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The Farm Report: April 30th – Concepcion crushed, Szczur keeps hitting

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Triple A -Iowa 4, Memphis 5

The I-Cubs faced off against one of the best pitching prospects in baseball for the second time in a week in Cardinals farm hand Shelby Miller. This time Iowa was able to scratch four runs off him, but it wasn’t enough as Travis Wood gives up five runs in five innings.
Anthony Rizzo had two hits and two RBI and Adrian Cardenas hit a solo homer off Miller, but the Redbirds bullpen shut down the I-Cubs in the final four innings.
Some odd baserunning notes from this one, as Anthony Rizzo was caught stealing home, and in another inning, Travis Wood somehow stole third base. I believe Rizzo was trying to score when Adrian Cardenas was caught in a rundown (total guess). I have no idea how Travis Wood steals third base.

Double A- Tennessee  had the day off.

High A- Daytona 6, Lakeland 8

Daytona’s offense was clicking on Monday and they started the game with three runs in the first inning. Matt Szczur led off the game with a bunt single and a steal of second base. Lakeland would retire the next two batters, but then four consecutive singles pushed across the three runs.
Starting pitcher Frank Del Valle would give up two runs through five innings of work, and would leave with the lead, 5-2, but the bullpen struggled in this one, giving up six run in the final three frames. 2011 draftee Tony Zych came into the game in the 8th inning with the bases loaded and one out and gave up two singles, allowing four runs to cross the plate.
Szczur has really come around in the last couple weeks; in his last 10 games he’s hitting 333/435/538, with four doubles, two triples, and 9 for 10 in stolen bases.

Low A- Peoria 4, Fort Wayne 8

Gerardo Concepcion...ouch. He couldn’t get out of the first inning, only retiring two batters:

Ground out
Double
Double
Ground out
Single
Home Run
Single
Balk
Hit batter
Walk

Willengton Cruz would come in for the high priced Cuban and give up a bases clearing triple, giving Fort Wayne a cool 7-0 lead after one inning.
The offense couldn’t get a run across the plate until the sixth inning. Paul Hoilman extended his hitting streak to 14 games by going 2-4 with a double and Zeke DeVoss had a good game at the plate with two hits, two walks, and two stolen bases.

Notes:

Brett Jackson: 1-3, 2BB, 1K, CS
Anthony Rizzo: 2-4, K, CS
Matt Szczur: 2-5, 3B, SB, K
Rubi Silva: 3-4 (.342 on the year)
Zeke DeVoss: 2-3, 2B, 2BB, 2SB

Gerardo Concepcion: 0.2 IP, 5H, 7ER, 1BB, 0K
Travis Wood: 5.0 IP, 7H, 5ER, 1BB, 4K

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Farm Report: April 27 – Castillo called up, Peoria led by PJ and Paul

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Triple A- Nashville , Iowa

Nashville and Iowa were rained out on Friday. Welington Castillo will be called up to Chicago to replace the injured Steve Clevenger. In other AAA news, the top two position prospects in the game have been called up; Bryce Harper for the Nats and Mike Trout for the Angels (Bobby Abreu was released, and no, the Cubs shouldn’t sign him). The timing for Harper was just right for the Nats, as they will now have him under control for an extra season…although I don’t expect him to remain up for good, so that’s probably moot. But it does mean that the Cubs can bring up Brett Jackson with the extra year…which won’t happen because he’s just not ready.

Double A- Tennessee 0, Jackson 3

Not much going for the Smokies here. They ran into one of Seattle’s top pitching prospects, Taijuan Walker, who improved to 3-0 on the season. Trey McNutt only went three innings for Tennessee; I didn’t see a pitch count in the box score, so he either threw a lot of pitches, had blister issues reoccur, or they are easing him back. He only gave up one hit and best of all, no walks.
The offense couldn’t do anything against Jackson. They were 0-4 with runners in scoring position and the only extra base hit was Jim Adduci’s 5th inning, two out triple.

