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Around the Minors- April 10th

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Matt Swain

Illinois engineering student, way too emotionally invested in the Cubs.

AAA Iowa Cubs- L 2-1 in 10

  • Even more Ted Lilly news tonight, as his back stiffness will keep him from starting Sunday's game for Iowa. He's now slated to pick up a start either Wednesday or Thursday in Des Moines.

  • Even more poor hitting from the I-Cubs in this one, and they squandered a pretty good start by Thomas Diamond, claimed this offseason off of waivers from the Rangers. The 27-year old is easily the least successful of the DVD trio of Ranger prospects from the mid-2000's, as John Danks and Edison Volquez have both established themselves as successful big league pitchers. He missed the 2007 season with injury and the control just hasn't been there for a number of years now. Maybe tonight's 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 K, 1 BB performance is the start of his bounce back year. Maybe.

  • At the plate, Jim Adduci was 2-5 with a 2B out of the leadoff spot. I might just be his biggest fan out there. He get's on base, can field three outfield positions, and runs well. It's a perfect recipe for a fourth outfielder, no? He's essentially Sam Fuld's understudy. I guess that's not that spectacular for most people, but he should have a major league career, which makes him a valuable prospect.

  • Micah Hoffpauir went 0-4 and is now hitting .095 on the year. Remember when we were debating if he was better than Derrek Lee? Wasn't that long ago.
AA Tennessee Smokies- W 7-3

  • As Castro-watch continues, Starlin is showing pretty well so far. He went 3-4 with a BB and his second triple of the young season. The Smokies broadcaster the other day was saying Castro is as good defensively as any shortstop he'd seen at the level, and actually had the audacity to bring Ozzie Smith's name into the conversation (no, he's not THAT good). But the calls for him to get an MLB shot are sure to grow louder as this season wears on.

  • Right behind him in the hot start category is Brandon Guyer, now hitting .455/.500/.636 after the first series. Unfortunately for him, the laws of small sample sizes make those numbers essentially useless.

  • Austin Bibens-Dirkx skipped Daytona after dominating in Peoria last season behind some awesome control. He's about to turn 25 and is rather behind, but if he can replicate his 3.4% walk rate he'll boost his stock to the point of relevance. He started along that path today, with 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 Ks and 1 BB. 

Hi-A Daytona Cubs- W 7-4 in 12

  • A 3-run walk-off homer for Michael Brenly won the game for Daytona. It also won the "most likely to be mentioned during tomorrow's Cubs game" award. It's likely that Len brings it up, Bob talks about how proud he is and how hard Mike works to be successful. I'm sure he's a great kid and all, but the fact that he's one of the top 5 most well-known Cubs prospects is mostly unwarranted.

  • Brett Jackson remains hitless on the year, but did walk twice. Kyler Burke had a decent game also, going 2-6 with a run.

  • The pitchers in this one were pretty boring. Alberto Cabrera got the start and performed admirably, allowing only two baserunners in his 6 innings of work. He's not a very good prospect though, as his walk numbers actually rival his strikeout numbers. He had a 4.48 ERA for Peoria last season, and I don't think he's one of the top 5 SP prospects in Daytona.
A Peoria Chiefs- L 8-2

  • The Chiefs dropped another one, being swept out of Clinton to start the season. This isn't quite the same dominant team we last summer in Peoria, as most of that talent has graduated to Daytona and the incoming class from Boise isn't a great group. They'll have to wait until the draft to hopefully pick up a few more interesting names.

  • 0-1 game for Matt Cerda, but he racked up 3 walks and was one of only a few bright spots for the Chiefs with a .538 OBP in the 3-hole. He seems to be their everyday 3rd baseman, but his future is probably at second base, where his 5'9" 165 frame fits better.

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