JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 4-28-13

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Iowa Cubs 10 @ Omaha Storm Chasers 6

In 6 innings today, Brooks Raley struck a batter out, walked 3 and gave up 2 home runs. He only gave up 4 runs, which is kind of impressive when you look at what I wrote first. It’s not at all impressive though.

Hisanori Takahashi struck a batter out in one inning and Zach Putnam gave up a hit and had 1 strikeout in 1 inning. Rafael Dolis gave up 2 hits, one of which was a home run and struck a batter out in the 9th. He gave up 2 runs.

The I-Cubs offense was actually worth talking about for a change. They scored 9 runs on 13 hits and 4 home runs.

Ian Stewart is probably close to returning to the MLB team, but I don’t really know why. He did take 3 walks in 5 plate appearances and struckout in the only official at-bats he had. He also had his 4th error. They should just put him on whatever DL Josh Vitters is on. You know, the one where they protect you from actually facing any good hitters? That one.

Brett Jackson’s new swing hit his first home run of the season, walked once and was 1-5. He continues to suck and if I don’t know how much of him sucking has to do with that new swing, but if any of it does, get rid of it. Now.

Logan Watkins was 2-6 with a triple. Ryan Sweeney was 1-4 with a home run and a walk. Hide your children was 3-4 with a walk and a home run. Brian Bogusevic hit the other home run and had an identical box score as Lillibridge.

Palm Beach Cardinals 4 @ Daytona Cubs 7

PJ Francescon threw 6 innings, allowed 4 hits, one of them a home run, walked 2 and struckout 5. He gave up 2 runs. In 5 April Starts, Francescon threw 24 innings, walked only 6 and struckout 22. He gave up 4 home runs though. He gave up 26 hits and 16 runs.

Austin Reed threw an inning, allowed a hit and a walk and struckout 2. Frank Del Valle threw 2 innings, gave up 3 hits and 2 runs. He walked 1 and struckout 3. He also gave up a home run.

Zeke DeVoss was 0-3 with 2 more walks. He has 20 walks and 20 strikeouts in 21 games played. His .427 OBP will actually go down after today. I love this guy’s patience.

Tim Saunders was 2-5 with a strikeout and Javier Baez continues to hit. He was 2-4 with a home run and a strikeout. He now has 5 home runs on the season and while there is still quite a bit needs to improve, all things considered, it’s been a pretty good month for him. He also had 2 more errors today, which gives him 10 on the season already.

Dustin Geiger was 1-1 with a double and 3 walks. Ben Carhart was 3-4.

The Smokies double-header was postponed. So was the Kane County Cougars game.

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  1. Rizzo the Rat

    The Pirates are in first place. Of course, this is the third year in a row where they got off to a competitive start, and we all know how the last 2 years ended.

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  2. Notryno

    What a draft weekend. SF’s analysis first…

    Two out of three on my Day 2 mock isn’t bad.

    2a. Tank Carradine, DE, FSU: Moved down, picked up a 2014 3 and still landed my favorite player in the draft for SF. He’ll probably start out as the nickel DE opposite Aldon Smith once healthy and the gradually add weight and move inside. The successor to Justin Smith.

    2b. Vance McDonald, TE/HB, Rice: SF ran a lot of plays out of the inverted wishbone formation that allows them to disguise plays. They need a dynamic HB to do that, and they landed a high-upside one in McDonald. He’s basically a WR in a TE’s body.

    3. Corey Lemonier, OLB, Auburn: Lack of depth hurt the pass rush last year. Lemonier is a starting-caliber OLB to rotate with Smith and Brooks.

    4a. Quinton Patton, WR, LaTech: Amazing value here. I don’t know why he fell, but Patton will push for targets in Week 1, imo. Value at PR too.

    4b. Marcus Lattimore, RB, SoCar: Probably the highest profile pick. If he returns to form, Lattimore was easily the best RB in this draft. In 2005, SF took a supremely talented RB coming off a knee injury and it worked out pretty well. That RB will mentor Lattimore.

    5-7: Depth. Like the Dial pick and think he’ll contribute early. Daniels might be their practice squad Russell Wilson.

    UDFA: Asuza-Pacifc OT Luke Marquardt is a giant who had pretty good coaching from Jackie Slater in college. Should make an impact. Wyoming DT Mike Purcell was a high upside signing as well.

    British rugby player turned discuss thrower Lawrence Okoye is compelling to me. At 6’5″, 305, he broke 4.8 in the 40 and posted explosive jump numbers. Okoye turned down Oxford law to pursue a career in the NFL, and he’ll get his shot in SF with one of the better DL coaches in the sport.

    CHI is up next…

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  3. WaLi

    Did you know: The Cubs have the second most Save Opps in the league (13)? And I guess along with that the second highest Leverage Index (1.200)

    As far as SP goes, Cubs have the 4th highest Quality Start % (63%) to go along with the second worst W-L% (37.5%)

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  4. JonKneeV

    @ Notryno:
    Did you like what the Bears did on day 2 & 3? Lot of people I’ve read love it including the late round picks of Wilson and Washington.

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  5. Notryno

    Already weighed in on Long.

    2. Jon Bostic, LB, Florida: Honestly, I didn’t like this pick. I thought Arthur Brown was the best LB in this draft and he was available here. Bostic is a good player, just overdrafted. Nobody will care if he pans out.

    4. Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutg.: Great value pick. Smallish former safety can cover the seam or take on ball carriers. Turnover machine.

    5. Jordan Mills, OT, LaTech: Love this pick. Small school prospect showed he belonged at the Senior Bowl. Size and demeanor to man the right side. Great value.

    6. Cornelius Washington, DE, Georgia: Another good value. Good against the run now, but needs work on his pass rush. Raw player needs time to develop.

    7. Marquess Wilson, WR, Wash. St.: Another high upside pick. Looked like a sure first rounder after his freshman season. Will need to thicken up a bit, but should end up being at least a solid WR in the WCO.

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  6. Notryno

    @ JonKneeV:

    Was doing the writeup when you asked.

    CHI clearly went with upside in this draft. I think Mills and Bostic can start from day 1. The rest will need refinement, but they are all starter quality.

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  7. Notryno

    Onto GB. So many defenses are geared to stop the pass. That’s why SF and SEA were so successful last season, imo. GB clearly wanted to get more physical…

    2. Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama: You should already know what he is and what he can do.

    4. David Bakhtiari, OT, Colo.: Better run than pass blocker right now, but has potential. Physical player needs bulk.

    4. JC Tretter, OL, Cornell: Smart (obviously) OL likely to kick inside (short arms). Needs to get stronger. Looks like a potential C to me.

    4. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA: Frank Gore light. Great vision, decisive runner and maxmizes carries. He’s not the lightning to Lacy’s thunder like some will have you believe.

    5. Micah Hyde, DB, Iowa: Good size and very physical. Might stick as press CB in Green Bay, but looks more like a S to me.

    5. Josh Boyd, DT, Miss. St.: Inconsistent player. High recruit that never really panned out. Size to play the NT.

    After the Boyd pick, no one really stood out to me.

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