Cubs Minor League Notes

Notes from around the farm system: Buck Coats' streaking continues, Eric Patterson slipping, Mark Holliman bombed, Jesus Valdez rebounding.

Iowa Cubs
Triple-A Pacific Coast League
Record: 10-16
Next Game: vs. Memphis (Sat. May 6, 1:10 p.m. CDT)

In Memphis, Tenn., Iowa shutout the Cardinals' Triple-A team, 6-0. The team allowed just three hits. Ryan O'Malley made his first start of the season and tossed five near perfect innings, giving up just a hit batsman while facing the minimum 15 batters allowed in that span.

Buck Coats extended his hitting streak to 13 games and has still reached base in every one of his 23 games while batting .360. However, as Jeff Lantz of the Iowa Media Relations Department notes, Coats was 0-for-2 in the suspended game against Round Rock on April 25 that was called due to rain. When that game is continued, if Coats does not record a hit, the streak will come to an end.

Coats' longtime roommate, Ryan Theriot, meanwhile now has a season-long seven-game hitting streak and .286 average. He was the first Iowa player to reach 100 at-bats. Felix Pie had been in a 0-for-17 slump prior to getting the first of two hits on the night in the fourth inning. He drove in his 17th run of the year and his first since April 20. The Cubs' top outfield prospect is batting .267 in 26 games.

West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx
Double-A Southern League
Record: 17-12
Next Game: vs. Huntsville (Sat. May 6, 7:05 p.m. CDT)

In Jackson, Tenn., West Tenn pulled ahead of Huntsville in extra innings for a 4-3 win. Luis Montanez is off to a 7-for-18 start in May and has 10 multi-hit games this season for a .320 average – best on the team for a minimum 50 at-bats. Eric Patterson was hitless in four at-bats as his average fell to a season low .246 in 29 games.

Juan Mateo got his third no-decision in six starts despite a 2.87 ERA in 31 1/3 innings. He gave up three runs and five hits to go with four walks and three strikeouts. Thomas Atlee tossed three scoreless innings to lower his ERA to a team best 1.33 and 0.74 WHIP through 12 games.

Daytona Cubs
Class-A Florida State League
Record: 12-16
Next Game: at Lakeland (Sat. May 6, 6 p.m. CDT)

In Daytona, Mark Holliman had the worst outing of his professional career since being drafted last year in the third round from Ole Miss. He gave up a season high seven runs (six earned) and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings to push his ERA to 4.55 in six starts. Daytona lost, 9-3, to Vero Beach. Michael Phelps lowered his ERA to 1.04 despite allowing another hit (12 in 36 at-bats) since joining the team from Peoria.

After hitting two home runs in Thursday's doubleheader, Jake Fox picked up his seventh hit in 16 at-bats to open May and continues to hit well with a .343 average in 27 games. Fox entered the night tied for the Florida State League in home runs with seven and had the third best batting average in the league.

Peoria Chiefs
Class-A Midwest League
Record: 15-13
Next Game: vs. Lansing (Sat. May 6, 11 a.m. CDT)

In Peoria, six Chiefs hitters had two hits or better as the team pounded Lansing, 12-1. Jesus Valdez has rebounded from his slow start to the season. He had three hits in the win and has hit safely in eight of his last nine games for a .294 average after batting .185 through his first 15 games. Kyle Reynolds drove in a career high six runs with his first home run of the season, a grand slam. He is batting .371 through his first 11 games since being brought up from Extended Spring Training.

Scott Taylor picked up his first professional win with one run and six hits in six innings. He lowered his ERA to 1.72 in three starts since joining the team from Extended Spring Training. Matt Avery pitched another scoreless inning from the bullpen, his eighth in 10 appearances for a 2.40 ERA in 15 innings.

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