CINCINNATI -- The Cubs named Triple-A Iowa first baseman Anthony Rizzo and right-handed pitcher Frank Batista as the organization's Minor League player and pitcher of the month for April. Rizzo, 22, batted .384 with three doubles, seven home runs and 23 RBIs in 22 games with Iowa in April. A left-handed batter, he posted a .430 on-base percentage and a .663 slugging percentage, good for a 1.093 OPS. He ranks among the Pacific Coast League leaders in several offensive categories, including home runs, RBIs, total bases and batting average.
Batista, 23, combined to toss 9 2/3 scoreless innings in eight relief appearances between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa in April. He limited opponents to a .176 batting average and struck out 11 while walking two. He began the year in Double-A and collected five saves in six scoreless outings before he was promoted.