Minor League Movers

Iowa
Micah Hoffpauir made is return to Iowa upon D-Ward's return to the Bigs, and Hoff has hit .343 with 4 HR's in the past week. The flurry of moves over the past 3 weeks left the I-Cubs were two men short. That prompted the callups of SS Joe Simokaitis (10th round, 2005) from Tennessee and P Blake Parker (16th round, 2006) from Peoria. When Jose Ascanio returned to Iowa, the Cubs took Kevin Hart off the D.L., a positive sign that he is feeling no lingering effects of the concussion he suffered. Parker's stay at Iowa was short-lived, as he was sent down 3 days later, this time to Daytona, having only yielded one hit at Iowa (which, unfortunately was a two run HR) in 3 innings. In his place, Dumas Garcia (signed from an Independent League) was called up from Tennessee.
Tennessee
As mentioned in the mid season review of the Daytona Cubs, the Smokies have received callups from most of the better D-Cubs players. Alex Maestri was called up last Thursday. Recently selected Future Star catcher Welington Castillo may be unable to participate, as the Smokies placed him on the D.L. over the weekend with a hand injury. He may be able to return when the required 7 day stint is over, but the issue then becomes whether the Cubs want him to play. In his place, Mark Reed was called up and has gone 4 for 11 since joining the Smokies.
Daytona
In addition to adding Alex Maestri from Iowa, the Cubs called up catcher Robinson Chirinos to replace Mark Reed. Chirinos was signed as a NDFA back in 2000 as a 16 year old kid and has never made it above AA. The D-Cubs also received the Tawainese pitcher Hung-Wen Chen from Peoria. Chen had bounced between the 'pen and the rotation, but still managed to have a 3.15 ERA in Peoria.
Peoria
The Chiefs added a whole crop of players from Boise over the past week. First, they added Jake Muyco (8th round, 2005) and OF Drew Rundle (14th round, 2006). Muyco is a catcher-turned-pitcher and didn't allow a run over 5 innings in his brief stint at Boise. The Rundle moved corresponded with the Chiefs placing OF Dylan Johnston (4th round, 2005) on the D.L. with a hamstring injury. Over the weekend, the dipped into the Hawks roster again, taking pitchers Jose Pina (FA) and recently drafted Jay Jackson (9th round).
Boise
With all the promotions, the Hawks have only made one replacement; adding recent 32nd round pick Kurt Calvert. The diminutive OF had spent some time playing at Arizona.

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