Results tagged ‘ Jeff Beliveau ’

11/12 Zambrano & AFL update

Carlos Zambrano gave up three runs on five hits, including two home runs,  over six innings Saturday night in his second start in Venezuela. Zambrano, who was pitching for Caribes against Zulia, struck out five of the 23 batters he faced. The homers included a two-run shot by Ernesto Mejia with two out in the first, and a solo homer by Colin Curtis with one out in the sixth.

* In Arizona Fall League play, DJ LeMahieu had two hits and Josh Vitters had one RBI in Mesa’s 8-2 loss to Phoenix on Saturday. Junior Lake was 1-for-4, scored a run and stole his 18th base. He’s now 18-for-18 in steals. Only Eric Young Jr. had more stolen bases in the AFL (20). Jeff Beliveau took the loss, giving up three runs on three hits in one inning. He struck out three but also served up a two-run homer in the fourth. Andrew Cashner also pitched one inning in relief, retiring all three batters he faced. After a day off Sunday, the Mesa Solar Sox play host to Peoria on Monday at HoHoKam Park.

— Carrie Muskat


10/26 Team USA loses to Canada

Iowa Cubs catcher Chris Robinson had two hits and scored a run to help Canada beat Team USA, 2-1, and win the gold medal in the Pan Am Games in Mexico on Tuesday. Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Jeff Beliveau, gave up one hit in one inning of relief work. Cubs prospect Brett Jackson did not play in the gold medal game. The U.S. beat Cuba, 12-10, in the semifinals to advance.

— Carrie Muskat


10/24 Team USA & winter ball roundup

Team USA lost 3-2 to Mexico on Saturday in the Pan Am games, being played in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico. Cubs prospect Brett Jackson made his first plate appearance since Oct. 14, and grounded out to second in the ninth in a pinch-hit appearance. Jeff Beliveau, the Cubs’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year, also appeared in the game and struck out two of the three batters he faced. With the loss, the U.S. finished as the No. 2 seed in its group, and will face Cuba in the semifinals.

* In the Dominican Republic, Scott Maine is 0-1 in three relief outings for Estrellas, giving up one earned run on two hits and one walk over two innings in three outings. John Gaub has given up three earned runs on two hits and two walks over 1 2/3 innings in three appearances for Leones del Escogido. In his last game Wednesday, he struck out all three batters he faced. Chris Rusin made one start Oct. 18 for Escogido, and gave up one run on three hits over four innings while striking out three. Steve Clevenger was 2-for-3 with one RBIs Sunday for Escogido, and batting .222 in six games overall.

* In Venezuela, Bryan LaHair was 1-for-4 and scored a run Sunday for Magallanes. He’s batting .308 overall with six homers and nine RBIs and also has struck out 14 times, including three Ks on Sunday. Marwin Gonzalez was 2-for-5 and scored a run on Sunday. He’s batting .273 in 10 games with four RBIs, three of those coming in one game. Austin Bibens-Dirkx has given up two earned runs on five hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings in two games for Zulia. The right-hander made one start on Oct. 12.

* In Mexico, Blake Parker has not given up a hit or a run in seven relief appearances for Naranjeros in Mexican Winter League play, including one inning Sunday. The right-hander has totaled seven innings in seven games, and walked one and struck out eight. Hung-Wen Chen has given up one run on six hits over 6 1/3 innings in six games with Venados de Mazatlan. Chen is 3-for-4 in save situations, with five strikeouts. In two starts for Yaquis de Obregon, Marco Carillo has given up one run on six hits and four walks over 10 innings.

— Carrie Muskat

10/14 Waiting for Theo, Day 3

The Red Sox apparently want a prospect or two from the Cubs as compensation for Theo Epstein. The two teams continued negotiations Friday over a package to free Epstein from the final year of his contract in Boston and allow him to take over baseball operations in Chicago.

Is Epstein worth Brett Jackson, the Cubs’ highly touted outfield prospect who was the No. 1 pick in 2009? Or do the Red Sox want Matt Szczur, another top Minor Leaguer?

The Cubs and Epstein have reportedly agreed in principle on a five-year deal, believed to be worth $15 million to $18.5 million. But because Epstein has one year remaining on his contract, the Cubs must compensate the Red Sox, and the value was expected to depend on the number of staffers Epstein would take with him to Chicago.

