Final Minor League Records

The minor league season ended over the weekend and here's how the lil' Cubbies fared.

(WHOOPS! - I guess Boise still has 2 games left. Close enough... )

AAA: Iowa Cubs (Pacific Coast League)

Overall: 83-59 (PCL American North Division Winner)  

AA: Tennessee Smokies (Southern League)

Overall: 62-77 
2nd Half: 35-34 
1st Half: 27-43 

Hi-A: Daytona Cubs (Florida State League)

Overall: 73-59
2nd Half: 38-24 (FSL East Division Winner)
1st Half: 35-35

A: Peoria Chiefs (Midwest League)

Overall: 60-78 
2nd Half: 30-40
1st Half: 30-38

Short Season A: Boise Hawks (Northwest League)

Overall: 43-31 

Rookie League: AZL Cubs

Overall: 31-24 
2nd Half: 13-14
1st Half: 18-10

Cubs Overall Minor League Record: 352-328 (.517 %)

The Iowa Cubs playoff series begins tomorrow versus the Oklahoma Red Hawks (Texas affiliate).  Randy Wells will start game one. The Daytona Cubs start tonight versus the Palm Beach Cardinals (St. Louis affiliate). 2008 draftee phenom Jay Jackson gets the start for Daytona.

Comments

for those who read AZ Phil religiously, you know he had himself some Josh Donaldson man-love.

Well since being traded, he had a .955 OPS with Stockton in the California League (Hi-A) in 188 AB's. He had a .625 OPS with Peoria in A-ball in 235 AB's.

to follow-up on that trade:

Epat had a .931 OPS with their AAA affiliate (Sacramento) and is with the big league club now (.507 OPS) 

Murton still can't hit an XBH to save his life (768 OPS in AAA with the A's to follow up his .780 OPS with Iowa). Sacramento is in the PCL playoffs and it's unclear whether he'll get another call-up this year.

Gallagher was shut down for a few weeks to rest a fatigued arm. He's due back on Friday, at least off the disabled list. A 6.55 ERA with the A's in 7 starts. 

Isn't the California League a notorious hitter's league?

I believe so, not gonna account for a 300 pt difference in your OPS though.

It's also High A league, compared to the Midwest league, which is Low A, which of course is different from the northwest league, which is Short Season A. I am sure it made sense at one point.

Vitters ends up with a .876 OPS in Boise with 5 HR's in 252 AB's, 12 BB/44 K

Flaherty(Boise): .874 OPS with 8 HR in 215 AB's. 24 BB/50 K

Colvin (Tennesee): .736 OPS/14 HR's in 540 AB's. 44 BB/101 K

Pie (Iowa): .802 OPS.10 HR's in 335 AB's. 23 BB/54 K

Ceda (Tennessee): 2-1, 2.08 ERA, 30.1 IP, 42 K, 14 BB, 2 HR (all in relief). Threw 84.2 IP overall between AA and Hi-A with 95 K's and 42 BB's. A little surprised they didn't' call him up to get some experience in the AAA playoffs.

Veal (Tennessee): 5-10, 4.52 ERA, 145.1 IP, 123 K, 81 BB, 19 HR

Our farm system is atrocious.

sarcasm?

Yup. Even with the constant disappointments that Colvin and Veal have brought us, Ceda and Vitters are easily top-25 NL prospects for 2009. Vitters could probably crack the top 10; however, of course, John "East Coast Bias" Sickels would tab them both as B- prospects.

Also, I'm really glad I was wrong about Flaherty. He's looking more and more like a legit hitter, not in the Barney mold -- if he can stay at SS, we've got a major prospect for 2010 and beyond. Problem is, no one --and I mean it, no one-- thinks he can handle SS/2B. Maybe a Eric Patterson redux/clone?

pretty funny how the Cubs best prospects of late all just emerged on the scene.

Marmol and Soto weren't given much thought before 2007...same for Samardzija this year. Sometimes things just click...

 

Sickels ratings over the years:

2006: http://www.minorleagueball.com/2006/2/12/114449/224
2007: http://www.minorleagueball.com/2006/12/14/1917/4337
2008: http://www.minorleagueball.com/2007/11/19/01814/657

Are you forgetting that Vitters started with Peoria and wound up with Boise?

no...it's just irrelevant.

I wasn't asking you. And it obviously is relevant.

14 AB's in Peoria before getting injured are irrelevant.

vitters is 18/19...he's lucky to be in A ball rather than rookie ball. if he started the year in peoria that's a bit over his head whether he succeeded or not.

hell, he's a bit young for boise, though not unusually young.

-edit-

he is the youngest guy on the boise roster.

That obviously isn't relevant.

think I missed it, but that would have been fun.

http://mlb.mlb.com/fan_forum/chat.jsp?c_id=la

I would have liked to ask him about the discussion the Padres announcers had after Maddux beat them last night.
In short, Maddux's streak of 14 starts in a row without a win bothered them so much they wouldn't want him back.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080902&c...

Ryan Dempster is the Cubs nominee

They and the other club nominees have immersed themselves in the type of humanitarian and community efforts that distinguished the life of Clemente, a life which ended at 38 on New Year's Eve 1972 with the crash of a plane aboard which he was personally delivering aid to Nicaraguan earthquake victims.

