Javier Baez left Monday’s game for Peoria after making a play in the bottom of the second inning. According to the Peoria Journal Star, it is a finger injury that occurred while making a barehanded play on a ball to short. He is listed as day to day.

We should hear more about the injury later today, and until then I would not worry too much. A finger injury on a barehanded play suggests either a jammed or dislocated finger, and neither of those are too serious. Still, with Baez being arguably the best prospect in the farm system now that Rizzo is in Chicago, the Cubs will no doubt play things cautiously. The minor league disabled list is only seven games; don’t be surprised if he is placed on it out of an abundance of caution.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Led by the pitching, the Iowa Cubs won 2-1.
Tennessee – It was a miserable day for the Smokies. They lost the resumed suspended game 11-3, and then lost the second game 10-3.
Daytona – On the other hand, it was a great day for Daytona. They took Game One of their double header 7-3 in seven innings, and followed that up with a 4-3 win in twelve.
Peoria – This one came down to the wire, but the Chiefs won it 2-1.
Boise – Boise was just 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position, and it led to a 4-1 defeat.
Arizona – The Arizona Cubs overcame three errors to win 6-4.

Performances of the Day

  • [Iowa] Brooks Raley gave up five hits and one run over seven innings while striking out five. If the Cubs starting dealing pitchers, Raley could be an option to finish out the season in Chicago.
  • [Iowa] Josh Vitters accounted drove in both of the Cubs’ runs in this game. One of those came on a solo home run, his 12th of the season.
  • [Tennessee] Not a lot of highlights for the Smokies on Monday. Nelson Perez had a triple and a few players, including Junior Lake and Justin Bour, picked up a double, but that was about it.
  • [Daytona] Matt Loosen pitched yet another good game. This time he went six innings and gave up three runs on two home runs and two walks while striking out seven. His High-A ERA is now an even 3.00.
  • [Daytona] The heroes of Game Two were the bullpen, and especially Tony Zych and Scott Weismann. The two relievers combined to strike out seven over five no-hit innings.
  • [Daytona] Matthew Szczur finished the day 3 for 8 with a double, two walks, and two stolen bases. He now has 22 steals this season.
  • [Daytona] John Andreoli also had two stolen bases giving him 24 for the season.
  • [Daytona] Arismendy Alcantara did not steal a base in this game, but he did have a nice, slow trot. The young shortstop added to his breakout year with his fourth home run.
  • [Peoria] Zach Cates, who struggled earlier in the season with Daytona, pitched better in this game. He lasted four and two thirds innings and allowed just one run on five hits.
  • [Peoria] Zach Rosscup, the other pitcher who came to the Cubs in the Garza trade, made his first appearance for Peoria as he recovers from an arm injury. He struck out two in two and a third scoreless innings.
  • [Boise] Jose Arias pitched five innings in which he allowed a run on three hits and struck out three.
  • [Boise] Gioskar Amaya just keeps rolling along. He had two more hits in this game, including a double, and now has a season OPS of 1.097 (1.138 if we count his one at bat in Iowa).
  • [Arizona] Shane Lindsay pitched two and two thirds innings of relief in which he gave up a single hit and struck out four. Eduardo Orozco picked up the win with one inning pitched and two strikeouts to set up Jin-Young Kim, who struck out one on his way to a perfect two inning save.
  • [Arizona] Trey Martin was 2 for 4 with two doubles. Timothy Saunders was also 2 for 4, but that actually lowered his season average to .526.

Other Minor League Notes

  • It might be time to consider calling Jay Jackson to Chicago. In Monday’s game he pitched the eighth inning and struck out the side. We’ve talked before about his ridiculous splits as a starter (9.23 ERA) versus as a reliever (1.61 ERA) before, but the difference goes beyond just ERA. As a reliever Jackson has struck out 27 in just over 22 innings. Those are the kind of number we like to see out of a late inning reliever; that makes it easier to imagine Jackson having a future in that capacity with the Cubs.
  • Third baseman Dustin Geiger got off to a late start this season due to an injury, but all the twenty year old has done since arriving in Peoria is hit. He is currently riding a ten game hitting streak during which he has a line of .405/.435/.667 with three home runs.
  • There was plenty of concern in some quarters while extended spring training was underway because Daniel Vogelbach was not showing as much power as had been expected. Since his season actually began, however, Vogelbach has become another lesson in the very limited utility of spring training statistics. So far this summer Vogelbach has 5 hits in 14 at bats, and 4 of those hits are doubles. He has no walks yet, but he has struck out only once. That’s good for an early line of .357/.357/.643. Three games and fourteen at bats are not enough to tell us much about this guy, but it does not give us any reason to worry, either.

Farm System Standings

AAAIowa Cubs : 33 – 45.
Pacific Coast League American Northern Division – Second Place: 14.5 Games Behind.

