It looks like the people have spoken and Andrew Cashner is now the Cubs #1 prospect. That makes a lot of sense, since he's the one in the major leagues right now. That mid-90s fastball and nasty slider probably had a lot to do with it too. I do hope he's in the rotation next year, although if he turns into another Jonathan Papelbon, a pitcher to whom he has a lot of similarities, I don't think anyone will complain. Well, maybe Carlos Marmol will.
So Cashner falls off the list and is replaced by Chris Archer, the curveball specialist who's having a great season down in Daytona. In case you don't know, he's one of the three pitchers the Cubs got from the Indians for Mark DeRosa.
The Iowa Cubs overthrew the Omaha Royals, 8-7.
Starter Jay Jackson had a rough start, giving up four runs on six hits. He allowed five hits, including one home run, but the worst thing was that he walked five. He did strike out six.
Brian Schlitter got the win in relief. He pitched two-thirds of an inning. He didn't give up any hits but he walked one. Schlitter struck out two.
Right fielder Brad Snyder had the game-winning single that broke the tie in the bottom of the ninth. Snyder was 1 for 5 with the one RBI.
The Smokies got the second half off to a good start with a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Mudcats.
Starter Alberto Cabrera had a good start, giving up only one run over 5.1 innings. Cabrera allowed only three hits and a walk and struck out eight.
Ryan Buchter got the win with 1.1 innings of perfect relief. He struck out two. David Cales had a perfect ninth for his ninth save. He did not have a save.
First baseman Russell Canzler entered the game in a double-switch and made his one at-bat count: a two-run home run that tied the game in the seventh. Canzler now has eight home runs.
In the first game, starter Chris Archer improved his record to 6-1 by allowing only one run over 5.1 innings. Archer allowed four hits. He walked one and struck out three.
Aaron Shafer pitched a perfect seventh inning to get his fourth save. Shafer struck out two.
Catcher Michael Brenly hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. Brenly now has three home runs. He went 1 for 3 tonight.
Smailey Borges and Jose Valdez both were 2 for 3. Valdez had a triple and scored the other run.
In the second game, Chris Rusin allowed four runs on six hits over four innings. Rusin didn't walk anyone and struck out three.
David Patton took the loss in relief. He gave up two runs (one earned) in 1.1 innings.
DJ LeMaheiu was 2 for 3 with a run scored and an RBI. Right fielder Kyler Burke was 2 for 3 with a run scored.
The East All-Stars beat the West All-Stars, 6-2 in the Midwest League All-Star Game.
Peoria's Trey McNutt started for the West and got the loss after allowing three runs in the one inning he pitched. He gave up three hits, including a two-run home run. He didn't walk anyone and struck out two. Lucky for him, it doesn't go on his record.
The Hawks calmed the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, 6-2.
Marcos Perez picked up the win with four innings of relief. He gave up two runs on four hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out four.
First baseman Richard Jones and left fielder Alvaro Ramirez both homered in 2 for 4 games. Jones' HR was a solo blast and Ramirez hi his with a man on.
Catcher Jeff Vigurs was 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Cubs rookie ball team started their season tonight with a 6-4 loss to the Angels.