Results tagged ‘ Matt Szczur ’

5/17 Minor League report

Iowa had Wednesday off and will open a series against Salt Lake in Des Moines on Thursday. Lefty Travis Wood is scheduled to start.

Tennessee also had Wednesday off and will begin a series Thursday at Mississippi. Brooks Raley was slated to start for the Smokies.

Matt Loosen gave up one run on one hit and two walks while striking out six over 5 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 6-2 win over Brevard County in the first game of a doubleheader. Matt Szczur was 2-for-4 with a triple. The second game was postponed because of inclement weather.

Michael Jensen gave up four runs, none earned, on six hits over five innings in Peoria’s 5-4 loss to Clinton. Ryan Cuneo had three hits and three RBIs.

– Carrie Muskat

4/28 Minor League report

Iowa’s game vs. Nashville on Friday was postponed because of the weather and will be made up June 9 as part of a doubleheader.

Trey McNutt, making his first start since being activated from the disabled list, gave up one hit over three innings in Tennessee’s 3-0 loss to Jackson. Nate Samson and Elliot Soto each had two hits.

Eric Jokisch struck out eight and gave up one earned run on nine hits over seven innings in Daytona’s 4-3 loss to Clearwater. Matt Szczur hit a double and scored a run, and Greg Rohan had two hits.

P.J. Francescon gave up two hits over six scoreless innings and struck out eight in Peoria’s 3-0 win over Lake County. Francescon struck out eight. Paul Hoilman gave him a cushion with a two-run homer in the first.

– Carrie Muskat

3/3 Outfield play

Not to take anything away from Matt Szczur, but one of the reasons he was able to score from second Friday on a sacrifice fly to right was because right fielder David DeJesus’ hand got stuck in the wire mesh fence. DeJesus left middle finger got caught in the fence as he went back for the ball. Cubs third base coach Pat Listach saw that DeJesus was having trouble and waved Szczur home. DeJesus was fine on Saturday, wearing a bandage on his finger.

Just wait until DeJesus gets to Wrigley Field and has to deal with the brick and ivy.

“I can’t wait,” DeJesus said Saturday.

“When you hit those vines, all you feel is brick,” Marlon Byrd said.

– Carrie Muskat

3/2 Friday roundup & Saturday’s lineups

Matt Szczur drove in six runs, hitting a grand slam and two-run double, and scored from second on a sacrifice fly as the Blue team beat the White team, 10-4, in the Cubs intrasquad game Friday at HoHoKam Park. Szczur said it was his first slam since Little League. Brett Jackson hit a leadoff homer and RBI double and Tony Campana had three hits and scored three runs for the Blue team, which was “managed” by Spring Training guest coach Rick Sutcliffe.

Travis Wood, battling for one of the two openings in the rotation, started for the White team, and gave up six runs on six hits, including the two homers, over three innings. Randy Wells, also competing for a starter spot, gave up three runs on four hits over three innings for the Blue squad.

For those of you who like to look ahead to Saturday’s Cubs intrasquad game at HoHoKam Park, here are the lineups:

White Team

CF Sappelt

3B Cardenas

1B Rizzo

DH Clevenger

C Gibbs

SS Mota

LF Szczur

2B Scales

RF Jackson

Blue Team

LF Campana

RF Adduci

CF Ha

1B Mather

C Castillo

SS Gonzalez

2B Amezaga

3B Tolbert

DH Lalli

– Carrie Muskat

2/28 Maholm’s back; bunting tourney continues

Paul Maholm was back in the Cubs clubhouse, feeling much better after a nasty bout with the flu. The pitcher couldn’t eat for two days but said the problem was “nothing major.” He did throw a 40-pitch bullpen on Monday and then went home so he didn’t infect the rest of the team. On Tuesday, Maholm will face Rodrigo Lopez in his first round bunting tourney match.

“I guess we’ll be the marquee matchup,” Maholm said.

