Results tagged ‘ Logan Watkins ’

11/12 Extra bases: Campana to Venezuela

* Cubs outfielder Tony Campana tweeted on Sunday that he was on his way to Venezuela to play winter ball. Campana was to join Caracas as was third baseman Josh Vitters. Last season, Campana batted .264 in 89 games for the Cubs with 30 stolen bases, and stole another 18 bases in 37 games for Triple-A Iowa, where he hit .280.

* Mesa plays host to Salt River on Monday, kicking off the last week of Arizona Fall League play. The Solar Sox have gotten a boost from Cubs prospect Logan Watkins, going 5-1 since he started playing. Watkins, named the Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Year after batting .281 at Double-A Tennessee, was batting .316 in five games.

* In Winter League play, Junior Lake was batting .344 in 19 games for Estrellas de Oriente and Diory Hernandez batting .221 in 19 games for Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic. Jae-Hoon Ha was batting .213 in 17 games for Tigres de Aragua in Venezuela, while Christian Villanueva was batting .167 in 12 games for Yaquis de Obregon in Mexico.

— Carrie Muskat

11/11 AFL update

Logan Watkins was 3-for-5, including a solo home run, and Matt Szczur was 2-for-5 to spark a 15-hit attack and lead the Mesa Solar Sox to an 11-8 win over Peoria on Saturday. Watkins, the Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Year in 2012 who was a late add to Mesa’s roster after Javier Baez was injured, was batting .316 in the AFL. Dae-Eun Rhee started, and gave up four runs — one earned — on four hits and two walks over two innings. Sunday is an off day for the AFL, and play resumes Monday when Mesa plays host to Salt River at HoHoKam Park, starting at 12:35 p.m. MT.

— Carrie Muskat

11/10 AFL update

Cubs prospect Logan Watkins was 2-for-5 with a double in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 7-5 win over Salt River in Arizona Fall League action on Friday. On Saturday, the Solar Sox travel to Peoria for a game. First pitch 12:35 p.m. MT. The AFL has one more week of play.

— Carrie Muskat

11/9 AFL & winter ball updates

* Logan Watkins scored on Jonathan Schoop’s single with two outs in the eighth to lift the Mesa Solar Sox to a 4-3 win over Phoenix in Arizona Fall League play on Thursday. Tony Zych was credited with a hold. On Friday, Mesa travels to Scottsdale to face Salt River.

* Junior Lake was 4-for-5 on Tuesday with one RBIs for Estrellas de Oriente in the Dominican winter league. Diory Hernandez was batting .233 in 17 games with Toros de Este in the Dominican. Christian Villanueva, whom the Cubs acquired from the Rangers, was batting .200 in 10 games for Yaquis de Obregon in Mexico. Jae-Hoon Ha was batting .217 in 16 games while Ty Wright was hitting .250 in 19 games for the Tigres de Aragua in Venezuela.

— Carrie Muskat

11/7 AFL update

Matt Szczur and Logan Watkins each had one hit but it wasn’t enough as Mesa was blanked, 7-0, by Surprise on Tuesday in Arizona Fall League play. Tony Zych pitched one inning of relief, and needed nine pitches to retire the side. On Wednesday, Mesa travels to Scottsdale for a 12:35 p.m. MT game. The AFL season ends Nov. 15.

— Carrie Muskat

11/6 AFL & Winter ball updates

Logan Watkins made his Arizona Fall League debut on Monday, and was 0-for-2 with two walks and scored a run in the Mesa Solar Sox’s 5-4 win over Scottsdale. Watkins was named to the Solar Sox to replace Javier Baez, who injured his thumb. Matt Szczur led off and went 0-for-3 but also drew a walk and scored a run. Rubi Silva was 1-for-4 with a triple. Dae-Eun Rhee started for Mesa, and gave up two runs on three hits and two walks over four innings. Nick Struck picked up the win in relief. On Tuesday, Mesa plays host to Surprise at HoHoKam Park. First pitch scheduled for 12:35 p.m. MT.

* In the Dominican Republic, Junior Lake was 3-for-4 with three doubles and one RBI for Estrellas de Oriente in a 6-4 loss to Gigantes on Monday. Lake, who was batting .310, started at third and switched to shortstop.

