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Stephen Bruno now has a 22 game hitting streak for the Boise Hawks. That is an impressive accomplishment by itself, but some may argue that Bruno’s achievement was more a touch difficult than the typical 22 game hitting streak. Unlike most players who are a major part of their team’s offense, Bruno has no fixed position. He has put together this streak while playing a little bit of everything as a regular utility player.

Unfortunately, Bruno was also hit by a pitch in yesterday’s game. He came back to play defense in the following inning, but was pulled before that inning was over. I do not yet know if he was injured by the pitch or if his removal from the game was purely precautionary.

Bruno was drafted in the middle rounds by the Cubs this June and so far he has been one of the players who has performed well above expectations. There are lot of numbers to like with this guy; he will be someone we keep a close eye on next season.

Scores From Yesterday

Tennessee – Pensacola scored in the bottom of the ninth to beat Tennessee 3-2.
Daytona – Daytona opened the game with a long ball and never looked back. They won by a final of 4-2.
Peoria – The Chief’s stumbled in the sixth and lost to Kane County 6-5.
Boise – The Hawks overcame a six run deficit to win 12-11.

Performances of the Day

  • [Tennessee] Logan Watkins hit his seventh home run and stole his 28th base for the Smokies. Darwin Barney best watch his tail feathers. By the end of 2013, Watkins will be gunning for Barney’s job.
  • [Tennessee] Matthew Szczur doubled as part of his two hit night.
  • [Daytona] John Andreoli waited until the next to last day of his season to do it, but he finally has a home run. In addition to his lead off shot in the first, he also stole two more bases and raised his season total to 55.
  • [Daytona] Christian Villanueva also had two stolen bases for Daytona. He now has 14 on the season, five of them as a Cub.
  • [Daytona] Matt Loosen ended his season on a high note. He allowed just one run on two hits in his five innings of work while striking out six.
  • [Peoria] Chadd Krist doubled twice and scored twice to lead the Chiefs’ offense.
  • [Peoria] With two more walks in this game, Peoria’s Jacob Rogers has 17 BB in Low A versus just 13 strikeouts at that level.
  • [Boise] Brian Smith struck out four over three hitless innings in relief.
  • [Boise] Marco Hernandez, batting second, went 4 for 6 in this contest. Gioskar Amaya, the leadoff hitter, was 2 for 4 with two walks, a double, and a triple. When the top two hitters in the order are getting on base at that rate, it is no wonder the team is able to score twelve times.
  • [Boise] Daniel Vogelbach, Albert Almora, and Rock Shoulders also had multi-hit nights.

Other Minor League Notes

  • There is a somewhat positive note regarding the Iowa Cubs and their disappointing season; Iowa was actually one of the youngest teams in the Pacific Coast League. The Iowa offense finished the year with a cumulative average age of 26.5, making them the fourth youngest team in the PCL.
  • Fishin Phil

    Luke, what was Bruno’s previous regular position before becoming Boise’s super-utility guy?

    • Eric

      SS or 2B. I think he was drafted as a 2B. But I’m not 100% sure on that.

      • Mysterious4th

        I think you’re correct!

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Si.

        • Fishin Phil

          Gracias, Senors.

    • chirogerg

      Actually, he was drafted as a third-baseman out of UVa in the 7th round
      http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/team/draft.jsp?c_id=chc

  • gary

    How are the guys we got for dempster and soto doing?

    • Stan

      Christian Villanueva – High A 3B for Dempster – is surprising I think all of us with his power. He’s hit 4 HRs in 24 games, as opposed to 10 in 100 with the Rangers affiliate. He has a triple slash of .263/.352/.475 which isn’t bad but nothing major.

      • ferrets_bueller

        He’s not surprising me at all.
        Too many people ripped that trade simply because he wasn’t a big name that they knew, when in reality, he’s a very, very good prospect, who’s path was blocked by Olt.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Florida State League isn’t exactly friendly to hitters, either. I think next year could be a huge leap forward for him.

          • Flashfire

            If it is, it makes life interesting. Suppose Baez can actually stick at short. Well, that’s blocked. If Villaneuva turns into an uber-prospect at third, then really the only logical place to move Baez is second. Imagine how that bat profiles at second base.

  • jim

    Who are top three rated for 2013 draft?

    • Nick Nesler

      Appel, Stanek, Meadows. IMO

      • nkniacc13

        those are the top 3 in most rankings

        • chirogerg

          1. Meadows
          2. Stanek
          3. Appel
          Others:
          Austin Wilson, Karsten Whitson, Sean Manaea, Jonathon Crawford

          • Dumpgobbler

            Good list. Top list are very much Irrelevant right now though. They will change 1000x before draft day. The most interesting guy to me is Whitson.

  • Flashfire

    I will be curious to see where Watkins hits at Iowa next year. He seems to be the most viable leadoff candidate that could be ready in 2013.

  • Ben (BG2383)

    I would be pretty happy if Cubs were able to draft Stanek. I have watched him pitch a few times and he has legit stuff. It is a shame that the next draft is considered to be the weakest in recent memory.

  • cubsin

    Luke, Bruno and Hawks’ manager Mark Johnson were both ejected by the first base umpire in the fifth inning.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      That would explain it.

  • Patrick G

    Great Picture

  • steve

    I really like Villanueva, I believe he has a chance to really develop into a solid 3B for us, with a real good shot at being our starting 3B in the majors in a few seasons. That leaves us w/an interesting situation in regards to Baez. I firmly believe Baez is a future star in the majjjors, but where will he play? I do think Villanueva is our future at 3B, Watkins & Amaya are the future at 2B, Castro has SS locked down, so what do we do with Baez? OF looks to be stacked as well. I realize none of this is gonna be an issue for a few seasons, & a lot can happen between now & then, but I love the depth we have coming u. Maybe someone like Castro gets traded at that point for more pitching, who knows, Villanueva could bust , who knows, the only thing I know is Baez, IMO, is untouchable & I’d not entertain any thought of trading this kid.

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