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In our continuing Iowa series of "That guys still playing?" we introduce Horacio Ramirez (yes that one) who went 7 IP allowing 1 ER and striking out 1. Not to blow Horacio's Horn or anything but he's probably our best pitching prospect now.
Matt Szczur hit a triple. Nobody else did anything.
Daytona Game 1
Christian Villanueva went 1-3 and PJ Francescon struck out 4 in 3 IP while allowing 2 ER.
Ronald Torreyes went 3-3 and has just flat out raked over the last few months. Javier Baez is having a tough time in High A and is now batting .159 in 44 AB's.
Jorge Soler went 2-6 and stole his 2nd base since being promoted to Peoria. Soler is now batting .341. Tim Saunders continues to crush the ball going 4-6 and after batting over .400 in rookie ball is almost doing same in the MWL. Saunders is either on a helluva hot streak or we just drafted a gem in the late rounds.
Wilson Contreas went 3-5 while getting some playing time in RF. Vogelbach was 1-4 but walked twice again and has an OBP almost 100 points higher than his BA. Just love that kid's offensive game. James Pugliese struck out 6 in 3 IP but also walked 2 and gave up 2 ER.
AZL Game 1
Shawon Dunston went 2-3 to continue his monster tear as he is now hitting .342 in the month of August. Ryan McNeil went 4 IP and struck out 2 while shutting out the other team.
AZL Game 2
Ben ******* Wells! After TCR reported that Wells had TJ back in June I went into a period of mourning my favorite Cub pitcher but it seems he opted for rest vs surgery and last night returned to the mound. Wells struck out the side on 19 pitches. Time will tell if he is just delaying the inevitable and I would tend to think so. If the ligament so damaged to the point where TJ was an option I doubt rest is going to heal it. Maybe I should ask "injury expert" Will Carroll what he thinks……..oh wait I don't have 2 thousand dollars so **** it. For now lets just keep our fingers crossed.
BEST OF MAXIM
Anthony Giansanti slugged a two-run double off the CF Batter's Eye to cap a three-run 1st inning and Ryan McNeil and three relievers combined to throw a shutout, as the AZL Cubs whitewashed the AZL Diamondbacks 3-0 in Game #1, and then Giansanti hammered a lead-off walk-off HR off the base of the scoreboard in the bottom of the 7th that gave the Cubs a 1-0 victory in Game...
Top pitching prospect Seth McClung was outstanding yesterday striking out 6 over 7 scoreless innings. We'll keep an eye on this kid as it seems like he has a bright future.
Jae Hoon Ha went 2-4 and Trey McNutt worked a scoreless inning out of the pen. Allen Webster (remember him?) struck out 8 of our guys in 6 IP.
Another. *******. Rainout.
THAT'S USING YOUR HEAD
Ouch. That’s gotta hurt. Leaving a chunk of your scalp on the playing surface while trying to snag a souvenir ball? So bad on so many levels. Although the video does not provide the precise date and game during which this Chicago Cubs fan went all topsy-turvy, chunk-of-hair-losey, it’s reasonable to surmise that it occurred during the [...]
Blackmon RF, Herrera SS, Pachecho 1B, Gonzalez LF, Hernandez C, Colvin CF, Nelson 3B, LeMahieu 2B, Pomeranz P
Mather RF, Vitters 3B, Rizzo 1B, Soriano LF, Castro SS, Castillo C, B. Jackson CF, Barney 2B, Samardzija P
The Rockies recent 5-game win streak and the Cubs continued excellence in losing has earned the Cubs a 3-game lead for the #2 spot in next year's draft for the...
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Joe Mather took advantage of a rare start with a go-ahead single during a three-run rally in the eighth inning Friday and the Chicago Cubs ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
The Rockies had matched a season best with a five-game winning streak.
Chicago trailed 3-2 going into the eighth. Brett Jackson tied it with his second homer of the...
Ahh… the Hendry Era. The Cubs were always winning, the best players were beloved by the media and treated with respect by the front office, player acquisitions were always based on sound analytical wisdom, and Order prevailed in its eternal conflict with Chaos. Wait, what’s wrong with these…?
/cleans fogged up sepia-tinted Transitions Lenses
It’s all this damn Texas sunlight...
Twins career: Matt Walbeck, now 42, played with Minnesota from 1994-96. During his time with the Twins, Walbeck, a catcher, played in 275 games, the most he played for any team during his 11-year major league career. He batted .230 with 103 RBI and eight home runs during those three seasons.
After breaking into the league in 1993 with the Chicago Cubs, Walbeck was traded to Minnesota...
The Cubs have made a strong push for the second spot in next year's draft with a 4-17 record in the month of August. The Rockies are remembering their 2007 team by going 13-9 over that same span, and are coming off a four game sweep of the Mets on the road. You Never Know. The Rockies are one of only five NL teams that have failed to sweep the Cubs this year. The Braves and...
The author attended Wednesday night’s game — or, at least, the first eight innings of it — between the Class A Midwest League affiliates of the Minnesota Twins (the Beloit Snappers) and Chicago Cubs (the Peoria Chiefs) in Beloit, Wisconsin. Below are some notes on same.
Please note: none of what follows constitutes Official Prospect Analysis.
Regarding Miguel Sano and Jorge...
In the more graphic version of Jose Reyes losing a ball in the sun and looking like an idiot, a Cubs fan reached out for a ball, fell over the railing and lost a piece of his scalp on the ground. A PIECE OF HIS SCALP. The close-up of it makes it even grosser. You know you’re unhealthy when you can’t fall down without part of your head coming off. (via Sportress Of Blogitude...
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