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Iowa all-star has come a long way

Jermaine Van Buren has been nothing short of spectacular since joining the Cubs' organization prior to the 2004 season. A former top prospect in the Rockies' farm system, Van Buren was named to his second consecutive all-star game recently, and his first at Triple-A.

"It's good to be acknowledged like that," said Van Buren, who turned 25 on Saturday. "I appreciate the coaches asking me to go. I'm just blessed. A lot of things have been going right recently." The Laurel, Miss., native has posted solid numbers in his debut season at Triple-A despite a stint on the disabled list that began in late May as the result of a strained muscle in his throwing shoulder...

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