Minor League Report: July 16-22, 2012

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The Cubs signed flame-throwing pitcher Juan Carlos Paniagua this week to further bolster their refurbished post-Hendry farm system.  Pitching is a primary target to improve this position player-heavy organization.

Iowa Cubs – As of the 6th inning Sunday, Iowa trailed the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-1, with Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters each having gone 1-for-3.  Jackson has been cold, with just a .243/.286/.432 line in his last ten games, while Vitters has put up a good line of .286/.302/.452 in the same stretch.

Tennessee Smokies – The Smokies lack top prospects, and the closest thing to one they have, Junior Lake, has not performed well lately.  With a .250/.327/.273 line in his last ten games, Lake hasn’t even mustered a .600 OPS, falling just shy at .599.

Daytona Cubs – Matthew Szczur has been on fire lately, with an outstanding line of .410/.444/.538 in his last ten games.  Those scorching hot numbers add up to a .983 OPS in the stretch, a great sign for the BA Top 100 prospect that had struggled for long portions of the first half.  Given that Szczur lacks power, being able to post this line is even more impressive.

Peoria Chiefs – You know how Szczur has been on a complete tear?  Well how about the numbers Javier Baez is posting in Peoria lately?  A .405/.422/.857 line in the same stretch has accumulated into a 1.279 OPS from arguably the Cubs top prospect.  His season totals aren’t bad either, with an outstanding .333/.388/.608 slash line for a .996 OPS.

Rookie Levels – Jorge Soler made his professional debut on Thursday, going 0-3.  An off-day and a cancelled game have prevented any further action.

About Jackson Scofield

I cover the minor leagues for World Series Dreaming. You probably don't read my articles. Also have been doing Chicago Fire coverage, press pass and all, for ChiCitySports. Studying Journalism with a focus in sports at Columbia College Chicago. Go Hawks (The hockey team, but go Boise too)!

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