felix pena cubsBarring an injury to Anthony Rizzo that results in a promotion for Dan Vogelbach, I think the Cubs have just about exhausted their minor league position player pipeline for 2016. Mark Zagunis, Taylor Davis, and Cael Brockmeyer aren’t completely out of the question, but I think it is more likely the Cubs would tap into talent that has already reached the Major Leagues instead. Tim Federowicz, Logan Watkins, and Munenori Kawasaki all meet that description.

Besides, the Cubs have to start getting healthy eventually… right?

That means if Chicago is going to see any more Major League debuts this year, it will likely be on the mound (and probably in the bullpen). Candidates for that honor include Felix Pena, Armando Rivero, Corey Black, and Rob Zastryzny. Pierce Johnson could be a candidate for a spot start or a bullpen gig (as could Zastryzny), although I think Adam Warren and/or Clayton Richard and/or Trevor Cahill are more likely to get those assignments the rest of the season. Ryan Williams would be a spot start candidate if he were healthy; he’s currently on the disabled list.



Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Round Rock 3, Iowa 2
The pitching was excellent for the first six innings.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Jacksonville 9, Tennessee 2
No silver lining to this one. The Smokies just got beat.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Potomac 5, Myrtle Beach 3
The Pelicans committed three errors that lead to three unearned runs. They proceeded to lose by two.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 5, Lansing 3
That’s win number fifty.

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Salem-Keizer 3, Eugene 0
The offense was quiet in this one. Most of it, anyway.

Rookie: Arizona Cubs
Athletics 4, Cubs 3
The Cubs mounted a comeback, but it fell just short.

  • Erling Moreno: 5.2 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 7 K
  • Zack Short: 1 for 3, 2B
  • Kevin Zamudio: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Luis Ayala: 1 for 3, BB, SB


Other Notes

  • I’m not sure what the long term plan is for Richard, but holding Round Rock (a good lineup) to one hit over four innings on the road in a game in which the wind was sometimes a factor is worth noting.
  • It is possible that before today is out, the South Bend Cubs might catch the Chicago Cubs in the win column. I thought South Bend was going to be very good this year, and they have not disappointed.
  • And finally, Happy Fourth of July everyone. We’ve reached the midpoint of summer, roughly the midpoint of baseball season, and from here on there is nothing but shorter days and more standings stress until the fall arrives (and with it, the playoffs). But for now, we have a particular birthday on which to pause, a birthday that is so interwoven with baseball as to be inseparable. So to start your day off, here’s James Earl Jones with the best American History lesson ever given in a cornfield. Have fun, everyone.
  • Ok, one more.  I’ll really leave you with a clip of the fireworks in Eugene last night:


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