High A- Daytona 3, Clearwater 4

Another weak offensive performance despite the three runs, Daytona could only muster six hits in the game. The only extra base hit here came on an 8th inning double by Matt Szczur. Pitching was good, with Eric Jokisch throwing seven innings, giving up three runs (one earned), nine hits, two walks, eight K’s, but two unearned runs given up cost them the victory.

Low A- Peoria 3, Lake County 0

A victory! This one was led by the pitching of Patrick (PJ) Francescon and the bat of Paul Hoilman. PJ threw a gem for six innings, only giving up two hits while striking out eight. The 40th round pick in 2010 has now thrown 27 innings on the year, with 26 K’s and only 4 BB’s and 14 hits given up. He is a bit old for the league, at 23 years old, but has been a pleasant surprise for the organization.
Hoilman now has a 12 game hitting streak thanks to a first inning 2-run homer. The 6’4″, 230 pound, first baseman has put together a good  year, but 26 K’s in 80 plate appearances for a 22 year old in Low A isn’t all that impressive. 19 year old Oliver Zapata continues to hit; he went 2-4, but was caught stealing and picked off.

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Farm Report: April 23 – Walkoff grand slam, Szczur hitting, Kyler Burke transforming

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

TRIPLE-A: Memphis 4, Iowa 0

Iowa ran into one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball in Cardinals farmhand Shelby Miller. The game started off promising, with Brett Jackson taking a leadoff walk and then a steal of second. Dave Sappelt then walked, followed by a Luis Valbuena strikeout. Anthony Rizzo came up and lined a single to load the bases, but Miller, the #8 prospect in baseball according to Baseball America, was able to get out of the jam by striking out Welington Castillo and forcing a fly out. The I-Cubs were able to sprinkle seven hits on the day, but couldn’t push a run across the plate.
Travis Wood picked up the quality start by going six innings, striking out eight, and giving up two runs (one earned).


DOUBLE-A: Chattanooga 7, Tennessee 5

The Lookouts jumped out to a 7-0 lead by the third inning, with Dae-Eun Rhee giving up five in the first. The defense didn’t help, with two errors in the frame, but Rhee gave up four straight hits to start the game. The Smokies tried to make a game of it with four runs in the eighth, but they just couldn’t climb out of the hole.
Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits, including two doubles, and James Adduci had a pinch hit three run double, but Rhee takes his first loss of the season.


HIGH-A: Daytona 5, Lakeland 13

Daytona jumped out to a 1-0 lead just two batters into the game when Arismendy Alcantara singled home Matt Szczur, who led off the game by dropping down a bunt and and reaching second on a a throwing error. Hayden Simpson was even able to get three outs before the runs started pouring in for the Flying Tigers. They’d score a run in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings before putting up a five spot in the 5th.
Simpson would throw 4.1 innings, giving up eight hits, six runs (five earned), with SEVEN walks and two K’s as he fell to 0-3 with an ERA approaching 8.00 on the season. The bullpen wasn’t any better, giving up seven more runs and four more walks. Just ugly.
The offense was able to score five runs on twelve hits, led by Dustin Harrington‘s 3-4 night. Szczur was on base four times, including two free passes, and has his average up to .225 in the early going.


LOW-A: Lansing 2, Peoria 6

A win! This game was scoreless for eight full innings. Joe’s boy Kyler Burke pitched the best game of his short pitching career, going six innings, only giving up four hits, a walk, to go with four K’s. Ben Wells came in to pitch, would get through the seventh and eight without much of a problem, but would give up the two runs in the ninth on three hits.
But the Chiefs would would come back in the bottom half of the inning. Yaniel Cabezas and Pin-Chieh Chen would start the inning off with singles. Zeke DeVoss came up to sacrifice them over, but the pitcher had trouble fielding the ball and everyone was safe. Wes Darvill was next and lined a double to right to tie the game and put runners at 2nd and 3rd with nobody out.
Lansing would intentionally walk Ryan Cuneo to bring up Paul Hoilman, who would go on to hit a walk off grand slam to seal the win for the Chiefs.

