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Overall Minor League Record: 101-69

WEEK IN REVIEW

While the Chicago Cubs find themselves four games under .500 entering the final full week of May (with an identical 20-24 record as they had after 48 games a year ago), the rest of the organization finds itself in great shape as we head towards Memorial Day. A glance at the standings finds each of the Cubs’ minor league affiliates occupying either 1st or 2nd place in their divisions, with Tennessee (27-16) and Daytona (31-12) sporting the best records in their leagues.

Last week, the entire farm system continued its winning ways with an overall record of 21-5, finishing with a perfect 8-0 record on Friday and Saturday. The following is a brief recap of how each team in the organization faired during the week:

Iowa Cubs  – Pacific Coast League

Overall (20-22) – 2nd Place, North Division

Last Week – (5-1)

This Week – vs. Tuscon (1gm), vs. Las Vegas (4gms), @ Round Rock (2gms)

  • While the I-Cubs are the only team in the Cubs’ minor league system with a losing record, the team had an impressive 5-1 record last week putting them within 2-games of .500 after Saturday’s rain-shortened 4-3 win over Tucson.
  • The I-Cubs finished the week on their first three game winning streak of the season after coming up short in their five previous attempts this season.
  • Brad Snyder and Bobby Scales have had the hottest bats during the team’s recent success. Snyder entered Sunday’s action with an eight game hit streak, during which he has connected for two home runs and driven in seven runs. Scales has hit safely in his last five games, his second longest streak of the season after hitting in 10-straight to start the season.

Tennessee Smokies  – Southern League

Overall (27-16) – 1st Place, North Division

Last Week – (6-1)

This Week – vs. Mobile (2 gms), vs. Mississippi (5 gms)

  • The Smokies, which feature six of the Cubs top 10 prospects, dominated the competition last week with a 6-1 record in games against Charlotte and Mobile. The only blemish on their week was 2-1 loss to Charlotte on a rare low-scoring night for Tennessee.
  • Tennessee scored a combined 50 runs in their six wins during the week, which included outbursts of 13, 11, and nine runs in separate games.
  • Cubs highly-touted prospect Chris Carpenter joined the Tennessee roster on Thursday after starting the season at AAA-Iowa. Carpenter, who was the Cubs’ third round pick in the 2008 draft, spent parts of both the 2009 and 2010 with the Smokies as well.
  • There has been no shortage of power in the Smokey Mountains through the first two months of the season as Tennessee leads the Southern League with an astounding 52 home runs in 44 games. For reference, Montgomery is a distant second with 38 homers as a team. Outfielder Ryan Flaherty has led the charge with 10 home runs and 46 RBI.

Daytona Cubs  – Florida State League

Overall (31-12) – 1st Place, North Division

Last Week – (6-1)

This Week – vs. St. Lucie (4 gms), vs. Brevard County (3 gms)

  • Daytona’s 31-12 record is not only the class of the Florida State League, but gives them the best record in all of baseball. The D-Cubs entered Sunday on a four game winning streak and with a record of 15-6 through the first three weeks of May.
  • Aaron Kurcz, who entered the season as the 25th ranked prospect in the Cubs system according to Baseball America, improved his record to 3-0 after a five-inning, one-hit performance against Palm Beach on Wednesday. Kurcz lowered his ERA to 2.38 in the win.
  • Another of the system’s top-ranked prospects, second baseman Logan Watkins, has been less impressive in his first season of Advanced A-ball, hitting just .167 in his first 35 games with Daytona. Watkins looks to be starting to come around, however, hitting a respectable .250 over his last 10 games.

