Cubs agree with top pick Bryant
The Cubs brought what they hope will be a big part of their future into the fold today as they’ve agreed to terms with their No. 1 draft pick, third baseman Kris Bryant out of the University of San Diego. A club source said the deal is a “slot” deal for the second pick overall, or about $6.7 million
That would be higher than the $6.3 million pitcher Mark Appel got from Houston as the No. 1 overall. Bryant was to take a physical exam today, and it’s possible the Cubs will introduce him formally over the weekend at Wrigley Field.
The likely scenario is that he would report to the Cubs’ spring facility in Mesa and then move up to Boise (A) before making a stop with the Kane County Cougars.
As for tonight, it’s much cooler and less humid at the ballpark as Jeff Samardzija takes on Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Outfielder Brian Bogusevic ran the bases aggressively during afternoon drills as he tests his tight left hamstring. He may be ready to start tomorrow night’s series opener against the Cardinals. Pitcher Scott Baker will come to Wrigley tomorrow following his simulated game Tuesday in Arizona. He’ll be looked at by the medical staff and throw a bullpen session for pitching coach Chris Bosio. If all goes well, he’ll begin a minor-league rehab stint, most likely with the Kane County Cougars. Baker had a setback in spring training as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, performed in April 2012 while he was with the Twins.
From the game notes: The Cubs are 40-48 this year, compared with 36-52 through 88 games a year ago. Their run differential is plus-1. Last year, it was minus-57 at the same point … The Cubs are 27-22 in games outside their division, but they’re 13-26 against the NL Central, the lowest winning percentage by any team against its own division in baseball.
The Cubs have 54 quality starts, fourth most in the NL. They’re 33-21 in quality-start games and the starter have an ERA of 2.10 in those starts.
Alfonso Soriano is hitting .400 (18-for-45) with 4 doubles, 8 homers, 17 RBI and a1.439 OPS in his last 11 games since June 28. He has homered in three of his last four games, including multihomer games Saturday against the Pirates and last night against the Angels.
Jake Arrieta got rocked in Iowa’s 9-0 loss at New Orleans. Arrieta, who came over from Baltimore in the Scott Feldman trade, gave up 10 hits and 7 runs (3 earned) in 3.2 innings. He walked one and struck out three to fall to 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA. The I-Cubs have been shutout a league-high 10 times.
Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said Arrieta was getting the ball up high last night and attributed it to "rust." Arrieta's first start with Iowa was halted by rain last week.
Tennessee (AA), the Kane County Cougars (A) and Boise (A) all had Tuesday off.
Daytona (A) fell 4-3 to Lakeland. Ben Wells got no decision, working 6 innings and giving up 1 hit and 2 runs. He has tossed 4 straight quality starts. Elliot Soto, a graduate of Dundee-Crown High School, went 2-for-5 with a double. Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 steals. Zeke DeVoss was 1-for-3 with 2 walks and a steal.