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Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 7

By one vote, you chose right-hander Casey Coleman as the Cubs #16 prospect. Coleman was the Cubs minor league Pitcher of the Year last season, going 14-6 for Tennessee. This season he is 7-7 with a 4.26 ERA for Iowa. He just turned 23 four days ago, so he's still young for AAA.

And Chris Rusin continues to be the Aaron Rodgers of the BCB Prospect vote, losing tonight by one vote. May he turn out as well as Rodgers did.

He was under consideration for the vote before, but based on his performance tonight I decided to add outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha to the vote. Ha is best known for his good range and strong arm, but he's held his own so far in the Midwest League despite being only 19 years old. He hadn't shown a lot of power in the minors (before tonight) but he's young and has a swing that could generate some power as he gets older and fills out.

Because of the special "Road to Wrigley" game tonight, we're going to lead off with the:

Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs beat both the raindrops and the Kane County Cougars, 5-2 in the third annual "Road to Wrigley" game.

Rob Whitenack was playing for Division III SUNY-Old Westbury 13 months ago, but tonight he took the mound at Wrigley Field and picked up the win. Whitenack lasted five innings and allowed one run on four hits. He walked two and struck out four.

Jordan Latham's parents flew in from Boise and got to see their son pitch the ninth inning and collect his 11th save of the season. He walked one Cougar, but erased him with a double play to end the game. Latham did not give up a hit or strike anyone out.

The hero of the night was center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha, who put a fourth-inning pitch five rows deep into the left field bleachers. The three-run home run was his third of the year. Ha was 1 for 4.

DH DJ Fitzgerald was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Second baseman Logan Watkins went 2 for 4 and scored a run. He also stole second as the trailing runner in a double-steal with Hak-Ju Lee.

I hope everyone who went had a great time and can give us a report.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs atomized the Albuquerque Isotopes, 9-1.

Starter J.R. Mathes pitched seven innings and gave up only one run on a solo homer. Otherwise he allowed six hits total, didn't walk anyone and struck out two. He was also 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. Mathes improved his record to 7-5.

Left fielder Bryan LaHair paced the I-Cub attack, going 4 for 4 with his ninth home run on the season. LaHair also doubled. He scored twice and had two RBI on the homer.

Shortstop Darwin Barney also hit a two-run homer, his second of the season. Barney was 2 for 4 with a walk and four RBI.

Second baseman Bobby Scales went 2 for 5 and scored twice. James Adduci went 3 for 5 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored.

Tennessee Smokies

The Tennessee Smokies were extinguished by the Jacksonville Suns, 2-0.

Chris Archer started and got the hard-luck loss. Archer pitched 6.1 innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits. The bad news is that the bad Chris Archer returned with five walks. He struck out four. Archer also had one of the three Smokies hits on the evening. It was Archer's first professional base hit.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs lost to the Tampa Yankees, 5-1.

Dae-Eun Rhee started and threw five shutout innings. Unfortunately, he started the sixth inning and he gave up a two-out grand slam. Rhee threw 5.2 innings total and allowed the four runs on five hits. He walked three (one intentional) and struck out five.

Left fielder David Macias was 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.

Boise Hawks

Had the day off.

AZL Cubs

Beat the Brewers 8-2.

Matt Szczur made his professional debut and was 1 for 2 with a walk and a HBP. He stole a base too.