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Around the Minors- April 9th

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Matt Swain

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

AAA Iowa Cubs- L 5-2

  • Ted Lilly was actually supposed to start for Iowa tonight, but had some back stiffness and was pushed back to Sunday. He'll have up to 75 pitches, according to the Des Moines Register.

  • Another bad day offensively led to another loss for the I-Cubs. All they could muster was two solo home runs, one each from Micah Hoffpauir and Jason Dubois. Dubois is starting his 5th season at Iowa and blew his best chance to do anything more in 2005, when he opened the season as the starting left fielder for the Cubs. 2010 will actually be Hoffpauir's 7th season with time at Iowa, if you can believe that. The two are kind of the "Bash Brothers" of AAA.

  • Top pitching prospect Jay Jackson made his season debut tonight, throwing 5 pretty good innings of 3 ER ball. All three runs came on a pair of homers, and other than that he was pretty effective. 4 Ks and just 1 BB, if you're interested (and you should be).

AA Tennessee Smokies- W 5-4

  • Tony Campana continues a hot start, going 3-4 with a BB and 2 more SBs, making 4 in his first two games. He's a lock for 60 SBs and has an outside shot at 100. Invest in him for your fantasy Southern League teams, you won't regret it.

  • Jon's younger and much less talented brother Jeremy Papelbon threw today, giving up 3 ERs over 4 IP. He's pretty much stuck at Tennessee for now and he's really not even particularly good for them.

  • Brandon Guyer 2-4 with 2 SBs. He's got potential to have a nice breakout season this year in a James Adduci kind of way. He isn't a major league starter, but profiles well as a fourth outfielder with some nice speed and potentially a dose of power.

Hi-A Daytona Cubs- L 7-0

  • In a weird bit of news, it was discovered today that a weeblo troop has been impersonating the Daytona lineup. The 3rd and 4th graders managed just 7 total hits over the first two games of the season. Scout master Russ Walton described their performance as "embarrassing for everyone involved".

  • Nelson Perez was 0-4 with 3 Ks, making him 0-8 with 5 Ks to start the year. After having seen him in Peoria last year, I'm actually kind of surprise he has a job this year. Lazy ballplayer who swings (and misses) at everything and has no apparent use for the tools he possesses.

  • On the rubber, it was a rough go for former UK Wildcat Chris Rusin in his full-season debut. Rusin allowed 6 ER over his 4 innings of work. Slightly surprising considering the league's lean towards pitchers and his work in the SEC.

A Peoria Chiefs- L 5-4

  • Jose Valdez is now 5-8 on the year, doing his best Tony Campana impression. He's not quite as fast as Tony, but is at least in the same general ballpark and two more SBs today. Like Campana though, he has some work to do to attain prospect status.

  • Nice debut for Jeff Antigua, who went 5 innings allowing just 2 ERs, with 5 Ks and 1 BB. He continues to just get it done, even without overwhelming stuff. He's a guy who will need to sustain his success into AA Tennessee before he really blows up on prospect maps if only because his fastball is just above-average. Being a lefty helps, but I don't see the prospect world buying in for a while.

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