Down on the Farm Report – 6/19/07

The Boise Hawks season gets underway today against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. The Hawks announced their roster this past Friday and is included at the end of this report. With all of the movement between Iowa and Chicago, there was an addition to the Iowa Cubs that flew under the radar. The Cubs signed former Cardinal, Bo Hart, and assigned him to Triple-A Iowa. Hart recently played in the independent Atlantic League with the Lancaster Barnstormers. Hart was drafted in the 33rd round of the 1999 draft by the Cardinals. Here’s the rest from the farm….

Iowa Cubs – Record: 39-30

After the last few updates and me saying how well the I-Cubs have been playing, even with all the losses to the big club, they have suddenly run into some trouble. Iowa has lost the last four games and fell out of first place in their division. They now trail Nashville by 1 1/2 games.

The Cubs are still getting good hitting from their players; it has been the pitching that has been the problem of late. Ronny Cedeno has been the hottest hitter over the last four games going 9-of-16 with three RBI’s and adding a stolen base. Cedeno struggled when he was first sent down but he has recovered nicely and currently has his average at .355. In his last 10 games, he is batting .452 (19-of-42). Don’t expect him back in Chicago anytime soon though without an injury or trade. The Cubs have guys playing well right now and just don’t have a way to play him regularly.

Also hitting well for the Cubs are Scott Moore who was 7-of-16 with a home run, an RBI and three runs scored and Micah Hoffpauir who was 7-of-16 with three RBI’s. Matt Murton saw his first action Saturday after being optioned to Iowa. In his two games played he is 0-for-7.

Another interesting note, one of the guys that has been helping beat-up the I-Cubs is someone Cubs fans should know well and could see again very soon. Rick Ankiel hit four home runs against the Cubs including three in one game. He is actually tied for the lead in the Pacific Coast League with 19 on the season. For those of you that don’t remember him, he was once a promising pitcher for the Cardinals who ran into control problems. He was walking batters and throwing wild pitches at an alarming rate. He eventually gave up and switched to the outfield. You don’t see something like this everyday so it just shows you what kind of talent Ankiel is. If he keeps it up he could soon be causing problems for the Chicago Cubs so watch for him.

Bo Hart - Hart was hitting .245/.378/.418 with 2 home runs and 12 RBI’s in 32 games with the Barnstormers. Hart hit .272/.313/.385 with 4 home runs and 40 RBI’s in 88 big league games.

Tennessee Smokies – Record: 36-32

Tennessee was 2-2 over their last four games and finished one game out of first for the first-half division championship. The Smokies could have tied with a win on Sunday but it wasn’t meant to be.

Josh Kroeger has been in the updates a lot and I don’t get tired of mentioning him because the guy is someone to keep an eye on. Over the last four games he was 7-of-14 with a home run, three RBI’s, four runs scored and a stolen base. Over his last 10 games he is hitting .439 with two home runs, eight RBI’s and two stolen bases. Sam Fuld was the only other player of note. He was 6-of-17 and scored three runs.

The Smokies got a couple good performances from pitchers that are working to turn around early struggles. Donald Veal pitching 5.0 shutout innings giving up only four hits and three walks while striking out one. He got the win to even his record at 4-4 on the season. In his last 10 outings, he is 4-0 with a 3.99 ERA.

Kevin Hart is another pitcher that struggled early but has had good success lately. He picked up his fourth win last Thursday going 7.0 innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits and no walks while striking out eight.

Daytona Cubs – Record: 31-35

The Florida State League All-Star game took place Saturday night so this update has only a doubleheader to report on so I instead chose to report on those that were in the All-Star Game for Daytona. Five Daytona players were included in the All-Star game. Mitch Atkins was named the starter for the East and all but one of the Cubs players were starters. Matt Matulia played 2nd base while Tyler Colvin and Jesus Valdez started in the outfield. Chris Amador also appeared and finished the game in center field.

Atkins pitched 2.0 innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three. Matt Matulia batted lead-off and was 1-of-3 with an RBI and two runs scored in the game. Colvin, Valdez and Amador were all hitless in the game.

Peoria Chiefs – Record: 31-38

Peoria has continued to struggle and are 1-3 in their last four games. It seems the same players are doing the job each week with an update regular, Joshua Lansford, again providing the consistent bat. Over the last four games he is 8-of-19 with 6 RBI’s. Also pitching in at the plate was Russell Canzler who was 5-of-13 with a home run, four RBI’s and three runs scored. Yusuf Carter was also 5-of-16 with three home runs, six RBI’s and five runs scored.

The best pitching performances were put in by Miguel Cuevas and Brad Clipp. They combined to win the only game of the last four. Cuevas started and pitched 5.0 innings giving up one earned run on four hits and three walks while striking out three. Clipp came on in relief and pitched 4.0 innings giving up one earned run on three hits and no walks while also striking out six. Clipp ended up getting the win when Peoria scored a run in the bottom of the 9th.

Boise Hawks

Tom Beyers returns as the manager of the Hawks, Beyers was the 2004 Northwest League manager of the Year.

Catchers

  • Steven Clevenger
  • Mario Mercedes

Infielders

  • Sammy Baez
  • Dylan Johnston
  • Jose Made
  • Billy Mottram
  • Bill Moss
  • Marc Sawyer
  • Derek Schermerhorn

Outfielders

  • Brian Leclerc
  • Drew Rundle
  • Jonathan Wyatt

Pitchers

  • Al Alburquerque
  • Zachary Ashwood
  • Alberto Cabrera
  • Chris Huseby
  • Casey Lambert
  • Jordan Latham
  • Andrew McCormick
  • John Muller
  • Audy Santana
  • Duston Sasser
  • Chris Siegfried
  • Harol Tolentino

That’s it for the updates. Check back for more on Friday. Go Cubs!!

Quote of the Day

"Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you." - Arnold Palmer
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