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Around the Minors- May 24th

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Matt Swain

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

AAA Iowa Cubs- L 1-0

Player(s) of the Game:
SP Thomas Diamond- 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

  • Diamond has quietly been better than any Cubs minor leaguer not named Cashner. After today he's down to a 2.01 ERA with 45 Ks and 19 BBs in his 49.1 innings of work. His stuff isn't where it once was, but he's missing plenty of bats, and hitters are only making contact on 26.3% of the strikes he throws, a rate even lower than Cashner's.

  • Jay Jackson had his longest stint in the bullpen, throwing 32 pitches over three innings of work. He's actually been pitching more to contact since moving to the pen, which means his stuff hasn't played up like some people hoped. To his credit, Jackson just walked his first hitter since the bullpen move today in 31 batters faced. I'm sure he'll still get a chance at the MLB bullpen, with lots of room available for anyone willing to not walk people.
AA Tennessee Smokies- W 3-2

Player(s) of the Game:
SP Alberto Cabrera- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

  • Good to see a decent effort from Cabrera in his third try at AA. Essentially the difference was that the balls that were hit off of him didn't go as far, since he wasn't dominating. He did throw some more strikes also, so that's encouraging. We'll have to give him about 5 more starts before we really start judging him though.

  • Robinson Chirinos started this one, but was lifted early in favor of Steve Clevenger. It seems to indicate some kind of injury, so we'll have to keep an eye out tomorrow and see what comes out. Hopefully it won't derail what's been an incredible season so far.
A+ Daytona Cubs- W 4-2

Player(s) of the Game:
SP Chris Rusin- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
2B Ryan Flaherty- 2-4, BB, R, HR, 3 RBI

  • Wow has Chris Rusin been good lately. He finally walked some people in this game, but as his pitch count is expanding since his return from injury, he's been nothing short of dominant. In the month of May, he's had a 2.25 ERA with 22/2 K:BB in 20 IP. Now that he seems to have a hang of his advanced arsenal, I'd love to see him get a crack at AA at the all-star break. He's always been looked at as a fast-track type of prospect, and now it's looking like he'll have the chance to start to really make that ascent.

  • Flaherty is up to 9 XBH and 8 BBs in his 17 AA games. I think he'll be fine, though he's looking like the kind of player who will emerge in his age 26 or 27 season and peak in his low 30's as a utility power infielder. I still really like the guy, and he's still top 10 for me for sure.
A Peoria Chiefs- L 8-7

Player(s) of the Game:
2B Matt Cerda- 3-5, R, 2B, RBI

  • One guy who's been kind of sneaky good for Peoria is Ronny Morla, who's got 27 Ks and 9 BBs in 25.1 IP, despite his mediocre 4.21 ERA out of the bullpen. He had some great numbers last year in the Northwest League, and if he was younger than he is (22) you'd be hearing a lot more about him. He's at the very least an intriguing guy to watch.

  • Nelson Perez is back in his old stomping grounds of Peoria, and seems to have found a comfort level there. He's 15-36 since being demoted with 17 RBIs in 9 games. Still not much of a prospect, since his BBs/Ks look more like something you'd look for from a pitcher (42 Ks and 6 BBs).

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CharlieGrimm said:

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Chirinos placed on DL after getting a concussion from a foul ball off the mask

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