Ian Happ had a very good month of June, but I didn’t realize his .422 batting average in that month (split between Myrtle Beach and Tennessee) was the highest of anyone in all of minor league baseball (eighty plate appearances minimum). Toss in his four home runs and five steals and it is easy to see why he was named the second baseman on Baseball America’s All Prospect Team for June.
Joining Happ on the infield for that team is third baseman Jeimer Candelario. His Iowa OPS of 1.052 led to a monthly figure (split between Tennessee and Iowa) of .943. He settled into a slump right after spring training, but once he shook it off he began producing at an impressive rate. As good as his June was, though, I suspect Candelario would tell you his July has been better. That is, after all, when he made his major league debut.
Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Omaha 4, Iowa 3 in eight innings.
Omaha 7, Iowa 5 in nine innings.
The only thing worse than being swept in a double header is being swept at home when both games go extra innings.
- Rob Zastryzny: 7 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 10 K
- John Andreoli: 1 for 3, 2 SB. That’s twenty steals for Andreoli.
- Munenori Kawasaki: 2 for 5, 2 SB
- Dan Vogelbach: 1 for 2, 2 BB
- Game Two
- Felix Pena: 2 IP, 3 K
- John Andreoli: 2 for 5
- Matt Murton: 3 for 4, 2B
- Mark Zagunis: 1 for 5, 2B
- Dan Vogelbach: 2 for 3, 3B, BB
- Tim Federowicz: 2 for 4, 2B
- Cael Brockmeyer: 2 for 4
Double A: Tennessee Smokies
The Smokies were rained out.
- Jonathan Martinez: 7 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 3 K
- Charcer Burks: 2 for 4
- Rashad Crawford: 2 for 4, 2B
- Jason Vosler: 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB
- Andrew Ely: 1 for 3, 2B
- Game Two
- Daury Torrez: 1 IP, 1 K
- Ryan McNeil: 1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
- Rashad Crawford: 0 for 2, 2 BB, SB
- Ian Rice: 1 for 3, HR
- Preston Morrison: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 9 K
- Carlos Sepulveda: 2 for 6
- P.J. Higgins: 2 for 6, 2B
- Donnie Dewees: 1 for 5, BB
- Eloy Jimenez: 2 for 4, 2B, BB
- Eddy Martinez: 2 for 4, 3B, BB
- Jesse Hodges: 2 for 5, 2 3B
- Josh Silver: 2 for 5
- Bryant Flete: 3 for 5, 3B
- Roberto Caro: 3 for 5
- Bryan Hudson: 3 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 1 K
- M.T. Minacci: 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
- Taylor Davis: 1 for 2, BB
- Chris Pieters: 2 for 4
- Trent Giambrone: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
Rookie: Arizona Cubs
Arizona had the day off.
- The video crew for the Eugene Emeralds has produced another impressive video. From the same team that brought you the first person look at batting practice via a head mounted camera, here is a time lapse video of Eugene’s ballpark the afternoon and evening of July 3. If you’re paying attention, you can even spot the seventh inning stretch.