I’m not sure what to think about Burke yet; the Cubs have had some success at converting position players to pitchers with Randy Wells and Carlos Marmol being examples, and Burke does have a promising 13/2 K/BB ratio. I’m definitely more interested in his performance now than I was a month ago.

Also wanted to note that Cuban signee Gerardo Concepcion will make his first start for Peoria today.


GAME STATS

Brett Jackson: 0-3, 2BB, 2K, SB
Luis Valbuena: 2-4, 2K
Anthony Rizzo: 1-4, E (4)
Welington Castillo: 2-4, K
Josh Vitters: 1-4, K
Jae-Hoon Ha: 3-5, 2K, E(2)
Matt Szczur: 2-3, 2BB
Rubi Silva: 2-5, 2K
Zeke DeVoss: 1-4, 3K

Travis Wood: 6IP, 2R/1ER, 7H, 2BB/8K
Dae-Eun Rhee: 5IP, 7R/5ER, 9H, 1BB/5K
Hayden Simpson: 4.1IP, 6R/5ER, 8H, 7BB/2K
Kyler Burke: 6IP, 0R, 3H, 1BB/4K
Ben Wells: 3IP, 2R/2ER, 5H, 0BB/2K

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Farm Report: April 21 – Good pitching, early season surprise, and an early look at stats

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Triple A - Memphis 12, Iowa 7
Iowa lost their fifth straight game on Saturday against the visiting Memphis Redbirds. Casey Coleman pitched a good game, going six innings while giving up two runs on five hits and four walks while striking out a season high seven batters. Jeff Beliveau was able to finish the seventh inning, but things fell apart for him and the bullpen in the eighth:

Walk
Double
Single
Pitching change – Manny Corpas
Walk
Single
Single
Wild Pitch
Wild Pitch
Home Run
Single
K
K
Home Run
K

Nine runs. I think it’s time to give Manny Corpas his unconditional release.

With Tony Campana called up to Chicago, the lineup now features Brett Jackson leading off. He had his first multi-hit game in a week, going 2-5 with a double and one K. Dave Sappelt was the offensive player of the game, 2-4 with a walk and a home run, three runs scored, two RBI and one for two on steal attempts.
Anthony Rizzo and Adrian Cardenas chipped in two hits, and after a scorching hot start, Josh Vitters was 0-3 and saw his average drop to .269 on the year. How quickly those small samples change.

Double A – Chattanooga 2, Tennessee 4
Tennessee’s bullpen performed much better in this game, and was able to lock down the win for starter Nick Struck. Struck went five innings, gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks while chipping in five K’s. Jeffry Antiqua and Marcus Hatley combined for four scoreless innings.
The 3, 4, 5 hitters for the Smokies went a combined 7-10 with a walk and a stolen base, but the team did not have an extra base hit in the game.

High ATampa 2, Daytona 13

A blow out as Daytona scored in six of their eight innings at the plate with seven of the nine starters had multi-hit games. Matt Szczur was 2-6 with two runs and a stolen base, hit fifth of the year. Ronald Torreyes added two hits (five in two days) and a walk while scoring three times.
Eric Jokisch started, pitching 5.2 innings, giving up seven hits, two runs, three walks, and adding two K’s. The bullpen gave up just one hit in 3.1 innings of work.

Low AGreat Lakes 2, Peoria 1
Surprise performer of the early year goes to Peoria’s starting pitcher, Michael Jensen. He went seven innings and only gave up two hits and a walk, while striking out six. His season stats are below, but at first glance, Jensen appears to be off to the best start among minor league pitchers.
Unfortunately he wasn’t able to get the win, as the offense was shut down by Great Lakes starter, Jarret Martin, and the bullpen who combined to strike out 16 Chiefs on the day. The 1, 2, and 3 Chiefs batters had eight of those K’s.
Zeke DeVoss was the lead off man and Pin-Chieh Chen batted second; both went 0-4 with three K’s. Oliver Zapata continues to make the most of Reggie Golden’s injury and went 2-4 with a stolen base.

