Prospect Round-up: Iowa on Fire

The Pacific Coast League's hottest team kept rolling Friday. Tennessee, Daytona and Peoria all struggled at the plate in laughers.


The Pacific Coast League's hottest team kept rolling Friday. Iowa (22-18), winners of 10 of its last 11, reached double-digits in hits for the fourth straight game and erased a one-run deficit in their last at-bat. One night after posting a career-high six RBI, Welington Castillo (1-for-4) drove in two more runs Friday with a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning. He is batting .253 with 24 RBI in 23 games. Of the veterans, Bryan LaHair (3-for-4) had a game-high three hits, and Jason Dubois and Brad Snyder each launched their sixth home runs of the season.

Mitch Atkins made his third start in a row after beginning the season in the bullpen and had another quality outing, this time going six innings and allowing three runs and eight hits. Since going into the starting rotation on May 9, he is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 16 innings. Jay Jackson (3-3), who went to the bullpen when Atkins moved into the rotation, earned the victory with two perfect innings in relief. He has a 1.46 ERA in the bullpen with 10 strikeouts to one walk.


The Smokies (25-17) were held to two hits, all the while top Florida Marlins prospect Mike Stanton put on a hitting clinic for Jacksonville with three hits and his minor league-leading 16th home run. Tony Campana (1-for-4) extended his hitting streak to five games. Campana's .359 batting average in 26 games leads all active Cubs minor leaguers.

It didn't help Tennessee that Craig Muschko (2-1) turned in his worst start of the season. The right-hander allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings. On a brighter note, right-hander David Cales had his eighth straight scoreless outing in relief to lower his ERA to 2.73. He has not been scored on since April 29, a string of 12 1/3 consecutive innings.


Lack of hitting was contagious throughout the Cubs' system Friday as Daytona (17-25) was held to just three hits in a shutout loss. Rebel Ridling (2-for-4) managed two hits to extend his hitting streak to five games.

After a handful of solid outings recently, Dae-Eun Rhee (2-5) turned in his shortest start of the season and lasted just 1 1/3 innings. The right-hander, in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, allowed a season-high five runs on six hits.


Peoria (24-18) managed just four hits while allowing 17 in the loss. Hak-Ju Lee (1-for-4) singled and continued his nice hitting of late. He has hit safely in six of his last seven games to raise his average to .258 in 38 games. Nelson Perez (1-for-2) singled and drove in the Chiefs' only run. The outfielder has a hit in all six games he has played since being sent down from Daytona. Ryan Searle (1-1) allowed a season-high seven runs and nine hits in four innings for his first loss.

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