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tennessee smokiesThe Double A and Triple A All-Star games were yesterday, and Cub prospects did not exactly bring their A games.

Starting with Double A, North starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks gave up two runs on three hits in his one inning of work. Starters Matt Szczur (0 for 2), Arismendy Alcantara (0 for 2), and Christian Villanueva (0 for 3) did not factor into things at the plate. In fact, none of the North team players were a factor at plate. The North was not just shut out, they were one-hit by the South.

Rafael Lopez did not pick up that hit (he finished 0 for 1 after coming as a substitution). He did, however, have the game’s only error.

It isn’t all bad news, though. Alberto Cabrera struck out one in pitching a perfect third inning.

Over in the Triple A All Star Game, the Cubs’ lone representative, lefty Chris Rusin, struck out two in pitching a perfect inning of relief.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Iowa resumes play today.
Tennessee – Tennessee also resumes play today.
Daytona –  Daytona scored in the seventh, eighth, and ninth to force extra innings, but in eleven they were dealt a 4-3 loss.
Kane County –  The Cougars rallied briefly in the seventh, but it ultimately didn’t matter. They lost 8-2.
Boise – Boise scored early and late and walked away with a 5-1 win.
Arizona – Arizona kept it close, but lost in the end 5-3.

Performances of Note

  • [Daytona] Dustin Geiger finished 3 for 5 with a double. His July OPS (.917 so far) is his highest of the season.
  • [Daytona] Catcher Chadd Krist singled twice and walked twice in his three official at bats.
  • [Daytona] In addition to his second High-A triple and 2 for 4 day, Pin-Chieh Chen also stole his 9th base for the Cubs. Zeke DeVoss stole his 24th.
  • [Kane County] Juan Paniagua struggled a little in his first start with Kane County. Over 2.1 innings he allowed on 3 runs (2 earned) on 2 hits and 4 walks while striking out 2.
  • [Kane County] Armando Rivera pitched 2 scoreless innings while giving up 2 hits and striking out 2.
  • [Kane County] Catcher Willson Contreras and outfielder Kevin Encarnacion both homered for the Cougars. It was the 7th for Contreras and the Low-A first for Encarnacion.
  • [Kane County] Albert Almora had 2 hits in 5 at bats. Gioskar Amaya reached twice on a hit and a walk.
  • [Boise] Tyler Skulina allowed a hit and earned a strike out in his 2 innings of work. Loiger Padron pitched 3 scoreless (1 H, 1 BB, 2K). The standout performances, though, came from Eddie Orozco who struck out the side in his inning, and Tyler Bremer struck out 2 and walked 1 in his inning.
  • [Boise] After a very slow start to the year, shortstop Carlos Penalver is showing signs of heating up. This 2 for 4 performance was his second multi-hit game of the series.
  • [Boise] As a team the Hawks matched their 7 strikeouts with 7 walks. Nice.
  • [Arizona] Outfielder Garrett Schlecht tripled (his second) as part of a 2 for 4 game.
  • [Arizona] Rehab watch: Josh Vitters finished 0 for 2 with two walks and was playing first base.

Other News

  • The video is a little low on the resolution scale, but Voice of the Hawks Mike Safford managed to film a few seconds of a bullpen session tossed by lefty Rob Zastryzny. His offspeed pitches are showing some pretty good movement in this clip, but beyond that it is hard to say much.
  • [*] So, about that “Last of the All-Star Games” in the title – it is a bit premature. The Northwest League All-Star game takes place August 6. That would actually be the last of them. The Southern League and Triple A games are just the last of those played during the Major League All-Star break.
  • ssckelley

    I do not understand why Bryant is not playing in these games in Arizona. Almost every other first round pick is already playing some already have over 100 plate appearances. Even Appel has already made 3 starts and is now playing for Quad Cities in the Midwest League.

    • MichiganGoat

      Um 1-Bryant signed much later than the other 1st round picks 2-hes going through that “orientation” phase that most draft picks go through… its barely been a week 3-relax… no need to rush the guy just allow the Cubs to take the right approach.

      • Jp3

        Yeah it’s barely been a week since he signed… I will say I can’t wait to see the shoddy footage of him hitting his 1st bomb in Arizona. That will be a glorious moment.

      • MoneyBoy

        No Goat … He should be *expected* to have 100 ABs, throw 120 pitches, take tickets and handle concessions *every* night. I mean … Appel has made three starts already!!!! The hell with ‘The Cubs Way.’ He wants it ‘The ssckelley Way.’

        • ssckelley

          Wow, over react much?

          • MichiganGoat

            Well you did kinda of have this coming… you see that right? Smile and have fun with it.

            • ssckelley

              True, anything close to a negative comment towards the FO brings out the whips. It was just a question, I do not think it was over the top.

              • MichiganGoat

                It wouldn’t except that you really went crazy with the whole signing thing so you kinda a got a target… just have fun with it. But seriously relax buddy.

