Results tagged ‘ Kris Bryant ’

9/3 Bryant, Johnson honored

The Cubs named Class A Daytona teammates, third baseman Kris Bryant and right-handed pitcher Pierce Johnson, the organization’s minor league player and pitcher of the month for August, respectively. Bryant, 21, batted .381 (32-for-84) with 16 runs scored, nine doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 21 RBI in 24 August games between Single-A Boise and Daytona. He recorded a .438 on-base percentage and a .762 slugging percentage, good for a 1.199 OPS that was second-highest in all of minor league baseball (Single-A Hickory’s Joey Gallo had a 1.292 OPS).

The second pick overall in the June Draft, Bryant combined to bat .336 (43-for-128) with 14 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 32 RBI in 36 games between Rookie League Mesa, Boise and Daytona. He recorded a 1.078 OPS, thanks to a .390 on-base percentage and a .688 slugging mark. Bryant committed just three errors in 34 games at third base between Boise and Daytona.

Johnson, 22, went 3-0 with a 1.02 ERA (2 ER/17.2 IP) in four August games (three starts) for Daytona, walking nine and striking out 22 while limiting the opponent to a .186 batting average. He began the month with 5.0-shutout innings at Clearwater, August 8, then spun 5.2-shutout frames vs. Clearwater five days later.

In his first full professional season, Johnson has combined to go 11-6 with a 2.74 ERA (36 ER/118.1 IP) in 23 games (21 starts) between Single-A Kane County and Daytona. He has walked 43 and struck out 124 in 118.1 innings, good for an average of 9.43 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched. Johnson’s 11 victories are tied for second-most amongst Cubs minor league pitchers, trailing only Triple-A Iowa’s Kyle Hendricks (13).

Johnson was selected by Chicago in the sandwich round (43rd overall) of the 2012 draft and was named the sixth-best Cubs prospect heading into the season by Baseball America. All told, Johnson is 11-6 with a 2.78 ERA (40 ER/129.1 IP) in 29 minor league games (27 starts), allowing just five home runs in his 537 batters faced. He has struck out 138 batters in 129.1 innings, good for an average of 9.6 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched.

8/31 Minor matters

Friday’s games

Brooks Raley gave up one run on one hit and two walks over five innings in Iowa’s 3-2 loss to Nashville. The I-Cubs were eliminated from the playoffs with the loss. Brad Nelson hit his 20th home run, a solo shot. Mike Olt had three hits.

Eduardo Figueroa threw six shutout innings, giving up one hit and walking one, in Tennessee’s 12-1 win over Chattanooga. Justin Bour was a triple shy of the cycle, finishing with a double, a homer and a season-high six RBIs. Brett Jackson had two hits, including a double and a triple. Christian Villanueva had two hits and two RBIs. He leads the Southern League with 41 doubles.

Kris Bryant, Dustin Geiger, Bijan Rademacher, Pin-Chieh Chen and Zeke DeVoss each homered in Daytona’s 11-6 win over Brevard County. For Bryant, it was his second homer in the last three games. Chen smacked a two-run blast. Ivan Pineyro gave up four runs over five innings.

Starling Peralta gave up eight runs over four innings in Kane County’s 8-2 loss to Cedar Rapids. Carlos Escobar had three hits and Reggie Golden had two hits.

Duane Underwood gave up eight runs — four earned — over three innings in Boise’s 10-6 loss to Salem-Keizer. Dan Lockhart had two hits.

Mesa’s season ended Thursday at 27-28.

8/29 Minor matters

Wednesday’s games

Kyle Hendricks gave up two runs over eight innings in Iowa’s 5-2 win over Omaha. Ty Wright had two hits and three RBIs. For Hendricks, the eight innings were a season high, and this was his third straight quality start. Brian Schlitter converted his 20th save.

Tennessee had the day off and returns to action Thursday against Chattanooga.

Kris Bryant and Dustin Geiger each hit home runs to help Daytona beat Dunedin, 6-2, and clinch the Florida State League second-half title in the first game of a doubleheader. Lendy Castillo threw 2 2/3 innings of relief for his second win. In the second game, Wes Darvill was 3-for-3 in Daytona’s 3-0 win. Bijan Rademacher had two RBIs.

Scott Baker had his best rehab outing, giving up one hit over five innings in Kane County’s 9-1 win over Cedar Rapids. Baker retired the first 13 batters he faced. Jeimer Candelario and Carlos Escobar each homered.

Jacob Rogers, Yasiel Balaguert and Justin Marra each homered to power Boise to a 10- win over Salem-Keizer. Marra finished with three RBIs.

Mesa had the day off and returns to action Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

8/27 Top Cubs prospects in AFL

Fans who can’t wait to see Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler play for the Cubs will have their chance in October.