— Carrie Muskat

11/1 AFL update

Cubs top prospect Javier Baez has been offiically removed from the Mesa Solar Sox roster, sidelined by a broken thumb. He’s been replaced on Mesa’s roster by infielder Logan Watkins, who was the Cubs’ 21st round pick in 2008. Watkins batted .281 in 133 games with Double-A Tennessee this season, with nine home runs, 20 doubles, 11 triples, 28 stolen bases and 52 RBIs. He primarily played second base, some shortstop and also a few games in center field. Baez was expected to be fully healed by Spring Training.

On Wednesday, Matt Szczur was 1-for-5 in Mesa’s 2-2 tie with Salt River in Arizona Fall League play. Nick Struck gave up two hits and walked one over two innings in relief. On Thursday, Mesa will play host to Peoria at HoHoKam Park, with first pitch scheduled for 12:35 p.m. MT.

— Carrie Muskat

9/27 Watkins, Struck honored

Infielder Logan Watkins and right-handed pitcher Nick Struck were named the Cubs’ Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. The two will be honored Monday at Wrigley Field. Watkins, 23, hit .281 with 93 runs scored, 20 doubles, 11 triples, nine home runs and 52 RBIs in 133 games for Double-A Tennessee. He led the Southern League in runs scored, was second in triples and walks (76) and was fourth in on-base percentage (.383). Originally selected in the 21st round of the 2008 Draft, Watkins owns a .285 batting average in 475 career Minor League games.

Struck, 22, went 14-10 with a 3.18 ERA in 28 games (26 starts) for Tennessee. He led the Southern League in victories, ranked third with 155 2/3 innings pitched and fourth in ERA. He led the club with 123 strikeouts, walked 44, and limited opposing hitters to a .238 batting average. From May 29 through the end of the season, Struck went 10-5 with a 2.29 ERA in 18 games (16 starts). All told, Struck allowed three or fewer earned runs in 20 of his 26 starts while he issued two or fewer walks in 21 starts. Chicago’s 39th round selection in the 2009 Draft, Struck is 32-27 with a 3.50 ERA in 84 career Minor League games, including 73 starts. He has struck out 330 batters while walking 134, and has surrendered 28 home runs in 431 2/3 innings pitched.

— Carrie Muskat

9/2 Minor League report

Logan Watkins hit his ninth home run but it wasn’t enough as Pensacola beat Tennessee, 3-2, on Saturday. Matt Szczur had a two-hit game, and scored a run. Eric Jokisch started and gave up one run over five innings, striking out five.

Matt Loosen gave up one run over five innings and picked up the win in Daytona’s 4-2 victory over Brevard County. John Andreoli hit his first home run, and stole two bases. A.J. Morris picked up the save.

Jeffry Antigua gave up six runs over 5 2/3 innings in Peoria’s 6-5 loss to Kane County. Bijan Rademacher had three RBIs and stole a base. Justin Berg threw 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief.

Boise finished the regular season with a 12-11 walkoff wiin, scoring twice in the bottom of the ninth to beat Everett. Stephen Bruno won the league batting title, finishing at .361. Daniel Vogelbach had three hits and three rBIs. Rafael Diplan picked up the win in relief. Ian Dickson started and gave up four earned runs over 3 1/3 innings.

Iowa and Mesa have wrapped up their seasons.

— Carrie Muskat

8/29 Minor League report

Alfredo Amezaga hit his sixth home run in Iowa’s 7-3 loss to Nashville on Tuesday night. Horacio Ramirez took the loss, giving up seven runs over 4 2/3 innings. Tony Campana had two hits.

Logan Watkins hit a walkoff home run in the 10th to lift Tennessee to a 6-5 win over Mobile. Michael Brenly had three hits, including his sixth home run. Watkins also hit a double and was batting .280. Frank Batista picked up the win, despite blowing a save in the top of the ninth.

Daytona’s doubleheader against Clearwater on Tuesday was postponed because of rain. The teams were going to try to play two games on Wednesday.

Wisconsin scored three runs in the ninth to beat Peoria, 4-1. Jacob Rogers had a hit, and now has hit safely in five of his last six games.

Stephen Bruno had three hits in Boise’s 7-3 win over Everett. Wilson Contreras had two hits and two RBIs. Brian Smith picked up the win in relief.

Garrett Schlecht was 4-for-4 and scored three runs in Mesa’s 6-4 loss to the Diamondbacks.

— Carrie Muskat


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