A Trip Around the Minors...

IOWA
Felix Pie-DL

Rich Hill-DL

Kevin Hart-DL


Bonus-Jason Dubois is off to a typical Jason Dubois in Iowa-type start. He's hitting .280 with 8 HR's in 75 AB's. His OPS is over 1. I actually feel sorry for this guy...if the Cubs played in Des Moines and faced AAA pitching, he'd be an all-star.

TENNESSEE
Tyler Colvin-Colvin BA got a boost this week, thanks to a 7 for 25 week (a .280 BA). He added 2 doubles, a triple and a HR to go along with 5 RBI's. He also made it through the week with only striking out twice. His once strikeout per game ratio is now down to a strikeout about 4 out of 5 games (which doesn't sound like much, but is a significant improvement).

Donnie Veal-Veal pitched only once this week (he's slated to start tonight) and it was a typical Veal performance. While he rendered 6 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings, he only gave up 1 earned run. The only un-Veal like statistic was that he didn't strike out a batter. Veal isn't a huge strikeout pitcher, but he does strike out about 7 batters per 9 innings.

Jose Ceda-Ceda has been working out of the 'pen since being promoted to Tennessee about 10 days ago. He has only given up one run in his four appearances, covering 6 and 2/3 innings. He has already amassed 12 K's in that short span. I know I mentioned this when Daytona moved him to the 'pen, but I really think Ceda's future is as a reliever.

Bonus-Since being called up to Tennessee about a month ago, Wellington Castillo (NDFA, 2004) has shown the Cubs organization that he deserved the promotion. In 17 games behind the dish, Castillo is hitting .321 with 3 HR's. His .554 slugging percentage is tops on the Smokies.

DAYTONA
Tony Thomas-Rumor is that Thomas may be headed to Tennesse, but until we hear word of that, let's look at his stat's for the week. There isn't much to report on him, or on almost any of the Daytona roster, as they have had a bunch of rainouts this week. Thomas played in 4 games, including both games of a doubleheader, and went 4 for 15 (.267). He managed 5 RBI's and 3 runs in those 4 games.

Bonus-Billy Muldowney (8th round, 2006), added to Daytona about 3 weeks ago, has made 3 starts for Daytona and all have been excellent. While he's only pitched 14 and a 1/3 (not start lasting longer than 5 innings), he's given up only 2 earned runs (1.26 ERA). His WHIP is an impressive 0.70 and he's struck out 10.

PEORIA
Josh Donaldson-Donaldson's slow start is officially over. He hit .304 over the past 7 days, bringing his average up to .221. He added 4 runs this week, or roughly 15% of the total number of runs he's scored all season. After hitting roughly .200 for the first two months of the season, it's nice to see the Cubs supplemental first round pick of 2007 rebounding.

Bonus-I have been impressed with the Chiefs bullpen all season, so much so that I thought Dae-Eun Rhee was part of it. He's not, but his numbers seem like they are. The South Korean in his first full season in the Cubs system has a 1.22 ERA and 0.95 WHIP this season in 9 starts, going 4-1. Until he gave up a single run in his start on Tuesday, Rhee had not been scored upon in 14 innings over his previous 4 starts.

BOISE
Josh Vitters-After a slow start sent him back to Arizona, Vitters has re-emerged at Boise and may be playing with a chip on his shoulder. In the first 10 games of the Hawks season, Vitters is hitting .341 with 3 doubles and 2 triples, leading the team with 21 total bases. He has a hit in every game but the opener, a game in which he walked and had an RBI. If this continues for much longer, Vitters may be back to Peoria.

Bonus-Rebel Ridling (25th round, 2008) is batting .414 in his first ten days, and yes his real name is Rebel. He instantly becomes one of the best names in baseball. The Hawks 1-sack has played in two fewer games than Vitters, but has managed to hit 5 doubles and an HR, giving him 20 total bases. He also has 11 RBI's.

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