Cubs Organizational Report Week 19

Before we begin, if anyone is interested in writing a blog about the Cubs farm system, MVN is looking. Please contact Evan Brunell, writer of Fire Brand of The American League and owner of MVN. Be prepared to submit a writing sample. There are currently 3 minor league blogs on MVN that you can check out, a general minors blog, a D'Backs one and a Red Sox one. You should also be prepared to be able to write once a week. Back to our regularly scheduled programming. Team Records updated through 8/14/05; Individual Stats updated through 8/14/05
Organizational Records
TeamW-LGB/Pos.Last 10
Chicago Cubs57-61(Div)17.0/3rd
Iowa Cubs55-6311.0/4th5-5
West Tenn Diamond Jaxx*26-235.0/2nd3-7
Daytona Cubs22-279.0/5th5-5
Peoria Chiefs24-244.0/5th6-4
Boise Hawks22-312.0/2nd3-7
AZL Cubs3-115.5/9th3-7
Cubs Ex W/L: 57-61; (2003) 61-57; (2004) 63-55 * West Tennessee clinched the first half North Division title of the Southern League
MLB RHP Todd Wellemeyer promoted on 08/14/05 LHP John Koronka promoted on 08/11/05 and then promptly demoted when the Cubs realized he sucks on 08/14/05 CF Corey Patterson promoted on 08/09/05 RHP Olivo Astacio acquired from Boston Red Sox for LHP Mike Remlinger on 08/09/05; Unknown where Astacio will be assigned. AAA/Iowa INF/OF Jerry Hairston Jr. joined team on rehab assignment on 08/13/05 LHP Rich Hill demoted on 08/09/05 SS Ronny Cedeno demoted on 08/09/05 LHP Phil Norton activated from DL on 08/08/05 AA/West Tennessee INF Matt Craig activated from DL on 08/08/05 Advanced A/Daytona NONE TO REPORT A/Peoria NONE TO REPORT Low A/Boise NONE TO REPORT Rookie Leauge/Arizona NONE TO REPORT
(BOLD indicates an update to a pre-existing injury) MLB OF Jerry Hairston left game after hurting elbow on 08/03/05; MRI showed partial tear of ligament and was placed on DL on 08/05/05; Has begun rehab assignment in Iowa as of 08/13/05 P - Chad Fox transferred to 60 day DL on 05/17/05; Has "nerve issues" in his right elbow; Still undetermined whether he'll attempt another comeback AAA/Iowa NONE TO REPORT AA/West Tennessee OF Adam Greenberg sent to Mesa for further evaluation after his beaning; Cubs claim it's for "a more consistent program and not have to deal with things like late-night bus rides." LHP Sean Marshall placed on DL on 07/24/04; Complaining of shoulder and bicep soreness, tests to be done OF - Felix Pie sprained ankle on 06/16/05; Placed on 7 day DL on 06/21/05; The Trib are a bunch of big, fat liars and Pie is nowhere near ready to play according to the DJaxx Announcer, Ron Potesta LHP - Jon Connolly placed on DL on 07/16/05 with "recurring" shoulder injury; Will be out all season INF - Jemel Spearman out sine 04/26/05 because of wrist injury; Had surgery at some point and it should cost him the season P- Angel Guzman out with forearm stiffness and inflammation in pitching elbow; Threw 25 pitches over 2 innings for Rookie League team P ñ Rocky Cherry left game on 4/21/05 after 1/3 of an inning. Tommy John surgery performed on 05/05/05 Advanced A/Daytona OF Kevin Collins placed on DL on 08/02/05 with bone spurs in his foot; Retroactive to 07/29/05 RHP Nate Sevier placed on DL on 08/02/05 for unknown reasons; Retroactive to 07/29/05 RHP Billy Petrick placed on DL on 06/24/05 with shoulder woes; Had season ending shoulder surgery A/Peoria 1b Alberto Garcia out for season with fractured fibula; Occurred on June 15th while sliding back into first base LHP Ed Campusano placed on DL, reason and date unknown Low A/Boise NONE TO REPORT Rookie Leauge/Arizona RHP Jason Wylie has been out cause of complication to a knee injury suffered while moving his couch Other Notable Injuries OF - Nic Jackson had more surgery to clean out his