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Around the Minors- April 25th

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Matt Swain

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

AAA Iowa Cubs- L 1-5

Player(s) of the Game:
C Welington Castillo- 1-3, HR, RBI, R
SP Jay Jackson- 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

  • Pretty easy choices for POGs in this one, as Jackson had another solid outing and Castillo provided the Cubs' only offense.

  • Castillo's got great power, but at some point you'd like to see him hit some singles. He's got an odd .194/.306/.677 line, explained in part by having 6 hits, all of them for extra bases. Obviously that's not going to keep up, and he'll have some singles fall at some point, but it does expose the major flaw in his game. He's got holes in his swing that will sap his batting average and rack up the strikeouts, but when Castillo hits the ball it tends to go a long way.

  • Hey Jay Jackson, you're doing great so far, but I would appreciate if you would strike some more dudes out. Thanks in advance.


AA Tennessee Smokies- W 9-7, L 3-4

Player(s) of the Game:
C Robinson Chirinos- 4-6, BB, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R

  • It's hard to imagine a better start from Chirinos, who is now hitting .383/.436/.809 with 5 HRs and 18 RBIs in 13 games. The guy is raking early, and with his improved defense he is turning himself into a decent prospect, even at 25 years old. Not sure if there's much need for him with Soto established for the forseeable future, but maybe Chirinos can serve as his backup.

  • After 7 straight multi-hit games, Starlin Castro couldn't even notch a hit in two games today. What a bum. Only hitting .383 now? Come on Starlin, we thought you were better than that.

  • Andrew Cashner had his roughest outing of the season, allowing 4 ERs in 7 IP. He wasn't nearly as dominant as he has been, allowing 12 baserunners and striking out only 4. We'll have to see if perhaps his early season success was lucky as things even out.

A+ Daytona Cubs- L 5-4 in 14

Player(s) of the Game:
SP Rafael Dolis- 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO

  • This was a very weird game. Scoreless through 9 innings, Daytona finally broke through in  the 10th with 3 runs, before Mike Perconte blew the lead in the bottom half of the inning. It went 3-3 into the 14th, when the Cubs moved in front again before Oswaldo Martinez and Chris Siegfried allowed 2 runs to end the game.

  • Brett Jackson reached base 3 times in 7 plate appearances, which is just typical of him. I've been really impressed in the early going with his patience and on-base skills, even though he's sacrificed some power to gain it. OBP > SLG.

  • It's amazing to me that Rafael Dolis can't strike more guys out. He's been great this season (0.90 ERA), but has just 12 Ks in 20 IP, which shouldn't happen when you throw mid-90's gas.

A Peoria Chiefs- L 0-1, L 1-3

Player(s) of the Game:
3B Matt Cerda- 1-3, 3 BBs

  • Jeffry Antigua has been pretty bad this year so far. Even in this outing, perhaps his most successful to date (1 ER in 5 IP), he's got 11 BBs and 13 Ks this year and just hasn't had nearly the impact he had last year. He doesn't have great stuff and could be a guy who never does anything at the high levels for all we know, which would be a shame.

  • Hak-Ju Lee was 0-5 on the day and has really struggled out of the gate to a .246/.286/.308 start. Let's see some offense, Hak-Ju, I know you've got it in you.

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