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On Saturday, Peoria Chiefs third baseman Dustin Geiger homered in his fourth consecutive game. He has five homers over that stretch and eight in just 25 games this season. That would put him on pace for 45 home runs over a full 140 game minor league season. That’s not only impressive, it’s positively Rizzo-like. Even though this is Geiger’s third season as a professional, he won’t turn 21 until December. In other words, he’s producing at a high level while still the right age for his league. [Brett: Geiger is also something of a Twitter star.]

And that raises an interesting situation. If we add Geiger’s name to the Cubs’ list of third base prospects, it becomes very apparent that this is an area of extreme depth for the farm system. And what do good farm systems do when they have a lot of depth at one position? They deal that depth for something else they need. And the Cubs certainly have a lot of needs.

I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that the Cubs will be dealing one of their many third base prospects in July or over the winter, and the one I think is the most likely to go is Junior Lake. Lake has a fantastic ceiling, has made major strides in the last nine months, could possibly stick at shortstop for some teams, and is having success in Double A. But despite all that, there are still serious questions about his ability to play, and especially to hit, at a high level. Dealing Lake now would be a classic case of selling high, and that is something teams rarely regret doing.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Iowa took the lead with a two run eighth and held on for the 5-4 win.
Tennessee – The bullpen gave up three in the ninth, dooming the Smokies to a 6-3 loss.
Daytona – The Cubs rallied in the ninth but were unable to salvage the game. They lost 6-5.
Peoria – The Chiefs used three home runs to power their way to a 5-3 win.
Boise – The Hawks won a shutout, 4-0.
Arizona – The Cubs won an 11-1 blowout.

Performances of the Day

  • [Iowa] It was Chris Rusin‘s day to start, but he was scratched late. Esmailin Caridad took his place and tossed three decent innings.
  • [Iowa] Dave Sappelt is starting to heat up in Iowa. He had another two hits in this game, and raised his season average to an even .250.

  • [Iowa] James Adduci has been called up to Iowa. He got off to a great start with a 2 for 4 game.
  • [Tennessee] Logan Watkins reached three times on a double, a single, and a walk. Junior Lake also had two hits.
  • [Daytona] Arismendy Alcantara and Taylor Davis both went long for the Cubs. It was Davis’s first home run this year. For Alcantara, it was his seventh.
  • [Daytona] With two more hits in this game, Rubi Silva raised his July average to .481 and his season average to .302.
  • [Peoria] Jose Rosario, Hunter Cervenka, and Yao-Lin Wang combined to strike out ten in this game.
  • [Peoria] In addition to Geiger, Javier Baez and Yasiel Balguert also hit home runs. Baez’s long ball, his fifth, came as part of a three hit game in which he also stole his 13th base of the season. Balaguert’s homer was his first.
  • [Boise] Tayler Scott pitched six innings over which he scattered three hits and a walk and struck out four. His season ERA dropped to 1.61.

  • [Boise] Jeimer Candelario had another three hit game that included another double. Gioskar Amaya finished with a double, a single, and his fourth stolen base.
  • [Boise] Six of Boise’s twelve total hits were doubles.
  • [Arizona] Hunter Ackerman started the game with three no hit innings. He walked one and struck out four.
  • [Arizona] Arturo Maltos-Garcia, Loiger Padron, and Jin-Young Kim were all almost as effective in relief. Padron struck out three and walked two in his two innings of work. Maltos-Garcia and Kim each allowed one run on one hit in their two innings.
  • [Arizona] Timothy Saunders finished 3 for 4 with his second home run of the year. Through twelve games he is hitting a ridiculous .531/.556/.735.
  • [Arizona] Rafael Lopez also had three hits, including both a double and a triple.

Other Minor League Notes

Farm System Standings

AAAIowa Cubs : 37 – 53.
Pacific Coast League American Northern Division – Third Place: 19.0 Games Behind.

AATennessee Smokies : 7-10
Southern League North Division – Fourth Place : 4.0 Game Behind

High ADaytona Cubs : 8-9
Florida State League North Division – Fourth Place : 2.5 Games Behind

Low APeoria Chiefs : 6-10
Midwest League Eastern Division – Fifth Place : 4.0 Game Behind

Short-Season ABoise Hawks : 8 – 15
Northwest League East Division – Third Place : 5.0 Games Behind

Rookie LeagueAZL Cubs : 11 – 4
Arizona Rookie League East – Second Place : 0.5 Game Behind

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