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12/11 Rule 5 Draft

The Cubs selected shortstop Taylor Featherston in the Major League phase of the Rule 5, but did not keep him long. Shortly after picking Featherston, 25, off the Rockies’ Triple-A roster, the Cubs dealt him to the Angels for cash considerations. The Cubs did the same in December 2006 when they used their pick to take Josh Hamilton off the Devil Rays roster, and the outfielder was immediately traded to the Reds in a pre-arranged deal.

Players taken in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft must stay on that team’s big league roster the entire season.

“We’re probably going to have to make some difficult decisions on our roster as we finalize our team,” GM Jed Hoyer said Thursday. “We’re getting to the position where our 40-man is more talented, and you have to weigh those casualties more than we did in the past.”

The Cubs did lose a player as the Marlins selected left-handed pitcher Andrew McKirahan. He was 2-4 with a 2.08 ERA in 44 games at Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee last season, striking out 57 over 65 innings. The lefty was a 21st round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

In the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft, the Cubs selected outfielder Ariel Ovando off the Astros’ Double-A roster, but he won’t be an outfielder for long. The plan is to convert him to a pitcher.

“He’s struggled somewhat to hit over the years,” Cubs scouting and player development director Jason McLeod said Thursday. “Our scouts really like the arm strength. [Ovando] knows that’s the reason we took him is to convert him and try it out. It’s a low risk, potential high upside, understanding it’s a project. The kid is aware of it and that’s our goal going forward.”

Ovando, 21, batted .237 last season at Class A Tri-City. The Astros signed him as a 16-year-old for $2.6 million. McLeod said some of the Cubs international scouts had seen the left-hander at that time and liked him as a pitching prospect then.

The Cubs did lose two players in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft as the Rangers chose first baseman Rock Shoulders and the Astros took catcher Luis Flores. Shoulders, 23, has a career .243 batting average in four seasons, batting .223 last year at Class A Daytona. Flores, 28, batted .253 last season at Triple-A Iowa and Double-A Tennessee, and has a career .213 average in seven Minor League seasons.

* Next week, the Cubs will complete two more transactions and finalize the players to be named later in two deals. They need to send a player to the Red Sox to complete the July 30 deal in which the Cubs acquired left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront.

The Cubs also will get one more player from the Athletics to complete the July 4 deal. Chicago sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics for Minor Leaguers Billy McKinney and Addison Russell, pitcher Dan Straily, and a player to be named later.

The deadline to finalize those deals is Monday.

– Carrie Muskat

7/25 Minor matters

Wednesday’s games

Brooks Raley gave up one run over seven innings, but didn’t get a decision as Iowa lost, 2-1, to New Orleans in 10 innings. Raley struck out six and walked three. Brad Nelson had three hits. Jake Arrieta, who could start one of the Cubs’ games Tuesday against the Brewers, is scheduled to start Thursday against New Orleans.

Dae-Eun Rhee struck out six and gave up one run over five innings in Tennessee’s 6-1 win over Huntsville. Javier Baez, Justin Bour and Rafael Lopez each homered. For Baez, it was his second home run in as many games, and gave him 17 combined this season. Baez also hit a double, and was batting .219 at Tennessee. Tony Zych worked a scoreless ninth, and has not given up a run in his last 10 appearances.

Daytona’s game against St. Lucie was canceled because of rain and unplayable field conditions.

Scott Baker gave up three runs on five hits over three innings in his third rehab start as Kane County lost, 5-1, to Beloit. Baker walked two and struck out two. He’s given up 13 runs on 17 hits over 8 2/3 innings. Rock Shoulders and Reggie Golden each had two hits.

Kris Bryant went 1-for-4, hitting his first double, in Boise’s 5-1 loss to Eugene. Jacob Rogers had two hits and Jacob Hannemann hit a double and scored a run.

Mesa had Wednesday off, and returns to action Thursday against the Athletics.

6/23 Minor matters

Saturday’s games

* Chris Rusin gave up six runs over six innings in Iowa’s 6-2 loss to Memphis. Brian Bogusevic had two hits and stole a base. Brad Nelson also had two hits, including a double.

