A Trip Around the Minors...

In this week's edition, streaks end for some of the Cubs top prospects, Blake Lalli isn't sasfied just hitting .330, and Dan McDaniel gets sextupled.

Iowa

Felix Pie-Pie struggled at the end of last week, going 0-8 over the weekend with 6 K's and a walk. But Pie fared better as the week began anew. He currently has a 4 game mini-hitting streak, including a HR last night. On the week, Pie went 4 for 22 (.231) with 3 runs and 2 RBI's. Pie was also caught stealing twice.

Kevin Hart-Hart pitched three scoreless innings this week, striking out 5 and earning two saves. He didn't give up a hit or a walk. For the month, Hart has a 1.86 ERA and a 0.65 WHIP. Since being moved to the Iowa 'pen, Hart has a 1.98 ERA and hitters are hitting .156 against him. It seems like Hart is a late-year pitcher.

Mitch Atkins-The streak has ended, and it ended in a bad way. Going into Tuesday, Atkins was 7-0 with a 3.61 ERA in 7 starts at Iowa. Tuesday night's line-2 innings pitched, 6 earned runs, 4 walks. The damage was done on grand slam. Atkins took the loss and watched his ERA jump over a full point.

Bonus-Bobby Scales, who the Cubs signed as a minor league free agent before the season to fill the 2 sack spot, has an 9 game hitting streak. Scales has 3 HR's, 9 RBI's, and 8 runs over the stretch, which came directly after a platinum sombrero (5 K's in a game) on August 11th.

Tennessee

Tyler Colvin-Colvin hit .333 for the week, collecting 4 multi-hit games. But more impressive was his slugging percentage for the week; .741. He had a double, two triples and 2 HR's. He had 4 RBI's and 4 runs. Colvin's slugging percentage for the year is only .426, but that's in large part due to the .255 batting average. If you are unfamilar with slugging percentage and looking for a comparison, the Phillies starting 3-sack Pedro Feliz has a .254 BA and a .421 slugging percentage.

Welington Castillo-Castillo only played in 4 games this week, and he went 1 for 12 in 3 of them. But in the fourth game, played on Monday, Castillo went 5 for 6 with an RBI. That 5 for 6 performance is saving an otherwise terrible month for Castillo; Monday's RBI has been his lone RBI for the month. If you removed Monday's performance altogether, Castillo would be hitting .156 for the month with 2 runs, zero RBI's, and zero walks.

Jose Ceda-Ceda managed to earn a save this past week, but that's not because the Smokies have moved him back into the closer's role. Rather, Ceda was asked to two the final two innings of Tuesday night's game. He fared well, striking out 4, including the last two batters of the game after giving up two singles. Ceda has a 1.69 ERA over his last 5 appearances.

Donnie Veal-As much as it was disappointing to see Atkin's streak end, I would take it for a Donnie Veal victory, which occured last night and ended his two month draught. Veal showed his ability to dominate, giving up just one earned run (off a solo shot) in seven innings of work, including 8 strikeouts. The biggest news may be the fact that he only walked one, after allowing at least 3 walks per start in his last 5 starts.

Bonus-Esmailan Caridad was promoted to Tennessee in June after a mixed bag at Daytona, as mentioned in this previos ATAtM post. Caridad is now 6-3 for a last place team and has posted a 3.52 ERA, 3.12 after the All Star Break. The 24 year old has surrendered a staggering 14 HR's in just 71 and 2/3 innings pitched at Tennessee, but 10 of those have been solo shots.

Daytona

Tony Thomas-On Monday, Tony Thomas went 3 for 5, giving him a .313 batting average for the ATAtM week. Then, the Hurricane/Tropical storm landed over Daytona and sat there, raining out the rest of the week. On the season, Thomas is hitting .264 with 21 stolen bases, but has struck out 102 times in 104 games.

Bonus-Blake Lalli, the 1-sack/catcher for the D-Cubs, continued to show his value to the D-Cubs on Monday night by pitching the 10th inning. He threw a scoreless frame, giving him the victory. He's now pitched 3 innings, giving up only a walk and a hit while striking out 4. Oh, and he's hitting .336 with 7 HR's and 43 RBI's for Daytona, when he's not pitching.

Peoria

No Top Ten Prospects

Bonus-Dylan Johnston (4th round, 2005) came off the D.L. on Thursday red hot. After his 45 day layoff, Johnston he has hit .409 with 3 HR's and 6 RBI's in his 6 games. He also struck out 6 times, bringing his total for the year to 75 in 68 games. Johnston hit only .212 between Peoria and Boise last year, but has a solid .278 batting average this year.

Boise

Josh Vitters-Josh Vitters hitting streak finally came to an end on Wednesday after 25 games. Vitters jumped back on the horse with a 2 hit performance last night. For the month of August, Vitters is hitting .353 with 10 doubles and 3 HR's. He has a .961 OPS for the month. Since I've played this game with Hoffpauir, if you extrapolated Vitters Boise numbers over a 600 AB season, he'd have 205 hits, including 59 doubles. On the defensive side, Vitters has committed 9 errors, which would be 25 in a full season.

Bonus-Dan McDaniel, the Cubs 14th round pick from June, had a rough week. On Saturday, he pitched an inning and two thirds, giving up 2 earned runs. On Tuesday, he gave up 3 earned runs in an inning and a third. The bad news? It raised his ERA over a point and a half. The good news? His ERA is still at 2.05. The two outings this week sextupled the number of runs he'd given up (that is, it went from 1 to 6). The right-hander still has a WHIP under 1.00 and has a 13.67 K's per 9 ratio.

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