8/13 Minor matters

Monday’s games

Josh Vitters and Mike Olt each homered to help Iowa beat Sacramento, 2-1. Justin Grimm picked up the win, giving up one run over 5 1/3 innings. It was Vitters’ first game back from being on the disabled list. Edgar Gonzalez had two hits, including a double.

Javier Baez hit a game-tying solo home run in the sixth and Taylor Davis smacked a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh to lift Tennessee to a 3-2 win over Montgomery in the first game of a doubleheader. Christian Villanueva hit a three-run homer and Jonathan Mota added a two-run shot in the second game, a 9-4 Smokies win to complete the sweep. Jeff Antigua picked up the win in relief in the nightcap.

Ivan Pineyro gave up one run over six innings in Daytona’s 5-4 win over Tampa. Anthony Giansanti had two hits, including a double.

Dan Vogelbach had two hits to help Kane County snap a three-game losing streak and beat Cedar Rapids, 4-3. Reggie Golden and Rock Shoulders each drove in a run. Vogelbach was promoted to Daytona after the game.

Boise had Monday off, and will resume play Tuesday against Eugene. Third baseman Kris Bryant was promoted to Daytona on Monday, but prior to that, he was named the Northwest League Player of the Week. The Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick was 9-for-17 with three doubles, a triple, a home run and five RBIs in five games.

Erick Leal threw five shutout innings in Mesa’s 7-0 win over the Mariners. Brian Bogusevic had one hit, a double, and one RBI in his fourth rehab game. Jeffrey Baez had three hits, including a double and a triple, and one RBIs. Jesse Hodges had two hits and one RBI.


Baez’s numbers are now on the climb at AA, looking at the Box Score from this game he is now up to .273.
With a good finish and another good Spring Training 2014, he may force management to find a position for him.

As much as I want to see that, I’ll bet against it. It is much easier to adjust to a pitching in the minors. I think they will stick to the plan, and send him to Iowa first. If he lights it up at Iowa then he will get the June call, like Rizzo. IT WOULD BE NICE THOUGH!

Agree Doug/IA. Since the hiring of Epstein/Hoyer, my excitment has come from trades, the Draft, International signings, Trade Deadline and just Signings that take place, not making the News. Those signings you can only find under Transactions.
Anyway, I have never followed Minor League Cub Baseball like I have the last two years and I wouldnt have without the excitment that Epstein/Hoyer has brought with building from the bottom up. Its kinda fun.

I know, I follow the kids at all levels as well. It is funny, but not funny.
How about the new Daytona line up with Dan Vogelbach, & Kris Bryant? If they get Soler back, and Albert Almora is ready to move up. That would be very tough line up.
LOL, all fired up about high “A” ball.

Agree again. Still wondering about that Catcher Brockmeyer that was promoted from Low A to AAA last week. From what I can tell by box scores (???) he has played in 2 out of 4 games. I wonder why they would promote him that far up the ladder, then not play him???
Just wondering, you have any thoughts Doug/IA?

That looks like an insurance stop gap for a few days until they got things in place.
Once everything played out he went back to Boise. I think it was geographical.

If that was geographical stop gap for a few days, it was a shame in my opinion. Brockmeyer was just Drafted in June and doing very well. You promote him from low A to AAA, can you imagine his excitment? Then to be sent back down?? Can you imagine the disappointment?
Veteran players are used to up & downs, this poor kid will be down on his self in no time, you would think there would be another catcher somewhere.

I can assure you that the coaching staff explained the situation to Cael, and he knew it was a temporary call-up. No drama.

Speaking of Boise, Dunston Jr. will be moving soon as well, when Alomar heads to Daytona, he’ll head to Kane co.. Keep the line moving, sooner or later they have to get some of them to Chicago. What do you think?

I am actually happy to see a few of the 2011 Draft Picks stepping it up a little. Its been two years and the only one close is Baez. Then you look at a guy like Bryant in only 2 months, hes already at High A, where Baez started out this year. Almora and Soler have been slowed by injuries, but may make it to AA next year, hopefully with Bryant.
I am not too excited by Dunston. There are alot of good OF’s coming up and he is climbing that ladder very slow. He might be forgotten about, if he dont step it up.
I am really enjoying the progress and excitment of the youth. Before Hoyer talked about Catching weakness in the system the other day, I had already brought that up a few times. The whole Organization is very weak at that position. ( My Opinion )

Yes there are a lot of OF’s, but look at this year… And not all these guys will have long impact careers. Most of all it would nice to see the Shawn-O meter back, and forgive me Shawn, with some higher numbers. By the way I’ve not heard much about Dunston Jr., does he have the family canon arm?

Honestly Doug, I know nothing about Dunston other than what I see in Box scores. Carrie updated today that Dunston had been out since July 21st with an injury.

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