Results tagged ‘ Iowa ’

9/20 Cubs sign with Eugene

The Cubs agreed with Eugene, Ore., on a new player development contract to be the host for the Class A Northwest League affiliate. The contract runs through the 2016 season and reunites the two organizations, as Eugene was previously a Cubs affiliate in 1999-2000.

The Eugene Emeralds were most recently an affiliate of the Padres, beginning in 2001. The club began play as an independent team in the inaugural Northwest League in 1955, and has since partnered with nine Major League organizations in its 60-year history. A three-time Northwest League champion, the Emeralds moved into their current ballpark, PK Park, in 2010.

So, the Cubs now have completed their Minor League assignments:

Triple-A Iowa
Double-A Tennessee
High Class A Myrtle Beach
Class A South Bend
Short-season Eugene

9/1 Minor matters – Monday’s games

* Iowa romped 11-0 over Oklahoma City to finish its season, 74-70. Dae-Eun Rhee tied his career-high with 11 strikeouts over seven shutout innings. David Bote hit a two-run single, and Ryan Kalish and Eli Whiteside each hit two-run doubles. Kalish finished with four hits and three RBIs. Kris Bryant went 1-for-4 with an RBI and team-best three runs scored in his final game. Bryant’s 43 home runs on the season lead all of Minor League baseball. He is vying to become the second Cub in the last four years to accomplish that feat. Bryan LaHair hit a Minor League-best 38 in 2011. This is Iowa’s first winning season since 2010.

* Double-A Tennessee closed its season with a 5-1 loss Monday to Chattanooga. Dustin Geiger drove in the Smokies’ only run in the seventh when he drew a bases-loaded walk.

9/3 Minor matters

Monday’s games

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.

9/2 Iowa’s season ends

Hainley Statia made a leaping catch at the wall in left to rob what would’ve been a two-run homer by Greg Rohan in the ninth inning and preserve Nashville’s 2-1 win over Triple-A Iowa in the season finale on Monday.

The Sounds scored both of their runs in the bottom of the first inning against Cubs’ starter Kyle Hendricks. With one out and a man on first, Eugenio Velez hit a one-hopper back to Hendricks. The Cubs got a force out at second, but the ball slipped out of the hands of Edwin Maysonet as he went to throw to first, allowing Velez to reach on a fielders’ choice. Hunter Morris followed with a home run to left.

Hendricks (3-1) worked through six innings and recorded his fifth quality start in six games with Iowa.

Sounds starter Aaron Laffey gave up four hits, and induced two double play balls to keep the Cubs scoreless through three. Tim Dillard followed in relief and gave up one hit, a solo home run by TIm Torres, in the fifth.

Rohan, who hit the game-winning homer for the Cubs in the 10th inning Sunday, hit a towering drive to left. Statia got back to the wall, timed his leap, and caught the ball over the top of the outfield wall for the second out. Luis Flores then grounded out to end the game.

The Cubs finished in third place in the Pacific Coast League’s American Northern Division, four games behind the Omaha Storm Chasers, who clinched the division title Monday with a win over Round Rock and Memphis’ loss at Oklahoma City.

6/27 Ty Wright promoted

Outfielder Ty Wright was promoted from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa. Wright was batting .253 in 53 games after being placed on Tennessee’s roster on April 22. The right-handed outfielder collected 40 hits, eight doubles, three home runs and 19 RBIs. Wright started the 2013 season with the I-Cubs, where he hit .190 (8-for-42) with a pair of doubles and three RBIs. The Tyler, Texas native was selected by the Cubs in the seventh round of the 2007 draft.

4/2 Triple-A Iowa roster

Marty Pevey begins his first season as Iowa Cubs manager on Thursday when the Triple-A team travels to Albuquerque. The I-Cubs home opener is April 12. Here’s Iowa’s roster:


Esmailin Caridad, Drew Carpenter, Jaye Chapman, Casey Coleman, Rafael Dolis, Jensen Lewis, Barret Loux, Yoanner Negrin, Blake Parker, Zach Putnam, Brooks Raley, Chris Rusin, Nick Struck, and Cory Wade.


J.C. Boscan and Luis Flores


Wes Darvill, Edwin Maysonet, Brad Nelson, Josh Vitters, and Logan Watkins.


Brian Bogusevic, Brett Jackson, Darnell McDonald, Tim Torres, and Ty Wright.

9/10 Minor League report

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

9/4 More September call-ups

The Cubs recalled left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin, right-handed pitchers Jaye Chapman and Rafael Dolis, and catcher Anthony Recker from Double-A Tennessee. All four players were available in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. All four players were with Triple-A Iowa before moving to Tennessee after Iowa’s season ended prematurely because games were cancelled by Hurricane Isaac.

* Rusin, 25, returns to the Cubs after making his Major League debut Aug. 21 in Milwaukee. He took the loss even though he held the Brewers to one run on one hit and two walks over five innings.  A fourth-round pick in 2009, Rusin was to start Tuesday against the Nationals.

* Chapman, 25, joins the first Major League roster of his pro career.  He was acquired from Atlanta with right-handed pitcher Arodys Vizcaino for Paul Maholm and outfielder Reed Johnson on July 30.  Overall this season, Chapman combined to go 3-8 with seven saves and a 4.02 ERA in 50 relief appearances between Atlanta’s Triple-A Gwinnett affiliate, Iowa and Tennessee.

* Dolis, 24, returns to the Cubs for his third big league stint this season.  A member of the Opening Day roster, Dolis was with the club through May 28 and from June 27-July 22, combining to go 2-4 with four saves and a 6.44 ERA in 27 relief appearances. With Iowa, he had a 2.51 ERA in 13 relief appearances, and was on the disabled list from July 27-Aug. 28 because of a strained left knee.

* Recker, 29, was acquired from Oakland on Aug. 27 for catcher Blake Lalli.  Recker was a member of the A’s 2012 Opening Day roster but was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on May 27, where he was hitting .265 with seven doubles, nine home runs, 29 RBIs, a .358 on-base percentage and a .793 OPS before being designated for assignment on Aug. 20.  In parts of two Major League seasons, Recker has batted .146 (7-for-48) in 18 games.

— Carrie Muskat

4/11 Minor League report

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