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12/12 Rule 5 Draft

The Cubs selected catcher Charles Cutler from the Pirates’ Double-A affiliate on Thursday in the Triple-A Phase of the Rule 5 Draft. The Cubs did not have a pick in the first round of the Major League phase as they forfeited it to the Phillies, who had filed a grievance over Lendy Castillo, who spent most of the 2012 season on the disabled list. The Cubs did have a chance to pick a player in the second round of the Major League phase but passed.

Cutler, 27, batted .298 in 86 games at Double-A Altoona last season, hitting 16 doubles, three home runs and driving in 26. He was the Cardinals’ 14th round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. This is the second time Cutler has been picked in the Rule 5 Draft. He was the Pirates’ pick in the Minor League phase after the 2011 season.

He began the 2013 season as the backup at Altoona behind Carlos Paulino. In 30 games behind the plate, he threw out 21 percent of base stealers and had no passed balls.

“He was a guy we targeted,” GM Jed Hoyer said of Cutler. “We’re always looking for catching. He’s a left-handed hitting catcher with some on-base skills. At that part of the Draft, we don’t have the strings attached and it’s nice to be able to acquire a player like that. He was a guy who stuck out.”

The Cubs lost four players in the Rule 5 Draft. Right-handed pitcher Marcos Matteo was taken in the Major League phase by the Diamondbacks. In the Triple-A phase of the Draft, first baseman Justin Bour was picked by the Marlins, outfielder Julio Borbon selected by the Orioles, and pitcher A.J. Morris selected by the Pirates.

— Carrie Muskat

7/25 Minor matters

Wednesday’s games

Brooks Raley gave up one run over seven innings, but didn’t get a decision as Iowa lost, 2-1, to New Orleans in 10 innings. Raley struck out six and walked three. Brad Nelson had three hits. Jake Arrieta, who could start one of the Cubs’ games Tuesday against the Brewers, is scheduled to start Thursday against New Orleans.

Dae-Eun Rhee struck out six and gave up one run over five innings in Tennessee’s 6-1 win over Huntsville. Javier Baez, Justin Bour and Rafael Lopez each homered. For Baez, it was his second home run in as many games, and gave him 17 combined this season. Baez also hit a double, and was batting .219 at Tennessee. Tony Zych worked a scoreless ninth, and has not given up a run in his last 10 appearances.

Daytona’s game against St. Lucie was canceled because of rain and unplayable field conditions.

Scott Baker gave up three runs on five hits over three innings in his third rehab start as Kane County lost, 5-1, to Beloit. Baker walked two and struck out two. He’s given up 13 runs on 17 hits over 8 2/3 innings. Rock Shoulders and Reggie Golden each had two hits.

Kris Bryant went 1-for-4, hitting his first double, in Boise’s 5-1 loss to Eugene. Jacob Rogers had two hits and Jacob Hannemann hit a double and scored a run.

Mesa had Wednesday off, and returns to action Thursday against the Athletics.

4/2 Double-A Tennessee roster

Double-A Tennessee announced its 2013 Opening Day roster on Tuesday. The Smokies will have 17 players who have played in Tennessee and five who will be making their Double-A debut. Among the pitchers are Alberto Cabrera, ranked No. 19 on’s top 20 Cubs prospects list, and Trey McNutt. They’ll be joined by Frank Batista, Dallas Beeler, Marcus Hatley, Eric Jokisch, Dae-Eun Rhee, Kevin Rhoderick, Zac Rosscup, Brian Schlitter, Tony Zych, Kyle Hendricks and A.J. Morris.

Christian Villanueva, No. 8 on the Cubs’ top 20 list, will be joined by infielders Arismendy Alcantera, Justin Bour, Jonathan Mota, Elliot Soto and Anthony Giansanti. Bour hit 17 home runs with 110 RBIs in 2012 for the Smokies. Cubs’ 2011 Draft pick Rafael Lopez will share catching duties with Jair Fernandez, who was signed by the Cubs in the offseason.

The outfielders include Jae-Hoon Ha, Rubi Silva and Matt Szczur, all returnees. Ha batted .273 with 47 RBIs in 121 games in 2012. Johermyn Chavez, who signed with the Cubs in the offseason after spending time with the Mariners’ Double-A Jackson Generals, also will be on the Smokies’ roster.

Tennessee opens the season Thursday at Pensacola.

8/31 Double-A Tennessee news

Double-A Tennessee first baseman Justin Bour was named to the Southern League postseason All-Star team on Friday. Bour, 24, currently leads the Smokies in batting average (.290), hits (141), doubles (36), home runs (17) and RBIs (110), which leads the Southern League.  His also won a Southern League “Player of the Week” award, July 30-Aug. 6, and a start on the North team in the Southern League All-Star Game.

* The Smokies also announced that C Anthony Recker and LHP Chris Rusin will join the team in advance of Friday’s game against Pensacola.  In corresponding roster moves, RHP Dallas Beeler has been promoted to Triple-A Iowa and infielder Elliot Soto has been placed on the disabled list. Rusin will start Friday to tune up for his next Major League start on Tuesday against the Nationals. Recker, 29, joins Tennessee after spending only three games with the I-Cubs, where he hit .286 (2-for-7) after being traded from the Athletics organization for C Blake Lalli on Aug. 27.

