Cubs’ Minor League Daily: Remember Rosscup?

Zac Rosscup (Photo by MiCubs)

Thanks to Dustin Geiger on Twitter, we know that Zach Rosscup has been called up to Double A Tennessee.

Rosscup, as I am sure you all remember, was that other pitcher who came along with Matt Garza from Tampa. He pitched pretty well for the High A Daytona Cubs in 2011 before being shut down with an injury. Now rehabbed and back at full strength, the Cubs have been moving him swiftly up the farm system. After one game in Arizona and three games with the Chiefs, Rosscup is now set to make his Double A debut. For the time being I think the lefty will work out of the bullpen, but I would not be surprised if the Cubs choose to stretch him back into starting shape.

Rosscup has a fastball that hang out around 90 MPH in addition to a curve and a change up he can throw for strikes, but, at last report, none of his pitches were particularly impressive. What was impressive was his tendency to throw strikes. For his career he has a K/BB ratio of nearly 4.00. So far hitters have not been able to make solid contact off his pitches in the zone. If that trend continues, the Cubs may have a quality pitcher.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Iowa scored in the bottom of the eleventh to secure a 5-4 win.
Tennessee – The Smokies split a doubleheader. They won the opener 5-1, but lost the nightcap 3-1.
Daytona – Fantastic pitching carried the Cubs to a 5-1 win.
Peoria – There were a total of seven errors in this game, a game Peoria lost 8-3.
Boise – The Hawks fell in eleven innings, 5-4.
Arizona – The Cubs won in a blow out, 10-3.

Performances of the Day

  • [Iowa] Michael Bowden blew the save by allowing a solo home run, but he stayed on the mound for three full innings to pick up the win in extras.
  • [Iowa] Josh Vitters doubled, walked twice, and earned his second steal.
  • [Iowa] Welington Castillo homered and scored twice. He now has three long balls for Iowa.
  • [Tennessee] Eric Jokisch allowed just five hits in six innings as he picked up his fourth win of the season.
  • [Tennessee] In Game Two, Nick Struck struck out six in his five innings of work, but he took the loss by allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits. Tony Zych struck out three in his inning of work.
  • [Tennessee] The Smokies did not have much offense in their two games. Greg Rohan‘s double and Logan Watkins‘ 16th stolen base are about as good as it got.
  • [Daytona] It doesn’t get a whole lot better than the game Matt Loosen enjoyed on Friday. Loosen scattered three hits across seven innings while striking out ten.
  • [Daytona] Arismendy Alcantara fell a single short of the cycle. His three hit game included his seventh triple and sixth home run of the year.
  • [Daytona] Rubi Silva also had a great game. Playing right field in this game, Silva finished with four hits and his seventh stolen base.
  • [Peoria] Sheldon McDonald finished the game with 2.1 innings of three hit, four strikeout baseball.
  • [Peoria] Javier Baez and Taiwan Easterling both finished with two hits.
  • [Boise] Michael Heesch struck out four in two perfect innings of relief.
  • [Boise] At this rate Bijan Rademacher will not be in Boise for long. The 2012 draft pick has hit safely in every game he’s played for the Hawks, including his 2 hit performance on Friday.
  • [Boise] What can’t Jeimer Candelario do? In addition to another multi-hit game and his third home run of the season, the third baseman also stole his first base in this game.
  • [Arizona] Matt Iannazzo struck out four in his two innings of work.
  • [Arizona] Daniel Vogelbach hit his third home run of the season. Despite the questions that dogged him heading into the season, the big first baseman has had little trouble making contact. He’s currently hitting .370.

