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Matt Swain

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

Since I'm both lazy and self-serving, instead of searching for an awesome link for today I'm just going to refer you to the top 30 Cubs prospect list I posted earlier tonight.

AAA Iowa Cubs- W 3-2

Player(s) of the Game:
SP Casey Coleman- 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K; 2-2, RBI

  • Remember that little talk we had about BABIP the other day? Casey Coleman apparently doesn't like defense independent pitching theory, and he refuses to be it's slave. He had a low .286 BABIP last year (league average was .300) and is had a .256 mark coming into today, when it went down even further. He also doesn't allow HRs on flyballs at nearly a normal rate, with just 3% marks ever year compared to a 10% average. He's been consistent enough to make you wonder if he's some kind of exception to the rules, but they're still rules. I don't expect it to continue. Best of luck to Casey proving me wrong though, I'd like nothing more.

  • Good to see Esmailin Caridad back in a box score, and he picked up a hold despite allowing 2 baserunners in an inning. Hopefully he can make his way back to Wrigley soon enough and send Jeff Gray or someone else packing.
AA Tennessee Smokies- W 2-1

Player(s) of the Game:
SP Austin Bibens-Dirkx- 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 5 Ks
SS Starlin Castro- 2-5, BB, R

  • ABD's performance as a Cubs prospect sure makes you wonder why Seattle dumped him, doesn't it? If you look at his Seattle numbers it becomes more clear, but the puzzling thing is figuring out what could have changed. It seems the big difference was just getting out of the notoriously high scoring California League and having some better luck. It's turned out to be a great pickup, as ABD has had nothing but success since arriving.

  • As I mentioned on Twitter earlier, Starlin Castro is up to 9 BBs and 11 Ks on the season, which is pretty impressive for such a young player at a high level. If he falls on his face, it won't be due to plate discipline. Come to think of it, I have no idea what it would be from.
A+ Daytona Cubs- W 6-3

Player(s) of the Game:
SS Junior Lake- 2-4, R, RBI

  • That's the first POG win of the season for Junior Lake, and one glance at his season line will tell you why: .241/.262/.276. Woof.

  • Rebel Ridling has been activated 7 games and has compiled 4 HRs after another one Monday. He needs to REALLY hit to A) catch up to an age appropriate level (he's almost 24) and B) make himself relevant as a 1B prospect.
A Peoria Chiefs- W 4-1

Player(s) of the Game:
3B Matt Cerda- 1-1, pinch hit game winning walk off 3-R HR

  • The slumping Cerda, who was 3-26 heading into today's game, came up big with the first home run of his professional career to put an end to things. I wouldn't expect many more to come from the diminuitive infielder.

  • Speaking of slumps, Hak-Ju Lee appears to be coming out of his also, with hits in 5 of his last 6 games after a 2-4 game Monday.

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