In recent years, when two of Epstein’s co-workers left, they were each allowed to take two Red Sox staffers with them. Josh Byrnes went to the Diamondbacks in 2005, and took two people, including Peter Woodfork, then director of baseball operations. In 2009, Jed Hoyer was able to take scouting director Jason McLeod and Sam Ray, now assistant to the scouting director, when Hoyer went to the Padres.

In 2002, the Red Sox offered Billy Beane the GM job and were prepared to deal Double-A third baseman Kevin Youkilis to the Athletics as compensation. But Beane opted to stay in Oakland. Last month, the White Sox received two of the Marlins’ top five prospects in exchange for letting Ozzie Guillen out of his contract to manage the Florida team.

The Cubs would not comment on the GM search, and the Red Sox declined to comment on Epstein’s status.

The Cubs have been looking for a new GM since Aug. 19 when chairman Tom Ricketts dismissed Jim Hendry. An announcement could come early next week. Major League Baseball discourages teams from making announcements during the World Series, which begins Wednesday.

Ricketts was handling the negotiations with Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino, and discussing the targeted players with Cubs interim GM Randy Bush, player development director Oneri Fleita, and scouting director Tim Wilken.

The Cubs farm system was depleted earlier this year when the team acquired Matt Garza from the Rays in exchange for five players, including Chris Archer, Brandon Guyer and Hak-Ju Lee. Jackson, 23, was playing for Team USA now after batting .297 at Triple-A Iowa; Szczur, 22, batted .260 at Class A Daytona. The top pitching prospects include Trey McNutt, 22, who is pitching in the Arizona Fall League now, and Jeff Beliveau, 24, who posted a 1.89 ERA in 41 games at Double-A Tennessee.

— Carrie Muskat

9/27 Jackson, Beliveau start Team USA workouts

Cubs prospects Brett Jackson and Jeff Beliveau will begin workouts Tuesday with Team USA at the complex in Cary, N.C.  They are two of 24 players named to the U.S. roster on Sept. 15 for the team that will compete in both the IBAF Baseball World Cup in Panama City, Panama, Oct. 2-15, and the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct. 20-25. Jackson was a member of last year’s Pan-Am Qualifying team that finished 10-1 and tied for third in the tournament.  Beliveau was recently named the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year.  The right-hander was 6-2 with a 1.57 ERA and five saves between Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. Also, Iowa Cubs catcher Chris Robinson will not play in the World Cup tournament, but will join Team Canada for the Pan-Am Games in Mexico.  A native of London, Ontario, Canada, Robinson has played in several international tournaments including the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
— Carrie Muskat

9/15 Jackson, Beliveau to play for Team USA

Cubs prospects Brett Jackson and Jeff Beliveau will play for Team USA in the 2011 World Cup and Pan Am games next month. The team will compete in both the IBAF Baseball World Cup in Panama City, Panama, Oct. 2-15, and the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct. 20-25.  The U.S. roster features 24 players not currently on MLB 40-man rosters. Jackson currently ranks 36th on’s Top 50 prospects list and played in 2010 in the Pan Am qualifier.

Ernie Young will manage the U.S. team in Panama and Mexico, and will be joined on the coaching staff by pitching coach Kirk Champion, hitting coach Leon Durham, and assistant coaches Jay Bell and Roly de Armas.  The Pan Am Team will gather in Cary, N.C., at the USA Baseball National Training Complex to train from Sept. 27-29.  Team USA has defeated Cuba in the gold medal game of each of the last two World Cup finals.  First round action kicks off on Oct. 2 against Japan at Rod Carew Stadium.

At the conclusion of the World Cup on Oct. 15, the U.S. will travel to Lagos de Moreno, Mexico, for the Pan American Games baseball competition.  The first game will be Oct. 20 against the Dominican Republic.  The U.S. last fielded a pro team at the Pan Am Games in 1999.

Beliveau began the season at Class A Daytona and posted a 0.52 ERA in 12 games, giving up one earned run over 17 1/3 innings. He was promoted to Double-A Tennessee and went 6-1 with three saves and a 1.89 ERA in 41 games, striking out 69 over 57 innings. Opposing batters hit .183 against the lefty, who was the Cubs’ 18th round pick in 2008. Jackson batted .274 with 20 homers, 23 doubles at Tennessee and Iowa combined.

— Carrie Muskat