Other Minor League Notes

  • Matt Loosen had another great game on Friday. After pushing him rapidly up the system last season, the Cubs appear content to let Loosen pick up plenty of practice in Daytona this season. He has responded with some of the best pitching in the farm system. His ceiling remains that of a potential No. 3 starter, but he is definitely one of the pitchers Cub fans should be monitoring. His time with Tennessee last season did not go all that smoothly; hopefully he will get another chance at Double A later this year. Until he has some success in that tougher league, it would be best to stay cautiously optimistic on him.
  • If my math is correct, Josh Vitters surpassed his career high in walks yesterday. In 84 games he has walked 23 times, one more than his 2011 total gathered over 129 games. What’s more, Vitters has walked seven times in the past ten games alone. It is true that one of his walks last night was of the intentional variety, but that is still somewhat to his credit.

Farm System Standings

AAAIowa Cubs : 36 – 53.
Pacific Coast League American Northern Division – Third Place: 20.0 Games Behind.

AATennessee Smokies : 7-9
Southern League North Division – Third Place : 3.0 Game Behind

High ADaytona Cubs : 8-8
Florida State League North Division – Fourth Place : 1.5 Games Behind

Low APeoria Chiefs : 5-10
Midwest League Eastern Division – Fifth Place : 5.0 Game Behind

Short-Season ABoise Hawks : 7 – 15
Northwest League East Division – Fourth Place : 5.5 Games Behind

Rookie LeagueAZL Cubs : 10 – 4
Arizona Rookie League East – Second Place : 2.0 Game Behind

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

36 responses to “Cubs’ Minor League Daily: Remember Rosscup?”

  1. @cubsfantroy

    Wow, I forgot all about Rosscup. Good to hear the Cubs may have a quality pitcher on there hands with him.

  2. djriz

    Luke, Brett Jackson has not played in the last few games. Did he get injured, or is the team doing the right thing and letting him ‘clear his head’?

    1. Brett

      Back spasms. Hopefully not serious.

      1. djriz

        Blessing in disguise?

        Welcome home…still super hot in Ohio?

        1. cjdubbya

          As a fellow resident of Columbus, I can attest that it’s hotter than crap outside. Took the dogs to go potty this morning at about 8:15, I think it was already 85. Columbus is the new Phoenix.

          1. DocPeterWimsey

            You should try the DC area on for size…..

  3. Scotti

    Thanks for the daily updates, Luke.

  4. hansman1982

    “[Boise] What can’t Jeimer Candelario do? In addition to another multi-hit game and his third home run of the season, the third baseman also stole his first base in this game”

    When I first read this I thought you said he stole first base and thought, holy balls, Batman, this kid CAN do everything!

    1. Professional_High_A

      Glad I wasn’t the only one.

  5. Josh

    So when is Soler gonna start playing?

    1. hansman1982

      he is down in Arizona adjusting to America and American baseball right now. I would imagine he moves to Boise or Peoria no later than August 1.

      1. Josh

        Alright thanks. I checked the AZL roster and didn’t see him there.

        1. hansman1982

          I don’t think he is playing in actual games but just doing exercises, taking BP and working with a mentor on how to live in America.

      2. Brett

        Sounds about right to me – and squares with what Jed said on the subject last week.

      3. Assman22

        Peoria by late July.  Spot for him in the OF there, not to mention a couple Cubans are there already to help him become acclimated to the U.S.  One of which, Balaguert, was a good friend and former teammate of Soler’s in Cuba.

        Lots of promising prospects to watch in Peoria btw…..Concepcion, Baez, DeVoss, Cervenka, and Soler soon enough.  Too bad Golden and Wells went down.

         

         

  6. Big Joe

    Another question: Why is Vogelbach still in AZ.? He was a high pick, last year. Still out west?

    1. Dick McCheesedoodle

      Vogelbach had a case of the terribles during EXST, AZ Phil on thecubreporter noted recently that Vogelbach started out slowly, then started pressing which only made things worse. He also managed to make ten (!) errors at 1B during EXST.

      Rock Shoulders got the promotion to play 1B in Boise and Vogelbach was left behind in AZ. Since then, Shoulders has cranked it up in Idaho to the tune of a .688 OPS with 25K in 60AB. Vogelbach on the other hand has been tearing up the AZL league, hitting his 3rd homer yesterday.

      I presume soon Vogelbach will move to Boise and Shoulders will probably split time at DH/1B with him.

