Results tagged ‘ Kane County ’

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.

5/3 Shoulders, Jokisch honored

The Cubs Friday named Class A Kane County infielder Rock Shoulders and Double-A Tennessee left-handed pitcher Eric Jokisch the organization’s Minor League player and pitcher of the month for April, respectively.

Shoulders, 21, batted .370 with 19 runs scored, seven doubles, five home runs and 16 RBIs in 22 April games. He compiled a 1.099 OPS for the month, the second-highest mark in the Midwest League. The left-handed hitter was tied for third in the league in runs scored, home runs and extra-base hits (12), fourth in batting average and tied for fourth in hits.

Jokisch, 23, went 3-1 with a 1.84 ERA in five April starts, striking out 21 while walking six and limiting opponents to a .240 batting average. He began the season going at least six innings while allowing one or no runs in each of his first four starts. He finished the month tied for fifth in the Southern League in victories, tied for eighth in innings pitched and ninth in ERA. Jokisch, a native of Virginia, Ill., who attended Northwestern University, was selected in the 11th round of the 2010 draft.

4/10 Minor matters

Chris Rusin gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings in Iowa’s 4-2 loss Tuesday to Round Rock. The Iowa Cubs now are 0-6 to start the season, the worst start in franchise history. Darnell McDonald hit a solo home run and Brett Jackson had two hits, including a triple. The Iowa Cubs and Round Rock square off Wednesday.

Tennessee had Tuesday off. On Wednesday, the Smokies face Chattanooga. Dallas Beeler gets the start.

Zeke DeVoss hit a solo home run in Daytona’s 5-4 loss to Clearwater. The D-Cubs made four errors in the game. Zach Cates took the loss, giving up three runs — one earned — on six hits, while striking out seven over 3 2/3 innings. Jorge Soler had two hits. Daytona faces Clearwater on Wednesday.

Rock Shoulders had two hits, including his second home run, in Kane County’s 6-5 win over Clinton. Jeimer Candelario hit a walkoff RBI single in the ninth for the game-winner. Daniel Vogelbach had three hits. Pierce Johnson started, but did not get a decision. He gave up two runs on six hits over five innings. Kane County was to face Clinton Wednesday night.

4/4 Minor matters

* Class A Kane County has added infielder Wes Darvill to the roster, and infielder David Bote was sent to extended Spring Training. Also, catcher Yaniel Cabezas has been placed on the disabled list. The Cougars’ roster was at 25 heading into the season opener against Quad Cities Thursday. Darvill, picked in the fifth round in 2009, batted .224 with Class-A Peoria last year.

* Double-A Tennessee announced infielder Tim Torres has been added to the active roster. In a corresponding move, infielder Anthony Giansanti was placed on the disabled list. Torres, 29, joins the Smokies for the first time. Last year, he played with the Rockies’ Double-A affiliate Tulsa, and hit .226 with three home runs and 23 RBIs.
Giansanti, 24, hit a combined .264 in 36 games with three different teams (Peoria, Arizona Cubs, and Daytona).

– Carrie Muskat

4/2 Class A Kane County

The Class A Kane County Cougars announced their preliminary Opening Day roster. The Cougars and manager Mark Johnson open the season Thursday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark against the Quad Cities River Bandits. The infield includes first baseman Dan Vogelbach, the Cubs’ second round pick in 2011. Vogelbach is ranked No. 11 on’s list of top 20 Cubs prospects, and batted .322 with 17 home runs in 61 games between Mesa and Boise last season. Third baseman Jeimer Candelario was the youngest regular in the Northwest League last season and batted .281 with six home runs and 47 RBIs for Boise as an 18-year-old. Middle infielder Gioskar Amaya led the Northwest League with 12 triples last season and topped NWL second basemen with a .968 fielding percentage. Marco Hernandez split last season between Class-A Peoria and Boise, batting .286 in 67 games with Boise.

The Cougars’ pitching will feature right-hander Pierce Johnson, the 43rd overall selection in last June’s Draft. He’ll be joined by Jose Arias, South African native Tayler Scott, and last year’s Rule 5 pick Lendy Castillo. Pitchers Michael Heesch and Nathan Dorris are on the preliminary roster, which means the Cougars will have at least one Illinois-born player for each of the past five Opening Day rosters. Heesch was born in Crystal Lake and graduated from Prairie Ridge High School. Dorris is from Carbondale and attended Southern Illinois University.

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1/23 Sweet deal with Kane County

Don’t know what to get your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day? The Kane County Cougars are offering a unique dining experience. A limited number of Valentine’s Day dinner packages are on sale for Feb. 14 for a 6:30 p.m. CT dinner in a private, candlelit suite at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. Dinner will be prepared and served by the Cougars catering staff. Couples can choose between two dinner menu options, each of which includes a salad, entrée with side dishes, and dessert. Water and soda will be provided, while select beer varieties and wine are available for an additional cost. Couples will also receive a pair of ticket vouchers for a 2013 Cougars game.

You can reserve a suite for $65. The Cougars will accept a limited number of reservations, which can be made no later than 5 p.m. on Feb. 8. Call (630) 232-8811 for information and reservations.

– 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

9/19 Cubs set Minor League teams

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

8/21 No comment re: possible Peoria move

There are reports that the Cubs are in the process of working out a player development agreement with the Kane County Cougars in an effort to move their Midwest League affiliate from Peoria. The switch, reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, would move the Cubs’ Class A team closer to Chicago, and end a relationship with the Chiefs that began in the 1980s. Instead of a 166-mile drive, the Class A team would be 50 miles away.

Cubs player development director Jason McLeod told on Tuesday the team will have no comment about the Minor League teams until the season is over.

In 1985, the Chiefs became a member of the Cubs farm system, and featured players such as Greg Maddux, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark Grace and Joe Girardi. The affiliation with the Cubs lasted until 1994, when the Chicago team moved its Class A squad to Rockford. In mid September 2004, the Chiefs announced they were joining the Cubs again, beginning with the ’05 season.

– Carrie Muskat


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