The Children Are The Future-Cubs Minor League Update Sponsored by The Chicago Sun Times


There isn't anyone left in Iowa to write about so lets just say Casey Coleman had a good start. Also, Esmalin Caridad should be back up in the pen. He has been very tough this year.


Trey McNutt struck out 3 and allowed 1 ER in 3 IP. I thought they would keep this guy in 1 inning situations to see how he responded to that role but if anything it seems he is getting stretched back out. 


Javier Baez got the clown shoes. He struck out 3 times giving him a total of 5 K's in 8 AB's. Christian Villanueva was 2-4 and John Andreoli stole his 44th base of the year.


Michael Jensen had a nice start. Jensen worked 5 IP allowing 1 ER and striking out 4. Al Yellon was in attendance and wrote what I consider, to be, the most, tortured, (sentence of English, which is a language) of all, time,. This is Yellon describing Jensen's start: "He threw five very nice innings, holding Clinton to five hits and a run, and striking out four. He might have gone further than that, but something you'll see at this level, showing the difference in ability, dropped foul popups, extended at bats that should have produced outs." 


Dan Vogelbach was 1-5 with a BB and the game winning HR. Vogelbach now has 9 HR's and an OPS over 1.000 over two levels so far this year. He's every bit the hitter that we heard about after last years draft. Trey Martin went 3-4 with at triple and is hitting .279. Vogelbach wasn't the only Hawk going deep as C Lance Rymel went 2-4 with a pair of dongers. 


Duane Underwood got lit up failing to make it out of the 1st inning. Underwood gave up 3 hits and 3 ER including a HR and only retired one batter. On the hitting side Ben Carhart was 2-4 and looked stylish in his work coat while doing it.