A Trip Around the Minors...

News from the Cubs Minor League Affiliates:

  • Jake Fox is hitting only .179 for Iowa. The one thing that is positive is that 9 of his 14 hits so far this year have gone for extra bases (bringing his OPS to .585)

  • Sam Fuld was hitting a mere .100. He is only played in 6 games, the last being on April 14th, but according to the I-Cubs website, isn't on the DL.


  • Matt Craig, the 3rd round pick of the Cubs in 2002, is hitting .360 for the Smokies with a .543 OBP. He has only played in 9 games, due to a trip to the DL, but the quick numbers are impressive.

  • Ryan Harvey, the Cubs 2003 1st round pick, is struggling at the plate. He is hitting a mere .204 and has 22 K's in 54 AB's.

  • Donnie Veal, who struggled early last year but is still considered the #6 prospect of the Cubs, is off to a 1-0 start with an ERA of 3.18 in 4 starts. The numbers are a bit deceiving, however, as he has walked 15 guys in just 17 innings.
  • Jim Adduci is hitting .370 in 21 games with an OBP of an even .500. Basically, Matt Craig numbers with more PT.

  • Tony Thomas, the Cubs 3rd round pick (and ranked as the #9 prospect overall) is hitting a respectable .297 with 5 SB's.

  • Alex Maestri, the Italian born pitcher for Daytona, is 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA in 4 games with Daytona, 3 of them being starts.


  • Josh Donaldson, the 2nd round pick from last year, is off to a cold start. After tearing it up in the short season with Boise last year, he is only hitting .157 with the Chiefs. Donaldson has been a difficult case for the Cubs, as they want to bring him along slowly, but some feel he would be better suited at Daytona playing for former catcher Jody Davis.

  • The Peoria 'Pen-Ryne Sandberg's entire bullpen has enjoyed the cold Midwest weather at the beginning of the season. A relative no-name bunch from the prospect/draft viewpoint, Audy Santana, Hung-Wen Chen, Craig Muschko, Dustin Sasser, Blake Parker, and Marcus Mateo all have ERA's below 2. Jordan Latham, the worst of the bunch, has an ERA of 2.14.

Comment (1)


April 26, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Nice shot of the Italian Stallion Alex Maestri there.