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Farm Report: April 13 – Rizzo with two more HRs

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Triple A – Iowa 6, Round Rock 5
Anthony Rizzo and Welington Castillo just keep on hitting. Rizzo put the I-Cubs up 2-0 in the first inning with his 4th home run of the season. Castillo added a solo shot in the 4th; his second of the year, and then Rizzo did it again, hitting his 5th homer in the 6th inning. Brett Jackson would get on the board with a solo home run in the 7th, his first of the year. Josh Vitters was hitless for the first time this year. Jay Jackson started and ended up going five innings and giving up two runs. The bullpen nearly blew it in the 9th by giving up three to the Express, but Blake Parker came in to close the door.

Double AJackson 1, Tennessee 4
Tennessee had the luck of running into 2011’s #2 overall draft pick, Danny Hultzen. Tennessee’s offense:

1st inning: K, K, BB, flyout
2nd inning: K, K, K
3rd inning: groundout, BB, K, groundout
4th inning: 2B, groundout, K, K
5th inning: groundout, groundout, K

While Hultzen was mowing down the Smokies, Dae-Eun Rhee kept Jackson scoreless. He gave up six hits, but no walks, four K’s and a pick off helped keep runs off the board…until the 6th when lead off man Daniel Caroll led off with a homer. Rhee would get the next three batters but was now down 1-0. A bit of a rally began for the Smokies in the 6th when Hultzen dropped a toss from the 1B allowing Logan Watkins to reach base. Jae-Hoon Ha followed with a walk. After a “productive out” by Justin Bour, Hultzen was pulled. Reliever Seven Hensley immediately gave up a 2-run double to Rebel Ridling which would end up being the winning run.

High A –
Daytona 8, Tampa 4
Daytona would score seven runs before Tampa got one on the board. Five players would have two hits in the game for Daytona but Matt Szczur and Ronald Torreyes had none, to continue their early season struggles. Szczur did walk and come around to score in the 8th, but was replaced in left field in the bottom of the inning. No idea on the reason for that yet.
No one notable pitched for the Cubs…Eduardo Figueroa got the start, went five innings, only gave up a run on three hits and a walk.

Low A – Peoria 2, Wisconsin 5
19 year old Marco Hernandez was dropped to seventh in the lineup and responded by going 2-3 with a homer, double, walk, and stolen base. But the team was 0-7 with runners in scoring position and Chiefs starting pitcher Jose Rosario gave up four runs in five innings. Taiwan Easterling was 0-4 to drop his batting average to .048! Zeke DeVoss was hitless with a walk and made his third error at second by missing the throw on a stolen base attempt.

Prospect Snapshot

Brett Jackson (CF):              1-5, HR, 0BB/2K
Anthony Rizzo (DH):           2-4, 2HR, 0BB/1K
Welington Castillo (C):        3-4, HR
Josh Vitters (3B):                  0-4
Matt Szczur (LF):                  0-3, 2BB/1K, CS
Marco Hernandez (SS):      2-3, 2B, HR, 1BB/0K

Jay Jackson:                         5IP, 2ER, 5H, 1BB/4K
Dae-Eun Rhee:                    6.1IP, 1ER, 6H, 0BB/4K

  • cap’n obvious

    Hultzen is legit.  The best college lefty since David Price.  3 nasty pitches in his arsenal, and he can command and locate them all.  Huge future.  Even with Lahair’s dinger yesterday, I’ve got to wonder how long the new ‘brain trust’ can keep a guy like Rizzo at AAA.

    • Most were saying he’d be up by July, but I can’t see him coming up later than the end of May. Just too much talent.

    • BLPCB

      The season is a lost cause, so why not wait until the end of May, get that extra year.

      • Scott

        Rizzo was up for quite a bit last year with San Diego, does that not have some quantifiable effect on how long he stays under team control?

  • cap’n obvious

    Hultzen is legit.  The best college lefty since David Price.  3 nasty pitches in his arsenal, and he can command and locate them all.  Huge future.  Even with Lahair’s dinger yesterday, I’ve got to wonder how long the new ‘brain trust’ can keep a guy like Rizzo at AAA.

    • Josh Cornwall

      Most were saying he’d be up by July, but I can’t see him coming up later than the end of May. Just too much talent.

    • AC0000000

      The season is a lost cause, so why not wait until the end of May, get that extra year.

      • Scott

        Rizzo was up for quite a bit last year with San Diego, does that not have some quantifiable effect on how long he stays under team control?

  • Doc Raker

    Can LaHair or Rizzo play any other positions? I would like to see them both in the line up. Rizzo for CF anyone? Sorry Lizzie but Geo is looking more and more lie trade bait with Clevenger and WS looking good.

    • Scott

       I think Rizzo may be a tad bit slow for CF duty.  He or Lahair wouldn’t play any worse than Soriano in LF, but they are almost obligated to play that contract.  The ideal solution would be to trade Soriano, and move one of the 2 to LF. 

      Of course, unless Soriano continues to improve offensively this year over the last couple, that realistically isn’t going to happen.  Hopefully some AL team is in desperate need of a DH sometime this summer.

      • Buddy

        I think Rizzo is 1B, only, but LaHair in LF down the road seems like a possibility. He can’t be much worse out there than Soriano , and he looks very uncomfortable at 1B.

      • SBardo

         Nobody can be quite so bad in LF as Soriano, with the glaring exception of Manny Ramirez.  It would be really nice to see Soriano get hot through July and build up some trade value, even if we have to eat some of his contract.

  • Doc Raker

    Can LaHair or Rizzo play any other positions? I would like to see them both in the line up. Rizzo for CF anyone? Sorry Lizzie but Geo is looking more and more lie trade bait with Clevenger and WS looking good.

    • Scott

       I think Rizzo may be a tad bit slow for CF duty.  He or Lahair wouldn’t play any worse than Soriano in LF, but they are almost obligated to play that contract.  The ideal solution would be to trade Soriano, and move one of the 2 to LF. 

      Of course, unless Soriano continues to improve offensively this year over the last couple, that realistically isn’t going to happen.  Hopefully some AL team is in desperate need of a DH sometime this summer.

      • Buddy

        I think Rizzo is 1B, only, but LaHair in LF down the road seems like a possibility. He can’t be much worse out there than Soriano , and he looks very uncomfortable at 1B.

      • SBardo

         Nobody can be quite so bad in LF as Soriano, with the glaring exception of Manny Ramirez.  It would be really nice to see Soriano get hot through July and build up some trade value, even if we have to eat some of his contract.