* Matt Szczur went 4-for-5 with three RBIs in Tennessee’s 11-8 loss to Chattanooga. Ty Wright was 2-for-3 and Jonathan Mota went 2-for-5.

* Javier Baez hit his 16th home run, a solo shot in the first, and Zach Cates gave up one run over 6 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 2-1 win over Dunedin. Baez had two hits, and two RBIs. His 52 RBIs are tied for fifth in the Florida State League. Dustin Geiger had two hits and a stole a base.

Baez connected off Kyle Drabek, who was making his first start since elbow surgery. Baez also hit a RBI single in the third.

“It doesn’t matter who is on the mound — he has to throw strikes,” Baez told the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Baez now is tied for first in the Florida State League with 16 home runs. He’s the active leader, as the other two players were promoted to Double-A.

Jorge Soler still sidelined with a sore left shin.

* Albert Almora and Rock Shoulders both homered in Kane County’s 6-5, 11-inning loss to Quad Cities. Shoulders had two hits and scored two runs.

* Justin Marra hit his first home run in Boise’s 3-2 loss to Spokane in the first game of a doubleheader. In the second game, Shawon Dunston Jr. hit his first home run in a 4-3 loss.

* Alexander Santana gave up three runs over 4 2/3 innings in Mesa’s 7-5, 10-inning loss to the Diamondbacks. The Rookie League team committed three errors.

5/26 Minor matters

Brooks Raley struck out six and gave up two earned runs over 6 1/3 innings in Iowa’s 7-3 win over Oklahoma City. Edwin Maysonet hit a two-run homer and Brian Bogusevic had three hits. Casey Coleman converted his first save, throwing 2 2/3 scoreless innings.

Arismendy Alcantara hit his seventh home run but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 7-2, to Huntsville. Alberto Cabrera took the loss.

Kyler Burke gave up one hit over five scoreless innings in Daytona’s 5-4 win over Lakeland. Tim Saunders had two hits, including his first home run.

Albert Almora had three hits in Kane County’s 4-3 win over Beloit in the first game of a doubleheader. Rock Shoulders hit two home runs in the second game, a 7-4 win. Shoulders is batting .289. Dan Vogelbach had two hits and is batting .291.

5/15 Minor matters

Barret Loux gave up seven runs on nine hits over 3 1/3 innings in Iowa’s 11-1 loss to Reno. Brad Nelson and Brian Bogusevic each had two hits. Ian Stewart was 1-for-3 with a double.

Christian Villanueva hit a solo home run to help Tennessee beat Jackson, 3-2, in 10 innings. Zach Rosscup picked up the win in relief. Matt Szczur collected his sixth straight multi-hit game, going 3-for-5.

Dustin Geiger hit a double for the only extra base hit as Daytona lost, 4-2, to Charlotte. Austin Reed threw two scoreless innings in relief, and now has not given up a run in his last five appearances.

Wilson Contreras went 2-for-2, hitting his fifth home run, in Kane County’s 8-4 loss to Peoria. Ian Dickson gave up two runs on five hits over four innings. Rock Shoulders notched his eighth multi-RBI game, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

5/13 Minor matters

Brad Nelson hit his sixth home run but Reno scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Iowa, 9-8, on Sunday. Chris Rusin started, and did not get a decision, giving up five runs on nine hits over five innings. Brett Jackson had his first three-hit game of the season and scored two runs. Dave Sappelt drove in three runs. Ian Stewart was 1-for-1 with a triple and two RBIs.

Kyle Hendricks threw 6 2/3 shutout innings in Tennessee’s 5-0 victory over Jackson. Matt Szczur had three hits and two RBIs. Arismendy Alcantara had two hits.

Daytona had Sunday off, and returns to action Monday against Charlotte.

Dillon Maples gave up three runs on six hits over five innings in Kane County’s 7-4, 10-inning loss to Clinton. Rock Shoulders hit a grand slam in the sixth and Jeimer Candelario had two hits, including his fourth home run. Dan Vogelbach drove in a run, and now has hit safely in six of his last seven games.

5/11 Minor matters

Brooks Raley gave up eight runs on 11 hits over four innings in Iowa’s 11-1 loss to Colorado Springs. Logan Watkins drove in Iowa’s only run, and stole a base.