— Carrie Muskat

8/22 Minor League report

Seth McClung threw seven shutout innings in Iowa’s 2-0 win over Memphis on Tuesday. McClung, 31, struck out six, gave up six hits and walked one. The right-hander has not pitched in the big leagues since 2009, and was a reliever then with the Brewers. This year, he was 2-13 with a 6.36 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) with Triple-A Nashville. Jeff Frazier hit a two-run home run, his first. Blake Parker earned the save.

Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits in Tennessee’s 3-1, 13-inning loss to Chattanooga. Justin Bour notched his 108th RBI of the season.

Daytona has had a rough stretch. Tuesday’s game between Daytona and Clearwater was postponed because of rain. Over the last 13 games, Daytona has been delayed twice, postponed five times, played two doubleheaders and cancelled four games (all at home) with two of the 13 played as regularly scheduled nine inning games.

Jorge Soler was 3-for-4 with one RBIs in Peoria’s 4-2 win over Wisconsin. The Chiefs scored twice in the seventh for the win. Autin Reed threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief for the “W.” Sergio Burruel had three hits and one RBIs.

Gioskar Amaya led off the game with a home run, his seventh, to help Boise beat Yakima, 7-4. Amaya finished with three hits and two RBIs. Felix Pena picked up the win in relief.

Duane Underwood threw three shutout, hitless innings in Mesa’s 4-1 six-inning loss to the Mariners. Justin Marra had two hits along with Trevor Gretzky, who drove in Mesa’s only run. In the second game, Shawon Dunston and Tony Giansanti each had two hits in a 7-6 win. Chad Martin picked up the win in relief.

News & notes:

* Peoria Chiefs president Rocky Vonachen says they were “caught off guard” by reports that the Cubs may switch their Midwest League affiliate from Peoria to Kane County. No announcement was expected until mid September at the earliest. Major League teams and Minor League teams face hefty fines for publicly discussing future re-affiliation agreements. Negotiations outside of the existing relationship cannot begin until Sept. 16. The Chiefs have a seven-game home stand remaining, starting Saturday. They close the season at Kane County. The only Midwest League team with a player development contract (PDC) for next year is Wisconsin with the Brewers.

— Carrie Muskat

8/17 Minor League report

Shawon Dunston Jr. went 3-for-4, including a two-run home run in the third, in Mesa’s 9-1 win Thursday night over the Reds. Dunston also hit a RBI single in the fourth.

Dustin Geiger and Timothy Saunders each had two hits to help Peoria out-hit Burlington, 7-3, but the Chiefs went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight in a 4-0 loss.

Javier Baez was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, hitting his first home run for Daytona in a 7-6 loss to Lakeland. Baez also hit a double. Robert Whitenack started, and gave up one run on four hits and three walks over four innings. Lakeland won on a walk off two-run single by James Robbins.

Justin Bour hit a three-run home run to power Tennessee to a 4-3 win over Birmingham. Bour was batting .297. Tony Zych picked up the win in relief of Eric Jokisch, and Frank Batista picked up his 22nd save, walking one and striking out one in 1 2/3 innings.

Alfredo Amezaga was 4-for-5 and Tony Campana, Blake Lalli, Diory Hernandez and Matt Tolbert each had two hits in Iowa’s 7-6 loss to Tucson. The Iowa Cubs out-hit Tucson, 14-11 in the loss. Seth McClung started, and gave up seven runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings.

— Carrie Muskat

8/16 Minor League report

Chris Rusin threw six shutout innings in Iowa’s 4-0 win over Tucson. Rusin struck out four and gave up four hits. He’s now 8-8 with a 4.59 ERA. Rusin helped himself with two hits and scoring a run. This was his 10th quality start of the season. Blake Parker, continuing his rehab, also pitched in the game.

Justin Bour drove in RBIs No. 102 but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 4-2, to Birmingham. Nick Struck did not give up an earned run over six innings, striking out six.

Roni Torreyes hit a two-out RBI double in the seventh to help Daytona beat Lakeland, 3-2, in the first game of a doubleheader. A.J. Morris picked up the win in relief. In the second game, Frank Del Valle gave up one hit over six innings and did not get a decision as Daytona lost, 1-0. Javier Baez snapped a four-game hitless streak, going 1-for-4.

Jeffrey Antigua gave up five runs, none earned, over 3 1/3 innings in Peoria’s 5-1 loss to Burlington. The Chiefs made four errors in the game.

Albert Almora hit a solo home run in his Boise debut but it wasn’t enough as the Hawks lost, 13-5, to Salem-Keizer. Almora, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick in the June Draft, went 2-for-5. Rock Shoulders also homered, hitting his eighth. He finished with three RBIs.

Duane Underwood gave up two runs on two hits and one walk over two innings in Mesa’s 3-1 loss to the Angels.

