A Trip Around the Minors

Posted by Lionel on May 9, 2009.

Jake Fox-A slow week for Fox. 4 for 18, 2 runs, 1 RBI. He didn't hit any HR's, meaning his pace over 600 AB's dropped to 76. His OPS dropped to 1.348, but he still leads the PCL by over .2 points. He also leads the league in HR's, RBI's, TB's, and slugging percentage. He is third in batting average, behind recently recalled Matt Murton.

Kevin Hart-Hart shows flashes of brillance, than shows flashes of a pitcher who has never faced AAA batters. The latter was the case on Monday, where he gave up 4 hits and 3 earned runs. Two days later, he gave up another run on 2 hits, giving him 10 earned runs and 14 hits in 11 and 1/3 innings pitched.

Bonus-In 2008, Chris Robinson hit .214 at AA. But the catcher acquired in the Neifi Perez deal (yes, the Cubs were able to get something for Neifi Perez) is off to great start at Iowa. In 18 games, he's hitting .359 with 8 doubles. He has 4 of 6 stolen bases...as a catcher.


Welington Castillo-Maybe things are turning around for Castillo. He had 3 starts for Tennessee this week, going 4 for 12, including a hit in each game. He's still hitting a meager .167 against lefties, stratching out 2 hits in 17 AB's while K'ing 6 times.

Steve Clevenger-A ton of rainouts this week for Tennessee meant Clevenger only had 5 official AB's. He still managed a single, a double, and 3 RBI's to go along with 3 walks. His OBP is currently at .460 and has 9 walks to 5 K's.

Jay Jackson-Jay Jackson showed the brillance yesterday that turned him from a 9th round pick last year to a top ten prospect. Over 7 innings, he scattered 5 hits and 1 walk, yielding no runs. He struck out 10, bringing his total to nearly 1 per inning. Over his last 14 innings pitched, he's allowed 1 earned run.

Bonus-A top ten prospect last year, Tony Thomas is having a resurgent year. Over the last week, he's hitting .350 with 4 doubles and a triple. His K numbers are still high (21 in 24 games) and he's only 3 for 6 in stolen bases, but he has a 1.018 OPS, thanks in large part to 13 extra base hits.


Tyler Colvin-It's pretty much a weekly roller coaster for Tyler Colvin. This week, we're at a peak. 10 hits in his last 30 AB's has brought his BA back up to .261. His week was highlighted by a 4 for 5 performance on Monday with 2 doubles, 2 runs and an RBI.

Starlin Castro-Castro continues to be hot when Colvin is hot. He had 9 hits in his last 23 AB's, including an HR. Unfortunately, that only raised his BA to .250 and he still has a sub .600 OPS. He is up to 6 of 7 in the stolen base department.

Andrew Cashner-As he returns from injury, his innings are coming along slowly. He pitched 3 innings on Wednesday, giving up a hit and 2 walks, while striking out 2. He's now up to 9 innings for the season, giving up 1 earned run. His WHIP is at 1.00 and BAA is .133.

Bonus-Dan McDaniel isn't considered a top prospect in the Cubs organization, but if he continues to pitch the way he has since being drafted in the 14th round last year, he will be soon. 4 starts, a 3-0 record, 21 and 2/3 innings, 3 earned runs. His ERA stands at 1.25, his WHIP at 0.74. He struck out 9 in 5 and 2/3 on Thursday.


Josh Vitters-Vitters has been on a tear. Since the calendar turned, he's hitting .367 with 4 extra base hits, including 2 HR's. His .323 average is impressive, , especially with a .320 against lefties and .324 against righties. However, he has only walked twice in 93 AB's.

Ryan Flaherty-Flaherty has a modest 4 game hitting streak, but has 7 hits and 4 RBI's in those 4 games. Flaherty has 9 extra base hits in his 22. He also has managed to walk more times than he's K'd (14 to 12). Add 3 of 4 stolen bases, and you have to like his offensive skill set.

Bonus-The Cubs traded a pitcher named Matt Avery to the Nat's for Ryan Buchter during the Winter Meetings last year. He is a leftie who gave up his first earned run on Wednesday. He has made 9 relief appearances for the Chiefs, spanning 12 and 1/3 innings. He has struck out 16 (1.30 strikeouts per inning). If he hadn't walked 6 batters, he'd be absolutely dominating.

The Others

No news of Dae Eun Rhee or Hak-Ju Lee.

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