- Starlin Castro - Castro made a big splash in his debut, with a record-breaking 6 rbi's in his first game. However, he has tailed off considerably since then and is hitting only .180/.268/.230 in June. Before everyone starts to panic though, remember that Castro has only had 57 games above A ball in the minors and some growing pains are to be expected. Still, he is a keeper and should be a key piece of the Cubs infield for years to come.
- Brett Jackson - Jackson is thriving at high A Daytona, hitting .305/.407/.498 so far with 6 HR's and 12 SB's. The Cubs center fielder of the future could earn a mid-season promotion to AA and could be in the majors by the end of next year.
- Josh Vitters - Vitters played 28 games at high A Daytona before earning a promotion to AA Tenessee. He hit .291/.350/.445 at A+, but has struggled at AA with a .226/.284/.315 line. He's still probably a couple years away.
- Andrew Cashner - After dominating in 9 starts between AA and AAA (2.13 ERA and 56 K's in 55 IP), Cashner was quickly converted to a reliever and called up to try to shore up the Cubs bullpen. So far he's done well in relief, posting an 0.87 ERA in 8 appearances. However, he belongs in the rotation and if the Cubs do decide to throw in the towel this year, they should send Cashner back down to AAA to work as a starter.
- Jay Jackson - Jackson started the year at AAA Iowa and has done a decent job as a starter (4.29 ERA). He was converted to a reliever briefly (7 games 1.17 ERA in 15.1 IP), before the Cubs decided to use Cashner as a reliever instead. He could still be a factor for the Cubs this year.
- Hak-Ju Lee - Lee started off slowly (.250 in April and .255 in May) before turning things up a notch in June (.323). Overall he has hit .271 with 17 SB's at low A Peoria. He will probably play the whole year at Peoria an be promoted to high A in 2011.
- Logan Watkins - Lee's double play partner at Peoria, Watkins is only hitting .263/.340/.333 so far this year. In 159 career games (587 AB's), he has yet to record a HR, but he does have 27 SB's to show for it.
- Chris Carpenter - Carpenter is 5-2 with a 3.26 ERA at AA Tenessee. He could move up to AAA in the next month or so.
- Ryan Flaherty - Flaherty skipped a level and started at AA Tenessee to begin the season. However, a paltry .183/.286/.254 earned him a demotion to low A, where he has performed much better (.325/.385/.878)
- D.J. LeMahieu - LeMahieu has bee solid, but not spectatular at high A Daytona so far (.284/.314/.351). He has 9 SB's on the year but no HR's. Like Logan Watkins (above), LeMahieu has no power (zero HR's so far in his minor league career (109 games).
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Catching up on Cubs top prospects
With the Cubs continuing to flounder, I thought it would be a good time to check in on how the Cubs top 10 prospects (as rated by Baseball America) are doing.