The Northwest League All-Star game is tonight, and this year these Short-Season A prospects will face off against their fellow Short-Season A* Pioneer League prospects.
Eugene will be represented by a trio of players, all of them in reserve roles. The most recognizable of the three is outfielder Eloy Jimenez, arguably the best power hitting prospect still in the Cubs farm system (not counting Baez, who has lost his rookie eligibility and is therefore generally not considered, officially, a prospect). Jimenez is also on the young side for the league; he doesn’t turn 19 until November.
The other two Emeralds are pitchers whose names you may want to remember: Pedro Araujo and Oscar De La Cruz. Their numbers have been about as good as we could have asked for this season, and both are going enter 2016 (assuming they stay healthy) as some of my highest priority targets to watch on the MiLB.tv feed from South Bend.
Game time is 7 PM Pacific Time, and it will be broadcast on MiLB.tv.
Scores From Yesterday
Iowa – Iowa mounted a huge rally, scoring ten times in the final two innings, and walked way with a memorable 12-10 win.
Tennessee – The Smokies did not cash in enough of their chances as they lost this one 4-2.
Myrtle Beach – Myrtle Beach had the day off.
South Bend – South Bend also had the day off.
Eugene – Eugene is off for their All-Star break.
Arizona – The Cubs took advantage of five Giants’ errors to win this one 5-1.
Performances of Note
- [Iowa] The only pitcher to toss a hitless outing for the Cubs was Carl Edwards. He allowed just a walk in his inning of work while striking out one.
- [Iowa] Javier Baez doubled, tripled (his first), struck out once, had the game winning hit, and finished 3 for 6.
- [Iowa] Rubi Silva doubled twice and also finished with 3 hits. Arismendy Alcantara doubled once and finished 2 for 4.
- [Iowa] John Andreoli walked, tripled (his 6th), and stole his 22nd base.
- [Tennessee] Pierce Johnson allowed one run on 4 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings (91 pitches). He struck out 3.
- [Tennessee] Felix Pena struck out 4 over the final 2 frames without giving up a thing.
- [Tennessee] Jeimer Candelario and Tommy La Stella both doubled and both finished with 2 hits.
- [Tennessee] Jacob Hannemann singled, walked and stole his 15 base for Tennessee. He also made yet another impressive catch in the outfield.
- [Arizona] Eric Jokisch allowed a run on 6 hits and struck out one in his 4 innings of rehab work. Jesus Camargo followed up with 5 strikeouts over 3 innings with just one hit allowed.
- [Arizona] Carlos Sepulveda finished 3 for 4. His was the only multi-hit day. The only extra base hit was a triple from Michael Foster.
- *So, yes, technically the Pioneer League is Rookie level while the Northwest League is Short-Season A. Here’s the thing, though – both of these leagues are run fairly similarly. In both leagues you find a mix of 2015 college draftees, 2014 high school draftees, and International Free Agents within a year (in either direction) of turning twenty. I’m not sure why the Pioneer League shares a level designation with the AZL Rookie League instead of the Northwest League when, to my eye, it looks much more similar to the Northwest League the AZL Rookie League, but there it is. In reality, branding aside, the Pioneer League acts as if it is an SS-A league, and I am content to consider it as such for these purposes.
- Donnie Dewees, the Cubs second round pick in 2015, did not make the Northwest League All-Star game, but he has been hitting pretty well lately. MiLB.com recently had a nice write up on him.
- Willson Contreras was named the Southern League Player of the Week. It is the first such honor the Smokies’ catcher who is enjoying a breakout season.
- The Pelican’s Jonathan Martinez was named the Pitcher of the Week in the Carolina League after shutting down Potomac over eight shutout innings. Meanwhile, up in the Northwest League, Adbert Alzolay six nearly flawless innings of relief secured him the Northwest League Pitcher of the Week title.
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