Minor League Movers

A trip to the White House, news on the promotions of some of TD's players of the 1st half, a Dutchman making a move, a guy who has a Cardinal connection, and a guy who sounds like he has a Cardinal connection, all in this weeks MLM.


Last Wednesday, the I-Cubs sent Dumas Garcia (who had yielded 4 earned runs in 4 innings in his short stint at Iowa) back to Tennessee and promoted Matt Craig. Craig's promotion was well deserved; he was hitting .333 with a .492 OBP in 42 games at Iowa. On Friday, the Cubs and I-Cubs swapped relievers; with Kevin Hart being called up and a struggling Michael Wuertz being sent down. In addition, the I-Cubs called up Mitch Atkins for Tennessee and inserted him into the rotation (replacing Hart's spot in the rotation). Finally, in a bizarre twist on roster management, the Cubs have parted ways with Joe Simokaitis. Simokaitis, a 10th rounder in 2005, was hitting a mere .183 at Tennessee before being called up to Iowa. He played in two games at Iowa and was apparently released. The Mariners picked him up and assigned him to Advanced Class A ball.


The news from Tennessee is all about catchers, which shouldn't come as a surprise, as the Smokies backstops have spent a lot of time on the D.L. One such person is catcher Chris Robinson, who was taken off the D.L. this week. Smokie fans shouldn't get too excited as Robinson's only hitting .208 for the Smokies this year. To add some depth, catcher/1 sack Blake Lalli was promoted from Daytona. Lalli started the year in Peoria before being promoted to Daytona, and is hitting a combined .325 on the year in his three stops.


As predicted in last week's MLM, Drew Rundle was simply keeping the seat warm while Ryan Harvey was on the D.L., as he was sent back to Boise on Monday after Harvey's 7 day stint on the D.L. ended. Harvey's being placed on the D.L. was actually retroactive by one day. The minor league teams rarely place guys on the D.L. retroactively (given the 7 day time frame), but the organization must have felt it necessary in this case.


With Josh Donaldson being sent to Oakland's system and a few roster spots open, the Chiefs were able to poach from Boise's roster last Wednesday. Rebel Ridling, who was torching Northwest League pitching to a .366 average, joined a couple of other 2008 draftmates in 7th rounder Luis Flores (catcher need to replace Donaldson) and 12th Rounder Jake Opitz. Also missing from the Chiefs is their manager, Ryne Sandberg, at least for tonight. Sandberg will miss tonight's game to attend a dinner at the White House with 12 other HOFer's.


Chris Carpenter (no, not that Chris Carpenter) headlines the class of guys who were promoted to Boise after Peoria made their raid on the Hawks roster. Carpenter was the Cubs 3rd round pick this year. Also added were a couple of FA's signed within the last year, Dwayne Kemp and Pat Mahoney. Kemp is from the Netherlands and thus he was not eligible for the draft (making him simply a free agent, instead of a NDFA). Mahoney, an NDFA from this year out of UConn, is the cousin of former Cardinal and current I-Cubs coach Mike Mahoney. To make room, the Hawks have released Arik Hempy, a 17th rounder from the '07 draft.

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