A Trip Around the Minors...

Iowa
Felix Pie-His BA is crawling up, as he's hitting .267 over the last 7 days. In addition, he's hit 2 more HR's...combine that with his doubles and triples over the last 7 days, and 75% of Pie's hits have gone for extras. He has 13 K's in 78 AB's in Iowa, compared to his 23 K's in just 63 AB's in the Bigs. The concern I see here is that he doesn't seem to be improving his K ratio and he's swinging for the fences. It's hard to remember sometimes that this kid is only 23.

Rich Hill-Hill made one start since coming off the D.L., throwing 3 innings and giving up 3 runs. 3 walks tell the story, but that's been the story all year. Hill was scheduled to start last night, but the game was rained out. He'll start tonight against Omaha.

Kevin Hart-now with the Big Boys.

Bonus-Matt Murton is hitting .333 with Iowa, even during his current 1-11 slump since the calendar turned. He has an impressive 26 walks compared to only 12 strikeouts. But in a 153 AB's, he has only 1 HR, making his slugging percentage (.425) less than his OBP (.440).

Tennessee

Tyler Colvin-Colvin hit .276 over the past week with 5 RBI's and 7 runs. He has swiped 3 bags in the last 10 days, after only stealing 2 in almost the first two full months. Hopefully, the warmer weather of June will get Colvin's bat going, as his May ended with stat's similar to April. Around a .240 BA, around 25 K's in 100 AB's.

Donnie Veal-Veal is rounding into form. Last Saturday, he dominated, throwing 8 innings of shutout ball. He only gave up 3 hits, but walked 3, posting his first W in almost a month (which is a product of the bullpen/offense). Veal came back last night and gave up 2 earned over 5, while striking out 8. The biggest concern with Veal is his control; he hasn't given up less than 3 freebies in his last 5 starts.

Jeff ND-Jeff ND is starting to show signs of improvement. He lasted 6 innings a piece in each of his last 2 starts, the first time he'd gone over 5 since April 20th. In his lone start of the week, he gave up only 1 run and more impressively, didn't walk a batter. He'll gladly put his May behind him...1-3 with a 8.37 ERA.

Bonus-Nate Spears (acquired in the C-Pat trade) is hitting .450 over the last week, carrying a 5 game hitting streak with him into tonight's game. Spears, who like a lot of the Cubs minor leaguers, got off to a slow April start (.226 BA) is now up to .289.

Daytona

Tony Thomas-Thomas is the definition of a streaky hitter. After watching his .300 BA drop to .250, Thomas' average has steadily rose back up. He's now hitting .285, thanks in part to a .400 BA over the past week. His 4 game June OPS is 1.238.

Jose Ceda-Ceda's lone start last week was a short one, but an effective one from a numbers standpoint. He threw only 4 innings and K'ed 7. The lone hit he surrendered left the yard. The reason he was pulled early, however, was a high pitch count.

Bonus-The Italian-born Alex Maestri (featured in the very first ATAtM) has had a rollercoaster of a season. In his last 5 starts, his game ERA has been 3.00, 11.25, 3.00, 11.57, 3.00. Needless to say, that rounded out his May ERA to 5.70, after a great April ERA of 1.44.

Peoria

Josh Donaldson-Donalson had only 5 AB's in the last week, going 1-5 (and actually helping his .198 BA).
Bonus-Catcher/OF Luis Bautista (32nd Round, 2007) has been one of the few bright spots for Ryne Sandberg's last place Peoria Chiefs. While Donaldson struggles, Bautista hit .412 over the past week and is hitting .317 over 17 games.
Josh Vitters-still in EST, expected to head to Boise

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