Results tagged ‘ Nick Struck ’

3/8 Cubs vs Reds, ppd rain

The Cubs’ game Friday night against the Reds was called after 1 1/2 innings because of rain. Scott Hairston hit a solo homer with two outs in the first, but it doesn’t count in the spring stats. Nick Struck started for Chicago and gave up a sacrifice fly and also committed a throwing error as he threw to second for an attempted pick off — but there was no one covering second. The game will not be made up.

On Saturday, the Cubs play host to the Indians at HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa. Brooks Raley will get the start and be followed by Alberto Cabrera. Here’s the early lineup:

DeJesus CF
Baez SS
Castillo C
Schierholtz RF
Hairston DH
Valbuena 3B
Chavez LF
Nelson 1B
Watkins 2B

* Looking ahead, Scott Feldman will face Jason Marquis and the Padres on Sunday at HoHoKam.

— Carrie Muskat

3/2 Giants 9, Cubs 7

Carlos Villanueva gave up one run on four hits over three innings, and that was a solo home run by Pablo Sandoval, in the Cubs’ 9-7 loss to the Giants on Saturday. Brett Jackson doubled and scored on Matt Szczur’s sacrifice fly in the eighth. Steve Clevenger, starting at first base, hit two RBI singles. Logan Watkins added a RBI double and Jackson had a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Brian Bogusevic also had two hits.

“I’m satisfied, even with the home run allowed,” Villanueva said. “It’s the best I’ve felt and I had better rhythm that [third] inning. Sometimes you have to tip your cap [to Sandoval]. I’d rather tip now in spring than in the regular season. It’s a better day but still have work to do.”

Sandoval hit a pitch that was ankle high.

“It was exactly where I wanted to throw it,” Villanueva said, shaking his head.

* On Sunday, the Cubs will play split-squad games, sending half the team to Tempe to face the Angels, and the other half will play the Brewers at HoHoKam. Yovanni Gallardo had been scheduled to face the Cubs in Mesa but was scratched because of a groin strain. Edwin Jackson will start for the Cubs. This will be Anthony Rizzo’s last game with the Cubs before joining Team Italy for the World Baseball Classic. According to their respective Twitter accounts, Albert Almora and Daniel Vogelbach will be on the travel squad for one of the Cubs’ teams on Sunday. Almora, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick last year, said he’s going to be playing in Tempe.

Here are the early Sunday lineups:

Vs. Brewers in Mesa
Valbuena 3B
Barney 2B
Rizzo 1B
Soriano DH
Schierholtz RF
Castillo C
Hairston CF
Jackson LF
Baez SS

Vs. Angels in Tempe
DeJesus CF
Sappelt RF
Bogusevic DH
Nelson 1B
Villanueva 3B
Chavez LF
Maysonet 2B
Gonzalez SS

— Carrie Muskat

11/20 Decision day

Today is the deadline for Major League teams to file their reserve lists and set their 40-man rosters prior to the Rule 5 Draft, which will be held Dec. 6. The Cubs’ 40-man roster is at 39.

Players who have been in the Cubs’ Minor League system for four years and were 19 years old or older on June 5 the year they were drafted are eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft. If a player was 18 or younger on June 5 of his Draft year, that player becomes eligible after five years.

Among the names of players who could be selected are Logan Watkins and Nick Struck, who were picked as the Cubs’ Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, in 2012. Here’s a list of Cubs prospects eligible for Rule 5 Draft. We’ll update later when the team announces any changes to the roster:

Jeffry Antigua, Frank Batista, Jason Berken, Justin Bour, Michael Brenly, Michael Burgess, Kyler Burke, David Cales, Esmailin Caridad, Marcelo Carreno, Matt Cerda, Hunter Cervenka, Evan Crawford, Willengton Cruz, Michael de la Cruz, Antonio Encarnacion, Carlos Figueroa, Eduardo Figueroa, Marcus Hatley, Ty’Relle Harris, Jay Jackson, Alvido Jimenez, Austin Kirk, Luis Liria, Jeff Lorick, Marcos Mateo, Edwin Maysonet, Trey McNutt, Pedro Medina, Jose Montesino, A.J. Morris, Jonathon Mota, Felix Pena, Starling Peralta, Nelson Perez, Dae-Eun Rhee, Greg Rohan, Jose Rosario, Zac Rosscup, Julio Sanchez, Brian Schlitter, Ryan Searle, Matt Spencer, Nick Struck, Larry Suarez, Francisco Turbi, Christian Villanueva, Brett Wallach, Logan Watkins, Casey Weathers, Rob Whitenack, Ty Wright.

— 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

10/17 AFL update

Cubs top prospect Javier Baez had two hits and one RBI but it wasn’t enough as the Mesa Solar Sox lost 4-2 on Tuesday to Peoria in Arizona Fall League play. Matt Szczur and Rubi Silva both started, and were hitless. Baez, who is tied for the AFL lead in RBIs, started at third for the second time in AFL play. Kevin Rhoderick gave up one hit and struck out two in one inning of relief, and Nick Struck threw one hitless inning in relief. On Wednesday, Mesa travels to Scottsdale for a game. First pitch scheduled for 6:35 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

9/12 Minor League report

Cubs Minor League organization leaders for 2012:


ERA: Tayler Scott, Boise, 2.52 (20 earned runs/71 1/3 IP)

Wins: Nick Struck, Iowa, 14

Saves: Frank Batista, Tennessee, 24

Strikeouts: Nick Struck, Iowa, 123


Average: Stephen Bruno, Boise, .361

Home runs: Anthony Rizzo, Iowa, 23

RBI: Justin Bour, Tennessee, 110

Stolen bases: John Andreoli, Daytona, 55

* Bruno credits Boise hitting coach Bill Buckner for getting him on track. Buckner suggested the infielder back off the plate a little bit, and it worked as he finished with the top average in the Northwest League.

“He helped me out tremendously,” Bruno told the Idaho Stateman about Buckner. “He helped me out with the mental side of the game. He really emphasized getting a pitch to hit and a pitch to drive. If I didn’t get that one pitch, don’t be afraid to take a walk. He emphasized getting on base and really getting a good swing and that quality at-bats were the most important thing.”

Boise was the best offensive team in the NW League, leading in runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, slugging percentage and batting average.

“They’re young and enthusiastic and want to learn and they really work hard, probably too hard,” Buckner told the Statesman. “At this level, you can make a difference. Getting them over the hump, getting them going — I enjoyed it.”

— Carrie Muskat