A Trip Around the Minors...

In this week's edition, Felix Pie has a big night, Josh Vitters hasn't played in a week, and could Hoffpauir have 245 RBI's?

Iowa

Felix Pie-Pie has hit .412 since the All Star break, although to be fair, most of the damage was done last night. But what a night it was. He went 4 for 5 with 2 singles, a double, and a triple. He had a walk, an RBI, and a stolen base. And he scored 3 times. He has only struck out 3 times in his last 31 AB's.

Jeff ND-Samardzija's last outing was 5 days ago, and his stuff was the best he's thrown all year. He went 6 innings, giving up only 2 hits, a walk, and striking out 9 for the second straight game. The single run he allowed was set up by a single, a stolen base, a wild pitch, and a groundout. He threw 86 pitches, 53 of them for strikes.

Kevin Hart-Hart came in last night's game after being demoted from Chicago and made his first relief appearance for Iowa. He went 2 innings, yielding only a hit and a walk. He allowed both inherited runners to score, but there was some good and some bad in the outing. He walked the first batter he faced, loading the bases. But after giving up a hit, he forced a double play, and got out of the inning having only surrendered the two runs that were already on base when he entered.

Bonus-Micah Hoffpauir was sent back to Iowa along with Kevin Hart, and just like Hart, he played last night. All he did was go 2 for 5 with a walk, a double, and a grand slam. His 4 RBI's last night gave him 56 on the year at Iowa in 37 games. Not that he would be able to keep up such a pace, but if he could, he would have 245 RBI's over the course of a 162 game season.

Tennessee

Tyler Colvin-Colvin has 8 hits in 8 games coming since the All Star Break, getting a hit in all but one game, while only getting one hit in all but one game. All 8 hits have been singles. Over that stretch, he only hit .250, but has managed to raise his overall average up to .239 and add 4 RBI's to his total. He struck out 5 times, bringing his total for the year to 80 in 101 games.

Welington Castillo-The Cubs Future's Game representative must've picked up some good tips at the game, as he started the second half on a 6 game hitting streak that ended yesterday. He's hitting .345 in the second half with a pair of doubles. But last night was a rough one for him; 5 AB's, 4 K's, 3 of them backward K's, while as the team's DH.

Jose Ceda-Ceda has pitched twice in the last week plus, allowing 1 run over 4 innings, but saving both games. As the Smokies closer, he has a 1.47 ERA and a .188 batting average against. He has yet to allow a HR and batters are hitting .136 with RISP against him.

Donnie Veal-Donnie Veal had another hard luck loss last Saturday. He 6 innings of baseball, giving up 5 hits and a walk. He allowed 4 runs, but only two of them were earned. A run scored in the fifth on a passed ball by Welington Castillo and a run scored in the sixth on a error by Jake Fox, playing 1st.

Bonus-Doug Deeds continues to tear up Southern League pitching. Since the break, Deeds is hitting .529. Half of his 18 hits have gone for extra bases; 8 doubles and a HR. His OPS is a staggering 1.408.

Daytona

Tony Thomas-Thomas has only played in 4 games in the last week, thanks to 2 rainouts. In his 4 games, he collected 3 hits, one in each of three games, over 16 at bats. He has added 2 RBI's and 2 runs to his totals. On the year, Thomas is hitting .267 and has struck out 88 times in 89 games. He leads the team with 144 total bases.

Rich Hill-Hill is still listed on the Iowa roster, so technically his starts at Daytona are rehab starts. Hill started last Friday and the results weren't positive. 4 and 1/3 innings pitched, 5 earned runs, 6 hits, 3 walks. He managed to strike out 6. He threw again yesterday with mixed results. He managed to only give up 1 hit and 1 earned run, while striking out 7. But his control problems continued...he walked 5. During his rehab, he has walked 13 batters in 18 and 2/3.

Bonus-Marco Carillo (NDFA, 2005) moved from Jody Davis bullpen into the starting rotation when the calendar turned from April to May. He also turned his ERA around. As a reliever, Carillo had a 4.11. Since he became a starter, he has a 2.89 ERA. He leads the D-Cubs in innings pitched by over 20. His WHIP is 1.02, 0.97 as a starter.

Peoria

No Top 10 Prospects

Bonus-Jordan Latham (29th round, 2006) has a 1.93 ERA as a reliever this year, including a 1.35 ERA over the last month. He has thrown 60 and 2/3 innings over 31 games, striking out 59. He hasn't allowed a HR since May. More news in next week's MLM, but Latham will soon be the youngest member of the Daytona Cubs.

Boise

Josh Vitters-Vitters hasn't played in a game since last Friday, but the reason remains a mystery. He is hitting .344 at Boise.

Bonus-Jon Muller (NDFA, 2007), the closer for the Hawks, has 8 saves and 2 wins in 14 games this season. He has an ERA of 1.50 for the season. He has only allowed one earned run during the month of July. In a game on July 1st, he faced 6 batters and struck them all out.

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