Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/25/11

The organization saw some signs of breaking out of their collective mid-season slump. Tennessee put together back-to-back victories, while Daytona earned their 60th win of the year. Zeke DeVoss continues to run wild in Boise, while Peoria got some good pitching from Eric Jokisch, Frank Del Valle, and Luis Liria. However, Iowa couldn’t buy a win, as they struggled for consistency.

All of this and more in this edition of the CCO’s Down on the Farm Report.

Short Season-A – Boise Hawks (16-20)
A case to the yips affected Boise’s pitching staff on Wednesday, as they issued ten walks in a 6-4 loss to Spokane. Su-Min Jung couldn’t find the plate, walking five and allowing an earned run in 0.2 of an inning to start the game. Cameron Greathouse followed and issued four free passes in 3.2 innings, letting three runs (one earned). Dustin Fitzgerald gave up the last walk and two earned runs in 0.2 innings. Colin Richardson finally restored order, striking out four in three scoreless innings. Reggie Golden kept the Hawks in it by going 2-for-4 with a double, triple, and two RBI. Rafael Lopez was 3-for-4 and Wilson Contreras 2-for-4, while Zeke DeVoss and Kyung-Min Na each stole a base.

The Boise offense just couldn’t generate runs on Thursday, as they lost to Yakima 4-0, their sixth straight loss. The Hawks’ starter Austin Reed held the Bears in check, allowing only one earned run while striking out five over 5.2 innings. Jin-Yeong Kim then came on and gave up three earned runs over the final 3.1 innings. Zeke DeVoss was 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base. Wes Darvill and newcomer Jesus Morelli were each 1-for-3 with a stolen base.

It took ten innings, but Boise finally got back in the win column in a 3-2 win over Yakima on Friday. Rafael Lopez (2-for-5) singled in Zeke DeVoss (2-for-4, stolen base) with the winning run. Yaniel Cabeza was also 2-for-4.

Willengton Cruz kept the Hawks in the game by allowing only one run over six innings with three strikeouts. Charles Thomas gave up another earned run on his 1.1 innings of work. Bryce Shafer made up for some recent poor performances by hurling 2.2 scoreless innings, striking out four batters.

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The lack of timely hitting let the Hawks down on Saturday, as Boise couldn’t hold a lead in a 4-1 loss to Yakima. Starter Ben Wells continues to be a work in progress. Wells allowed three runs (two earned) in four innings… the unearned run was a product of his own throwing error. Kyler Burke is beginning to settle in, as the lefty tossed four innings and gave up an earned run while striking out three. Dustin Fitzgerald closed out the game with a scoreless inning. Boise scattered seven hits, as Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-for-4 with a double and triple. Jesus Morelli drove in Chen for the Hawks’ only run.

Low Class-A – Peoria Chiefs (43-55)
Peoria could manage only three hits on Thursday, as the Dayton Dragons slayed the Chiefs young pitching in a 13-0 loss. Starling Peralta had his worst outing in Peoria, allowing nine earned runs in two innings. Dan Berlind followed and gave up three more earned runs in two innings. P.J. Francescon let in the final run in his two innings of work. Pete Levitt and Brent Ebinger finally stopped the bleeding. Anthony Giansanti was the entire offense for the Chiefs, going 2-for-3 with a double. Rubi Silva saw his first action at second base.

The offense continued to sputter on Friday, wasting a good effort by Eric Jokisch as Peoria lost to Dayton 2-0. The Chiefs mustered only three hits, as Dustin Geiger went 2-for-4 while Elliot Soto collected the only other hit. Jokisch went five innings and struck out seven while allowing the only runs. Alvaro Sosa and Yohan Gonzalez muzzled the Dragons the rest of the way.

The Chiefs got a great effort from their young pitchers Saturday, as the lefty-righty combination of Frank Del Valle and Luis Liria shutdown the Bowling Green Hot Rods 2-1. Del Valle was under control in his five innings, striking out three and allowing only a solo home run. Lira shook off his previous bad performance and gave up only one hit while striking out three in four innings.

Peoria was opportunistic, as Arismendy Alcantara reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on an errant throw. Two wild pitches later, Alcantara scored the Chiefs’ first run. In the seventh, Micah Gibbs doubled in Dustin Geiger for what proved to be the game winner. Ben Klafczynski was 2-for-3 for the evening.

