Results tagged ‘ Kyle Hendricks ’

1/15 Cubs rookies notebook

The 15 prospects taking part in the Cubs’ Rookie Development Program took a break from their baseball studies to attend a Blackhawks’ game on Tuesday. For many of them, it was their first NHL game, and also a chance to see how rabid Chicago fans are about their team.

“Being at the stadium and watching all the people go crazy during the national anthem, that was awesome,” pitcher Pierce Johnson said Wednesday of the rousing performance before every home Blackhawks game. “I can just imagine what it’ll be like when we turn it around and actually win a World Series. I’m excited. It gives me chills.”

The Cubs are counting on the talent participating in this week’s program to get them that championship.

Joining Johnson were pitchers Kyle Hendricks, Neil Ramirez, Eric Jokisch, C.J. Edwards, Armando Rivero and Arodys Vizcaino; outfielders Albert Almora, Jorge Soler and Rubi Silva; and infielders Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Christian Villanueva, Mike Olt, and Arismendy Alcantara. Eleven of the players rank among the Cubs’ top 20 prospects, according to MLB.com. Hendricks, who completed his economics degree at Dartmouth, was the Cubs’ 2013 Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

The week-long program includes drills, a hospital visit, and seminars, and will end with the Cubs Convention this weekend. The guest speakers included Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, Theo Epstein, manager Rick Renteria and former player Rick Sutcliffe.

“It prepares us for what’s coming,” Almora said. “They’re teaching us about what to get ready for, what to expect, what they expect from us. We’re taking it to heart, we’re taking notes. We’re in this for the long run.”

* Jason McLeod, head of scouting and player development, said Baez will open the season at Triple-A Iowa along with Villanueva and Alcantara. Bryant could be at Double-A Tennessee, and it was still to be determined where Almora and Soler will start the year.

* Two of the five Cubs prospects injured in a car accident Jan. 6 in the Dominican Republic remained hospitalized. Kevin Encarnacion and Jose Zapata were both doing well but still receiving treatment. Encarnacion played at Class A Boise last year.

* Jorge Soler is 100 percent healthy after a leg injury shortened his season. Soler played in the Arizona Fall League but was told to take it easy, McLeod said. The outfielder has been impressive in his approach at the plate. On Wednesday, Soler said he missed too many games last year, and was eager to get back to playing.

* C.J. Edwards is trying to gain weight. At the Blackhawks game, the skinny pitcher ate an Italian sausage, cheese fries, and a hot dog with cheese on it. Said Edwards: “Anything I see, I eat.”

* Javy Baez knows fans are clamoring for him to get to the big leagues. He’s doing everything he can but everyone wants to know when.

“As soon as possible,” he said.

– Carrie Muskat

9/21 Hendricks, Baez honored

Kyle Hendricks knows the importance of a good education. Hendricks, honored on Saturday as the Cubs’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year, returned to classes at Dartmouth last Monday to finish his degree. He’s majoring in economics with a minor in math.

“It’s tough,” Hendricks said about going back to school after a summer of baseball. “It’s fun being back and I still know some of the guys on the baseball team there. It’s definitely difficult being back in the classroom, taking classes.”

He’d rather focus on his fine-tuning his changeup, but he’ll graduate after this final semester and then it’ll be full time baseball.

Hendricks hasn’t received the amount of attention Javier Baez has. Baez was honored as the Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Year on Saturday after hitting 37 home runs and driving in 111 runs at Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee combined. Baez had an eye opening Spring Training with the big league team.

“The guy’s a super athlete,” said Cubs Minor League director Brandon Hyde of Baez. “There’s still a lot of developing left. Sometimes he gets big and tries to do too much but that’s just youth. As soon as he matures as a hitter and continues to grow, it’ll be scary.”

Baez, 20, was going to continue his season in the Arizona Fall League but the Cubs decided the shortstop needed some rest, so he will instead go home to Florida, but take part in two mini camps in Mesa, Ariz., in November and then January. He downplayed his impressive statistics this season.

“I was just trying to do my best every time I played on the field and tried to do good,” Baez said.

Hendricks was Baez’s teammate at Tennessee, and knows how to deal with the shortstop.

“Don’t leave it over the plate,” Hendricks said about pitching to Baez. “[If you do] it’s going to go a long way. He’s a real good player. I’m excited to be here and share this with him.”

Hyde said he’s not just impressed by Baez’s power but also his baserunning and defense. The errors he made were mainly because the shortstop tried to do too much, Hyde said.

