A Trip Around the Minors...

Iowa
Kevin Hart-Hart won his first decision of the year, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) over 5 innings (his longest outing). Since returning to Iowa, he has a 2.87 ERA over 4 starts. When Chad Fox went on the D.L., the Cubs considered recalling Hart. But he's been so effective in the I-Cubs rotation, they decided to continue to stretch him out and let him stay.

Rich Hill-on the D.L.

Bonus-Andres Torres was a minor league free agent the Cubs acquired to provide some depth at the centerfield position. In 132 AB's this year, the switch hitter's hitting .326 with a .424 OBP.

Tennessee
Tyler Colvin-I was hoping Colvin's big game mentioned in last week's ATAtM would help him turn the corner. It hasn't. Before that game, he was hitting .225. After that game, he was hitting .247. Now, 10 days later, he's hitting .231. The promising news is that he's only struck out once in the past week. Hopefully, that means that the Cubs have told him to focus on his plate discipline.

Donnie Veal-Veal pitched twice in the previous week. Last Friday, he gave up 4 earned in 5 and a 1/3. All the runs came in the sixth inning. He was the hard-luck loser on Wednesday night. He only gave up 2 earned over 7 innings. Overall, his 2-4 record isn't impressive, but his ERA is currently at 3.20.

Jeff ND-Samardzija struggled again on Tuesday. In 5 innings of work, he gave up 6 runs, including 3 HR's. In his defense, the wind was blowing out at 25 MPH. Guys seemed to be swining for the fences against him, as 7 of the 14 plays in which outs were recorded (one double play) were in the air.

Bonus-Matt Craig has made two separate trips to the D.L. this year, but that hasn't slowed him down. Granted, the results are limited...he's only had 46 AB's, but in those 46 AB's, he's hitting .370 with an OBP of .547 (thanks to 17 walks, which is 5 more than the number of K's he has this year). Craig is another 1-sack who could be caught in the D-Lee logjam (see Hoffpauir, Micah).

Daytona
Tony Thomas-Thomas' one week slump has turned into a two week slump, dropping his BA to .250. Despite his speed (7 stolen bases), he is second on the team in GIDP's, with 6.

Jose Ceda-Ceda started twice in the past week. Last Saturday, he went 6 innings, giving up only 2 runs. He allowed only 4 hits, but walked 3. Last night, he went 5 strong, yielding only 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks. However, Daytona was shut out and therefore, Ceda took the loss.

Bonus-Josh Lansford (6th Round, 2006), son of former Big Leaguer Carney Lansford, has struggled at the hot corner for Daytona. In 42 games, he has 12 errors.

Peoria
Josh Donaldson-Donaldson's BA remains below .200, falling even further this week to .192. 12 of his 29 hits have gone for extra bases. Hopefully, the Midwest's cold weather has a lot to do with this, as only 8 guys in all the Midwest League are currently batting over .300

Bonus-Jovan Rosa is one of those players hitting over .300, at .306. Rosa was a 22nd round pick of the Cubs in 2006 as a draft and follow player. After playing mostly SS in high school and college, the 6-3 Rosa has been playing the 1 and 3 sacks for Peoria.

Josh Vitters-still at EST

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