Peoria Chiefs  – Midwest League

Overall (23-19)  – 2nd Place, Eastern Division

Last Week – (4-2)

This Week – vs. Clinton (2 gms), vs. Wisconsin (3 gms), @ Cedar Rapids (2 gms)

  • The Chiefs rounded out the Cubs’ solid week on the farm with a three game winning streak of their own, giving them a 4-2 record on the week. It was the fourth winning streak of three or more games for the Chiefs this season.
  • Leftfielder Anthony Giansanti had an eight game hitting streak come to an end in Friday night’s win against the Clinton Lumberkings. Giansanti entered the streak hitting just .167 on the season, but hit .461 during those eight games and raised his average 50 points to .217.
  • While the Chicago Cubs’ defensive maladies have been well documented this season, perhaps there is hope for the future as the Chiefs turned two double plays on Saturday, giving them a league leading 51 on the season.
  • 2010 first-round pick Hayden Simpson pitched 4 2/3 innings on Saturday, giving up three earned runs while striking out five. While Simpson has yet to collect a victory this season (0-1, 4.63 ERA), the Chiefs are 7-2 in games he has started.

TOP PROSPECT REPORT

#1) Brett Jackson, of (Current Team: Tennessee)

Season: .295/.420/.518, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 13 SB

Last 10 App: On Disabled List since May 12

#2) Trey McNutt, rhp (Current Team: Tennessee)

Season: 1-2, 6 G, 6 GS, 2.38 ERA, 22.2 IP, 16 K, 5 BB, 25 H

Last 10 App: 1-2, 6 G, 6 GS, 2.38 ERA, 22.2 IP, 16 K, 5 BB, 25 H

#3) Chris Carpenter, rhp (Current Team: Tennessee)

Season: (AAA) – 2-1, 1 S, 13 G, 0 GS, 6.41 ERA,19.2 IP, 20 K, 17 BB, 20 H

(AA) – 1-0, 0 S, 1 G, 0 GS, 3.86 ERA, 1.1 IP, 1K, 3 BB, 1 H

Last 1 App (AA) : 1-0, 0 S, 1 G, 0 GS, 3.86 ERA, 1.1 IP, 1K, 3 BB, 1 H

4) Hayden Simpson, rhp (Current Team: Peoria)

Season: 0-1, 9 G, 9 GS, 4.63 ERA, 35 IP, 29 K, 14 BB, 42 H

Last 10 App: 0-1, 9 G, 9 GS, 4.63 ERA, 35 IP, 29 K, 14 BB, 42 H

#5) Josh Vitters, 3b (Current Team: Tennessee)

Season: .257/.296/.431, 5 HR, 23 RBI, 0 SB

Last 10 App: .297/.316/.459, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB

#6) Jay Jackson, rhp (Current Team: Iowa)

Season: 1-3,  0 SV, 6 G, 6 GS, 7.94 ERA, 28.1 IP, 13 K, 14 BB, 35 H

Last 10 App: 1-3,  0 SV, 6 G, 6 GS, 7.94 ERA, 28.1 IP, 13 K, 14 BB, 35 H

#7) Rafael Dolis, rhp (Current Team: Tennessee)

Season: 1-2,  3 SV, 13 G, 4 GS, 2.73 ERA, 29.2 IP, 23 K, 16 BB, 26 H

Last 10 App: 0-2, 3 SV, 10 G, 1 GS, 3.63 ERA, 17.1 IP, 10 K, 1 BB, 20 H

#8) Matt Szczur, of (Current Team: Peoria)

Season: .320/.398/.369, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 10 SB

Last 10 App: .300/.383/.300, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 8 SB

#9) Reggie Golden, of  (Current Team: AZL Cubs)

Season: .333/.412/.400, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB

Last 4 App: .333/.412/.400, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB

#10) Robert Whitenack, rhp (Current Team: Tennessee)

Season: (HighA) 3-0, 0 SV, 4 G, 4 GS, 1.17 ERA, 23.0 IP, 25 K, 1 BB, 11 H

(AA) 4-0, 0 SV, 6 G, 6 GS, 2.57 ERA, 35.0 IP, 20 K, 11 BB, 31 H

Last 4 App (AA): 4-0, 0 SV, 6 G, 6 GS, 2.57 ERA, 35.0 IP, 20 K, 11 BB, 31 H

Other Notables

Alberto Cabrera, rhp (Current Team: Tennessee) – Baseball America #11

Season: 5-2,  0 SV, 8 G, 8 GS, 5.62 ERA, 41.2 IP, 30 K, 18 BB, 54 H

Last 10 App: 5-2,  0 SV, 8 G, 8 GS, 5.62 ERA, 41.2 IP, 30 K, 18 BB, 54 H

D.J. LaMahieu, 2b (Current Team: Tennessee) – Baseball America #13

Season: .358/.386/.500, 2 HR, 26 RBI, 3 SB

Last 10 App: .405/.421/.568, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB

Marcus Mateo, rhp (Current Team: Iowa Cubs) - Baseball America #18 – Optioned 5/17

Season: 0-0, 1 SV, 2 G, 0 GS, 6.75 ERA, 1.1 IP, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 H

Last 10 App: 0-0, 1 SV, 2 G, 0 GS, 6.75 ERA, 1.1 IP, 2 K, 1 BB, 1 H

Robinson Lopez, rhp (Current Team: Peoria) – Baseball America #19

Season: 3-1, 0 SV, 9 G, 4 GS, 4.15 ERA, 39.0 IP, 19 K, 15 BB, 41 H

Last 10 App: 3-1, 0 SV, 9 G, 4 GS, 4.15 ERA, 39.0 IP, 19 K, 15 BB, 41 H

Kyle Smit, rhp (Current Team: Tennessee) – Baseball America #20

Season: 2-0, 0 SV, 12 G, 0 GS, 7.16 ERA, 16.1 IP, 19 K, 13 BB, 21 H

Last 10 App: 2-0, 0 SV, 12 G, 0 GS, 7.16 ERA, 16.1 IP, 19 K, 13 BB, 21 H

Logan Watkins, 2b (Current Team: Daytona) – Baseball America #21

Season: .167/.266/.233, 0 HR, 13 RBI, 4 SB

Last 10 App: .250/.333/.393, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 0 SB

Ryan Flaherty, of (Current Team: Tennessee) – Baseball America #22

Season: .322/.391/.611, 10 HR, 46 RBI, 3 SB

Last 10 App: .417/.512/.722, 2 HR, 19 RBI, 0 SB

Aaron Kurcz, rhp (Current Team: Daytona) – Baseball America #25

Season: 3-0, 0 SV, 8 G, 7 GS, 2.48 ERA, 32.2 IP, 29 K, 15 BB, 29 H

Last 10 App: 3-0, 0 SV, 8 G, 7 GS, 2.48 ERA, 32.2 IP, 29 K, 15 BB, 29 H

Brooks Raley, lhp (Current Team: Tennessee) – Baseball America #26

Season: 1-3, 0 SV, 8 G, 8 GS, 6.03 ERA, 37.1 IP, 22 K, 21 BB, 53 H

Last 10 App: 1-3, 0 SV, 8 G, 8 GS, 6.03 ERA, 37.1 IP, 22 K, 21 BB, 53 H

Junior Lake, ss (Current Team: Daytona) – Baseball America #27

Season: .301/.328/.446, 3 HR, 22 RBI, 16 SB

Last 10 App: .300/.364/.300, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 SB

Jae-Hoon Ha, of (Current Team: Tennessee) – Baseball America #28

Season: (HighA) .311/.344/.523, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 6 SB

(AA) .296/.296/.444, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB

Last 6 App (AA): .296/.296/.444, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 0 SB

Esmalin Caridad, rhp (Current Team: Iowa) – Baseball America #29

Season: 2-1, 2 SV, 16 G, 0 GS, 8.31 ERA, 26.0 IP, 21 K, 18 BB, 37 H

Last 10 App: 1-0, 0 SV, 10 G, 0 GS, 8.31 ERA, 17.1 IP, 12 K, 15 BB, 22 H

Dae-Eun Rhee, rhp (Current Team: Daytona) – Baseball America #30

Season: 1-0, 0 SV, 6 G, 2 GS, 2.41 ERA, 18.2 IP, 13 K, 13 BB, 18 H

Last 10 App: 1-0, 0 SV, 6 G, 2 GS, 2.41 ERA, 18.2 IP, 13 K, 13 BB, 18 H

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