A Trip Around the Minors...

This Week's Trip Around the Minors is being delivered to all of you a day early, as the entire TD staff is heading for a business trip to Louisville, Kentucky this weekend. At least I assume it's a business trip; I don't know of anything else going on in Louisville this weekend. I am installing a new feature in the Trip Around the Minors this week by including all of the Top 10 prospects in the minors (Soto and Hart being in the bigs) according to a compilation of BA and BP's lists, plus one bonus guy or stat from every team who is worthy of note.

Sean Gallagher-as mentioned in the Minor League Short Hops from earlier this week, Gallagher had his worst outing of the year last time out. Despite that, his WHIP is still at 1.03 and his K/9 is 9.31.

Bonus-Les Walrond, the 31 year old reliever for the Cubs, has been released. Walrond will be remembered as about the 20th guy the Cubs called up to start for them in that horrid 2006 season.

Tyler Colvin-Colvin's meteoric rise may be slowing, as he has struggled out of the gate at Tennessee. Colvin is hitting a mere .236 and struck out 26 times in 26 games.

Jeff Samardzija-Jeff ND, as we here at TD like to call him, has been a bit wild. While his ERA is a respectable 3.77, he has walked 18 batters compared to 16 K's.

Donnie Veal-Veal is walking a lot of batters as well, giving up 14 free passes in one fewer start than Jeff ND. But, his ERA hasn't suffered, as he has posted a 2.38 so far this season.

Bonus-Doug Deeds, the PTBNL in the Craig Monroe trade, is hitting .317 with an OPS of .955 this year.

Tony Thomas-Thomas is hitting .299, up slightly from last week. He is up to 6 steals, but is still striking out a lot (21 in 24 games).

Jose Ceda-Ceda is an even 2-2 on the year with a 4.05 ERA in 5 starts. The ERA seems a bit baffling, as he is holding hitter to a .211 BA and has only yielded 10 walks in 20 innings.

Bonus-Jeremy Papelbon, the brother of the Red Sox Papelbon, has a 2.76 ERA in 9 relief appearances.

Josh Donaldson-Donaldson has rebounded a little bit, bringing his BA up over 30 points in the last week, though it still sits below the Mendoza line at .191. He leads the team in RBI's, with 10.

Josh Vitters-Vitters recently joined the Chiefs after being sent there from extended spring training. In 14 plate appearances, he has 3 hits and 5 K's (a .214 average).

Bonus-The Midwest League continues to be a pitching dominant league, as the Cubs only have two pitchers on staff with ERA's over 4, while only have two hitters with averages above .270.

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May 1, 2008 at 4:09 PM

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