shoulder; Probably out until 2006 P - Chadd Blasko - shoulder surgery; Probably out until 2006 P - Matt Clanton - shoulder surgery; Had 2nd shoulder surgery during off-season, probably out all season PROSPECT WATCH LIST (BOLD indicates injury, * bats lefty, # switch-hitter) Hitters: SS Ronny Cedeno .364/.408/.545 3B *Mike Fontenot (AAA) .272/.393/.423 2B Richard Lewis (AAA) .209/.272/.282 (AA) .246/.373/.333 C Geovany Soto (AAA) .251/.361/.333 SS/CF *Buck Coats (AA) .279/.340/.392 3B Casey McGehee (AA) .295/.343/.407 OF Luis Montanez (AA) .291/.336/.417 (A) .305/.384/.521 OF Felix Pie(AA) .304/.349/.554 13/22 SB opportunities 1B/OF Brandon Sing (AA) .287/.400/.563 2B Ryan Theriot (AA) .303/.357/.395 1B Brian Dopirak (High A) .243/.299/.387 OF *Kevin Collins (High A) .265/.346/.507 3B *Scott Moore (High A) .273/.345/.484 C Tony Richie (High A) .301/.400/.377 C Jake Fox (High A) .281/.355/.446 OF Ryan Harvey (A) .270/.318/.511 2B *Eric Patterson (A) .331/.406/.523 35/45 SB opportunities C *Mark Reed (Low A) .250/.300/.371(A) .135/.167/.192 Pitchers: RHP Bobby Brownlie(AAA) 6-4 4.26 ERA/35 BB/59 K/8 HR/86.2 IP LHP John Koronka (AAA) 7-10 4.71 ERA/37 BB/82 K/8 HR/109.0 IP RHP Jon Leicester (AAA) 1-7 1 Save 5.97 ERA/34 BB/53 K/11 HR/72.1 IP LHP Russ Rohlicek (AAA) 3-1 3 Saves/4.07 ERA/38 BB/48 K/5 HR/55.1 IP LHP Carmen Pignatiello (AAA) 0-2 5.84 ERA/11 BB/28 K/4HR/24.2 IP (AA) 5-4 2.68 ERA/28 BB/77 K RHP Jermaine Van Buren (AAA) 2-2 21 Saves/1.82 ERA/20 BB/58 K/5 HR/49.1 IP RHP David Aardsma (AA) 4-0 2 Saves/2.93 ERA/22 BB/36 K/1 HR/40.0 IP (Norwich) 6-2 2.93 ERA/13 BB/30 K RHP Carlos Marmol (AA)3-3 2.83 ERA/32 BB/44 K/7 HR/57.1 IP (High A) 6-2 2.99 ERA/37 BB/71 K LHP Sean Marshall (AA) 0-1 2.52 ERA/5 BB/24 K/1 HR/25.0 IP (High A) 4-4 2.74 ERA/26 BB/61 K RHP Ricky Nolasco (AA) 11-3 3.08 ERA/39 BB/144 K/10 HR/137.1 IP LHP Reynel Pinto (AA) 8-2 2.47 ERA/49 BB/101 K/3 HR/105.2 IP (AAA) 1-2 9.93 ERA/24 BB/24 K RHP Jae-kuk Ryu (AA) 8-8 3.58 ERA/45 BB/108 K/11 HR/145.2 IP RHP Billy Petrick (High A) 1-4 5.59 ERA/19 BB/25 K/0 HR/37.0 IP RHP Mike Billek (A) 2-0 3.44 ERA/6 BB/10 K/2 HR/18.1 IP (Low A) 0-1 2.65 ERA/6 BB/20 K/0 HR/17.0 IP RHP Sean Gallagher (A) 13-4 2.29 ERA/47 BB/120 K/6 HR/129.2 IP RHP Grant Johnson (A) 2-6 3.64 ERA/21 BB/41 K/6 HR/54.1 IP LHP Darin Downs (Low A) 4-3 2.89 ERA/13 BB/45 K/4 HR/46.2 IP LHP Luke Hagerty (Low A) 0-1 27.00ERA/25 BB/4 K/0 HR/6.0 IP RHP Michael Hyle (Low A) 2-5 2.85 ERA/18 BB/31 K/0 HR/41.0 IP LHP Donald Veal (Low A) 1-1 4.50 ERA/2 BB/5 K/1 HR/8.0 IP (RL) 0-1 8.10 ERA/4 BB/9 K/2 HR/6.2 IP LHP Mark Pawelek (RL) 0-3 2.12 ERA/17 BB/45 K/0 HR/34.0 IP OTHERS NOTABLES: 3B Scott McClain (AAA).290/.352/.576 OF Ben Grieve (AAA) .242/.365/.448 RHP Talley Haines (AAA) 2-1 2.29 ERA/3 BB/22 K/1 HR/19.2 IP (AA)4-2 13 Saves/ 1.78 ERA/2 BB/20 K/0 HR/25.1 IP RHP Andy Shipman (AA) 3-5 8 Saves/3.56 ERA/27 BB/56 K/1 HR/55.2 IP RHP Lee Gwaltney (High A) 2-3 2 Saves/2.64 ERA/15 BB/51 K/4 HR/47.2 IP (A) 4-1 1.56 ERA/17 BB/50 K/1 HR/56.1 IP LHP Paul Schappert (High A) 0-0 1.10 ERA/4 BB/18 K/2 HR/32.2 IP (A) 1-0 4.50 ERA/8 BB/16 K/1 HR/24.0 IP OF *Sam Fuld (A) .283/.367/.408 GREG MADDUX INNINGS WATCH 369.1 IP over the last 2 years; Needs to pitch 30.2 IP over the rest of the season for his $9 million 2006 option to vest; Assuming he starts 33 games (like last year), needs to average less then 4 innings per start over the rest of the season. MINOR LEAGUE LEADERS Hitting HR - Scott McClain (26) RBI - Ryan Harvey (86) AVG - Eric Patterson (.331) OBP - Eric Patterson (.406) SLG - Scott McClain (.576) SB - Chris Walker (49) Pitching IP - Jae-kuk Ryu (145.2) ERA - Sean Gallagher (2.29) WINS - Sean Gallagher (13) SAVES -Jermaine Van Buren (21) K - Ricky Nolasco (144)


