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7/18 Minor League highlights

Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell, three of the Cubs’ top prospects, all homered Thursday. Bryant and Baez went deep in Triple-A Iowa’s 7-0 victory at Round Rock, while Russell’s home run helped Double-A Tennessee defeat Huntsville, 4-1.

Baez and Bryant were playing their first game for Iowa in nearly a week after playing against each other in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game and then getting a few days off for the Triple-A All-Star break. The rest didn’t seem to faze them. Baez, ranked No. 6 on’s Top 100 Prospects list, went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games. And he was playing second base, and Iowa manager Marty Pevey said Baez “looked like an All-Star.”

Bryant, No. 8 on the Top 100, finished the game 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and two runs. His home run was his 32nd of the season between Tennessee and Iowa, giving him sole possession of first place on the Minor League leaderboard. He had been tied at 31 with Rangers’ No. 2 prospect Joey Gallo.

Russell, No. 11 on the Top 100, went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs and an RBI. It was his second home run of the season and first since he was traded to the Cubs as part of the deal that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A’s.

Baez, Bryant and Russell weren’t the only prominent Cubs prospects to homer Thursday. Tennessee outfielder Jorge Soler (No. 6), Class A Advanced Daytona first baseman Dan Vogelbach (No. 12) and Tennessee third baseman Christian Villanueva (No. 13) all hit long balls as well.

7/14 Baez hits two-run homer in Futures Game

Javier Baez hit a two-run homer and Kris Bryant went 0-for-3 in the All-Star Futures Game Sunday in Minneapolis. Bryant played for the U.S. team, which won, 3-2, behind Joey Gallo’s two-run home run. Baez connected in the sixth, which gave the World team a brief, 2-1, lead.

7/12 Extra bases

* The Cubs have utilized six rookie pitchers this season who have combined to post a 2.23 ERA (23 ER/92 1/3 IP) in 79 games (four starts) with three saves and 21 holds. The list includes Dallas Beeler, Kyle Hendricks, Neil Ramirez, Zac Rosscup, Brian Schlitter and Tsuyoshi Wada.

* Last Thursday, the Cubs completed a stretch in which three starting pitchers (Beeler, Wada and Hendricks) made their Major league debut in a 13-day stretch starting June 28. According to Elias, it was the first time the Cubs had three starting pitchers make their big league debut in a 13-day span or less for the first time since 1948, when Bob Rush (April 22), Cliff Chambers (April 24) and Dutch McCall (April 27) did so in a six-day span.

* Kris Bryant is on the U.S. roster and Javier Baez is on the World roster for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Target Field. Both Bryant and Baez play for Triple-A Iowa.

* With two games remaining prior to the All-Star break, the Cubs have a 3.70 team ERA (341 ER/828 2/3 IP). The Cubs last had a lower ERA heading into the break in 1992 when they sported a 3.16 ERA. Last season, the Cubs had a 3.94 ERA at the All-Star break.

* The Cubs are 15-27 in games decided by two runs or less this season. Those 42 close games represent about 46 percent of the games the Cubs have played this year, as the club is 25-25 in 50 games decided by three runs or more.

7/9 Minor matters – Tuesday’s games

In his first start for Triple-A Iowa, Dae-Eun Rhee gave up four runs on nine hits over four innings in a 7-6 loss to Omaha. Ryan Kalish and Brett Jackson each hit home runs. Kalish drove in three runs and also hit a double, while Jackson hit a two-run homer in the second. Kris Bryant was 1-for-4 before he was ejected in the eighth for arguing balls and strikes. Iowa manager Marty Pevey also was ejected.

Tennessee held Birmingham to four hits in a 7-3 win. Luis Flores had three RBIs, Elliot Soto had two hits and two RBIs and Tony Zych picked up the win in relief.

Daytona’s game vs. Dunedin was postponed because of rain. The two teams were to play a doubleheader Wednesday.

Paul Blackburn gave up two runs over five innings in Kane County’s 7-3 win over Quad Cities. Kevin Brown hit a solo home run and Kyle Schwarber had three hits, including two doubles, and two RBIs. He’s now batting .379. Shawon Dunston and Jeimer Candelario each had two hits.

