Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Vitters, Cashner promoted

Not since Mark Prior flew through the minor league system has there been news like this on a Cubs first round pick (let alone two). 3B Josh Vitters was promoted to "advanced" Class A Daytona and Andrew Cashner to Class AA Tennessee. Here is a link to the Tribune's story on this.

Both are putting up good numbers: Vitters posted a line of .316-15-46 RBI in 70 games and Cashner has a 1.50 ERA through 42 innings. It is a shame that Vitters wasn't a year ahead of where he is now because the Cubs could have called him up for a taste of action at third. Maybe it is better they didn't, as they can afford to take their time with him if and when Aramis comes back healthy and remains firmly entrenched at third for years to come.

If Cashner keeps up his good work he might be a good candidate for a September call up, or maybe even before that if the bullpen continues to struggle. However, that too may not be the best course of action as they are trying to convert the former college closer into a starter.

It sure is nice to see some progress out of these guys after guys like Bobby Brownlie, Tyler Colvin, and Matt Pawalek didn't pan out.

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