Results tagged ‘ Brandon Guyer ’

1/7 Cubs to get Garza in 8-player deal

The Cubs apparently are close to acquiring Rays pitcher Matt Garza for five Minor League players, including 2010 Pitcher of the Year Chris Archer and 2010 Player of the Year Brandon Guyer. The deal will be finalized once the players undergo physicals.

Sources said Friday the framework is in place for the multi-player swap in which Chicago would get Garza in exchange for Archer, Guyer, shortstop Hak-Ju Lee, catcher Robinson Chirinos and outfielder Sam Fuld. The Cubs also would get two Minor League players from the Rays. According to the Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald, one of the players is outfielder Fernando Perez, 27, who batted .234 in 107 big league
appearances. He hit .223 at Triple-A last year.

Team officials would not confirm the trade. Earlier this week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported the Cubs were close to acquiring Garza but both teams denied anything was imminent. The Daily Herald reported Friday that a deal was in the works and had the names.

Garza, 27, would join a rotation with Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Tom Gorzelanny, and Carlos Silva. The Rays right-hander was 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA last season, and would definitely give the team a boost and help counter moves made this offseason by the Brewers, who added starters Zach Greinke and Shaun Marcum. The Cubs have been looking for an innings-eater type pitcher.

Garza is arbitration-eligible for the second time and will get a raise from his $3.35 million salary in 2010. Archer combined to go 15-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 28 games between Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. He was 8-2 with a 1.80 ERA with the Smokies, and also had a 10-strikeout game in the Pan-Am Qualifying Tournament this winter. Archer was acquired from the Indians in December 2008.

Guyer batted .344 with 39 doubles, six triples, 13 homers, 50 RBIs and a .398 on-base percentage. He was the Cubs’ fifth round pick in 2007.

Lee batted .282 in 122 games with Class A Peoria. Chirinos batted .318 with 15 homers and 64 RBIs at Tennessee and hit .364 with three homers and 10 RBIs with Triple-A Iowa. Fuld has a career .285 Minor League average and has hit .252 in 98 big league games with the Cubs.

— Carrie Muskat

11/19 Roster moves

The Cubs selected the contracts of four players and added them to the 40-man roster: right-handed pitchers Chris Archer and Kyle Smit from Double-A Tennessee, outfielder Brandon Guyer from Tennessee; and right-handed pitcher Alberto Cabrera from Class A Daytona.  Archer was Chicago’s 2010 Minor League Pitcher of the Year and Guyer was Chicago’s 2010 Minor League Player of the Year.
Additionally, infielder Micah Hoffpauir has cleared unconditional release waivers and the rights to his contract were sold to the Nippon-Ham Fighters of Japan’s Pacific League. More on Hoffpauir in a few minutes.

— Carrie Muskat

11/10 Winter Leagues

Updated Cubs prospects Winter League statistics:


Tony Campana .283, 20 games, 1 double, 1 triple
Jason Dubois .274, 22 games, 2 doubles, 5 homers, 13 RBIs
Marwin Gonzalez .376, 22 games, 8 doubles, 2 homers, 20 RBIs
Brandon Guyer .348, 19 games, 3 doubles, 1 homer, 7 RBIs
Marquez Smith .245, 16 games, 3 doubles, 4 homers, 14 RBIs

Austin Bibens-Dirkx 1-2, 1.90 ERA, 5 games, 23 2/3 IP, 6 BB, 12 K
Eduardo Figueroa 1-0, 5.59 ERA, 5 games, 9 2/3 IP, 6 BB, 1 K
Craig Muschko 2-1, 4.11 ERA, 4 games, 15 1/3 IP, 2 BB, 9 Ks
Carlos Rojas 0-0, 13.50 ERA, 3 games, 3 1/3 IP, 2 BB, 1 K

Dominican Republic

Welington Castillo .172, 9 games, 1 homer, 2 RBIs
Junior Lake .250, 3 games, 1 double
Nelson Perez .250, 6 games, 2 doubles

Mexican League

Marco Carrillo 1-2, 6.75 ERA, 5 games, 21 1/3 IP, 12 BB, 19 Ks
Oswaldo Martinez 0-0, 7.11 ERA, 9 games, 12 2/3 IP, 3 BB, 12 Ks

— Carrie Muskat

9/24 Archer throws at Wrigley

Chris Archer, the Cubs’ Minor League pitcher of the year, had a chance to get a bullpen session in at Wrigley Field on Friday. Archer and outfielder Brandon Guyer, named the organization’s player of the year, were to be honored Saturday prior to the Cubs’ game against the Cardinals.

Archer, 21, combined to go 15-3 with a 2.34 ERA (37 earned runs in 142 1/3 innings) in 28 games between Class A Daytona and Tennessee. He struck out 149 in 142 1/3 innings and walked 65. He credited Minor League pitching coordinator Mark Riggins with helping him get on track.

“Some things fell in place and I started to feel a lot more comfortable,” said Archer, who improved command of his fastball. “Everybody has told me once you start throwing strikes, you’re going to move fast and be successful and that’s what’s happening.”

Originally selected by the Indians in the fifth round of the 2006 Draft, Archer was acquired along with pitchers Jeff Stevens and John Gaub in the December 2006 trade for infielder Mark DeRosa. He knows how popular DeRosa was in Chicago.

“I let it motivate me because I wanted to prove to the fans and show they made a good decision,” he said.

Archer will pitch for the U.S. team in the Pan American Qualifying Team tournament in Puerto Rico, which begins next week.

