7/18 Minor League highlights

Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell, three of the Cubs’ top prospects, all homered Thursday. Bryant and Baez went deep in Triple-A Iowa’s 7-0 victory at Round Rock, while Russell’s home run helped Double-A Tennessee defeat Huntsville, 4-1.

Baez and Bryant were playing their first game for Iowa in nearly a week after playing against each other in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game and then getting a few days off for the Triple-A All-Star break. The rest didn’t seem to faze them. Baez, ranked No. 6 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list, went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games. And he was playing second base, and Iowa manager Marty Pevey said Baez “looked like an All-Star.”

Bryant, No. 8 on the Top 100, finished the game 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and two runs. His home run was his 32nd of the season between Tennessee and Iowa, giving him sole possession of first place on the Minor League leaderboard. He had been tied at 31 with Rangers’ No. 2 prospect Joey Gallo.

Russell, No. 11 on the Top 100, went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs and an RBI. It was his second home run of the season and first since he was traded to the Cubs as part of the deal that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A’s.

Baez, Bryant and Russell weren’t the only prominent Cubs prospects to homer Thursday. Tennessee outfielder Jorge Soler (No. 6), Class A Advanced Daytona first baseman Dan Vogelbach (No. 12) and Tennessee third baseman Christian Villanueva (No. 13) all hit long balls as well.


Baez also played 2nd for the first time. I wonder if he has a chance to come up this year, and not push back his clock like everyone seems to assume.

Not so sure that Management is concerned with pushing back the clock on Baez as they are with Bryant. I am hoping that Baez, Vizcaino will be brought up in SEP. Also would be nice to see Hendrick get a few starts at the end of the year. Maybe Beeler??
I read where Boras ( Bryants agent ) is pushing for Bryant to be brought up this year. I really dislike that guy. Epstein ignored Bora’s comment, stating Bryant needed work at 3B and possibly RF.
Cubs Win, this Management has a true vision and what looks to be a solid plan. All most of can do is assume, we really dont know what they will do next. lol There have been a few mistakes along the way, but they have overhauled the entire Organization in a very positive way.
Built a facility in the DR, rebuilt the ST Facility in Mesa and will start their plan on Wrigley. the entire Organization is driving forward in a steadfast manner, with not alot getting in their way.
Next year will be very exciting, not only to the fans, but adding to that, the players will be having lots of fun. They are getting there.
This Management is taking them there.

Hendricks hasn’t been announced as a starter in Iowa’s first five games after the All-Star Break. I’m assuming that either means a) The Cubs plan on calling him up to fill one of their two open rotation spots, which they will need to do on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, or b) Hendricks will replace one of the pitchers who gets called up in the AAA rotation. Beeler pitched at AAA yesterday and his next turn to pitch will come up on Tuesday, the first day the Cubs will need a 4th starter. Wada is scheduled to pitch today, which means his turn will come up again on Wednesday, the first day the Cubs will need a 5th starter. Rusin has been named a starter at AAA over the weekend and Straily on Monday, so it looks like it’s down to Beeler, Wada, and Hendricks to get bumped up to the Majors next week.
And while Beeler and Wada’s turns come up at the right time, Hendricks did pitch two innings in the AAA All-Star Game on Wednesday, so he was probably unavailable to pitch yesterday or today anyway. If the Iowa Cubs give Hendricks an inning or two in the bullpen this weekend, then I’m guessing they’re going to call him up to fill one of the spots and are just trying to keep his arm fresh. Stay tuned…

Jasper: if I remember correctly, it seems that Baez has needed a period of adjustment when moving to a new level. So purely from a team perspective, I hope they bring him up in September and give him a chance to adjust. Doug: it definitely sounds like Hendricks is on his way to Chicago.

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