Down on the Farm Report – 5/04/07

As I look at the Iowa Cubs I cannot help but notice they have struggled since Felix Pie left for Chicago. The I-Cubs started the season 6-5 with Pie on the roster and are 6-10 in the 16 games since he was called up. They are struggling as a team and one noticeable drop-off has been with first baseman Micah Hoffpauir. In Pie’s last game with Iowa, Hoffpauir’s average was at .432 with four home runs and 21 RBI’s. Today, his average sits at .307 with the same four home runs and 25 RBI’s.

While the big team did not start winning right away when Pie was called up, they have shown improvement of late. The Cubs have not decided what they will do with Pie when they finally have to have a 5th starter in the rotation. Even with the Jacque Jones trade rumors making the rounds again, Pie is not guaranteed he will stay with the big club but for now he is on the 25-man roster, and he is trying to make the best of it. Iowa might have to adjust to life without Felix Pie.

I have included the normal updates on the Cubs farm system plus an update on the best hitters and pitchers over the last month. I will do this monthly to let you know who the best hitters and pitchers are for each farm team at that time.

Iowa Cubs – Record: 12-15

Sean Marshall made his 2nd start in the minors on Wednesday and pitched 5.0 strong innings. He gave up seven hits, one unearned run, one walk and he struck out five.

Angel Guzman made the start at AAA-Iowa on Tuesday, the same day he was supposed to start for Chicago. Guzman struggled yet again, going 3.0 innings, giving up four hits, seven earned runs, and four walks with two strikeouts. Guzman is supposed to make a start for the Cubs in the next week but based on his past three outings, I am not sure he is ready.

After the first month for the I-Cubs, the leading hitter is Geovany Soto with a .340 batting average. Felix Pie had a .444 average when he was called up but Soto is the leader of those currently with the club. Micah Hoffpauir and Mike Fontenot lead the team with four home runs each and Hoffpauir leads the club with 25 RBI’s. Angel Pagan and Eric Patterson lead the team with five stolen bases each.

The best pitcher so far for the I-Cubs is Les Walrond. He is 2-2 with a 3.49 ERA. He also has a 16 to 5 strikeout-to-walk ratio and he has a WHIP of 1.24.

Tennessee Smokies – Record: 12-12

The Smokies only played two games since the last update but they have some hot hitters in those two games. Jake Fox was the hottest going 4-of-8 with a HR, two RBI’s and a stolen base. Matt Craig was 3-of-8 with a HR, while Gary Cates was 3-of-9 with a stolen base and Jorge Cortes was 4-of-6 with two doubles.

From the mound, Justin Berg put in one of his best outings going 7.0 strong innings, giving up only one hit, one earned run, and three walks while striking out three.

After the first month the leading hitter for the Smokies is Josh Kroeger with a .397 average. Jake Fox is leading the team with four home runs and 16 RBI’s. Chris Walker leads the team with seven stolen bases.

The leading pitcher for the Smokies is Mark Holliman. He has a 3-0 record with a 0.33 ERA. He is also averaging just shy of seven innings pitched per outing.

Daytona Cubs – Record: 13-13

The D-Cubs have struggled in their last few games and have little of note to report. The most consistent performances were put in by Chris Amador and Tyler Colvin. Amador was 4-of-9 with four runs, one home run, two RBI’s and a stolen base. Colvin was 4-of-7 with three RBI’s and a stolen base. There were not any pitching performances of note to report this time around.

After the first month of the season Tyler Colvin is leading the team in batting. He also has six stolen bases on the season. Chris Amador is leading the team with two home runs and also leads in stolen bases with eight. Jesus Valdez leads the team with 18 RBI’s.

The best pitcher for the D-Cubs would be Mitch Atkins. He has a 2-1 record with a 2.14 ERA. He doesn’t have the best record but he has the better overall numbers. He has a 17-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio and he has a WHIP of 0.86.

Peoria Chiefs – Record: 13-10

Offensively there is little to report on the Chiefs. The best hitters they had over the last few games were James Adduci who was 3-of-6 and Jonathon Mota who was 4-of-10 with a double.

From the mound, Rafael Dolis put in another solid outing going 5.2 innings, giving up three hits, no earned runs, four walks and he struck out four.

At the end of the first month for the Chiefs, Alfred Joseph is the leading hitter of those with over 40 AB’s. Welington Castillo is leading the team with three home runs and 11 RBI’s. Matt Camp leads in stolen bases with six.

Rafael Dolis is the best starter so far with a 3-1 record and a 1.75 ERA.

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

Quote of the Day

"When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all." – Theodore Roosevelt