It was a landslide and Brett Jackson is your choice as the Cubs' #2 prospect. Jackson has been turning in a solid season for Daytona. Leading off most of the campaign for Dayona, he's been reaching base at better than a .400 clip and since the calendar turned to June, he's shown good power. He's also a power/speed threat with 12 SB so far this year. The strikeouts that were the big knock on him in college? Not a problem so far. Yes, he strikes out a lot, but that doesn't keep him from getting on base. He was named to the US Squad for the annual All-Star Futures Game (along with Hak-Ju Lee.)
So Jackson drops off the list and is replaced with Hayden Simpson, this year's #1 pick. Simpson hasn't played a game yet.
The Iowa Cubs fell to the Omaha Royals, 6-4.
Jeff Samardzija started and gave up two runs on six hits over 4.1 innings. Samardzija walked three and struck out four.
Blake Parker, however, got torched trying to get the save. Parker only lasted two-third of an inning, but he managed to surrender four runs, mostly on two home runs. Parker gave up three hits total and two walks. He fanned one.
Jason Dubois got one home run closer to the Iowa record with a two-run blast in the bottom of the first inning to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead.
Center fielder Sam Fuld was 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored. First baseman Micah Hoffpauir went 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
The Smokies filleted the Carolina Mudcats, 6-5
Starter Craig Muschko went six innings and gave up two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out seven.
Jeremy Papelbon got the win in relief, going two innings and allowing one run. Papelbon allowed two hits, walked one and struck out one.Luke Sommer entered the game with one out and the tying run on second base in the ninth. After a single put runners on first and third, he got a flyout to left fielder Ty Wright, who gunned down the runner on third trying to score for an game-ending double play.
Wright had a good game at the plate too, going 2 for 5 with a double. Wright scored twice and batted one in.
Center fielder Tony Campana hit two doubles in a 3 for 5 game. He scored once and had one RBI. He also stole his 23rd base on the year. Shortstop Nate Samson was 3 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
Second baseman Tony Thomas went 2 for 4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored. First baseman Russ Canzler was also 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored, but was hit by a pitch rather than walked.
The Daytona Cubs were shot down by the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 7-4.
Starter Rafael Dolis took the loss. He gave up four runs on six hits over five innings. One of the runs was unearned. Dolis had control problems as he walked five and struck out three.
Center fielder Brett Jackson hit his fifth home run of the year tonight in a 2 for 5 effort. It was a two-run home run in the third inning.
Shortstop Junior Lake was 2 for 4 and scored once.
Finished up the all-star break.
The Boise Hawks were incinerated by the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, 11-0.
The Hawks gave up eleven runs and had two hits. Do you really need to know any more?