Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/17/12

With the return of some players from injuries, the system took a turn for the better, going 8-2 to start the week. Peoria welcomed back Anthony Giansanti, as he played a big part in their three wins. Daytona had an off-day and a rainout, but won on Monday thanks to Austin Kirk. Junior Lake has reached base in all nine of his games since returning from injury, as Tennessee won two of three. And out on the west coast, Iowa received great hitting from Anthony Rizzo, as well as an outstanding pitching performance by Chris Rusin.

As Jack Brickhouse used to say … for the happy totals come look in today’s Down on the Farm Report.

Note: Monday’s report will cover games from Wednesday to Saturday. Thursday’s report covers games Sunday through Tuesday.

Low Class-A – Peoria Chiefs (18-21)
With a new week there is a new mission, as Peoria started off on the right foot by beating Burlington 5-3 on Sunday. The Chiefs are playing teams in the lower part of the Midwest League’s Western Division, so the time to make up ground is now. Starter Jose Rosario began to show the promise he had when the season started. Rosario blanked the Bees for six innings while striking out seven batters. Manager Casey Kopitzke did the right thing to get Rosario out of the game on a high note, and brought in dependable Luis Liria. Liria did surrender and earned run, but held the lead by striking out three over two innings. The game almost got away as the relatively inexperienced Charles Thomas. Thomas gave up two earned runs in 0.2 innings. But Jeffrey Lorick was able to collect his fifth save by striking the last batter out.

The Chiefs’ hitters took on Sean Murphy, one of the best pitchers in the Midwest League, but were able to give Rosario some breathing room as they scratched out a run. Wes Darvill (0-for-2, three walks, two runs scored) was able to come home on a Paul Hoilman (2-for-4, RBI) single. Rafael Lopez had an RBI as he was 1-for-2, while Ryan Cuneo and Anthony Giansanti each drove in a run while going 1-for-4.

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Pitching dominated Monday’s contest, as the Chiefs were able to squeak past Burlington 2-1. Kyler Burke was on the hill for Peoria and struck out four in six innings. Burke allowed an earned run during his outing. Austin Reed continues to thrive in his bullpen role, as he kept the Bees in check for two innings and struck out three batters. Closer Yao-Lin Wang was able to pick up his second save after striking out two in the ninth inning.

Six hits were all that the Chiefs were able to manage, but they also received good situational hitting from Taiwan Easterling and Taylor Davis, whose sacrifice flies scored Peoria’s only runs. Anthony Giansanti was 2-for-4, while Pin-Chieh Chen was 1-for-3 and a run scored.

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It was some fun in the sun on Tuesday’s get-away day, as Peoria was able to scratch out a 2-0 victory over Burlington. Zeke DeVoss had a coming out party of sorts, as he was 2-for-2 with two walks and four stolen bases, scoring both runs for the Chiefs. Taiwan Easterling was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Taylor Davis was 2-for-4 including a triple.

Gerardo Concepcion was able to get out of the first inning unscored upon for the first time in his professional career, as he tossed six innings and struck out three batters. Ben Wells also struck out three as he earned a save the hard way by pitching three scoreless innings.

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High Class-A – Daytona Cubs (14-22)
For those who like offense, you could have left after the first inning of Monday’s 2-1 over Brevard County. However, if you like pitching, this was your kind of game. Austin Kirk continues to shine, as he lowered his ERA to 1.75 by allowing only an earned run in seven innings, striking out five Manatees. AJ Morris and Tony Zych cleaned up, each with a scoreless inning as Morris was awarded a hold and Zych recorded his fourth save. There wasn’t a lot of hitting, as Nelson Perez had two of the D-Cubs’ four hits, going 2-for-4 with two RBI and a stolen Base. Arismendy Alcantara was 1-for -4 with two steals, while pinch-runner Elieser Bonne swiped his tenth base.

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Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (17-22)
With a rainout on Sunday, Monday saw Tennessee playing two against Jackson. The Smokies were all over the Generals in the opener, drubbing them 15-4. Logan Watkins (2-for-3, double, home run, two walks, four RBI) set the tone by belting a two-run homer in the first, with Junior Lake (2-for-2, double, home run, three walks, stolen base, RBI) aboard. Joining in the fun were Jae-Hoon Ha (3-for-5, double, RBI), Rebel Ridling (1-for-3, four RBI), Justin Bour (2-for-3, two doubles, two RBI), and Michael Burgess (1-for-4, double, three RBI). Starter Trey McNutt had his best outing of the season, striking out five in five innings while allowing two solo home runs. Brian Schlitter was assigned mop up, and gave up two runs, one earned) in the final two innings.

