Player/pitcher of the month
The Cubs named rookie league Mesa outfielder Nelson Velazquez and Class A Eugene right-handed pitcher Jose Albertos the organization’s Minor League player and pitcher of the month for August, respectively.
Velazquez, 18, batted .289 with five doubles, two triples, six homers, 20 runs scored and 14 RBI in 22 August games with Mesa. His six homers led the Arizona League, while his 20 runs scored were tied for fourth-most. He drew 14 walks contributing to a .407 on-base percentage and a 1.051 OPS. He twice homered in consecutive games (Aug. 13–15 and Aug. 26–28).
Velazquez helped Mesa advance to the Arizona League best-of-three championship series, which begins Tuesday vs. the Giants.
Albertos, 18, went 1–0 with a 1.96 ERA, giving up five earned runs over 23 innings in five August starts with Eugene. He struck out 30 batters and walked seven. His 1.96 ERA and 30 Ks both ranked fourth in the Northwest League. He allowed two or fewer earned runs in all five starts, including two outings of five-scoreless innings, and struck out a season-high eight batters, Aug. 22 vs. Boise.
The Cubs selected the contract of catcher Taylor Davis, and he joined the team in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. …Read the Rest
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