6/28 Minor League report & All-Star Vitters

Chris Rusin gave up eight runs on eight hits over four innings in Iowa’s 10-6 loss to Oklahoma City. Josh Vitters was 2-for-4 with a double and triple, and now has a 10-game hitting streak. Vitters was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team, selected as a reserve for the 25th annual game, to be held July 11. Ty Wright drove in three runs.

Tennessee lost, 11-0, to Birmingham. Dae-Eun Rhee gave up six runs on seven hits over four innings and took the loss. The Smokies made some roster moves. Catcher Juan Apodaca will rejoin the team, right-handed pitcher Alberto Cabrera was promoted to Iowa, and catcher Luis Flores announced his retirement from baseball.

Austin Kirk threw six shutout innings and Greg Rohan went 5-for-5 in Daytona’s 12-1 win over St. Lucie. Matt Szczur hit his second home run, a grand slam in the fifth, and finished with three hits. Rohan hit two doubles and drove in two runs. He leads the Florida State League with 63 RBIs.

Jose Rosario gave up three runs on nine hits over five innings in Peoria’s 8-3 loss to Clinton. Dustin Geiger extended his hitting streak to 12 games and Paul Hoilman hit a RBI double.

Tayler Scott gave up five runs, none earned, on six hits over 3 1/3 innings in Boise’s 6-2 loss to Spokane. Marco Hernandez and Shawon Dunston Jr. each had two hits.

David Bote hit his first pro home run in Mesa’s 5-4 win over the Angels. Bote finished with three RBIs.

— Carrie Muskat


It’s nice to see Vitters becoming a potential 2013 3B. He’s been in the system so long it’s easy to forget that he’s still just 22 years old. Congrats, and I look forward to seeing you at Wrigley in September, Josh.

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It sure is nice to see Vitters “getting the hang” of AAA. After all, one must get the hang down there before being even considered a call up for a team DESPERATE for an actual third baseman.

If this team was only a 3B away from being competitive, or even threatening to break .500, I might agree with the criticism… but there’s no sense rushing Vitters up to possibly have the kind of year that Rizzo had for SD last year. I can wait. Besides, that takes away one of the spots in the lineup for Sveum to shove all these bench players he loves so much into. I’d hate to see LaHair’s time drop even more.

Let guys like Mather, Baker, Valbuena (and Stewart) be placeholders, and let Vitters develop (even if it’s a glacial pace). Unless it’s a top-flight prospect (and no one has called Josh that in years), playing more than a 1/2 season of AAA is usually a good idea. Josh will be up in a couple of months anyway. The worst possible outcome would be to bring Josh up and have him either struggle or end up in another Sveum platoon and not play every day.

My only problem is that Vitters has apparently been playing 1st since Rizzo’s promotion, because the I-Cubs lack another first baseman. Get a warm body in there so Vitters can go back to third.
As long as Sveum finds a place for the prospects already on the team to play instead of platoon, I’m happy.

I’d rather see Vitters at 3B on the ML club than 1B at the minor league club.
BUT…I’m glad one of us is happy.

I’m sure that 1B spot is temporary, but like I said, we need to get a warm body to Iowa 1B quickly. If he’s not getting reps at 3B, that’s a bad thing. We can certainly agree on that.

Ironic isnt it? The big league club can come up with the likes of a bench player (Baker, Mather) to cover at 1B but the AAA team has NOBODY that can play what is arguably the one position where even aging veterans go to pasture that they have to take their STARTING thirdbaseman an put him there? Yikes. They just sent down Cardenas…throw HIM a firstbaseman’s glove but leave Vitters at third.

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