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Tennessee may have wished to save some of those runs from the first game, as they dropped the nightcap 3-1 to Jackson. Dallas Beeler went the whole seven innings and gave up three earned runs on two home runs, while striking out three batters. Elliot Soto drove in the only run for the Smokies as he was 2-for-3.

With an off-day on Wednesday, the Smokies decided to clear out their bullpen in order to secure a 10-8 victory over Jackson on Tuesday. Dae-Eun Rhee started and was the victim of some shoddy defense, including two of his own errors, as he allowed six runs (two earned) in four innings. Jeffry Antigua gave up two earned runs in an inning of work, but the scoring stopped there. Three pitchers combined to put up zeroes the rest of the way, as Marcus Hatley pitched an inning, Casey Weathers tossed two and ended up with the win, and Alberto Cabrera closed things out for his second save.

The Smokies recaptured some of the thunder they displayed in game one the previous day, as Junior Lake was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI. James Adduci also drove in three on two doubles as he was 2-for-3. Slugging his sixth homer of the season, Justin Bour was 2-for-4, including a double. Matt Cerda was also 2-for-5.

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Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (17-21)
Iowa nearly threw away a gem on Sunday, but was able to hold on to a 4-3 victory over Sacramento. Chris Rusin had another great outing, striking seven while holding the River Cats scoreless over eight innings. Scott Maine was called on to finish things up, but got into trouble and gave up three earned runs in 0.1 innings. Blake Parker was able to put down the rally and ended up with his fifth save.

Lining up at DH, Anthony Rizzo hit two doubles, and was 3-for-4 for the afternoon. However, it was Ty Wright that ended up coming through, as he drove in two with his second homer of the season, while going 2-for-4. Blake Lalli (1-for-4, double) came home on Wright’s blast, while Luis Valbuena’s sacrifice fly scored Matt Tolbert (1-for-4) in the eighth with what proved to be the winning run.

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Some struggling pitchers were able to put things together on Monday, as they were able to stave off Sacramento 3-1. Rodrigo Lopez is what he is, a spot starter/long relief man who can give you a few good innings, like he was able to this night. Lopez went five innings and struck four as he allowed an earned run. Demoted Jay Jackson was also able to post four strikeouts, as he held the River Cats scoreless for two innings. Nate Robertson had struggled this season, but had it going as he held Sacramento without a run, while Scott Maine picked up a save as he shut them down in the ninth.

The longball was the key for the Iowa offense, as Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4) put the I-Cubs on the board with a solo shot in the first. Blake Lalli (1-for-4) was able to put Iowa ahead for good as he led off the fifth with his own home run. Alfredo Amezaga (1-for-4) added the clincher as he drove in Ty Wright (1-for-4). Luis Valbuena was also 2-for-4.

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With a travel day on Wednesday, Iowa had an afternoon start on Tuesday, and looked like they were more concerned with getting on the road than the game in their 9-4 loss to Sacramento. Randy Wells had a couple of good outings in his previous two games. But on Tuesday, he looked like, well, Randy Wells as he surrendered seven earned runs in five innings while striking out five in the process. Manny Corpas sat down the River Cats in order for an inning, but recently signed Mike MacDougal was only able to go 0.2 innings, a gave up two earned runs off four walks and a hit. Esmailin Caridad got the I-Cubs out of MacDougal’s jam, while Jeff Beliveau struck out the side in the eighth. The lone shining star was Anthony Rizzo, whose two-run blast in the first gave him 13 for the season, as he was 3-for-4, including a triple. Alfredo Amezaga added his own homer in the eighth inning, bringing in Gioskar Amaya, who collected his first Triple-A hit earlier in the inning.

News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs signed RHP Mike MacDougal, who was assigned to the Iowa Cubs. Infielder Gioskar Amaya was assigned to the Iowa Cubs from Extended Spring Training. The Iowa Cubs placed IF-OF Jonathan Mota on the 7-day disabled list with a sore right elbow. The Peoria Chiefs recalled RHP Bryce Shafer from Extended Spring Training; LHP Willengton Cruz was assigned to Peoria from Extended Spring Training.

