A Trip Around the Minors

Posted by Lionel on June 19, 2009.
A Hak Ju Lee sighting, Jay Jackson returns from the D.L., and more...


Steve Clevenger-Clevenger will enter tonight's game with a 5 game hitting streak. During the streak, he is hitting .389 with 3 runs and 3 RBI's. His last 5 games have raised his Iowa batting average 50 points, to .258. Clevenger also had 2 doubles during the streak, giving him 8 on the year in 143 AB's.
Kevin Hart-Hart had one start this week and earned his 3rd W in a row. While the run total looks good, it was more of a struggle than it appeared. He only gave up one earned run over 6 innings, but gave up 6 hits and 3 walks. In the 6th, he gave up his only earned run (and an unearned run), but it could've been much worse. With runners on 1st and 3rd and only one out, Hart K'd the next two batters to limit the damage. The team responded with 3 in the top half of the seven to take the lead and give Hart the W.
Jeff ND-Back to the down portion of the starting rollercoaster for Samardzija as mentioned in last week's ATAtM. 6 innings, 8 hits, 4 earned, and a loss. Samardzija has now gone W, L, W, L, W, L in his last 6 outings. What's a little baffling is that righties are actually hitting better off him then lefties. Righties are hitting .274, lefties .261. The best stat for Jeff ND is that he's only walking 2.39 guys per 9.
Bonus-Former brick-crasher Sam Fuld is showing that speed doesn't slump. Fuld is 16 of 19 in the stolen base department on the year, and has 6 bags in his last 10 games. His 16 is tenth in the league, behind former Cubs Eric Patterson and Buck Coats. Fuld is also 2nd in the PCL in triples, with 8.
Welington Castillo-Castillo has only logged 11 AB's in the last week with only 2 hits. A pinch hit appearance in the first game of yesterday's doubleheader allowed the streak of games with a K to end, which was at 6. On the season, Castillo has just one fewer K than he does hits and walks combined. I'm guessing Castillo won't be making a return trip to the Future's Game this year.
Tyler Colvin-Like Clevenger, Colvin will take a 5 game hitting streak into tonight's action. Colvin is hitting .400 during the streak, raising his Tennessee BA 50 points. But Colvin is hotter. He has 3 HR's in his last two games, albeit 3 solo HR's. He has 4 RBI's in his last 4 games, doubling his Tennessee total.
Jay Jackson-Jackson came off the D.L. on Sunday and pretended he hadn't missed two weeks. 5 innings pitched, 4 hits, 0 walks, 1 earned run. After his first 3 outings, Jackson had pitched 13 and 1/3 and had given up 14 runs. Since then, he's given up a total of 6 earned runs over 42 and 2/3 innings (a 1.27 ERA).
Bonus-The Cubs 4th round pick in 2007, Darwin Barney, still has some work to do in the field as a SS (15 errors in 63 games), but his stick seems MLB-ready. He leads the Smokies in hits, RBI's, 2nd in total bases, and 3rd in OBP. He is 3rd in the Southern League in batting (among qualifiers).
Starlin Castro-Castro has hit safely in 8 of his last 10 games, but has actually watched his BA drop by 4 points, in large part because he's only had 1 multi-hit game. He only had one extra base hit, a pinch hit double. He added 2 stolen bases this week, making him 13 of 17 for the year (76.5% success rate).
Andrew Cashner-Cashner dominated again this week, on Tuesday, with a 3 hit, 1 walk, no earned run performance. That is his 3rd no earnie start in his last four (a 1.17 ERA). He has a 1.85 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP for the season.
Bonus-After struggling at the start of the season at Tennessee, David Cales was demoted from Daytona. The demotion has done him well. In 18 games, he has a 1.29 ERA and 7 saves for the D-Cubs. The 7 saves are tied for fourth the in FSL, despite the fact he wasn't on the team for the first month of the season. His WHIP is an even 1.00 and has allowed only 1 HR in 21 innings pitched.
Josh Vitters-Vitters has hit safely in 5 of his last 6 games after a prolonged drought. Along with a .308 batting average during that stretch, Vitters has 5 RBI's, giving him 42 on the season. He is tied for 7th in the Midwest League in RBI's. Despite a homerless June to date, he is 2nd in the league in HR's.
Ryan Flaherty-A 7 for 26 week means only a .269 BA for the week, but it raised Flaherty's BA by 4 points. Looking past his BA, Flaherty had a good week. 8 RBI's, 3 runs, and 3 extra base hits (a double, a triple, and an HR). He did K 9 times.
Bonus-Christopher Archer doesn't have the record to reflect it (2-2), but he's having a solid season at Peoria. Much like Cashner, Archer's record is more a reflection of his IP. He's only logged 5 innings 3 times in his 13 starts, and all three were 5 innings exactly. But Archer has a 2.42 ERA and hasn't given up a single HR in his 48 and 1/3 innings pitched this year. He has also struck out 62, or roughly 1.28 K's. per inning.
Hak Ju Lee-Finally, some news on Lee, who will be in uniform tonight for Boise's home opener.
The Rest
The rest is now just Dae Eun Rhee, and there's no news.

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