I’ve been slack of late with farm notes, primarily because I can’t seem to find a format that I like that isn’t too time consuming. Any suggestions are always welcome on that.

Minor League Notables from 6/20/2009

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  • Jeff Samardzija (SP – Iowa) – Samardija was outstanding, throwing eight strong innings and not allowing a run. He struck out six hitters and allowed 10 baserunners (6 hits / 4 walks). He also had a hit in his three plate appearances and brought his record to 4-3 on the season. The one thing that I think he needs to work on a little more is getting ground balls. This year he’s allowing slightly more fly balls than grounders, something he didn’t do with Iowa last year. If he can continue to work on that and have strong 6+ inning outings, I see no reason why he couldn’t help contribute to the big club other than the fact that we have a log jam in the rotation.
  • Jeremy Papelbon (SP – Tenn) – Papelbon grabbed himself a win and combined to pitch a shutout with the help of Alessandro Maestri and Marco Carrillo. Pap smeared the Mudcats over 5.2 innings of work, not allowing a run and striking out two (Sorry, but I had to use the sick pun). He only walked one, which was good to see because control has been his main issue this year. He’s got a WHIP of 1.68 so far this season with the Smokies.
  • Christopher Carpenter (SP – Peoria) – Carpenter (no relation) tossed six innings of one run ball, the only run coming off a HR. One the season, Carpenter has a 4-3 record with an ERA at 2.60
  • Robinson Chirinos (C – Daytona) – MiLB has a story about him and his conversion from middle IF to Catcher and playing for Jody Davis (Read Story)
  • Starlin Castro (SS – Daytona) – Castro played in the All Star game for the Florida State League and put on a show. (Read Story)

Cubs Media Release

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From the Cubs Media Department:

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today recalled right-handed pitcher Kevin Hart from Triple-A Iowa and placed right-handed pitcher Angel Guzman on the 15-day disabled list with a right triceps strain.

Hart, 26, is 3-3 with a 3.10 ERA (18 ER/52.1 IP) in 22 games (six starts) since beginning the year with Iowa. He has averaged 9.8 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched, striking out 57 compared to just 20 walks in 52.1 innings of work. Hart, who has held the opposition to a .206 batting average (39-for-189), has posted a 1.41 ERA (5 ER/32.0 IP) with three victories in his last six games since May 22, all starts.

In his third year with the organization since Chicago obtained him from Baltimore in December of 2006 for outfielder Freddie Bynum, Hart has a 2-2 record with a 4.89 ERA (21 ER/38.2 IP) in 29 career relief appearances for the Cubs in 2007-08.

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Hart split the 2008 campaign between Chicago and Iowa, breaking camp with the major league club for the first time in his career. He appeared in 21 games during four stints with the Cubs, going 2-2 with a 6.51 ERA (20 ER/27.2 IP), picking up his first career victory April 5 vs. Houston with 1.2 shutout relief innings. With Iowa, he posted a 2.81 ERA (18 ER/57.2 IP) in 26 games (10 starts) while going 4-2 with five saves.

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Originally selected by the Orioles in the 11th round of the 2004 Draft, Hart made his big league debut with Chicago in 2007 as a September call-up. He made eight relief appearances and posted a 0.82 ERA (1 ER/11.0 IP), earning him a spot on Chicago’s post-season roster.

Guzman, 27, is 2-1 with a save and a 2.53 ERA (9 ER/32.0 IP) in 28 relief appearances for the Cubs this season, his 10th year in the organization. He earned his first career victory April 18 vs. the Cardinals, throwing a scoreless 11th inning in Chicago’s 7-5 win.

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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