News & notes:

* Right-hander Ryan Searle was promoted to Iowa from Daytona. The Cubs also released Frankie De La Cruz so he could sign with a Taiwan baseball team. Searle was 5-3 with one save and a 5.01 ERA in 28 outings at Daytona. In August, he had a 1.13 ERA in three outings. De La Cruz was 1-6 with a 3.80 ERA in 27 games for the Iowa Cubs.

* Peoria’s Paul Hoilman went on the DL because of a dislocated finger suffered Sunday. Right-hander Zach Cates also was placed on the DL. Jacob Rogers was promoted from Mesa to replace Hoilman and pitcher Willington Cruz rejoined the Chiefs from Boise to replace Cates on the roster.

— Carrie Muskat

8/13 Minor League report

Blake Lalli had two hits, including his seventh home run, in Iowa’s 10-8 win Sunday over Las Vegas to complete a suspended game. Greg Rohan had three hits and three RBIs. Jairo Asencio picked up the save. Casey Coleman started the game but had to leave because of soreness in the back of his right shoulder. In Sunday’s regularly scheduled game, Frankie De La Cruz gave up three runs over five innings in a 3-2 Iowa loss. Lalli had two more hits and Scott Maine, recently optioned to Iowa, threw a scoreless inning in relief.

Cuban pitcher Yoanner Negrin gave up one hit over five innings in Tennessee’s 4-0 win over Huntsville. Junior Lake had two hits, Justin Bour drove in two RBIs to reach 100 RBIs for the season, and Logan Watkins scored three runs and stole two bases.

Daytona’s doubleheader Sunday was canceled because of unplayable field conditions, and the games will not be made up. The D-Cubs open a three-game series Tuesday against Lakeland.

Jorge Soler extended his hitting streak to three games in Peoria’s 6-5 loss to Beloit. Starling Peralta took the loss, giving up three earned runs over six innings. Zeke DeVoss had two hits.

Xavier Batista hit two home runs and drove in five in Boise’s 10-9 loss to Salem-Keizer. Wilson Contreras hit his third home run and finished with four RBIs.

Albert Almora had two hits, including a double, and one RBIs in Mesa’s 10-8 loss to the Royals. Almora was batting .304. Shawon Dunston drew three walks and stole a base.

— Carrie Muskat 

8/7 Minor League report

Greg Rohan had two hits and one RBIs in Iowa’s 2-1 loss Monday night to Reno. Blake Parker struck out one in one inning of relief in his first rehab appearance, and first game action since June 1. He’s been on the DL with a stress reaction in his right elbow. Michael Bowden threw two scoreless innings in relief.

Lendy Castillo gave up one run on one hit and one walk over two innings in Tennessee’s 7-6 loss to Jackson. Junior Lake hit a two-run home run in the ninth, and Justin Bour hit his 15th home run. Bour had two hits and three RBIs.

Daytona had Monday off, and returns to action Tuesday against Lakeland.

Zach Cates gave up one run on five hits over five innings in Peoria’s 8-6 loss to Clinton. Tim Saunders had three RBIs and Wes Darvill had two hits and one RBIs.

Stephen Bruno, Carlos Escobar and Gioskar Amaya each homered in Boise’s 11-7 win over Everett. Amaya finished with three hits and scored two runs.

Ben Carhart extended his hitting streak to 10 games in Mesa’s 10-8 loss to the Brewers.

— Carrie Muskat

8/6 Minor League report

Casey Coleman struck out eight over six shutout innings in Iowa’s 2-1 loss to Reno on Sunday. The Iowa Cubs now have lost 16 of their last 18 games. The eight Ks for Coleman were one shy of his career high.

Nelson Perez hit his fifth home run in Tennessee’s 5-4 loss to Jackson. Justin Bour had two hits, including a double, and one RBIs. Trey McNutt threw three innings of relief, giving up one hit and striking out three.

Christian Villanueva had two hits in Daytona’s 4-2 loss to Dunedin. P.J. Francescon started and gave up two unearned runs over two innings.

Michael Jensen gave up one run over five innings in Peoria’s 3-2 loss to Clinton. He has not given up more than two runs in each of his last four starts.

Daniel Vogelbach hit a solo homer with two outs in the 11th to lift Boise to a 10-9 win over Spokane. It was Vogelbach’s second homer since joining the Hawks. Trey Martin had three hits and two RBIs and Lance Rymel had two hits, including a home run, and four RBIs.

Duane Underwood gave up three earned runs on three hits over one-third of an inning in Mesa’s 8-6 loss to the Giants. Ben Carhart had two hits and one RBIs.


* Tennessee’s Justin Bour was named the Southern League Hitter of the Week for July 30-Aug. 5. He batted .409 (9-for-22) with three home runs and nine RBIs. One of those home runs was a walkoff hit in a 1-0 win over Pensacola. He leads all active Smokies in hits (123), doubles (30), home runs (14), RBIs (92), total bases (195) and slugging percentage (.481), and ranks first in the Southern League in RBIs, is second in hits and doubles, third in hitting (.304) and fifth in slugging percentage.

* Lendy Castillo, the Cubs’ pick in the Rule 5 Draft, will begin a rehab assignment Monday with Tennessee. Castillo, 22, appeared in seven games with the Cubs before he was sidelined with a groin injury.

— Carrie Muskat