The Sky Sox return home Wednesday to begin a five-game home stand against the Iowa Cubs. Here’s what you should know:
- Orlando Arcia will make his return to Colorado Springs. The 23-year-old shortstop looked like a burgeoning star last year, hitting 15 homes runs with 14 stolen bases and a .277/.324/.407 slash line to go with defensive skills that Baseball-Reference.com deemed as being worth 1.3 wins above replacement. Now, after opening this season at .194/.233/.273 through 44 games, the former top prospect is back for what the franchise clearly hopes to be a tuneup.
- Freddy Peralta will start the series opener Wednesday. If Sky Sox fans don’t remember Peralta, Rockies fans surely do. He’s the one who struck out 13 in Colorado in his MLB debut on May 13 while throwing 5 1/3 scoreless innings for the Brewers at Coors Field. The 21-year-old righty made just one more start before returning to Triple-A to await a more permanent promotion.
- Iowa’s roster includes a pair of touted Cubs’ prospects. Venezuelan right-handed pitcher Adbert Alzolay is seen as having front-of-the-rotation potential. However, early reports indicate he sustained a lat strain in Tuesday's start and may not make his next start in Sunday's series finale. Catcher Victor Caratini, who appeared in 26 games with Chicago this year, was recently optioned to Triple-A. He was rated as the team’s No. 4 prospect prior to this season by Baseball America.
- Former Yankees star Bernie Williams will make an appearance on Friday night to promote awareness of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, the fatal lung disease that took his father in 2001. Williams was a five-time All-Star, four-time World Series champ, batting champion and ranks among the Yankees’ career top 10 in most offensive categories. There are no planned autographs or meet-and-greet with Williams.