Cubs Farm Report 4/5/12
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Low A-Midwest League
(1-0 T-1st Western)Peoria Chiefs 5 at (0-1 T-5th Western)Beloit Snappers (MIN) 2
The Chiefs win their opener by roughing up Beloit's opening day starter Madison Boer. The Chiefs tagged the 22 year old righty for four runs in the third and another tally in the fifth. The bottom of the order accounted for 5 of the Chiefs 7 hits including the only extra base hit, a triple by CF Pin-Chieh Chen. The Chiefs were shut down after the fourth and struggled to make contact the whole day as they struck out 11 times. Chiefs leadoff hitter, 2B Zeke DeVoss, went 1 for 5 with a run and an rbi, but struck out 3 times in the game. Adding to his rough day was a fielding error. Outfielders Reggie Golden and Taiwan Easterling went 0 for 7 collectively, but Easterling picked up a walk and a run. The Chiefs opening day starter, 21 year old right hander Michael Jensen, managed to pitch 5 scoreless innings to earn the win after struggling the first two innings. Beloit got its two runs off of 21 year old righty Scott Weissman in the sixth. Converted OF Kyler Burke pitched a scoreless seventh, and Jeffrey Lorick picked up the two inning save.
High A-Florida State League
(0-1 T-4th North)Daytona Cubs 4 at (1-0 T-1st North)Brevard County Manatees (MIL) 11
Daytona's season began on a down note. Daytona pitchers struggled early and often as 23 year old righty Matt Loosen managed to record only one out to start the game. Loosen walked the first two batters and then got his only out on a pop out. He then hit the next batter, walked two more, and gave up a single before being relieved by Brett Wallach. Wallach struck out the next two batters to end the inning with only 3 runs on the board. Wallach got two outs, 2 walks, 4 hits and 4 more runs before Austin Kirk struck out the last batter of the second inning. Kirk managed to pitch 4 innings and a third surrendering another 3 runs. Daytona struggled against the Brewers first round draft pick from last June, Taylor Jungmann, managing only a run over 5 innings. The Cubs were never in this one with OF Rubi Silva the offensive leader going 3 for 4 with a run scored. CF Matt Szczur went 1 for 5 with a run scored and RBI, and 2B Ronald Torreyes went 2 for 5.
(1-0 T-1st North)Tennessee Smokies 4 at (0-1 T-3rd North)Chattanooga Lookouts (LAD) 1
21 year old right hander Nick Struck had the best pitching performance of Cubs farmhands. He earned the win by giving up a single run over 6 innings. He also managed to strike out 10 and walked only 1. Kevin Rhoderick and Frank Batista added 3 more strikeouts over 3 scoreless innings. The Smokies pounded out 12 hits including the only Cubs affliate homerun on the day, an eighth inning solo shot by Justin Bour. 2B Logan Watkins went 3 for 5 with a run and rbi. CF Jae Hoon Ha went 2 for 5 with a run and rbi, and 1B Justin Bour went 3 for 5 with 2 rbi on the day.
AAA-Pacific Coast League
(0-1 T-2nd American South)Round Rock Express (TEX) 3 at (1-0 T-1st American North)Iowa Cubs 5
Randy Wells pitched a quality start for the I-Cubs opener. He gave up 2 homeruns which resulted in the 3 earned runs for the Express in the game. Wells finished the game with 6 IP, 3 ER, 3 BB, and 2 K. Manny Corpas and Scott Maine pitched 3 scoreless innings combined to finish the game. The Iowa Cubs had 10 hits, but the only extra base knock was a Dave Sappelt double down the left field line. The Iowa Cubs grabbed 3 stolen bases and managed to bunch their hits together for five runs. LF Tony Campana, CF Brett Jackson and 1B Anthony Rizzo all went 2 for 4 on the day. 3B Josh Vitters went 1 for 3 with a run scored and a walk.
