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Cubs Minor League Wrap: July 8

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The slide for Chris Rusin is over, as you have chose him to be the Cubs #17 prospect. Rusin is a left-hander with great control of four pitches, although his out pitch is probably his curveball. I understand the skepticism on him as he does not have an overpowering fastball and his is a bit older, having spent a full four years at Kentucky. Still, a lefty who gets strikeouts and groundballs and doesn't walk anyone is going to be valuable in the major leagues, whether as a starter or a reliever.

So after a long discussion today, I'm adding Jin-Yeong Kim to the vote today. The Cubs signed the 18 year old right-hander out of high school in Korea. The scouting reports that we have don't sound like much: a 92 mph fastball, slider, curve and change-up with very good control for someone so young. But that's the big selling point on Kim: he's young and projectable, which means scouts think he's going to get better as he gets older and more experienced. The Cubs believed in his arm enough to sign him to a 1.2 million dollar bonus back in February, which, as a point of reference, is more than Hayden Simpson got.

Kim will spend the summer playing baseball at the MLB academy in Australia. Don't expect to see him play a game in the States until the short-season leagues start next June.

Iowa Cubs

The Iowa Cubs blew past the New Orleans Zephyrs, 4-1.

Casey Coleman turned in a great start tonight, giving up only one run on four hits over seven innings. Coleman walked two and struck out six as he improved his record to 8-7.

Blake Parker collected a two-inning save. He gave up two hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out one.

Center fielder James Adduci was 2 for 4 with two RBI. Shortstop Darwin Barney was 2 for 4 with one RBI.

Everyone in the I-Cubs starting lineup had at least one hit except for Coleman.

Tennessee Smokies

The Smokies were burned by the Jacksonville Suns, 5-0.

Starter Rafael Dolis had a rough start, giving up five runs over 4.2 innings. Two of the runs were unearned, however. Dolis allowed nine hits. Dolis walked four and struck out six.

Center fielder Brett Jackson continues to be the only Smokie who is hitting. He was 2 for 4 with a double.

Daytona Cubs

The Daytona Cubs topped the Tampa Yankees, 7-5.

Starting pitcher Alberto Cabrera collected the win, although he allowed four runs over six innings. Three of the four runs were unearned, however. Cabrera gave up three hits. He walked one and struck out two.

Oswaldo Martinez got his second save. He did allow a run on four hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out two.

DH DJ LeMahieu had a big night going 4 for 4 with a triple. He scored once and batted one in.

Right fielder Kyler Burke went 2 for 4 with a double and his fifth home run of the year. Burke scored twice and had the one RBI.

Shortstop Junior Lake hit a three-run homer in the second inning. It was his second home run this season. Lake was 1 for 3.

Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs gave up four runs in the top of the ninth and were mauled by the Kane County Cougars, 8-7.

Su-Min Jung pitched five innings and allowed four runs on five hits. One of the runs was unearned. Jung walked two and struck out three.

Jordan Latham had the meltdown in the top of the ninth. He didn't allow a hit, but he did walk four and strike out two before getting pulled. All four runs eventually came around to score.

Center fielder Jae-Hoon Ha, fresh off his home run at Wrigley last night, went 2 for 5 with a double and a stolen base. He scored once.

Left fielder DJ Fitzgerald went 2 for 4 with a double and a walk. He also scored once. First baseman Greg Rohan was 2 for 5 with two RBI.

Boise Hawks

The Boise Hawks beat the Eugene Emeralds, 5-4.

Marcos Perez made his first start of the season. He pitched 4.2 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits. Two of the three runs were unearned. He gave up seven hits and walked one. Perez struck out six.

Since Perez didn't go five innings, the win went to Eric Jokisch. Jokisch pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and gave up two hits. He didn't walk anyone and struck out one.

Aaron Kurcz pitched the ninth and got his first professional save. He did allow a run on a solo home run. He allowed two hits total. He struck out one and didn't walk anyone.

Left fielder Jesus Morelli was 3 for 3 with two doubles and a walk. He scored twice and had one RBI. Right fielder Alvaro Ramirez had a double and a triple in a 2 for 3 game. He scored once and also had one RBI.

AZL Cubs

Lost to the Dodgers, 8-6.