A Trip Around the Minors...

Felix Pie-Pie was the Cubs top prospect, so while he's in Iowa, he's on the list. Pie's BA is up nearly 80 points since last posting, to .130. The good news is that he has drawn 5 walks. But he also has managed two errors in the field.

Kevin Hart-Hart's had two starts this week, the first being the worst since he went to Iowa. On the 24th, he threw 4 innings, gave up 4 runs, and his ballooned from 2.87 ERA to 4.12. Last night, he rebounded, pitching 6 and a third strong innings, 2 earnies, 9 K's. His ERA dropped back down to 3.81.

Rich Hill-On the D.L., but is expected to rejoin the I-Cubs rotation soon

Bonus-Randy Wells was named PCL Pitcher of the Week for last week. In 11 innings over two starts, the former 38th round pick of the Cubs gave up only 2 runs while striking out 11. He continued that this week, giving up only 1 earned run in 6 innings in his one start. His ERA for the season is 2.78.

Tyler Colvin-Colvin's up and down season continues. His BA rose to .239, thanks in large part to a 3 for 4 game with 2 doubles. But he almost logged his second consecutive week with only one strikeout, until last night, when he K'd 3 times. But 2 K's over almost two weeks is impressive, considering he had 45 K's in the first 6 weeks or so of the season.

Donnie Veal-Veal was nearly lights out in his lone start this week. In 7 innings, he yielded only one run, scattering 6 hits and 3 walks. On the year, he is only 2-4, but has a 2.97 ERA. The only worrisome stat is his WHIP, which is 1.46. He seems to have the ability to work himself out of jams, he just needs to work on not getting himself into jams.

Jeff ND-Jeff ND started on Wednesday night and while he took the loss, it was more a matter of lack of hitting. In 6 innings, he gave up 3 runs, 2 of them earned. He only gave up 2 hits and a walk, and he picked off a runner at first. He was essentially working on 8 days rest, although he had pitched. He came in last Saturday and pitched 1/3 of an inning in relief, giving up two hits before being relieved.

Bonus-Gregory Reinhard (acquired in the trade for Jae Kyk Ryu) is leading the team in ERA. In 17 relief appearances, he has thrown 31 innings and given up only 10 runs (2.90 ERA). He has a 1.13 WHIP and a 3 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio. His success was rewarded with a promotion to Iowa, where he came in last night and won the game, pitching a scoreless ninth before a walkoff by Casey McGehee ended the game.

Tony Thomas-After given a few nights off to clear his mind, Thomas has responded. He has a modest 5 game hitting streak and has at least 2 hits in his last 3 games. His BA is back up to .269. Add 2 more SB's to the list as well. However, 3 more double plays in the past week, bringing his total to 9, are troubling, especially for a speedster.

Jose Ceda-Ceda pitched into the fifth inning on Wednesday night, having only yielded one run. But he left with one out and two on, and Jonathan Papelbon couldn't keep those runners from scoring. 4 walks in the game plagued Ceda, who had no decision.

Bonus-I mentioned Jim Adduci early in the season as a guy who has impressed. That has continued. Adduci is currently hitting .316 with a .406 OBP. He has 9 stolen bases in 12 attempts and isn't afraid to take one for the team, with three HBP's. Adducci is 3rd on the team in RBI's. In case you were wondering, Adduci was reportedly compensation the Cubs received from Florida for Todd Wellemeyer after Zach McCormack failed his physical, although I haven't found anything official to verify that.

Josh Donaldson-Much like Jeff ND and Tony Thomas, Donaldson was given a few days off to clear his head and get his stroke. He returned after 4 days off and went 3/13 this week, including a double and an HR. On the season, he has 10 doubles, tied for 19th in the Midwest League. While being tied for 19th isn't impressive, being tied for 19th while hitting .198 is. And he has 5 stolen bases on the year in 6 attempts, great for a catcher.

Bonus-Sometimes stats, even for statheads like me, are confusing. Dustin Sasser (21st round, 2007) has an impressive 1.27 ERA over 28 and a third innings pitched and has only allowed 1 runner in the 7 he's inherited to score. But he is 1-4 and his WHIP matches his ERA, at 1.27. Bizarre.
Josh Vitters-still at EST, probably headed for Boise when their season opens

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