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* C.J. Edwards and Ryan Searle combined on a two-hitter and Kris Bryant drove in two runs to lead Class A Daytona to 4-0 win over Dunedin Wednesday and clinch the Florida State League best-of-three North Championship Series, two games to none. Daytona now faces Charlotte in the best of five FSL Championship Series, starting Thursday.
Edwards, acquired in July from the Rangers in the Matt Garza trade, struck out eight and walked one over five innings, while Searle struck out five over four innings in relief in the game, which was interrupted by rain. Bryant was 3-for-3, hitting a two-run double in the third. Wes Darvill hit a RBI double in the second, and Elliot Soto added another RBI double in the fourth.
* Class A Boise also reached the Northwest League Championship with a win Wednesday. Justin Marra hit a pair of two-run doubles to help Boise beat Salem-Keizer, 11-7, and clinch the South Division Series, two games to none. Boise will now play Vancouver. Marra hit his first double in the first inning, and put Boise ahead for good with another in the third. Kevin Encarnacion and Danny Lockhart each had three hits. Loiger Padron picked up the win in relief, giving up three hits over 2 2/3 innings. This is the 13th trip in franchise history to the championship series for the Hawks, and they are vying for their seventh title.
* On Thursday, the Cubs’ Double-A affiliate, Tennessee, begins Southern League North Division series play against Birmingham in a best of five series at Regions Field. Games 3-5 will be played at Smokies Park.
Tim Torres hit a solo home run but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost 2-1 in the season finale to Nashville. Iowa finished at 66-78 and in third place in the PCL North Division. Kyle Hendricks gave up two runs over six innings. Dave Sappelt and Edwin Maysonet each had two hits.
Tennessee finished the regular season with a 4-3 loss to Chattanooga, but opens the playoffs on Thursday against Birmingham. It’ll be a best of five North Division Championship Series. On Monday, Christian Villanueva hit his 19th home run, a solo shot, and Tayler Davis had two hits, including a double. Eric Jokisch started and gave up three earned runs over 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven.
Daytona had Monday off and returns to action Tuesday in Game 1 of the FSL best of three Championship series against Dunedin. Corey Black is scheduled to start.
Scott Baker gave up two runs over 5 2/3 innings in a rehab start for Kane County, which won 5-4 over Peoria in the season finale. The Cougars finished 55-80 under manager Mark Johnson. Oliver Zapata hit a home run and Jeimer Candelario and Giuseppe Papaccio each had three hits.
Boise lost its season finale, 10-6, to Hillsboro. The Hawks open the Northwest League South Division playoff best of three series Tuesday against Salem-Keizer. Paul Blackburn is slated to start. On Monday, Rony Rodriguez had two hits and three RBIs and Shawon Dunston and David Bote each had multiple hits.
Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in this year’s First-Year Player Draft, will join Class A Daytona. Bryant had been playing for Boise in the Northwest League, and was batting .354 overall. The third baseman was riding a 15-game hitting streak, which he extended with hits in both games of Sunday’s doubleheader. Daytona is a season-high 14 games over .500, and headed for the playoffs in the Florida State League.
— Carrie Muskat
Javier Baez and Jorge Soler, two of the Cubs top prospects, will start the 2013 season at Class A Daytona. Baez, 20, is ranked No. 1 among the Cubs’ top 20 prospects by MLB.com. Also joining Daytona will be third baseman Ben Carhart, who led the Stetson Hatters with a .339 batting average last year. The 2013 roster also includes four third-round draft choices: right-handed pitcher Zach Cates (San Diego, 2010), southpaw Austin Kirk (2009), second baseman/outfielder Zeke DeVoss (2011) and catcher Micah Gibbs (2010). Daytona will play an exhibition game Wednesday before the season opener Thursday under new manager Dave Keller.
The Cubs will move their Class A Midwest League team closer to Chicago, agreeing to a new player development contract on Wednesday with Kane County. The Cougars’ ballpark is about a 45-minute drive west of Chicago. The Cubs’ Midwest League affiliate had been in Peoria, which is nearly three hours away. Peoria announced on Wednesday it had reached agreement with the Cardinals to be their Midwest League affiliate. The Cubs also announced on Wednesday they have renewed their PDC with Class A Daytona and Class A Boise. All three contracts run through the 2014 season.