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High Class-A – Daytona Cubs (60-39)
Daytona returned to their winning ways on Thursday, as they defeated Palm Beach 3-2 for their 60th victory. Logan Watkins started the scoring for the D-Cubs by cracking his second homer of the season. Rafael Valdes was 2-for-3 with a double, while Chad Noble drove in two runs.

Angel Guzman gave up two earned runs in his two innings of work. Casey Harman did the heavy lifting, keeping the Cardinals scoreless while striking out five in six innings. Frank Batista picked up his 19th save as he went the rest of the way.

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The D-Cubs were out of it before the fans got comfortable in their seats on Friday, as Palm Beach embarrassed Daytona 8-3. Dae-Eun Rhee started and allowed four earned runs in the first inning and ended up allowing five earned in four innings. Larry Suarez followed with an earned run in 2.1 innings, while Kyle Smit suffered two unearned runs in 1.2 innings. Aaron Kurcz mopped up with a scoreless ninth. Daytona scored three late runs, courtesy of Michael Burgess‘ two-run blast. Justin Bour was 3-for-4.

Daytona was nearly no-hit on Saturday, but it took a tenth inning rally for Palm Beach to defeat the D-Cubs 3-2. Rafael Valdes and Dustin Harrington reached base in the seventh on a walk and an error. Matt Szczur then laced a triple to break up the no-no and tie the score at two runs. Jeffry Antigua, making his second start, went 7.1 strong innings, striking out six while allowing only a solo home run. Eduardo Figueroa also gave up a solo shot, and was tagged with the loss as Szczur’s throwing error brought in the go-ahead run.

To read about a bizarre play in Saturday’s game, click here

Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (56-43)
Once again, Tennessee’s bats couldn’t warm up fast enough to help their pitching, as they lost to Carolina 11-6 on Thursday. Ryan Searle held the Mudcats to two earned runs over five innings. The usually reliable Kevin Rhoderick came in and gave up seven earned runs in 0.1 of an inning, while Marcus Hatley allowed the final two earned runs in 0.2 of an inning. The Smokies tried to come back, responding with five runs in the bottom of the sixth and one in the seventh, but came up short. Josh Vitters blasted a three-run home run. Steve Clevenger was 2-for-4 with a double, while Jae-Hoon Ha was 2-for-5 with a double.

Tennessee was able to rally on Friday, as they defeated Carolina 6-5 in ten innings. Down 5-2 after four innings, the Smokies answered with three runs to tie the game in the eighth inning. Jae-Hoon Ha started the scoring in the eighth with his second home run of the season. Ty Wright continued to be hot, going 4-for-5 with a double, home run, and two RBI. Blake Lalli was 2-for-4 while Luis Flores was also 2-for-4 with two doubles and David Macias was 2-for-3.

Dallas Beeler was the hard-luck pitcher again, as he allowed four runs (one earned) in 2.2 innings. Marco Carrillo ate some innings, as he let in an earned run in 3.1 innings. Jeff Stevens and Rafael Dolis tossed two scoreless innings apiece to bring home the victory.

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Tennessee returned to their early season form on Saturday as pitching and the Smokies’ offense produced a 6-2 victory over Carolina. Trey McNutt was in total control, striking out four while walking none, as he allowed an earned run in his five innings of work. Oswaldo Martinez continued the “no free passes” mantra, working three innings and giving up an earned run while striking out two batters. Marcus Hatley completed the no-walk performance with a scoreless ninth.

Rebel Ridling was “the show” for the Tennessee offense, as he was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI as he blasted his 14th homer. Nate Samson was also 2-for-4, while Matt Spencer, Steve Clevenger, and David Macias drove in runs.

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Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (44-57)
After being spotted a two-run lead on Wednesday, Iowa’s pitching fell apart as Nashville spanked the I-Cubs 10-2. Coming to the plate after a Tyler Colvin (2-for-4) double, D.J. LeMahieu (2-for-4) belted his first I-Cub homer for the lead. However, starter Jay Jackson couldn’t hold the Sounds, allowing seven earned runs over six innings. Justin Berg didn’t fare much better, as he let in two more earned runs in two innings of work. Robert Coello gave up Nashville’s final run. Brad Snyder also ended up 2-for-4 on the night.

