Minor League System

I can't guarantee I'll be able to keep this up all season, but I went through all the box scores for the Cubs and all their minor-league affiliates and tallied who had started at what position, and how often. At the beginning of the season, before too many injuries, demotions, etc., this should give a good idea of who is considered the "starter" at each position and at each level. I will leave it to Arizona Phil to come along and add his interpretation and analysis; for now, here are the numbers: CHICAGO CUBS C: Barrett 8, Blanco 3 1B: Lee 11 2B: Walker 7, Hairston 3, Perez 1 3B: Ramirez 9, Perez 2 SS: Cedeno 11 LF: Murton 11 CF: Pierre 11 RF: Jones 6, Pagan 3, Bynum 1, Mabry 1 SP: Zambrano 3, Rusch 3, Maddux 2, Marshall 2, Williams 1 IOWA CUBS (AAA) C: Soto 8, Kopitzke 3 1B: Sing 9, Deardorff 2 2B: Fontenot 6, Theriot 4, Coats 1 3B: McGehee 9, Coats 1, Deardorff 1 SS: Ojeda 6, Theriot 5 LF: Restovich 4, Strong 4, Deardorff 3 CF: Pie 11 RF: Coats 5, Restovich 5, Theriot 1 SP: Ryu 3, Walrond 2, Valdes 2, Guzman 2, Hill 2 WEST TENN DIAMOND JAXX (AA) C: Richie 7, Reyes 2, Farina 1 1B: Hoffpauir 8, Dopirak 1, Lewis 1 2B: Patterson 10 3B: Moore 8, Lewis 2 SS: Rojas 7, Cates 3 LF: Montanez 7, Lewis 2, Hoffpauir 1 CF: Walker 9, Greenberg 1 RF: Greenberg 8, Montanez 2 DH: Lewis 3, Moore 1, Cates 1 SP: Mathes 2, Marmol 2, Wells 2, Mateo 2, Cash 1, Baez 1 DAYTONA CUBS (A+) C: Fox 8, Rick 2 1B: Craig 10 2B: Spears 8, Salas 2 3B: Spearman 10 SS: Simokaitis 10 LF: Jackson 5, Culpepper 4, Salas 1 CF: Fuld 10 RF: Harvey 6, Culpepper 4 DH: Jackson 5, Fox 1, Harvey 1, Rick 1, Wick 1 SP: Berg 2, Gallagher 2, Hagerty 2, Holliman 2, Johnson 2 PEORIA CHIEFS (A) C: Muyco 5, Reed 4, Morgan 1 1B: Norwood 9, Garcia 1 2B: Chirinos 9, Rivera 1 3B: Taylor 10 SS: Johnston 7, Rivera 3 LF: Valdez 6, Defendis 4 CF: Gregg 8, Ciaramella 2 RF: Ciaramella 6, Defendis 2, Valdez 2 DH: Garcia 8, Chirinos 1, Norwood 1 SP: Veal 2, Blackford 2, Billek 2, Yepez 2, Atkins 2


not to be picky, since you've clearly done way more work than i did, but did we not start a RF for 2 games? that only totals 9 games.

and i think rusch has started 3 games, now.

whatever happened to Nic Jackson, anyway?

Hmm. Math is hard. I've fixed those two things that Matt mentioned.

Chris, Nic Jackson is the Jackson who is playing at Daytona and has split his time between left field and DH.

Glad you like it. Hopefully I'll eventually be able to link the names to stats for the players...

Jackson had a major injury, that I forget what exactly now but he missed all of the 05 season. He seems to be starting back at square 1.

more likely Jackson is taking the spot of someone who may develop into something useful.

When I saw the Cubs Spring Training game against the Diamondbacks on March 20, I spoke to the father of a Cubs Minor League OF named Jesse Schmidt. Schmidt had been invited to the Big League game that day and got one AB, his only one of the spring. His dad said he was going to AA, but I haven't seen his name anywhere. Does anyone know where he was assigned (or whether he has a future with the Cubs)?

