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6/26 Minor matters

Tuesday’s games

Yoanner Negrin gave up six runs (four earned) on four hits over two-thirds of an inning in Iowa’s 7-0 loss to Memphis. The I-Cubs were held to one hit in the game, a single by Jae-Hoon Ha.

Matt Szczur had three hits, including a walkoff RBI double in the 14th, and Christian Villanueva and Elliot Soto each hit home runs to lift Tennessee to a 7-6 extra inning victory over Jackson. Justin Bour had two hits, and one RBI.

Matt Loosen gave up one run on one hit and one walk over seven innings in Daytona’s 5-2 win over Lakeland. Loosen struck out eight, and retired the last 18 batters faced. Wes Darvill had two hits and three RBIs.

Albert Almora had two hits, both doubles, and scored two runs in Kane County’s 9-5 loss to Beloit. The Cougars are 0-5 in the second half. Dan Vogelbach had two hits and stole a base, his fourth. Jeimer Candelario and Rock Shoulders had two hits each.

Boise’s game against Hillsboro was postponed becasue of rain. On Monday, Paul Blackburn was named Northwest League Pitcher of the Week. He gave up one unearned run over 10 innings in two starts and struck out 12.

Anthony Prieto gave up five runs on thre hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings in Mesa’s 14-4 loss to the Giants. Erick Castillo had two hits.

5/14 Minor matters

Nick Struck gave up four runs over six innings and Donnie Murphy hit a home run and drove in three in Iowa’s 6-4 win over Reno. Murphy was 2-for-4. Struck struck out four and gave up 11 hits. The I-Cubs matched a franchise record with five double plays in the game.

Rubi Silva and Rafael Lopez both homered to lead Tennessee to a 6-4 win over Jackson. The Smokies scored four runs in the top of the ninth for the win. Matt Szczur had two hits, including a double, and was batting .458 in his last five games. Silva hit his third home run in his last six games. Trey McNutt struck out three and picked up the win in relief.

Zach Cates gave up three runs over six innings but took the loss in Daytona’s 3-0 loss to Charlotte. Jorge Soler was named Florida State League Player of the Week. In four games, he was 7-for-15 with three doubles, a triple, two home runs, four RBIs and scored five runs. He has reached base in 10 consecutive games.

Pierce Johnson gave up four runs over six innings in Kane County’s 4-0 loss to Clinton. Gioskar Amaya and Dan Vogelbach each had two hits.

3/6 Cubs lineup – UPDATED

The Cubs travel to Surprise on Wednesday to face the Rangers. Hisanori Takahashi is scheduled to start for the Cubs. Here’s the B squad lineup for 10 a.m. AZ time:

Szczur LF
Watkins 2B
Baez SS
Clevenger C
Lake CF
Lopez 1B
Christian Villanueva 3B
Chavez RF
Gonzalez DH

Here’s the Cubs lineup for the regular game:

DeJesus CF
Barney 2B
Hairston RF
McDonald LF
Sappelt DH
Navarro C
Baez SS
Lake 3B
Clevenger 1B

Takahashi P

– Carrie Muskat

1/14 Kaepernick set on football

Tim Wilken was the Cubs scouting director in 2009, and talked to three NFL teams about their projections for Colin Kaepernick, who was a talented pitcher in high school but playing quarterback at that time for Nevada.

“[The NFL teams] didn’t think he was going to be much more than a [Canadian Football League] guy at the time,” Wilken said Monday. “The way it was described to me was that his arm action was somewhat suspect — kind of a slingy arm action with the football — and they were leary of that. They thought he was going to be more of a CFL guy than an NFL guy, and that was his sophomore year [in college]. As we all know, things have a tendency to change.”

Yes, they do. Kaepernick is now the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, and will lead his team into the NFC Championship game. However, he could have been prepping for the Cubs’ 2013 season. Chicago selected Kaepernick in the 43rd round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, hoping to convince him that baseball was better than the CFL.

“We were serious about this,” said Wilken, now a special assistant to the president/general manager on the Cubs. “We’ve had a little success in higher profile settings with [Jeff] Samardzija and [Matt] Szczur. We followed up on it, and after we got the reports from the NFL teams, we were saying, ‘Maybe he wouldn’t be too fond of playing in the CFL,’ so we were going to try to sell ourselves.”

Samardzija and Szczur, obviously, both chose baseball over football. Kaepernick’s high school baseball coach Mick Tate knew which way his pitcher was leaning. A three-sport start at John H. Pitman High School in Turlock, Calif., Kaepernick was nominated for all-state in football, basketball and baseball his senior year. That year, he was 11-2 with a 1.27 ERA in 13 starts with 10 complete games, 97 strikeouts and 39 walks. Plus, he threw two no-hitters. Scouts followed Kaepernick and the Pitman team, yet Tate, 61, knew baseball was just temporary for his star pitcher. Kaepernick received several scholarship offers from colleges to play baseball but only one school wanted him to play football, and that was Nevada. That’s where Kaepernick went.

“There was never a chance he was going to sign a baseball contract from what I know,” Tate said Monday.

The Cubs wanted Kaepernick to sign, play Minor League baseball in July, rejoin the football program at Nevada, and then commit to baseball after he graduated. In a 2011 interview, Kaepernick said: “What kind of leader would my teammates think I am if I left for a month to play baseball?” Instead, he would lead Nevada to victory in the Fight Hunger Bowl, and was the 36th pick overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.

“Colin was pretty set on his goals,” Tate said. “He wanted to be a professional quarterback. He’s done exactly what he’s wanted to do. You’ve got to give the kid credit.”

– Carrie Muskat

11/16 AFL final update

The Mesa Solar Sox ended the Arizona Fall League season on Thursday with an 8-3 loss to Phoenix. Cubs prospect Matt Szczur was 0-for-4, and finished his AFL stint batting .264. Logan Watkins, a late add to take Javier Baez’s place on the roster, batted .219 in nine games, and Rubi Silva batted .206 in 20 games. Among the Cubs pitching prospects who took part, Dae-Eun Rhee posted a 6.27 ERA in six games, giving up 13 earned runs over 18 2/3 innings in six starts. Nick Struck, the Cubs’ Minor League pitcher of the year, compiled a 5.51 ERA in 12 appearances, giving up 10 earned runs on 12 hits and 12 walks over 16 1/3 innings. Kevin Rhoderick served up five runs on seven hits and struck out 14 over 9 1/3 innings. Tony Zych posted a 3.86 ERA in 13 games, giving up 18 hits and walking two over 14 innings. Peoria and Salt River will play for the AFL championship on Saturday at Scottsdale Stadium.

– Carrie Muskat

11/14 AFL update

Rubi Silva had two hits, Matt Szczur scored two runs and was 1-for-4 and Logan Watkins scored another run but it wasn’t enough as the Mesa Solar Sox lost 10-8 to Surprise in Arizona Fall League play on Tuesday. Silva and Szczur each hit RBI singles in the loss. On Wednesday, Mesa travels to Scottsdale for a night game. First pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. MT.

– 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

11/7 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

11/2 AFL update

Cubs prospect Matt Szczur was 3-for-5, hitting a solo home run and an RBI single, but it wasn’t enough as the Mesa Solar Sox lost 7-3 to Peoria on Thursday in Arizona Fall League play. The homer was Szczur’s first in the AFL. Mesa and Peoria square off on Friday in Peoria, starting at 12:35 p.m. MT. Saturday is the Rising Stars game.

– Carrie Muskat

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