4/26 Minor matters

Chris Rusin gave up one run on seven hits over seven innings in Iowa’s 9-2 win over Coloradio Springs. Rusin struck out six and walked one. Arismendy Alcantara drove in two runs with a pinch-hit triple in the eighth. Matt Szczur had two hits and one RBIs.

Matt Loosen gave up three runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 15-1 loss to Huntsville. Kris Bryant extended his hitting streak to eight games with a double. He’s batting .364 in his streak.

Bijan Rademacher hit his second home run in Daytona’s 6-3 win over Brevard County. Dan Vogelbach had three hits and picked up his 11th RBI. Starling Peralta gave up one run on three hits over four innings in relief for the win.

Daury Torrez gave up three runs and struck out six over 6 1/3 innings in Kane County’s 8-4 win over Wisconsin. The Cougars now are 15-6 in the Midwest League. Carlos Penalver and Yasiel Balaguert each had three hits, while Daniel Canela and Will Remillard each drove in three runs.


“Through 19 games, Bryant is hitting .303 with 4 homers and 10 RBIs.

He leads Smokies regulars in runs scored, hits, doubles, homers, RBIs, total bases, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, batting average and on-base plus slugging percentage.”

It’s been a few days since that quote and Bryant is keeping up the good work. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s in Wrigle pay late this year. The man hits for average and power and knows how to take a walk. Have the Cubs ever had a player with that combo.

Should we look for him to be promoted to Iowa soon, or is that unrealistic, Cubs win?

I don’t know the thinking of Hoystein. But if he keeps it up, I would move him up before the end of May. What else does he need to learn in AA? And if he can perform the same way in Iowa, I’d move him up to Chicago this year. He’s older than a lot of the other prospects and has played in college. He might get to Wrigley before Baez. Ireally hope Baez gets it going. It seems like – and this is just a guess – that he’s a little too much of a free swinger. But he has had a history of struggling early when moved up, adjusting, and then dominating. Let’s hope that happens!

Aloha Cubs Win- in the past I have seen folks jump from AA to the show and make it. As I have been more engage with all you Cubs fans this past year and paying more attention to ball like I used too, it is amazing as others have pointed out how AAA has “become” more relevant to organizations now and how they spread out the responsibilities over the different levels within ones farm system. Having said that, I do not see a problem in trying Bryant out with the team. Maybe they move him up soon to AAA where he should see better pitching thus can work hitting as well as fielding. Then towards the end of the season when the teams can expand their rosters he can come up. This is just a thought because I do not see our Cubs in the playoffs this year plus no need to rush Bryant if he is getting really good instruction now and is growing. Same for Baez- we all want to see them up but if they need the time and instruction to grow I would hope we could as fans allow for it. It is hard right now when all we see are “loses,” last thing would be to bring someone up to soon and hurt them. Hang in there. Mahalo.

I think unrealistic … I would say he needs at least 200 abs there. He still has lots to work on.

OMG…I agree with you this time.

Huh? He’s 2-4 tonight with a home run. He’s at the top of the league in OBP, HRs, and OPS. Just because the mantra for the Cubs is give players time to develop, it doesn’t mean there is a strict number of ABs for every player (e.g., 200). So what do you want him to learn, how to strikeout less, because that the only thing I can see. The only issue I can see I does he play third. My guess is he’s a better hitter right now than anyone on the ML team, which granted is a pathetically low bar.

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