Iowa’s second comeback of the night fell short on Thursday, as they lost to Nashville 8-7. Starter Casey Coleman put the I-Cubs in a hole by allowing six earned runs over seven innings while striking out five batters. Iowa stormed back as Marwin Gonzalez broke out of a slump by going 3-for-3 with three RBI and his first home run in a Iowa uniform. Coleman also tried to help his cause with a 2-for-3 night at the plate that included a triple and two RBI. With the score tied 6-6, John Gaub allowed two runs (one earned) and Chris Carpenter finished up with a scoreless inning. Tyler Colvin, Bryan LaHair, and Welington Castillo also enjoyed multi-hit nights.

Pitching was again Iowa’s undoing, as Dave Bush put the I-Cubs behind the eight-ball in their 5-2 loss to Nashville on Friday. Bush was spotted a one run lead, and then promptly allowed five earned runs in 3.1 innings. John Gaub and Chris Rusin bailed him out the rest of the way, but the damage had already been done. Welington Castillo did his best to keep Iowa in the game, going 3-for-4 with a double, home run, and scoring both runs.
Iowa wasted another strong effort by Alberto Cabrera on Saturday, as they lost to Nashville 4-1. Over his past three starts, Cabrera has a 3.14 ERA and 12 strikeouts over 17 innings. Cabrera received no run support, as he allowed four earned runs and struck out three in six innings. Scott Maine blanked the Sounds over the final two innings. Ryan Flaherty doubled in Brad Snyder in the ninth for the I-Cubs’ only run.

News and Notes
Tennessee activated OF James Adduci from the 7-Day disabled list. Outfielder Nelson Perez was assigned to Daytona from Tennessee. Outfielder Jesus Morelli was assigned to Boise from the AZL Cubs. Outfielder Kyung-Min Na was assigned to the AZL Cubs from Boise.

Top Prospect Watch

  • Michael Burgess (OF) - .216, .323 OBP, .732 OPS, 21 Doubles, Triple, 13 HR, 53 RBI, 9 Outfield Assists (Daytona Cubs)
  • Chris Carpenter (RHP) - 2-2, 5.47 ERA, 24.2 IP, 15 ER, 24 K, 20 BB, 1.82 WHIP 3 Holds, Save (Iowa Cubs)
  • Micah Gibbs (C) – .243, .362 OBP, .656 OPS, 8 Doubles, HR, 18 RBI, Stolen Base, 27% Caught Stealing (Peoria Chiefs)
  • Reggie Golden (OF) – .254, .370 OBP, .748 OPS, 5 Doubles, 3 Triples, HR, 13 RBI, 5 Stolen Bases, 2 Outfield Assists (Boise Hawks)
  • Jae-Hoon Ha (OF) - .256, .303 OBP, .755 OPS, 8 Doubles, Triple, 2 HR, 9 RBI, Stolen Base, Outfield Assist (Tennessee Smokies)
  • Brett Jackson (OF) – .162, .279 OBP, .576 OPS, 3 Doubles, Triple, RBI, Stolen Base, 2 Outfield Assists (Iowa Cubs)
  • D.J. LeMahieu (IF) -.313, .341 OBP, .726 OPS, 3 Doubles, HR, 8 RBI, 2 Stolen Bases (Iowa Cubs)
  • Trey McNutt (RHP) – 1-3, 4.33 ERA, 52.0 IP, 25 ER, 32 K, 20 BB, 1.60 WHIP (Tennessee Smokies)
  • Hayden Simpson (RHP) - 0-2, 7.71 ERA, 9.1 IP, 8 ER, 6 K, 7 BB 2.03 WHIP (AZL Cubs)
  • Matt Szczur (OF) – .235, .264 OBP, .617 OPS, Double, Triple, HR, 3 RBI, 3 Stolen Bases, Outfield Assist (Daytona Cubs)
  • Josh Vitters (3B) -.273, .309 OBP, .741 OPS, 20 Doubles, Triple, 3 HR, 45 RBI, 3 Stolen Bases (Tennessee Smokies)

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  • T_Leise

    The stats for our prospects on the Top Prospect Watch look pretty bad for being on a top prospects list.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      Those aren’t our “top prospects”. They were a poll of guys that we wanted to be kept updated on at the beginning of the year. Burgess was no ones top prospect neither is Mica Gibbs. Tom just used that label for some reason. It is not really accurate.

