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Around the Minors- April 12th

Matt Swain

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

Today's installment of ATM is brought to you by this dog, who spent his night making a great case to get adopted. My favorite part is the outfielder who makes absolutely no attempt to help the grounds crew.

AAA Iowa Cubs- W 6-2

  • Iowa finally gets in the win column over Memphis behind 14 hits. They got multi-hit games from Darwin Barney, Micah Hoffpauir, Bryan LaHair, Bobby Scales, Matt Camp and James Adduci. With that list, it's actually pretty surprising they only scored 6.

  • Mike Parisi faced his former team in his first start and fared pretty well, giving up just 1 ER in 3 IP. He's a groundball pitcher without great stuff who may surface on the Cubs some time this year.

  • Sam Fuld doubled his season AB total by getting 2 more today. I'll continue to keep an eye on his playing time over the next couple weeks, since it's puzzling to me how little burn he's getting.
AA Tennessee Smokies- L 5-4 in 10

  • On the same night Iowa won its first game, Tennessee lost its first by blowing a late lead. Craig Muschko made his first AA start and performed admirably, shutting down Mississippi the rest of the way after a 2-run first inning. He seemingly found his control last season and had a very good year for Daytona, and at 24 he's still decently aged for his level. He's got a chance to put himself firmly on the prospect radar if he can repeat last year's success.

  • Starlin Castro was 2-4 with an RBI, R, and SB. He's lived up to every expectation so far, with a .364/.391/.545 line and 3 SBs in the early going. I would imagine the plan is to keep him at Tennessee for the first half of the season, but if he sustains those rates he might get pushed up in a month or so.
A+ Daytona Cubs- L 4-2 in 12

  • How's this for a game from Josh Vitters? 0-5 with a K, GIDP, got caught stealing, and made an error that led to 2 unearned runs scoring. I think I could have done a better job. Blindfolded. Ok probably not, but still a very bad game from a slightly maddening prospect.

  • The top 2 hitters in the D-Cubs order are doing their best to set the table, but nobody else is pulling their weight. Brett Jackson took another walk to go with his 2 hits and bumped his OBP to .400, while DJ LeMahieu was 2-5, putting his OBP at .360. Major props to Brett especially, as that plate discipline is really the last missing piece to his game. He could be a special player.

  • Great start for Brooks Raley, the overslot 5th rounder from the 2009 draft and former 2-way player at Texas Tech, who threw 5 scoreless innings with 5 Ks and 1 BB. He's another addition to the athletic ranks of Cubs SP prospects, which I'll write a post about at some point.
A Peoria Chiefs- L 3-0

  • The Chiefs spread 8 hits throughout the game, but every one of them was a single, and that displays the team's main problem. Their best hitters are Hak-Ju Lee, Logan Watkins, and Matt Cerda, none of whom have power. The whole team just doesn't hit very well, and the power hitters are almost non-existent. Quite a change from last year, when Vitters, Flaherty, Jackson and Burke were hitting long balls regularly.



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