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Cubs All-Star Recap

Josh Vitters took part in Wednesday night’s Triple-A All-Star Game, wrapping up the Midsummer Classics for each level of the Cubs organization. Vine Line recapped how Cubs players and prospects performed in their respective All-Star Games.

Major League All-Star Game:

Starlin Castro: 0-for-1, flied out to center, two defensive innings played
Bryan LaHair: 0-for-1, ground out to shortstop, three defensive innings played

MLB Futures Game:

Jae-Hoon Ha: 2-for-2, HR, 2 RBI, R, started at CF

Triple-A All-Star Game:

Josh Vitters: 0-for-1, BB, K, four defensive innings played

Double-A Southern League All-Star Game:

Jim Adduci: 2-for-2, double, RBI, four defensive innings played
Frank Batista: 2/3 IP, 0 R
Justin Bour: 1-for-3, BB, started at DH
Kevin Rhoderick: 1 IP, BB, 0 R

Single-A Florida State League All-Star Game:

Arismendy Alcantara: 0-for-1, three defensive innings
Austin Kirk: 1 IP, 0 R, starting pitcher
Nelson Perez: 1-for-3, double, RBI, BB, started at left field
Greg Rohan: 0-for-4, started at DH

Single-A Midwest League All-Star Game:

Kyler Burke: 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER
Zeke DeVoss: 0-for-1, three defensive innings played
Paul Hoilman: 0-for-2, started at 1B

Farm Report: Peoria’s Kirk tosses no-hitter

Players and fans of the Peoria Chiefs, the Chicago Cubs’ Class A affiliate, had more to celebrate on the Fourth of July than the country’s birthday—left-hander Austin Kirk pitched the eighth no-hitter in Chiefs franchise history in a 2-0 win over the Clinton LumberKings.

The 21-year-old struck out 10 and walked only two on his way to the first complete-game no-no for the Chiefs since 1988.

Here’s what our Minor League Prospectus, issued every February in Vine Line, had to say about Kirk in 2010:

“Polite to a fault, scouts love Kirk’s makeup but love his upside even more. His heavy fastball sits in the 88-91 range, and he pairs it with an above-average change-up. His curve also has potential. Kirk has a strong, durable frame with good strength in his legs and core. His fastball is explosive, and he locates it well at the bottom of the zone.”

Besides making an impact on the mound, Kirk already proved to be a winning personality off the field—even before the Cubs selected him in the third round of the 2009 draft. That same summer, when Kirk’s high school baseball team, the Owasso (Okla.) Rams, was making a run for the 6A state championship, Kirk and several teammates visited Odis McCormick, a longtime fan that had become too sick to attend games. Kirk and his teammates presented McCormick with one of Kirk’s old jerseys and a ball signed by the whole team. (more…)

Cubs select Cal outfielder Brett Jackson

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for INSIDE THE IVY LOGO.jpgWith the 31st selection of the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Chicago Cubs selected Cal outfielder Brett Jackson.

Jackson is an elite athlete who plays like his hair’s on fire. Patrolling centerfield for the Cal Bears, the 6-2, 210-pound Jackson is strong and muscular, with above-average speed and excellent range.

While his arm is average at best, he will make up for a short arm with long effort, diving for liners, chasing down balls in the gaps.

Brett Jackson.jpg“I didn’t really model myself after any particular outfielder,” Jackson said during a teleconference. “But I’ve been most compared to Jim Edmonds. Honestly, I try to model myself after a bunch of players. I like how Derek Jeter is respected and goes about his business. But I also like how Edmonds played.”

Jackson hit .321 with eight homers and 41 RBIs and 11 steals for the Golden Bears this season.

However, Jackson also struck out a team-high 61 times in just 218 at-bats this year. Jackson believes his athleticism will allow him to overcome the strikeouts, and in fact, they were an abberation.

“I haven’t been a big strikeout guy in my career,” Jackson said. “But athleticism is one of my main assets….I continually work on all aspects of my game.”

On his 19th birthday, Jackson travelled to Chicago and took in a Cubs game. He was playing in the wood-bat Northwoods League in Wisconsin and on an off-day decided to visit the “Friendly Confines.”

“It was overwhelming,” Jackson said. “You just feel the history there–and the fans are the best in baseball.”

Jackson said he has always been a Cubs fan, but more so a fan of the mascot.

“Once a bear, always a bear,” he laughed.

The Cubs also selected LSU second baseman D.J. LeMahieu in the second round and Owasso (Texas) High School left-hander Austin Kirk in the third.

–Mike Huang