Cubs Organizational Report Week 22

The second line in the minor league records are the teams overall records. The seasons are over for Iowa, Daytona, Peoria and the Arizona Summer League. Team Records updated through 9/05/05; Individual Stats updated through 9/05/05
Organizational Records
TeamW-LGB/Pos.Last 10
Chicago Cubs66-71(Div)21.5/4th
Iowa Cubs64-758.5/4th3-7
West Tenn Diamond Jaxx*39-31
Daytona Cubs34-34
Peoria Chiefs33-37
Boise Hawks+34-401.0/3rd6-4
AZL Cubs9-19
Cubs Ex W/L: 68-69; (2003) 71-66; (2004) 74-63 * West Tennessee won both halves of the North Division title of the Southern League; Their playoffs begin on Wednesday, Sept. 07 against the Carolina Mudcats in a best of 5 series. + Boise Hawks have 2 games remaining versus the Spokane Indians and must win both and have the Tri-City Dust Devils lose to the Yakima Bears to clinch the division.
MLB C Geovany Soto promotoed from Iowa(AAA) on 09/05/05 LHP John Koronka promoted from Iowa(AAA) on 09/05/05 OF Todd Hollandsworth traded to the Atlanta Braves on 08/29/05 for RHP Todd Blackford and RHP Angelo Burrows RHP Kerry Wood placed on 15 day DL on 08/30/05 RHP Jermaine Van Buren contract purchased from Iowa(AAA) and added to 40 man roster on 08/30/05 OF Matt Murton promoted from Iowa(AAA) on 08/30/05 AAA/Iowa RHP Adalberto Mendez promoted from Peoria (A) on 08/30/05 OF Dave Kelton activated from DL on 09/01/05 LHP Nate Teut signed on 09/02/05 AA/West Tennessee RHP Anderson Tavarez promoted from Daytona (High A) on 08/30/05 RHP Randy Wells promoted from Daytona (High A) on 08/31/05 Advanced A/Daytona RHP Sean Gallagher promoted from Peoria (A) on 08/31/05 LHP Jordan Gerk cleared to play International Ball on 08/30/05 RHP Angelo Burrows assigned to team after trade with Braves on 08/30/05 A/Peoria RHP Todd Blackford assigned to team after trade with Braves on 08/30/05 Low A/Boise RHP Matt Avery left team to return to U. of Virginia on 08/30/05 LHP Mark Pawelek promoted from Arizona (RL) on 08/30/05 RHP Scott Taylor promoted from Airzona (RL) on 08/30/05 Rookie Leauge/Arizona NONE TO REPORT
(BOLD indicates an update to a pre-existing injury) MLB RF Jeromy Burnitz left game on 08/31/05 after fouling pitch of his leg; Returned to lineup on 09/02/05 1B Derrek Lee left game on 08/31/05 after fouling pitch off his ankle; X-rays were negative; Returned to lineup on 09/03/05 RHP Kerry Wood placed on 15 day DL on 08/30/05; Underwent succesful surgery on 08/31/05 to reinforce labrum, clean out the rotator cuff and debridement of the bursa of his right shoulder; 4 month rehab is expected. 3B Aramis Ramirez left game with moderate to severe strain of left quadricep muscle on 08/24/05; Placed on DL on 08/26/05 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 LHP Phil Norton placed on DL on 08/19/05; Labrum problem AA/West Tennessee LHP Sean Marshall placed on DL on 07/24/04 with bicep tendonitis; Will not pitch rest of season but has already begun rehab program OF - Felix Pie sprained ankle on 06/16/05; Placed on 7 day DL on 06/21/05; Done for the season and will play Winter Ball in the Dominican Republic 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 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 LHP Clay Rapada placed on DL on 08/18/05; Appendix surgery OF Kevin Collins placed on DL on 08/02/05 with bone spurs in his foot; Retroactive to 07/29/05; Will miss rest of season with tendon injury in foot. RHP Billy Petrick placed on DL on 06/24/05 with shoulder woes; Had season ending shoulder surgery A/Peoria C Jonathan Douillard placed on DL on 08/20/05 with knee injury 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 with elbow problem; Looks like he avoided surgery though; Was rehabbing in Arizona before season ended 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: 