Minor League Movers

News on Alfonso Soriano and a few others, but not much movement within the organization with four 1st place teams and a 2nd place team.

Former MLBer Jim Brower elected free agency last week, using an opt-out provision in his contract. Brower, who had pitched in 17 games for the I-Cubs and had a 4.26 ERA, elected to sign with Houston's AAA team. In response, the Cubs called up Greg Reinhard for his third stint with Iowa. Reinhard has been equally effective between Tennessee and Iowa, having a 3.45 ERA at Iowa and a 3.72 ERA at Tennessee. The Cubs also promoted Micah Hoffpauir, leaving behind his .442 BA over the last 10 games to sit on the Cubs bench. The I-Cubs have not reported a corresponding move. But, of course, the big news is that the I-Cubs added Alfonso Soriano to their roster on a rehab stint. Sori went 1 for 3 with a strikeout last night.


Tennessee made two moves, both last Wednesday. First, they activated Dumas Garcia. Garcia's return will help the Smokies, as he has a 2.05 ERA and .125 batters against average in 22 innings of relief. The Smokies also received Grant Johnson from Daytona. Johnson, the Cubs first pick from 2004 (which came in the 2nd round), had been demoted to Daytona following his struggles at Tennessee, but fared no better as primarily a starter for the D-Cubs. On the year, Johnson has a combined 6.52 ERA and has given up 47 hits in just over 38 innings of work.


As reported in last week's ATAtM, Rich Hill was sent to Daytona as part of his rehab. That is the only transaction Daytona has made in the last week.


No Moves

Boise released Michael Bunton, a 23rd round pick from last year. In 8 games, Bunton had given up 16 earned runs. In his place, they called up Luke Sommer from Mesa. Sommer, a 30th round pick from last year, spent the offseason switching from outfield to pitching, and had only yielded one earned over 8 and a 1/3 at Mesa.

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