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7/15 Minor matters

Sunday’s games

Albuquerque scored four runs in the top of the 18th to beat Iowa 5-1 on Sunday. The 5 1/2 hour game featured 17 pitches as the I-Cubs tied a franchise record for most innings played, dating to Aug. 1, 1999, at Tacoma. Jake Arrieta started, and gave up one run on three hits over six innings while striking out nine. Jeffry Antigua threw six scoreless innings of relief. It’s the Triple-A All-Star break, so no game Monday.

Tennessee’s game at Jackson was cancelled because of rain. The Smokies reached the All-Star break with a 16-8 second-half record and 3 1/2 game lead.

Chadd Krist homered for the second straight game in Daytona’s 6-2 win over Jupiter. Elliot Soto had two hits and one RBIs.

Scott Baker gave up four runs on six hits over three innings in Kane County’s 5-2 loss to West Michigan. It was Baker’s first rehab start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2012. Gioskar Amaya had three hits, including a double.

Rob Zastryzny threw two scoreless innings in Boise’s 3-0 win over Vancouver. The lefty combined with four pitchers on the shutout. Jacob Rogers had two hits and one RBIs and Daniel Lockhart had three hits and two RBIs.

Xavier Batista and Erick Castillo each homered in Mesa’s 6-4 win over the Atheltics.

7/6 Baez promoted to Smokies

Javier Baez promoted to Double-A Tennessee after Friday’s game. The shortstop batted .274 at Class A Daytona, and led the Florida State League with 17 home runs and 59 runs scored. The first-round pick in 2011 was second in total bases, fourth in RBIs (57), fifth in slugging percentage (.535) and sixth in hits (82).

He was named the Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Month for June after batting .300 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs. That included a four-homer game June 10 against Fort Myers.

* Second-round pick Rob Zastryzny was added to Class A Boise’s roster. 10th-round pick Zack Godley also will join the Hawks along with Dae-Eun Rhee, who had been on a rehab assignment. Outfielder Jacob Hannemann and pitcher Carlos Martinez were each placed on the seven-day DL.

6/20 Draft update

The Cubs have reportedly reached agreements with nine of their first 10 picks in the First-Year Player Draft, including BYU outfielder Jacob Hannemann. The one player still unsigned among the top 10 is third baseman Kris Bryant, the second pick overall out of the University of San Diego. Negotiations will likely go up to the July 12 deadline between the Cubs and Bryant’s agent, Scott Boras. The slot value for the No. 2 overall pick is $6.7 million.

The Cubs reportedly have deals with pitcher Rob Zastryzny of Missouri (2nd round); Hannemann (third); pitcher Tyler Skulina of Kent State (fourth); pitcher Trey Masek of Texas Tech (fifth); pitcher Scott Frazier of Pepperdine (sixth); pitcher David Garner of Michigan State (seventh); pitcher Sam wilson of Lamar Community College (eighth); and pitcher Zachary Godley of Tennessee (10th). The team has only confirmed Zastryzny, Masek and Godley among the top 10.

Charcer Burks, a high school outfielder from Texas who was the team’s ninth-round pick, also has reportedly reached an agreement.

Hannemann agreed to a $1 million bonus, which is $250,000 over the recommended slot, according to Baseball America’s Jim Callis.

On Wednesday, Garner’s signing was announced by two other Cubs picks who have already agreed to terms. Masek tweeted: “Congrats to my roommate @DG_token16 on signing today! #Cubs.” Zastryzny also tweeted: “Got another #Cubs player sign today! Congrats @DG_token16 on making it official.”

– Carrie Muskat

6/18 Cubs sign Draft picks – UPDATED

The Cubs have signed eight players selected in the First-Year Player Draft, including left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny out of the University of Missouri, who was chosen 41st overall in the second round.

Other signees include right-handed pitcher Zachary Godley (10th round), catcher Cael Brockmeyer (16th round), shortstop Giuseppe Papaccio (18th round), second baseman Zak Blair (20th round), left fielder Kevin Brown (22nd round), left-handed pitcher Tyler Ihrig (23rd round) and right-handed pitcher Zak Hermans (30th round).

Zastryzny will reportedly receive a bonus of $1.1 million, which is $261,900 less than the assigned slot value for the 41st selection.

Other Cubs Draft picks who have reportedly signed — but not been confirmed by the team — include fourth-round selection Tyler Skulina ($800,000) and ninth-round pick outfielder Charcer Burks. Skulina tied a Kent State record with 11 wins in 2012. He was 6-4 with a 3.36 ERA and 102 strikeouts over 94 innings.

Also, fifth-round pick Trey Masek, a right-handed pitcher, apparently has signed as well. Masek announced the news Tuesday on Twitter: “Just signed my contract, officially a member of the Chicago Cubs organization! Couldn’t be more blessed!”

Zastryzny, 21, posted a 3.38 ERA with three complete games, one shutout and a 2-9 record for Missouri in his junior year this season. He struck out 82 in 90 2/3 innings, compared to 24 walks, and held opponents to a .266 batting average in his 13 starts. In his 2012 sophomore campaign, he struck out 76 batters compared to 31 walks while compiling a 5-5 record.

6/6 More on Lefty Z

Rob Zastryzny, whom the Cubs took with the 41st pick overall in the First-Year Player Draft, was projected by some as a possible first-round pick. Baseball America ranked him as the 12th best left-hander available. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that all 30 teams had contacted him prior to the Draft, and that he had extensive talks with the Yankees, Royals, Astros and Blue Jays.

“It’s a little stressful,” Zastryzny told the Post-Dispatch. “You don’t know where you’re going to spend your future in the league. The way I’m going about it is if I get treated fairly, I’m going to sign and go immediately [to the pros].”

He does have one year of eligibility remaining at Missouri. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Zastryzny’s family moved to Texas when he was 1 year old. He was a pitcher and first baseman in high school, and switched to pitching only his junior year. Last spring, the lefty started the Big 12 tournament opener and championship game for Missouri.

He has four pitches — fastball, changeup, slider and curve. At the SEC tournament, scouts clocked his fastball in the mid 90s.

There are three former Tigers pitchers who have reached the big leagues — Detroit’s Max Scherzer, the Royals’ Aaron Crow and the Twins’ Kyle Gibson. The Rangers tabbed Mizzou’s Nick Tepesch in the 14th round in 2010.

“I’m just honored to be in the conversation,” Zastryzny told the Post-Dispatch. “And I’m willing to prove I’m as good as them and that Mizzou still has great pitching.”

And, in case you’re interested, I’m told his name is pronounced: ZAS-tris-knee.

– Carrie Muskat

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