8/3 Vogelbach, Loosen honored
The Cubs named Class A Kane County first baseman Dan Vogelbach and Double-A Tennessee right-handed pitcher Matt Loosen as the Minor League player and pitcher of the month for July, respectively. Vogelbach, 20, batted .330 with four doubles, four home runs, 19 RBI, a .417 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging mark in 27 July games. He drew 17 walks compared to 12 strikeouts and scored 15 runs. Among Midwest League hitters, Vogelbach ranks tied for third in home runs, tied for fourth in total bases (183) and ninth in RBI.
Loosen, 24, combined to go 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA (4 ER/37 1/3 IP) in six July starts between Class A Daytona and Tennessee, holding opponents to a .162 batting average while striking out 33 and walking 14. On July 8 at Dunedin, he threw Daytona’s first nine-inning no-hitter in 17 years. Loosen, who started the year with Tennessee, was 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA, two complete game shutouts and 56 strikeouts in nine starts with Daytona from June 7-July 26 before he began his second stint at the Double-A level, July 27. He closed out his stretch with Daytona by going 5-0 with a 0.60 ERA (3 ER/45 IP) in his final seven starts, allowing just three extra-base hits in that span (two doubles, one triple).