A Trip Around the Minors


Posted by Lionel on August 7, 2009.

Iowa


Steve Clevenger-Clevenger played in 4 games this past week. He only went 3 for 13, but two of those hits went for doubles, he added 2 walks, and he scored 2 runs. He's hitting only .220 since the All Star break.
Bonus-Esmailin Caridad has struggled this year after going 13-7 last year with a 3.73 ERA between two stops. That includes a 12 start stretch during June and July in which he went 0-8. But Wednesday night, he may have one of his better performance of the year. Despite giving up
2 runs over 6 innings, he gave up only 3 hits and 2 walks and he struck out 12 of the 22 batters he faced.
Tennessee
Welington Castillo-The Cubs seem to be giving Castillo all the AB's he can handle in an effort to improve his stats. He played in 6 games this past week, logging 18 AB's. His hitting streak ended at 12 after 5 consecutive games of 2 hit performances. He's now 0 for his last 6, but he's hitting nearly 200 points better since the All Star break.
Tyler Colvin-While people continue to criticize Colvin being a 1st round pick, he continues to show flashes of what he can do when he's hot. He had hits in 11 consecutive AB's, tying a Southern League record. He had an 0 for 3 yesterday that snapped an 11 game hitting streak, one in which he hit .545 with 11 RBI's, 8 runs and 6 extra base hits. His batting average at Tennessee has jumped nearly 50 points over the past 10 days.
Starlin Castro-Castro was promoted to AA on Tuesday and started off where he left off in Daytona. In his first AB (as Ryne Sandberg's leadoff hitter), Castro hit a line drive single to right. He's now 4 for 12 in his first three games in Tennessee. Personally, I think Castro is a star in waiting and let's hope Sandberg can teach him some good stuff about being a middle infielder.
Andrew Cashner-Geo Soto was able to get a first-hand look at the Cubs 1st rounder from last year when he caught Cashner on Monday. Cashner was his usual fantastic self, pitching 6 innings of 2 hit, 1 walk, 0 run baseball, while striking out 8. His ERA for the year now sits at 1.24 with a WHIP a tick under 1 and a K/W ratio of 2.5 to 1.
Bonus-Joining Castro on the trip to Tennessee was Robinison Chirinos. A little bit of weird timing on this one, with Geo Soto making rehab starts in AA, but maybe the idea was to allow Chirinos to soak up some knowledge from a big leaguer. Chirinos has yet to play in a Smokies game.
Daytona
Josh Vitters-hasn't played since July 27th, when he left the game with a left hand injury. It's not expected to be serious and he should be back in action soon. The Cubs haven't D.L.'d him.
Jay Jackson-As I mentioned yesterday in Cubs Bits, Jackson was demoted for conduct detrimental to the team. I'm sure opposing hitters in the Florida State League were none-too-happy to hear that news. He threw 6 innings of 1 run baseball on Wednesday, striking out 4 and walking only one.
Bonus-A 30th round pick in 2007, Luke Sommer isn't pitching like it. The left-handed reliever has a 2.07 ERA over 61 innings of relief this year. He has 57 strikeouts and only 9 walks on the year (better than a 6 to 1 ratio).
Peoria
Ryan Flaherty-Flaherty hit safely in 6 of his 7 games this week and 9 of his last 10. He isn't dominating offensively, but he has seen his BA jump 7 points in the past 10 days. He has driven in 8 and scored 8 times. Unfortunately, he's also K'd 12 times during that stretch.
Bonus-Welcome to the Midwest League, Brett Jackson. The Cubs first round pick 2 months ago has been promoted to Peoria after hitting .330 at Boise. He's struck out 7 times in 7 games and he's only hitting .258, but he's also scored 7 times and has 5 RBI's. He also brought his wheels to the Chiefs, as he's swiped 5 bags without being caught.
Boise


Hak Ju Lee-5 hits in 6 games for Lee this week, but he reached base in all 6 games and had his first HR of the season. That dropped his BA to .325 on the season, but he remains 6th in the league in hitting. His .394 OBP in 10th in the league. Because he wasn't on base much, he only stole one base, bringing his total to 15 and dropping him into a tie for 1st place in swiped bags.
Bonus-The Cubs are taking it slow with their 4th round pick Christopher Rusin, who made his third start for Boise yesterday. After pitching a total of 5 and 1/3 innings in his first two starts, Rusin pitched 5 strong yesterday, giving up just 2 hits and no walks while striking out 6. But Rusin was a tough luck loser in the game, giving up an unearned run on a HBP, followed by a passed ball, followed by one of the two hits allowed.

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