Matt Szczur, Photo by Mark LoMoglio/

Did you know there are a large number of Cubs prospects on Twitter? If you were following Bleacher Nation last night (you are following @BleacherNation (and @ltblaize) aren’t you?), then you witnessed a Twitter explosion as the internet rallied to #FollowACubsProspect. Some of the future Cubs, including Dustin Geiger and Anthony Giansanti, were even giving away signed memorabilia to some of their new followers. See what happens when you follow Bleacher Nation? You get to participate in the single largest sports related media event of the evening!

What’s that? There was also some sort of a draft last night? It couldn’t have been that big of a deal; the baseball Amateur Draft isn’t until June.

AAA – Iowa Cubs. 9 – 12
The Iowa Cubs produced good news for Chicago Cub fans all over the diamond as they won easily, 7-1.

Frankie De La Cruz went five innings and allowed just four hits. Manny Corpas pitched three innings of two hit baseball, and Blake Parker nailed down the ninth. Any one of these pitchers could be in Chicago’s bullpen by the end of the season, and all three are pitching fairly well.

With two hits and two runs batted in, Anthony Rizzo had a good night. Adrian Cardenas, playing third base in this game, had a great night. Cardenas went two for three with a walk, a double, and four RBIs. If Ian Stewart continues to struggle at third as we move into the summer, Cardenas could be a short term option for the Cubs. He isn’t as good defensively as Stewart, but when you put the total package together he might just be an upgrade … if Stewart continues to struggle, that is.

Alfredo Amezaga also had a two hit night. The switch hitter has not had a lot of at bats in Iowa just yet, but he is crushing lefties when given an opportunity. If Darwin Barney goes on the DL, Amezega would be an option at second base.

AA – Tennesse Smokies. 10 – 12
Tennessee fell behind early and never really got back into the game. The Smokies lost in Jacksonville 7-2.

Nick Struck did not have his good stuff last night, but Marcus Hatley and Casey Weathers were very good in relief. Weathers, as I’m sure you remember, was the other player who came back to the Cubs in the Ian Stewart trade. He has a great fastball, but he has also had some serious control issues. On Thursday night he struck out the side and only walked one in his inning of relief. If he can keep that up, he too could be a member of the Cubs bullpen in the next year or so.

Justin Bour launched another home run, but that was the only significant highlight for the Smokies’ offense. They only managed five hits all night.

High A – Daytona Cubs. 6 – 14
Daytona rallied to tie it in the ninth. Unfortunately, the lost it in the bottom of the tenth by a score of 5-3.

Nelson Perez launched a home run, Ronald Torreyes went two for three, and in the ninth inning Arismendy Alcantara and Matt Szczur hit back to back triples to tie the game and send it into the tenth.

And in the tenth, Ty’relle Harris, who had been so good in the ninth inning, gave up a two run homer. Starting pitcher Austin Kirk pitched six great innings that included six strike outs, and Joseph Zeller had another good outing of his own. Not many were talking about Zeller before the season started, but so far opposing batters are hitting just .205 off him.

Low A – Peoria Chiefs. 8 – 13
It took eleven innings to settle this game, but Peoria came up short in the end 7-6.

Wes Darvill hit his first home run of the season as part of his two for six night. Pin-Chieh Chen was two for five with two runs scored and Zeke DeVoss reached base three times, raising his OBP to .370. Eduardo Gonzalez helped out with a triple and a run scored.

On the mound, starter Michael Jensen did not have his best game. He pitched five innings and allowed five runs on six hits, striking out four. Luis Lira and Willengton Cruz pitched three scoreless innings of relief before Jeffry Lorick and Austin Reed allowed the decisive runs late in the game.

  • AuntieAbreuAbner

    How did nephew Bonne do? lol

    • AB

      According to local scouts, Ben KLchacydski hit a solo homerun in his Monday night co-ed softball league.

      • TWC

        And it hasn’t come back to earth yet!  Obviously the Cubs — and every other major league team — really missed the boat on that guy.

        • hansman1982

          I spoke to a random 40-ish year old woman at the game who just happened to be decked out in full Ben Kerpflunkel gear and she said that Ben also knew Albert Pujols was going to be a stud before he was drafted, he knew that the design on the Challenger’s O-rings was faulty, who the 2nd gunman on the grassy knoll was, assisted on the Manhatten project and he can read “Official Baseball of Major League Baseball” on a 99 MPH fastball.

          Oh, and he is about 2 weeks away from the cure for AIDS, Cancer, the common cold and Sportscenter.

          • Cubbie Blues

            I’m sorry, I mean you really had me until you said SportsCenter. There is, was and never will be a cure for SportsCenter. I mean if you are going to try and pull wool over our eyes, come up with something a little more plausible.

  • Rynomite

    I’m ready to see Cardenas or Valbuena at 3B in Wrigley right now.

    Flaherty got his first MLB hit yesterday, but has struggled overall in very limited at bats for the O’s.

  • Brandon

    Anyone know where Robinson Chirinos is these days? He was part of the big trade with Tampa (Garza deal) and even made his MLB debut with them….but I cannot find him on a roster anywhere. Is he out of the game??

    • Norm

      60 day DL in Tampa…

      • Brett


        • Brandon

          Thanks. Just wondering. You guys rock!

  • MikeW

    I dont know if this has been mentioned in previous minor league wraps, but is it just me or is Ronald Torreyes the oldest looking 19 year old on Earth?

    • Brett

      I can’t picture his face, but he’s so, so tiny!

  • mark

    Jackson is hitting .241 in the legendarily hitter friendly PCL?

    • Luke

      He slumped pretty badly almost right out of the gate.  It looks like he’s starting to come out of it, though.  Those who see him say he’s having some good at bats, but when he makes contact the hits just aren’t falling.  There was a stretch in which he wasn’t even making contact, but he has looked better in that department more recently.

      • mark

        I like that Jackson takes walks, even when he’s slumping, but the SOs are still pretty high and his OBP and BA have suffered: .333 and .205 over last ten games. 9/39 SOs in his last ten games, 2 in each of his last two games. Of course, the numbers don’t tell the whole story, but over time they do. I’m sure Epstein/Hoyer want to see positive numbers over that extended period of time and won’t bring him up till they do. We saw what happened to Rizzo when he was brought up too soon, and I’m sure they don’t want to repeat that with Jackson. People talking up Jackson should take a chill pill and wait for at least several months.

        Conversely, Szczur is hitting .218 but has a .351 OBP. Still, he won’t be going anywhere higher, I’d bet, until the BA is consistently higher (.296 over last 10 games). Unlike Jackson, his last ten games reflect what management has to be looking for, but unfortunately he won’t be helping the Cubs anytime soon.

  • EB

    Is Marco Hernandez going to, like, start hitting anytime soon?

    • Luke

      I hope so.  It’s pretty unusual for a switch hitter to go into a profound funk like this.

      But there is no reason to worry about him yet.  Logan Watkins got off to a truly awful start in Daytona last year, but when he bounced back he tore up the league.  Double A pitched finally cooled him off a bit this year, but not much.

      • Brett

        It was a pretty steep challenge for him, too, given his age and previous level.

  • mak

    Zeller is the knuckle-baller, correct? Whats the scouting report on him?