Moving on up: Baez and Rizzo
The big news of the day, which began coming out Friday night from Daytona, is that the Cubs have promoted shortstop Javier Baez from Class A Daytona to Class AA Tennessee. Baez, arguably the organization’s top prospect, had a hitting line of .274/.338/.535 with 17 homers and 57 RBI at Daytona. In 299 at-bats, he walked 21 times and struck out 78. He also committed 31 errors.
Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said Baez beat his development plan by about a month but added it's unlikely Baez will make the jump to the majors this year.
Oh, and the Stanley Cup was here at Wrigley Field today, with Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum also made a move, this one with the lineup. He moved first baseman Anthony Rizzo up from the No. 5 spot in the order and back into the third spot.
“I think losing Sweeney and Bogusevic changes a lot of things,” Dale said of two injured players. Sweeney is on the DL with a cracked rib, and Bogusevic is day to day with a tight left hamstring. “We had the luxury of people and left-handers hitting behind people. Without those two guys in the lineup, it kind of changes things a little bit to where you’ve got to get somebody hitting behind Rizzo and to get him up in that spot. It’s more of just the cosmetics of the team right now than anything.”
Class AAA Iowa had Friday’s game at Albuquerque suspended by rain in the second inning with the I-Cubs head 1-0. The game will be completed today as part of a doubleheader.
Class AA Tennessee won its fourth straight, beating Huntsville 3-1. Alberto Cabrera got the win, working 7.2 innings and giving up 4 hits and 1 run. He walked two and struck out seven in improving to 8-3 with a 3.32 ERA. Arismendy Alcantara hit his 12th homer, going 2-for-4 with a double, 2 RBI and a stolen base. John Andreoli was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a steal. He has hit safely in six of his first seven games with the Smokies. Christian Villanueva was 2-for-3.
Daytona (A) beat Brevard County 5-2. Zach Cates got the win as he pitched 6 innings of 6-hit, 2-run ball while walking none and striking out four. Cates is 8-6 with a 3.95 ERA. Wes Darvill hit his second homer. Dustin Geiger was 2-for-4.
The Kane County Cougars used a 5-run eighth to beat Quad Cities 8-7. Brian Smith started and got no decision, working 5 innings and giving up 3 hits and 3 runs. Dan Vogelbach hit his 13 homer, and Albert Almora hit his third. Vogelbach was 2-for-4. Almora (.340) was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.
Boise (A) lost its third straight, committing 3 errors in a 9-3 loss to Tri-City. Trey Lang lasted only 2 innings, giving up 5 hits and 8 runs, 7 earned. Lang walked three and struck out three in falling to 0-2 with an 11.37 ERA.
Mesa (Rookie) had its five-game winning streak end, losing 3-1 to the Rangers. Chang-Yong Lim pitched 1 scoreless inning, striking out one.