Results tagged ‘ Michael Brenly ’

3/30 Simpson, Brenly released

The Cubs released pitcher Hayden Simpson and catcher Michael Brenly from their Minor League camp. Simpson, the 16th pick taken overall, was the Cubs’ first-round Draft pick in 2010, but contracted mononucleosis shortly after he signed. The right-hander, who turns 24 on May 20, made 30 starts in 56 Minor League appearances from 2011-12, getting as far as High-A Daytona last year. Overall he went 5-17 with a 6.42 ERA, 120 strikeouts and 89 walks in 161 1/3 innings. He posted an ERA of at least 5.72 at each level along the way.

The Cubs also released Brenly, the son of former team broadcaster Bob Brenly. The younger Brenly, 26, hit .227 with six home runs and 28 RBIs for Double-A Tennessee last season, his fifth since the organization took him the 43rd round of the ‘05 Draft. Bob Brenly left the Cubs this offseason to broadcast games for the D-backs, the team he managed to the 2001 World Series title.

Other Minor League players released include Brett Wallach, Casey Harman and Joseph Zeller.

The Cubs also released Dontrelle Willis, who signed a Minor League deal with the Cubs in January. He was trying to comeback after “retiring” last July. The 2003 National League Rookie of the Year made one Cactus League appearance on Feb. 25 against the Dodgers. He issued a walk, then exited with tightness in his left shoulder while facing the next batter. Originally an eighth-round pick by the Cubs in 2000, Willis won 46 games with a 3.27 ERA for the Marlins from 2003-05 but has struggled with injuries and poor performance in recent years. He last pitched in the Majors in ‘11, when he made 13 starts for the Reds, posting a 5.00 ERA.

— Carrie Muskat

3/4 Bunting tourney – UPDATED

For aficionados of the Cubs bunting tournament, play resumed Monday with four sweet 16 matches. Nate Halm, of the Cubs video staff, advanced by beating pitcher Travis Wood. Also advancing were Blake Parker, Michael Brenly and Edwin Maysonet. Logan Watkins also has advanced to the elite eight, beating Anthony Rizzo on Sunday.

— Carrie Muskat

2/26 Bunt tourney update

Brent Lillibridge, Michael Brenly, Jeff Samardzija and Blake Parker advanced in the Cubs bunting tourney on Tuesday. Here are the players who have reached the sweet 16 and their next match:

Travis Wood vs Nate Halm, video guy
Jeff Samardzija vs Blaker Parker

Position players
Brent Lillibridge vs Michael Brenly
Edwin Maysonet vs Andy Lane, bullpen catcher

— 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

8/5 Minor League report

Josh Vitters hit a three-run homer to lift Iowa to a 5-1 win over Colorado Springs Saturday night and snap a seven-game losing streak. It was Vitters’ 17th home run. Chris Rusin did not get a decision but did post a quality start, giving up one run on four hits over seven innings and striking out eight. Brett Jackson reached base twice, and stole a base. He’s batting .256. Could we see Jackson and Vitters on Sunday in L.A.? Stay tuned.

Nick Struck gave up three runs on six hits over five innings in Tennessee’s 6-5 win over Jackson in the first game of a doubleheader. Justin Bour hit his 13th home run. Junior Lake had two hits and a stolen base. In the second game, Bour homered again, but it wasn’t enough as the Smokies lost, 8-7. Bour was batting .301. Michael Brenly had two hits and two RBIs.

Rebel Ridling hit his third home run in Daytona’s 12-5 loss to Dunedin. Matt Loosen took the loss, giving up four earned runs on four hits over two innings.

Joseph Zeller gave up five earned runs over 3 2/3 innings in Peoria’s 8-1 loss to Cinton. Chadd Krist hit his second home run, a solo shot.

Tayler Scott gave up one earned run on five hits over 5 1/3 innings in Boise’s 6-2 win over Spokane. Daniel Vogelbach had two hits and three RBIs and Jeimer Candelario reached base twice, hitting a RBI double.

— Carrie Muskat

6/29 Minor League report

Chris Volstad gave up two earned runs on six hits over seven innings and struck out seven in Iowa’s 3-1 loss to Oklahoma City on Thursday. Matt Tolbert was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle, going 4-for-5 with a double, triple and stolen base. Adrian Cardenas had two hits and a stolen base. Ty Wright and Blake Lalli had two hits apiece.

Michael Brenly hit his third homer and Nelson Perez hit his second but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost 13-6 to Birmingham. Jae-Hoon Ha, who will play in the All-Star Futures game, had two hits and was batting .253. Junior Lake also had two hits. Trey McNutt took the loss, giving up eight runs (four earned) on six hits over two-thirds of an inning.

Robert Whitenack gave up one earned run on six hits over four innings in Daytona’s 14-4 win over Dunedin. Arismendy Alcantara, Roni Torreyes and Rebel Ridling each homered. Matt Szczur was 3-for-3 with three stolen bases and two RBIs. Alcantara and Rubi Silva each had three hits.

Gerardo Concepcion gave up five runs on six hits over six innings in Peoria’s 7-3 loss to Wisconsin. Dustin Geiger extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a double.

Ian Dickson picked up his first win in Boise’s 12-2 win over Spokane. Dickson gave up one earned run on four hits and struck out six over 3 1/3 innings. Dong-Yub Kim homered and drove in four runs.

Jacob Rogers hit two home runs in Mesa’s 11-2 win over the Diamondbacks. Rogers went 4-for-4 with four RBIs.

— Carrie Muskat

6/27 Minor League report

Frankie De La Cruz gave up three runs on five hits over five innings in Iowa’s 3-1 loss to Round Rock on Tuesday. Josh Vitters did extend his hitting streak to a season-high nine games with a single in the first.

