Cubs April 26 Minor League Recap

Big day at plate for Iowa's Arismendy Alcantara

Arismendy Alcantara had five hits in Iowa's extra inning win, Yasiel Balaguert delivered a walk-off two-run single to propel Kane County, and Daytona tossed their first shutout of the year. Kris Bryant homered and extended his streaks in Tennessee's extra-inning loss.

AAA— Iowa 9, Colorado Springs 6—13 innings

Iowa tied the game in the top of the ninth and added three runs in the 13th to run their win streak to five.

At the Dish: Arismendy Alcantara went 5-7 and drove in one of three runs in the 13th. He finished with 3 RBI on the day with a triple, and four singles, including knocking in the tying run in the ninth on a hot shot to short......Chris Valaika was 3-7 with a homer and two RBI while Jonathan Mota was 3-6, scored three times, homered and knocked in two......Logan Watkins extended his hitting streak to 12-games going 1-4 with two walks....Javier Baez was 1-7 with a RBI in the 13th......Eli Whiteside hit his first homer, a solo shot in the 6th.

On the Hill: Kyle Hendricks didn't miss many bats as the Sky Sox collected 10 hits and four runs in six innings. He threw 90 pitches, 53 for strikes, with two walks and four strikeouts and left with a 5-4 lead.....Yoanner Negrin worked two innings but allowed two runs on back-to-back homers and was charged with a blown save.......Jeffry Antigua (1-0 0.00 ERA) was solid in his first outing of 2014, tossing four shutout innings to earn the win. He gave up three hits and walk with three strikeouts, throwing 53 pitches, 39 for strikes.......Blake Parker recorded his second save, giving up a hit in a scoreless 13th.

I-Cubs Notes: In case any of you are wondering what's up with Javier Baez and his sub .200 batting average—8-48 with 19 K entering Saturday—its the pitching. Baez is seeing a steady diet of breaking balls and not many fastballs for strikes. Ankle injury didn't help get his timing down but Baez has shown ability to adjust as he moves up the system. You're also seeing why Cubs think he needs more time in minors. Its a tough sell for the Cubs to rebuild the organization from the minors up but they're doing it the right way. If you've been paying attention, Cub fans and media freak out over really important things, like cakes and mascots. Like it or not, when Baez does come up, he will be the poster child for the rebuild. Need to put him in situations to succeed, not fail. Its not a bad thing when they struggle in minors, makes them a better player, and you find out what you've got mentally. All said, not worried about Baez, he has a tendency to figure these things out. .......The I-Cubs added LHP Jeffrey Antigua to the roster from extended spring training.



AA—Huntsville 4, Tennessee 3—13 innings

Huntsville pushed across a run in the top of the 13th to beat Tennessee for the second straight night.

At the Dish: Kris Bryant (.312) homered in the sixth, his fifth, to tie the game at 3-3. His single in the first extended his on-base streak to 22 games and his hit streak to nine.....Jeudy Valdez (.255) was 3-5 and a triple shy of the cycle as he blasted his second homer.....Rubi Silva (.207) had two hits and knocked in the Smokies first run with a sacrifice fly.......Tennessee had 12 but but were 2-10 with RISP and left 11 on base.

On the Hill: Jake Arrieta threw two innings in what should be his final tune-up before joining Chicago's rotation. He threw 4 pitches, 25 for strikes, as he didn't have his best stuff. He allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts....Dae-Eun Rhee, the designated work horse on Tennessee's staff, appeared in his fifth game and tossed seven innings, throwing 89 pitches, 53 for strikes. He allowed a run on three hits and three walks to go along with four strikeouts.......Ryan Searle held Huntsville scoreless for three innings and fanned three...P.J. Francescon took the loss allowing a run on two hits in the 13th.

Smokies Notes: Let's all over react to the C.J. Edwards news at once......okay done. There's no reason for the Cubs not to be over cautious with the String Bean Slinger and after his well publicized check-up in Chicago, (MRI included) they are shutting him down for two weeks with inflammation and shoulder fatigue. They probably won't be in a hurry to bring him back and if he doesn't reach his innings limit for '14, will likely pitch in the Arizona Fall League. Won't be much news for two weeks but we'll find out how long the "throwing program" will last. Pierce Johnson made two starts at extended spring training (10 innings) to complete his throwing program so you can use that as a guideline.



High A—Daytona 2, Brevard County 0

Jose Rosario and two relievers blanked Brevard County helping Daytona to their third straight win over the Manatees and first shutout of the season.

At the Dish: The only two runs of the game were scored in the fourth as Chadd Krist and Rock Shoulders (.253) singled with two outs. Tim Saunders (.280) cleared the bases with a triple. Bijan Rademacher had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 10 games while Krist (.244) and Shoulders both finished with two hits. Daniel Vogelbach doubled and Gioskar Amaya was 1-4 and is hitting .457.......Cubs were just 2-10 with RISP and left eight on.

On the Hill: Tossing six shutout innings, Jose Rosario had his best outing of the season and extended his scoreless steak to 10 straight. The right-hander scattered five hits and three walks with a season-high six punchouts........Zach Cates tossed two frames of one-hit ball and Andrew McKirahan got all three hitters in the ninth to groundout for his first save.

D-Cubs Notes: Gioskar Amaya was on everyone's Cub top prospect lists to start last year but after hitting .252/.329/.369 in 117 games at Kane County, fell out of favor with some of the ranking public. Despite the modest slash line, the 20-year-old overcame a few slumps during the season, and in games I saw his play second, looked very solid with great footwork. I'm not sure why more people don't talk about his defensive abilities. His hot start was delayed by 10 games after suffering a shoulder injury diving for a ball. He hasn't been too bad in four games since coming back, 10-20 with seven runs and two stolen bases. Most noticeable improvement is his at-bats BB/K ratio—5/6 this year compared to 40/96 last year and 3/24 in April. Might have something to do with difference between hitting in Florida sunshine or a sleet storm in Wisconsin.



Low A— Kane County 5, Wisconsin 4

Yasiel Balaguert's two-run single in the bottom of the ninth capped off a four-run rally to give Kane County its fifth straight win.

At the Dish: Best thing that happened to the Cougars offense is Wisconsin's Taylor Williams left after six innings, holding KC to one hit with six strikeouts......They took advantage in the seventh as singles by David Bote, Daniel Lockhart and Cael Brockmeyer plated their first run.......An error, a walk and a RBI single by Jordan Hankins cut the lead to 4-2 in the ninth. Two more walks forced in a run and after a strikeout, Balaguert delivered the walk-off win.

On the Hill: Duane Underwood only lasted until the fourth inning as three walks and several deep counts led to a high pitch count and an early exit. He allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits and fanned three......Gerardo Concepcion did an outstanding job keeping the Cougars in the game, tossing 4.1 frames of scoreless relief. The left-hander allowed four hits, fanned one and got seven ground ball outs.....Nathan Dorris was the beneficiary of the 4-run rally, earning the win as he walked one and fanned two in scoreless ninth.

Cougars Notes: Will Remillard's pro career is off a good start as the 19th round pick in '13 was playing in the Cape Cod League when he decided to forego his senior year at Costal Carolina and sign with Cubs. He didn't make his pro debut until this season and after a 0-11 start, is hitting .317/.429/.439 with 12 RBI in 12 games. He's thrown out 20 % base runners (3-15) and been charged with two passed balls.......In other catcher news, Benjamin Carhart has gone to the DL and the Cougars have activated C Cael Brockmeyer, a 16th round pick in '13 from Cal-State Bakersfield.



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