South Bend Cubs: a new guy and some veteran updates

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UPDATE: as of Tuesday 7/21 Vimael Machin is back with the South Bend Cubs. Jason Vosler was promoted to Myrtle Beach and Machin takes his roster spot.

You’ve heard of that guy in California that they call “The Machine”, right? Well the Cubs organization has their own version. He goes by the name Machin – Vimael Machin. And he’s playing splitting his time between Eugene and South Bend these days. Ian Happ was the talk of the 2015 Cubs draft class but 10th round pick Machin was the first to arrive at Low A South Bend. Machin was called up to fill in for Jesse Hodges who was participating in the Pan Am Games.

A 21 year old shortstop from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, Vimael Machin (@Vimael25) is rockin’ the #9 recently vacated by Cael Brockmeyer (@BigBrock9) and bats left but throws right. He was origninally a lefty as a kid but his father knew that catching and throwing right was better for an infielder, so they worked to get Vimael to catch & throw with his right hand. Said Machin, “I always liked second and short. Now I can’t even throw lefty.”

Machin was drafted in the 10th round by the Cubs out of VCU. He hit .339 last season for VCU and drove in 53 runs, leading the team in both. Described as a “highly talented athlete who has been a mainstay at the shortstop position” who “has developed into a patient hitter, while still hitting for extra bases”, Machin was named second team Atlantic 10 at shortstop. He led the team with a .421 OBP, had 12 multiple RBI games including four 4 RBI games. Machin earned the starting shortstop position as a freshmen and never relinquished it.

The 2015 VCU Rams advanced to the NCAA Super Regional for the first time ever. When Machin was drafted head coach Shawn Stiffler said of Machin, “nobody deserves this more and nobody has worked harder for it than he has.” Stiffler said the Cubs “are getting a fantastic player on the field and an even better young man off of it.”

A product of Puerto Rico’s Baseball Academy and High School, Vimael Machin was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 29th round of the 2011 Amateur Draft but chose to attend VCU instead. Machin was signed for only $2,000 and projects as a utility infielder in the majors. His (reportedly) below average range and arm make it doubtful that he will become a major league shortstop but he is solid at that position for the lower leagues. His ability to play other inflield positions along with his bat definitely make him more valuable. Machin played 5 games in Eugene this year, batting .188 in 16 Abs. In 9 games for South Bend, he batted .212 in 33 ABs. He had 7 hits (3 doubles), scored 1 run and took 3 walks.



Other South Bend Cubs news:

On Sunday, Gleyber Torres (@TorresGleyber) notched his fourth consecutive multi-hit game after going 2-5 with a double and a single. Then on Monday, Torres went 2-4 with a double and a single for his fifth. He now has 34 multi hit games this season.

Jeffrey Baez (no relation to Javy) was just named MWL Player of the Week. He has an 8 game hitting streak with multiple hits in last 5.

Also on Sunday, Jesse Hodges (@CCHodgy) and Team Canada won the Gold medal over the US baseball team in the Pan Am games. Hodges returned to the team on Monday.


About Sharon

I am a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs who happens to live in South Bend, Indiana. My life was made complete when Theo & Co. moved the Cubs' Class A Midwest League affiliate to my hometown. Being invited to write for WSD about the South Bend Cubs is just icing on that cake. I used to be @ClaireBDesigns but am now just @SharonHolston. Come find me on Twitter!

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