6/3 Minor League stars for May

Class A Daytona infielder Dustin Geiger and Double-A Tennessee pitcher Kyle Hendricks were named the Cubs’ Minor League player and pitcher of the month for May, respectively. Geiger, 21, batted .307 with eight doubles, one triple, three home runs and 23 RBIs in 27 May contests. He drew 11 walks that contributed to a .368 on-base percentage, and recorded a .495 slugging mark. His 23 RBIs ranked tied for third-most in the Florida State League. He was named the league’s Player of the Week for May 13-19, hitting .469 (15-for-32) with seven doubles, a triple, two home runs and seven RBIs in eight games.

Hendricks, 23, went 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA in five May starts for the Smokies, striking out 25 amd walking five. He gave up one home run in 32 1/3 innings pitched and limited the opposition to a .230 batting average. His four May victories tied for the Southern League lead while his 1.02 WHIP ranked tied for fifth and his 1.95 ERA was seventh. Acquired from Texas with infielder Christian Villanueva for pitcher Ryan Dempster on July 31 last season, Hendricks is 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA in 10 starts for Tennessee this year, his first at Double-A.


Mamma Mia – Just read on the net that Gray does NOT have a prescription for Adderal yet tested positive for it. This is indeed troubling. Wouldn’t he have a Dr.’s prescription if he has ADD?

Mamma, watched last half of tonight`s womens`s game betwixt OU and the Vols, due to what you wrote in past two days of wife`s interest etc. Heckuva game!

Some of the Cubs are pressing too much. Castro is one of them. He is only 23. Someone needs to help him with his plate discipline. That would be the hitting coach, right. Who is the third best pitcher available in the draft?

You are so right about Castro, Jim. He has frighteningly regressed this season. I believe Carrie told us last week that he was at .300 or above at comparable stage of all his prior seasons with the club. His average is in .250`s now and sinking like a rock. Don`t know of any highly rated hurlers after Appel and Gray. If we chooose not to select one of those two, we should opt for a position player like Bryant or Moran. Have got to get this right. Last time we had a top five pick, it was a #3 in 2007, and we did fan on that one as it was Josh Vitters.

Did some research and the third highest rated pitcher in this draft many believe is Braden Shipley of the U.of Nevada. Best pitches are fastball and change. Curve is just average. Next best is h.s. hurler from Houston, Kohl Stewart.

Neither of above would justify a second pick.

I think Houston takes Appel. The Cubs then roll the dice with Gray or take a position player. Theo drafts position players in the first round per his history. I think we will have another third base prospect at #2 and the pitchers will follow. My line about the third best pitcher was in jest. The stakes are too high to sign someone that is not a big blip on the radar screen. Second guessing is a b&*#h! Either way, Gray may have lost a good deal of money based on his actions.

Who knows what machinations are involved behind the scene. Does it not appear curious to you all that this drug issue with Gray suddenly appears three days before draft? Who can say it was not planted in order to run Houston off the pick, let`s say? Perhaps it was revealed for another reason. I`m thinking Houston knows right now whom they are going to pick, and Theo knows exactly what he intends to do. These dudes in charge are not going to reveal their hands, and for good reason. I`d handle it same way if anyone were fool enough to let a stumblebum like myself run an organization

This scenario is very similar to the landscape in Washington, DC most of the time: “There are those who don`t know, and there are those who don`t know they don`t know.”

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