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Jokisch just one prospect flying under radar

August, 7, 2013
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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Eric Jokisch Tony Farlow/Four Seam Images/AP ImagesEric Jokisch on Tuesday became the second Cubs minor leaguer to throw a no-hitter this season.
When Chicago Cubs prospect Eric Jokisch threw a no-hitter on Tuesday night against Jacksonville in a 10-0 victory by the Double-A Tennessee Smokies, it didn't exactly change his status within the organization but it did make people take notice.

"It opens some eyes because of the rarity of it," Cubs scouting director Jason McLeod said Wednesday.

Jokisch is part of a group of Cubs prospects that fly under the radar. There are many highly touted names that a few are going to slip through the cracks who people are not talking about. Jokisch, an 11th-round pick out of Northwestern in 2010, might be one of them.

"He is that left-hander that has that three-pitch mix," McLeod said. "Eric fits the bill as a guy who can maximize his ability, and I think you'll see him make some major league starts in the next couple of years."

The less-touted prospects hear the chatter as well. Shortstop Javier Baez joined Double-A Tennessee and Jokisch says he's getting the attention he deserves. But that doesn't mean only the big names are going to make it. Players such as Jokisch, who is 9-10 with a 3.57 ERA this season, know there will be opportunities in the coming years.

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Baez, Soler continue to impress

June, 2, 2013
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO -- Despite the offensive exploits from Javier Baez and Jorge Soler at Single-A Daytona, neither seems in line for a quick promotion to Double-A Tennessee.

Baez had his first career five-hit game Saturday night, collecting three doubles, a home run and six RBIs in the process. Soler also hit a home run Saturday, his eighth on the young season.

“We haven't had those (promotion) conversations yet,” scouting/player development director Jason McLeod said. “Those are conversations with (the front office) where we're constantly talking about their development, but more so we look at a monthly basis. We'll have a look back at how they performed that month, where they are in their player plans. As of right now, there are no discussions on moving either one of them up.”

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