Minor League Update: 4-8-12

Iowa Cubs

Brett Jackson had another multi-hit game as he went 2-4 and he also walked again. He's walked in 3 consecutive games, which he'll do frequently. Through his first 3 games he's an impressive 5-11 with a double, triple, and has 3 walks. He's also driven in 3 and scored 3. Jackson will strikeout a lot and he's done that once again too. Anthony Rizzo was 1-4 last night. Catcher Blake Lalli was 2-4. Chris Rusin threw 5.1 innings, allowed 6 hits and 4 runs while striking out 3 and walking 2. NatE. Robertson is in mid-season Chicago Cubs bullpen form. He threw 1 innings, allowed 3 hits and 3 runs. He'd be the ideal late-inning reliever for the Cubs. Blaker Parker added another scoreless inning, striking out 1 and allowing a hit.

Tennessee Smokies

Logan Watkins continues to hit as he was 2-5 last night. Watkins started his professional career nicely in 2008, but had really struggled in 2010. He rebounded with a nice season for a 2nd baseman in the Florida State League a year ago. Jae Hoon Ha was 2-4 and Michael Brenly 1-4. Jonathon Mota was 1-4 at the plate and pitched a 1-2-3 inning in mop-up. Dallas Beeler threw 5, allowed 6 his and a run. He didn't walk anybody and struckout 2. If there's one thing I've noticed about the Cubs minor league starters so far they have just not been striking that many batters out. With the exception of Francescon, the numbers have been underwhelming. Daniel Berlind would also fit right in the Chicago Cubs bullpen. After a strong start from Beeler, Berlind comes into the game and can't complete an inning before allowing 8 runs. He allowed 7 hits and walked a batter in .2 innings. Casey Weathers somehow managed to pitch 1.1 innings and allow 6 baserunners, but only 1 run.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs had only 4 hits and Matt Sczczur and Ronald Torreyes didn't get any of them. Greg Rohan was 1-4, John Andreoli 2-3 with a walk and Sergio Burrell was 1-3. It was a little surprising to see Hayden Simpson sent to Daytona, but Daytona he is. He got off to a good enough start compared to what he's done before. He threw 4.1 innings, allowed 5 hits and a run. He didn't walk anybody and he only struckout 2. He threw 29 strikes and 26 balls. Casey Harman Larry Suarez finished the game and allowed only 1 hit and 2 walks (no runs).

Peoria Chiefs

Zeke DeVoss was 1-3 with a double and a walk. Eduardo Gonzalez, Brad Zapenas and Taylor Davis each had 2 hits. Gonzalez was 2-4 with a HR. Paul Hoilman was 1-4 and didn't strikeout. He did take a walk. Jose Rosario had a good start. He threw 5.1 innings, allowed just 2 hits and 2 runs. He walked 3 and struckout 2. Yao-Lin Wang threw 1.2 innings and didn't allow a hit or a walk. He struckout 2. Wang did hit 2 batters though. Austin Reed and Andrew McKirihan threw perfect 8th and 9th innings.

The 4 starters last night struckout a combined 7 batters in 20 innings. Remember when the Cubs used to have all those fireballing strikeout pitchers? Yeah, those days are over.