With the annual Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft set for Monday, we take a look back at…
Prospect Round-up: June 5
ROUND ROCK 6, IOWA 4 (TRIPLE-A)
Iowa (28-26) put together a three-run ninth-inning rally, but fell short Friday. The Cubs managed just five hits through the first eight innings, not nearly enough with starter Casey Coleman (5-4, 3.74 ERA) going only five innings and allowing five runs on seven hits. The right-hander and 2008 15th-round draft pick lost for the first time since May 8 and did not record a strikeout for the first time in 39 career starts.
Micah Hoffpauir and Matt Camp led the Cubs with two hits apiece. Hoffpauir is 8-for-14 with a home run and three doubles over his last four games after coming into the month with a .196 average for the season.
TENNESSEE 3, BIRMINGHAM 2 (DOUBLE-A)
Hung-Wen Chen turned in his fourth straight quality start, and Tennessee (33-21) got 12 hits to win its fourth in a row. Chen (5-5, 2.77) evened his record by going seven innings and scattering two runs on seven hits. He struck out four and walked one.
The Southern League and Cubs organization's top hitter, Tony Campana, went 3-for-4 atop the lineup to improve his average to .344 in 51 games. Nate Samson tied a season high with three hits to raise his average to .318 in 33 games.
CHARLOTTE 1, DAYTONA 0 – 12 INNINGS (CLASS HIGH-A)
Stone Crabs pitchers held the Cubs (25-30) to four hits in 12 innings. Centerfielder and 2008 first-round draft pick Brett Jackson led Daytona with two hits, including his ninth double, as the rest of his team went a combined 2-for-33.
On the mound, Chris Rusin pitched six shutout innings of four-hit ball, his third scoreless outing in his last five starts, and lowered his ERA to 4.03. The left-hander and fourth-round pick from Kentucky struck out three without allowing a walk in the no-decision. He now has 34 strikeouts to five walks in 38 innings on the season.
Oswaldo Martinez (2-3, 2.93) suffered the loss, allowing the game's only run on an Anthony Scelfo home run. It was Martinez's first home run allowed this season.
WEST MICHIGAN 9, PEORIA 6 (CLASS LOW-A)
Peoria (29-26) had 14 hits in the loss, as five players finished with two hits or more. Matt Cerda paced the Chiefs with three hits. Playing at second base for the third straight night, he was 3-for-5 with two doubles and now has 10 hits in his last three games to raise his average to .267 in 49 games.
Nicholas Struck (2-5, 4.76) made his 10th start and allowed a season high five earned runs and eight hits in four innings. He struck out five and walked two.
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