Atkins Promoted to Iowa

Mitch Atkins was promoted to Class AAA Iowa Friday. The right-hander was 9-6 with a 3.76 ERA in 18 starts for Class AA Tennessee. Atkins, 22, was 5-0 with a 2.24 ERA over his last five starts with Tennessee.

Atkins, who was recently added to the 2008 Southern League Northern Division All-Star roster, logged seven innings in three of his last four starts with Tennessee. In 110 innings with Tennessee, he struck out 88 batters and walked 27.

The third pitcher from the Tennessee rotation promoted to Iowa this season, Atkins tossed 7 1/3 shutout innings in his last start on July 6 at Carolina, allowing five hits.

The Cubs selected Atkins in the seventh round of the 2004 draft from Northeast Guilford High School in McLeansville, N.C.

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