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Around the Minors- May 11th

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Matt Swain

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

AAA Iowa Cubs- W 15-10

Player(s) of the Game:
1B Micah Hoffpauir- 2-4, 2 BB, 3 R, 2B, HR, 5 RBI

  • Everybody hit in this one, with Sam Fuld and Darwin Barney each piling up 3 hits and Hoffpauir, Chad Tracy, Marquez Smith, Bobby Scales, and Matt Camp collecting 2 apiece.

  • Jay Jackson out of the bullpen? Whaaaa? Looking at the I-Cubs rotation, you see Mathes, Diamond, Coleman, Cashner and Atkins in the rotation, Jay Jackson appears to have been booted from regular duty, and he pitched an inning in Tuesday's game. If this is more than a one time thing, I'm going to be SUPER pissed. Jackson is an excellent starting pitching prospect, and if he's getting shifted to make room for J.R. Mathes, something is wrong with this organization. I'll keep this situation monitored...

AA Tennessee Smokies- W 4-3

Player(s) of the Game:
3B Josh Vitters- 2-3, 2B, RBI

  • Vitters is 4-9 in AA, which I guess means almost nothing considering the sample size. Sorry I brought it up.

  • I'm hearing good things about Tony Campana, whose plate discipline has been better this season and has been turning on more pitches and hitting the ball with more authority. He's still a marginal-at-best prospect, but he's been excellent this year and with his plus-plus speed and range, he could possibly have some kind of future.
A+ Daytona Cubs- L 2-0

Player(s) of the Game:
DH Ryan Flaherty- 1-3, 2B

  • Congratulations Ryan Flaherty, you just won the easiest POG award of the season to date. I'll keep an eye out and see if a worse line ever wins the prize, but I doubt that one will. Daytona's lineup is so bad. (How bad are they?) Daytona's lineup is so bad, that they have a .235 batting average and a .300 on-base percentage.

  • Another outing by Dae-Eun Rhee that could be classified as decent, but not good. He allowed 2 ER in his 4.2 IP, with 3 Ks and 2 BBs. If you want to hear the argument for why he's still a top 15 guy, see toonsterwu's comment on the top 30 prospects list. I personally don't buy it, and he's falling in my book.
A Peoria Chiefs- L 11-2L 13-3

Player(s) of the Game(s):
1B Justin Bour- 2-2, BB, HR, 2 RBI

  • First of the year for the on-base machine Bour, who really should hit more home runs as a 6 foot 4 250 pound first-baseman. He'll need that to come, so it's at least nice that he's got one.

  • Larry Suarez continued his impressive start with 4 more Ks in 2 IP, showing excellent control to go with the same power stuff he's always had. He's definitely someone to watch, and I'll definitely try to find out exactly how he's throwing in Peoria.

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WearShades said:

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Thanks for the heads up on Jay Jackson being moved to the bullpen. I agree that it makes no sense for them to do that, so hopefully it is only a temporary move. Maybe they're planning on calling up Cashner once the super-two deadline passes, and Jackson can resume his spot in the rotation. I don't like that logic, but I can't think of a better explanation for what's going on there.

I'm surprised there hasn't been a bigger deal made of Campana's hitting. He's been hitting even better than Castro was at Tennessee, and even though he's 24 or 25 already, you'd think a guy like that would at least be getting some more attention. It could be due to the fact he's only 5'8" or so, but still.

Also, good job on Ivy Envy Matt. Had no idea you were going to be on there when I listed to it today.

Matt Swain said:

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Thanks WS, always fun to chat with those guys.

Campana is just a bunt and slap hitter, not the type of guy you think will succeed in the MLB, which is why he doesn't get mentioned a lot. He's looked very good this year though, as I mentioned.

toonsterwu said:

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I think the Cubs are going to ponder calling up Jay for pen help. Otherwise, there's very little point in shifting him. It's been rumored for awhile, and while I'd rather see Jay continue to start, the one thing I will say in defense of this move is this - if this gives Cashner more time in the minors as a starter (as it should), then okay. That is, I prefer Jay getting called up for pen duty to give Cashner more time. I'm more confident, because of track record, that Jay could bounce back to rotation work the following season, whereas I feel like Cashner needs more SP experience and innings now to have a better shot to be a starter long term. Jay could be a very solid pen arm (can flash mid-upper 90's in short spurts).

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