Cubs’ Dustin Geiger earns minor league honor
BY TONI GINNETTI email@example.com June 3, 2013 4:12PM
Updated: June 3, 2013 4:46PM
Cubs Class A Daytona infielder Dustin Geiger doesn’t get the attention of Cuban hitting prospect Jorge Soler or promising infielder Javier Baez, but he is making a name for himself with his play.
Geiger, 21, was named the organization’s minor league player of the month for May after hitting .307 with eight doubles, one triple, three home runs and 23 RBI in 27 games. He drew 11 walks—a statistic rating high with the new Cubs hierarchy – for a .368 on-base percentage. He had a .495 slugging percentage.
``He’s been steady under the radar behind Soler and Baez,’’ vice president of player development Jason McLeod said. ``He had a tremendous month and he’s young for that league.’’
Geiger was drafted in the 24th round in 2010.
The Cubs also named Class AA Tennessee right-handed pitcher Kyle Hendricks as minor league pitcher of the month for May. Hendricks, 23, went 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA in five May starts, striking out 25 with five walks in 32 1/3 innings. He allowed only one home run and held opponents to a .230 batting average.
Hendricks was acquired from Texas as part of last season’s July 31 trade of pitcher Ryan Dempster.
Hendricks is 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA in 10 starts for Tennessee this year, his first at the Class AA level.
WESTWARD: The Cubs begin a brief two-game series against the Los Angeles Angels in Angels Stadium for the first time since 2004. “We know they’re capable of being a prolific offense,” manager Dale Sveum said of the lineup that includes former Cardinals nemesis Albert Pujols. “They have guys with some track records of some powerful stuff.’’
NOTES: The Cubs have hit home runs in a season-high seven straight games, hitting a total of 13 in those games.
Eight of the homers have come with men on base.
The team leads the National League with 187 extra base hits.
Scott Hairston’s homer Sunday against Arizona was the 100th of his career. He has five homers among his 12 hits.