— Carrie Muskat

9/16 Tennessee update

Chris Carpenter gave up five runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings in Double-A Tennessee’s 7-6 loss to Jacksonville Wednesday in the Southern League playoffs. The best-of-five championship series is tied at one win apiece and will resume Friday in Jacksonville. Brandon Guyer hit a solo homer in the third to pull the Smokies within 4-3. The Smokies did escape a bases-loaded situation in the sixth when Marco Carillo got Ryan Curry to pop up after a 10-pitch at-bat. Tony Campana hit a two-run single with two outs in the eighth to tie the game at 6 but it wasn’t enough.

— Carrie Muskat

9/14 Smokies win opener

Robinson Chirinos hit a three-run homer and Brandon Guyer added a solo shot to lead
Tennessee to a 5-0 victory Tuesday night over West Tenn in the first game of the Southern League championship. Game 2 of the best of five series will be played Wednesday. Chris Archer threw six shutout innings, giving up four hits and striking out eight for the win. The game was scoreless until the Smokies’ fourth when Brett Jackson hit a RBI double and Chirinos connected. Guyer added a solo homer with one out in the sixth.

— Carrie Muskat

9/13 Cubs honor Guyer, Archer

Brandon Guyer and Chris Archer have been named the Cubs’ Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. The two are members of Double-A Tennessee’s playoff squad that begins its best-of-five Southern League Championship series Tuesday against Jacksonville.

Guyer, 24, batted .344 with 39 doubles, six triples, 13 homers, 58 RBIs, 76 runs scored, 30 stolen bases and a .398 on-base percentage in 102 games Tennessee. He led the Southern League in slugging percentage (.588), ranked second in batting average, third in doubles, fourth in extra-base hits (58) and fifth in on-base percentage and at-bats per home run (28.38).

In his fifth professional season, Archer combined to go 15-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 28 games between Class A Daytona and Tennessee, helping the Smokies. He struck out 149 batters in 142 1/3 innings of work compared to just 65 walks, and allowed six home runs to the 590 batters he faced (one home run allowed every 98 batters faced).

Archer, 21, began the year with Daytona and went 7-1 with a 2.86 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 15 games. He won his final seven decisions (May 8-June 27), going 7-0 with a 1.86 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 10 starts before his promotion to Double-A.

— Carrie Muskat

8/19 Minor matters

Austin Bibens-Dirkx gave up four runs on 10 hits over six innings in Iowa’s 4-2 loss to Sacramento on Wednesday. Jeff Gray made his 16th relief appearance and gave up two hits in two innings. Jonathon Mota hit his first home run in his second game with the Iowa Cubs.

Chris Carpenter gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings in Tennessee’s 7-6, 10-inning loss to Mississippi. It was Carpenter’s ninth quality start. Brandon Guyer had two hits, including his 12th home run, and two RBIs.

Trey McNutt gave up one hit over six scoreless innings in Daytona’s 9-3 win over Dunedin. MCNutt struck out six and is now 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA. DJ LeMahieu had three hits and scored three runs. Ryan Flaherty hit his ninth homer.

Nelson Perez hit his ninth homer to help Peoria beat Burlington, 5-2. Nicholas Struck picked up the win in relief, striking out nine in five innings.

Austin Kirk gave up one run on four hits over five innings in Boise’s 4-1 win over Everett. Ryan Cuneo, Jeff Vigurs and Richard Jones each homered.

— Carrie Muskat

8/13 Minor matters

Iowa had a day off Thursday before beginning a four-game series at Fresno and Sacramento on Friday.

Chris Carpenter gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings in Tennessee’s 5-2 loss to Chattanooga. Brandon Guyer hit two home runs for the Smokies to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

Trey McNutt gave up six runs (three earned) on seven hits over three innings in Daytona’s 6-3 win over Tampa. Rebel Ridling hit his 12th homer. Michael Brenly had three hits and DJ LeMahieu extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Alex Maestri picked up the win in relief, pitching three innings.

Brett Wallach, acquired from the Dodgers in the Ted Lilly-Ryan Theriot-Blake DeWitt deal, threw six shutout innings in Peoria’s 2-0 loss to Beloit. Wallach struck out six and gave up two hits and two walks.

Alvaro Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 15 games with two hits in Boise’s 6-3 win over Tri-City. Matthew Loosen picked up the win, throwing 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.

Dallas Beeler gave up two runs on five hits over three innings in Mesa’s 12-inning, 7-6 win over the Rangers.

* Outfielder Evan Crawford, acquired from the Giants in the Mike Fontenot deal, was assigned to Class A Daytona.

— Carrie Muskat

8/9 Minor matters

Micah Hoffpauir had four hits including his 20th home run and drove in three runs to lead Iowa to a 9-6 victory over Portland on Sunday. Hoffpauir extended his hitting streak to a PCL-high 17 games. He’s batting .414 in that stretch with 24 RBIs. Matt Camp hit his first homer of the season and Chris Robinson drove in three runs.

Chris Rusin gave up two runs on eight hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 13-3 win over Huntsville. Rusin struck out four and got plenty of help as Brandon Guyer, Brett Jackson and Tony Thomas each homered. Guyer had three hits and three RBIs, Thomas had two hits and three RBIs, and Jackson had two hits and one RBI.

Daytona had Sunday off.

Ryan Searle threw 6 2/3 shutout innings to help Peoria beat Quad Cities, 4-0. Searle struck out eight and gave up three hits. Brandon May had two hits and scored a run.

Dustin Fitzgerald gave up six runs on nine hits in two innings in Boise’s 15-4 loss to
Everett. Ryan Cuneo hit his first home run and Alvaro Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Boise manager Jody Davis was suspended for six games by the Northwest League for refusing to send his players back on the field after a rain delay Saturday. Hitting coach Ricardo Medina is filling in as interim manager.

Luis Liria gave up one run on three hits over five innings in Mesa’s 10-2 win over the Padres. Mesa totaled 14 hits, including three by Pin-Chieh Chen.

— Carrie Muskat