Remember not very long ago when the Cubs’ number one prospect Eloy Jimenez channeled his inner Natural and took out a light fixture during the Carolina League home run derby?
Lol Eloy Jimenez just knocked out another light at batting practice!!!!
— Scott Kornberg (@ScottKornberg) July 2, 2017
This time the destruction took place during batting practice, and unfortunately we have no video of it. Plenty of witnesses, including the park staff for the Down East ballpark who now have a stadium light to replace, but no video.
At this point, we just about have to move Jimenez into a category of his own when it comes to raw power. We have seen some very powerful sluggers come through the Cubs’ system in recent years, but I don’t recall anyone consistently hitting balls in the neighborhood of the light fixtures. Even in batting practice. Jimenez is increasingly looking like he could be something very, very special.
- Zach Hedges: 3 IP, 8 R, 13 H, 1 BB, 2 K
- Jack Leathersich: 2 IP, 1 BB, 4 K
- Matt Carasiti: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K
- Jemile Weeks: 2 for 5, 2B
- Kyle Schwarber: 1 for 3, BB
- Chris Dominguez: 2 for 4, 2B
- Ali Solis: 1 for 4, 2B
- Trevor Clifton: 5 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 4 H, 3 BB, 3 K
- David Bote: 2 for 3, 2 2B, BB
- Trevor Clifton: 1 for 1
Tennessee 9, Jackson 3
Not just another doubleheader, another doubleheader sweep.
- Brad Markey: 2.2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 K
- Steve Perakslis: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 3 K
- Craig Brooks: 1.1 IP, 4 K
- Carlos Penalver: 2 for 4, 2B
- Jason Vosler: 2 for 3
- Ian Rice: 2 for 3, HR
- Steve Perakslis: 1 for 1, 2B
- Adbert Alzolay: 6 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 4 BB, 4 K
- Bryant Flete: 3 for 4, 2B, SB
- P.J. Higgins: 3 for 3, BB
- Eddy Martinez: 2 for 2
- Matt Rose: 1 for 5, 2B
- Robert Garcia: 2 for 4, SB
- Manuel Rondon: 5 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 3 K
- Mark Malave: 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K
- Roberto Caro: 2 for 4, 2B, BB, SB
- Jason Heyward: 1 for 1, BB
- Kevonte Mitchell: 2 for 3, HR, SB
- Vimael Machin: 1 for 5, HR
- Alberto Mineo: 2 for 4, 3B
- Michael Cruz: 1 for 3, HR, BB
- Alonso Garcia: 5 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 1 K
- Edgar Rondon: 1 for 2, BB
- Tyler Payne: 1 for 4, 2B
- Austin Filiere: 1 for 2, 3 BB
- Tolly Filotei: 2 for 4, 2B
Rookie: AZL Cubs
Arizona had the day off.
- Speaking of power prospects, slugger Joey Martarano, formerly of the Boise State football team, has at long last made his way out of the Northwest League. Since he was drafted under an arrangement that let him focus on football, Martarano only this season was both healthy and able to focus purely on baseball. The result has been that, while old for the level, he has been putting some quality numbers for Eugene (.366/.460/.488 in 50 PA). Now he heads to South Bend.
- We know for sure that the Cubs have signed four players during the International Free Agent signing period that opened yesterday, including the two top players from Mexico as expected. They will doubtless sign quite a few more before they are done, but thanks to their significant investment in Mexico and given their spending limits for this season, I already have to call this signing period a success. The Cubs found a way to pull in quality talent despite the limitations, and I call that a win.
- Jimenez broke the light in batting practice, but during the game he was held hitless and struck out three times. All in all, Down East has to be pretty happy with how the day turned out.