AATennessee Smokies : 2-3
Southern League North Division – Second Place : 1.0 Game Behind

High ADaytona Cubs : 4-1
Florida State League North Division – Second Place (tie) : 0.5 Games Behind

Low APeoria Chiefs : 2-2
Midwest League Eastern Division – Third Place : 2.0 Games Behind

Short-Season ABoise Hawks : 4 – 7
Northwest League East Division – Second Place : 2.0 Games Behind

Rookie LeagueAZL Cubs : 4 – 1
Arizona Rookie League East – Second Place : 1.0 Game Behind

  • Cubbie Blues


    Finger Suicide

    • Fishin Phil

      OK, that one actually did make me laugh out loud.

    • Jack Weiland


  • ngl89

    Who would be the first to get a shot, raley or rusin? I agree with Jackson, I’d rather give these guys a change than just a cup of coffee in September.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Rusin is more advanced and would likely be the first up, but I think Raley may be a little better in the raw stuff department.  They both profile as potential 4/5 starters in the majors.

      And Volstad would likely be back up before either of them.

    • ETS

      They’ll get their chance if as many people get traded as are rumored.

  • Cubs Dude

    It’s great to see Vitters playing well. Thanks for the info Luke.

  • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com Norm

    I’m at the point where I’d have to think about moving Vitters ahead of Brett Jackson on prospect lists.
    Not because Vitters shoots up rankings, but because Jackson falls off a cliff.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      I’d have no problem with that.  I think Vitters has always had the higher ceiling between the two anyway. Besides that, he’s younger.  Now that Vitters is finally starting to produce close to the level he was expected to all along, I’d not be surprised to see him jump back into some league Top 100 lists.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Let’s always keep in mind, though: Jackson plays a premium defensive position well. Vitters plays a non-premium defensive position poorly. That matters quite a bit.

        • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com Norm

          Oh I know….that’s how bad I think Jackson’s bat is going to be.

          • Webb

            Both he and Szczur sound like 4th outfielders to me at this point.

    • Kyle

      I’m not there yet, but I inch closer every day. I think Vitters is the better player right now, and younger to boot, but I still want to give just a tiny edge to Jackson’s better ceiling over Vitters’ better floor.

      But if Jackson doesn’t improve his K rate by the end of the season, I’ll have to go ahead and agree. And the fact that it’s even a defensible position is amazing, considering that six months ago it would have been crazybuckets.

  • Andy

    According to the Peoria Chiefs twitter account, Baez checked out OK and will be day-to-day.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett


  • Idaho Razorback

    Notes from last nites Boise game that I attended: They played at Spokane whice is the Texas Rangers affiliate. Spokane has a very nice stadium. Built in 1958 and the former home for the AAA Dodgers. Small, as it only seats around 5k, last nites attendance was 3,295. No way! Less than half the stadium was filled. My guess was 1,500 at best. 76 degrees was the game time temperature. This was wierd for me. I work graveyard for a local supermarket chain. I’m not used to the heat or sunlight so naturally I was miserable and had a major headache. On with the notes. Boise’s team was filled with very small players except for Rock Shoulders who was of medium build. A quick team, as they were very agressive on the bases, but it seemed like they could have bunted more as Spokane’s 3B and SS were playing deep the whole game. Gioskar Amaya has a future. Scrappy, does what he needs to do to be successful. Jeimar Candelario is a nice hitter who is hard to believe has 4 HR’s. I hate to say it but Shawon Dunston, Jr will never make it. He’s tiny, struck out 3 times, broke wrong on a fly ball 3 different times, and has a weaker arm than my dear grandmother whose been dead for 27 years. He tried to throw out a baserunner at home from short centerfield, but the ball landed between 2nd base and the pitchers mound. He’s a poor mans Tony Campana at best. The catcher, Willson Contreras, has a cannon for an arm! He threw out 2 base runners and now has thrown out 7 of 10 runners so far this short season. Boise’s starting pitcher Jose Arias has a nice fluid motion. His fastball was in the lower to mid 90’s through out his 5 innings. Early on, he had no breaking ball, but by the 5th inning it was really breaking hard. In the 6th inning Amaury Paulino replaced Arias. Paulino promtply walked the 1st 2 batters and our pitching coach, David Rosario came out. Rosario laid into him. It was a big event event to say the least. The Spokane crowd surely noticed. Even though Recycle Man and Doris the Spokanasaurus tried to divert the activity on the pitching mound, the crowd noticed the verbal exchange from Rosario. All in all it was a beautiful nite for baseball. Here’s to the future of our beloved Cubbies!

    • baldtaxguy

      “Recycle Man and Doris the Spokanasaurus ?”

      Need pictures asap

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Good stuff.

      Although I wouldn’t be too quick to give up on Dunston just yet.  He isn’t going to move fast through the system (but we knew that anyway), but there is still plenty of potential there.

    • Spriggs

      Nice, but I’m guessing your seats must have been way, way far away from the field. Dunston Jr. isn’t tiny at all (6’2″, 170), skinny – yes. And Rock Shoulders, medium build? That just kind of made me chuckle.

  • Buckner

    Great job as always Luke! Do you think Tony Zych will be heading to Tennessee any time soon?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      It’s not impossible.  The Cubs aren’t going to rush him, but I don’t think a second half promotion would be rushing anything in this case.  If Tennessee does looks like they have a chance at the playoffs, I think he could be part of a late season reinforcement package.

