tennessee smokies logoBijan Rademacher is on his way to joining a very short list of players. While his sample sizes are not yet significant, so I’m just talking about his pace,¬†Rademacher is currently on pace to walk more than he strikes out and post an ISO over .200 this season. The list of players who have done that in the Double A Southern League in the past decade is not a long one (min 150 PA):



With the exception of Cook, all of those players have reached the majors. Heyward, of course, is a star. Barnes and Kepler rank among the top ten prospects for their organizations. Chirinos is a former Cubs prospect who went to Tampa as part of the first Garza trade, and then established himself as a solid player with the Rangers.

That’s not a bad list to join, and that Rademacher is on pace to join it is yet another indicator that we don’t want to over look this guy. I think he could be effective as a left-handed hitting fourth outfielder in the majors one day.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Completed from the previous day: Iowa 4, New Orleans 1
Yesterday’s scheduled game: Iowa 5, New Orleans 0
The below lines are just from regularly scheduled game.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 5, Mobile 4
Another strong start for Zastryzny. That’s a good sign for the Cubs pitching depth late this season and into next.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Carolina 6, Myrtle Beach 3
Rain cut this game short, but the Pelicans’ offense hadn’t done anything since the second inning anyway.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 7, Fort Wayne 6 in ten innings
South Bend has been playing some good baseball lately.

Other Notes

  • Trey Martin, the center fielder who last season was the best defensive outfielder in the farm system not named Albert, has been activated from the disabled list and is back with Myrtle Beach. He is one more reason to watch Myrtle Beach when they are on MiLB.tv. I would grade his glove maybe a half a notch below Almora’s, but that still makes him one of the best you’re going to see in the minors this season.
  • Candelario’s homer was his first of the year at Tennessee after a slow start.
  • Paul Blackburn takes his 0.50 ERA to the mound for the Smokies tonight. Unfortunately Mobile is not hooked into the video service, so unless you’re in Alabama you won’t be able to watch one of the better early season stories in action.



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