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Iowa Cubs 8 @ Reno Aces 9 Here are the I-Cubs pitchers today: Chris Rusin, Casey Coleman, Hisanori Takahashi, Rafael Dolis and Blake Parker. Here are the I-Cubs pitcher today who have no chance of ever being good: Chris Rusin, Casey Coleman, Hisanori Takahashi, Rafael Dolis and Blake Parker Other than Casey Coleman, who threw 2 hitless innings and struck a batter out, the rest of them weren't any good. I-Cubs pitchers today threw 8.2 innings, allowed 12 hits and 9 runs. He walked 2 and struckout 4 while allowing 3 home runs. Logan Watkins played SS and was 0-4 with a walk and 2 strikeouts. Brett Jackson's new swing was 3-4 with a double and a walk. He did not strike out, which must mean that Josh Vitters took a walk. Yep. He took 2 of them while also going 1-3. Brad Nelson was 2-4 with a home run. A bunch of others played today who pretty much suck so whatever. Tennessee Smokies 5 @ Jackson Generals 5 Kyle Hendricks threw 6.2 innings, allowed 4 hits and no runs. He walked 1 and struckout 4. He’s off to a great start this year after struggling when he first came to the Cubs last year. He’s thrown 37.2 innings, allowed 35 hits and only 1 home run. He’s walked 9 and struckout 32. His strikeout percentage is about 21% and his walk rate is about 6%. His FIP prior to last night’s starts was an impressive 2.59. His walk rate is up a bit, but it’s still pretty good. He’s also maintained the same strikeout rate. He’s allowed only 1 home run all season. He changed his mechanics a bit at the beginning of last season and started focusing on pitch sequences according to Baseball America. He also added a cutter and he said he uses it as a contact pitch. I’d assume this remains true with the Cubs. He sits 87-89 mph so he won’t blow anyone away. He’s in the strikezone regularly. Along with the cutter, he throws a 4-seam and 2-seam fastball, a changeup, a curveball and a slider. AJ Morris struckout 2 and walked a batter in an inning of work. He also allowed 2 hits, but despite 3 baserunners, no runs were scored. Zach Rosscup finished the game and threw 1.1 hitless innings, allowed a walk and 3 strikeouts. His ERA is down to 1.08. Matt Szczur was 3-5 with a double. Ronald Torreyes was 1-4 with a double. Arismendy Alcantara was 2-4 with a double and 2 strikeouts. Christian Villanueva was 1-2 with a hit by pitch, strikeout and sac fly. Kane County Cougars 6 @ Clinton LumberKings 7 I went to Clinton, Iowa once. I don't remember much about it. It was a typical Iowa town along the Mississippi River, which usually meant meth. Lots of meth. I don't know if they've had that problem, but they were a river town. They also had the following motto: So many things to do – With a river view! It did have a river view, but I don't remember doing **** or ever wanting to go back there again. About an hour away from Clinton is Muscatine, Iowa. It's also on the Mississippi, which means lot of meth. It's also the Watermelon Capital of the World. You could have a lovely picnic along the ****** and disgusting Mississippi River while eating melons and getting high on meth. Way more to do in Muscatine and they have a river view, too. Getting back to Clinton, I can't think of a minor league team name that I like more. I like because it has two capital letters and it's only one word. And it's a cool name. Dillon Maples made his first start of the year and threw 5 innings, allowed 6 hits and 3 runs. He didn't walk anybody and he struckout 2. Then came Lendy Castillo and Lendy Castillo ******* sucks. They let Lendy Castillo ******* suck for the rest of the game. The other day I mentioned that Jeimer Candelario hadn't hit for any power so far this year. For that matter, he hasn't hit for a lot of power in his short minor league career. As a 3rd baseman, that's not good. He did hit his first home run of the season today and went 2-4 with a walk. Carlos Escobar and Oliver Zapata were also 2-4 each. Gioskar Amaya continues to suck. He was 0-5. Dan Vogelbach was 1-5 with a strikeout. The post JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 5-12-13 appeared first on Obstructed View.

Reports: Cubs, Rizzo agree on 7-year extension

Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a seven-year, $41 million contract. Multiple media outlets reported the extension, citing unidentified sources, before the first baseman's agent, Marc Pollak, confirmed the deal to According to reports, the deal includes two team options that could make it worth as much as $73 million over nine years. The 23...

Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo Backward Bobble Somersault Catch

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo flashes the leather with a backward, bobble, somersault basket catch while running towards right field. The kid can mash and flash! The post Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo Backward Bobble Somersault Catch appeared first on Baseball Hot Corner.

Journeymen of Tomorrow: Week 6 Prospect Watch

Sorry it's late, and sorry about Week 5. I'd say it won't happen again, but with Leah on the warpath, I'd probably be lying. AAA Brett Jackson 2: Des Moines Nights has been incrementally better than he was two weeks ago. His peripherals are still bad (8.7%, 28.3% BB/K) and his BABIP is still .358, but he's good for a .259/.341/.432 slash which is league average...