“His instincts to play are off the charts,” Hyde said. “I think he’s just scratching the surface to be honest.”

Baez was the Cubs’ first-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Hendricks, 23, was acquired in July 2012 from the Rangers in the Ryan Dempster deal.

“He was opening our eyes from the beginning,” Hyde said of the right-hander. “He’s unbelievably intelligent, knows how to attack hitters, knows hitters weaknesses, knows hitters strengths. He’s developing a better breaking ball. What an incredible year he had.”

Hendricks combined to go 13-4 with a 2.00 ERA and a complete-game shutout in 27 starts between Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. He struck out 128 batters and walked 34 over 166 1/3 innings pitched. The right-hander limited opponents to a .229 batting average.

Being at Wrigley Field on Saturday was eye opening for Hendricks.

“This is what you dream of, being on this field,” he said. “It’s awesome.”

For now, it’s back to school on Monday.

“This is my last quarter,” Hendricks said. “I have four classes and then I graduate. I figure while I have the opportunity, I might as well go back. It’s only a nine week quarter, so it’ll go by quick. It’ll go by quick.”

– Carrie Muskat

9/20 Minor matters: Baez & more

Javier Baez may not be playing in the Arizona Fall League but he will make at least two trips to Mesa, Ariz., to work with Cubs hitting coordinator Anthony Iapoce and others. Baez, the top prospect on MLB.com’s list of Cubs’ 20 prospects, also will play some second and some third base, but do so “at the right time,” Theo Epstein said Friday.

Baez, who be honored on Saturday as the Minor League Player of the Year, was on the Mesa Solar Sox roster for the AFL but the Cubs decided the shortstop needed a break from a long season at Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. He hit 37 home runs and totaled 111 RBIs in 130 games combined.

“What I really like about him is his insincts of the game,” Epstein said. “[It's impressive] for a high school kid to show up in pro ball … to show a feel for the game, a feel to be a winning player. On defense, he’s got a great internal clock, and he knows how fast the runner is at first, he knows what he needs to do, how quick his release has to be on his throw. He was born with it. He showed that in high school and has carried that over into pro ball.”

Jason McLeod, director of scouting and player development, said if Baez did have to move from shortstop, that he felt second would be an easier transition.

“I don’t think any of us envisioned he’d hit 37 home runs,” McLeod said of Baez. “There are very few 20 year olds who did what he did.”

Kyle Hendricks will be honored as the Cubs’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year on Saturday as well in pre-game ceremonies. McLeod said the right-hander showed a strong ability to “dissect the plate” with his pitches. McLeod also was excited to see how C.J. Edwards, Corey Black and Pierce Johnson developed after strong seasons in the Minors.

As for third base, Kris Bryant, the team’s No. 1 pick in the June First-Year Player Draft, will play in the AFL. He will open next year in either Daytona or Tennessee. The Cubs have two other talented third baseman in Christian Villanueva and Jeimer Candelario. McLeod said Villanueva may be the best defensive third baseman in the organization. The Cubs also are eager to see what Mike Olt can do. He was acquired from the Rangers in the Matt Garza deal, and will spend some time working out in Mesa.

– Carrie Muskat

9/12 Cubs Minor League leaders

Cubs Minor League 2013 leaders

Batting

Avg: Kevin Encarnacion, Boise, .319
Home runs: Javier Baez, Tennessee, 37
RBI: Baez, 111
Stolen bases: John Andreoli, Tennessee, 40

Pitching

ERA: Kyle Hendricks, Iowa, 2.00 (37 ER/166 1/3 IP)
Wins: Hendricks, 13
Saves: Brian Schlitter, Iowa, 22
Strikeouts: Eric Jokisch, Tennessee, 137

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.

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.

8/14 Minor matters

Tuesday’s games
Kyle Hendricks struck out seven but gave up four runs over five innings in Iowa’s 6-4 loss to Sacramento. Edgar Gonzalez and Chad Noble each had two hits. Edwin Maysonet had two RBIs. UPDATE: Jake Arrieta was scheduled to start Wednesday, but was scratched and will start for the Cubs on Friday.

Eduardo Figueroa threw five shutout innings to help Tennessee beat Chattanooga, 4-1. Christian Villanueva had two hits, including his league-leading 33rd double. Rubi Silva had two RBIs.

