CUBS: DOWN ON THE FARM
Iowa Cubs, AAA-
Matt Murton- 1 9 .356/.449/.441 It’s a shame this kid is down in AAA. For his sake I hope he’s part of a deal that gets him some big league playing time. He hits. Period.
Felix Pie- 3-35, hitting .086. You can say that he needs to be in AAA to get regular at-bats and develop. But maybe Pie simply fits the role he had when he was sent down: pinch-runner, defensive sub and occasional starter. Maybe that’s how the Cubs are best served too, at least in 2008.
Neal Cotts- 2-0, 2.13. 30 K/9 BB in 25.1 IP. No HRs allowed. Now that the Cubs have settled on Cotts as a reliever, he’s back to doing what he does best–blowing away left-handed hitters. With Scott Eyre the only lefty currently in the pen, don’t be surprised if Cotts gets another look.
Tennessee Smokies, AA-
Donald Veal- 2-4, 3.20. Those numbers look nice, but Veal has only pitched 50 innings in 10 starts. HIs K/BB ratio of 39/26 is not impressive either. Last year his ERA was just under 5, with 73 BBs in only 130 IP. Veal is left-handed and a decent prospect, but this is the guy some observers think is the top pitching prospect in the system.
Jeff Samardzija- Samardzija had a May to forget. 1-2 with a 10.19 ERA. 28 hits allowed in 17.2 IP, 4 for homers. 14 BB against only 12 Ks. His ERA is over 6 for the season. All the signs of being a bust, especially when you consider the price tag.
Tyler Colvin- Another Cubs prospect in regression. After starting out his Cubs career in solid fashion, the 2006 first-rounder hasn’t made any strides. For the season he is hitting just .232/.309/.370, and he has whiffed 46 times in 173 ABs.