Farm Report: Who's Hot?

The new baseball season is nearly one month deep. Northsiders Report looks at which Cubs prospects have been in a groove to start the campaign.

The 2012 season is nearly one month deep. looks at which Cubs prospects are hot to start the season.

Triple-A -- Iowa Cubs

Stock Up: Luis Valbuena

A late addition to the Cubs, 26-year-old second baseman Luis Valbuena has given Iowa a big boost offensively. Valbuena is hitting .324 in his last ten games, including two home runs and eight RBIs knocked in, posting a .986 OPS during that span.

Valbuena's biggest issues this season have been with strikeouts -- 17 in 15 games. However, he has reached base 26 times in 54 at-bats during the campaign. His early surge is an encouraging sign for the Cubs.

Double-A -- Tennessee Smokies

Stock Up: Nicholas Struck

22-year-old righthander Nicholas Struck has cruised in his first four starts of the 2012 season. Struck has surrendered just six runs and 17 hits in 22 innings of work, posting 2.45 ERA. Struck also has struck out 21 batters, including 10 in his season debut.

Struck struggled in Triple-A Iowa last season, posting a 5.20 ERA in 62.1 innings of work, that coming after a successful six starts with Tennessee. It appears Struck is reaching a consistent level on the mound.

High-A -- Daytona Cubs

Stock Up: Greg Rohan

Daytona first baseman Greg Rohan has been on a surge. After a sluggish start to the season, he is hitting .342 in his last 10 games, including three home runs and 13 RBIs. The former Kent State star his now hitting .303 on the season.

Low-A -- Peoria Chiefs

Stock Up: Michael Jensen has improved with each start this season. The 21-year-old righthander has lowered his season ERA to 1.50, posting a 3-1 record. Jensen has allowed just 12 hits and five walks in 24 innings of work.

Peoria manager Casey Kopitzke has stretched his young starter out with each outing; Jensen worked seven shutout innings in his most recent start on April 21st. He appears to be in a zone this month.

Chris Emma has covered college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports since 2009. He covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs.
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