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Cubs honor prospects Rizzo, Francescon

Cubs honor prospects Rizzo, Francescon

Cubs honor prospects Rizzo, Francescon
SAN FRANCISCO -- Triple-A Iowa first baseman Anthony Rizzo and Class A Advanced Daytona pitcher P.J. Francescon were named the Cubs' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for May.

The 22-year-old Rizzo -- ranked by MLB.com as the No. 32 prospect in baseball entering the season -- batted .326 with nine doubles, a triple, 10 home runs and 23 RBIs in 26 games with Iowa in May. His 10 home runs were tied for the most in the Pacific Coast League, while his league-leading .758 slugging percentage contributed to a 1.160 OPS that ranked second in the league.

Francescon, 23, combined to go 3-1 with a 2.58 ERA and a complete game in six starts between Class A Peoria and Daytona. He limited hitters to a .187 batting average and struck out 26. He began the month with Peoria, going 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA in four starts, then was promoted to Daytona on May 21.

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