Jorge Soler will sign a contract with a Major League Baseball team by tomorrow, and the Cubs are the front-runners. Perhaps an Japanese NPB team will swoop in and sign him to spite me for trying to go as broad as possible, yet still being wrong. In all seriousness, major revision to our Top 13 Prospects list will be coming shortly whether he signs with us or not, for Almora is expected to sign and trades should net us a few more top prospects.
Iowa Cubs – After back-to-back double headers on Friday and Saturday, Jackson and Rizzo went back-to-back on Sunday. Chris Rusin earned the win wit seven innings of two-run ball while the offense exploded for fourteen runs. Iowa hit four home runs, three of which were part of a six-run fourth inning that followed a three-run third. Brett Jackson had a big game, going 2-for-4 with a stolen base, three runs and three RBIs, including a two-run home run, his eighth of the season. Rizzo followed up Jackson with a solo blast, his nineteenth of the season. Rizzo would later hit his twentieth, as part of a 3-for-5 night. Josh Vitters went 1-for-5 with one RBI.
Tennessee Smokies – Mississippi rallied late, scoring runs in the eighth and ninth innings, but it wasn’t enough as the Smokies won 4-2. With Junior Lake out of the lineup, there wasn’t much offense for the Smokies, who only collected five hits, but enough is enough. Logan Watkins, James Adduci, and Michael Brenly all singled, and Nate Samson did twice. Eric Jokisch held the Braves to just one run over 7-and-a-third innings.
Daytona Cubs – Daytona fell 5-4 to the Tampa Yankees on Sunday. Matt Szczur has been on the disabled list, and Daytona could only muster one extra-base hit, a Richard Jones double. Ronald Torreyes went 3-for-4, providing nearly half of Daytona’s hits.
Peoria Chiefs – The red-hot Peoria Chiefs defeated the Kane County Cougars 4-1 on Sunday. Javier Baez went 1-for-3 with a single, and Paul Hoilman hit a three-run home run to back the pitching staff. Starling Peralta started and allowed one run over three innings. Austin Reed got the win with three scoreless innings of relief. Felix Pena earned a hold with two scoreless innings, and Yao-Lin Wang notched the save.
Boise Hawks and Mesa Cubs begin later this month
DSL Cubs1 – Roberto Caro is batting .444, Carlos Ramirez .385, and Roney Alcala .381 in the young Dominican Summer League season. Enderson Mercedes has two home runs, the only two the team has hit. Angel Mejias has a 3.75 ERA over twelve innings between his two starts, and has a 8-to-1 K/BB ratio, to go along with a superb 0.75 WHIP.
DSL Cubs2 – Kelvin Encarnacion is batting .381, and Jhonny Pena .375 in the young season. The second DSL squad’s pitching staff has seen much more success than the first squad’s. Amalio Reyes has a 0.84 ERA and a 0.56 WHIP. Daury Torrez has a 0.90 and a 0.70, Pedro Aurojo has a 1.80 and a 1.20, and Loiger Padron has a 1.80 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.