Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

boise hawksThe Boise Hawks are holding an online signed jersey auction to raise funds for Main Street Mile, a local charity that works on behalf of men’s health issues. Most of the signed, game used jerseys are listed for an initial bid of $100, except for one. The jersey of their hitting coach is listed for an initial bid of $500, and given that their hitting coach is none other than Bill Buckner they might just see that bid met.

Given the bloodlines and Boise’s proximity to Canada it is not surprising to see that Trevor Gretzky‘s jersey has seen the most bids, but his is far from the only worthy offering here. There are, for example, a number of pitchers on the list who have pitched quite well this season and who have the potential to develop into major league pitchers in a few years (and of course have the potential to bust as well). I would not recommend speculating in so risky a manner, but I would not be at all surprised if at least one these auction items has a value much higher than the list price in a few years.

The problem, of course, as with with prospects themselves, is figuring out which item is the hit among the sea of signatures that will be forgotten in four years. Still, for Boise fans or minor league collectors (like me) auctions like this are a great opportunity to pick up some rare items in support of a good cause and at a good price. The fact that Boise has some of the best looking uniforms in baseball doesn’t hurt anything, either.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – The offense was quiet, too quiet, in this 9-1 loss.
Tennessee – The Smokies scored in the eighth as they won yet again. The final was 4-3.
Daytona – Daytona scored first but came up short in this 4-2 loss.
Kane County – In a joint effort by four pitchers the Cougars shut out Burlington in this 1-0 win.
Boise – The Hawks scored early and often in this 8-3 win.
Arizona – The AZL Cubs came up one rally short in this 9-7 loss.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Jae-Hoon Ha had just the one hit in this game, but for the month of August his line reads .316/.371/.456 with a steal and a home run. For a very good defensive center fielder, those are solid numbers.
  • [Iowa] Starter Brooks Raley gave up 4 runs on 7 hits in his 6 innings of work, but he also struck out 7.
  • [Tennessee] Javier Baez had another productive day. He finished 2 for 3 with a double, his 13th home run, and both a walk and a strikeout. And in his spare time he swiped third for his 7th steal as a Smokie.

  • [Tennessee] The Smokies’ bullpen delivered yet again. A.J. Morris struck out one in 1.1 hitless innings and Frank Batista wrapped things up in the ninth for his 16th save.
  • [Daytona] Kris Bryant had the Cubs only multi-hit day as he collected a pair of singles and finished 2 for 4.
  • [Daytona] C.J. Edwards had another very effective start. He gave up a hit and walked no one while striking out 3 in 5 scoreless innings.
  • [Kane County] Tyler Skulina opened the game with 4 strikeouts and 2 hits over 3 innings. Rob Zastryzny followed that with 4 more strikeouts along with 2 hits and 2 walks over an equivalent 3 innings. Nathan Dorris struck out 4 more while walking a pair in his 2 innings, and Stephen Perakslis struck out one as he finished off the game for his 6th save.
  • [Kane County] The Cougars lone run came on a solo shot by shortstop Marco Hernandez. It was his fourth of the season.
  • [Boise] Dillon Maples did it again. The young right hander dominated this game to the tune of a 9 strikeout, 1 walk, 1 hit performance over 5 innings.

  • [Boise] Carlos Penalver doubled and finished 2 for 3 with a walk. Penalver got off to a slow start, but the teenage shortstop has blossomed over the past few weeks to the tune of a .935 August OPS. Remember this name. We may be talking about Penalver quite a bit two or three seasons from now.
  • [Arizona] Tyler Ihrig gave up a run on 3 hits and struck out 4 in his 3 innings of work.
  • [Arizona] Brian Bogusevic is currently rehabbing in Arizona. He doubled and walked three times last night. Greg Rohan (2 hits, 2 walks) is also continuing to rehab in the desert.

Other News

  • I know many fans gave up on Maples when he had control issues in Kane County, but that decision is looking increasingly premature. His stats from Boise leave little room for argument – this guy is simply overpowering the league. Short-Season A is not that much lower than Low-A. The same pitcher who struggled badly in Kane County would not be producing these outstanding results in Boise. That makes sense, because I doubt he is really the same pitcher. I would love to see what Maples’ mechanics look like now (but I can’t, because the Cubs did not sign Boise up for MiLB.TV, and that is a terrible decision by the Cubs, but that is a different article), but I suspect what we would see if we could see is that Maples is comfortable with and repeating well the improved delivery we saw in progress in Kane County.

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