  7. Ralph

    Luke, what’s up with the Cuban pitcher Gerardo Concepcion? I see some bad stats and looks like he hasn’t pitched since June 28.

    1. djriz

      Maybe he’s having back ‘spams’, too.

      The word was he missed his last start due to illness. wink wink.
      Maybe he’s working on stuff on the side?

  8. TH

    Luke, great read daily, but just a thought, could you add a slash line to the “Performances of the Day”? I’m kind of lazy…

  9. Dick McCheesedoodle

    Sidenote about Rubi Silva. The Daytona Cubs seem to attempt about 5 SBs per game. Silva is clearly the worst baserunner of the bunch. He does have seven steals, but he has inexplicably managed to be caught stealing SIXTEEN times this season.

  10. Jared

    tyler colvin……tearing it up!!!! idc how bad he played for the cubs…he was young and had a huge cieling and i still have no idea why we traded him for and old injured ian stewart who performed no better than colvin did

    1. DocPeterWimsey

      Colvin does not have a high ceiling: his inability to distinguish strikes from balls means that although he’ll have occasional hot streaks (just like Jeff Franceour or Corey Patterson do), his median performance will be what we saw on the Cub.

      Stewart is, incidentally, 5 months older than Colvin.  He also plays a “skill” position well, whereas Colvin is just an OFer.  If Stewart’s wrist is fixed, then this might wind up being a steal for the Cubs. (Emphasis on the “might” here!)

      1. hansman1982

        Tyler Colvin:2012 as Sam Fuld and Gorz:2011

      2. KyleNovak

        It’s too early to tell how the trade will turn out, so we just have to wait.

        Colvin has value, albeit overinflated value from Coors and his high BABIP, but there is no denying he possesses value. He can play a number of positions (decent, but not great defense) and has always had good power. He K’s a lot, but if he continuesto make decent enough contact, hit for power, and hit mistakes a long way (Stephen Strasburg is shaking his head right now), then he would be a solid contributor for his price tag.

        He has the look of a platoon-4th OF-type who may get pressed into some starting roles. Think Andrew Jones, but in a more youthful body.

        Colorado “won” the trade this year, (and if you think otherwise, you are in some serious denial) but that doesn’t mean they will have won it years down the road.

        I shake my head at the “all-or-nothing” talk on Colvin (and numerous other players for that matter) and his value. He is either an All-Star or a bum. Apparently, 1-2 WAR part-time player isn’t in anyone’s repertoire.

  11. Jeff1969

    All this silly talk about how we shouldn’t have traded Tyler Colvin. It’s just pointless. I bet none of the complainers were on record when the trade was made about how great Colvin was. Stewart was just a stop gap with a little possible power upside & his good fielding at 3b. If Colvin turns into a solid player & Stewart doesn’t, then boohoo we just were unlucky.

  12. Idaho Razorback

    Stewart is a stop game at 3B just like Sean Berry was.

  13. TH

    To use the phrase “it is what is” regarding Colvin.

    We all knew he could play – 2010 was a good year for him. The “impalement” that took place in Sept of ’10 changed his path – he is a good player and will be successful in Colorado or elsewhere if he is traded at the deadline.

    Colvin failed in 2011 due to lack of confidence (I’d be wigged if I was impaled) and poor managerial/management decisions by the “Quad-Father” and the “Lame-Duck”. 2012 will be the same as 2010 for him. He’ll be an average hitter with 20+ home runs and 100+ K – a good asset.

    You could say the same about LaHair (40+ more at bats, almost double the K’s) but still a masher – They both remind me of Jeromy Burnitz – less the BAPIT…I hope Lahair stays with the Cubs in Right Field until Soler is ready. LaHair, “RizzoOMG”, “The Clever” and Castro make it fun. Bring on Vitters …Trade “Geo Metro” – common, if you grew you in the late 80’s early 90’s you had one or knew someone who had one.

    Note to Sveum: I hope you keep your word and play LaHair against lefties