Rubi Silva hit a home run but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 5-4, to Birmingham. Eric Jokisch gave up five runs on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings. Matt Szczur had two hits and a stolen base, and Christian Villanueva also had two hits.

Daytona’s game vs. Dunedin was suspended in the third inning because of rain and was to resume on Saturday as part of a doubleheader.

Tayler Scott gave up one run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings in Kane County’s 2-1, 10-inning win over Burlington in the first game of a doubleheader. Felix Pena gave up two hits and struck out six over six innings in a 4-1 win in the second game. Rock Shoulders and Bijan Rademacher each homered. For Shoulders, it was his seventh of the season.

5/4 Extra bases

* Cubs pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa will make a rehab outing Saturday for Triple-A Iowa, his first game action since going on the disabled list April 13 with a strained right forearm. Matt Garza, on the disabled list with a strained left lat, will make his second Minor League rehab start Monday for Iowa, and was expected to throw at least three innings. Both pitchers are hoping for better weather. The Iowa team has been snowed out for two straight days, Thursday and Friday.

* With the Cubs’ decision to option Ian Stewart to Iowa, Luis Valbuena and Cody Ransom now are the Cubs’ third base combo. Ransom, claimed off waivers from the Padres, starts against left-handed pitchers.

“He’s going to strike out a lot against right-handed pitching, but he’s always been very dependable in the field at every position, has an accurate arm,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of Ransom. “He’s a guy who’s a no panic kind of defensive player. We knew what we were getting and obviously, he’s done a really nice job at the plate.”

Ransom was batting .375 on the Cubs’ current homestand.

* Second baseman Darwin Barney survived a nasty crash into a bench in the visitor’s bullpen chasing a foul ball in the fifth inning Friday.

“He was very fortunate that wasn’t multiple injuries,” Sveum said. “It could’ve been a head injury, shoulder. He slid perfect — his arm was above the bench. From here, it looked like hammered his head.”

* Sveum would like to see Barney do a little better at the plate. The second baseman entered Saturday’s game batting .179 overall, and was 3-for-14 in his last five games.

“We all know Barney, he’s always working and trying,” Sveum said. “I think he needs to stick with one thing and go with that. There’s a lot of changing going on every single day.”

What does Sveum want to see? He laughed.

“A lot of things,” Sveum said. “We don’t have enough time for it.”

The problem is more mechanics than his approach at the plate.

– Carrie Muskat

5/4 Minor matters

Iowa’s game against Oklahoma City was postponed because of snow. The teams were to try to play a doubleheader Saturday.

Alberto Cabrera gave up two hits over six innings and struck out eight but Tennessee lost, 3-2, to Mississippi because of a walk-off single in the 11th. Ronald Torreyes went 2-for-5.

Daytona’s game against Lakeland was postponed because of rain. They will play a makeup doubleheader May 17. On Saturday, Daytona’s P.J. Francescon is scheduled to start against Lakeland.

Rock Shoulders hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 11th to lift Kane County to a 4-2 victory over Bowling Green in the first game of a doubleheader. In the second game, Shoulders drove in another run in a 3-1 win for the sweep. Ian Dickson gave up two hits over 4 2/3 innings in the second game.

5/3 Shoulders, Jokisch honored

The Cubs Friday named Class A Kane County infielder Rock Shoulders and Double-A Tennessee left-handed pitcher Eric Jokisch the organization’s Minor League player and pitcher of the month for April, respectively.

Shoulders, 21, batted .370 with 19 runs scored, seven doubles, five home runs and 16 RBIs in 22 April games. He compiled a 1.099 OPS for the month, the second-highest mark in the Midwest League. The left-handed hitter was tied for third in the league in runs scored, home runs and extra-base hits (12), fourth in batting average and tied for fourth in hits.

Jokisch, 23, went 3-1 with a 1.84 ERA in five April starts, striking out 21 while walking six and limiting opponents to a .240 batting average. He began the season going at least six innings while allowing one or no runs in each of his first four starts. He finished the month tied for fifth in the Southern League in victories, tied for eighth in innings pitched and ninth in ERA. Jokisch, a native of Virginia, Ill., who attended Northwestern University, was selected in the 11th round of the 2010 draft.

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