                • ssckelley

                  I have already ate my crow over that one, jeez!

                  It isn’t fair! All the other teams are playing with their new toys.

                  • MichiganGoat

                    And you will get yours back when you learn how to behaving little fella… ;)

                    Now you still have some crow grizzle to eat… get to it. ;)

                    See fun…

        • MichiganGoat

          MOAR – Burn all the Witches… wait what are we talking about?

    • KidCubbie

      I believe it’s because he signed late and still has a two week Cubs indoc course to attend before they will let him play in a game.

    • Scotti

      He JUST signed. It would be stupid to send him into a game and have him tear a hamstring, blowout his arm, stretch an oblique, etc. He’ll spend a week or so getting conditioned (baseball condition–throwing, stretching, BP, etc.) then get into some games.

      • ssckelley

        What, is he made of glass?

        • MichiganGoat

          When you start an new job (even if its a job you are quite skilled at) don’t you go through about a weekish of training? That’s what Bryant is going through right now… he’s in the break room watching bad training tapes or sitting in a Holiday Inn Meeting Room looking at Powerpoints during the day and then having “Field Training” he will be in game action next week… RELAX

          • ssckelley

            lmao, we are keeping him out of game action because HR has to certify him in their code of ethics training? Perhaps he still has not done the Sexual Harassment in the Workplace training. I bet Clifton got assigned a week long course on Discrimination in the Workplace.

            :D

    • Spriggs

      Bryant told me on Monday that he thought he might get into a game later “this week” in Mesa, but he really didn’t know anything definite. The word around the ball park last night (Bryant was nowhere to be seen), was that he was going to play a couple games next week and would then move on. There is only speculation on where that will be.

      • ssckelley

        Thanks Spriggs, keep us posted if you hear anything.

        • Spriggs

          I will. I have my fingers crossed that he will actually play in Mesa. Really looking forward to see him play. Vitters just isn’t doing it for me!

      • Jp3

        I wonder where he will go whether it be Boise or Kane County? I could see him jumping Boise if he takes a few games in Arizona. Jemier C would have to get promoted to Daytona for that to happen which it is that time of year I guess.

        • Spriggs

          Exactly what I’m hoping for. It would be my guess.

          • Jp3

            Shoot I meant Rakes in Arizona, but looks like you knew what I was thinking😃. I just think they’ll be a little more aggressive since he’s 21years old right? This is all a guess but Kane C this year, Daytona next when he’s 22, Tennessee the next he’s 23….

            • Spriggs

              If he can play and hit the way we hope (and think he will), he will surely move up faster than that. If he doesn’t play AA ball next year, I will be stunned and it won’t bode well for his future.

            • turn two

              I see Bryant in the mold of Kent Hrbek. I think he could handle quick movement through minors and put up a long career of fairly consistant power and average numbers.

            • On The Farm

              I would think it would be KC this year
              Daytona/Tenn next
              Tenn/Iowa/September call up at 23

              If his bat is truly advanced as they say it is I don’t see why he should need more time at Daytona than Baez did.

              • willis

                I think Boise this year, maybe a few at bats at Daytona. Starts in Daytona next year, moves quickly to Tennessee and is up by the end of the season.

                Jesus that’s optimistic, but I think he has the talent to do so.

  • Feeney

    That Northwest League All Star game is the one in Everett Washington? I am going to be in Vancouver Canada on holidays that week and I was thinking about making a road trip down to that game. Any idea what Cub prospects might make an appearance in that game?

    • Spriggs

      He has cooled off a little, but maybe Shawon Dunston Jr.? Just a guess. Has the AS team been selected yet?

  • Spriggs

    The highlight the AZ Cubs game last night was seeing Mark Grace. He coaches for the D’Backs team. Nice to seem him back. Even better to see him in a uniform, though he would look better in blue.

    One of their top 10 picks, David Garner (Michigan State) pitched an inning and looked very good. He’s an extemely athletic but on the slightly built side… he throws hard and looks like he has an effective slider to go with it. Supposedly has been working on a change up too. He probably projects as a back of the bullpen arm, but I think he might be someone to watch! He will not be in Mesa long.

    • ssckelley

      I have noticed a few of the pitchers the Cubs drafted are off to good starts but the bats have not come alive. I am still waiting for Freeman to demonstrate that power he showed in college.

      Jeez I hope the Cubs are playing better at the MLB level next year. It is a long summer when the MLB team sucks and people actually care what the rookie team is doing.

      • Spriggs

        Yep… that’s been the unfortunate theme for the last few years. Minors are way more interesting. Hopefully not for long.

      • On The Farm

        I think Hannamen got off to a good start in Bosie before he got hurt. A majority of our picks were pitchers and really our only hitting guys we got were Bryant and Hannamen.

        • Jp3

          Yeah, it’s been a bummer but things are looking up with Bryant heading to Arizona and Hanneman should be coming off the DL.