Scouting Reports (Iowa Cubs):
CF Brett Jackson-Showed flashes of why we all should be very excited about his future and why it was the right decision to send him to Iowa to start the season. Jackson struck out in his first AB on three pitches against right hander Mark Hamburger. He missed on an 0-1 fastball in the zone and a curveball froze him for a looking strikeout. His last AB he swung and missed on a 74 mph curveball to strike out for a second time which was off of a lefty, Ben Snyder. His RBI was a weak grounder to the 3B that should have been a routine play, but the 3B took his time and Jackson easily beat the throw. Jackson did have a solid base hit over the shortstop in the bottom of the sixth. He also stole a base and made a nice diving catch in center field.
1B Anthony Rizzo-Had two singles to the right side of the infield. He drove the ball to deep right center in one at bat. He also struck out in the 6th inning. Rizzo didn't take the bat off his shoulder on the strikeout. The pitcher went down 3-0 to the start the AB, but came back with 3 strikes. The second strike was a mistake pitch that Rizzo probably should have swung at, and the third strike was a questionable call by the umpire. Rizzo looked real solid at 1B defensively. He made a number of decent stops and only had one slight miscue where he fumbled the ball briefly but recovered in time to throw out the runner.
2B Adrian Cardenas-Had some nice ABs despite going 0 for 3. He worked the count well and got an RBI on a sac fly. The main thing that impressed me though was his defense at 2B. He didn't have to make any amazing plays but he looked smooth. He showed some decent range going back on a pop out that he caught in front of Brett Jackson as well.
CF Tony Campana-Reached on a bunt single to score his first run. He popped the bunt up slightly, but it was placed perfectly where the 3B had no chance to get him despite playing in. He also had a single up the middle that dribbled through the box. He stole a base easily though the starting pitcher for Round Rock, Mark Hamburger, didn't really have a good pickoff move or really any pickoff move that he showed. Campana did hit two weak flyballs, one of which was a sac fly.
C Wellington Castillo-He crushed a ball in the first inning, but he hit to the deepest part of Principal Field (400') with the wind blowing in. He was also hit by a pitch twice. He gunned down the one runner that attempted a stolen base with a perfect throw that Cardenas didn't have to move his glove to tag the runner. In the eighth inning he got called for catcher's interference which I couldn't see from the camera angle.
3B Josh Vitters-Vitters was pretty impressive as well. Vitters turned on an 0-1 cut fastball for single up the middle. He would get tagged out on the bases trying to go first to third on a Matt Tolbert single. Vitters stumbled between 2nd and 3rd and was tagged out trying to get back to second. In the sixth inning he had a real quality AB. He took 3 balls to start the at bat. He took a strike, and then swung and miss on a breaking ball. The third pitch was a wild pitch to give Vitters a rare walk. Vitters generally looked like he was recognizing pitches well the whole afternoon. He only had one play on defense that was a routine play which he made.
SP Randy Wells-Wells had a quality start, but I can't help but feel like it wasn't very pretty. Wells was constantly behind hitters. I think I can count on one hand the number of times Wells got an 0-1 count. The umpire's strikezone was tight on both sides and a bit inconsistent, but you can't afford to be 1-0 to most hitters at the major league level. He didn't really have a good slider in the game and one of the homeruns came off a hanging slider. The other homerun came on a pretty good fastball that Julio Bourbon pulled down the right field line. His fastball was hitting 86 and 88, and he seemed to have pretty good movement since he was getting a lot of groundballs to the right side. His changeup was pretty good as well which was clocked at 79.
RP Manny Corpas-Corpas had a real nice outing. He got through 2 innings with relative ease. Corpas hit 90 on his fastball. Corpas gave up a solid single down the line that was out of Rizzo's reach in the eighth. The inning was made interesting due to catcher's interference being called on the next batter, but Corpas got two more groundballs to Cardenas to end the inning.
RP Scott Maine-Maine is Iowa's closer and he threw the hardest out of any of the I-Cubs hitting 92. The inning started off shaky with a walk, but the next batter couldn't catch up and or lay off Maine's high fastball. Maine got another swinging strikeout on a breaking ball, and a weak grounder to Vitters earned Maine the save.