With the Cubs hovering around last place, many fans have already been clamoring for the organization to call up top prospects Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson.
Those critics only figure to get louder with the news Wednesday that the Cubs named Rizzo minor league player of the month for April. Right-handed reliever Frank Batista was named the organization's pitcher of the month.
Rizzo hit .384 in April with three doubles, seven homers and 23 RBI in just 22 games while posting a 1.093 OPS. He tore up Triple-A for the Padres last season (1.056 OPS), too, but the 22-year-old struggled horribly in his cup of coffee in the big leagues (.141 AVG, 46 Ks in 128 at-bats).
Batista, 23, did not surrender a run in 9.2 innings while pitching for both Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. He also notched five saves at Tennessee.
On tonight's episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Kap hosts David Haugh, Jason Goch and Rich Campbell. Tyler Chatwood's control issues continued on Tuesday. How long can the Cubs withstand his walks before needing to make a change? What's more concerning, Chatwood's control or Brandon Morrow's bad back?
Plus, the NBA Draft is two days away. How big is this for Gar Forman and John Paxson? And does Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo intrigue you at all?
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This past Saturday, Prince Amukamara provided a great surprise when he showed up during a graduation ceremony to honor high school seniors who had been a part of the Museum of Science and Industry's (MSI) "Welcome to Science" initiative.
Students listened to brief speeches from CDW Vice President of Networking, Digital Workspace and Security Solutions, Bob Rossi, a number of Bears employees and Amukamara.
Students engaged in open discussions on how they can further their dreams with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). And through a donation from CDW’s Tech Fore! Kids program, students got perhaps the biggest surpise of all, as they were provided new laptops. CDW continues to help enable the MSI the opportunity to work with youth and further their interaction with STEM.
CDW Tech Fore! has done previous work with Chicago Bulls College Prep, and other schools and Boys and Girls clubs over time. The MSI's program looks to provide a diverse array of teens the chance to dive deeper into what it takes to have a career in science. On top of this, students are able to collect service leearning hours while simultaneously furthering their leadership and public speaking skills.