venezuelaIt has been a few weeks since we last checked in on the Venezuelan Summer League, but since many of the prospects on that team are right around the 100 Plate Appearance line this is a great time to take a glance at their progress.

The best known name on the roster is likely outfielder Ricardo Marcano, who received $400,000 from the Cubs back in 2011. Marcano is not playing badly, either. His OPS of .771 includes 3 triples and 9 steals, good enough for a tie for first in both categories. Even with Marcano in both those areas is SS Bryant Flete. Flete’s OPS of .766 just trails Marcano, but he betters the outfielder in both strike outs and walks.

The standout pitcher on the roster is probably Francisco Carrillo. Carrillo, a right hander, has struck out 25 in just 20.1 innings this year. He has only walked 3 and has yet to allow a home run. Carrillo is already 23, though. Leading Carrillo in WHIP (0.86 to 1.08) is Greyfer Eregua. Also a right hander, Eregua does not have quite strike out rate of Carrillo (25 in 29 innings), but his stats are still very solid across the board.

For the most part the earliest we can expect to see any of these players in the United States would the Instructional League this fall, and some will never move beyond that (if they make it that far). A few may make it to Arizona Rookie League next summer and begin their long climb up the major league ladder from there.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Iowa stays within five games of .500 with this 5-1 win.
Tennessee – Tennessee was off yesterday. Click over to the Smokies website at 7:15 PM ET tonight, though, and you can listen to Alberto Cabrera pitch.
Daytona – Wet weather yesterday led to a doubleheader today. The Cubs lost Game One 6-3 before dropping the nightcap 5-4.
Kane County – Speaking of rain, Kane County was forced to cancel again.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Brian Bogusevic can play the multi-homer game too. He hit numbers 7 and 8 and accounted for 4 of the Cubs 5 RBIs in this game. He also stole his 15th base of the season.
  • [Iowa] Junior Lake also had two hits (both singles) and stole his 4th base.
  • [Iowa] Starting lefty Chris Rusin pitched a pretty 7 innings for the Cubs, and then handed the ball to Barret Loux who struck out 3 in his inning of work. Brian Schlitter pitched a scoreless ninth.
  • [Daytona] Jorge Soler spread 3 hits (including a double) over the two games.
  • [Daytona] Meanwhile, in his first games since the awesome 4 HR barrage, Javier Baez walked 3 times during the twin bill.
  • [Daytona] John Andreoli also had a nice day. He walked twice in the first game, and then went 3 for 5 with two doubles and his 20th stolen base in the second.

Other News

  • Baseball America’s Jim Callis had some nice things to say about the Cubs’ 2013 draft in his recent chat. In particular, he seems to like how the Cubs drafted pitching.
  • Don’t be disappointed that Baez did not follow up his 4 home run game with another few long balls. In many ways, sandwiching that epic performance between two games marked by patience and walks is just about the best possible way he could have showed off his progress.


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