A Trip Around the Minors...

In this week's ATAtM, Mitch Atkins finds a home on ATAtM, Ceda may be heading to Chicago soon, and a bunch of prospects vie for the best offensive game of the week.


Felix Pie-Pie hasn't played in a week, after leaving a game on the 31st of July with an injured wrist, presumably from sliding into third on a triple. Unfortunately, this may cool him off after an outstanding July. For the month, he hit .373 with 17 RBI's and 16 runs in 25 games (which averages out to a little over 100 for a season). He had 5 doubles, 4 triples, and 3 HR's, giving him an OPS of 1.001. He struck out 14 times in 102 AB's, which isn't great, but is solid for him.

Kevin Hart-Hart made three relief appearances for the I-Cubs this week. Last Friday, he gave up a run on 2 htis and a walk in one inning of relief, but got the save. He had two more one inning outings, yielding only a stray hit. Since his return to Iowa (where he stayed a reliever), Hart is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA over 7 innings. The only concerning number is his 1.43 WHIP.

Mitch Atkins-The 22 year old is officially being added to ATAtM, thanks to a solid season and based on the projection that he will find his way onto the Top Ten lists after the season. As reported on Cubs.com this week, Mitch Atkins has been on a roll. After winning his last 5 games at Tennessee, Atkins moved up to Iowa and continued his success. He now has won 10 straight starts. Not 10 straight decisions, 10 straight starts. He has managed to win despite a couple of bad outings, but overall, he is 5-0 with a 3.90 ERA at Iowa.

Bonus-If Micah Hoffpauir was still considered a prospect, he'd have a permanent place on ATAtM. But since he isn't, he'll just have a semi-permenant place in the bonus section. Hoffpauir has a 12 game hitting streak and a 5 game RBI streak. Over the past 7 days, he is hitting .440 and has 12 RBI's. Adjusting the projected RBI numbers from ATAtM two weeks ago, Hoffpauir is now on pace to only have 241 RBI's if he played 162 at Iowa, not 245. He obviously needs to pick it up.


Tyler Colvin-Colvin continues to have those individual games that show why he's considered one of the Cub's top prospects. He hit .333 for the week, but it was last Sunday's game that jumps out. 3 for 5 with 2 HR's, 6 RBI's, 3 runs, and a triple to boot. That's 15 total bases and nearly 10% of his RBI total for the year. But he sandwiched that between an 0-3 and an 0-5.

Welington Castillo-A rough week for Castillo. After collecting a hit on Friday to extend his hitting streak to 6, he managed just two more hits on the week. His batting average for the week is .158. All of his hits were singles, he didn't walk, grab an RBI, or score a run and he struck out 4 times.

Jose Ceda-The Cubs may be getting Ceda ready for a call-up, as he pitched two innings of relief this week, both in the 8th inning. That makes three straight 8th inning appearances and since he isn't expected to be closing out games for the Cubs, I believe they may be grooming him to come in in a set up role. Ceda's first 8th inning out didn't fare so well; he walked 3 batters and gave up a run (without a hit) in one inning of work. He gave up an inherited runner in his outing on Wednesday, but induced a double play to get out of an inning that killed a rally.

Donnie Veal-The promotions of Jeff ND and Mitch Atkins may be weighing heavily on Veal's mind, as he seems destined to finish out his second year with Tennessee. Veal started on Monday, going 5 and 2/3 and giving up 4 earned runs. Veal's control or concentration was off, as he walked 5 batters, giving him 12 over the last 12 and 1/3 innings pitched. After a spectacular beginning to the season (2.60 ERA), he has struggled in the last two plus months (6.14 ERA).

Bonus-Jake Fox had a game on Wednesday that is comparable to Tyler Colvin's day on Sunday. He went 4 for 5 with 4 runs, 2 HR's, 3 RBI's and a double. Fox's season has turned around considerably, as he's now hitting .299 with 18 HR's and a .947 OPS at Tennessee. He has managed a solid 59 RBI's in 83 games, but is only hitting .238 with runner's in scoring position.


Tony Thomas-Thomas left Saturday's game in the 5th inning with an unknown injury and has yet to return to action. In the game and a half Thomas played in since the last ATAtM, Thomas collected a single and a double in 6 AB's, to go along with 2 K's. The All Star break was not kind to Thomas, who went from hitting .278 before it to .253 after it.

Bonus-In an effort to top Fox and Colvin for the biggest game of the week, Russ Canzler (30th round, 2004) went 4 for 5 on Saturday with 2 HR's, 3 runs, 7 RBI's and a double. Those 7 ribbies have accounted for 13% of Canzler's total for the year.


No Top Ten Prospects

Bonus-Brandon Guyer (5th round, 2007) was hitting .242 when July 1st hit. Since then, he has raised his batting average 33 points. A good blend of speed and power, Guyer has 16 stolen bases in 19 attempts to go along with 10 HR's in 66 games.


Josh Vitters-Vitters came back from his ankle injury and just kept on hitting. He now has hit in 15 straight games, bringing his batting average to .333. He has 6 RBI's and 6 runs for the week. The only concerning part is that he has 7 K's for the week. Hopefully, Vitters can continue his RBI production, as he is only hitting .222 with runners in scoring position on the year.

Bonus-Recently called up 33rd round pick Sean Hoorelbeke has started off his Hawks career well. In the 10 games since being promoted, he is hitting .370 with 9 RBI's and 7 runs, including a HR. Last Friday he went 5 for 7 with 2 RBI's.

Comments (2)


August 11, 2008 at 2:21 PM

Hoffpauir is a STUD and needs to be on the big club. 4 home runs in a game over the weekend and a mention on SportsCenter should cement that. Seriously, Ward wouldn't be a pimple on a good player's ass. Why don't we DFA his butt and get Micah back up?



August 11, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Obviously, the numbers don't translate, but I love extrapolating (maybe the biggest word TD has ever used) Hoff's AAA numbers over a full season. Based on 600 AB's, Hoff's line would look like this:

.367 BA
52 HR's
215 RBI's
132 Runs
80 Doubles
457 total bases

Oh, and he's hitting .451 with runner's in scoring position.