A Trip Around the Minors


Posted by Lionel on July 3, 2009.

The I-Cubs ATAtM list shrinks again, a couple of the Cubs best find new homes, A pre-Independence Day edition...

Iowa

Steve Clevenger-Clevenger's hitting streak ended at 10 games, and things haven't been so hot for him since. Clevenger's amassed just 4 hits during the week, hitting .182. Still, Clevenger's hitting .304 on the year between the two clubs with a .774 OPS.

Jeff ND-now with the Big Boys

Bonus-No need to do a deluxe edition of the I-Cubs All Star roster, as it's only one player, Chris Robinson. Robinson will be the PCL's starting catcher (yes, the Cub's organizational catcher logjam continues). Robinson is hitting .314 and has successfully stolen 7 of 9 bases this season.

Tennessee

Welington Castillo-4 starts for Castillo this week. A 2 for 4 performance was sandwiched in between three 0'fers. Castillo is hitting .154 for a combination of the months of June and July. Castillo only has 18 RBI's in 50 games.

Tyler Colvin-Colvin has a hit in his last 4 games and 7 of his last 8. He has a .901 OPS since being promoted back to Tennessee. But Colvin has also struck out at least once in 8 of his last 9 games. In 203 AB's this season, Colvin has K'd 45 times.

Jay Jackson-Jackson had his worst outing since April last Saturday, giving up 3 earned runs in 4 and 2/3 innings pitched. After not walking a batter in his previous 2 starts, Jackson yielded 4. Jackson bounced back last night, but didn't go deep into the game. He went 4 innings, giving up 1 earnie on 4 hits and 2 walks.

Andrew Cashner-The Cubs third best prospect according to BA has been promoted to play for Ryne Sandberg. Since Cashner hasn't officially toed the rubber for the Smokies, we'll take a quick look at his Daytona numbers. No record, a 1.50 ERA over 12 starts, a 1.10 WHIP and 1 HR allowed over 42 innings pitched. You have to wonder if this move puts him in line for a September callup.

Bonus-Jayson Ruhlman followed the unfortunate path that a few of his Smokie teammates did...he was demoted from Iowa after a slow start. Ruhlman has bounced back, posting a 3.00
ERA with a WHIP of 1.00. Both righties and lefties are hitting under .200 against him.

Daytona

Josh Vitters-With the #3 prospect moving up, who could the Cubs promote to keep the excitement level high in Daytona? Josh Vitters. While Vitters didn't have a hit in his first game, he did walk, something he did only 7 times in 70 games for the Chiefs. Vitters has 3 hits in his last 2 games, giving him a .273 BA in 3 games as a D-Cub.

Starlin Castro-The D-Cub fans may be spoiled, as they may be getting a peek at the future left side of the Cubs infield playing together. Case in point? Last Friday. Castro went 2 for 4 with a double, a triple, and a walk. He grabbed 5 RBI's, but also was caught stealing twice. He followed that up with a 3 for 5 night on Saturday.

Bonus-Daytona also added the Cubs 3rd round pick from 2008 in Chris Carpenter this week. Carpenter was 4-3 with the Chiefs, but posted an impressive 2.44 ERA in 15 starts. He had a 1.19 WHIP at Peoria and lefties were hitting .185 against him.

Peoria

Ryan Flaherty-Hopefully, Flaherty is getting things going. He's hit safely in 4 of his last 5 games, but also struck out 6 times. Beyond Flaherty's .238 BA, he's hit 10 HR's and has stolen 6 of 9 bases. He has a .740 OPS.

Bonus-A 20th round pick from the '07 draft, Jose Made was recently added to the Chiefs roster. After an '08 campaign in which he hit totalled 4 hits between 3 stops in 60 AB's (a .067 BA), Made has already amassed 6 hits in just 12 AB's for Peoria.

Boise

Hak Ju Lee-Lee is off to a hot start at Boise, hitting .340 with 12 runs in 12 games. He's hit in 11 of the 12 games this season, and already has 7 stolen bases in 9 attempts. The 18 year old is leading the league in stolen bases and tied for the lead in runs scored.
Bonus-An 18 year old out of South Korea, Jae Hoon Ha has shown a couple of good signs in his professional debut. First, he has 9 RBI's in 11 games, leading the team in that department. He's hitting .289 (thanks to 3 straight games of 2 for 4). But the most impressive stat is that he has struck out only once in 38 official AB's.


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