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Around the Minors- April 21st

Matt Swain

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

Sorry I didn't get an ATM post up last night, the site was down when I normally write these and I didn't get a chance during the day. In any case, I hope that this awesome play at the plate can make up for it (h/t to The Sporting Blog).

AAA Iowa Cubs- L 5-6

Player(s) of the Game:
LF Brad Snyder- 4-5, 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI

  • Monster game by Snyder, who's at the is-what-he-is portion of his career. He's chock full of power and can hit for moderate average, but won't take many walks, leading to questionable on-base skills. I'm always surprised a 1st round pick with the success he's had at the minor league level never got a shot to catch on somewhere.

  • It was a rough outing for Casey Coleman, who took the loss and allowed 6 ERs in his 5 innings of work. It ballooned his ERA to 4.84 on the season, though it's encouraging to see him avoiding walks. I have no faith in this guy at all, but then again I'm probably his least-biggest fan, if that makes sense.

AA Tennessee Smokies- Postponed

A+ Daytona Cubs- L 1-4

Player(s) of the Game:
RF Kyler Burke- 1-3, BB, 2B

  • Contributor Jack Nugent was at this game and will have a post up with his thoughts and observations later, so I don't want to steal his thunder here. Look out for that.

A Peoria Chiefs- W 4-2

Player(s) of the Game:
SP Trey McNutt- 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
3B Matt Cerda- 2-4, R, 2 RBI

  • Cerda just won't slow down. His season line sits at .340/.466/.468 now in about 50 at-bats, and he's always drawn good reviews for his bat, so there's hope that it's for real. He is one guy I can't wait to watch in person.

  • Looking for an under the radar prospect with big time potential? Trey McNutt is your man. A huge sleeper from the 2009 draft, the 20-year-old right-hander has an impressive 1.29 ERA and 17 Ks in 14 IP with his mid-90's fastball and sharp breaking ball. He could end up being one of the Cubs best draft picks in decades based on being a 32nd rounder. Right now, he's one of the Cubs top 15 prospects.

  • Jose Valdez will hit for average and then run real fast to second. It's something, but not a skillset that screams "MLB player".



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