Webtopia
  • Tony Thomas adjusting to Florida State League – (Source)
  • IMDB review the new Indiana Jones movie – (Source)
  • Rich Hill has been DL’d in Iowa – (Source)
  • Chad Fox sent to DL (please let his career with the Cubs be over) and Jose Ascanio recalled. (Source)
  • Jake Peavy headed to the shelf – (Source)
Scouting Today’s Starting Pitchers

Ryan Dempster struck out a career-high 12 batters in his last outing against the Padres, and nearly posted a complete-game shutout. It’s the first time he’s pitched in the ninth inning since his days as a closer at the end of last season. The right-hander gave up six hits over 8 1/3 innings in his longest outing of the season. The Cubs now are 7-2 when Dempster starts.

Chris Sampson struggled in his last outing against the Giants on May 15, yielding seven runs — five earned — on 10 hits over six innings. It was a step back from his previous start, when he induced nine ground-ball outs over seven shutout frames against the Dodgers. Sampson faced the Cubs in his first start of the season on April 4 at Wrigley Field, taking a no-decision after allowing two runs over six frames.

  • The former shortstop shows tremendous command over a deep arsenal that includes a sinker, slider, splitter, curveball and change-up.
  • Given his relatively mediocre fastball, he needs to maintain that command throughout the game or else he gets hit hard.
  • A back-of-the-rotation starter or long reliever.
  • 1-0, 3.46 in last 13IP
All Scouting Info taken from MLB.com and TSN.ca

News & Notes

  • Blake Lalli hit 2 extra-base hits
  • Jake Fox hit 2 extra-base hits
  • Andres Torres hit 2 extra-base hits
  • Kevin Hart struck out 6 batters and only allowed 2 earned runs over 5.0 innings pitched yesterday
  • Matt Murton was 2-for-3 with a home run

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Organizational Roundup

(AAA) – Iowa Cubs – Won vs. Omaha (5-4)

(AA) – Tennessee Smokies – Lost vs. Montgomery (5-11)

(High A) – Daytona Cubs – Lost vs. Clearwater (3-4)

(A) – Peoria Chiefs – Lost to Quad Cities (0-6)

(SS) – Boise Hawks open their season June 17th

(RK) – Arizona Cubs open their season June 22nd

View the full organizational report courtesy of First Inning here.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail