I take this free moment to address some nonsense on WSD’s Facebook page. Like the nutcase in that particular piece, I am also a veteran. We’re not all like that. Please don’t lump us all in with that dipshit.
Moving on to the system, not a whole lot has happened this week. With All-Star breaks in the Midwest League, Florida State League, and Southern League, there weren’t too many games played. That and some inconsequential guys named Schwarber and Bryant got promoted. Other than that…all quiet on the prospects front.
Injuries of Note: Lendy Castillo (7 Day DL), Cael Brockmeyer (7 Day DL), C.J. Edwards (7 Day DL, Shoulder), 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), Marcos Mateo (7 Day DL, Lower Back Strain), Gerardo Concepcion (7 Day DL, Foot), Yao-Lin Wang (7 Day DL), Lars Anderson (7 Day DL), Edgar Gonzalez (7 Day DL), Jonathan Sanchez (7 Day DL), Dillon Maples (7 Day DL), Duane Underwood (7 Day DL), Jose Arias (7 Day DL), Will Remillard (7 Day DL), Nathan Maldonado (60 Day DL)
Record This Season: 4-2, 1st Place (–) NWL South
First round pick Kyle Schwarber made his professional debut for the Hawks this past week, and things went ok, I guess. He has a .600/.625/1.350 slash line with 3 HRs and 10 RBI in five games before being promoted to Kane County for Thursday’s game. Erick Leal was mentioned in last week’s recap (which sort of previewed the Hawks because they hadn’t started, yet), and he made a start, going 5 innings, allowing 3 hits and an unearned run. Not bad…but not Campana grit, either.
Kane County Cougars
Record This season: 0-0, Won MWL West 1st Half Division Championship
The Cougars went on the All-Star break with a playoff spot locked up by winning the division in the first half, and in the second half they get a couple of new toys. As mentioned, Kyle Schwarber will open the second half of the season with the Cougars, and Jeimer Candelario was sent back after spending the first half with the Daytona Cubs. Schwarber’s unholy dominance over the Northwest League was documented, but Candelario had quite the opposite first half in Florida. He is a promising young player, and hopefully this is just a bump in the road for him.
Record This Season: 0-0
The reset button has been pushed on what was a disappointing first half for the Daytona Cubs from a record standpoint and for some of the prospects on the team. Albert Almora did not have a banner first half at .241/.264/.317 and I’ve already noted that Jeimer Candelario is headed back to Kane County. Midwest League All-Star Jordan Hankins earned a promotion to Daytona after posting a .322/.361/.461 first half with the Cougars and will open the second half with the D-Cubs.
Record This Season: 0-0
After the Smokies closed out the first half, Kris Bryant went to the All-Star Game, where he was 1-5 and won the Southern League Home Run Derby (Because of course he did). As it turns out, that was the last thing he would do in a Smokies jersey (we hope). Bryant was promoted to Iowa, along with relievers Arodys Vizcaino and Armando Rivero. Pitchers Jeffry Antigua and Jose Batista were sent from the Iowa Cubs along with Christian Villanueva. Villanueva was very good with the Smokies last season after being acquired in the Ryan Dempster trade, but has struggled in Iowa to this point.
Record This Season: 35-35 3rd Place (-4.5) PCL American North
On the field, it has not been the best week for the I-Cubs, going just 2-5. The season has been very up and down for the I-Cubs in every facet of the game. The additions of Kris Bryant, Arodys Vizcaino, and Armando Rivero are some worthy reinforcements, however. With the AAA All-Star Game still almost a month away, they have some time to gather some momentum…and maybe Kris Bryant earns a second all-star nod this season?