9/12 Minor League report
Cubs Minor League organization leaders for 2012:
ERA: Tayler Scott, Boise, 2.52 (20 earned runs/71 1/3 IP)
Wins: Nick Struck, Iowa, 14
Saves: Frank Batista, Tennessee, 24
Strikeouts: Nick Struck, Iowa, 123
Average: Stephen Bruno, Boise, .361
Home runs: Anthony Rizzo, Iowa, 23
RBI: Justin Bour, Tennessee, 110
Stolen bases: John Andreoli, Daytona, 55
* Bruno credits Boise hitting coach Bill Buckner for getting him on track. Buckner suggested the infielder back off the plate a little bit, and it worked as he finished with the top average in the Northwest League.
“He helped me out tremendously,” Bruno told the Idaho Stateman about Buckner. “He helped me out with the mental side of the game. He really emphasized getting a pitch to hit and a pitch to drive. If I didn’t get that one pitch, don’t be afraid to take a walk. He emphasized getting on base and really getting a good swing and that quality at-bats were the most important thing.”
Boise was the best offensive team in the NW League, leading in runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, slugging percentage and batting average.
“They’re young and enthusiastic and want to learn and they really work hard, probably too hard,” Buckner told the Statesman. “At this level, you can make a difference. Getting them over the hump, getting them going — I enjoyed it.”
– Carrie Muskat