Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 1

Congratulations to Darwin Barney and Thomas Diamond, both of whom were named to the AAA All-Star Game.

Your choice for the Cubs #10 prospect is infielder DJ LeMahieu, last season's second round pick. Maybe you guys are impressed with his defense and versatility. Maybe you were impressed with his decent speed and how he's hitting .290 in the FSL. Or maybe we just got invaded by a ton of LSU fans. He wasn't my choice, but hey, he's yours, and that's what's important.

So far in the vote, we've yet to have a left-handed pitcher, so I'm going to rectify that with Chris Rusin, last year's fourth-round pick. Rusin doesn't throw hard, topping out at around 88-89 mph, but he's got a deceptive motion and a nasty curveball that he can throw for a strike at pretty much any time in the count. In fact, his command of his breaking ball is what is so impressive about him. He's walked only nine batters in the 63 innings he has pitched so far this year. The curve gets a ton of ground balls, but he can also get a strikeout when he needs one: 56 so far this season. It's possible he'll end up in a major league bullpen, but for now, the Cubs are giving him a chance to start.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs were exiled by the Omaha Royals, 6-3.

Starting pitcher J.R. Mathes threw six innings and allowed three runs on six hits. One of the runs was unearned. Mathes didn't walk a batter and fanned two.

John Gaub took the loss. In the one inning Gaub pitched, he walked three and gave up one hit, which led to two Omaha runs. He also balked once. Gaub struck out one.

For those who were worried about Jeff Samardzija's last appearance, he pitched two perfect innings tonight, striking out three.

DH Bryan LaHair was 2 for 2 with two doubles and two walks. First baseman Micah Hoffpauir went 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies got walloped by the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, 6-0.

Hung-Wen Chen pitched four innings and allowed all six runs on ten hits. Two of the runs were unearned. He didn't walk anyone, which kept the carnage from being worse. He struck out one.

The Smokies made three errors and had two hits. Do you need to know any more?

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs game with the Tampa Yankees was suspended because of rain after three innings with the Cubs leading 1-0. Chris Rusin pitched the first three innings of this game.

Peoria Chiefs

The Peoria Chiefs topped the Kane County Cougars, 4-2.

Starting pitcher Su-Min Jung didn't get the win, but pitched pretty well for five innings, allowing only two runs on five hits. Jung walked two and struck out eight.

Frank Batista tossed two innings of no-hit relief for his first win. He walked two and struck out three.

Yohan Gonzalez pitched two shutout innings for his third save. Gonzalez allowed two hit but didn't walk anyone. He fanned three.

DH Justin Bour hit his eighth home run of the year. Bour was 2 for 3 with a walk and two RBI. He also scored twice.

Right fielder Nelson Perez was 2 for 4.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks caught the Yakima Bears hibernating, 7-0.

Austin Kirk got his first win of the year with five shutout innings. He gave up only three singles. Kirk did not issue a walk and struck out five.

Second baseman Pierre LePage hit a bases-loaded double in the second inning to give the Hawks the lead for good. LePage was 2 for 4 with four RBI. He also scored once.

Right fielder Alvaro Ramirez went 2 for 4 with a walk. He scored once. Left fielder Jesus Morelli was 2 for 4 with a double and a stolen base.

Center fielder Runey Davis hit his second homer of the young season, a solo shot in the fifth. Davis also hit a double in a 2 for 4 game.

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Day off.

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