Second bunting round action on Tuesday includes:

Matt Szczur vs. Adrian Cardenas

Jeff Beliveau vs. Lendy Castillo

Jonathan Mota vs. Blake Lalli

Trey McNutt vs. Rafael Dolis

– Carrie Muskat

1/4 Cubs Caravan stop in Peoria Jan. 12

The Cubs Caravan will stop Jan. 12 in Peoria, Ill., and Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters, Matt Sczcur, Tony Campana, Chris Carpenter and Casey Coleman were expected to take part. New Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio, bench coach Jamie Quirk, first base coach Dave McKay, scouting director Joe Bohringer and assistant GM Shiraz Rehman also were scheduled to attend. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m., and an autograph and photo session will run from 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Peoria RiverPlex. Tickets are $15 and include the autograph/photo session, beer, soda, hot dogs, chips and cookies. Tickets will not be sold at the door. You can purchase them at the Peoria Chiefs’ offices at O’Brien Field.

– Carrie Muskat

11/18 Vitters, Lake, Beliveau, Szczur added to 40-man

The Cubs selected the contracts of left-handed pitcher Jeff Beliveau, infielders Junior Lake and Josh Vitters, and outfielder Matt Szczur, and added them to the 40-man roster on Friday. In addition, the Cubs outrighted outfielder Lou Montanez and right-handed pitchers Esmailin Caridad and Kyle Smit off the 40-man roster.

Friday was the deadline for teams to set the 40-man rosters in anticipation of the Rule 5 Draft, which is conducted at next month’s Winter Meetings. With the changes, the Cubs’ 40-man roster is now 34 players.

Beliveau, 24, was named the Cubs’ 2011 Minor League Pitcher of the Year after combining to go 6-2 with five saves and a 1.57 ERA in 53 relief appearances between Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee. The lefty combined to strike out 89 and walked 19 over 74 1/3 innings. He also pitched for Team USA and briefly in the Arizona Fall League. In four Minor League seasons, Beliveau is 17-9 with 10 saves and a 2.69 ERA.

Lake, 21, combined to hit .279 with 21 doubles, six triples, 12 home runs, 38 stolen bases, 80 runs scored and 51 RBIs in 116 games between Daytona and Tennessee. The shortstop was named a 2011 Arizona Fall League Rising Star, batting .296 with eight doubles, three triples, five home runs and 18 stolen bases in 28 games. He is a career .267 hitter in 476 Minor League games over five seasons.

Szczur, 22, batted .293 with 22 doubles, three triples, 10 homers, 46 RBIs, 75 runs and 24 stolen bases in 109 games for Class A Peoria and Daytona this season. A fifth round pick out of Villanova in 2010, he participated in the 2011 All-Star Futures Game and was a mid-season Midwest League All-Star.

Vitters, 22, batted .283 with 28 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs and 81 RBIs in 129 games with Tennessee, his first full season at Double-A. He followed that with a strong season in the Arizona Fall League, batting .360 with six doubles, four home runs and 17 RBIs in 24 games. The Cubs’ first round pick in 2007, Vitters is a career .277 hitter with 95 doubles, 47 home runs and 229 RBIs in 419 games covering five seasons.

– Carrie Muskat

10/14 Waiting for Theo, Day 3

The Red Sox apparently want a prospect or two from the Cubs as compensation for Theo Epstein. The two teams continued negotiations Friday over a package to free Epstein from the final year of his contract in Boston and allow him to take over baseball operations in Chicago.

Is Epstein worth Brett Jackson, the Cubs’ highly touted outfield prospect who was the No. 1 pick in 2009? Or do the Red Sox want Matt Szczur, another top Minor Leaguer?

The Cubs and Epstein have reportedly agreed in principle on a five-year deal, believed to be worth $15 million to $18.5 million. But because Epstein has one year remaining on his contract, the Cubs must compensate the Red Sox, and the value was expected to depend on the number of staffers Epstein would take with him to Chicago.

