Results tagged ‘ Iowa Cubs ’

9/16 Cubs agree to new deal with Iowa

The Cubs agreed Tuesday on a two-year player development contract extension with Triple-A Iowa through the 2018 season. The current agreement had run through the 2016 campaign. With the new agreement, the extension guarantees at least 38 years of partnership between the Chicago team and the Iowa Cubs.

The affiliation between Iowa and Chicago began in 1981, and Iowa adopted the Cubs’ nickname in 1982. Of the 160 teams in Minor League Baseball, this is the eighth-longest current affiliate relationship between a Major League team and a Minor League club.

Earlier this year, the Cubs announced a four-year extension with Double-A Tennessee that runs through 2018.

The Cubs have terminated the PDC with Daytona, Kane County and Boise. No updates yet regarding the Class A teams.

– Carrie Muskat

8/30 Minor matters – Friday’s games

Elliot Soto hit a walk-off RBI single in the 11th to give Iowa a 5-4 victory over Oklahoma City and keep their playoff hopes alive. Chris Rusin started, and did not get a decision, giving up three runs over four innings. Junior Lake had two singles. Carlos Pimentel picked up the win in relief. Dallas Beeler gets the start Saturday.

Anthony Giansanti had two hits, including a home run, to help Tennessee beat Chattanooga, 6-5. Corey Black started, and gave up four earned runs over three innings. Christian Villanueva was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. C.J. Edwards gets the start Saturday.

Dan Vogelbach hit his 16th home run and Marco Hernandez hit his third in Daytona’s 8-4 win over Tampa. Tayler Scott gave up four runs over 5 2/3 innings. Vogelbach had two hits and two RBIs. He leads the team with 75 RBIs. Yao-Lin Wang gets the start Saturday.

Kane County won its 90th game of the season, a 6-1 rain-shortened win over Cedar Rapids. Jonathan Martinez gave up one run over 5 1/3 innings. Trey Martin and Jeimer Candelario each homered. Daury Torrez gets the start Saturday.

Boise lost, 2-1, to Everett. Danny Canela had two hits and an RBI. Erick Leal gaveup one run over 5 1/3 innings. James Norwood gets the start Saturday.

Eloy Jimenez tripled and drove in two runs in Mesa’s 7-6 loss to Arizona. Jose Paulino gave up two unearned runs over five innings.

8/28 Minor matters – Wednesday’s games

Jae-Hoon Ha and David Bote each homered for Iowa in a 3-2 win over Tacoma. Dae-Eun Rhee threw 6 1/3 shutout innings, striking out six. Kris Bryant hit his first triple. Iowa has an off day Thursday, then begins a key series Friday. With four games left to play, the I-Cubs are four games behind Oklahoma City in the American Northern Division. Iowa plays host to the RedHawks in a four-game series starting Friday night in Des Moines. While the Cubs must win all of their remaining games, Omaha also has to lose at least three of their five games against Colorado Springs at home this weekend in order for Iowa to win the division. Chris Rusin (8-13, 4.24) will start Friday night.

Tennessee had Wednesday off, and returns to action Thursday against Chattanooga.

Wilson Contreras homered to back Juan Paniagua in Daytona’s 8-2 win over Dunedin. Paniagua gave up one run over five innings. Kyle Schwarber extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Dan Vogelbach, who will be playing in the Arizona Fall League, had three hits and an RBI.

Jen-Ho Tseng gave up one run over six innings in Kane County’s 3-2 loss to Cedar Rapids. Four of the Cougars five hits were doubles (Mark Zagunis, Jeimer Candelario, Victor Caratini and Trey Martin).

Boise scored six runs in the second inning en route to a 12-8 win over Everett. Alex Tomasovich had three hits, including a double and a triple, and drove in four runs. Charcer Burks had three singles and drove in three runs.

Mesa split a doubleheader against the Athletics, losing 4-3 in the first game, and winning, 3-2, in the second. In the first game, Tyler Alamo had two hits and drove in a run. In the second game, Tyler Pearson had two hits, including his second home run. Kevonte Mitchell hit a triple and Eloy Jimenez had a double.