The Chiefs added LHP Hunter Cervenka and RHP Larry Suarez. RHP Bryce Shafer was sent to Extended Spring Training. The Cubs released RHP Charles Thomas. Blake DeWitt cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa. Scott Maine was recalled from Triple-A Iowa.

CCO’s Prospect Watch
Note: Outfielder Reggie Golden is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Replacing Golden on the list is the next highest player available in the fan vote: pitcher Tony Zych.

  • Javier Baez (IF) – Extended Spring Training
  • Jeimer Candelario (3B) – Extended Spring Training
  • Zeke DeVoss (2B) – .248, six doubles, triple, two home runs, 11 RBI, six stolen bases (Peoria Chiefs)
  • Junior Lake (IF) – . 344, three doubles, triple, home run, four RBI, two stolen bases (Tennessee Smokies)
  • Dillon Maples (RHP) – Extended Spring Training
  • Matt Szczur (OF) – .250, nine doubles, two triples, seven RBI, 16 stolen bases (Daytona Cubs)
  • Ronald Torreyes (2B) – .178, three doubles, two triples, five RBI, four stolen bases (Daytona Cubs)
  • Josh Vitters (3B) – .244, six doubles, three home runs, 17 RBI, stolen base (Iowa Cubs)
  • Dan Vogelbach (1B) – Extended Spring Training
  • Tony Zych (RHP) – 1-1, 3.320 ERA, 19.0 innings, 16 strikeouts, 4 walks, 1.21 WHIP, 4 saves (Daytona Cubs)

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  • Zonk

    Tom, what’s the scouting report on Kevin Rhoderick?  I read somewhere that he basically has 2 pitches, an average FB, and a wipeout slider.  He is also a late bloomer.  Those things sound like Mike Wuertz, who’s had a good career as a ML reliever.  Thoughts?

    • Tom U

      Zonk, I previewed Rhoderick earlier this year. Here is a link

      http://chicagocubsonline.com/archives/2012/03/cubsminors30512.php#more 

      Rhoderick is a three-pitch pitcher with a sinking, mid-90’s fastball, plus change-up, and a slider he uses as an out pitch. The main concerns are for a power pitcher, he lacks a top end fastball and that he’s slightly small (6-foot-1, 190) for a closer.

      He has demonstrated over his career that he can throw strikes and get people out. He’s someone you could “get away with’ at closer for a time, but probably best for a set-up role.

      • Zonk

        Yes, you did….thanks!  He looks like a promising bullpen arm.  He’s missed bats so far at every level, but this year seems to have more control, a problem that dogged him last year

  • John in Texas

    Long time lurker, first time poster

    • John in Texas

       Anyone know when Rizzo will be called up this year? Or is this GM going to let another HR hitter sit and hit ones that don’t count for the ML club?

      • Bryan

        Yes, our GM, President and Owner have a master plan for Rizzo.  It’s called “saving money”.  So when he extends beyond the time period to satisfy retaining his club-control for an extra year, that’s when we’ll see him in Chicago.  Baseball is no longer about playing the best 9 players in your system…it’s about financials/money.

        • BosephHeyden

           Problem is that they have this guy named Brian LaHair playing at Rizzo’s position right now.  So if you bring up Rizzo, you’re either sitting LaHair, or you’re moving LaHair into the outfield and sitting either Soriano (not smart now that he’s starting to heat up), Campana (not smart since he’s getting used to bunting properly), or DeJesus (not smart since he’s getting on base constantly), or you’re sitting Rizzo and giving him sporadic playing time.

          Waiting until August to bring him up makes sense since they’ll have likely traded David DeJesus or Soriano will have cooled off.

      • brent carmona

        Look at his AAA stats in the minors last year. He raked, then bombed at the major league level. I hear he is working on shortening his swing which is one of his flaws. It might look like he is ready, but he needs a little more seasoning believe it or not. Plus, where are you going to put him? Lahair needs to play so we can figure out if he is the real deal (still too early to tell) . If we trade soriano then we might see rizzo up and lahair in left field….