      Also most of the guys on the list just got promoted and he is only showing what they are doing at there current level not over all.

      • T_Leise

        I know. I should have explained it better.

  • jw

    5 more series sweeps in a row gets us up with the Reds

    Agree with the prospect watch comment…Hard to get excited about those offense and pitching stats.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      If the Reds keep playing as badly as they have been that may be 2 and a half series. Nice to see that Dusty is keeping with the old mode and wearing out his welcome within 3 years.

      • roguesqr09

        My father works just north of cincinnati now, he lives about 45min due east of Indianapolis, so it’s a bit of a drive for him. Anyways, of course he works with a lot of Reds fans, and he told me that every one of them HATES Baker. He told them, welcome to the club.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

          You should talk to a giants fan. OMG you think the Cubs guys are tough on him.

    • Tom U

      First a correction on an error I just noticed:

      Josh Vitters has 9 home runs. Sorry for the mistake.

      One of the things that has to be kept in mind is that two players on the list, Carpenter and LeMahieu, have played a three levels (Double-A, Triple-A, and the parent club) this season. Although LeMahieu has been consistent, it’s hard to build impressive stats with that much movement.

      Brett Jackson, Jae-Hoon Ha, and Matt Szczur have all been promoted within the last ten days or so. While I’ll run the stats at both levels the week they are promoted, the stats will reflect the level they are at that particular week. Sometimes, it takes a while to build those up.

      And Reggie Golden has only played in 33 games this season, with Boise not starting its season until June. He has plenty of time to put up numbers. And remember, McNutt has been hurt most of the season. 

      The only players, at this point, that can be considered somewhat disappointments are Burgess, Gibbs, and Simpson. Simpson was not in shape to start the season, and was probably pushed faster than he should have been because he was a first round pick. Gibbs has played well in spurts, but could use more time off behind the plate. 

      Burgess’ numbers are deceiving. He has 70 hits on the season, but exactly half, 35, are for extra bases. That’s extraordinary, because he has no extra base speed (no steals, no attempts; even Micah Gibbs, a catcher, has a stolen base). He’s also driven in 53 runs with those 70 hits, which means he hits in the clutch. This doesn’t mean he can’t show more improvement.

      It’s been a rough couple of weeks because of player movement. Hopefully, some of these guys will start to settle in.

      • jw

        Tom U

        Thanks for clarifying. I really look forward to your posts!

        • Tom U

          Thank you, jw!

          One other thing to point out is that it is sometimes interesting to see how a player handles his situation.

          Last year, Brandon had Logan Watkins on the Top Prospect list, and he had a bad season. This year, Watkins is tearing it up, even after a horrible start. What a difference a year makes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

    Good update as always Tom.

  • Albert

    If it hasn’t already been posted around these parts, the Vogelbach signing is a done deal. No official announcements yet, but it just needs Selig’s approval.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      I was just about to comment on the same thing. I found a report on bleacher nation that talks about 3 others as well. Neil commented on Maples, Dunston and Urban yesterday so I will not rehash but we are definitely moving up in the signings department.

      http://www.bleachernation.com/2011/07/25/rumor-chicago-cubs-are-on-the-verge-of-signing-a-number-of-draft-picks/

      • Albert

        That BN report is suspect, they basically cite the comment section at BCB as their source. Everything I’ve heard on Maples points otherwise. I’d love to have him, but he might be slipping away. Could be why the Cubs upped their offer to Michael Jensen. That and the unlikelihood of signing Ricky Jacquez; he hasn’t pitched well this summer and wants top pick cash.

        The bit on Urban is in reference to a direct twitter conversation between Austin and Jim Callis. Good news, but nothing is in place.

        Dunston has already said that he isn’t going to make his decision until after summer sessions at Vanderbilt end — August 11 — four days before the August 15 deadline.

  • Aaron

    I was out camping this weekend, and came back to the Cubs pulling a miraculous 3-game winning streak. WOW!

    I guess this means all bets are off. Hendry’s making like KFC with the “double down” action.

    I fully expect to hear rumors of B. Jackson, Flaherty, LeMahieu, and McNutt in trade talks to “make a push for the playoffs”.

    Anyway, I hope all the moves from here on out are dictated by Ricketts, and he demands that the team be blown up and start anew.