Year to Date Stats

AAA
Brett Jackson (CF):    254/346/493, 2 HR, 9/21 BB/K, 2/0 SB/CS
Anthony Rizzo (1B):    369/406/708, 7 HR, 3/15 BB/K
Dave Sappelt (OF):    237/286/407, 2 HR, 4/9  BB/K
Adrian Cardenas (2B):     333/365/561, 2 HR, 4/3  BB/K
Josh Vitters (3B):    269/328/308, 0 HR, 5/6  BB/K
Luis Valbuena (2B):    348/439/543, 2 HR, 8/14 BB/K
Welington Castillo (C): 333/457/583, 2 HR, 6/9  BB/K
AA
Logan Watkins (2B):     290/380/355, 1 HR, 8/10 BB/K, 4/1 SB/CS
Jae-Hoon Ha (RF):     276/358/328, 0 HR, 6/14 BB/K, 2/1 SB/CS
Michael Burgess (OF):     267/346/444, 2 HR, 6/11 BB/K
HiA
Matt Szczur (CF):    194/296/210, 0 HR, 8/12 BB/K, 5/2 SB/CS
Ronald Torreyes (2B):     256/360/372, 0 HR, 5/6  BB/K
Rubi Silva (OF/2B):     356/420/467, 0 HR, 5/10 BB/K
LoA
Zeke DeVoss (2B):     224/318/362, 1 HR, 6/13 BB/K (4 errors)
Marco Hernandez (SS):     111/153/185, 1 HR, 3/15 BB/K
Rafael Lopez (C):     283/346/370, 0 HR, 5/5  BB/K

AAA
Casey Coleman:    21.1 IP, 3.80 ERA, 10/18 BB/K, 2 HR, 1.27 WHIP
Travis Wood:         17.1 IP, 5.19 ERA, 5/18  BB/K, 2 HR, 1.50 WHIP
Jay Jackson:          15.1 IP, 5.87 ERA, 7/11  BB/K, 2 HR, 1.43 WHIP
Randy Wells:          14.1 IP, 9.42 ERA, 6/10  BB/K, 3 HR, 1.53 WHIP
AA
Nick Struck:             22.0 IP, 2.45 ERA, 10/21 BB/K, 0 HR, 1.23 WHIP
Brooks Raley:          19.1 IP, 2.79 ERA, 2/8   BB/K, 1 HR, 0.93 WHIP
Dae-Eun Rhee:        17.0 IP, 4.76 ERA, 4/13  BB/K, 2 HR, 1.29 WHIP
Trey McNutt:          11.2 IP, 0.77 ERA, 7/11  BB/K, 0 HR, 1.29 WHIP
Jeffry Antigua:       11.0 IP, 4.09 ERA, 4/12  BB/K, 2 HR, 1.36 WHIP
HiA
Eric Jokisch:           23.2 IP, 4.56 ERA, 10/17 BB/K, 2 HR, 1.44 WHIP
Austin Kirk:             23.1 IP, 1.54 ERA, 5/9   BB/K, 0 HR, 0.90 WHIP
Hayden Simpson:  12.2 IP, 7.11 ERA, 5/3   BB/K, 3 HR, 1.82 WHIP
LoA
Michael Jensen:     24.0 IP, 1.50 ERA, 5/18  BB/K, 1 HR, 0.71 WHIP
Ben Wells:                 14.1 IP, 6.28 ERA, 2/11  BB/K, 0 HR, 1.47 WHIP
Kyler Burke:            11.1 IP, 1.59 ERA, 1/9   BB/K, 0 HR, 0.97 WHIP

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Farm Report: April 18 – Offenses lacking

