brett jacksonWe have some shuffling of minor league rosters. Catcher Micah Gibbs, a good defensive switch hitting backstop who never really hit, has been released by the organization. Catcher Chadd Krist has has been promoted to Daytona from Kane County. Joining him in Daytona will be Wes Darvill, one of the raw-but-interesting infield prospects the Cubs have stocked up on over the past few years. Reliever Jeffrey Lorick has also been assigned to Daytona from extended spring training.

To make room for Darvill, the Cubs sent Anthony Giansanti (was an OF, now an INF) back to Tennessee (he has already appeared in one game there). And to make room for Giansanti, the Smokies placed Johermyn Chavez on the DL.

According to @BoiseHawksRadio on Twitter, catcher Carlos Escobar has been moved to Kane County. If I am counting right (and I may not be) that leaves Kane County with one open slot on their roster. Albert Almora, possibly? Hard to say yet, but stay tuned.

But we’re still not done. The Yankees acquired Alberto Gonzalez off the Iowa roster for cash or a PTBNL. Meanwhile, INF Edwin Maysonet was placed on the DL with a sprained ankle. Suddenly Iowa is looking a little thin on infielders. This could be a precursor to Junior Lake coming back, or to Ronald Torreyes or Arismendy Alcantara being promoted, but none of those moves look imminent. It could be that Iowa is going to stand pat for a time, or that a waiver wire move may be coming. Hard to say, really. There are a lot of moving parts right now, and very little insight into which parts are actually moving.

But things are happening. The May minor league roster shuffles have definitely begun.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – The mountains have not been kind to the Cubs. Iowa lost again, 5-1.
Tennessee – Tennessee surprisingly falls two games under .500 with this 9-7 loss.
Daytona – Despite two errors, Daytona pulled out a 4-3 win.
Kane County – Rain bumped this game into a Friday doubleheader.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Not only did Brett Jackson have two hits, he also did not strike out. It was his first start in the outfield since mid-April, as he’s been dealing with turf toe.
  • [Iowa] Zach Putnam pitched two good innings of relief, striking out one and allowing one hit to end the game.
  • [Tennessee] Rafael Lopez continues to kill the ball. He homered and walked in this game, and over his last ten he has an OPS of 1.100. It’s good to see a catcher hitting in the organization, no matter how fringe of a prospect he may be.
  • [Tennessee] On the less successful side of things, Trey McNutt is having a rougher time of it. He took his third loss in this game, and his ERA is up to 4.80. McNutt is not having a great year.
  • [Daytona] Javier Baez doubled, tripled, stole a base, and did not strike out. Jorge Soler doubled, hit a sac fly, and also did not strike out.
  • [Daytona] By allowing one hit and recording one strikeout over the final two frames, Hunter Cervenka picked up his third save of the season.

Other News

  • One player we were hoping to see perform well early this season was Matt Szczur. The outfielder struggled in his late season promotion to Tennessee last year, but he is still generally seen as a major league fourth outfielder one day (Reed Johnson is a fairly frequent comparison). And there is some good news on the Szczur front. His BB% is up (9.8%), his K% is down (14.3%), and he already has two homers and nine steals. Unfortunately, he is only hitting .256/.331/.342. Those numbers are lower than what we were hoping for. ┬áThere is no need to give up on him altogether – he still looks like a better (but slightly slower) version of Tony Campana to me – but anyone hoping to see Szczur break out this season is going to have to go on hoping for awhile longer.


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