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Iowa Cubs

Brett Jackson was 1-4 and struckout twice. He has an astronomical 33.8% strikeout rate, but is still managing a wOBA near .370, which is good for a wRC+ of 113. It's not as good as his stint in Iowa last year, but it's still above average. Josh Vitters was 1-3 with a walk and is now sporting a wRC+ higher than jackson (117). His walk rate is nearly 6% too. Randy Wells tossed 5 innings, allowed a few hits and a run, walked a couple and struckout 4. 

Tennessee Smokies

Trey McNutt must have fallen off a very large cliff becuase he's not yet landed. He pitched 4 innings, allowed 7 hits, walked 3, struckout 4, but I guess he did manage to allow only 2 runs. Great start, kid! McNutt is walking quite a few guys this year, not striking many out at all and generally getting hit pretty hard. Logan Watkins was 2-5 with a triple and Michael Burgess was 2-4 with his very own triple. The bullpen sucked.

Daytona Cubs

Rubi Silva was 3-5 with a triple and Rebel Ridling was 2-4 with a double. Matt Szczur was 0-3 with a couple walks. Szczur is batting .285/.387/.404. Prior to last night's game his wOBA sat at a cool .380 in the pitcher friendly FSL. That's good for a wRC+ of 136. The guy knows how to walk. He's taken 35 walks in 271 plate appearances and he's been hit 4 times. That's 14.4% of his plate appearances ending in a walk or hit batter. You gotta like that for a future leadoff guy. 

Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs offense pounded out 3 hits, 2 of which were doubles, in last night's 4-1 slugfest. Zeke DeVoss was 0-4 with a strikeout and Taiwan Easterling was an impressive 0-4 with 4 strikeouts. Easterling had a 24.6% strikeout rate prior to last night's game so it's only getting uglier. Joseph Zeller walked 1 and struckout 1 over 5 innings of work. Hunter Cervenka struckout 4 in 3 innings.

Boise Hawks

Jeimer Candelario was 2-3 with a walk. Shawon Dunston, Jr.'s first taste of professional ball isn't going well. He was 0-4 with a couple strikeouts last night and is now hitting .204/.283/.333. Ian Dickson pitched an inning in relief last night, except it wasn't an inning in relief. He was the starter and lasted 1 inning, allowed way too many hits and runs and stuff like that. Rafael Diplan threw 3 innings and allowed only 1 hit. 

AZL Cubs

Dan Vogelbach was 1-5 with a strikeout last night. Izaac Garsez was 4-5 with a home run. Carlos Martinez-Pumarino was even worse than Ian Dickson. He lasted only a third of an inning and gave up lots of stuff you don't want pitchers giving up. Alvido Jimenez threw 3.2 innings, allowed a hit and a walk and struckout 3. 

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