Farm Report: LaHair leads Triple-A All-Stars
Bryan LaHair has torn up Triple-A pitching this season. (Photo by Stephen Green)
Starlin Castro isn’t the only player in the Cubs organization representing his team in an All-Star Game. (Though he’s the only one with two stolen bases in one, entering in the fifth inning as a pinch-runner.)
Between Chicago and the club’s top four minor league levels, 27 players were selected to All-Star teams. Vine Line’s August issue covers Cubs farmhand experiences, from personal and developmental perspectives, at the various midsummer events.
Wednesday night’s Triple-A All-Star Game [MLB Network, 8 p.m. CT] showcases three Iowa Cubs on the Pacific League team: Bryan LaHair, Welington Castillo and John Gaub.
Starting at first base, LaHair currently shares the league lead in homers (25) and has an impressive line of .349 AVG/.418 OBP/.681 SLG. The Cubs acquired him as a minor league free agent after the 2009 season.
Marlon Byrd talked on his blog, The Byrd’s Nest, about his first-hand experience with LaHair and Castillo during his rehab appearances.
“His [LaHair’s] numbers are phenomenal. At some point, hopefully he gets a chance to help the team, whether it’s here or somewhere,” Byrd said. “Welington Castillo is looking good back there and still learning.”
The August issue of Vine Line catches up with LaHair, in our monthly minor league notebook from Iowa. LaHair appeared briefly in the majors for Seattle in 2008 and said he left there feeling he could hit at the big league level.
Castillo will come off the bench, while LHP John Gaub will provide relief out of the bullpen. Gaub, featured in our July minor league notebook, has thrown with consistency, posting a 3-1 record with a 3.05 ERA and an astounding 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings.