Results tagged ‘ Brad Snyder ’

6/27 Minor matters

Brett Jackson went 3-for-3 with three doubles to help Daytona beat Dunedin, 8-6, on Saturday. Jackson now has an eight-game hitting streak, and is 15-for-30 in that stretch with six doubles, two triples, two homers and seven RBIs. DJ LeMahieu also was 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Mike Perconte picked up the win in relief.

Mitch Atkins gave up two runs on seven hits over seven innings in Iowa’s 13-2 romp over New Orleans. Brad Snyder, Marquez Smith and Jason Dubois each homered for the I-Cubs. Smith was 4-for-4 with three RBIs. Dubois leads the team with 11 homers. Darwin Barney, Snyder and Atkins each had two hits.

Robinson Chirinos had three hits to help Tennessee beat Carolina, 7-6. Hung-Wen Chen gave up six runs on nine hits over six innings but did not get a decision. He’s 8-5 with a 2.70 ERA. Jake Muyco earned the win in relief.

Su-Min Jung threw five scoreless innings in Peoria’s 5-0 loss to Cedar Rapids. The Chiefs totaled three hits.

Austin Kirk gave up five runs on six hits over three innings in Boise’s 9-1 loss to Eugene. Runey Davis hit a solo homer in the second.

– Carrie Muskat

6/4 Minor matters

Iowa scored two runs in the seventh to beat Round Rock 4-3 in the first game of a makeup doubleheader Thursday. Brad Snyder had two hits, including his eighth home run. John Gaub picked up the win in relief. In the second game, Thomas Diamond gave up four runs on four hits and three walks over four innings in a 5-3 loss. Diamond did strike out seven. Bryan LaHair hit his fifth homer and Micah Hoffpauir had two hits.

Chris Carpenter gave up two runs on eight hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 5-2 win over Birmingham. Russ Canzler had four hits and scored two runs.

Chris Archer gave up one run on four hits over five innings and struck out six to help Daytona beat Charlotte, 6-3. Smaily Borges hit his third homer of the season and also hit a double.

Rob Whitenack gave up four runs on six hits over five innings in Peoria’s 10-4 loss to South Bend. Matt Cerda had four hits and two RBIs. Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits, and has hit safely in six of seven games since joining the Chiefs.

– Carrie Muskat

4/27 Iowa sweep

Triple-A Iowa swept a doubleheader over Round Rock on Tuesday. Brad Snyder hit a two-run double in a 4-3 win in the first game. Jeff Samardzija pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief for the win. In the second game, Iowa scored three runs in the sixth, including a sacrifice fly by Darwin Barney and a RBI double by Bobby Scales. Casey Coleman gave up two runs on six hits over six innings for the win.

– Carrie Muskat

4/23 Minor matters

Starlin Castro is riding a nine-game hitting streak after collecting hits in both ends of a doubleheader on Thursday. Castro went 2-for-4 in Tennessee’s 7-3 win over Caroina in the opener and was 2-for-3 in the nightcap, an 8-1 victory. He’s now batting .452 and has 10 multi-hit games.

Welington Castillo homered and Brad Snyder extended his hitting streak to eight games in Iowa’s 6-5, 10-inning loss to Memphis. Snyder is batting .485 during his streak. Mike Parisi did not get a decision. He gave up two runs on four hits over six innings.

Josh Vitters hit two home runs to help Daytona beat Tampa, 9-6. Vitters finished with four RBIs.

Su-Min Jung improved to 3-0 for Peoria which beat Kane County, 6-4. Jung threw five scoreless innings, giving up three hits and two walks.

– Carrie Muskat

4/22 Minor matters

Brad Snyder hit two home runs but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 6-5, to Nashville on Wednesday. Casey Coleman took the loss, giving up six runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. Snyder is batting .448 in a seven-game hitting streak.

Brett Jackson was hitless and snapped his hitting streak at 10 games in Daytona’s 4-1 loss to Tampa. Chris Archer took the loss, giving up three runs on seven hits over four innings.

Matt Cerda had two hits and two RBIs to lead Peoria to a 4-2 win over Kane County for the Chiefs’ sixth straight win.

Double-A Tennessee was rained out and will play a doubleheader Thursday against Carolina.

– Carrie Muskat

3/20 Castro, Snyder to Minors

The Cubs trimmed two more players Saturday and sent highly touted shortstop Starlin Castro and outfielder Brad Snyder to the Minor League camp. Castro hit .423 this spring, Snyder hit .313.

“I felt good with the experience, first time being up here,” Castro said. “I’m going to go down there and work hard and try to get back up here as soon as possible.”

Castro, who turns 20 on Wednesday, used Geovany Soto as his interpreter but when asked if he felt he was ready to play in the big leagues, he didn’t need help with his answer.

“I’m ready,” Castro said. “I’m ready to play in the big leagues.”

Lou Piniella was impressed.

“Castro had a phenomenal spring for a young player,” Piniella said. “Nineteen years old, to come in here and look like a veteran and swing the bat. He showed his athleticism. He came in here highly touted and left here even more touted.”

Ryan Theriot doesn’t have to look over his shoulder any more. He was batting .533 this spring.

“Maybe having Castro around has something to do with it,” Piniella said. “You’ve got a nice young player like that pushing you.”

Give hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo credit. He’s tried to get Theriot to stop pulling the ball.

– Carrie Muskat

3/14 Building the bench

Who’s on the Cubs bench most likely won’t be determined until the final week. They cannot keep both Keith Millar and Chad Tracy, and have to make sure they have enough backup outfield help. Xavier Nady can’t play the outfield full time when the season starts so the Cubs will need an extra outfielder.

The bench players who are set include Nady, Koyie Hill, and either Mike Fontenot or Jeff Baker (whoever isn’t starting). In a “perfect scenario,” Lou Piniella said Sunday, the Cubs would carry 11 pitchers. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild is insisting on 12.

“I keep talking to Larry and he keeps shaking his head,” Piniella said.

Expect Nady to play in the outfield in the last 10 days of Spring Training. He’s rehabbing his right elbow after undergoing Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career. Among the extra outfielders being considered are Sam Fuld, Tyler Colvin, Jim Adduci and Brad Snyder.

“All four of those kids can play all three positions,” Piniella said. “We’ll see what happens.”

– Carrie Muskat

2/24 Decisions, decisions

Mike Fontenot is willing to playing some shortstop this spring. He did it in the Minor Leagues in 2007 and also has taken grounders there during the regular season just to strengthen his throwing arm.

Lou Piniella wants Fontenot to be more comfortable at short to help determine the makeup of the Cubs’ bench.

“We’ve got a lot of people to look at here,” Piniella said. “Either you’re going to want a little more defense or you’re going to want some offense. If Fontenot can play some shortstop, we’ll look to carry a bat. If he can’t, we’ll be able to carry one less bat on the bench.

“The positions on the field are pretty well taken except we’re not exactly sure what we’re going to do at second base,” Piniella said. “If [Ryan] Theriot were to get hurt, which we don’t want obviously, we’ll just put the kid at shortstop and let him play.”

The kid is 19-year-old Starlin Castro.

If the Cubs felt they had enough depth at middle infield with Theriot, Fontenot and Jeff Baker, they could keep an extra bat like Kevin Millar, Chad Tracy, Brad Snyder, Bryan LaHair or someone like that. If the Cubs keep an extra defensive outfielder, a defensive infielder and a backup catcher, then they might need some help offensively off the bench.

“That’s what Spring Training is for and we’ll look at it,” Piniella said of the bench makeup. “No determination has been made.”

– Carrie Muskat

1/13/10 Cubs non-roster invitees

The Cubs have invited 19 non-roster players to Spring Training camp, including 12 homegrown players who were either drafted or originally signed by the team. The last four No. 1 Draft picks also will be in camp in Mesa: Tyler Colvin, Josh Vitters, Andrew Cashner and Brett Jackson. Colvin is currently on the 40-man roster.

Pitchers: Cashner, J.R. Mathes, James Russell, Casey Coleman, Thomas Diamond, Jeff Kennard, and Vince Perkins.

Catchers: Robinson Chirinos, Steve Clevenger, Blake Lalli, and Chris Robinson

Infielders: Vitters, Darwin Barney, Matt Camp, Starlin Castro, Bryan LaHair, and Bobby Scales.

Outfielders: Jackson and Brad Snyder.

– Carrie Muskat

1/8/10 Winter ball update

Brad Snyder went 3-for-5 with two home runs and six RBIs for Mexicali, but it wasn’t enough as the Mexican Winter League team lost, 14-9, to Obregon and was eliminated in the playoffs. Snyder, expected in the Cubs’ camp this spring as a non-roster invitee, hit a two-run shot in the second inning and a grand slam in the third. Erubiel Durazo homered and drove in three runs to power Obregon, which won the series, 4-1. Shortstop Matt Camp, another Cubs prospect, went 1-for-5 for Mexicali in the game.

In Venezuela, Robinson Chirinos had one hit in Magallanes’ 9-4 loss to Margarita in the Winter League playoffs. Chirinos was batting .304 in the playoffs; the catcher hit .366 in the Venezuelan team’s regular season.

– Carrie Muskat

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