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Around the Minors- April 18th

Matt Swain

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

Link of the day is this Vitamin Water commercial, where Steve Nash shows his lighter side and 50 Cent makes an awesome cameo.

AAA Iowa Cubs- W 11-6

Player(s) of the Game:
C Welington Castillo- 2-3, 2 BBs, 3B, HR, 4 RBIs, 2 Rs
2B Bobby Scales- 3-4, 3 2Bs, 2 RBIs, 2 Rs

  • The bats were out in force tonight for the I-Cubs, led by the impressive performance from Castillo. Power is his calling card offensively, and he's shown plenty so far this year, with all 4 of his hits going for extra bases. He'll need to make some more contact and improve his defense behind the plate, but he's still young enough to get better.

  • Scales has been flat-out ridiculous so far, hitting .469/.548/.750 in the early going. He's got a chance to get another look if injuries alter the Cub infield plans, but he's basically a career minor leaguer at this point with no room for more growth.

AA Tennessee Smokies- W 6-5 in 10

Player(s) of the Game:
2B Ryan Flaherty- 2-3, 2 BBs, HR, 3 RBI

  • Tennessee improved to 8-2 on a dramatic walk-off homer in the 10th after they had given up the lead. Flaherty had a rough star to the season, but appears to be adjusting following a two-level jump. I'm excited to see how he progresses, since his powerful bat could really be an asset at second base for the Cubs. He'll turn 24 this July, so he doesn't have much time to mess around, he needs to produce this year.

  • Starlin Castro had a nice game, going 2-4 with a 3B and a BB. The triple was his 3rd of the season, while the walk was just his 2nd. It would be nice to see him take some more free passes, but when a guy's hitting .357 you don't complain about it. He's lived up to every possible expectation so far and is looking good for a mid-season promotion to Iowa.

  • You have to love what OF Brandon Guyer is doing so far. He's sitting at .281/.465/.469 with 10 walks and 5 strikeouts after 2 more bases on balls today. He's shown athleticism with his 4 steals, and is a good defensive player. He can't hit lefties, but crushes right-handed pitching, which could be valuable for the Cubs. He's definitely improved his prospect stock in my eyes thus far.

A+ Daytona Cubs- Postponed due to rain

A Peoria- W 10-3

Player(s) of the Game:
3B Greg Rohan- 3-5, 2B, 4 RBIs

  • The 1-2 punch of Lee-Watkins was at it again, with both posting 2-5 days. Lee tripled and Watkins stole a base.

  • There's no stopping Jose Valdez. He reached 3 times, pushed his OBP over .400 and stole his 9th base. If he was just a little younger than 22, he'd be more interesting. Still, I'm excited to see him play in Peoria this year, as he's purported to be the fastest guy in the system.

  • Justin Bour drew 3 walks in this one to join Valdez and Matt Cerda in the .400 OBP club. He's had a nice start to the season, though he really needs to show the power he had in college if he's going to make anything of himself.



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