Cubs Prospects Open Season

A look at the Chicago Cubs' farm system and how some of their top prospects fared on opening night in the minor leagues.


The Cubs (0-1) were held to four hits in their season opener Thursday. Versatile INF/OF Matt Camp started at shortstop and led the team with two hits, and third baseman Bobby Scales reached base four times thanks to a single and three walks.

Left-hander J.R. Mathes (0-1) started his fourth season at Triple-A by allowing five runs on nine hits in five innings. He struck out five batters and walked one, allowing two home runs. Right-hander Mitch Atkins, in the bullpen for the first time in his minor league career, threw two scoreless innings in relief.

Right-hander Jeff Gray, acquired from Oakland in the Aaron Miles and Jake Fox trade over the off-season, pitched a perfect ninth inning.


Top pitching prospect Andrew Cashner struck out the first seven batters he faced in a no-decision and went on to record a career-high 10 strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. He gave up three runs, all on a three-run home run in the fifth, one of three hits allowed. The home run is only the second Cashner has allowed since the start of 2009.

David Cales (1-0) earned the win in relief with 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He allowed one hit. Cales was the 2009 Class-A Advanced Reliever of the Year and dating back to June 2 of last season, he has allowed just three earned runs in his last 34 relief appearances.

Top shortstop prospect Starlin Castro (2-for-4) led the Smokies (1-0) with two hits. He had an RBI triple and also stole a base. CF Tony Campana was 1-for-2 atop the lineup. He picked up where he left off on the bases a season ago, swiping two bags. Campana's 66 stolen bases last year led the Cubs' system and was good for sixth in all of minor league baseball.


The good news for Daytona (0-1) was the pitching of Rafael Dolis. The right-hander started and tossed five scoreless innings in a no-decision, finishing with five strikeouts. He retired 11 straight batters to open the game and struck out the side in the second inning.

RHP Dae-Eun Rhee (0-1) suffered the loss out of the bullpen in 2 1/3 innings of relief. He threw two scoreless innings before allowing three runs (two earned) to score in his final inning of work. Dating back to last season after his return from Tommy John surgery, Rhee has allowed 12 runs and 14 hits in 11 innings.

The Cubs' offense recorded just one hit, a second-inning Mike Brenly single. From the third inning on, Brevard County pitching set down the last 20 Daytona batters in a row.

Top third base prospect Josh Vitters was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, and centerfielder Brett Jackson was 0-for-3 but managed to get on base with a walk and then stole second base. D.J. LeMahieu started at second and was 0-for-2 but drew two walks.


Raise your hand if you picked Greg Rohan to hit the first home run of the season in the Cubs' farm system. The 21st-round pick from Kent State in last year's draft was 1-for-4 with a two-run fourth inning blast, part of a four-run inning that helped the Chiefs (1-0) claim the victory.

Matt Cerda, the fourth-round pick in 2008, was at third base after being moved to catcher last season and was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and an RBI single. Cerda played in just seven games at Low-A Boise a season ago following a hand injury.

Right-hander Robert Whitenack (1-0) was the Chiefs' opening night starter and picked up the victory despite allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings. The eighth-round pick in 2009 struck out three batters and did not allow a walk.

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