— Carrie Muskat
The Cubs and Boise Hawks have agreed to a two-year extension of their player development contract. The Idaho Statesman first reported the news today, and a team official confirmed. The Hawks have been a short-season Class A affiliate of the Cubs since 2001. In 12 seasons with the Cubs, Boise has qualified for the Northwest League playoffs six times, including each of the last two years.
The Cubs have yet to announce whether they will renew their PDC with Class A Daytona and Class A Peoria. Chicago has agreements with Triple-A Iowa thorugh the 2016 season and with Double-A Tennessee through 2014.
— Carrie Muskat
Boise had a 7-5 lead after seven innings Sunday night but gave up seven runs in the eighth to lose, 12-9, to Vancouver in the deciding game of the Northwest League championship series. Tayler Scott started and gave up 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings. Dan Vogelbach hit a three-run home run, and drove in another run. Jeimer Candelario had two RBIs and Stephen Bruno had two hits and scored three runs.
“It’s been a [heck] of a year for a lot of the guys who have really overcome a lot of things and matured,” Boise manager Mark Johnson told the Idaho Statesman. “And they’ve gotten a lot better. That’s what it’s all about, improving and learning how to play the game the right way.”
Here are the final 2012 records for the Cubs’ Minor League teams:
Triple-A Iowa: 53-87, fourth place (28 games back)
Double-A Tennessee: 72-68 (35-35 first half; 37-33 second half)
Class A Daytona: 59-74 (30-38 first half; 29-36 second half)
Class A Peoria: 63-75 (35-34 first half; 28-41 second half)
Class A Boise: 37-39 (13-25 first half; 24-14 second half)
Rookie League Mesa: 37-19
— Carrie Muskat
Javier Baez is moving up. The Peoria Chiefs announced Saturday that the shortstop has been promoted to high Class A Daytona. It’s been quite a week for the 19-year-old Baez, who was named the Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Month for July. The team’s No. 1 Draft pick in 2011, Baez batted .368 with six doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 20 RBIs and 21 runs scored in 28 July games for Peoria. Last month he led the Midwest League in hits (39), total bases (72) and slugging percentage (.679), and was second in extra-base hits (16), batting average, runs scored and OPS (1.076). Baez was named Midwest League Player of the Week for July 9-15, and his 39 hits were the most in a month by a Peoria player since Justin Bour had 40 in August of 2010.
— Carrie Muskat
Randy Wells gave up four runs on six hits and struck out five over six innings in Iowa’s 6-5 loss to Albuquerque. Adrian Cardenas had two hits, including a home run, and two RBIs. Josh Vitters had two hits and was batting .412. Casey Coleman starts on Wednesday.
Nick Struck gave up two runs on six hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 5-1 loss to Jackson. Jim Adduci got things started with a leadoff homer. Trey McNutt is slated to start Wednesday.
Matt Szczur and Ronald Torreyes each had two hits in Daytona’s 4-2 loss to Dunedin. Daytona committed four errors and gave up four runs in the eighth. Austin Kirk threw five shutout innings, giving up four hits and walking two.
Willengton Cruz gave up five runs, two earned, on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings in Peoria’s 7-1 loss to Quad Cities. Jeffrey Lorick struck out three over two innings.
— Carrie Muskat
* Double-A Tennessee will host Chattanooga on Thursday and Friday in Games 1 and 2 of the five-game Southern League Division Series. The Smokies wrapped up the regular season with a doubleheader split on Sunday. The Smokies lost the first game to Birmingham, 5-1, and won the second game, 5-1. Josh Vitters hit his 14th homer in the night cap and finished with four RBIs.
* Daytona ended the regular season with a 6-4 loss to Brevard County on Sunday. Chad Noble had two hits, including his first home run.
* On Monday, Peoria ended its season with a 9-3 loss to Quad Cities. Even though he did not drive in a run in the game, first baseman Richard Jones became the first player in team history to lead the Midwest League in RBI, finishing with 98. The Chiefs finished 27-42 in the second half and 60-79 overall in 2011. Austin Kirk (5-12) took the loss, giving up four earned runs and three hits over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out six. Micah Gibbs went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and one RBI. Jones also led the Midwest League in total bases (254) and intentional walks (8). Rubi Silva went 2-for-5 to finish the season at .300.
* Boise will play the first game of the Northwest League playoffs on Monday, playing host to Tri-City in the East Divisional Series. Boise won five of its final six games to clinch the second playoff spot.
— Carrie Muskat