Thanks to a Triple A rainout, the only stateside game in the Cubs organization that actually counted yesterday was played by Eugene. There were three All Star games, though, so we’ll take a look at how the Cubs’ prospects did in those games instead.
But first, let’s check in on the draft. The players the Cubs’ drafted will have until July 15 to sign with the Cubs, and you are going to see a lot of rumors about who is signing and for how much pretty much up until the deadline. However, the Cubs have a tendency to save up their signings and announce them in bunches. We may go several days without hearing about any, and then the Cubs will announce five or six in one go.
That means you should not be worried that the Cubs have only officially signed one so far. Catcher Michael Cruz, taken in the seventh round, is the first to reach an official deal. More will follow. In fact, if history is any indicator, all of the players the Cubs drafted in the first ten rounds will sign. Under this CBA, it is rare for a player taken that high to return to the draft. Odd are very good the Cubs will sign all their top ten as well as a good percentage of the college players they drafted the rest of the way.
Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa was rained out.
- Paul Blackburn: 1 IP, 2 K. Very good appearance for Blackburn.
- Brad Markey: 0.2 IP, 5 R, 5 H. That’s good for an ERA of 67.50, in case you were wondering.
- Juan Paniagua: 0.1 IP, 1 K. Good strikeout rate.
- Victor Caratini: 1 for 2, 2B. He also scored the only South run of the game.
- Chesny Young: 0 for 2
- Zach Hedges: 1 IP, 1 K
- Jake Stinnett: 1 IP, and a line of zeroes.
- Trevor Clifton: 0.2 IP, 1 H. Clifton recorded the final two outs and got the save.
- Ian Happ: 0 for 2
- Carson Sands: 0.2 IP, 2 H. Two hits allowed, but he escaped unscathed.
- Adbert Alzolay: 0.2 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K. He gave the only home run allowed by the East.
- Donnie Dewees: 2 for 4, 3 R, BB, SB. Dewees played the whole game and aided the winning rally in the ninth.
- Eloy Jimenez: 1 for 5, HR. Jimenez tied it up in the ninth with his three-run homer (with Dewees aboard).
- Jesse Hodges: 0 for 2
- Jesus Castillo: 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 K
- Matt Rose: 1 for 4, 2B
- Chris Pieters: 0 for 2, 2 BB
- Marcus Mastrobuoni: 1 for 3, 2B, BB, SB
Rookie: Arizona Cubs
Mesa had the day off.
- Did you see the leaping D.J. Wilson catch on Baseball Is Fun? Do you visit Baseball Is Fun? If you want to see more things like that Wilson catch on a regular basis, you should regularly visit Baseball Is Fun.
- If Eugene is using a five man rotation, then Dylan Cease should be on the mound for the Emeralds today. The game will be on MiLB.tv at 4:05 PM ET.
- Not surprisingly, given his game-tying home run in the ninth, Jimenez was named the MVP of the Midwest League All Star Game. He also, allegedly, called his shot. That shot was no cheapy, either, but was a very Ruthian blast to dead center. There is a video of the blast in that link.