A Look at Josh Vitters

In case you have not noticed Josh Vitters has had a great first half of baseball in Triple-A Iowa.  Vitters was drafted third overall by the Cubs out of Cypress High School in Anaheim California.  Considered to be the most polished high school hitter in the ’07 Draft it has been a little disappointing that he has not made it to the show yet.  However, he is only 22 years old and has hit at every level he has been at, yet to many Cub fans it feels like he has been a bust.  Well, in his first season at Iowa Vitters has been very good, making the All Star team as a reserve.  His offensive numbers say all there is to know about his season thus far as he is hitting .302 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI’s.  He also has an impressive 25 doubles and his OPS is .866.

Yes it has been a very good year for Vitters en route to the Triple-A All Star Game, but I am sure he has his sights set higher this year.  As is the case with any minor leaguer he hopes to make it to the major leagues this year.  With Ian Stewart done for the season and the only one ahead of him being Luis Valbuena it is possible for him to get the call at some point.  Is he in the Cubs future plans?  It is hard to tell, but it is nice to see him put up some pretty good numbers at Iowa.  If he is not in the plans the success he has had should give the Cubs a nice chip to dangle to get a good return in a potential deal.

Josh Vitters will have an impact on the Cubs organization at some point, whether it is as a player or in a possible trade at a later date.  With that said he should be celebrated on quite a first half and hopefully more continued success as the season continues.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Marmol, Clevenger in Iowa For Rehab

Steve Clevenger and Carlos Marmol join the Iowa Cubs on rehab assignments from Chicago.

No, not THAT kind of rehab, a rehab assignment of course.  This is good news for sure, I know Marmol has struggled but he needs to be on the mound to be any good to the Cubs, and yes I’m talking about trade value and team success.  Steve Clevenger can’t get healthy soon enough for the banged up catchers crew of the Cubs.  Welington Castillo is dinged up, Geovany Soto is out for four weeks most likely, and Koyie Hill is Koyie Hill.

The playing schedule for Clevenger and Marmol is determined by the Chicago Cubs, not the Iowa Cubs.  Another oddity of minor league baseball, hopefully Marmol and Clevenger help get a couple wins for Iowa then are back up in Chicago shortly.

Thanks for reading,
– George

Roster Moves – DeWitt Gone Again

Busy day today for the Cubs in regards to roster moves, see below.

  • Follow the bouncing Blake DeWitt.  Today the Cubs assigned him to AAA Iowa, and Blake accepted, he will report to Iowa tomorrow.
  • IF – Nate Samson has been promoted to AAA Iowa, with Frank Batista being optioned to AA Tennessee.  Well deserved for Nate as he has been playing well.
  • I told you about Blake Parker being called up earlier today, the Cubs have announced the corresponding roster move and that is Scott Maine going back to Iowa.

Thanks,
– George

Around the Minors – April 16, 2012

Due to some technical difficulties I was not able to post each game separately last night like I usually do.  Instead here is a recap of last nights events.

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Rusin Brilliant as Iowa Pounds Albuquerque

Yes, it took me awhile to spell that…  Chris Rusin was awesome today, going 7 innings giving up two runs on six hits, what’s more impressive is he only struck out one guy.  Anthony Rizzo was back to “normal” going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.  Josh Vitters might finally be living up to the expectations as he went 2-for-4 again today with an RBI double, and a run scored, his average is all the way up to .458.  A lot of guys had good days, instead of listing all of them please enjoy the box score below.  Continue reading “Rusin Brilliant as Iowa Pounds Albuquerque”

Rizzo Powers I-Cubs to Victory

Anthony Rizzo continues his assault on triple-A pitching Monday night going 3 for 3 including tow homers and three RBI’s in Iowa’s 10-6 victory.  Adrian Cardenas and Josh Vitters both had two hits on the night as Iowa pounded out 12 in total.  Not wanting to be left out, Iowa’s starting pitcher Travis Wood hit a two run homer to go along with his solid start on the mound.  Wood gave up three runs on four hits over six innings of work, he only walked one and struck out six to earn the win.

FULL BOX SCORE

Iowa Cubs
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Tony Campana LF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .381
Brett Jackson CF 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .381
Luis Valbuena SS 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .500
Anthony Rizzo 1B 3 2 3 0 0 2 3 1 0 .474
Welington Castillo C 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .182
Adrian Cardenas 2B 3 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 .278
Dave Sappelt RF 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .150
Josh Vitters 3B 4 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 .357
Travis Wood P 2 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 .500
    Manuel Corpas P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Esmailin Caridad P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    a- Ty Wright PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
    Blake Parker P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Iowa Cubs
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Travis Wood (W, 1-0) 6.0 4 3 3 1 6 0 4.50
Manuel Corpas 0.1 2 3 2 2 0 0 7.71
Esmailin Caridad (H, 1) 1.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Blake Parker 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

Thanks for reading,
– George Cotugno

Rizzo’s Bomb Propels Iowa to Victory

With the I-Cubs trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the 8th inning Anthony Rizzo launched a game tying three-run homer, shortly after that the I-Cubs walked off in the ninth inning with the win, 6-5 over Round Rock.  The Rizzo – Jackson connection continued to tear the cover off the ball Sunday afternoon.  Jackson went 2-5 with an RBI double, and a run scored to go along with the previously mentioned Anthony Rizzo bomb.  Jackson is hitting .438 so far this season, and Rizzo is hitting at a .375 clip.  Jeff Beliveau turned in his second straight outstanding performance out of the bullpen going two innings, and striking out four guys.

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