Sunday, April 11, 2010

Farm Report

This will be a regular Sunday report on this blog...

The Top 4 Prospects

Starlin Castro was 6 for 13 in his first series at AA. That's a .462 average. He also had 2 triples and 2 stolen bases in 2 tries. See ya soon, Starlin.

Andrew Cashner's first start was a little rocky in that he gave up 3 runs in 4.1 innings. However, he had 10 strikeouts which is a nice indicator that his stuff was prety good.

Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson are off to slow starts at Class A Daytona. The Cubs top two slugging prospects have combined to hit .080 with no hrs, no rbi's, and no extra base hits. It's still early, however.

Keep your eye on...

Brandon Guyer, OF. He looked impressive in the spring and his athleticism makes him a nice sleeper. His minor league career has shown promise and inconsistency so far. This year he's off to a nice start at AA with a .455 series.

Help on the way

Nowhere do the Cubs need more help than in the bullpen right now.

Jeff Gray (AAA) has pitched 3 scoreless innings with no walks. He's the odds-on favorite to be the first Cubs call up from the minors (Sorry, Starlin).
David Cales (AA) has pitched 3.2 innings for a 2.45 ERA, and most importantly, he hasn't walked anyone either. Cales still isn't on the 40 man roster, but he has a chance to leapfrog past a few guys and get to the majors this year.


  1. I think Castro will be up by May, early June at the latest. He is wasting his time in AA, he is too good for AA at this point. He is as close to a can't miss prospect as have see in the Cubs system.

  2. I think the Cubs prospects are different than they were in the McPhail era. That era was about raw athletes like Patterson or guys with big arms and high 90s fastballs. Guys that you could dream on but needed a ton of development. The new crop has baseball specific skills to go with their athleticism. I think these guys have a much better chance of making it.