8/27 Minor matters – Tuesday’s games

Tacoma beat Iowa, 5-3, on Tuesday, but the I-Cubs playoff hopes are still alive. Omaha lost Tuesday, but Oklahoma City won to take over sole possession of first in the American Northern Division. With five games left to play, the Cubs are four games behind the RedHawks. The I-Cubs and RedHawks play head-to-head for the final four games of the regular season, starting on Friday night at Principal Park in Des Moines.

On Tuesday, Kris Bryant hit a RBI single in the first, but that was the only run off spot-starter Andrew Carraway through five innings. Carraway (8-5) was a last minute replacement when scheduled starter Erasmo Ramirez was scratched. Dan Straily (7-8) took the loss after giving up five runs (four earned) on 10 hits, three walks over five innings. He struck out six.

Junior Lake hit a two-run homer in the eighth, and doubled in the sixth. He has scored at least one run in seven straight games. Brian Schlitter worked one scoreless inning in relief and Jeff Antigua finished with two scoreless innings for the I-Cubs.

Dae-Eun Rhee gets the start in the series finale on Wednesday.

8/25 Three Iowa Cubs honored

Arismendy Alcantara, Tsuyoshi Wada and Blake Parker named to the 2014 All-PCL team today, as announced by the Pacific Coast League. It’s the first time the Iowa Cubs have had three players named to the post-season All-Star team.

Alcantara batted .307 (103-for-335) with 25 doubles, 11 triples, 10 home runs, 41 RBI, and 21 stolen bases in 89 games with Iowa before he was called up to the Cubs on July 9. At the time of his promotion, he was leading the PCL in triples and extra-base hits (46). His 11 triples are still tops in the league.

Wada was named as the top left-handed starter in the league this year. In 19 games, including 18 starts with Iowa, Wada was 10-6 with a 2.77 ERA. He gave up 104 hits, walked 28, and struck out 120. At the time of his promotion, Wada led the PCL in strikeouts, was fourth in ERA, fifth in WHIP (1.16), and tied for sixth in innings pitched. In eight starts with the Cubs, Wada is 4-1 with a 2.56 ERA (13ER/45 2/3 IP).

Parker is 0-1 with a 1.91 ERA (7ER/33 IP) and leads the PCL with 23 saves in 33 games with Iowa this year. He ranks fifth in the league with 30 games finished. Parker has been called up to Chicago five times during the year and is 1-1 with a 6.08 ERA (9ER/13 1/3 IP) in 10 big league appearances. His 23 saves are second on Iowa’s single-season list and he is the franchise’s all-time leader with 64 career saves.

8/19 Bryant 1-for-3 with Iowa

Kris Bryant returned to Triple-A Iowa’s lineup on Tuesday, his first game back since Saturday, and went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Bryant was sidelined with a bruise on his left foot, which forced him out of Saturday’s game. He had X-rays Saturday night and an MRI on Sunday, which revealed the contusion. On Monday, Bryant was used as a pinch-hitter and drew a walk, but was lifted for a pinch-runner. Bryant is tied with Rangers prospect and close friend Joey Gallo for first in the Minor Leagues with 40 homers each this season. Bryant was batting .306 with 18 home runs, 13 doubles and 45 RBIs at Iowa. He hit 22 homers at Double-A Tennessee.

4/14 Wada PCL Pitcher of Week

Iowa Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for April 3-13. Wada becomes the first I-Cub to earn the honor since Chris Rusin did so, May 7-13, 2012. In his first week in the Cubs organization, Wada went 2-0 in starts against Nashville and Memphis. He allowed one earned run in 13 1/3 innings (0.68 ERA), walked one and struck out 18, throwing 132 of his 187 pitches for strikes (70.5 percent). His 10 strikeouts against the Redbirds on Saturday night matched his career-high. Wada enters today ranking second in the PCL in ERA, third in strikeouts, second in WHIP (0.60) and second in batting average against (.149).

4/17 Iowa Cubs ppd.

Triple-A Iowa’s game against Nashville Wednesday was postponed because of rain, and the two will play a doubleheader June 19, with the first game starting at 5 p.m. CT. The Cubs and Sounds will resume this series on Thursday night at 6:35 p.m. CT in Des Moines.

4/14 Stewart joins I-Cubs

Ian Stewart joined Triple-A Iowa on Sunday to begin a rehab assignment. He has been recovering from a left quad strain suffered Feb. 21 in an intrasquad game. Acquired from the Rockies along with Minor League pitcher Casey Weathers, Stewart was limited to 55 games last season by a wrist injury. He had surgery on his wrist, and has reported no problems with that.

