Chicago Cubs Top 20 Review
- Brian Dopirak: .239/.282/.384 for Class A Daytona, with a 8/25 BB/K ratio in 138 at-bats. He's cut down on his strikeouts, but his production is down across the board.
- Felix Pie: .355/.404/.638 at Double-A West Tennessee, with 13 steals. Looks like a breakout season, putting his tools together.
- Billy Petrick: 1-3, 4.50 in 7 starts for Daytona, 22/15 K/BB in 32 innings. Mediocre performance, he is capable of better than this.
- Angel Guzman: Still struggling with shoulder problems.
- Reynel Pinto: Recently demoted to Double-A after poor performance in Triple-A, due to command problems.
- Jason Dubois: Slugging .574 for the Cubs, albeit in limited action.
- Bobby Brownlie: 5.59 ERA with 23/16 K/BB in 37 innings for Triple-A Iowa. Looked very bad when I saw him back in April.
- Carlos Marmol: 4-1, 3.02 in 8 starts for Daytona, with a 42/22 K/BB in 45 innings. Doing just fine.
- Ryan Harvey: .280/.344/.500 for Class A Peoria. Good power so far, plate discipline still shaky (5 walks, 25 strikeouts in 82 at-bats).
- Sean Marshall: 2-1, 1.85 in 6 starts for Daytona, 31/11 K/BB in 34 innings. Pitching well.
- Matt Murton: .403/.481/.590 in 36 games for Double-A West Tennessee. Excellent performance, showing sound strike zone judgment.
- Ricky Nolasco: 2.06 ERA, 6-0 record in 8 starts in Double-A, 48/14 K/BB in 48 innings. Doing well, destined for Triple-A soon.
- Mark Reed: Horrible start at Peoria, (.135 in 14 games), now at extended spring training.
- Grant Johnson: Extended spring training.
- Matt Craig: hitting .280/.344/.488 for Double-A West Tennessee.
- Brandon Sing: Hitting .342/.467/.739, 10 homers for Double-A West Tennesee. Fine performance.
- Bear Bay: Traded to the Indians, is 4-1, 2.63 for Class A Kinston.
- Jermaine Van Buren: 2.55 ERA, 22/11 K/BB in 18 innings for Triple-A Iowa. Has had some bouts of shaky control but still in line for a middle relief job.
- Jon Connolly: Made 1 start on April 10th in Double-A, but hasn't pitched since.
- Richard Lewis: Very disappointing, hitting .203/.288/.254 through 37 games at Triple-A Iowa.
Status Slipping: Dopirak, Reed, Pinto, Brownlie
Keep an Eye On: Sean Gallagher, 4-1, 0.37 with a 55/10 K/BB in 49 innings, 20 hits allowed, for Class A Peoria. A 12th round pick from a Florida high school last year, Gallagher made my 2005 book as a Grade C prospect, albeit with a "sleeper" notation. I'd say he has woken up.