inning led to a 6-3 Cubs’ loss at home.
Peoria – Thanks to the Midwest League All-Star break, the Peoria Chiefs are off until Friday, June 22.
Boise – Once again, the Hawks had to go extra innings, but they walked away with their first win of the season by a final of 6-4 in eleven innings.

Performances of the Day

  • [Daytona] The Daytona bullpen turned in yet another splendid game. Robert Whitenack left after three innings, but Eduardo Figueroa, Ryan Searle, and A.J. Morris combined to pitched to pitch five consecutive hit-less frames.
  • [Daytona] The Cubs were once again active on the base paths. John Andreoli stole two bases (he also had two hits) and is now up to 21 steals for the season. Arismendy Alcantara stole his 19th bag of the year.
  • [Boise] Ian Dickson allowed three runs and struck out two over four and a third in his first start of the year.
  • [Boise] Rafael Diplan picked up the win by tossing three and a third hit-less innings of relief. He struck out four.
  • [Boise] The Hawks’ only extra base hit was a solo home run (his first) by left fielder Dong-Yub Kim.
  • [Boise] Also doing well at the plate were third baseman Jeimer Candelario (2 for 5) and catcher Justin Marra (3 for 5). This was Marra’s first game of the season.

Other Minor League Notes

  • Taylor Davis, a catcher drafted by the Cubs in 2011, has already advanced to Daytona in his first full season as a professional. Compared the .902 OPS Davis put up in Peoria, his performance in Daytona has been lacking in the power department. He did have a double in this game, but that was only his third double in 16 games with the High-A club.
  • The Cubs have already had some success in converting Kyler Burke from an outfielder into a pitcher, and the next prospect to make that transition looks to be Matthew Spencer. As an outfielder Spencer posted an OPS of .788 in Tennessee last season, and also made a brief appearance in Iowa. As a pitcher, the 6’4″ lefty has tossed just over two innings so far for the Hawks and has allowed only one hit. He also has four walks and four strikeouts.
  • Shawon Dunston Jr. will forever be thought of alongside his father, one of the more beloved Cubs’ of recent decades. Dunston Sr. was famous for his arm and for his rocket like throws from deep in the hole at short. Dunston Jr. has a pretty good arm of his own, as he demonstrated by earning a rare outfield assist at first base in Monday’s game.
  • [Boise] Rock Shoulders walked three times in this game. Is this a case of a good batting eye, or of opposing pitchers already fearing the Rock? Given that his batting average is just .200 on the young season, I’m leaning towards a good eye. On the other hand, he also has eight strikeouts in just four games.

Farm System Standings

AAAIowa Cubs : 30 – 41.
Pacific Coast League American Northern Division – Second Place: 14.0 Games Behind.

AATennessee Smokies : 35-35
Southern League North Division – Second Place (tie): 7.0 Game Behind.

High ADaytona Cubs : 29 -37
Florida State League North Division – Fourth Place : 13.0 Games Behind

Low APeoria Chiefs : 35 – 34
Midwest League Eastern Division – Third Place (tie) : 9.0 Games Behind

Short-Season ABoise Hawks : 1 – 3
Northwest League East Division – First Place (tie) : 0.0 Games Ahead

Luke Blaize is the Minor League Editor at Bleacher Nation. He can be found on Twitter as ltblaize.

16 responses to “Cubs’ Minor League Daily: Bour In Home Run Derby”

  1. Edwin

    How did Whitenack do?

    1. Brett

      Not well – four earned, and lots of base runners.

  2. farmerjon

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    1. Brett

      You’ll have to refresh my memory as to the issue. Did you register for a Message Board account (specifically at the Message Board)? If so, did you get an email in which there are instructions for completing your registration? If not, what name did you register with?

      1. farmerjon

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        1. Brett

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  3. ColoCubFan

    Is Rock Shoulders on the All-Star Name Team?

  4. WGNstatic

    “Dunston Jr. has a pretty good arm of his own, as he demonstrated by earning a rare outfield assist at first base in Monday’s game.”

    I seem to remember Andre Dawson being something of a mentor to Shawon Sr…. I guess some lessons were passed on to Jr.

    1. DocPeterWimsey

      ah, yes, I  remember that game: Dawson hit for the cycle and threw out a man at first from right!  I think it was the pitcher, but, hey, why ruin a good story with perspective?

      Oops.

      1. WGNstatic

        Yup.
        http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/CHN/CHN198704290.shtml

        quite a performance by the Hawk that day.

  5. Carew

    Oh man I wish I could go watch Rock Shoulders play

  6. Dougy D

    Does Alcantara really have 24 errors, or is that a typo? If so that is insane.

    1. Brett

      … not a typo …

      1. Dougy D

        Wow! If i am reading correctly, he has 122 errors in less than 4 seasons of work! I would hope that there would be remarkable improvement before he would be allowed to advance to a next level. I am thinking maybe fielding practice during everyone else’s BP, plus a lot more work than that on an everyday basis.