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9/7 Minor matters – Saturday’s games

Daytona scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth on Wilson Contreras’ home run to beat Fort Myers, 8-7, in Game 3 of the FSL championship. Fort Myers leads the best of five series, 2-1. Contreras was 3-for-3 with a double as well as his home run. Ben Carhart and Billy McKinney each had two hits.

Kane County scored four runs in the final three innings to beat Cedar Rapids, 5-2. The Cougars are one win away from advancing to the Midwest League championship, and play host to Cedar Rapids today. Mark Zagunis had two hits, including a solo home run in the ninth. Michael Heesch picked up the win in relief.

7/15 Minor matters – Monday’s games

Two Cubs prospects hit for the cycle on Monday: Albert Almora and Mark Zagunis

The Iowa Cubs have Monday and Tuesday off as part of the PCL All-Star break. Blake Parker, Kyle Hendricks and Tsuyoshi Wada will represent the I-Cubs. Arismendy Alcantara also was named to the team, but is now on the Cubs’ big league roster and will not participate.

Charles Cutler hit an inside the park, two-run home run in the fifth to tie the game but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 6-5, to Jacksonville on Monday. It was Cutler’s third homer of the season.

Albert Almora hit for the cycle, completing it with a triple in the 13th, to help Daytona beat Jupiter, 13-8. Almora is the first Daytona player to hit for the cycle since Brett Jackson did so on June 14, 2010. Almora went 5-for-7 with five RBIs and hit a home run to lead off the game. Marco Hernandez and Bijan Rademacher also homered. Dan Vogelbach and Jordan Hankins each had three hits.

Beloit scored two runs in the ninth to beat Kane County, 3-2. The Cougars totaled four hits, including a two-run double by David Bote. Before the game, Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs’ first-round pick in the June Draft, was promoted to Daytona.

Mark Zagunis hit for the cycle to help Boise beat Spokane, 11-6. Zagunis hit his first home run in the fourth, and finished 4-for-5 with three runs and four RBIs. Tyler Ihrig picked up the win. Jeffrey Baez extended his hitting streak to 17 games with two hits.

Alberto Mineo hit his first home run to help Mesa beat the Giants, 5-1. Dillon Maples threw three scoreless innings. Carson Sands struck out two in a scoreless sixth for the win.

6/6 Cubs tab Zagunis in 3rd round

The Cubs selected speedy catcher Mark Zagunis of Virginia Tech in the third round of the First-Year Player Draft on Friday. It’s the second catcher they’ve taken in the Draft. On Thursday, the Cubs tabbed Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber fourth overall. Both Schwarber and Zagunis are finalists for the Johnny Bench award, presented to the top collegiate catcher. Zagunis was a three-year starter at Virginia Tech.

“I’ve grown to really love it,” Zagunis said of catching. “It’s, in my opinion, the toughest position on the field.”

A two-time All-ACC second team catcher, Zagunis also made the All-ACC Academic Team. He finished his junior year ranked in six ACC career categories among active players in the league. He was third in batting average (.338), hits per game, total bases per game and stolen bases, and fourth in slugging percentage (.495) and fifth in runs (141).

He’s the seventh Hokie to total at least 200 hits in his junior season, and finished tied for the fourth most by the end of the season. Zagunis is the second Hokie to steal at least 50 career bases.

He can hit, and has led the team in batting two of the last three seasons, joining Johnny Oates (1966 and ’67) as the only two catchers in school history to lead the team in that category two years.

Zagunis also can hit in the clutch, delivering three walk-off RBI hits, including two home runs. He belted a solo homer against No. 7 Florida State on May 23 in the ACC Baseball Championship to give Virginia Tech the win.

He led the team with 23 multi-hit games. He was the only player in the ACC at the end of the regular season with at least 20 multi-hit games and more than 10 multi RBI games, and ranked in the top 10 in five categories.

For the year, he paced the Hokies with a .330 batting average, 44 runs scored and 69 hits, and was second in slugging percentage (.426), RBIs (39), doubles (10), triples (two), home runs (two), total bases (89), walks (32), and stolen bases (16).

— Carrie Muskat