Cubs Prospect Round-up: April 9

Jay Jackson suffered the loss in his 2010 debut for Iowa. Tony Campana had another solid night at the plate and on the bases for Tennessee. Daytona is still searching for their first win -- and their first run. Peoria's Jose Valdez had one of the best nights in the Cubs' system.

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NASHVILLE 5, IOWA 2 (CLASS AAA)

Jay Jackson suffered the loss in his first start of the season for Iowa (0-2) Friday, allowing three runs and five hits in five innings. Like J.R. Mathes the night before, he served up two home runs that put a dent in his performance. Jackson (0-1) struck out four and walked one, allowing two runs in the fifth after four innings of one-run ball.

Jackson didn't get much help from the Iowa offense, sans solo home runs by Micah Hoffpauir and Jason Dubois. Top catching prospect Welington Castillo made his first start of the season behind the plate and went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.

With the Cubs looking for bullpen help from within (duh), right-hander Blake Parker might be worth a look. Iowa's ninth-inning man a year ago, he threw one scoreless inning and faced one batter over the minimum. Parker, converted from catcher early on in his career, converted 22 of 23 save chances for Iowa a season ago and had a 3.00 ERA, .196 average against and 58 strikeouts to 27 walks in 51 innings.

TENNESSEE 5, MISSISSIPPI 4 (CLASS AA)

Tony Campana is known for having some of the best speed in the Cubs' system, and the lefty hitting outfielder has also proven capable of swinging the bat. Campana picked up three hits and drew a walk to reach base four times. He stole two more bases, giving him four in the first two games of the season at Tennessee (2-0).

Outfielder Brandon Guyer, an athletic figure at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, isn't as fast as Campana but is no slouch on the bases. He collected two hits and stole two bases. Guyer is off to a 3-for-6 start after hitting .173 in 52 games at Double-A to start 2009.

How's this for consistency? Dating back to July 11 of last season, left-hander Ryan Buchter has allowed just one earned run over his last 17 relief appearances (27 1/3 innings). He struck out the side Friday, throwing 16 pitches, 13 strikes. The Cubs got Buchter in a minor league trade with the Washington Nationals for pitcher Matt Avery following the 2008 season.

BREVARD COUNTY 7, DAYTONA 0 (CLASS HIGH-A)

Two games into the season, the Cubs (0-2) are still searching for their first win – and their first run. After being blanked 3-0 and held to one hit in their season opener at Brevard on Thursday, the team managed six hits Friday. Josh Vitters, D. J. LeMahieu, Kyler Burke, Ryne White, Junior Lake and Smaily Borges all picked up their first hits of the season with White and Borges the only ones to reach base twice.

Left-hander Chris Rusin opened with two scoreless frames before Brevard pounced for four runs in the third inning. Rusin, the Cubs' fourth-round 2009 draft pick from Kentucky who skipped the Midwest League to open the season at Daytona, lasted four innings and allowed a career-high six runs on seven hits.

Right-hander Chris Huseby pitched a scoreless eighth inning in relief. He allowed two hits and a walk but escaped a bases-loaded jam by notching a strikeout. Dating back to July 8 of last season, Huseby has allowed two runs in his last 19 appearances, a span of 24 1/3 innings.

CLINTON 5, PEORIA 4 (CLASS LOW-A)

Jose Valdez had one of the better nights in the Cubs' system, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases. Shortstop Hak-Ju Lee is still searching for his first hit after another 0-fer. He was 0-for-4 with a strikeout atop the lineup Friday.

Jeff Antigua got the start for Peoria (1-1) and gave the team five innings of two-run, three-hit ball. He struck out five and allowed one walk.

And it was a rough start for right-hander Ronny Morla -- one of three prospects acquired from Oakland in the A's trade for Jake Fox and Aaron Miles -- in his Cubs debut. Morla allowed two runs and three hits in his first inning of work in the sixth, then worked a 1-2-3 seventh before Corey Martin suffered the loss in the ninth. Martin threw two pitches in the inning, allowing a walk-off home run.

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