What Happened Yesterday – 04.23.2009

Chicago 1, Cincinnati 7

  • The Micah Hoffpauir we excpected to see more of showed up in the field yesterday. If we’re going to have his bat in the lineup, which I’m all for, then we have to remember he’s playing out of position. He’s a 1B by trade and it’s important we remember that when he takes a bad round or misplays a line drive to the OF.
  • Another game and another error by the pitching staff. I’m not sure why Carlos decided it would be a good idea to throw over to first 1000 times in one at bat, but while you’re doing that, doesn’t it enter your mind that one of these may be wild? I wish more pitchers would adopt the Greg Maddux approach and let the runners on base be the secondary focus. For the most part, Carlos is excellent at limiting steals, but I don’t think it’s as important as people make it.
  • Lou Piniella laid the smack down on Milton “Milkit” Bradley before the game and told him that he’ll play when he is 100% healthy (i.e. never) and can run out ground balls. Not the best start, but it’s a small sample size (wink wink).
  • Neal Cotts and Jeff Samardzija both came into the game and both gave up runs. Is there any chance we can rethink that Luis Vizcaino move?
  • Aramis Ramirez picked up a hit, so I’m back on the streak. Any suggestions for who to pick today?

Iowa 6, Albuquerque 0

  • For the second straight night, the Cubs got a great performance from the starting pitcher. Last night it was Randy Wells and tonight it was JR Mathes who ran his record to 3-1 with a six inning, two hit performance. He only struck out one hitter, but he didn’t walk any.
  • Imagine this…the Cubs got three scoreless innings out of their bullpen. If only that sentence could be written about the Major League Cubs and not the AAA-Cubs. Jason Waddell, Jeff Stevens and Kevin Hart all tossed scoreless innings. Waddell and Stevens have now combined to throw 13.1 scoreless innings this season.
  • Jake Fox had a tough night at the plate with three strikeouts, but he did draw a walk and score.
  • Bobby Scales hit a home run for the second straight night in what would become a four run 6th inning,
  • Former Cub, Shawn Estes got the start for Albuquerque and went five solid innings, striking out nine.

Tennessee 6, West Tenn 2

  • Tony Thomas is a man among boys and continues to play that way at the plate. He hit his 4th HR of the season and went 3-for-5 with 3 runs and 2 RBI. He’s hitting .375 on the season.
  • Casey Coleman picked up his third win of the year, running his record to 3-0 with an ERA of 1.50. He went six innings and gave the Smokies a quality start, only allowing two runs.

Wisconsin 8, Peoria 7 & Wisconsin 7, Peoria 6

  • Kyler Burke got on base four times in the DH with a pair of walks and a pair of doubles.
  • Chris Archer, a kid that was drafted out of a H.S. about 2 miles from my house, went four innings as the starter in one of the games, allowing two runs and walking four batters. He’s made three starts this year and in two of them, walks have been an issue. He’s young though.
  • One of the top prospects in the organization, Josh Vitters, went 0-for-7 in the double header.
  • Rebel Ridling, who takes over the spot from Rocky Cherry The Fearless Vampire Killers movie download for best name in the organization, had a HR and a double with four RBI on the day.

Organizational Depth Chart – 3B

I usually use the baseline for evaluating talent down on the farm as .800 OPS or higher. If a prospect is putting up at least that, it’s usually a good sign that he’s playing well enough for that level. Looking over the third base position in the organization, I see five out of the eight that meet that benchmark, the most intriguing of which has to be Josh Vitters, who many consider the top prospect in the organization. Vitters struggled a little in limited time when he was first drafted out of high school in 2007, but rebounded nicely with short season Boise and earned himself a promotion to full season ball this year with the Chiefs. What’s important to remember about Vitters is that he is a high school product, which means he’s raw and needs seasoning. Marquez Smith is off to a nice start with Daytona, but at 24 years old, he probably should be higher in the system. Any thoughts on 3B that jump out at you? I’ve also included a video of Josh Vitters from YouTube.


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Minor League Transactions

From time to time, Baseball America takes a moment to update us on transactions we may have missed with the system. Here was their entry for the Cubs.

Signed: C Mario Mercedes
Released: RHP Bubba O’Donnell, OF TeWayne Willis
Placed on 7-day DL: RHP Justin Berg, C Mario Mercedes, OF Doug Deeds
Reinstated from DL: C Michael Brenly, SS Matt Matulia, OF Jason DuboisOur Man Flint movie

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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