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With a 2-1 Smokies win over the Montgomery Biscuits on Tuesday, outfielder Brett Jackson continued to prove why he is one of the Cubs’ top prospects. Both of the Smokies’ runs came from solo homers by the 2009 first-round pick.
The 6-foot-2 Jackson struck the first time in the top of the third, tying the game at 1-1 on a two-out home run to right-center off of Shane Dyer. But both teams were unable to come through with any more timely hits, and the game went into extras.
In the top of the 10th, Jackson hit his second off of Zach Quate, and Jeff Stevens shut out the Biscuits in the bottom of the frame to close the win.
While he hasn’t yet made his major league debut, Jackson is on track to make an appearance in the Wrigley outfield, perhaps by the time rosters expand in September. Here’s what our annual Minor League Prospectus had to say about Jackson, who also was featured on the cover:
“Most observers predict it won’t be long before Jackson patrols centerfield at Wrigley. His plus speed allowed him to steal 30 bags between high A and Double A, and he showed above-average power with 12 homers, 66 RBIs and 32 doubles. His strikeout numbers (126) are offset by a keen eye (73 walks). Though Jackson bowed out of the Arizona Fall League due to a staph infection, he should be fine by spring training.”
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Jeff Stevens turned right back around after yesterday’s game, rejoining the team for injured outfielder Reed Johnson. Johnson was placed on the 15-day DL before the game with a left-foot fracture.
Right-hander Russ Ortiz (3-5, 4.75 ERA) pitches for the Astros.
Some homestand numbers from media relations
The Cubs are 5-1 with a .302 AVG/.401 OBP/.575 SLG. They have scored 6.8 runs per game and hit 2.2 homers per game.
Cubs pitchers have a 3.26 ERA that breaks down as follows: Starter ERA 2.61 (38.0 IP), and Relief ERA 4.50 (20.0 IP).
The team will leave right after the game for Miami. Harden, Zambrano and Dempster will pitch this weekend. The Cubs return 12 days later to host the Phillies on Aug. 11.
Keep an eye on
Andrew Cashner, the Cubs’ 2008 first-round pick, continues to throw lights-out since being promoted to Double-A Tennessee. He has a 1.09 ERA in five starts, striking out 21, and allowing just 14 hits and nine walks in 24.2 innings.
The club called up right-hander Mitch Atkins today and optioned Jeff Stevens to Triple A. With the bullpen being stretched thin over the past few days, some fresh arms will be welcome.
Atkins had a lot of trouble early in the year, after adding a sinker (and thus a lower arm angle) to his repertoire: fastball, cutter, change-up and curveball. It affected his control, which generally has rated good in the organization. But by going back to basics, according to Atkins, he got himself on track to have a strong June.
Iowa Cubs manager Bobby Dickerson told Vine Line he believes Atkins could be a big-league starter some day.
“He invites contact, gets ahead of hitters and he can get deep into games because he keeps his pitch count down.”
You can read more about Atkins in our August issue.
Left-hander Mike Hampton (6-7, 4.74 ERA) pitches for the Astros.
— Sean Ahmed