A Trip Around the Minors

Posted by Lionel on April 24, 2009.
ATAtM has already shrunk by one, with the promotion of Jeff ND. As compensation, we'll take a look at BA's #11 prospect, Steve Clevenger, from here on out...


Kevin Hart-Hart is closing for the I-Cubs and still trying to overcome his 5 earnie performance mentioned in last week's ATAtM. Last Friday, he struck out the side. He picked up his second save this week on Monday, a 2 inning save in which he yielded another run. He has an ERA of 8.53, but has struck out 10 in 6 and 1/3 innings.
Bonus-Jake Fox may soon get the Micah Hoffpauir treatment, being placed permanently in ATAtM despite not being a top ten prospect (he's #24 according to BA). After earning Hitter of the Week honors last week, his hitting streak ended at 12 with back to back O'fers. Despite that, in 15 games, he has 7 HR's, 24 RBI's, and 15 runs. He's also struck out 18 times. His OPS has dropped to 1.374.

Welington Castillo-Happy 22nd Birthday Welington. I wish I had something positive to report about your start at Tennessee for your birthday, but I don't. Castillo is 2 for 12 this week with 5 K's. So far this year, he's 0 for 11 with 5 K's against lefties. Cubs have a 3-4 record when Castillo starts behind the dish.
Steve Clevenger-I'm still surprised the Cubs have Castillo and Clevenger on the same team, splitting the catching duties, but I guess I'll have to get over that. Clevenger's been the more offensive catcher for the Smokies so far. In 4 starts this week, he went 4 for 16 with an HR and 5 walks. He's hitting .320 on the year with a .433 OBP, and he's only K'd twice.
Jay Jackson-Jackson was solid last Saturday, giving up 2 earned over 5 innings, giving up 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6. He took the loss, in large part to the 6 runs that were given up by Ryne Sandberg's bullpen after Jackson left the game. He is slated to toe the bump tonight.
Bonus-Casey Coleman, a 15th round pick last year, has dominated so far this year. In his 3 starts, he's 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA. In 18 innings, he's K'd 15 and walked only 5. Not only is that a good K/W ratio, but I'm impressed he's averaging 6 innings a start. Righties are batting .195 off him.

Tyler Colvin-I forgot to mention the caveat on Colvin...he's still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and isn't 100%. So that's why he's in Daytona and that's why he was hitting .182 as of the last ATAtM. But a 6 game hitting streak has seen his BA rise to .311. For the week, he was 10 of 23 with his first HR of the year. His OBP is now .446. I think he'll remain at Daytona until the weather warms up for good in Tennessee.

Starlin Castro-While Colvin was heading up, Castro was heading in the opposite direction. His .304 BA is now .233 after a 3 for 20 week. He had a run and 4 K's, but other than that, his score sheet was empty. It will be interesting with the SS logjam whether the Cubs move these guys up or down based on performance or prefer to keep them with their respective teams.

Bonus-Coming off a winter where he won defensive player of the year in the Hawaiian winter league, Marquez Smith is using his bat to impress. Before an 0 for 5 last night, the 3-sack had a 10 game hitting streak and a 7 game RBI streak. For the season, he's hitting .282 with 4 HR's and 16 RBI's.


Josh Vitters-Vitters has hit in 8 of the 10 games he played in this year, batting .378. Last Saturday, he went 3 for 4 with a single, double and triple, scoring twice and driving in two. But those are the only two extra base hits he amassed in his 14 hits. Vitters already has 3 errors.

Ryan Flaherty-Flaherty was 2 of 11 this week, but his BA is still .324. He has as many K's (6) as walks, giving him an OBP .425. While his down week dropped his OPS below 1, it's still at .954. He has 2 errors in 12 games.

Bonus-The Cubs #14 prospect, Junior Lake, is yet another SS prospect in the Cubs system. However, due to the logjam, he has been playing some 2-sack at Peoria to start the season. The 19 year old is off to a rough start...4 hits in 33 AB's, although 3 of them went for doubles. He's also K'd 14 times and he's already racked up 6 errors in 11 games.

The Rest

No news on Hak-Ju Lee, Andrew Cashner, or Dae Eun Rhee.

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