Cubs' Minor League Daily: Amaya the All-Star

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Cubs’ Minor League Daily: Amaya the All-Star

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Gioskar Amaya. Idaho Press-Tribune.

The Boise Hawks have a second half record of 23 – 12. They lead their division by eight games. They are tied for the best overall record in their division. And yet they had only one player named to the Northwest League All-Star Team.

That one player is second baseman Gioskar Amaya. Amaya is third in the league (among those eligible) in OPS with an .864. He leads the league in triples by a wide margin (11 to 6), is tied for fourth in home runs with eight, and is comfortably in the top ten in OBP. With the glove he has committed just nine errors in 267 chances this season. That’s not bad for a 19 year old second baseman.

Amaya is a legitimate second base prospect who very clearly deserved to be named an All-Star. I’m not so sure he should have been the only All-Star from Boise’s roster, but there is no doubt that the selectors got this particular pick absolutely right. I think we will continue to hear much more from Amaya in the years to come.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Despite their seven hits, Iowa was shut out 3-0.
Tennessee – Today was a travel day for the Smokies.
Daytona – Daytona got to play baseball! The Cubs took the first game of the doubleheader 4-1, but they lost the second game 3-1.
Peoria – Late inning rallies made no difference in this 9-5 Peoria loss.
Boise – Boise rode a five run sixth to a 9-5 win.
Arizona – Their regular season over, the Arizona Cubs had the day off.

Performances of the Day

  • [Iowa] Diory Hernandez finished 2 for 2 with two doubles in this game. His was the only multi-hit effort for the Cubs.
  • [Iowa] Jeff Beliveau gave up just two hits and a walk in his two innings of relief. Had that one hit not left the ballpark, he would have had a pretty good night.
  • [Daytona] P.J. Francescon was able to pitch six full innings in Game One. He gave up just the one run on three hits and a walk while striking out three.
  • [Daytona] In Game Two, Frank Del Valle struck out six over five innings, but he also gave up four hits (including a home run) and walked two.
  • [Daytona] Javier Baez finished these two games a combined 2 for 6 with a triple and a stolen base. Christian Villanueva finished 2 for 5 with a home run and a walk.
  • [Peoria] Bryce Shafer and Pete Levitt combined to throw five strong innings of relief for the Chiefs.
  • [Peoria] Jorge Soler raised his average to .323 with another two hit game.
  • [Boise] Michael Heesch continued to pitch well with just one hit allowed in two innings.
  • [Boise] Daniel Vogelbach went 1 for 3 with a home run and two walks in this game. He now has ten home runs for Boise this season.

Other Minor League Notes

  • The schedule says Tennessee will finish off their season in Pensacola. Since the Florida Panhandle was spared the worst of Isaac, I’d say there is a pretty good chance those games will take place.
  • In case you missed it yesterday, the Cubs have announced the players who will be sent to the prospect heavy Arizona Fall League. As usual, this list is a mix of the expected and the surprising, with the biggest surprise, I think, being Rubi Silva. Silva quietly had a bit of a breakout year in Daytona and Tennessee. He is being crowded off second base, one of the deepest positions in the farm system, but at the same time is emerging as a potentially plus defensive outfielder. To succeed long term I think he’ll need to draw a few more walks and raise his OBP somewhat higher than it has been, but I think he has the ability to make that happen.

Author: Luke Blaize

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