I thought the Cub Reporter already had its own farm system blog, going by the name AZ Phil.

Seriously, if he's not the man to write about the farm system, I don't know who is.

Agreed on Arizona Phil, Blue.

Ronny Cedeno continues to tear it up, hopefully making Neifi! superfluous next year.

I asked this in another thread, perhaps readers of this thread will know. Do we know who the Cubs will send to the Arizona Fall League this year (aside from Angel Guzman hopefully)?

Between AZ Phil and Rob G. I am simply wondering why we are even opening the floor for nominations.

Does anyone know if there is any hope that Sing might see some AAA action any time soon. What has he not proven in AA?

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  • I really like the sound of that idea about expanding the AFL to ten teams. Each org. gets to field more players.
    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

  • Dallas Beeler, Corey Black, David Garner, Pierce Johnson, Steve Perakslis, James Pugliese, Duane Underwood Jr, and Rob Zastryzny threw early-morning bullpen side-sessions at Riverview yesterday.  

    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

  • HAGSAG: There are only five advanced instructs squads left, and presently the only "co-op" team operating is the Angels/Cubs.

    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.

  • He is but I would think it'd be better to start out with offense and then bring in Jackson and LaStella once they have a lead. Stella has very good PH #s too.

  • most likely cost sharing + the league is short on players anyway. not many teams are chipping in on 'advanced instructional.'

  • I'm glad this is a one game playoff coming up, because McCutchen is one of my favorite MLB players. And as a baseball fan, I rather like the Pirates. I hope we beat them bad, of course. No mixed feelings here. And, I don't want a nail biter. Too old for that shit. The team of moran fans is easy to hate, though, and more suitable for a longer series.

  • A Jurickson Profar sighting!!!!???

  • I'd guess Jackson over Coghlan for the defense.

    EDIT: Now that I think about it, is Jackson a better defender?

  • Less stress on the pitching staff?

  • I recall earlier this season when the Cubs played Bryant in center instead of left due to the weirdness that is the PNC outfield.

  • AZ Phil, what is the reason the Cubs are co-oping this team? They seem to have plenty of talent that would fill a roster.

  • RF is actually easier to play than LF in PNC so I'd guess Schwarber is there and that's why he was playing it Friday but yeah I'd say that's hopefully accurate.

  • Guess for Wednesday's lineup: Fowler (CF), Schwarber (LF), Bryant (3B), Rizzo (1B), Castro (2B), Montero (C), Russell (SS), Arrieta (P), Coughlan (RF)

  • Dusty already has blue and red wrist bands.

    /cmon dude

  • a day old, but fwiw...

    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat · Oct 4
    Theo and Jed at Miller Park to talk to #Cubs Maddon and staff. Playoff roster to be finalized by Wednesday morning

  • I'm guessing the order is the other way around.