A reminder: Today (Sunday) at 5pm Central on ESPN2 is the Annual Futures Game. Brett Jackson is going to be starting and batting seventh for the US team and Hak-Ju Lee is a reserve for the World team. You really think the Cubs/Dodgers game is going to be more interesting than this? Didn't think so. Netherlands/Spain will be over by then. Ga Oranje!
Your choice for the Cubs #19 prospect is center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha. The 19 year-old Korean is now hitting .300 on the nose for the Peoria Chiefs, which is pretty good in any league, but especially good for someone so young in the Midwest League. He hasn't drawn a lot of walks or shown much power yet, but perhaps his blast at Wrigley last week convinced you that the power might come one day. His defense is generally considered to be very good to excellent.
Taking his place in the vote is a favorite of mine, but one who I admit is having a rough season: second baseman Logan Watkins. The Cubs gave the athletic Kansan $600,000 out of high school to skip college and for the first two seasons, it looked like a good investment. Last season in Boise he hit .326 and had a .389 OBP and stole 14 bases. That got him ranked as the #7 prospect in the Cubs system by Baseball America this past off-season.
But Watkins has had a pretty miserable season in Peoria this year, hitting only .248 with an OBP of .328. He has stolen 12 bases. He has been battling a wrist injury for part of the season, however. Also, he's still only 20 years old, so he still has time to turn it around. I don't think a bad half a season should drop a top ten prospect completely off a prospect list, so I'm putting him in here.
The Iowa Cubs zapped the New Orleans Zephyrs, 4-2.
Starter Jay Jackson picked up his fifth with six shutout innings tonight. Jackson allowed four hits. He walked one and struck out five.
Scott Maine got his second save. Maine entered the game with one out in the ninth and the bases loaded. He walked in a run with the first batter, but then got a fly out and a strikeout to end the game.
Shortstop Darwin Barney was 2 for 3 with a double. Barney scored twice. First baseman Micah Hoffpauir went 2 for 4. Hoffpauir scored once and batted one in. Center fielder James Adduci went 2 for 4.
The Tennessee Smokies eclipsed the Jacksonville Suns, 11-3.
Chris Carpenter started and got the win, giving up three runs over five innings. One of the three runs was unearned. Carpenter allowed six hits. He walked two and struck out eight. Carpenter was 2 for 2 with a bases-loaded triple at the plate. He also scored after the triple.
Craig Muschko got the big four-inning save tonight. He gave up three hits but no runs. Muschko didn't walk anyone and struck out four.
Center fielder Brandon Guyer had two doubles in a 4 for 5 game. Guyer scored twice
Second baseman Tony Thomas was 2 for 6 with a double. He scored once and had two RBI. Left fielder Tony Campana went 3 for 5 with a walk and two runs scored. Catcher Steve Clevenger went 3 for 6 and scored once.
Shortstop Marwin Gonzalez and first baseman Blake Lalli both homered in the eight-run fifth inning. Lalli was 1 for 5 with a walk and three RBI. Gonzalez was 1 for 4 with a walk and the one RBI. He scored twice.
The Daytona Cubs drowned versus the Clearwater Threshers, 5-0.
Starter Brooks Raley went six innings and surrendered four runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out three.
Greg Rohan was promoted from Peoria today and got a pinch-hit single.
The Peoria Chiefs were lost in a maze against the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 6-5.
Ryan Searle gave up five runs over five innings. He allowed six hits, including two home runs. Searle walked one and fanned two.
Second baseman Matt Cerda hit two doubles in a 3 for 5 game. He had one RBI. Right fielder Jae-Hoon Ha went 2 for 5 with a run scored and an RBI. Catcher Mario Mercedes was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI.
The Boise Hawks topped the Eugene Emeralds, 6-5 in ten innings.
Starter Juan Yasser Serrano pitched five innings and gave up two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out five.
Aaron Kurcz pitched a perfect top of the tenth inning to get the win. He struck out two.
Shortstop Elliot Soto went 2 for 5, including the game-ending RBI single in the tenth inning.
DH Matt Szczur was 2 for 4 with a double and a hit-by-pitch. He had one RBI and scored once. Third baseman George Mattheus went 3 for 4 and scored once. First baseman Richard Jones was 2 for 5. Center fielder Kyung-Min Na was 2 for 4 with a steal.