– Carrie Muskat

12/11 Minor League staffs

Marty Pevey will return to managing as skipper of the Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa team, Buddy Bailey stays at Double-A Tennessee, Dave Keller will skipper Class A Daytona, and Mark Johnson will manage the new Class A Kane County affiliate. The Cubs announced the Minor League staffs on Tuesday.

Pevey, 51, just completed his third season as the Minor League catching coordinator. He last managed in 2009 with Class A Peoria, when he was named Midwest League manager of the year, leading the team to an 81-57 record. Mike Mason will return as Iowa pitching coach and Brian Harper, who was Daytona’s manager last season, will join the Triple-A team as hitting coach. Harper was the Mesa Solar Sox hitting coach in the Arizona Fall League this year.

This will be Bailey’s second straight season with Tennessee, and 24th as a Minor League manager. Bailey, 55, guided the Smokies to a 72-68 record in 2012, and picked up his 1,600th win on July 6. He ranks fourth among active managers in wins. Jeff Fassero will return as Tennessee pitching coach and Desi Wilson will move up from Daytona to be the Smokies hitting coach.

Keller, 53, was Iowa’s hitting coach last season and a special assistant to the Major League team in 2011. This will be his 10th season in the Cubs organization. He has managed in the Minor Leagues for the Reds, indians and White Sox. Mariano Duncan will join Keller as Daytona’s hitting coach and Storm Davis will join the Cubs’ organization as the team’s pitching coach.

The 2013 season will be the Cubs’ first in Kane County after eight years in Peoria, and Johnson, 37, will be at the helm. The former big league catcher has managed Class A Boise for two years, and the Hawks won the second-half East division with a 24-14 record. Boise won the Northwest League East Division Series, but lost to Vancouver in the best-of-three league championship series, 2-1.
Johnson will be joined at Kane County by pitching coach Ron Villone and hitting coach Tom Beyers.

Gary Van Tol, who has 20 years of coaching experience, will take over as Class A Boise manager. David Rosario returns as the Hawks pitching coach, and Bill Buckner will return as hitting coach for his second season. Buckner enjoyed a 22-year Major League playing career, playing for the Cubs from 1977-84. Jonathan Fierro, son of former Cubs athletic trainer John Fierro, will begin his first season as Boise’s athletic trainer.

Bobby Mitchell will stay as manager for the Mesa Rookie League team, which will have two hitting coaches in Ricardo Medina and Jimmy Gonzalez. Medina has been a coach, manager or scout in the Cubs organization since 1999. Gonzalez is a former catcher who played 14 Minor League seasons after he was selected in the first round by the Astros in 1991.

Yudith Ozorio will manage the Dominican squad, the same position he has held for the past three seasons. Leo Hernandez will serve as the pitching coach in his 18th year with the club while Oscar Bernard makes his organization debut as the club’s hitting coach. Osmin Melendez will serve as the Venezuelan Cubs manager, a newly created team. He will be joined by hitting coach Franklin Blanco, who begins his seventh year with the organization.

* The Cubs also announced their Minor League coordinators for the 2013 season, including four newcomers to the organization. Tim Cossins takes over as field coordinator after 10 seasons in the Marlins farm system, including the last six as the catching coordinator. Cossins takes over for Brandon Hyde, who was promoted to director of player development in August.

Derek Johnson is the new Minor League pitching coordinator after 11 seasons at Vanderbilt University as the team’s pitching coach, including the last three as the school’s associate head coach/pitching coach. Johnson earned National Pitching Coach of the Year honors in 2004 and National Assistant Coach of the Year honors in 2010.

Anthony Iapoce, the special assistant to the general manager and player development, will oversee the Minor League hitting program while contributing to additional projects within the organization. He has spent the last three seasons as roving hitting coordinator for the Blue Jays.

Carmelo Martinez enters his 16th season in the Cubs organization, and his first as hitting coordinator for the Cubs Single-A, Rookie League and Dominican League teams. He was the Latin American field coordinator for the previous five years (2008-12). Jose Flores joins the Cubs as Minor League infield coordinator, and will begin his 13th year as a coach or manager. Lee Tinsley enters his third year as the outfield/base running coordinator.

– Carrie Muskat

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