Apart from Junior Lake, who is sporting an OPS around .900, a couple of Iowa Cubs have been on tears recently: Rubi Silva and Christian Villanueva. Both are hitting around .275, but Silva now has ten HRs and Villanueva has thirteen.
I always liked the way Silva chased flies in right field (on TV during spring training), and I knew he threw out a lot of runners on the bases–62 outfield assists since 2011, including nine this season. On the other hand, he’s twenty-six; and the front office won’t like his four walks in 250 PAs.
Villanueva is 24, but with a June 19 birthday, he misses being league-age 23 by six weeks. With 13 HRs, 51 RBI, and a slash of .275/.331/.498(/.829), plus a highlight-reel glove at third, he’s looking like the prospect the Cubs thought they were getting when they acquired him, along with Kyle Hendricks, from Texas for Ryan Dempster in 2012.