Jeffrey Baez hit his seventh home run to help Boise beat Hillsboro, 11-4. Tyler Ihrig gave up two runs over six innings for the win. Baez, no relation to Javier Baez, had two hits and four RBIs. Rashad Crawford had three hits and three RBIs.

Mesa committed three errors in a 6-4 loss to the Indians. Andrew Ely had three hits, including his first home run.

7/6 Bryant, Paniagua honored

The Cubs named Triple-A Iowa third baseman Kris Bryant and Class A Kane County right-handed pitcher Juan Paniagua the team’s Minor League player and pitcher of the month for June, respectively.

Bryant, 22, combined to hit .354 (34-for-96) with 24 runs, eight doubles, 11 home runs and 27 RBI in 26 games between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa. He walked 17 times to contribute to a .447 on-base percentage, and compiled a .781 slugging percentage to produce a 1.228 OPS. He twice homered in three-straight games, June 7-9 with Tennessee and June 22-24 with Iowa, including a multi-homer game, June 22 against Albuquerque.

Bryant’s 11 home runs in June led all of Minor League baseball while his 19 extra-base hits tied for second and 27 RBI tied for third. Bryant’s .781 slugging mark and 1.228 OPS were third among all full-season Minor League players. He began June with a .373 average (19-for-51) in 14 games for Tennessee prior to winning the Double-A home run derby and participating in the Southern League’s All-Star Game. He was then promoted to the Triple-A level and homered in his first game with Iowa, June 19 against El Paso.

Paniagua, 24, posted a 0.89 ERA (2 ER/20 1/3 IP) and a 3-0 record in four games (three starts) for Kane County in June. He gave up four runs (two earned), walked five and struck out 26 for an average of 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Paniagua surrendered one home run and limited opponents to a .194 batting average (14-for-72). He recorded consecutive starts of six scoreless innings, June 7 vs. Cedar Rapids and June 12 at Peoria.

Paniagua this season is 5-3 with one save and a 2.97 ERA in 15 games (12 starts) for Kane County. He has walked 33 and struck out 65 in 69 2/3 innings, holding the opposition to a .227 batting average.

7/5 Minor matters – Friday’s games

Kris Bryant and Javier Baez both homered but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 4-3, to Oklahoma City. Bryant had three hits, including a solo homer in the fourth, and Baez hit his 12th home run in the first. Eric Jokisch threw seven shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out seven, and did not get a decision. It was his 10th quality start of the year.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up four runs over six innings in Tennessee’s 6-0 loss to Birmingham.

Daytona’s game vs. Brevard County was postponed for the second straight day because of unplayable field conditions. They will play a makeup doubleheader Aug. 14.

Juan Paniagua gave up one run on four hits over six innings in Kane County’s 2-1 win over Clinton. Kyle Schwarber had two hits, including a double, and drove in his 11th run.

Mark Malave had two hits in Boise’s 7-1 loss to Eugene.

Jorge Soler went 1-for-5 with a double and one RBIs in Mesa’s 7-1 win over the Angels. Eloy Jimenez had two hits, including a double and a triple, and three RBIs.

7/1 Minor matters

Kris Bryant hit a grand slam, Manny Ramirez belted a two-run homer and Josh Vitters hit a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning in Iowa’s 7-6 win over Omaha Monday night. Ramirez went 3-for-4, hitting a two-run homer in the seventh. Bryant connected with two outs in the eighth off former Cubs pitcher Casey Coleman. It was Bryant’s 28th home run of the season, and sixth with Iowa. He finished 2-for-4, and was batting .333. Javier Baez also had two hits.

* Think about this: Bryant was 1 years old when Ramirez made his ML debut on Sept. 2, 1993.

Montgomery scored in the top of the 10th to beat Tennessee, 3-2. Elliot Soto had two hits. Matt Loosen did not get a decision, giving up two runs on two hits and three walks over six innings. It was his fifth quality start.

Daytona had the day off and returns to action Tuesday against Brevard County.

