Cubs Prospect Round-up: April 12

Iowa got its first win of the season just as Tennessee suffered its first loss. Brett Jackson and D.J. LeMahieu were bright spots for Daytona, as was Logan Watkins for Peoria.

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Iowa (1-4) got its first win of the season thanks to a season-high 14 hits – double their previous high of seven hits. Darwin Barney (2-for-5) and Micah Hoffpauir (3-for-5) had their best games of the season at the plate, and Iowa also got two hits apiece from Matt Camp (2-for-4), Bobby Scales (2-for-3) and Jim Adduci (2-for-3).

Four Iowa pitchers combined on a four-hitter. Mitch Atkins (1-1) got the win, allowing one run over four innings in relief of starter Mike Parisi (three innings, one run). Jeff Gray threw another scoreless inning in relief and has thrown four shutout innings to open the season.


Just as Iowa got its first win, Tennessee (4-1) suffered its first loss Monday. The Smokies still had some positives, including Starlin Castro's 2-for-4 performance that saw him drive in a run and steal his third base. The Cubs' top shortstop prospect is batting .364 (8-for-22) in five games. Ty Wright doubled and is now 6-for-14 with a home run, two doubles and five RBI over his last three games.

Tennessee got six innings from starter Craig Muschko in his Double-A debut. The right-hander allowed two runs and three hits and struck out four in a no-decision. Since moving into the starting rotation at Class High-A Daytona late last season, Muschko has made nine starts with a 2.05 ERA. Dustin Sasser (0-1) suffered the loss, his first in Double-A after 14 appearances dating back to last season.


Cubs 2009 first-round draft pick Brett Jackson (2-for-4) picked up his second straight two-hit game atop the order after starting the season 0-for-12, and second-round pick D. J. LeMahieu (2-for-5) added two hits in a losing effort. Jackson drew his sixth walk in five games and has a .400 on-base percentage. LeMahieu extended his hit streak to four games. He has been on base in all five contests and is batting .304 (7-for-23).

Left-hander Brooks Raley, the Cubs' sixth-round pick in 2009, made his Daytona (2-3) debut and threw five scoreless innings. He allowed four hits and a walk and struck out five in a no-decision. Chris Siegfried (0-1) suffered the loss in relief.


Logan Watkins (3-4) was a bright spot for the Chiefs (2-3), picking up a season-high three hits. Greg Rohan (2-for-4) and Justin Bour (2-for-4) each had two hits apiece. Jose Valdez was 0-for-4 atop the lineup but reached on an error and stole his fourth base.

Nicholas Struck (0-1), a 39th-round draft pick from Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Ore., last year, made his professional debut and allowed three runs (one earned) and six hits in four innings. Right-hander Ronny Morla threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief, allowing three hits. He struck out two.

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