Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/21/09

Here is your mid-week update for our Young Cubs. It has been a pretty eventful beginning to week for first round picks. Josh Vitters (1st round pick 2007 Draft) is on a streak of historical proportions; he had at least three hits in five straight games and he homered in his last four before Wednesday. The names in this article put our top prospect in some pretty impressive company.

Andrew Cashner (1st round pick from 2008 Draft) got another start for Daytona and Monday and pitched two innings while giving up two earned runs on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

Here is even more former first rounder news: Tyler Colvin (1st round pick from 2006 Draft) returned after a ten day lay off from a concussion he suffered during a collision with Tony Campana. Colvin went 1-for- 4 with three strikeouts in his first game back on Tuesday.

In other news, Brad Snyder fractured his wrist earlier in the week and will be out four to six weeks.

Don’t forget that you can check out my site at for daily updates of the big performers.

Here are the standings for the Cubs’ system only:

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Peoria Chiefs – Class A

Monday 5/18Vitters and Perez help “homer” the Chiefs to a 10-6 victory over the Beloit Snappers

Tuesday 5/19Four Chiefs hit HRs, including Vitters-who has now gone deep in 4 straight games; Chiefs win 9-1

Wednesday 5/20Chiefs lose as Vitters’ streak comes to an end

Peoria’s Team Stats

Daytona Cubs – Class High A

Monday 5/18Daytona slugs their way to a 10-3 victory of the Dunedin Blue Jays

Tuesday 5/19Daytona scores 7 in the first 2 innings, win rain shortened game 8-3

Wednesday 5/20 Game Postponed due to weather

Daytona Cubs’ Team Stats

Tennessee Smokies – Class AA

Monday 5/18 – Smokies split a double-header with the Chattanooga Lookouts

Game One: Smokies hold one to win 8-7, thanks to Marquez Smith’s first Double-A HR

Game Two: Smokies tie the game late, but drop it in the bottom of the 7th-lose 4-5 to the Lookouts

Tuesday 5/19Smokies’ bullpen blows a great start by Jay Jackson-Smokies lose 2-4

Wednesday 5/20Smokies get just enough offense for Casey Lambert to get his 3rd victory, win 2-0

Tennessee Smokies’ Team Stats

Iowa Cubs – Class AAA

Monday 5/18Cubs score 5 runs in both the 7th and 8th -pull away for a 12-3 victory over the Salt Lake Bees

Tuesday 5/19Cubs hold on to a 3-2 victory over the Bees to give Jeff Samardzija his first victory of the year

Wednesday 5/20 – No Game Scheduled

Iowa Cubs’ Team Stats

Quote of the Day

"You can’t sit on a lead and kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game." - Earl Weaver