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Cubs Minor League Daily: Balaguert Wins Player Of The Week

Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects

The Southern League has named Tennessee first baseman Yasiel Balaguert the Player of the Week. For the week Balaguert hit .423 with a homer and a pair of doubles while walking twice and striking out just three times.


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For the season the 24-year-old Balaguert is hitting .255/.310/.408 with a walk rate of 7.1%, a strikeout of just 19.8%, and 12 home runs. In addition to first base, this left-handed slugger has seen some time in both corner outfield slots.

Balaguert has been somewhat of a late blooming prospect. He has been in the system since 2012, but this season is his first taste of Double A. For most of his professional career his calling card has been better than average power with a moderate strikeout rate. That’s a formula that could propel him to a major league job of some kind one day, although probably not with the Cubs given that the Cubs are set at first.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Sacramento 4, Iowa 2 in eleven innings.
The pitching had a good day.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies were rained out.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Daytona had the day off.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
Bowling Green 3, South Bend 1
The Cubs had their chances, but left eleven men on base.


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Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Spokane 6, Eugene 5
The Emeralds took two early leads, but neither one lasted long.

Rookie: AZL Cubs

Arizona had the day off.

Other Notes

  • Mike Freeman was recently signed by the Cubs to provide some depth on the infield, and was immediately plugged into a super-sub role. He entered the game as a pinch hitter, played right, and then moved down to shortstop.

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Luke Blaize

Luke Blaize is the Minor League Editor at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @ltblaize.