        • Bryan

          He had a very short sample size at the major league level last year…so I wouldn’t use the assessment that he “bombed”.  The kid is ready….we’re just not…atleast for several more weeks.  Let’s just hope that he doesn’t get any fluke injury in AAA while he’s waiting for his ticket to Chicago. 

          • paulcatanese

            I agree that Rizzo is ready, and too bad that the Cubs are keeping him there for what seems to be financial reasons on their part.
            And you are also correct that fluke injuries can occur to anyone at any time.
            The Cubs have exercised numerous times this year that the way to use the roster is to put people on the 15 day DL with even a minute injury, affords them to bring others in.
            I dont really know if it counts against Rizzo if he is brought up under those circumstances, if not, then I would like to see them do it.
            I would say its smart roster management to operate this way, but on the other hand, it wasn’t smart to include recently signed players on the 40 man roster (Concepcion) for one, Bowden, for another.
            How the Cubs management team keeps up with all of the instant moves and useless signings (I think really) to be able to have flux in the roster.
            I havent been able to figure what is going on by the Cubs, are they saving money, throwing it away, or what.
            What I do know is it place’s players in a constant flux as well.

          • Tom U

            Bombed may have been a bit harsh, but even Rizzo admitted he was’t ready after the Padres sent him down.

            It is a fine line as to when a player should be brought up, and there are risks involved. A few years ago, the Cubs had a very promising second baseman named Richard Lewis. He was ticketed to join the parent club after Iowa finished it’s season. However, he broke his leg sliding into second in the last game, and never did get a chance in the majors.

          • brent carmona

            Yes, sorry yall, bombed was too harsh of a word. I just looked at a below .200 avg and that’s the first word I came up with.

            I’ll guess they just exploited his swing, and that shows proof that he still needs a bit more work in AAA regardless of his videogame numbers

          • Tom U

            No worrys :-)

      • Zonk

        brent is correct, he is working on a few things.  The other considerations are financial and lineup.

        The first is that if Rizzo stays in the minors into late June, his first year of FA will be set back a year.  While that is a financial consideration, it’s important because we are more likely to be contending in 6 years than we are this year, frankly.

        But bigger than that, the most important decision facing the team right now is what to do with Alfonso Soriano.  Because we all agree LaHair has to play, and if he plays, it’s in LF. 

        Is Soriano in a slump, or in terminal decline?  It’s easy to say “cut him”, but you better be darn sure before you eat $50mil+, and then see him produce for another team.  I personally think he’s done, but I also think it’s reasonable to play him through June to make absolutely sure. 

        The decision around Soriano, and Rizzo’s FA, is more important than the win or two he might add between now and the end of June, which ultimately won’t make a difference, other than maybe dropping us a draft slot.

        • John in Texas

          Thanks for the info, it seems to be the right thing to do financially.  Despite several positives this year, we won’t be contending.  One question on the financials.  If he was called up last year for the Pads, didn’t that already start his arbitration clock?

          • Tony_Hall

            Yes it did.  They won’t wait until September to worry about Super 2 status, but they will wait until he won’t have 1 full season of service time at the end of this year, so that he won’t be a free agent a year earlier.

          • John in Texas

             Thanks. That totally makes sense. 

        • Bryan

          “More likely we will be contending in 6 years than we are this year”.  Really?  Who can predict 6 years out in baseball? Most mainstream companies can’t look out that far either.  I sure hope we don’t see Rizzo get a needless injury based on our current money-saving mindset.

          • Zonk

            Well, I can’t see 6 years out for sure, but I think it’s safe to say that our odds of contending this year are close to Zero, and could definitely be higher than Zero by the time Rizzo is a FA.  I think that’s safe to say.

            Playing him now doesn’t buy us anything for the long term

          • Bryan

            Zonk…playing him now might have a lot to do with both the near and long term.  We’re only 7 back…we’re getting quality starting pitching (thru 4), but indeed have a questionable late inning pen.  Baseball is built around momentum, team chemistry and the like.  Inject a guy like Rizzo, and who knows what might transpire. 

            Some of you wanna-be GM’s here are amazing.  This franchise hasn’t won in over a 100 years, and yet because Theo is in charge, we now believe there’s a master plan that plays out 3 years, 4 years, or in 6 years.  Really?  Injuries, free agents, etc all play into outcomes.  Look at the Bulls…pre-playoffs favorates, and two injuries later, and their done (perhaps for next year as well).