Baez, Almora and Bryant, the Cubs’ first-round picks in the last three First-Year Player Drafts, will join Soler on the Mesa Solar Sox roster and participate in the Arizona Fall League, which begins play Oct. 8. Almora, limited to 61 games with Class A Kane County because of injuries, will be on Mesa’s taxi squad, and play Wednesdays and Sundays.

Other Cubs on the Mesa AFL roster include pitchers Dallas Beeler, Matt Loosen, Armando Rivero and Arodys Vizcaino. Beeler, Loosen and Rivero were pitching for Double-A Tennessee, while Vizcaino, acquired from the Braves in July 2012 in the Paul Maholm deal, has been rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.

It’s been a whirlwind summer for Bryant, the second pick overall in the June Draft. The third baseman, who led the country with 31 home runs at San Diego, began the season at short-season Boise, and batted .354 in 18 games with four home runs, eight doubles and 14 RBIs, and was promoted to Class A Daytona, where he was batting .368 in 10 games with three home runs, three doubles and nine RBIs.

“I’m very excited,” Bryant said. “I don’t much about [the AFL]. I’m new to this whole process, but I know there are lot of good players who have gone to the Fall League. I’m excited I get to continue playing baseball. The games will only help me in my development against some very good competition.”

The Cubs project Bryant, Almora, Baez and Soler to be key pieces in the team’s future. Now, they’ll be teammates.

“That’s huge,” Bryant said about being with the other prospects. “To get to play 30 plus games with these guys, it’ll only help us in the future. Hopefully, we can develop chemistry so heading into next year, we can make things easier for ourselves.”

* This will be Baez’s second turn in the AFL. Last year ended early because of a thumb injury that limited him to 14 AFL games. This season, the 20-year-old shortstop has been on fire. He batted .274 in 76 games with 17 home runs, 19 doubles and 57 RBIs at Class A Daytona, and was batting .308 with 18 home runs, 14 doubles and 48 RBIs in 48 games with Double-A Tennessee.

* Almora, 19, an outfielder, was batting .329 in 61 games with Kane County before being sidelined with a groin injury. Soler, 21, the Cuban outfielder who signed a nine-year, $30 million deal in June 2012, was limited to 55 games because of a stress fracture in his left tibia. He batted .281 with eight home runs and 13 doubles with Daytona before he was hurt.

* Beeler made nine starts at Tennessee before being sidelined in late May when he tore a tendon in the middle finger of his pitching hand.

* Loosen was 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA in nine starts with Daytona, and 2-3 with a 6.53 ERA in 15 games (13 starts) with Tennessee. On Monday, he gave up three hits over seven shutout innings in a win over Mobile.

* Rivero has pitched in relief, appearing in 18 games at Kane County, Daytona and Tennessee combined. The Cuban right-hander has given up 13 earned runs over 27 2/3 innings and struck out 43.

“We’re taking pride in what we’ve done,” said player development and scouting director Jason McLeod. “There’s a lot to be excited about, though it’s in Daytona and in Double-A. But we have the opportunity to get some [impact players] to the big leagues, guys with stuff and tools.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/27 Baez, Almora, Bryant to play in AFL

Javier Baez, Albert Almora and Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ first-round picks in the last three First-Year Player Drafts, will both participate in the Arizona Fall League, which begins play Oct. 8. Almora will be on Mesa’s taxi squad, and play Wednesdays and Sundays. Other Cubs on the Mesa AFL roster include pitchers Dallas Beeler, Matt Loosen, Armando Rivero and Arodys Vizcaino.

“It’s really exciting for us,” said Jason McLeod, Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development. “Javier has had a great year, and he didn’t get to play as much last year in the AFL because of the injury. Kris is ready to be pushed. Soler was going to go [to make up for lost time]. Albert missed time, so he’ll go to instructs and then the taxi squad, which will be good for him.”

This will be Baez’s second turn in the AFL. Last year ended early because of an injury. This season, the shortstop batted .274 in 76 games with 17 home runs, 19 doubles and 57 RBIs at Class A Daytona, and was batting .308 with 18 home runs, 14 doubles and 48 RBIs in 48 games with Double-A Tennessee.

8/26 AFL rosters

The Arizona Fall League will release the rosters for the 2013 season, and the Cubs will have some star players on the Mesa squad. Jorge Soler, Albert Almora and Kris Bryant are all expected to participate in the AFL, which begins Oct. 8. Soler and Almora have missed time this season because of injuries, so the extra at-bats will benefit them.

8/26 Minor matters

Sunday’s games

Dave Sappelt had two hits, including his fifth home run, but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 11-5, to Memphis. Brooks Raley gave up seven runs on seven hits over two innings. Raley had a blister on his pitching hand, but Iowa manager Marty Pevey thought the lefty would be OK. Iowa is six games behind first-place Omaha in the PCL’s Northern Division with eight games to play.

