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Iowa

Brett Jackson had a good game going 2-3 with a BB and a HR. Jackson is now batting .259 on the year. I think the end might have come for Jay Jackson. He just isn't any good anymore and his 6.75 ERA suggests he might not even be a good AAA arm. Jackson's decline was never tied to anything specific he just got worse as the years went on. Its a good lesson about prospects in general and Cubs prospects more often than not. 

Smokies

Junior Lake is back and went 2-4 out of the leadoff spot. Brooks Raley pitched 6 innings of 2 ER ball but Raley isn't really a prospect just another minor league arm. 

Daytona

Matt Szrzr's redemption project continues as he went 1-4 with a BB and SB. He now has 16 stolen bases on the year compared with 24 all of last year so its nice to see the improvement there. Whats even better is his steal rate is 80 %. Austin Kirk continues his great start working 7 IP and giving up 3 ER. Kirk has a stellar 1.83 ERA but doesn't strike anybody out and its hard to get too excited for his future. 

Peoria

Whatever magic Michael Jensen was using at the beginning of the year appears to have run its course. Jensen was smacked around for his 2nd straight start giving up 4 ER in 4.1 IP. On the hitting side Oliver Zapata continues his slump he got off to a red hot start but is batting .135 in his last 10 games.

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