Down on the Farm Report – 8/24/07

Jim Hendry shook the Cubs’ roster up a little more on Friday with acquiring Craig Monroe and cash from the Tigers for a player to be named later. Hendry got the Tigers to kick in around $600,000 of the remaining $900,000 owed to Monroe this season, but the move did come with a price. The Cubs designated Buck Coats for assignment to make room for Monroe on the 40-man roster and will likely send Jake Fox back to Iowa today in order to make room for Monroe on the active roster. The Tigers are rumored to be asking for either Clay Rapada or Neal Cotts as the player they will receive for Monroe. He is arbitration eligible next season and according to Paul Sullivan will likely be non-tendered by the Cubs.

With Monroe now on the roster, it will be interesting to see whether it is Matt Murton or Felix Pie that gets optioned back to Iowa if Alfonso Soriano is activated before the rosters expand on September 1st. Another player to keep an eye on is Will Ohman, will he get recalled before the rosters expand? With the Minor League season coming to an end, here is the latest from down on the farm….

Iowa Cubs – Record: 72-60

Iowa is now 8 1/2 games out of first after going 1-2 in their last three games. Josh Kroeger had a good game Monday and hit a 3-run walk off home run. In the game he was 2-of-5 with two runs scored in addition to the home run and three RBI’s. In the three games Geovany Soto was 4-of-11 with three RBI’s.

From the mound, Kevin Hart pitched well on Monday going 6.0 innings and giving up three earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five. Hart is also a decent hitter with his .467 batting average since joining Iowa.

Tennessee Smokies – Record: 32-26

Tennessee also went 1-2 and remains one game out of first in their division. Casey McGehee was one of the bright spots on offense going 5-of-12 with an RBI. Kyle Reynolds also had a good few games going 5-of-13 with a home run and three RBI’s.

Donald Veal pitched well on Wednesday going 5.0 innings and giving up one earned run on four hits and a walk while striking out five. Due to an error he gave up an unearned run also and ended up taking the loss.

Daytona Cubs – Record: 22-37

The theme continues with the D-Cubs also going 1-2. Brian Dopirak was 5-of-13 in three games with three RBI’s and a stolen base. Steven Clevenger continues to hit well at Daytona and was 7-of-13 with three RBI’s in his three games played. He is batting .351 since joining Daytona and should be headed to Tennessee soon if he continues his pace.

Another solid pitching outing resulted in a loss. Jesse Estrada pitched a complete game going 8.0 innings and giving up two earned runs on five hits and no walks while striking out four. He got only one run in support.

Peoria Chiefs – Record: 32-26

Peoria broke the trend and went 2-1 in their last three games. They are four back in their division with some hope they can still make up the ground. Helping on offense was Marquez Smith who was 4-of-8 with a home run and five RBI’s. Russell Canzler was also 4-of-12 with two RBI’s and a stolen base. Darwin Barney continues his good hitting and was 6-of-15 with an RBI and a stolen base in three games played.

From the mound, Jeremy Papelbon had a great outing on Wednesday to improve to 7-6. He pitched 7.0 shutout innings giving up four hits and three walks while striking out six. He has an excellent 3.23 ERA on the year.

Boise Hawks – Record: 28-34

Not to repeat myself but Boise also went 1-2 in their last three games and sit 1 1/2 games out of first in their division. The lone bright spot on offense was Luis Bautista. He went 2-of-5 in two games and added three RBI’s.

From the mound, if I have to find a good performance it would have to go to Audy Santana. He pitched 1.2 innings of relief giving up two hits and two walks along with four strikeouts. He is 3-2 on the season with a 3.86 ERA.

That is all for this update. Have a great weekend and as always, GO CUBS!!

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