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.

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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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  • When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.

    I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.

    VirginiaPhil 55 min 28 sec ago view
  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 2 hours 58 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 12 hours 1 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 12 hours 43 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 12 hours 54 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 13 hours 1 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 13 hours 4 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 13 hours 15 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 13 hours 21 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 13 hours 37 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 13 hours 38 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 16 hours 29 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 19 hours 1 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 19 hours 34 min ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 19 hours 36 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 21 hours 33 min ago view