Kris Bryant and Dan Vogelbach had stellar debuts for Daytona. Vogelbach homered in the first game of a doubleheader against Clearwater, a 5-0 win. Pierce Johnson threw 5 2/3 shutout innings, striking out seven. Vogelbach finished with two hits and two RBIs. Bryant homered in the second game, a solo shot in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough as Daytona lost, 3-2. Wes Darvill had two hits and a stolen base.

Kane County had Tuesday off and returns to action Wednesday against Burlington.

Boise scored a season-high 12 runs in a 12-1 romp over Eugene. Yasiel Balaguert hit his seventh home run and drove in three runs. David Bote had three hits, including two doubles, and four RBIs. Jordan Hankins had three hits and one RBIs. NOTE: Shawon Dunston Jr. has not played since he injured his leg July 21, but was expected to return to action late this week.

Mesa had Tuesday off and returns to action Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.

8/9 Soler, Almora and more

* Jorge Soler, sidelined with a stress fracture in his left tibia, was to be examined on Monday in Chicago to gauge the progress the outfielder is making. Soler, who was playing for Class A Daytona, was injured in late June, and expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. The Cubs were hopeful he could return to action this season. Soler could play in the Arizona Fall League, which begins in early October. Soler, 21, was batting .281 with eight home runs, 13 doubles, one triple and 35 RBIs in 55 games with Daytona. He apparently fouled a ball off his left shin in Spring Training, and the injury flared up before the Florida State League All-Star Game.

* Albert Almora, the Cubs’ first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, also was on the disabled list with a groin injury, and GM Jed Hoyer said Friday the outfielder could be sidelined 10 days to two weeks. Almora is another candidate for the AFL.

* Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ No. 1 pick this year in the Draft, has been impressive at short-season Boise, and Hoyer said they will discuss a possible promotion. The third baseman would likely be bumped up to Class A Kane County next.

“He’s played really well over the last couple weeks,” Hoyer said. “It’s to be expected that he would get off to a slow start. He hadn’t played since the end of May. [A promotion] is something we’ll be discussing over the next week or so.”

* On Thursday, Kyle Hendricks made a good impression in his first start with Triple-A Iowa, giving up one unearned run over seven innings, striking out five and walking one.

“He has a sub 2.00 ERA in Double-A and to go up and throw seven innings and no earned runs in Triple A, it shows you the value of command,” Hoyer said. “It’s nothing spectacular, mostly fastball, changeup, but he locates everything down and to both sides of the plate. He’s had a terrific year. You could make a strong argument that he’s been the best [Cubs' Minor League] pitcher this year.”

It’s unlikely the Cubs would promote Hendricks to the big league club when rosters expand in September because they want to watch the innings count.

– Carrie Muskat

8/9 Minor matters

In his first start for Triple-A Iowa, Kyle Hendricks gave up one unearned run over seven innings in a 2-1 win over Fresno. Hendricks struck out five and walked one. Brad Nelson hit his 17th home run.

Matt Szczur had four hits including his third home run, in Tennessee’s 9-8 win over Montgomery. Eduardo Figueroa gave up five runs over six innings and did not get a decision. Arismendy Alcantara and Rubi Silva each had two hits and a stolen base.

Dustin Geiger hit two home runs to help Pierce Johnson and lead Daytona to a 11-0 win over Clearwater. Johnson gave up two hits over five innings and struck out six. Geiger finished with three hits and five RBIs.

Starling Peralta gave up one hit over 5 2/3 innings in Kane County’s 7-0 win over Burlington. Peralta struck out five but also walked five. Dan Vogelbach hit his 17th home run and drove in three runs.

Kris Bryant hit his fourth home run and Yasiel Balaguert belted his sixth in Boise’s 7-5 win over Vancouver. Duane Underwood picked up the win in relief, giving up one walk and striking out two over three innings.

Mesa had the day off and resumes play Friday against the Angels.

8/8 Smokies roster moves

Double-A Tennessee announced some roster moves Thursday. Catcher Taylor Davis has been activated from the disabled list and placed on the Smokies active roster. In a corresponding roster move, catcher Chad Noble was promoted to Triple-A Iowa. Right-hander Kyle Hendricks has was promoted to Iowa and was scheduled to start Thursday. Noble, 25, makes his second trip to Iowa this season. In 28 games with the Smokies, he batted .242. He was a 37th round pick in 2010 out of Northwestern. Hendricks, 23, was 10-3 with a 1.85 ERA (26 ER/126 1/3 IP) in 21 starts for the Smokies. Originally drafted in the eighth round by the Rangers, the California native was traded to the Cubs, along with Christian Villanueva, for Ryan Dempster in 2012.

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