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javier baez aflHere’s a little something to wake you up this fine Monday morning. Thanks to BN comments regular TC, you can start your week by watching Dan Vogelbach hit a baseball a very, very long way. This film was taken at yesterday’s Kane County game and… well… just click here and watch.

According to TC, that pitch Vogelbach crushed was likely a fastball around 90 MPH. They hadn’t been throwing much off speed stuff and it looks like Vogelbach was ready and waiting to take advantage.

We do have the rest of the weekend’s games to run through, but if you just loop that video a dozen more times first I would not blame you a bit.

Scores From The Weekend

Friday – Iowa opened an 0-for-weekend with this 3-1 loss in Nashville.
Saturday – The Cubs came home on Saturday and stayed alive into extra innings, but ultimately lost 7-6 in 13.
Sunday – And on Sunday the Cubs lost 5-3 despite New Orleans gifting them two errors.

Friday – A late rally did not come close. Tennessee lost 11-3.
Saturday – Three Smokie errors did not help as Tennessee lost 9-3.
Sunday – This one was rained out. There is a doubleheader scheduled for today.

Friday – Daytona dropped this one in extras, 10-9.
Saturday – But they bounced back the next day to win in a 14-5 rout.
Sunday – That carried over into Sunday when they took a 5-0 win that was shortened by rain.

Kane County
Friday – The Cougars fell behind early and never recovered. They lost 5-2.
Saturday – And then they got caught on the wrong end of a blowout. They lost 15-2.
Sunday – But they bounced back on Sunday with a 3-2 win in ten innings.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] The long-slumping Logan Watkins has a six game hitting streak going now. It’s a fairly anemic hitting streak (7 hits in six game, only one for extra bases), but it is a streak.
  • [Iowa] Brett Jackson still has not gotten it going. He’s over 160 plate appearances now, and his OPS hast not broken the .700 plateau. His K% is down from last year, but is still disconcertingly high for a guy with a sub-.400 SLG.
  • [Iowa] Jeffry Antigua is in Iowa now. He fanned four in his first two innings of work. The lefty reliever has been flashing potential for a few years now, mainly in the low minors.
  • [Tennessee] Arismendy Alcantara is up to nine home runs. Even better, he has only struck out 7 times in his last 10 games.
  • [Tennessee] His performance has been eclipsed by Alcantara lately, but Rubi Silva is continuing to play well. He cooled off a little in May, but he still has a season OPS of .804 with 8 HR and 8 SB. The strikeout rate remains the stuff of nightmares, but he did walk 5 times in May compared to 1 in April. Progress!
  • [Daytona] Javier Baez got the headlines on Saturday with a 5 for 6 performance that included three doubles and a homer (his ninth). He picked up two more singles on Sunday.
  • [Daytona] Jorge Soler finished the weekend with five hits of his own, including his eighth home run.
  • [Daytona] The shutout on Sunday came from Austin Kirk. He struck out 7 in 6 innings, but also gave up 5 hits and 3 walks.
  • [Kane County] Albert Almora came up with 5 hits on Saturday and Sunday, including a double.
  • [Kane County] Third baseman Jeimer Candelario also had a five hit weekend (six if we stretch back to Friday). Over that span he struck out once.
  • [Kane County] When Vogelbach wasn’t hitting a ball a very long way, he was doubling for his second hit of the game. He also walked.

Other News

  • Antigua jumped from Kane County to Iowa. That is a huge jump, but I suspect the Cubs did it for one reason – geography. When Blake Parker went to Chicago the Iowa Cubs needed another arm in the bullpen. Antigua was rested up in Kane County. If that is the case, I don’t look for him to stay in Iowa for very long.
  • He isn’t the most exciting catching prospect in the system, but Chad Noble is still quietly producing at the plate. He took over as the regular catcher for Tennessee about a week ago, and so far he has put up an OPS of .711. The upside here is back up catcher at best (think Koyie Hill).
  • There are gaudy numbers everywhere on Daytona’s box score for Saturday. Scroll up and click on it if you need something more to cheer you up this morning. Ben Carhart and Dustin Geiger each had two doubles, Tim Saunders walked twice, P.J. Francescon struck out 6 over 5 innings… just an all around great game.
  • For more Low A prospect videos, stop by TC’s website Shadows of Wrigley. He posts some of the best prospect videos around.
  • Brett: A big thanks to BN’er Eric for the Javier Baez photo above, which he took at the AFL last year.

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Author: Luke Blaize

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