            Net, net, you play your best current players in the organization…and play to win…today (and beyond).

        • brent carmona

          Thanks Zonk, I think he does need just a little more time there.

          38 games played, only nine games he has hit a home run in. Four games he had multiple home runs in a game, so his stats don’t look impressive as they seem. They are pretty sick yes, but as being MLB ready I would like to see just a little more consistency. Not just with the home runs obviously, but hits period, as he has 0-4’S a little more than I would like. But that’s just my opinion, not stating facts on his future success.

          Hope my stats are okay, had to look them up on my phone and screen is a little tiny, hard to count everything

    • Texcubnut

      Welcome to the website, fellow Lone Star State dweller. Glad to have you aboard.

      • John in Texas

         Thanks, just moved down from the Midwest 2 years ago.  Go Cubs!

  • Zonk

    Tom, another AA reliever having a very nice year is Alberto Cabrera.  What is the scouting report on him?

    Cabrera is already on the 40-man, so that fact alone means he is more likely to make it to Wrigley sooner than other prospects, because calling him up wouldn’t force a roster move.

    I also remember it being a surprise when we added him to 40-man

  • Zonk

    Fangraphs article on LUCK, and where hitters may regress/advance.

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/marlon-byrd-mike-moustakas-de-luckd/

    Cliff Notes:

    Marlon Byrd is #1 unluckiest in all of baseball. 

    Soto and Ian Stewart are in the top-10.  Be patient with them, they will climb even if they continue same contact performance as so far this year

    I think Cubs brass know this on Soto/Stewart, which is why they continue to play.  I advocate for that as well.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    ESPN Chicago is reporting that Blake Parker will be called up prior to tonight’s game. Parker would have to be added to the 40-man roster, which currently stands at 38 players.

    No word on who could be sent down or placed on the DL to make room on the active roster for Blake Parker

    Once I can confirm, I will post the roster moves.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

       The Sun-Times has confirmed Blake Parker will be added to the roster prior to game time. No word on the roster move. Speculation it could be Coleman or Maine because they have minor league options.

      • Tom U

        Expect further rumbling from the minors. Currently, both Tennessee and Daytona’s rosters are at 24, with 12 pitchers. Peoria is also carrying four catchers (although Anthony Giansanti can play multiple positions).

        Gioskar Amaya was returned to EXT.

      • Zonk

        Don’t know much about him, other than he’s a converted infielder, has been around forever it seems, and gets Ks in the minors, along with walking too many guys.

        He should fit right in on that last point

      • BosephHeyden

         Might as well just DFA Bowden.  I’ve seen nothing from him to suggest he’s going to get any better.  I’d be fine sending down Coleman just because he’s better off as a starter and the Cubs seem to have zero interest in replacing Volstad with him at this moment, and I’m not willing to call Scott Maine a failure after one bad outing when he had a number of good outings before.

  • mutantbeast

    Parker coming up? please send the useless Casey Coleman out. 

  • mutantbeast

    I get a feeling Castillos groin wont be healing anytime soon.

    • BosephHeyden

       Yeah, that’s an injury I could see suddenly becoming exacerbated to the point where a 60 Day DL conversion may become necessary.

      • Tony_Hall

        And most likely he will need to spend the rest of the year in Arizona :)

  • paulcatanese

    To be a Cub fan means to me one must put aside wins and losses,players,trades,management decisions on the field and just enjoy the game as a game. Going beyond those limits will drive a man crazy(or woman).
    Keep ones self on an even keel, accepting the game that takes place within that space, and you will survive. They are going to win and of course they are going to lose(probably lose more than they will win).
    Their have been years that I could have easily contracted an ulcer and others that were fun.
    As I have no control over what kind of team is put on the field, that seems to be the way to remain a Cub fan.

    Having said that, I am going to contradict myself and give my opinion
    on the present day lineup as it has been for the last couple of weeks.

