First of all, congratulations to Wellington Castillo who was named to the World roster of the Futures Game. That's the second year in a row that the World team will have a Cub catcher. May Castillo's future be as bright as last year's choice.
Again, these are players ranked by Baseball America that I didn't rank. The rankings listed are theirs, not mine.
18. Sam Fuld. Outfielder. Stock: DOWN
His stock isn't down with me, because I didn't have much of an opinion of him in the first place. That makes me think I actually know what I'm talking about sometimes. For those of you who, in spring training, thought Fuld should be our starting center fielder, he's back in AA hitting .229/.309/.321. He's still scrappy, hunky and Jewish, though.
19. Larry Suarez. Right-handed pitcher. Stock: DOWN
Suarez has been injured all season and has yet to pitch. I haven't heard whether or not they expect him to pitch again this season.
21. Ryan Acosta. Right-handed pitcher. Stock: DOWN
I have no idea what BA saw in Acosta and why they ranked him so high. It was probably his size and "projectability." It might have been that scouts who were friends of his late father raved about him. I think Acosta has a chance to be a major league pitcher, but based on both his stuff and his results, I have no idea why anyone would rank him higher than Alex Maestri, Jose Ascanio or Mitch Atkins.
Anyway, Acosta had a rough time pitching for Peoria and has been shut down for over a month now with arm problems.
I've got two more prospects to do. The news on them is a lot better. A whole lot better.
The I-Cubs were beaten by the Albuquerque Isotopes, 9-6.
Mike Burns must have thought the game was in Albuquerque. He allowed four home runs in five innings. Overall, he allowed six runs on eleven hits and a walk. He struck out three.
Greg Reinhard allowed three unearned runs in 1.2 innings despite not allowing a hit. Of course, the five walks he allowed might have had something to do with it.
The good news was that Carmen Pignatiello pitched well, allowing only one hit in 1.1 innings and striking out three.
Micah Hoffpauir picked up where he left off in AAA with a 2 for 5 night that included a double and a three-run home run. Hoffpauir had four RBI total on the night.
Casey McGehee was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. Josh Kroeger was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
The Smokies topped the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, 11-5.
Mitch Atkins improved his record to 7-6 by pitching 5.2 innings and allowing four runs. One of the runs was unearned. Atkins was touched for seven hits and he walked two while striking out five.
Is Tyler Colvin coming out of his funk? Because tonight, Colvin was 3 for 4 with a triple and two RBI. He scored once and hit a sac fly. He didn't walk or strike out.
Second baseman Nate Spears was 2 for 5 with a double and a walk. He scored twice and had an RBI. Right fielder Doug Deeds was 2 for 4 with a double, two RBI and one run scored. Deeds also walked once.
Still building an ark in Lakeland.
The Chiefs knocked off the Burlington Bees, 10-3.
Kevin Kreier got his third win with six shutout innings. Kreier allowed five hits and a walk while striking out three.
The Chiefs had sixteen hits, and every single Chief in the starting lineup had at least one. All but two had two hits.
Last night, both left fielder Brandon Guyer and DH Luis Bautista homered. Tonight, they both homered again. It was Guyer's sixth and Bautista's fifth. Guyer also stole his eighth base of the year.
Boise pitchers combined on a two-hitter. Starter Casey Coleman allowed one solo home run and a walk in four innings. He struck out three. Mike Perconte got the win with four inning of shutout relief, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out an impressive seven Aqua Sox. Jake Muyco struck out two in the ninth inning to close out the game.
First baseman Ryan Keedy was 3 for 3 with a double and two walks. First round pick, shortstop Ryan Flaherty hit his second home run of the year in a 3 for 4 night. Flaherty had three RBI and scored twice. Second baseman Josh Harrison was 2 for 3 with a double and walk. Harrison scored twice and stole his fourth base already in only six games played.
Josh Vitters extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 1 for 4 effort. Vitters also had a sac fly and two RBI total.
In the Michael Brenly watch, Michael was 1 for 4 with two RBI.