Nick Struck gave up two runs over six innings in Tennessee’s 2-0 loss to Mobile. Javier Baez had one hit, and now has hit safely in 19 of 24 games in August. Yeiper Castillo threw three innings of scoreless relief. The Smokies’ magic number to take the second-half title remains at two.

Ivan Pineyro gave upone run over six innings in Daytona’s 11-2 win over Tampa. Kris Bryant had two RBIs and two hits to extend his hitting streak to seven games. He’s batting .368. Ben Carhart and Wes Darvill also each had two hits and two RBIs.

Starling Peralta gave up three runs — two earned — over 5 1/3 innings in Kane County’s 3-1 loss to Wisconsin. Wilson Contreras had two hits and one RBIs. With the loss, the Cougars were officially eliminated from playoff contention with eight games remaining in the 2013 regular season.

Dillon Maples gave up four runs — none earned — over five innings in Boise’s 6-5, 10-inning loss to Hillsboro. Kevin Encarnacion hit a double and drove in two runs.

Kevin Brown hit his first pro home run in Mesa’s 5-1 loss to the Reds. Brown also hit a double. Jesse Hodges added a triple.

8/20 Minor matters

Monday’s games

Casey Coleman gave up one run over six innings in Iowa’s 3-2 loss to New Orleans. Mike Olt snapped a five-game hitless streak with a single.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up two runs over seven innings in Tennessee’s 9-2 win over Birmingham. Javier Baez had three hits for his 10th multi-hit game of the month. He’s batting .397 in August with 11 doubles, three home runs and 17 RBIs. Arismendy Alcantara had two hits, including a solo home run. Rubi Silva had three hits and two RBIs.

Daytona had the day off, and resumes action Tuesday against Dunedin. Ben Wells was slated to start. Kris Bryant was named Florida State League player of the week for Aug. 12-18. He batted .360 in seven games with three home runs and five RBIs.

Jeimer Candelario had two hits, including a double, in Kane County’s 9-2 loss to Clinton. Rock Shoulders had two RBIs.

Duane Underwood gave up three runs, none earned, over 4 1/3 innings in Boise’s 6-3 loss to Tri-City.

Charcer Burks and Jeffrey Baez each had two hits in Mesa’s 5-4 loss to the Athletics.

8/18 Minor matters

Saturday’s games

Justin Grimm gave up three runs over seven innings in Iowa’s 3-0 loss to New Orleans. Ty Wright had two hits. Kyle Hendricks starts Sunday.

Eric Jokisch gave up three earned runs over 6 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 6-4 loss to Chattanooga. Javier Baez hit a double and drove in a run, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Christian Villanueva had one RBIs and a double, his 38th, tops in the Southern League.

Ivan Pineyro gave up six runs over five innings in Daytona’s 10-2 loss to Brevard County. Kris Bryant had two hits and one RBIs, and has hit safely in five of six games with Daytona.

Michael Heesch gave up three runs over six innings in Kane County’s 7-6 win over Clinton. The Cougars rallied with three runs in the seventh. Rock Shoulders, Oliver Zapata and Giuseppe Papaccio each had two hits and one RBIs.

Michael Wagner gave up three runs over three innings in Boise’s 11-0 loss to Tri-City. Carlos Penalver had two hits and a stolen base.

Charcer Burks, Jeffrey Baez and Kevin Brown each had multi-hit games in Mesa’s 9-7 win over the Reds.

8/15 Minor matters

Wednesday’s games

Casey Coleman gave up one hit over five shutout innings to help Iowa beat Sacramento, 2-1. Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits, including a solo home run. Brian Schlitter converted his 17th save. Coleman made an emergency start for Jake Arrieta, who will be promoted to the big league team and start Friday.

“They said be ready in case something happens,” Coleman told the Des Moines Register.

The only hit off the right-hander was a two-out single in the third.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 6-2 win over Chattanooga. Javier Baez had two hits, both doubles, and three RBIs, and Christian Villanueva had two hits, both doubles, and one RBI.

Kris Bryant hit his second home run in as many games and Ben Wells gave up one run over 5 1/3 innings in Daytona’s 5-1 win over Clearwater in the first game of a doubleheader. Bryant has hit in 17 straight games (15 with Boise). Dustin Geiger and Chadd Krist each had two hits. In the second game, Kyler Burke gave up one run over four innings in a 2-0 loss.

Reggie Golden and Jeimer Candelario each homered in Kane County’s 5-4 loss to Burlington. Starling Peralta gave up three earned runs over 5 1/3 innings.

David Bote and Kevin Encarnacion each hit three-run homers to power Boise to a 13-2 romp over Eugene. The Hawks totaled 15 hihts for the third straight game. James Pugliese benefitted, giving up one run over six innings for the win. Cael Brockmeyer had three hits and one RBIs.

Daury Torrez threw five shutout innings in Mesa’s 13-4 win over the Diamondbacks. Brian Bogusevic hit a double and drove in a run in his fifth rehab game.

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