  • Idaho Razorback
    • Da Cubs

      [ed. – That doesn’t fly around here. Sorry.]

      • MichiganGoat

        and what does that have to do with anything?

        [edit: now I look silly]

    • Brandon – AA Correspondent


      The AA Smokies bring in lots of funny stuff too…..last week it was Myron Noodleman (a Jerry Lewis type comedian who makes the minor league rounds)


      This week….the Zooperstars.

  • Idaho Razorback
  • Idaho Razorback

    I hope you are right Luke but I just don’t see it with Dunston Jr. Can’t judge a fly ball, no arm, and swings at everything. Hopefully it was just a bad game.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      That’s a bummer about Dunston Jr.’s arm.  His father made Castro look like (old) Jamie Moyer: I remember the broadcasts of the 1989 playoffs getting so caught up in Shawon Sr.’s arm that they began putting the radar gun on his throws: he was hitting the upper ’80’s with a SS throw.  (One of the announcers declared that Shawon would easily top 100 with a wind up; I seem to remember the other one quipping something to the effect of the Cubs winning by forfeit after Shawon killed half the opposing batters….)

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        That’s one of the things that puzzles me.  Dunston is widely reported as having a fairly strong arm (not close to as good as his dad’s… but then, who is near his dad’s?).  He’s already got an outfield assist at first this season, and that not an easy throw from anywhere in center.  Also, the Cubs signed him away from Vanderbilt.  I can’t see Vandy going after a bad outfielder who can’t hit and can barely throw the ball back to the infield.

        It’ll certainly be something to keep an eye on going forward.

      • Spriggs

        I’ve seen Dunston play many times, and he has a strong arm. No question about it. From what I’ve seen in Mesa, his defense will NOT be a problem.

        • Cedlandrum

          Dunston may struggle with something that Campana has struggled with in the past. Poor mechanics. Sometimes guys don’t get their feet in good throwing position because they are rushing. they tend to be falling forward but not in a good way. A strong throw from the outfield has to be pushed off the back leg. Sometimes momentum gets us out on the front leg before we get good push. Which leads to the ball being spiked– think Jacque Jones.

          Other times players don’t use there body at all because of how they catch it. This has to do with positioning when catching balls and where your glove is on your body. Best position is the throwing hand side for a quick exchange, it also gets your hips and feet into a good throwing postion too. It is not easy to explain, but easier to show. Anyway check out an outfielders feet and glove they tell a lot. Reed Johnson lines up throws very well.

  • Idaho Razorback

    Oh, and I said about Dunston Jr., he’s tiny. I’m 5’8″ 145 and I sky over him. But even Freddie Patek at 5’5″ hit 3 Hr’s in a game!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Ok, now I’m really confused.  Dunston is listed at 6’2″ on Baseball Reference, and that matches the height given for him on some scouting reports from when he was in high school.  Even allowing for standard team exaggeration, he should be at least 5’11” or so.

      He is thin, though.  I haven’t seen him listed over 170lbs.

      • Spriggs

        6’2″ is accurate.

  • DocPeterWimsey

    Idaho forgot that he was wearing his 1975 Elton John platforms to the game…..

  • Idaho Razorback

    Good one Doc! My gal pal is 6 foot tall and stood next to Jr as he was signing autos for the kid. She was taller than him. Seriously! When I got home I saw his weak arm on the local news highlights. KREM2 and KHQ out of Spokane. I’ve spent the last half hour trying to pull up the highlights in the web and I can’t find them. I saw his weak arm with my own eyes and on tv. Maybe he slipped? When I saw it live I was sober. When I saw it on the local news highlights I was buzzing on Natty Ice’s and had her yapping in my ear about her grand kids.

    • Colin

      Sounds like he just wasn’t positioned right and made a poor throw it does happen. This is the first I’ve read of him having a bad arm and being “tiny”.

      • Spriggs

        That’s because Dunston Jr. is not tiny and has a very good arm.

  • mak

    What were your (or anyone else here’s) thoughts on Arias? What’s his ceiling? Obviously not a lot of front of rotation potential in the Cubs system, so I’ve been excited to see him put up a second good start while throwing in the mid 90’s.

  • Idaho Razorback

    Everytime Aries threw, the catchers mitt seemed to “pop”. The MPH on the scordboard consistantly read 92-95 mph with his not great breaking ball was 75-82 mph.

  • http://bleachernation.com #1lahairfan

    I think dunston Jr is still developing when he fills out he should be just fine. if dunston’s arm is as half as good as his dad’s I’ll be happy.

    • Scotti

      FWIW, SDJr is a natural lefty. His dad had him change to righty a while back.

  • Zach

    does anyone know if maples is hurt

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Yes. Recovering from some kind of arm injury, expected to debut at some point in July.

  • jack jones

    dunston is definitely 6-2 175 yes he is skinny but is only 19 years old, he has a solid arm, he is a guy to keep an eye on, yes he is raw but has some tools to work with. He should become a very good player with time