    1. DeJesus at leadoff.
        A competent player, has done well both in field and at bat. But he would serve better in the second slot, as he has good bat control, and can bunt runners over. Needs to be in the number 2 slot.
    2. Campana at the 2 slot, wasted, and put in a position to fail. Because it is believed that he and only he can bunt the runners over is not taking advantage of his potential. His steal ratio is very high, but in the 2 spot is taken away from him. Leadoff hitter gets on and he is asked to bunt. If successful and he reaches as well, he is blocked by the 1 hitter from stealing. He also is in a position to steal a base, thus eliminating the neccessity for the 2 hitter to bunt.
    3. Castro in the 3 spot. The best hitter on the team. Unfortunaly he would be even better if he would stop trying to hit everything thrown his way. Since he is not the typical 3 hitter, I agree with Sveum that occasionaly he should bunt, if for no other reason to keep the defense honest. He wont like it but that is what the game calls for with the present lineup. Unfortunatly he has two missions in life. 1, the spectacular defensive play, and 2, every pitch should be hit.
    4. LaHair in the cleanup role is also in the proper spot, no highs,no lows, dosent seem to be upset at either. He belongs where he is at.With the present lineup he is the best at number 4.
    5. Soriono in the 5 spot. While slow in getting his power numbers going, he still has shown that he is bought into the program and is hustleing more that he has in the past few years. Going to the lighter weight bat shows promise with back to back days with a home run.
    He is showing a slight increase to this point.
    6. Stewart in the 6 slot, same as Soiono he looks as though he is getting it together. While he is not the same power hitter that Aram was(for a half year at a time)his glove compensates for that difference.
    7. Soto in the 7 slot, is a mystery, he may very well be done, but as long as he can provide the long ball once every few games its difficult to pull him out of there for Castillo, who evidently still has to learn a few things about catching. Soto at this time is the better choice.
    8. Barney in the 8 spot, this is about the only place he can hit on this team. Its tough for him as the pitcher follows, and the defense grinds to get him out. I would like to see him bunt (for hits) more to keep the defense honest as Barney needs all the breaks he can get. Defensivly he is the best that they have here, now, but he needs to step up with the bat.
    Thats my opinion, and wish their were better choices, but for better or worse this is what the Cubs have.

  • cubtex

    They had a list of relief candidates and their numbers for 2012. Team Theo…….Here you go. Let’s get some future bullpen help.

    Relievers To Watch in 2012
    NameRankingLeagueClubAPPK/IPCorey WilliamsTwins’ No. 19 MidwestBeloit121.26Bruce RondonTigers No. 6Florida StateLakeland121.62Clayton SchraderOrioles’ No. 17CarolinaFrederick101.42Juan RodriguezDodgers’ No. 12CaliforniaRancho Cucamonga81.61Kevin ChapmanAstros’ No. 14TexasCorpus Christi141.35Donnie JosephReds’ No. 10SouthernPensacola161.42Lisalberto BonillaPhillies’ No. 13EasternReading151.47Stephen PryorMariners’ No. 9Pacific CoastTacoma141.55Jhan MarinezWhite Sox’s No. 10InternationalCharlotte111.14

  • Christian2334

    Tom, any idea as to when Baez may be called up? Or any of the other guys in EXST? Or are they going to wait until boise’s season starts?

  • Christian2334

    Like I posted last night, unfortunately there is no room for Rizzo or bjax on the current roster at all right now. They don’t want to platoon Rizzo and Lahair at 1st as I’m sure they feel as well as we do that would hurt Lahair and could detrimental to Rizzo’s progression. And we also don want to platoon Lahair in left or right as again hat would ultimately hurt Lahair. Im sure it would be a much easier decision if soriano was batting like geo or baker at the moment, but soriano has showed much better patience at the plate this season and his power is beginning to come around finally. Dejesus is nothing special but provides a solid OBP and smart base running. And campy has been solid in center with his defense and speed in the OF and on the base paths.

    I like that we called up Parker, he seems to have a good mix of pitches and overall great stamina to be a consistent reliever. I feel they are misusing Maine by continually sending him down though. We have the makings of a good young bullpen if they can’t just develop a bit more consistency to them. Dolis I believe is building his confidence, especially in his sinking fastball, Russell has looked very solid this year and not just against lefties, and camp has been a surprise to all of us. But right now there just sit any room on the roster for Lahair at the moment. I feel it does have a lot to do with his financial time clock, but also a jam on the roster at the MLB level.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    IF Nate Samson was promoted to Iowa and RHP Frank Batista was reassigned to Tennessee.