Your choice for the Cubs #14 prospect is the reclamation project Thomas Diamond. Diamond has been very good this season for Iowa, going 5-2 with a 2.53 ERA. He striking out better than a batter an inning and holding opposing hitters to a .203 average. Diamond was also named to the AAA All-Star Game a week from Wednesday.
Replacing him in the vote is another Iowa pitcher, right-hander Casey Coleman. By now you probably know his story: the son and the grandson of All-Star pitchers, Coleman's stuff is merely decent, although it's a little better than some would have you believe. His sinker is definitely a good pitch. But Coleman knows how to use his repertoire as well as anyone. He makes opposing hitters put the ball in play and on the ground. He doesn't walk many batters and he shuts down the running game when he's on the mound. Coleman could be a useful back-of-the-rotation starter or a solid middle reliever who could enter the game and get a ground ball with men on base.
And just as an aside, the Cubs have way too many prospects and young players whose names start with the letter "C."
Jay Jackson had a rough start tonight. Jackson surrendered five runs on six hits over six innings. Jackson walked only one (although he hit two batters) and struck out five.
Scott Maine pitched the top of the ninth and picked up his first AAA win. Maine gave up one hit and intentionally walked a batter. He struck out two.
Right fielder Brad Snyder went 3 for 5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Second baseman Bobby Scales was 2 for 2 with two walks. Scales scored once. James Adduci was 2 for 4 with a double.
The winning run scored on an error.
Game two of the scheduled double-header was postponed until tomorrow.
The Smokies were outshined by the Huntsville Stars, 3-1.
Chris Carpenter had a pretty good start, but took the loss anyway. Carpenter pitched six innings and allowed two runs on three hits. Carpenter walked two and fanned four. In fact, after allowing two runs in the first inning, Carpenter faced the minimum in the next five innings. Both baserunners he allowed after the first inning were erased in a double play.
The Smokies had three hits tonight and made three errors.
The Daytona Cubs topped the Clearwater Threshers, 3-2.
Starter Brooks Raley threw 6.1 innings and gave up only one run on a solo homer. Raley gave up three hits total. He walked three and struck out two.
Mike Perconte got the win in relief. Perconte allowed one run on one hit over 1.2 innings. He did not have a walk or a strikeout.
Oswaldo Martinez faced one batter, got a ground out and collected his third save for Daytona.
First baseman Rebel Ridling had two doubles in a 2 for 4 game. Center fielder David Macias was 2 for 4 with a run scored.
The Peoria Chiefs were pulped by the Clinton LumberKings, 4-2.
Starter Ryan Searle pitched well enough to get the win, but got hung with the loss instead. Searle allowed only one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out four.
Left fielder D.J. Fitzgerald hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning. It was his fourth of the year. Fitzgerald was 2 for 4.
The Boise Hawks lost to the Spokane Indians, 8-3.
Yao-Lin Wang started and took the loss. Wang allowed three runs on four hits over three innings. Wang walked three and struck out two.
DH Richard Jones was 3 for 4 with two doubles. He batted one in and scored once. Right fielder Runey Davis was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. Left fielder Jesus Morelli was 2 for 5.