        • ssckelley

          You are right the draft was dominated with pitchers. But they did draft a few catchers that might be worth keeping an eye on, so far only Brockmeyer has played (Boise). Hopefully Alamo and Remillard will be playing for Arizona soon. Kelvin Freeman has some power, i think he finished in the top 5 in home runs in college.

          • On The Farm

            Yeah, I was just pointing out how the results of the pitchers are better because there was a higher quantitiy taken.

  • Kramden

    Initial picks to click and keep your eyes on from Cubs 2013 draft:

    Kris Bryant
    Rob Zastrazny
    Jacob Hanneman
    Tyler Skulina

    • Bwa

      No offense, but it’s pretty easy when you pick the first three guys drafted haha

      • On The Farm

        Just for you my sleeper picks from the 2012 draft are:

        Albert Almora
        Pierce Johnson
        Paul Blackburn
        Duane Underwood

        • Spriggs

          My sleeper picks for the all-star game next year:
          Trout, Harper, McCutcheon… and here’s the real shocker: Molina.

        • Jono

          My cat’s breath smells like cat food

          • MXB

            That’s unpossible

            • hansman1982

              What to know what’s unpossible, Brett’s cat slept sans pajamas last night…

              • hansman1982

                what/want, wanteves

      • Kramden

        BWA….

        You think so, huh?

        That’s what they said about Josh Vitters, Hayden Simpson and just about every other draft class prior to Javier Baez.

        • On The Farm

          Usually when you are bringing up guys to keep an eye on, its usually not the obvious guys at the top..

    • ssckelley

      Let’s get a bit more adventurous than picking their top picks. I feel the sleeper picks of this draft are a couple of catchers Alamo, Remillard, along with Kelvin Freeman. For pitchers I think the obvious sleeper is Clifton.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I’ll take Wagner.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

          Same.

      • Jono

        obvious sleeper. Nice.

      • Spriggs

        I like Wagner too, but I’ll go with Garner.

      • Spriggs

        Speaking of sleepers… whatever happened to Michael Jensen from the 2011 draft?

        • Kyle

          I think hurt?

    • CubsFaninMS

      Picks to click? Please don’t include “you can put it on the board” and “can of corn” in future responses. You’re flirting dangerously close with White Sox language.

  • Oswego chris

    Uh-oh…another Cuban pitcher just defected…24 year old lefty..left the team in Iowa…you would think they would guard their guys better…

    • Jono

      so how does that work? The guys sneak away from the team? Then they’re just missing the next time the teams comes together for a practice or game? So every practice or game, the coaches just cross their fingers that all the players show up? Then if a player doesn’t show up, they just assume they’re gone forever? So many questions….

      • cubzfan

        He’s not missing…he’s just still working his way through that extra thick pork chop. Fine dining in Des Moines.

        • Jono

          haha, that’s more likely

        • hansman1982

          He stabbed himself in the roof of the mouth by the stick that was going through it.

        • Spriggs

          The only time I was ever in Des Moines… flew in on Sunday afternoon. Drove to the outskirts somewhere and never saw a single human on foot. The only people I saw were in cars – and not many of them. It was like WWIII had happened while I was flying in. Weird.

      • willis

        Pretty much. I’m not sure why the Cuban government allows for their national teams ot play on our soil, because this type of thing happens every time. Good for us, bad for them. So I don’t care really if it has a negative impact on Cuba, but you’d think after…hmmm, math, 60ish years of iron fist communism rule, that they’d figure their best athletes are going to leave country pride behind to seek decent paying jobs and freedom. Oh well, is he any good?

        • Spriggs

          Maybe they incorrectly figure things are so screwed up in America, it’s probably safe now.

          • Jono

            haha, great, let them think that. We’ll take as many of their players as we can get!

            But speaking on a little more serious note, Cuba recently allowed individuals to own businesses! Maybe the people of lakeview should follow Cuba’s example

            http://www.cnbc.com/id/100882235

    • hansman1982

      “you would think they would guard their guys better…”

      One would think…especially the good ones.

  • Funn Dave

    Ironic that although are batting prospects are ranked quite highly while our pitching prospects are not as stacked, the pitchers really showed up for the ASG while the hitters couldn’t seem to do anything right.

    • Cubbie Blues

      How is that ironic? We only had one player at the ASG, prospects don’t play in the MLB ASG and Alcantara (a Cubs hitting prospect) hit a HR in his respective ASG.

      • Funn Dave

        I should have specified: I’m talking about the minor league ASGs. Since that’s what the article is about. Alcantara did do well, but as far as I can tell, he’s the only Cubs MiLB ASG success story in terms of offense.

        • Cubbie Blues

          Baez went 2-4, Vogelbach was 2-2, Soler had to sit out due to his leg, Almora didn’t have enough time in to make an ASG & we already mentioned Alcantara.

          • Funn Dave

            Oh. Well never mind then.

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