Cubs' Geiger, Hendricks take home monthly awards

Cubs' Geiger, Hendricks take home monthly awards
June 3, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

As Albert Almora, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler continue to dominate the headlines, it was another pair of Cubs prospects that made news Monday.

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Infielder Dustin Geiger and right-hander Kyle Hendricks were named the organization's minor league player and pitcher of the month for May, respectively.

Geiger, 21, was selected in the 24th round of the 2010 Draft and has been starring for High-A Daytona this season, spending most of his time at first base. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound righty hit .307 with 12 extra-base hits (eight doubles, three homers and a triple) and drove in 23 runs during May.

On the season, Geiger carries a .310/.377/.487 slash line with six homers and 47 RBI in 53 games.

In a Cubs system still lacking in high-end pitching prospects, Hendricks may be climbing the ranks. The 23-year-old righty was 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA in five May starts and is 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA and 1.08 WHIP on the year. He also carries a very solid 3.69 K/BB ratio.

The Cubs acquired Hendricks in last year's deadline deal that sent Ryan Dempster to the Rangers. He was originally drafted by Texas in the eighth round of the '11 Draft.

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Playing for two High-A teams in 2012, Hendricks was 6-8 with a 2.99 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in 24 starts. He walked just 18 batters in 147 2/3 innings and boasted a ridiculous 6.83 K/BB ratio.