Rob G., Boise's season isn't over. They still have two more games and tomorrow is their season finale!

my bad...I'll add a note.

"O Soto!
Geovany Soto an Oriole and other notes from around the web."

I was not amused by this little headline when I visited TCR tonight. Perhaps some better wording might prevent more heart attacks.

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.js...

Flaherty, J. Harrison, Vitters and Ryan Keedy.

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.js...

CF James Adduci the lone Daytona Cub. Not sure how Jeremy Papelbon didn't make it.

ex-Cub Brian Dopirak made it as well for the Blue Jays affiliate.

T. Thomas (2b), J. Adduci (CF), Ty Wright (LF), B. Lalli (DH), Russ Canzler (1B), S. Clevenger (C), R. Harvey (RF), J. Mota (3b) Darwin Barney (SS)

2-0 in the top of the first...2 run HR off Jackson, the first off of him in Daytona in 17 IP.

3-0 to the bottom of the first.

Daytona goes down in order, Jackson gives up a single in the top of the 2nd but no more. 

I think Dusty is managing Daytona...down in order in the 2nd on what sounded like 3 pitches (I think it was a few more).

2nd home run by this guy (Steven Hill):

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stat...

4-0 Palm Beach up in the top of the third...

Jordon Latham comes in to finish the third. A walk and single in the bottom of the inning with one out and Daytona has a rally going.

bases loaded, 1 out and no runs score for Daytona. Sigh.

To the real Cubs... 

You're not just born knowing how to do that shit. It takes years and years of practice to make sure you have the least productive at-bats in crucial moments as possible.

Game ended up being rained out and completely cancelled. Game one will be tonight instead with James Russell going. 

http://cubs.scout.com/a.z?s=260&p=2&c=784270

Nate Spears, Doug Deeds and Jake Fox

Rob G., Jericho Jones (OF) and John Contreras (DH) made the AZL postseason all-star team from Mesa.

No clue how Micah Hoffpauir didn't make the PCL one.

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.js...

yeah, weird...but Eric Patterson did!!

Joe Koshansky of Colorado was the PCL first basemen, did lead the league in RBI's and third in HR's. Just a matter of playing time for Hoffpauir it looks like. Nelson Cruz won the MVP.

Let's see if we got all the postseason honors in one place:

PCL:
Postseason All-Star: Eric Patterson
Manager of the Year: Pat Listach

Southern:
Postseason All-Stars: Doug Deeds, Jake Fox and Nate Spears

FSL
Postseason All-Stars: James Adduci

Midwest League
Nothing

Northwest League
Postseason All-Stars: Josh Vitters, Ryan Flaherty, Josh Harrison, Ryan Keedy

Rookie League
Postseason All-Stars: Jericho Jones, John Contreras

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  • I'm kind of nostalgic for the Schwarber-for-Miller rumors.

    Brick 11 min 13 sec ago view
  • This offseason, after some ridiculous playoff run and Chapman saving every game from here until the end of the postseason striking out 27/9innings, I welcome anyone to quote this thread and call me a dummy: I hate this trade, and my hate is 2 parts Chapman makes this team less likeable and 1 part that's a ridiculous overpay for 30 regular season innings and, at tops, 10 postseason innings. Already hoping they don't extend him.

    Charlie 13 min 2 sec ago view
  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 35 min 21 sec ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 35 min 49 sec ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 44 min 38 sec ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 4 min ago view
  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 1 hour 35 min ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 38 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 41 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • There is no Comp pick for players traded mid-season. 2+ months of Chapman is it.

    mbauer 2 hours 4 min ago view
  • to get one of the best you have to give up one/some of your best...but it's a bit painful to watch the system's best prospect walk for any 2-3 month rental, especially one that's not an everyday player.

    crunch 2 hours 7 min ago view
  • I assume Chapman will replace Richard on the roster, but who goes down when Cahill gets activated? Maybe Grimm?

    And when Soler and Coghlan get healthy, how do they fit them on the roster when they're ready to be activated?

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 10 min ago view
  • We are giving up a lot, but it's not like we're trading Addison Russell for 2+ months of Jason Hammel. When impact players become available, they are going to cost you. The other bids could also have been high.

    Having Chapman as a rental is potentially less disruptive than having him come in with an extension in place. 

    CTSteve 2 hours 11 min ago view
  • Billy McKinney had season-ending knee surgery last August and came to Minor League Camp this year somewhat restricted. (He was used mostly as a DH in Cactus League Minor League Camp games), and I'm not sure he's 100% right now (he's repeating AA, and his XBH numbers are way down, like he's not getting good rotation in his lowev half). That might have been part of the reason why the trade wasn't completed right away.

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 19 min ago view
  • Rashad Crawford was a basketball star in HS (he was known as "Baby Jordan", and baseball was only his second sport) and he has plus-speed and athleticism, so when the Cubs drafted him (Keith Lockhart was the scout)  he was seen as a long-term project.  

    I was at Fitch Park the day that Rashad Crawford became a LH hitter, He waa never a switch-hitter, He went directly from being a RH hitter to a LH hitter, which I had never seen before. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 27 min ago view