A Trip Around the Minors

Posted by Lionel on May 3, 2009.
For the time being, there's no reason not to report on Jake "Micah Hoffpauir Jr." Fox every week so that someone else will get a chance to be the bonus player for Iowa...

Iowa

Jake Fox-Just another week for Fox. .353 BA, 3 HR's, 5 doubles, 6 runs in 5 games. His OPS jumped back up from 1.374 to 1.477 for the year. If he stayed on this pace for the year (600 AB's), he'd hit 89 HR's and 592 total bases.

Kevin Hart-Given that it's still early in the season, Hart's numbers continue to look inflated because of one bad outing. His ERA is at 5.79, but if you take out the 5 run, 1/3 of an inning performance, he has only given up 1 earned in 9 innings. He walked one and gave up no hits in his three innings this week

Bonus-It's been a season of tough luck for Jose Ascanio. He took his decision yesterday in an I-Cubs loss. He's 0-1 despite giving up only 3 earned runs in 21 and 2/3 innings this year. The reason he doesn't have any W's is because he's only 5 innings once, that coming yesterday.

Tennessee

Welington Castillo-Castillo has been in a season-long slump, but maybe his performance on Tuesday will help him dig out of it. He had the first multi-hit game, a 2 for 4 with a single and an HR. He had 2 RBI's and scored twice. On the season, he's hitting .175 and has 12 K's in 11 games.

Steve Clevenger-The left-handed batting catcher is having the polar opposite season of Castillo. He's hitting .333 with an OPS of .984. On Monday, he was an HR short of the cycle. In every start he's had this season (10), he's been on base at least once.

Jay Jackson-After a slow start to the season that saw Jackson take losses in each of his first three starts, he showed why he's a top ten prospect in his fourth start on Wednesday. 7 strong innings, 4 hits, 3 walks, 4 K's, and only one earned run. He helped his own cause as well, going 2 for 2 with a solo HR.

Bonus-Blake Parker is following up a solid 2008 season with a strong start at Tennessee. The right-handed reliever has closed out 8 of the Smokies' games, including 3 saves. He gave up his first two earnies on Tuesday, giving him an ERA of 1.74. He has struck out 15 batters in 10 1/3 innings, with at least one every outing so far.

Daytona

Tyler Colvin-Colvin is a streaky hitter who is in the middle of a downturn. In 6 games this week, Colvin managed only 2 singles in 21 AB's. He was off to a nice start in being patient with 11 walks in 11 games, but hasn't drawn a free pass in the last 9 games. Despite that, he still leads the team in walks.

Starlin Castro-The Cubs other top ten player at Daytona is struggling just like Colvin. He had 3 hits this past week in 25 AB's, and all three of his hits were singles. In 20 games this year, Castro has only walked twice (72 AB's). He also has 5 errors.

Andrew Cashner-The Cubs 1st round pick from last year came off the D.L. and started for the first time this year last Sunday. The Cubs are taking things slowly, as he only pitched 2 and 2/3, but he only gave up 1 hit, 1 walk and 1 run. He started again on Friday, going 3 and 1/3 innings, walking 2, allowing 2 hits, and not giving up an earnie.

Bonus-Before last Saturday, Robinson Chirinos had just one triple. Given that he's a catcher, a triple in 16 AB's is good. But in three of his next four games, Chirinos would triple, giving him 4 in now 32 AB's. If you think it's a matter of playing in a particular big park, it's not. He's tripled in 4 different parks. If he stayed at this pace, he'd have 63 triples in a season (assuming a catcher would get 500 AB's).

Peoria

Josh Vitters-There isn't anything wrong with Vitter's stat line, there just much that's impressive. He's hitting .310 with 3 doubles, a triple, and an HR. He has 8 RBI's and 9 runs. He's only hitting .233 with runners on base, but .294 with runners in scoring position.

Ryan Flaherty-Flaherty has watched his BA tumble, thanks to 2 hits in 17 AB's. It's now at .263. But he did walk twice yesterday and hit an HR, so things might be turning around. Despite his BA, he still has an OBP of .382.

Bonus-6th round pick from last year Josh Harrison is off to a nice start at Peoria. In 75 AB's, he has 27 hits (a .360 BA) including 7 extra base hits. He has stolen 5 bags, but has also been caught 5 times.

The Rest

No news on Hak-Ju Lee or Dae Eun Rhee

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