6/23 Minor matters

Saturday’s games

* Chris Rusin gave up six runs over six innings in Iowa’s 6-2 loss to Memphis. Brian Bogusevic had two hits and stole a base. Brad Nelson also had two hits, including a double.

* Matt Szczur went 4-for-5 with three RBIs in Tennessee’s 11-8 loss to Chattanooga. Ty Wright was 2-for-3 and Jonathan Mota went 2-for-5.

* Javier Baez hit his 16th home run, a solo shot in the first, and Zach Cates gave up one run over 6 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 2-1 win over Dunedin. Baez had two hits, and two RBIs. His 52 RBIs are tied for fifth in the Florida State League. Dustin Geiger had two hits and a stole a base.

Baez connected off Kyle Drabek, who was making his first start since elbow surgery. Baez also hit a RBI single in the third.

“It doesn’t matter who is on the mound — he has to throw strikes,” Baez told the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Baez now is tied for first in the Florida State League with 16 home runs. He’s the active leader, as the other two players were promoted to Double-A.

Jorge Soler still sidelined with a sore left shin.

* Albert Almora and Rock Shoulders both homered in Kane County’s 6-5, 11-inning loss to Quad Cities. Shoulders had two hits and scored two runs.

* Justin Marra hit his first home run in Boise’s 3-2 loss to Spokane in the first game of a doubleheader. In the second game, Shawon Dunston Jr. hit his first home run in a 4-3 loss.

* Alexander Santana gave up three runs over 4 2/3 innings in Mesa’s 7-5, 10-inning loss to the Diamondbacks. The Rookie League team committed three errors.


I was at the River Bandit/Cougar game in Iowa and have to tell you Almora is looking good, his home run was impressive. “Voglemonster” is a rather large young man with some gut hanging over his belt…not sure where he figures in the Cubs’ future as first base seems to be the only position he can handle. This kid more than likely will wind up being a DH unless he tones up some.

almora and baez need a promotion…. soler needs one when he gets back and is swinging the bat well again

Reported on another site that the Nationals are looking for starting Pitching. They have some good looking prospects ( stat wise ) that I hope Hoyer and his scouting department are looking at.
Look at Rendon 3B at AA and RHP Taylor Jordan. Dixon Anderson RHP and Nieto C at A. Based on age and stats, I would give up both Garza and Feldman for those 4 guys.
Cubs need a very good catching prospect, I think Nieto would fill that wish. The Cubs have three 3B prospects at AA and below if they sign their 1st round Draft pick?? Looking at Rendon’s stats he may be ready for AAA. Then Stewart can be benched and Vitters can stay on the DL as long as he wants.
Pitchers Jordan and Anderson look very good, however any time you trade for or sign a Pitcher, your taking a gamble.

Nieto is a 23 in A+ ball with his best season so far at .773 OPS…… not seeing the “very good” value there… Also I think we got a pretty “decent” C prospect in Contreras. Rendon would be awesome though I am there with you on that one BUT I think the nationals are set on keeping him. I also don’t think you will see Feldman and Garza packaged together… the nationals don’t need THAT much help in the rotation. I would be fine with Cole, plus a couple high upside fillers for Garza from the Nationals (maybe Cole and Karns would be a starting point but I doubt we get 2 Top10 prospects from a team)

They need starting pitching, the Cubs have it. I doubt it also, but I would do those 4 for Garza and Feldman right now. Actually any team that would give up the Pitchers I mentioned, plus someone like Rendon.
The catcher I mentioned is somewhat questionable, but your not going to get a great C prospect with those three for Feldman & Garza. My opinion, the Cubs are very very weak at Catching. I know nothing of Contreras. I do know that Castillo is not that good. Navarro, is not an everyday catcher and also see no one giving any immediate competition.
It is possible that Nieto is starting to get it, if not, throw in another prospect with somewhat chance of making it.
Garza and Feldman would put the Nationals over the top this year, at least I think so.

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