The Children Are The Future-Cubs Minor League Update Sponsored by Ortho Home Defense

Iowa

Anthony Rizzo just keeps mashing as he hit his 12th HR of the year. When he gets here and LaHair moves to LF it might be an interesting offense to watch. Brett Jackson got on base once and made the most of it by stealing 2 bases. Jay Jackson has been moved to the bullpen and has done well in his two appearances. Last night he worked 2 clean innings and struck out 4. 

Smokies

Game 1

It may be early but lets go ahead and sound the TRANSFORMATION! bell in relation to Junior Lake. The tooliest of tools player in our system has finally found the ability to take a pitch and its paying dividends. Consider this, last year he had 445 AB's and walked 19 times. This year in 27 AB's he already has 8 walks to only 5 K's. He also hit his first HR of the year yesterday while playing 3B. Its very very early but this kind of change would be a major breakthrough because this kid can do it all athletically. Logan Watkins also had a huge game going 2-3 with a HR, 4 RBI's and a pair of walks. Trey McNutt pitched the first game and worked 5 innings striking out 5 and giving up a pair of solo HR's. 

Game 2

Dallas Beeler had a semi good start. Nothing else happened.

Daytona

Another name thats starting to crop up is Arismendy Alcantara the SS for Daytona. Prior to this year Alcantara was a glove first kind of guy but he is putting together a pretty good year with the bat in a league that favors pitching. Alcantara had a .292/.321/.469 line with a perfect 10 SB in 10 attempts. He is also still just 20 years old so he's a guy to keep an eye on. Austin Kirk pitched another gem giving up 1 run over 7 innings and fanning 5 batters. Kirk now has a 1.75 ERA in 51 IP. AJ Morris worked a scoreless inning and was followed by Tony Zych for the save.

Peoria

Kyle(r) Burke had another solid start giving up 1 ER over 6 IP. I would look for Burke to move up to Daytona at some point as he is showing he can start but is pretty old for Peoria. Anthony Giansanti who is being groomed as a super sub was assigned to Peoria and went 2-4. He has a really strong eye at the plate and has played just about every position including C down in instructs. Yao Lin Wang struck out 2 batters to earn the save. 

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