There's really only a couple reasons to pay attention to the Iowa Cubs and Mike Olt was 0-4. He's had a forgettable 2013 season, but it has been discussed here and elsewhere. MW mentioned in the comments that Christian Villanueva might have passed Olt among Cubs prospects and I wouldn't argue with anyone who said that. I'd still give the edge to Olt because he's at AAA, even though he's not performing too well.
Olt turns 25 at the end of the month so he's not exactly a young prospect any more. There's still potential and that's what the Cubs acquired him for. They also knew he was a reclamation project when they did and so far it's not worked out. The sample size is small and that can change in a hurry, but early results don't look too promising.
The Smokies took a lot of walks today, which is always nice to see. Matt Szczur was 1-4 with a walk. Arismendy Alcantara didn’t have an official at-bat. He walked 3 times and laid down a sac bunt. Rafael Lopez was 0-2 with 2 walks.
Javier Baez just keeps hitting. He was 2-4 with 2 doubles. Christian Villanueva was 2-3 with 2 doubles and a walk.
Dae-Eun Rhee threw 6.1 innings and allowed 7 hits and 2 runs. He walked 2 and struckout 2. Tony Zych and Frank Batista each allowed a hit.
Clearwater 1 @ Daytona 5 Game 1
Zeke DeVoss was 1-2 with a couple of walks. Dan Vogelbach played DH again and was 1-3 with a walk while Kris Bryant connected on his second home run in as many days. Bryant was 1-3 in this one and struckout once.
Ben Wells walked 2 and struckout no one in 5.1 innings. I'm not sure any Cubs prospect has fallen as much as Ben Wells has this season despite a solid ERA. The guy just can't strike anybody out and I'm not sure it matters how many groundballs you give up. Frank Del Valle finished this one without allowing a run.
Clearwater 2 @ Daytona 0 Game 2
Anthony Giansanti and Yaniel Cabezas each had a hit. They were the only two hits the Daytona Cubs had in Game 2.
Kris Bryant was 0-3 with 3 strikeouts and Dan Vogelbach was 0-3 with a strikeout.
Kyler Burke threw 4 innings and allowed 5 hits and a walk. He gave up a run and struckout 3. Lendy Fucking Castillo threw the final 3 and wasn’t half bad.
Guiseppe Papaccio was 1-4 with a strikeout and Jeimer Candelario was 1-3 with a walk and a strikeout. Candelario’s hit was his 9th home run. Reggie Golden was 1-3 with a 3-run home run in the 4th inning. He also walked. The Chiefs only had one other hit — a Marco Hernandez single. Hernandez was 1-4.
Starling Peralta threw 4.1 innings, struckout 4 and walked 3. He gave up 4 hits and 4 runs, 3 of them earned. Sheldon McDonald put zeroes on the board in 1.2 innings. Michael Hamann threw 1.1 innings and gave up a hit and a run. He walked 3 and struck a batter out.
Jim Pugilese threw 6 innings and gave up only 2 hits and a run. He only walked 1 and struckout 5. Zack Godley struckout 4 in 2 innings and Scott Frazier struck a batter out in the 9th.
David Bote was 1-2 with a home run and 2 walks. Kevin Encarnacion was 2-4 with a triple and a home run. He also walked once. Danny Lockhart was 2-5 with a double. So was Rony Rodriguez. Cael Brockmeyer was 3-4 with a double.