    The Cubs had to win their 3rd game in a row in extras. How pathetic is that? How pathetic is the fact that they had to wait until their 10th such try to accomplish the feat?!?

    On a much more positive note…How about ARAM? You gotta give the guy credit where it’s due in spite of the fact he didn’t bother to set his alarm clock on the season until it was too late….But 18 hr, 60 RBI at this point? I think a majority of Cubs fans didn’t even think he’d reach even 60 RBI with his horrid start.

    Unfortunately, aside from ARAM, Castro, and Barney, there’s not much else to like about the offense.

    Starting pitching is also horrendous, with:
    Garza-3.72 ERA, 1.302 WHIP
    Zambrano-4.70 ERA, 1.418 WHIP
    Dempster-5.00 ERA, 1.422 WHIP
    Wells-6.17 ERA, 1.680 WHIP
    Lopez-3.49 ERA, 1.293 WHIP *only 5 starts, others such as Ortiz, Coleman, Davis, etc. were downright unwatchable.

    Surprisingly, the pen has been better of late, with only Ortiz and Grabow bringing things down. Russell has a 1-something ERA in relief, and everyone else is below 3.54 ERA, which for a Cubs pen, is saying something.

    So why am I mentioning all of this in the prospect report Tom puts out?

    Currently, the Cubs have two 1B (possibly 3) that are ready for MLB action in LaHair, Ridling, and possibly even Bour if they want to jump him that high. (he has 20 hr, 71 RBI now). There is absolutely no need for Pena to be on this roster. He will end up with about 25-30 hr, 80 RBI at this point. There’s got to be at least one team out there willing to take him on right now without having to give up much. Same for Soriano, provided the Cubs pay at least 75% of his remaining salary (which…at this point, would be an absolute steal of a deal for the Cubs, as they’d be on the hook for about $14 million per year, while the other team pays him $5 million per year, and for 20 hr, 60-70 RBI, there’s probably a few teams willing to take that on if he’s a DH, especially if they only give up a mid level prospect.

    Grabow, Johnson, Baker, and DeWitt are other guys where you’re scratching your head, wondering what the hell they’re still doing here. I guess if other teams aren’t inquiring about them at all, I could see them remaining (except for DeWitt who has an option left), and then just ride out the year with them, but bench them or release (in the case of Grabow) them come September when rosters expand.

    I would love to see Ridling (LF), LaHair (1B), Flaherty (RF), LeMahieu (3B), B. Jackson (CF), Castillo (C), and Gonzalez (super sub) playing everyday down the stretch.

    But as long as Hendry is delusional about winning, there won’t be any changes at all, and I said this before, that I truly see both turds (meaning Hendry and Quade) doing EXACTLY the same thing they did last year, riding out the stretch with veterans in place, playing against other teams that are out of it that are doing the RIGHT thing, playing their prospects in September.

    Don’t doubt me either….here’s the thing..Jay Jackson and Alberto Cabrera, and even Raley and Rusin, and now Struck have pitched about equally as Davis, Bush, Lopez, and Ortiz in the minors. Yet, Hendry signed the aging veterans as “insurance”….ummmmmmmmm……I guess he quantifies “insurance” as a 5-7 something ERA at the MLB level, which is something nearly all prospects can at least equal upon a promotion. Yes, he caught lightning in a bottle with Lopez…but how long before he starts getting torched?!?

    Get rid of Hendry and Quade, and you’ll see this team start succeeding big time, even without a surefire star in their minor league system.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      I think that if Pena is moved a half a year LaHair/Colvin experiment is in the cards. We still do not know what it is that the Cubs are after other than almost ready starting pitching in any deal. So if there is a move to get corner OF depth in the system then we will see a lot of Colvin at 1st.

      If you see a trade for corner IF depth you will probably see a case of Lahair being moved and Ridings/Bour both being promoted to the next step. I am not a firm believer in the Double A to the majors route so would rather see Ridings to Triple A and Bour to Double A.

      We are still at the point that everything is Rumor Stage but a Fukudome and Pena move in the next week is not out of the realm of possibilities.

      As far you assertion that any of the guys you mentioned could give you what our rent a smuck program  has gotten us. You have to measure the cost to those young guys by getting torched in the majors. History is full of kids that have been promoted before they are ready based on stuff and never developed.