2B/3B *Mike Fontenot (AAA) .272/.377/.430 2B Richard Lewis (AAA) .217/.277/.300 (AA) .246/.373/.333 C Geovany Soto (AAA) .253/.357/.342 SS/CF *Buck Coats (AA) .282/.340/.390 3B Casey McGehee (AA) .297/.354/.422 OF Luis Montanez (AA) .268/.325/.379 (A) .287/.336/.410 2B *Eric Patterson (AA) .200/.324/.267 (A) .333/.405/.535 40/51 SB opportunities OF Felix Pie(AA) .304/.349/.554 13/22 SB opportunities 1B/OF Brandon Sing (AA) .276/.404/.538 2B Ryan Theriot (AA) .304/.365/.391 OF *Jeff Culpepper (High A) .343/.418/.435 (Low A) .304/.422/.391 1B Brian Dopirak (High A) .235/.289/.381 C Jake Fox (High A) .281/.357/.456 3B *Scott Moore (High A) .281/.358/.485 C Tony Richie (High A) .280/.317/.397 OF Ryan Harvey (A) .257/.302/.484 C *Mark Reed (Low A) .250/.310/.370 (A) .135/.167/.192 Pitchers: RHP Bobby Brownlie(AAA) 6-7 4.74 ERA/42 BB/73 K/11 HR/104.1 IP LHP John Koronka (AAA) 9-11 4.24 ERA/48 BB/96 K/12 HR/136.0 IP LHP Rich Hill (AAA) 6-1 3.60 ERA/14 BB/92 K/11 HR/65.0 IP (MLB) 0-2 8.57 ERA/13 BB/21 K/3 HR/21.0 IP (AA) 4-3 3.28 ERA/21 BB/90 K/9 HR/57.2 IP (A) 1-0 1.13 ERA/0 BB/12 K/0 HR/8.0 IP RHP Jon Leicester (AAA) 3-8 1 Save 5.51 ERA/42 BB/73 K/17 HR/98.0 IP LHP Carmen Pignatiello (AAA) 1-5 5.51 ERA/20 BB/43 K/6 HR/47.1 IP (AA) 5-4 2.68 ERA/28 BB/77 K LHP Russ Rohlicek (AAA) 3-1 3 Saves/4.33 ERA/45 BB/54 K/5 HR/62.1 IP RHP David Aardsma (AA) 4-1 2 Saves/3.91 ERA/32 BB/43 K/3 HR/50.2 IP (Norwich) 6-2 2.93 ERA/13 BB/30 K RHP Carlos Marmol (AA)3-4 3.65 ERA/40 BB/70 K/10 HR/81.1 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) 14-3 2.89 ERA/46 BB/173 K/13 HR/161.2 IP LHP Reynel Pinto (AA)10-3 2.78 ERA/58 BB/123 K/3 HR/129.2 IP (AAA) 1-2 9.93 ERA/24 BB/24 K RHP Jae-kuk Ryu (AA) 11-8 3.34 ERA/49 BB/133 K/12 HR/169.2 IP RHP Randy Wells (AA) 0-1 3.86 ERA/7 BB/4 K/0 HR/9.1 IP (High A) 9-2 2.91 ERA/22 BB/97 BB/5 HR/92. 2 IP RHP Sean Gallagher (High A) 0-0 1.80 ERA/0 BB/7 K/1 HR/ 5.0 IP (A) 14-5 2.71 ERA/55 BB/139 K/10 HR/146.0 IP RHP Juan Mateo 10-5 3.21 ERA/27 BB/123 K/9 HR/109.1 IP RHP Billy Petrick (High A) 1-4 5.59 ERA/19 BB/25 K/0 HR/37.0 IP RHP Michael Phelps (High A) 1-0 4.76 ERA/4 BB/8 K/0 HR/5.2 IP (A) 0-1 1.59 ERA/3 BB/17 K/0 HR/17.0 IP (RL) 0-0 0.00 ERA/0 BB/2 K/0 HR/ 0.2 IP RHP Mike Billek (A) 2-0 4.06 ERA/10 BB/25 K/4 HR/37.2 IP (Low A) 0-1 2.65 ERA/6 BB/20 K/0 HR/17.0 IP RHP Angel Guzman (A) 0-1 4.26 ERA/0 BB/7 K/1 HR/6.1 IP (RL) 0-0 0.00 ERA/1 BB/12 K/0 HR/8.0 IP RHP Michael Hyle (A) 1-0 15.63 ERA/3 BB/0 K/5 HR/6.1 IP (Low A) 3-5 3.09 ERA/20 BB/37 K/0 HR/43.2 IP RHP Grant Johnson (A) 3-8 3.82 ERA/26 BB/52 K/7 HR/73.0 IP LHP Darin Downs (Low A) 5-4 3.36 ERA/22 BB/63 K/5 HR/61.2 IP LHP Luke Hagerty (Low A) 0-1 31.05 ERA/30 BB/4 K/0 HR/6.2 IP LHP Mark Pawelek (Low A)0-0 0.00 ERA/1 BB/4 K/0 HR/ 3/3.0 IP (RL) 0-3 2.48 ERA/20 BB/52 K/0 HR/40.0 IP LHP Donald Veal (Low A) 1-2 3.00 ERA/13 BB/24 K/2 HR/24.0 IP (RL) 0-1 8.10 ERA/4 BB/9 K/2 HR/6.2 IP OTHERS NOTABLES: OF Ben Grieve (AAA) .266/.371/.481 OF *Sam Fuld (A) .300/.377/.433 OF *John Defendis (Low A) .327/.387/.406 OF Davy Gregg (Low A) /284/.341/.325 35/47 SB opportunities GREG MADDUX INNINGS WATCH 396.1 IP over the last 2 years; Needs to pitch 3.2 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 just over an inning per start over the rest of the season. 2005 ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE PARTICIAPANTS RHP David Aardsma RHP Angel Guzman SS/OF Buck Coats OF Matt Murton 2B Eric Patterson 1B/OF Brandon Sing MINOR LEAGUE LEADERS Hitting HR - Brandon Sing (26) RBI - Ryan Harvey (100) AVG - Eric Patterson (.325) OBP - Eric Patterson (.401) SLG - Brandon Sing (.538) SB - Chris Walker (60) Pitching IP - Jae-kuk Ryu (169.2) ERA - Sean Gallagher (2.68) WINS - Sean Gallagher & Ricky Nolasco (14) SAVES -Andy Shipman (15) K - Rich Hill (194)