Kane County’s game was postponed because of rain. The Cougars return to action Tuesday against Peoria.

Tri-City scored nine runs in the final two innings to beat Boise, 11-5. Rashad Crawford had two hits and three RBIs.

Mesa had Monday off and will play the Reds on Tuesday.

6/29 Minor matters – Saturday’s games

Kris Bryant had three hits but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 6-0, to Colorado Springs. Eric Jokisch took the loss, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks over six innings. Bryant is batting .351 with Iowa, and has hit in seven straight games. Arismendy Alcantara had two hits, and also has hit in seven straight games.

Tennessee lost, 2-1, to Jacksonville. Joe Gardner gave up two runs over 4 2/3 innings and took the loss. Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits.

Dan Vogelbach hit his eighth home run, a three-run shot in the third, to help Daytona beat Lakeland, 8-7. Marco Hernandez and Albert Almora each had three hits.

Kyle Schwarber hit a grand slam and a solo home run to lead Kane County to a 10-2 win over Beloit. Schwarber is batting .467 with the Cougars. Duane Underwood picked up the win, giving up one run over five innings. Yasiel Balaguert had three hits and three RBIs.

Jesse Hodges had two hits in Boise’s 3-1 loss to Hillsboro.

Richardo Marcano hit a two-run homer in the eighth but it wasn’t enough as Mesa lost, 7-5, to the Athletics. It was Marcano’s first home run.

6/24 Minor matters – Tuesday’s game

Iowa beat Albuquerque, 6-2, on Tuesday. Kris Bryant hit his fifth home run, a three-run shot in the first, and Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez and Josh Vitters each drove in a run. Tsuyoshi Wada picked up the win, giving up one run on four hits over six innings. Bryant now is 5-for-21 at Iowa, and all five hits have been home runs.

* Bryant and Baez were named to the All-Star Futures Game, to be played July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up one run on three hits over 5 2/3 innings in Tennessee’s 6-2 win over Jackson. Christian Villanueva had three doubles and two RBIs, and Stephen Bruno had two hits and scored three runs.

Albert Almora hit a solo home run in the eighth to lift Daytona to a 6-5 win over Dunedin. It was Almora’s third homer, and third hit of the game. He’s batting .254. Apparently, the home plate umpire wasn’t feeling well, and asked Almora to just swing. Almora obliged, and connected on his home run.

Kane County scored six runs in the first three innings to beat Wisconsin, 9-3. Paul Blackburn picked up the win, giving up three runs over five innings. Jacob Hannemann had three hits and two RBIs. Trey Martin set a team record with five stolen bases.

Boise lost its seventh straight game on the road, a 7-3 decision to Spokane. The Hawks have been outscored 50-27 in their seven game skid. Jesse Hodges had two hits, including his first home run, a two-run shot in the seventh.

Luis Hernandez threw five shutout innings in Mesa’s 4-2 win over the Angels. Gleyber Torres and Tyler Alamo each had two hits.

6/24 Baez, Bryant named to Futures Game

Half of the Cubs’ so-called core four, shortstop Javier Baez and third baseman Kris Bryant, will showcase their talents at the All-Star Futures Game, to be played July 13 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Baez and Bryant, the Cubs’ first-round picks in 2011 and ’13, respectively, who are now teammates on Triple-A Iowa, were named to the event on Tuesday. Baez will play for the World team and Bryant will play for the U.S. team.

Heading into today’s game in Des Moines, Baez, 21, was batting .226 with 11 home runs, 11 doubles, two triples and 42 RBIs at Iowa. Bryant, 22, hit his fifth home run on Tuesday in the first inning of Iowa’s game. At Double-A Tennessee, Bryant led the Southern League in batting average (.355), home runs (22), and RBIs (58). He was promoted last Thursday.

Bryant has been on the fast track since he was selected second overall in last year’s First-Year Player Draft. In less than a year, he has moved up in the Cubs organization, beginning at short-season Boise. He played in the Arizona Fall League last October, and won Most Valuable Player honors. Bryant won the Golden Spikes Award as the top collegiate player in the country after hitting 31 home runs at San Diego.

– Carrie Muskat


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