In recent years, when two of Epstein’s co-workers left, they were each allowed to take two Red Sox staffers with them. Josh Byrnes went to the Diamondbacks in 2005, and took two people, including Peter Woodfork, then director of baseball operations. In 2009, Jed Hoyer was able to take scouting director Jason McLeod and Sam Ray, now assistant to the scouting director, when Hoyer went to the Padres.

In 2002, the Red Sox offered Billy Beane the GM job and were prepared to deal Double-A third baseman Kevin Youkilis to the Athletics as compensation. But Beane opted to stay in Oakland. Last month, the White Sox received two of the Marlins’ top five prospects in exchange for letting Ozzie Guillen out of his contract to manage the Florida team.

The Cubs would not comment on the GM search, and the Red Sox declined to comment on Epstein’s status.

The Cubs have been looking for a new GM since Aug. 19 when chairman Tom Ricketts dismissed Jim Hendry. An announcement could come early next week. Major League Baseball discourages teams from making announcements during the World Series, which begins Wednesday.

Ricketts was handling the negotiations with Red Sox president/CEO Larry Lucchino, and discussing the targeted players with Cubs interim GM Randy Bush, player development director Oneri Fleita, and scouting director Tim Wilken.

The Cubs farm system was depleted earlier this year when the team acquired Matt Garza from the Rays in exchange for five players, including Chris Archer, Brandon Guyer and Hak-Ju Lee. Jackson, 23, was playing for Team USA now after batting .297 at Triple-A Iowa; Szczur, 22, batted .260 at Class A Daytona. The top pitching prospects include Trey McNutt, 22, who is pitching in the Arizona Fall League now, and Jeff Beliveau, 24, who posted a 1.89 ERA in 41 games at Double-A Tennessee.

– Carrie Muskat

7/30 Minor matters

The Iowa Cubs scored four runs in the eighth to beat Albuquerque, 4-2, on Thursday. Bryan LaHair had two RBIs and Mitch Atkins earned the win in relief, throwing three innings of one-run, three hit ball. Jeff Stevens picked up the save.

Craig Muschko gave up two runs on four hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 9-3 win over West Tenn. The Smokies scored five runs in the fifth. Russ Canzler had two home runs and drove in three. Tony Thomas had two RBIs.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up three runs on eight hits over five innings in Daytona’s 8-3 win over Palm Beach, its 11th straight win. Michael Brenly reached base safely in his 27th straight game with a single.

Matt Szczur drove in runs in the first and ninth innings, including a game-winning walkoff RBI single with the bases loaded, to help Peoria beat Wisconsin, 3-2. Szczur, who hit a RBI triple in the first and added a double in the game, now has hit safely in 21 straight games. However, he’s scheduled to report to Villanova for football practice next week.

Alvaro Ramirez had two hits in Boise’s 3-1 loss to Vancouver. Mesa’s game against the Reds was postponed because of rain.

– Carrie Muskat

7/27 Szczur to Class A Peoria

Matt Szczur, the Cubs’ fifth-round pick out of Villanova, will be promoted from Boise to Class A Peoria. Szczur has hit safely in all 18 games with Boise, batting .397 (29-for-73) with nine doubles, 16 runs scored, eight RBIs, a .439 on-base percentage and .521 slugging percentage. With Villanova, he batted .443 (77-for-174) and was named to the All-Big East first team after leading the team in eight offensive categories.

Szczur also starred on the Villanova football team, whom he helped lead to its first National Championship (Football Championship Subdivision) as a junior in 2009.  He was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year. In the national championship, he rushed for a career-high 159 yards, 270 all-purpose yards and was named Most Outstanding Player. His deal with the Cubs allows him to return to Villanova to play football in the fall, after which he is expected to decide between declaring for the NFL Draft or continuing his baseball career next spring.

Szczur also earned recognition and praise for donating his bone marrow to a young girl with leukemia earlier this spring. He missed 10 baseball games in order to help her.

– Carrie Muskat

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