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Series preview: Iowa Cubs vs. Sky Sox

By: BRENT BRIGGEMAN The Gazette
April 23, 2014 Updated: April 23, 2014 at 10:09 pm
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photo - Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez throws out Chicago White Sox's Marcus Semien at first in the fourth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game Friday, March 21, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez throws out Chicago White Sox's Marcus Semien at first in the fourth inning of a spring exhibition baseball game Friday, March 21, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) 

Game times: Thursday and Friday at 6:35 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 1:35 p.m.

What to watch: Jhoulys Chacin is scheduled to start the series opener Thursday for the Sky Sox in a rehab assignment. . The five catchers on the roster in this series bring a wealth of experience, including more than 1,500 games in the major leagues and Triple-A. In that group, the Sky Sox's Matt McBride (injured) and Michael McKenry and Iowa's Eli Whiteside have each logged big-league time.

Iowa prospects to track

Javier Baez, SS: A consensus top-10 prospect and the top-rated player by Baseball America in Chicago's system, Baez is the rare infield prospect with 30-home run potential.

Arismendy Alcantara, 2B: Versatile enough to play all over the infield or outfield, Baez's double-play partner also has big-time power and hit 15 home runs to go with 31 steals in Double-A last season.

Kyle Hendricks, RHP: The scheduled starter for Sunday's game, Hendricks is a Dartmouth product and the No. 11 prospect in the Cubs' system. He's 24-15 with an ERA below 2.50 in his minor-league career thanks to superior control.

Cubs names you may know

Chris Coghlan - the 2009 NL Rookie of the Year with the Marlins. ... Jonathan Sanchez - former Rockie once threw a no-hitter with the Giants.

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