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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
Cubs Minor League 2013 leaders
Avg: Kevin Encarnacion, Boise, .319
Home runs: Javier Baez, Tennessee, 37
RBI: Baez, 111
Stolen bases: John Andreoli, Tennessee, 40
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
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.
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.
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.
* 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
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.
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.
Iowa had Wednesday off and opens a series against Fresno on Thursday. Kyle Hendricks makes his first start for the Triple-A team.
Tennessee had Wednesday off, and returns to action Thursday against Montgomery. Eduardo Figueroa was scheduled to start.
C.J. Edwards gave up one hit over one inning in Daytona’s 6-5, 10-inning loss to Clearwater. Wes Darvill hit his third home run. Zeke DeVoss reached base five times, collecting three hits and two walks.
Jeimer Candelario had two hits, including a triple, and one RBI in Kane County’s 7-4 win over Burlington.
Boise had Wednesday off and returns to action Thursday against Vancouver. Paul Blackburn gets the start.
Trey McNutt threw one inning for Mesa in an 11-4 win over the Brewers. Alberto Mineo had three RBI and two hits.
Barret Loux gave up seven runs over 5 1/3 innings in Iowa/s 9-3 loss to Salt Lake, its seventh straight loss. Edgar Gonzalez hit his second home run and drove in two runs. Donnie Murphy had three hits.
Kyle Hendricks gave up one run over six innings in Tennessee’s 2-1 win over Birmingham. Justin Bour hit his 15th home run in the seventh. John Andreoli delivered a walkoff RBI single in the ninth. Hendricks has a 0.84 ERA with 36 strikeouts in his last seven starts.
Daytona’s game against Fort Myers was cancelled because of rain. Corey Black was scheduled to start Friday.
Jose Dore and Oliver Zapata both hit solo home runs to help Kane County beat Wisconsin, 6-2. Rock Shoulders had two hits, including a double, and two RBIs. Tayler Scott started, giving up two runs over five innings. Andrew McKirahan picked up the win in relief.
Jacob Rogers hit an eighth inning solo homer in Boise’s 5-1 loss to Everett. James Pugliese gave up four runs (three earned) over five innings. Kris Bryant extended his hitting streak to seven games with a single.
Ryan Searle gave up three hits over two scoreless innings in Mesa’s 3-2 loss to the Athletics. It was his first start of the season.