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Triple A – Iowa 4, Albuquerque 6
Iowa was able to jump out to a 3-2 lead in the third inning after Luis Valbuena connected for his second home run of the year, which came after a Brett Jackson double. After the home run,  Isotopes pitcher Fernando Nieve hit Anthony Rizzo with a pitch and was ejected from the game. Welington Castillo would follow that up with a double which scored Rizzo. But Jay Jackson was unable to hold the lead and gave up his second homer of the game in the sixth inning. On the night, Jackson threw 5.2 innings, giving up six hits, with three walks and 5 K’s to take the loss. Valbuena and Castillo are still hitting over .400 on the young season, while Rizzo isn’t far behind at .377 after an 0-3 night with two K’s.

Double A –
Game 1: Tennessee 1, Huntsville 2

Game 2: Tennessee 1, Huntsville 0

Pitching ruled the day in Huntsville as the two teams combined to score four runs in the double header. Dallas Beeler started game one and gave up an unearned run in 5.2 innings. He did give up nine hits, however, and the Smokies offense was held to one run on six hits in the game. Jonathan Mota was the only Cub farmhand with two hits and Michael Brenly knocked him in with a double in the second inning. Game two was decided in the second inning when Ty Wright homered for the only run of the game. That was enough for the win as Ryan Searle, Casey Weathers, and Frank Batista combined on the shutout. Searle started, went four innings with five K’s, no walks, and two hits. Batista collected save number five after closing out the final two innings.

High A – Daytona had the day off.

Low A – Cedar Rapids 5, Peoria 2
Cedar Rapids scored a run in the first inning off starter Jose Rosario and never looked back. They’d add four more runs before Peoria scored a pair in the seventh inning. Oliver Zapata doubled to score Paul Holiman and, later in the inning, Marco Hernandez would have an RBI groundout to score Zapata. Oliver Zapata is a 19 year old switch hitting outfielder that was added to the team when Reggie Golden went down with an injury. He is 7-14 so far with two doubles and two home runs.
No update yet on Golden’s injury.

Notes

Both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus have updated their statistics and we now have the ability to filter the stats by team, league, Overall Top 100, Team Top 30′s, etc. Here is the link to BA which is a little more up to date than BP.

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Farm Report: April 15 – Randy Wells gets rocked

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Triple A – Iowa 10, Round Rock 11
21 runs and 38 hits combined for the two teams with Randy Wells getting torched for eight of those runs. But the offense was clicking and Wells left the game only trailing by one. The I-Cubs would tie it up at 10 in the eighth on a two-run single by Ty Wright.  The game would end up going 13 innings and Round Rock wins on a sacrifice fly to centerfielder Brett Jackson. Jackson had the type of day I think we’ll see a lot of once he’s in Chicago for good. He went 1-5 with two walks and three strikeouts. Alfredo Amezaga knocked five singles in his seven at bats. Anthony Rizzo collected three singles in seven trips to the plate. Tony Campana kept hitting, going 3-5 with a home run and a stolen base. That’s right, a home run for Tony Campana, the FIRST of his minor league career. 

Double A – Tennessee 4, Huntsville 5
The only minor league game that didn’t go into extra innings, Nick Struck was in line for the win after throwing five innings while giving up two runs on three hits, four walks, and one K, but relief pitcher Marcus Hatley gave up three runs in his two innings of work.
Logan Watkins reached base four times, including three walks, and added a stolen base. Shortstop Elliot Soto had two doubles and was caught stealing.

High A – Daytona 1, Dunedin 2

Dayton was only able to score once in twelve innings on Sunday. Five hitters batting under .180 on the young season would be a good indication why. Leadoff man Matt Szczur continues to scuffle; he went 1-5 with a stolen base on the day and is hitting .135 on the year. Second baseman Rubi Silva had his second consecutive two hit game and his hitting a robust .452 through his first 35 plate appearances. Austin Kirk got the start and pitched pretty well, going seven innings and only giving up one run. But the bullpen gave it up again, this time, Larry Suarez giving up three consecutive hits in the twelfth to pick up the loss.