Jackson had rotator cuff surgery in July of 2004.

just googled and found this....the Cubs must have released him after ST


Worcester: signed OF Jesse Schmidt, C Yohanny Valera, INF Derrick Barrows, INF-OF Greg Schmidt and LHP Jake Glanzmann

hope that helps

I wonder how long Hagerty will keep his rotation spot. It's about time to stick a fork in him.

What's the explanation for this:

2B: Fontenot 6, Theriot 4, Coats 1

Saw a lot of Theriot in ST, but no Fontenot. Is Theriot learning another position?

or hurt?

Theriot has played 4 games at 2b and 5 games at SS.

"more likely Jackson is taking the spot of someone who may develop into something useful."

I might be mistaken, but wasn't Jackson projected ahead of KPat to make the majors?

Very Kevin Orie like?

fontenot is in the doghouse it seems...unless he was injured this spring, i dont really see a reason for him not to be there (3rd/2nd). yeah, he's got low power and ordinary speed, but he's not immune to a walk or contact.

theriot needs to learn all the possitions he can if he wasnt to be in the bigs. some people have very little power and some people have very very very little power...theriot fits the 2nd category. unfortunately he dont have pierre-like speed to make up for it. what he does have, though, is the ability to play middle IF. he reminds me of a slightly taller auggie ojeda who can take a walk.

jackson was a 2nd rounder compensation pick, from when the Drays signed steve trachsel. Patterson was a huge flop because he was the #3 overall pick in the 98 draft. Both were highly thought of prospects.

and mark prior was the yanks 1st choice in 98..suplimental 1st, they lost their 1st pick.

kelton was the cubs 2nd pick in that draft.

cubs have missed on just about all of their position player picks for as long as I can remember.

Luis Montanez R/R 6-0 170 12/15/81 1 SS
William Hill S/R 5-10 180 04/03/78 2 SS
Aaron Krawiec L/L 6-6 215 03/17/79 3 LHP
Nicolas Jackson R/R 6-4 205 09/25/79 3 CF
Todd Wellemeyer R/R 6-3 195 08/30/78 4 RHP
Gary Banks R/R 6-1 185 11/04/81 5 SS
Jonathan Johnson R/R 6-2 192 11/03/81 6 SS

Shawon Dunston, Greg Maddux, Lee Smith, Mark Grace, Steve Trachsel, Joe Girardi, Wood ...

cruddy thing is this year's draft...where the cubs have a protected mid-level 1st round pick...is very college pitcher heavy.

the bats on both the college and HS level are a lot of nothing worth mentioning.

still, with the new scouting crew i'd expect some highschool middle infielder from god knows where to go to the cubs round 1.

Ruz -- nice work, that's an interesting set of data.

Another suggestion: it would be interesting to see a similar breakout for the Cubs' batting order, i.e. which names have appeared in each slot and how many times. Even more interesting would be a breakdown of how each player has performed in each slot.

So if you could have that on my desk by 9am, that would be greeeat.


And each player's ESPN card has their stats broken down by position in the order.

(That's for the major league team only, of course. That level of breakdown for the minors would take more patience than I have.)

Thanks Christian -- I hadn't seen that page before.

And I have to go on record (like many others) with my sadness, horror and disgust at the fact that Walker started only 3 of the 6 games last week.

does anyone know where Mark pawelek is? I thought he would be at Peoria.

Pawlek is in extended spring training. The thought is to have him work on mechanics with warm weather instead of pitching in the cold spring weather of Peoria. I'm sure he'll be up soon.

Have you seen the stats at West Tenn.? Wow! The pitching staff is unbelievable!

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    John Beasley 1 hour 9 min ago view
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    crunch 1 hour 31 min ago view
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    crunch 2 hours 41 min ago view
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    Rob G. 3 hours 55 min ago view
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