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Matt Swain

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

AAA Iowa Cubs- Off day

AA Tennessee Smokies- L 11-3

Player(s) of the Game:
3B Russ Canzler- 2-4, R, HR, RBI

  • Alberto Cabrera was just coming onto my radar when he was promoted to Tennessee a week or two ago after a strong start for Datyona. Apparently the kid can't handle the pressure that came with an esteemed blogger like myself watching, because he's been pretty terrible. He hasn't been throwing enough strikes (56%), and the ones he has been throwing are getting demolished. Cabrera's allowed 20 baserunners in 6.1 IP for a total of 12 ER. Yikes. Hopefully he's just adjusting slowly to the new level and comes around in the next few weeks.

  • David Cales is having a pretty good year, and a scoreless inning extended a stretch over which he's thrown 11.1 scoreless innings, allowing just 1 H, 1 BB, and striking out 10. He's got a great slider, generates groundballs, pounds the strikezone and is just 22, so he's an interesting name to keep an eye on for the bullpen over the next couple years.
A+ Daytona Cubs- W 7-2

Player(s) of the Game:
RF Kyler Burke- 3-5, 2 R, 2 2Bs, HR, 5 RBI

  • Brett Jackson is showing no signs of slowing, and after going 2-4 with a BB today, he's now at .326/.439/.434. He's exhibiting some terrific on-base skills, for which he should be applauded. Can't wait to see him in Wrigley, probably sometime next summer.

  • Chris Rusin has been really impressive since returning from the DL, with a 2.50 ERA, 18 Ks and 0 BBs in 18 IP. He just doesn't throw many balls, and that's a nice trait. This is a case when you take his 5.24 ERA and throw it out the window, because he's definitely succeeded so far for the D-Cubs. The next hurdle for him will be seeing if his stuff can translate to the upper levels. I was ready a few weeks ago to write him off based on what in retrospect was an injury-affected start to the season, which was awfully premature of me.
A Peoria Chiefs- W 11-7

Player(s) of the Game:
LF DJ Fitzgerald- 4-4, BB, 3 Rs, 2B, 3B

  • In April, Hak-Ju Lee had 5 BBs and 13 Ks. So far in May, he's got 10 BBs and 9 Ks. That tells me he's adjusting, and his overall line has improved significantly too.

  • Matt Cerda has really scuffled since his hot start, and it's probably related to his 9% line drive rate. Hopefully that's just a small sample size fluke, because if that's his true rate, he's in trouble.

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Doogolas said:

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Alright, so I was reading through an old report where you went to a Peoria game and said Lee's arm disappointed you. Well, I dunno how important this is but are you aware he had Tommy John Surgery... I believe sometime in late 08/early 09 on his throwing arm? That could be why he's A) Not going all out with his throws. B) Not quite able to yet. Though I don't know enough about TJS to know how long it takes to get all of your arm back.

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