Low A – Peoria 5, Wisconsin 3
Finally some extra innings success to top off a ninth inning comeback for the Chiefs. Zeke DeVoss was the ninth inning hero, driving home two runs with a single to tie the game at three. Oliver Zapata (2-4, 2B, HR) hit a solo home run in the top of the 11th and Peoria would add an insurance run in the same frame. Taiwan signing Yao-Lin Wang closed it out to pick up the win. He’s thrown 5.1 innings on the season and has only given up one hit to go along with five strikeouts.

Prospect Snapshot

Brett Jackson: 1-5, 2BB, 3K
Anthony Rizzo: 3-7
Josh Vitters: 0-2
Logan Watkins: 1-1, 3BB, SB
Elliot Soto: 2-4, 2 2B, 1BB, 1K
Matt Szczur: 1-5, SB
Rubi Silva: 2-5, 2B, 1BB, 1K
Zeke DeVoss: 2-5, 3B, 1BB

Randy Wells: 2.1IP, 8H, 8ER, 3BB/3K
Nick Struck:   5IP, 3H, 2ER, 4BB/1K
Austin Kirk:   7IP, 4H, 1ER, 1BB/1K

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Farm Report: April 13 – Rizzo with two more HRs

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

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

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The Farm Report: April 12

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Triple A - Albuquerque 2, Iowa 8
Josh Vitters had an excellent first week to the Iowa Cubs season. He added two more hits on Thursday to bring his batting average up to .458 on the young season. He’s even got three walks already. It’s too early to tell if there is any real progress, but it’s nice to see anyway. Vitters two hits were part of Iowa’s 14 hit barrage on the day, five that came in a five run second inning and Iowa never looked back. Anthony Rizzo has also had a great start to the season and kept it up with three more hits bringing his line up to 387/424/677 on the year. Dave Sappelt hit his first homer of the year and knocked in three runs on the day. Chris Rusin (1-1) got the start and pitched a solid seven innings, giving up six hits, two earned runs, with two walks and one strikeout. Brett Jackson and Welington Castillo had the day off.

Double AJackson 4, Tennessee 1
Starting pitcher Dallas Beeler pitched six innings and only gave up one run on three hits and a walk while he struck out two but didn’t factor in the decision. Alberto Cabrera gave up three earned runs in the 8th inning as Tennessee lost to Jackson 4-1. The Smokies lone run came from an RBI single by shortstop Elliot Soto, who had three hits on the day. Michael Burgess chipped in two hits but Tennessee couldn’t string anything together.

High A -
Daytona 4, Tampa 5
Daytona’s offense could only muster 5 singles on the night with three coming in a three run second inning giving the Cubs a 3-2 lead. They’d each add a run making it 4-3 Daytona going into the bottom of the 8th when Tampa struck for two runs, the 5-4 lead, and the eventual 5-4 win. Hayden Simpson started and threw 5.2 innings while giving up seven hits, three earned runs, with one walk and strikeout. He was able to get 11 ground ball outs to only four in the air, which, I guess, is something. Matt Szczurwith another walk and stolen base are about the only positives from the position prospects at the level.

Low A - Peoria 2, Wisconsin 4
Bad news as Reggie Golden was injured in the ninth inning rounding 1st. After crushing a ball off the centerfield wall, Golden hurt his leg and had to crawl back to first. He couldn’t put any weight on it and was helped off the field. Doesn’t sound very good. A lot of slow starts on the offensive side for the Chiefs this season. Marco Hernandez and Taiwan Easterling are both hitting under .090. Golden and Paul Hoilman are under .200. Peoria was able to collect six singles yesterday, but that wasn’t enough to outscore Wisconsin. Patrick Francescon pitched 5.2 innings and gave up 3 earned runs, six hits, no walks and three K’s. He also gave up two home runs. Austin Reed finished the game by striking out four in 2.1 innings but giving up an unearned run, a hit, and a walk.

