#Cubs Minor League report

Wednesday’s games

Iowa lost 9-4 to New Orleans. Drew Rucinski gave up five runs over five innings and is 5-12 with a 6.18 ERA. Albert Almora Jr. had two hits and two RBI. Pierce Johnson pitched two innings in relief, and has not give up a hit in his last two outings.

Ian Happ and Victor Caratini hit back to back home runs in the 10th to lead Tennessee to a 7-6 win over Birmingham. Jorge Soler went 2-for-3 with a walk and scored a run in his ninth game with the Smokies. He has reached in six of 10 plate appearances in his last two games.

Trevor Clifton threw seven scoreless innings in Myrtle Beach’s 5-0 win over Frederick. Clifton struck out six and gave up one hit, a single leading off the eighth. Jeffrey Baez hit two home runs, both solo shots.

Ryan Kellogg threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in South Bend’s 2-0 win over Fort Wayne. Carlos Sepulveda had two hits and stole a base.

Eugene returns to action after the All-Star break with a game against Vancouver.

Mesa topped the Giants, 3-1. In his first appearance with Mesa, Stephen Fife gave up one hit over three innings. Michael Cruz had two hits, both doubles, and one RBI.


I find Jeffrey Baez intriguing. This guy has been part of this organization for many years. I`m certain of that, because we`ve seen his name invoked time and time again over the years on this very blog. Do I know a lot about Jeffrey Baez? I do not. Is it possible we could one day have two players named Baez in a Cubs` lineup? That`s a yes. It`s possible. But this guy is still a conundrum to me. If anyone has some knowledge of Jeffrey Baez and his prospects of reaching the majors one day, I`d be much obliged.

Aloha jhosk- I am curious about him too. He is like an Addison Russell, came into organized baseball young, 17yrs right at the time of the organizational changes so not sure if Theo and CO brought him in or if Hendry did. By the way, it is interesting to note the Hendry is a special assistant to Cashman and has been since 2012. I am sure he was happy by the “haul” that came in for Chapman plus he was reunited with Castro. Back to Jeffrey, I see he will be by you and Kenly as he is currently at Myrtle Beach. He did well last year at South Bend and has struggled a little this year. Hopefully he can get back to last year’s offensive numbers. His defense looks pretty good. I floated a scenario whereby Heyward has a great 2018 season (getting paid $28mil) and opts out of his contract. Now depending on what happens with Soler/Szczur, you never know you might see him tested out in ST or in the call-ups a year or two from now. Take care now! Mahalo!

Speaking of Heyward, k.g., he`s quoted in today`s newspaper this way: “We`re getting everyone`s best every night, it feels like. That`s what you want. You want to be challenged.” But the thing is, we have not seen his best every day or night, given the brutal season he`s having at the dish. He`s challenged to pick up his offense in the 55 games remaining in this regular 2016 season.

If this year is any indication jhosk, I would not get my hopes up. He has been on a tear since AUG 1 and may even be player of the week, this week. He has raised his AVG to .235.
22 y/o and been in the system since 2011. His best year was last year at MID A where he hit .280 with an OBP of .321
Strictly an all position OF’er, with many, many errors on his resume.

Aloha jasper- I may have been looking at the wrong “column” for Baez, I thought he was not a bad defender but you mentioning all the errors that leads me to think as you stated, we will not see him in the near future unless something drastically changes. Let us hope Lester is spot on tonight and keeping runners in check! Mahalo!

Thanks for that, jasper. Jeffrey has work to do. The Cubs` bullpen has a 1.94 ERA in the 20 games played since July 10. Nine of our next thirteen games will be versus sub .500 teams beginning with last-place Oakland tonight. The starting pitching confrontation on paper is an absolute mismatch, Lester vs. Overton, but we can`t take anything for granted, as too often the results do not follow the script.

Aloha jhosk, good point. Remember that game in May in Milwaukee, where the starting pitcher for the Brewers had over an 8 era and no-hit the Cubs for almost 7innings? They need to be patient and run this A’s pitch count up! Mahalo!

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