Michael Burgess hit two home runs, and Michael Brenly and Jae-Hoon Ha hit one apiece in Tennessee’s 11-6 win over Birmingham. Nicholas Struck got the win, giving up four runs on four hits and four walks over six innings. Burgess reached base four times, going 3-for-3 and drawing a walk. Brenly had three hits and two RBIs. Ha, who will play in the All-Star Futures Game, had two hits and three RBIs.

P.J. Francescon gave up two runs on seven hits over six innings in Daytona’s 4-3 loss to St. Lucie. Rebel Ridling and John Andreoli each had two hits.

Starling Peralta gave up two runs on eight hits over seven innings in Peoria’s 7-2 over Clinton. Dustin Geiger and Paul Hoilman each had two hits.

James Pugliese gave up two runs on three hits over 4 2/3 innings in Boise’s 3-1 loss to Spokane. Roderick Shoulders drove in the Hawks only run.

Bijan Rademacher homered in Mesa’s 9-4 loss to the Dodgers.

— Carrie Muskat

6/10 Minor League report

Brooks Raley threw seven shutout innings, striking out six, to help Iowa blank Nashville 1-0 in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. Matt Tolbert hit a first-inning home run, and finished with two hits. Dave Sappelt also had two hits. The Iowa Cubs lost the second game, 3-2. Esmailin Caridad gave up two runs on two hits over four innings. Ty Wright had two hits, and now is batting .405 this month.

Michael Brenly hit a tie-breaking two-run double in the eighth to lift Tennessee to a 6-4 win over Mississippi. Rebel Ridling hit his seventh homer, a two-run shot in the third.

Frank Del Valle gave up two earned runs on four hits and two walks over five innings in Daytona’s 7-0 loss to Tampa. Daytona was out-hit 13-3 in the game.

Kyler Burke threw seven shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out nine, in Peoria’s 4-1 win over Kane County. Burke had a perfect game through five innings before giving up a single in the sixth. The former outfielder is now 2-2 with a 2.13 ERA. Anthony Giansanti had three hits.

— Carrie Muskat

4/3 Double-A Tennessee roster

Double-A Tennessee announced its Opening Day roster on Tuesday. The Smokies will have 14 players back from 2011 and also include several members of the Florida State League champion Daytona team. Nine of the 13 pitchers on Tennessee’s roster were part of the team’s run to the Southern League Championship in 2011.  The staff will be led by Trey McNutt and include Dallas Beeler, Daniel Berlind, Alberto Cabrera, Marcus Hatley, Brooks Raley, Kevin Rhoderick, Ryan Searle and Nick Struck, as well as newcomers Jeffry Antigua, Frank Batista, Dae-Eun Rhee and Casey Weathers.

Also on the team are infielders Nate Samson and Jonathan Mota, plus 2011 Southern League All-Star Rebel Ridling, who hit .309 with 20 home runs last season. Justin Bour, who hit 23 homers last season in the Florida State League, will join the Smokies along with Matt Cerda, Elliot Soto and Logan Watkins. Catcher Michael Brenly, a two-time Florida Sate League All-Star, will join the Smokies in 2012.  Brenly will be joined by Juan Apodaca, who was signed by the Cubs in the offseason.  Jim Adduci, Jae-Hoon Ha and Michael Burgess also will be on the roster.

The Smokies begin the 2012 season on Thursday at Chattanooga.

— Carrie Muskat

3/15 D-Backs 12, Cubs 2; Rockies 7, Cubs 5

What went right:

Michael Brenly hit his first spring homer with proud dad, Bob Brenly, watching. Carlos Marmol didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning but it was much improved. Junior Lake hit his first spring homer in the Cubs’ split squad game against the Rockies. Marlon Byrd, Starlin Castro and Geovany Soto each had two hits against the D-Backs; Bryan LaHair was 3-for-5 against the Rockies.

What went wrong:

Cubs pitchers gave up 16 hits and walked six vs. the Diamondbacks. Jeff Beliveau walked two batters with the bases loaded to force in two runs and then served up a grand slam to Paul Goldschmidt in a seven-run seventh.


“I felt different. [Dale Sveum] talked to me [Wednesday] and I feel different. I was myself, I calmed down a little bit. It’s good the manager gives you the opportunity and he lets you know that he thinks about the players.” — Carlos Marmol on a conversation he had with the Cubs manager

Injury report:

Blake DeWitt came out of Thursday’s game against the Rockies after getting hit in the right hand with a pitch. He underwent X-rays. Ian Stewart was scratched from Thursday’s game against the Rockies because of a sore quad. Darwin Barney did not start Thursday’s game against the Diamondbacks because of tightness in his left side. Stewart may be sidelined two to three days, while Barney was day to day.


The Cubs will send Minor League pitcher Aaron Kurcz to the Red Sox to complete their part of the compensation package for Theo Epstein. A 10th round pick in 2010, Kurcz went 5-4 with a 3.28 ERA in 32 games last season with Class A Daytona. He struck out 139 over 109 2/3 innings and walked 45. On Feb. 21, the Cubs sent pitcher Chris Carpenter to the Red Sox, and at that time, the two teams also agreed to exchange Minor League players, to be named later. The Red Sox still owe the Cubs a Minor League player to complete the transaction.

Up next:

Matt Garza will make his third Cactus League start on Friday when the Cubs play host to the Giants at HoHoKam Park in Mesa. So far this spring, Garza has given up six runs on six hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings, serving up four of those runs in 1 1/3 innings in his last outing against the Dodgers. In that game, Garza stuck to two pitches and said he expected to add more in his next start. Friday’s game will be broadcast on Plus, the final four of the bunting tournament will be held after batting practice. It’ll be Paul Maholm vs. Casey Coleman and Welington Castillo vs. David DeJesus.

— Carrie Muskat