Cubs Minor League Notes

Nic Jackson has the longest hitting streak of his career. Michael Phelps has escaped some close jams. Ryan Norwood is atop the Midwest League in hitting.

West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx
Double-A Southern League
Record: 13-9
Last Result: W, 5-4 (vs. Jacksonville)
Next Game: vs. Jacksonville (Mon. May 1, 7:05 p.m. CDT)

OF Chris Walker picked up his second straight two-hit performance atop the lineup to bump his average to .253. Walker told us in Spring Training that one of his top goals this season would be to reach the plateau of 70 stolen bases after swiping 60 his past two seasons at Class-A Daytona and Lansing. He picked up his eighth stolen base of the season on Sunday in 11 tries and leads the team with a .357 (5-for-14) average with RISP.

OF Nic Jackson extended his hitting streak to 15 games as he scored a season-high three hits. Between West Tenn and Daytona, Jackson is batting .325 with five doubles, three triples, and two home runs. As far back as day-to-day minor league player statistics date back, this is the longest hitting streak of Jackson's career.

Pitching in relief, Thomas Atlee tossed another shutout inning, his seventh in 10 appearances. He lowered his ERA to 1.76 and has a .136 average against with runners on base (minimum 10 IP).

Daytona Cubs
Class-A Florida State League
Record: 9-14
Last Result: L, 2-1 (at Jupiter)
Next Game: at Jupiter (Mon. May 1, 6:05 p.m. CDT)

Jake Fox, who ranks near the top of the Florida State League in many offensive categories such as home runs (5) and slugging percentage (.578), managed two of Daytona's four hits on Sunday. He had been 0 for his last 8 heading into the game, but managed his eighth multi-hit game in 22 starts to raise his average to .325.

Starter Mark Holliman, the Cubs' third-round pick from Ole Miss last year, went six innings and scattered two runs on six hits. He struck out six and now has 29 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings to go with his 3.20 ERA in five starts.

Reliever Michael Phelps, also drafted last year, threw two innings of three-hit, shutout relief after allowing his first run with the team since being called up from Peoria. He lowered his ERA to 1.35 with the High-A club despite a .345 average against. Phelps has seven strikeouts and no walks for Daytona.

Peoria Chiefs
Class-A Midwest League
Record: 12-11
Last Result: L, 3-2 (vs. Southwest Michigan)
Next Game: vs. Southwest Michigan (Mon. May 1, 5:05 p.m. CDT -- Doubleheader)

Scott Taylor had little run support behind him en route to his first loss since joining Peoria last week. He surrendered two runs in five innings to go with three strikeouts and a walk. The 19-year-old is winless in 10 short starts since he was drafted in the fifth round last year, but has a 1.86 ERA in two outings this season.

Right-hander Jeff Teasley continued to impress from the bullpen. He has struck out at least one batter in seven of his eight appearances and allowed one run for a 0.63 ERA in 14 1/3 innings.

At the plate, Peoria batters struck out a total of 14 times, three of which came courtesy of first baseman Ryan Norwood, who extended his hitting streak to eight games. Norwood and teammate Robinson Chirinos each have nine doubles, which is tied for second in the Midwest League. Norwood's 29 hits are the third most in the league.

From Peoria broadcaster and media relations director Nathan Baliva:

Chiefs' infielder Kyle Reynolds and catcher Mark Reed both had to leave the game with right-hand injuries. After reaching on an infield single, Reynolds injured himself diving back to first on a pickoff attempt. Reed hurt himself in the top of the sixth when a foul tip ricocheted off his throwing hand. The extent of both injuries is unknown, and more information should be available Monday.


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