Down on the Farm Report – 4/20/07

In the biggest news of the week, Felix Pie was recalled from AAA-Iowa to fill in for the injured Alfonso Soriano. Soriano is expected to only be out a week so Angel Guzman was sent to Iowa to make room for Pie and stretch out his arm. Here are the other highlights for the Cubs farm teams….

Iowa Cubs – Record: 8-6

Carlos Marmol earned his 2nd win on Thursday as he pitched 7 innings, gave up three hits and one earned run. He also struck out eight while walking only two batters. Carlos has been impressive thus far at Iowa. Les Walrond has been impressive as well and earned his 2nd win. He pitched 6 shutout innings, gave up four hits and struck out four.

Buck Coats has struggled mightily so far this season but he broke out of his slump in the last two games as he went 4-of-7. For the season he is still batting just .196 so hopefully he is headed in the right direction. Carlos Rojas is also turning things around as he is 6-of-15 over the last four games.

Catcher Koyie Hill continued his hot hitting with going 5-of-9 over the last 4 games and he also stolen a base. For the season he is batting .355 in nine games. Micah Hoffpauir is still hitting well, he is 5-of-15 with 2 HR’s and 5 RBI’s over the same four games. On the season he is batting .400, with a .426 OBP and a .727 SLG, four HR’s, and 23 RBI’s. My question is can Hoffpauir keep up his hot start, I hope he can.

Tennessee Smokies – Record: 6-5

Tennessee has won three games in a row and has gotten good production from their offense. Chris Walker is 6-of-15 with two stolen bases and a home run in the three games. Matt Craig continued his hot hitting going 5-of-8 in the last three games.

The hottest pitcher for the Smokies is Mark Holliman. He has pitched 13 innings and has yet to give up a run. On Tuesday he pitched 7 innings, gave up two hits, walked two and struck out three to get his first win.

Daytona Cubs – Record: 7-6

The best pitching performance of the last few games was put in by Joel Santo. He pitched 6.2 innings, gave up five hits, two earned runs, with one walk and no strikeouts. He has a 2.31 ERA in two games. Jeff Samardzija pitched well but the Cubs lost the game when the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead. He pitched 5 innings, gave up five hits, two earned runs, walked two and struck out one.

Chris Amador had a productive three games with 3-of-11 hitting and two stolen bases. Matt Matulia stayed hot too going 5-of-12 in the same three games. Jesus Valdez was 5-of-11.

Peoria Chiefs – Record: 6-5

After losing five games in a row, Peoria has rebounded to win three in a row. They don’t seem to be hitting the ball all that well but they somehow win the games. Not one hitter is batting over .300 early in the season. They might be manufacturing runs as they have 15 stolen bases as a team and they have drawn 23 walks.

From the mound, William Muldowney pitched 6 strong innings, gave up six hits, two unearned runs, no walks and he struck out three. Another strong performance was put in my Al Alburquerque. He pitched 5 innings, gave up four runs, one earned, one walk and he struck out three.

Overall, all four minor league teams are over .500 at this early point in the season. Now if the Cubs can figure things out and start moving in that direction.

That is the latest from down on the farm. More updates next week. Have a great weekend.

Quote of the Day

"From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life." – Arthur Ashe