      • Ripsnorter1

        `In my heart of hearts, I don’t believe that the Cubs will give LaHair more than 30 AB this year. Jim Clueless just refuses to give his own minor leaguers any ML experience at all. Castro is the one exception, AND THAT ONLY HAPPENED BECAUSE JIM CLUELESS GOT TORQUED AT THERIOT BECAUSE HE WENT TO ARBITRATION. Otherwise Theriot would still be a Cub, and Castro would still be in the minors.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Yes, Aram, like last year, came into camp out of shape and it took almost three months of the season to get him started. And yes, his lack of conditioning was the second major factor in the Cubs throwing another season away into the can (the first reason, you ask? Why, it’s Mr. Mike Quade, incompetent). 

        So, for $16 million, we get half a season of a great hitter and a really poor fielder. But, he produces more that the $138 million dollar bust we have in LF. 

        Z? He quit years ago, at the All-Star game in 2008. He has been really lousy since, when you factor in his money. We do have the worst starting pitching in MLB, folks. Even worse that the Houston Astros, and man alive, is that saying something. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

          OK I almost agree with everything that you. Just wondering why you are saying it here?

          • Ripsnorter1

            Because you responded to Aaron, and what I said was relevant to the conversation that you and Aaron were having. Also, if you are speaking about LaHair, I gave the reason that LaHair won’t play for the Cubs even if Pena is dealt away: Jim Clueless doesn’t do minor leaguers unless he needs one to show up a major leaguer that popped his mouth off too often.

    • Marksidell05

      Al  this talk about Flaherty, the guys only batting .188 in AAA. Why would he even be in consideration, considering he couldnt hold over .150 in AA last season, he did well in High A, so at most she should have spent an entire season in AA.

  • John G

    Between Kurcz and Szczur, I’m not sure any baseball team has as much CZ on their DIAMONDS.

    • Anthony

      Kurcz
      Szczur
      Klafczynski

      any more?

      • Tom U

        The system also has three players who’s first names begin in the letter Y:
        Yaniel Cabezas, Yao-Lin Wang, and Yilver Sanchez.

        • Dorasaga

          Yaniel, Yaolin, and Yilver; that’s a rap line.

          • Cubsobsessed1972

            When Marwin Gonzalez gets the call up “Starlin, Marlon, Marwin an Darwin”

  • Brentcarmona
    • diehardcubfan

      Yes, this division has been wide open and I think that is what makes it even more frustrating this year.  Again, JH continues to live in delusion that 2012 will be any better. 

      Sorry but that ain’t happening.  It is just time to blow this team up and move on but that will not happen. 

      I just do not see next year being any more fun than this year.

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Iowa – Jay Jackson (5-9, 6.18)
    Daytona – Brett Wallach (3-5, 5.82)
    Peoria – Austin Kirk (5-7, 3.63)
    Boise – Su-Min Jung (0-0, 3.18)
    AZL Cubs – Hunter Ackerman (0-2, 3.18) projected

    Tennessee has the night off.

    • Tom U

      A correction on tonight’s pitchers:

      Angel Guzman started for Daytona and tossed two scoreless innings, striking out three. Brett Wallach now pitching. Matt Szczur led off the game with a home run.

      • Brentcarmona

        hey tom,

        is there any way to listen to minor leagues games on a smartphone? i see its free on the milb.com website but seems to only work on a desktop/laptop. thanks.

        • Tom U

          Sorry, you out-technology me. I don’t have an answer for that, but I do get broadcasts of every team except Daytona on my desktop.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          The Smokies, Chiefs and I-Cubs all have apps for the iPhone, that is how I keep up with them. I’m pretty sure the Smokies is available for a Blackberry. The iPhone apps were free on iTunes.

          • Brentcarmona

            thanks guys. i was able to figure out a way by digging around milb’s website. listened to some of the iowa game, jay jackson not too sharp allowing two hrs although he hasnt allowed one in his previous four starts.

  • Tom U

    Thank you to everyone for your comments

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Brett Jackson was 2-for-4 (bunt single in 8th) with a sac fly, RBI and a stolen base in Iowa’s 8-3 loss to Nashville on Monday night

  • bpot92

    Anyone have a complete list of draft picks signed. I know there are questions on recent ones but any official list?