6/1 Rizzo, Francescon honored
Triple-A Iowa first baseman Anthony Rizzo and Class A Daytona pitcher P.J. Francescon were named the Cubs Minor League player and pitcher of the month for May. Rizzo, 22, batted .326 with nine doubles, a triple, 10 home runs and 23 RBIs in 26 games with Iowa in May. His 10 home runs were tied for the most in the Pacific Coast League while his league-leading .758 slugging percentage contributed to a 1.160 OPS that ranked second in the league. Francescon, 23, combined to go 3-1 with a 2.58 ERA and a complete game in six starts between Class A Peoria and Daytona. He limited hitters to a .187 batting average and struck out 26. He began the month with Peoria, going 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA in four starts, then was promoted to Daytona on May 21.
– Carrie Muskat