Minor League Recap: 5/15 – 5/21

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Too much injury news this week.  Pierce Johnson strained his calf.  Jorge Soler strained his right hamstring (the “other one”).  But on the positive side,

That’s good news for those of us who would like to see the top pitching prospect back on the mound.  Justin Ruggiano is also playing with the I-Cubs on a rehab assignment, as he makes his way back from the hamstring injury suffered during the ninth inning of the 100th Birthday game.  On the non-injury front, Kris Bryant and Albert Almora stayed hot.  And Javier Baez is heating up.

Injuries of Note: Lendy Castillo (7 Day DL), Cael Brockmeyer (7 Day DL), C.J. Edwards (7 Day DL, Shoulder), Lance Rymel (7 Day DL), Giuseppe Papaccio (7 Day DL), Ivan Pineyro (7 Day DL, Right Forearm Strain), Hunter Cervenka (7 Day DL), Jen-Ho Tseng (7 Day DL, Shoulder), Pierce Johnson (7 Day DL, Left Calf Strain), Jorge Soler (7 Day DL, Hamstring Strain), Daniel Canela (7 Day DL), Felix Pena (7 Day DL), Marcos Mateo (7 Day DL, Lower Back Strain)

Kane County Cougars 
Record This season: 30-16, 1st Place (+3.5) MWL West

It’s really been a broken record on these recaps, talking about how outstanding the pitching in Kane County has been.  This last week, they decided to add to the early season resume, by throwing a combined no-hitter.  On Saturday night, Tyler Skulina (7.1) and Nathan Dorris (1.2) combined for the second organizational no-no in just a few weeks.  On Monday, Dorris was promoted to High A Daytona. As a team, the Cougars have allowed the fewest runs in the Midwest League, which is what has driven them to the best record in the league in the early going.

Daytona Cubs
Record This Season: 16-26, 5th Place (-14.5) FSL North

Albert Almora continued his hot hitting into this week, carrying a 6 game multi-hit streak into Tuesday night, where he went 0-4.  He got right back into the hit column on Wednesday, though, and over his the last 10, he’s put together a .341/.357/.512 line.  Dan Vogelbach, on the other hand, is not hitting all that well at the moment.  Over his last 10, his line is  .184/.256/.263, paired with 11 punch outs in 38 at-bats.  On the mound, the D-Cubs continue to have their own version of Jeff Samardzija in Felix Pena, who sports a 1.00 WHIP and a 1.47 ERA, but has managed to earn a win in his 1-4 early record before being placed on the disabled list

Tennessee Smokies
Record This Season: 25-21, 2nd Place (-6.0) Southern League North

Any excuse to use this picture... #dreamy
Any excuse to use this picture… #dreamy

After losing Pierce Johnson and Jorge Soler to the disabled list this week, the roster has been completely hammered by injury.  The only man who seems to be healthy is Kris Bryant, who continues to absolutely hammer Southern League pitching.  His season line stands at .335/.431/.623, and leads the Southern League in HR and RBI.  If there were anything to be critical of, it is his 10 errors at 3B.  Arodys Vizcaino pitched Thursday and blew a save, allowing his first 3 runs since joining the Smokies, setting him at 3 runs and 5 hits in 6 innings at AA.

Iowa Cubs
Record This Season: 23-20, 1st Place (-1.0) PCL American North

Last week at this time, Javier Baez was starting to generate some worry.  This week, Javy is on a 7 game hitting streak, including the game in progress at Round Rock (TX) as this recap is being generated.  This week, he has 3 HR and 4 2B, with only 5 strike outs, 3 of which came Wednesday night before his 5th HR of the season.  Baez was not the only one to go deep on Wednesday night, as Christian Villanueva went yard twice and Arismendy Alcantara joined in on the fun.  While there has been a lot of attention paid to the struggles Javier Baez has had, much of the line-up for the I-Cubs has struggled this season, with Alcantara sporting the best line of any of the regulars, at .270/.306/.491.

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