Prospect Snapshot – Year to Date

Anthony Rizzo: 387/424/677, 3HR, 2BB, 7K
Brett Jackson: 276/382/414, 0HR, 4BB, 10K, 1/0 SB
Welington Castillo: 357/500/714, 1HR, 3BB, 4K
Josh Vitters: 458/500/500, 0HR, 3BB, 2K
Dave Sappelt: 207/233/379, 1HR, 1BB, 5K
Matt Szczur: 167/333/167, 0HR, 5BB, 5K 3/1 SB
Ronald Torreyes: 217/280/261, 0HR, 1BB, 5K
Zeke DeVoss: 280/357/360, 0HR, 2BB, 6K, 0/1 SB
Reggie Golden: 182/250/182, 0HR, 1BB, 7K, 1/0 SB
Marco Hernandez: 095/087/095, 0HR, 0BB, 3K

Randy Wells: 12IP, 5.25ERA, 8H, 3BB/7K, 2HR
Travis Wood: 6IP, 4.50ERA, 4H, 1BB/6K, 0HR
Trey McNutt: 7.2IP, 0.00ERA, 4H, 6BB/8K, 0HR
Nick Struck: 12IP, 2.25ERA, 10H, 3BB/15K, 0HR
Hayden Simpson: 10IP, 3.60ERA, 12H, 1BB/3K, 2HR
Ben Wells: 4IP, 2.25ERA, 7H, 0BB/3K, 0HR

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Game 5 Recap: Rough Debut for Maholm

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Brewers 7 @ Cubs 4

Box Score / Highlights / Condensed Game

Paul Maholm made his Cubs debut in less than spectacular fashion by coughing up five runs in the first inning to the visiting Brewers on a cold, 40 degree night at Wrigley. The Cubs would try to make a game of it but couldn’t close the gap in a 7-4 loss.

The Good

  • The Cubs put together a rally in the third inning, scoring three runs on three hits, a walk, and a sac fly by Jeff Baker.
  • Alfonso Soriano continued his hot start with two hits including a bases loaded single that scored two. He even made another nice play or two in left field.
  • David DeJesus was the only other Cubs with two hits and got on base a third time with a walk. Starlin Castro doubled and walked and Geovany Soto hit his first homer of the year.
  • On the pitching side, Rodrigo Lopez contributed two hitless innings and Lendy Castillo finished the game with a scoreless 9th.

The Bad

  • Marlon Byrd went 0-3 and is off to a rough 1-17 start to the 2012 season.
  • Ian Stewart and Jeff Baker also went hitless in the game leaving the 5-8 hitters a combined 1-13 on the night. The team was only 1-7 with runners in scoring position.
  • Rafael Dolis looks to have a pretty good fastball/breaking ball combo, but the control wasn’t there and he walked three men in his two innings of work.
  • Paul Maholm’s debut was an outing he’d like to forget. The Brewers had 10 men come to the plate in the first inning, with Maholm giving up five runs. Aramis Ramirez reached on a fielders choice and then promptly STOLE SECOND BASE! I couldn’t believe it either.

Thoughts?

I think Dale Sveum has the platoon situations backwards. Shouldn’t they be playing Bryan LaHair everyday, even against tough lefties like Cliff Lee, er, I mean, Chris Narveson? Instead, Jeff Baker got the nod at 1B.
But Dale’s played it the conventional way; platooning the inexperienced while playing the veteran (DeJesus) even though the veteran has plenty of evidence of struggling against left handers. Of course, DeJesus went on to get on base three times, so what do I know? I would just like to see LaHair play everyday rather than sitting against the likes of Chris Narveson simply because of the platoon advantage.
Ian Stewart hasn’t gotten the bat started yet, and who knows, it may never get started, but he has shown good defense which should save more than a few runs compared to the third base defense in previous years.

Ryan Dempster faces off against Yovani Gallardo in game 3 of the 4 game set on Wednesday at 1:20 CST.

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