Cubs close to activating Garza

Matt Garza could rejoin the Cubs’ rotation after Thursday’s rehab start with Triple-A Iowa. Garza has been Sidelined due to his lat. Garza lasted just 3 1/3 frames in his last rehab start, but three 66 pitches in the contest Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the righty threw with a lot of “aggressiveness” in his bullpen session on Monday. “We just have to get him built...

The Cubs and the Six Man Rotation

With Matt Garza about a week or two away from coming off the disabled list, and rejoining the Chicago Cubs starting rotation, the talk has been ongoing about who should be bumped when he returns. This is a tough decision because all five men who are currently in the rotation are pitching well. In fact they are exceeding any and all expectations even the most optimistic fan might...

Chicago Cubs sign Anthony Rizzo to seven-year extension

During the 2012 regular season, the Chicago Cubs managed to lock up one of their core pieces for the future when they signed Starlin Castro to a six-year contract extension. On Sunday night, the nailed down another piece of that core with an extension of his own. The Cubs and first baseman Anthony Rizzo agreed to a seven-year contract extension, on a deal that could pan out to...

Anthony Rizzo, Former Red Sox Prospect, Agrees to Seven-Year, $41 Million Contract With Cubs

CHICAGO — Slugging first baseman Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs agreed Monday to a $41 million, seven-year contract that could be worth up to $68 million over nine seasons. The 23-year-old Rizzo is considered one of the centerpieces of the Cubs’ rebuilding efforts. He is hitting .280 with a .352 on-base percentage. He also has nine home runs and 28 RBIs in his third major...

Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo Signs Extension: Future Is Now

The Chicago Cubs have not had much go right for them this season, but there is reason for Cubs fans to be happy about the future of their team. They just locked up their power-hitting first baseman Anthony Rizzo to seven-year extension worth $41 million. The Cubs envisioned Rizzo being part of their future, when they acquired him from the San Diego Padres in the 2011-12 off-season...

Cubs’ Matt Garza possible return May 21

Chicago Cubs' starting pitcher Matt Garza continues to show remarkable progress. Garza completed his third rehab outing, throwing 3.1 scoreless innings for the Cubs’ Double-A Tennessee Smokies on May 12. He has now pitched a total of 9.1 innings and allowed only two runs. He has walked four but struck out five. The biggest concern for Garza is getting his pitch...

Cubs and First Baseman Anthony Rizzo Agree to 7-Year $41 Million Deal

  I always chuckle when I hear folks say baseball is dying, because it’s the complete opposite, players are getting paid. According to a story courtesy ESPN Chicago, the Chicago Cubs have locked up emerging first baseman Anthony Rizzo, after both parties agreed to a long term deal. The Chicago Cubs and first baseman Anthony Rizzo have agreed to a seven-year, $41 million deal...

JoT: Cubs Minor League Recap 5-11-13

Iowa Cubs 4 @ Reno Aces 1 Logan Watkins had a very un-Watkins like day. He went 1-4 with no walks or strikeouts. He was also hit by a pitch and had his 3rd error. Brett Jackson 2: Revenge of the Fallen Prospect Status went 2-5 with a double and 2 RBI. He also struck out once, for old times sake. Josh Vitters went 1-5 with a double and 2 strikeouts. He's almost certainly the...

A look at Anthony Rizzo’s new contract

The Cubs signed Anthony Rizzo to a contract last night. GW wrote about it in the wee hours of the morning today. Let's recap the specifics, along with GW's take on it. Anthony Rizzo has signed a long term extension with the Cubs. Ken Rosenthal has the details. The deal is for at least seven years (including 2013) and $41 million, which includes what would have been Rizzo...

Minor League Report: May 7-13, 2013

Chicago Cubs - Yes, this is called the “Minor League Report”, but the youth already in the majors is just as important, or often more, than what still lurks in the farm system.  The Cubs extended first baseman Anthony Rizzo six seasons by signing him to a seven year contract that overrode his deal in place for 2013 and includes options that could keep Rizzo under control through...

Cubs, Rizzo agree to $41M deal

The Cubs have agreed to a $41 million, seven-year contract with slugging first baseman Anthony Rizzo that could be worth up to $68 million over nine seasons.

Anthony Rizzo Agrees To Seven-Year Extension With Cubs

Anthony Rizzo agreed to a contract extension worth $41 million that will keep him with the Chicago Cubs through 2019, according to major-league sources. The deal also includes two $14.5 million club options, plus $2 million buyouts. The guaranteed portion of the deal runs from 2013-19. The deal does not include any no-trade protection. Rizzo, 23, is hitting .288/.361/.554 with...
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