Billy Williams didn't have any idea who Hayden Simpson was either. But he's proud to welcome him to the family. And so am I.
I want to stress that I do occasionally get messages from family members of Cubs prospects. They do read this blog, and I can promise you that they're going to stop reading this blog if they read stuff like what was written tonight.
I want to welcome Hayden Simpson to the Cubs. Congratulations on what has to be one of the happiest days of your life. And if you or any of your family members are reading this, feel free to contact me at any time via the email address on the left sidebar.
I don't want to have any comments tonight. We all need to let it settle and we can discuss this again tomorrow when the second round starts. But if I didn't get the comments closed, I'm asking you to save it for tomorrow.
The Iowa Cubs were beaten by the New Orleans Zephyrs, 2-1.
J.R. Mathes started and took the loss despite a quality start. He gave up only one run on five hits over six innings. Mathes walked two and struck out six.
The I-Cubs had a rally in the bottom of the ninth, but after Chad Tracy scored, it ended with runners on first and third. Tracy was 1 for 4 with a one-out double in the ninth.
The Smokies lost to the Huntsville Stars, 6-4.
Starter Craig Muschko allowed two runs, one earned, over six innings. He gave up six hits and controlled the strike zone as he struck out eight and walked only one.
Jake Muyco go the loss in relief. He gave up four runs on four hits over 1.1 innings, although only two of the runs were earned. He didn't walk anyone and struck out one.
Second baseman Tony Thomas hit his first home run of the season, a seventh inning solo blast that gave the Smokies a short-lived lead. Thomas was 1 for 4. Center fielder Tony Campana was 2 for 3 with two stolen bases and a run scored.
The Daytona Cubs crushed the Palm Beach Cardinals, 11-2.
Rafael Dolis improved his record to 4-4 with six innings of work. He gave up two runs on four hits, including a solo home run. Dolis walked one and fanned two.
Last season's #1 pick Brett Jackson went 2 for 5 with a triple and a walk. Jackson scored twice and had two RBI.
Last season's #2 pick DJ LeMahieu went 2 for 4 with a walk and an RBI.
Ryan Flaherty went 2 for 5 with a walk and an RBI. Rebel Ridling went 2 for 5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Smaily Borges was also 2 for 5 with a double, but with two RBI and two runs scored.
Michael Brenly, whose dad doesn't contact me, was 2 for 3 with two walks and an RBI.
The Peoria Chiefs had the night off.