Any reason in paticular that Nolasco is not highlighted in red? Do you know if Epat's promotion to AA opens that last AFL spot to somebody below AA like Gallager or Pawelek or is there a day limit on how much time somebody has above AA before a player meets that requirement?

no reason on Nolasco, just missed him. Should be fixed. I think Angel Guzman takes the "below AA spot". Highly doubtful they'd put Gallagher or Pawelek in their anway. Both have pitched more than enough innings this season. More likely a reliever or someone who's been injured for a part of the season, that's my guess.

AZ Phil thought it might be a lefty when considering the makeup of the Mesa Solar Sox roster, narrowing the field down to Pignatiello or Ryan O'Malley, for what it's worth.

poohole's heel is acting up again..dunno if it'll impact tonight's game, though.

Lloyd McClendon is out as manager of the Pirates.

Trade Dusty to Pittsburgh.

It's truly amazing that Luke Hagerty's line is not a typo. 30 Walks. 4 Ks.

"It's truly amazing that Luke Hagerty's line is not a typo. 30 Walks. 4 Ks."

Remember when everyone was bitching about Hendry not protecting him in the rule v draft. Anther great Hendry move.

Why does Dusty contine to start Rusch...? Look what has happened the last few times he was a starting pitcher...Why not give Hill or Mitre another try at the starting position...? Are there other promising Rookie Pitchers that deserve a chance to start for the Cubs...?

Grady Little will manage West Tenn for awhile because Dickerson is taking care of family affairs because of the Hurricane.

"Are there other promising Rookie Pitchers that deserve a chance to start for the Cubs...?"


I am a big Ricky Nolasco backer, but with WT in the SL playoffs my guess is we won't see him or Pinto this year.

"Lloyd McClendon is out as manager of the Pirates."

Bye Bye Lloyd...Should of been fired the day he did not walk Lee against the Cubs 2 months ago. He had very ittle talent to work with but I am sure he won't be missed in Pitt, but his players or the fans.

I'd take Llllloyd over Dusty any day. Bring Gerald Perry along to do the bitch-slapping.


but it looks like LaRussa has caught the dreaded dopey lineup disease from Dusty: (at least regarding the 4-6 spots)


Did they send Murton back to the DiamondJaxx for the playoffs? I don't ever see him in the lineup.

Does Dusty give a final exam with true-false questions for those studying the game from the bench?

Adam's going to play in the Israeli Talmud league for winter ball...they've asked CPat to come too. I'll send the mohel if they send Corey.

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  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

  • 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.