The Triple-A leagues are into their All-Star breaks, and three Iowa Cubs will (maybe) be playing for the Pacific Coast League.
Victor Caratini received the most votes (from league managers, general managers, and broadcasters) at catcher, but since he is on a major league roster I don’t think he’ll be playing.
Seth Frankoff earns recognition for the quietly good season he is having by picking up the second most votes for starting pitchers. Frankoff’s only real downside this year has been his 1.62 HR/9 total. Other than that, his numbers (4.19 ERA, 4.20 xFIP, 9.12 K/9) have been solid pretty much across the board.
Finally, recent acquisition Matt Carasiti makes the roster by being the highest voted reliever. Carasiti has struck out seven in five innings of work for the Cubs since coming over in the Zac Rosscup trade, and has yet to allow an earned run for Iowa. With Colorado he posted an ERA of 2.37, an xFIP of 3.23, a K/9 of 12.76, and generally looked the part of a very good reliever in doing it.
The Triple-A All Star Game will be played on Wednesday night in Tacoma.
Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa is on their All-Star break.
- Kyle Hendricks: 3.1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 K
- Brett Anderson: 4 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 1 K
- Dillon Maples: 1 IP, 1 H, 3 K
- David Bote: 1 for 3, 2B
- Yasiel Balaguert: 2 for 4, HR
- Daniel Spingola: 1 for 2, HR, BB
- Scott Effross: 3.1 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K
- Pedro Araujo: 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 5 K
- Zack Short: 3 for 3, 2B, HR, 3 BB, SB
- Eddy Martinez: 2 for 5, 2B
- Tyler Alamo: 2 for 4, 2 HR, BB
- Connor Myers: 3 for 5, 2 2B
- Robert Garcia: 2 for 5, 2B
- Jose Paulino: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K
- Vimael Machin: 2 for 6
- Austin Upshaw: 2 for 5, BB
- Kevonte Mitchell: 2 for 6, 2B
- Isaac Paredes: 2 for 4
- D.J. Wilson: 4 for 5, 2B, HR
- Alberto Mineo: 1 for 4, 2B
- Tyler Payne: 2 for 4, BB
- Javier Assad: 6 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 6 K
- Casey Ryan: 1 IP, 1 K
- Rafael Narea: 1 for 3, 2B
- Rob Zastryzny: 2 IP, 1 H, 2 K
- Jonathan Sierra: 1 for 4, HR, BB
- Rafael Mejia: 3 for 4, HR
- Despite hitting a ridiculous 22 home runs in the first round, former Cubs’ prospect Justin Bour did not advance out of the first round in the Home Run Derby. Sadness.
- Kyle Hendricks only made 45 pitches in his Double A rehab start yesterday, but he also only allowed two hits while striking out two and walking one. We should know what the Cubs’ plans are soon, but based on the pitch count I wouldn’t be surprised if they have him make at least one more start before coming back to Chicago. (It’s also possible he was feeling so good that the Cubs know he can be ready to go from here, and simply threw the rest of his pitches in the bullpen after he departed.)
- Brett Anderson tossed 74 pitches in his fourth rehab appearance for the Smokies. His GO/AO was a fantastic 4.00; that’s a good sign for Anderson. I would not be surprised to see him back in Chicago in some capacity soon.
- Scott Effross has mostly pitched in relief for the Pelicans this year, and has picked up four saves in the process. Yesterday marked his first start of the season.