Organizational Update

OK! I finally figured out how to get my Big Board and organizational update file uploaded to the server. It's available here: Big Board and Organizational Update There are multiple tabs -- the first tab is the big board, showing the current rosters of every team in the system. Each team has its own tab as well, showing starts by position for each team. In addition, the players' names are linked to up-to-date splits for just about every player in the system, thanks to the tremendous work done over at Brew Crew Ball. I'll update this as often as I can, and as always I welcome suggestions and corrections. I've added a link to the right-hand column ("The Big Board") and I'll post notices here when I've updated the page.
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wow.

Very cool.

Can you add data for the players stating their handedness? For example I think Eric Patterson is showing a reverse platoon split - but I don't remember if he bats lefty or righty.

Great Job Christian. The only thing I'd like to see from a usability perspective is having the info open up in a new window (or tab in my firefox case) so I can open up multiple players.

This is very, very cool. Thank you so much.

Boy, Felix's .444 avg with two outs would be nice to have. So would his .429 RISP avg.

333/412/600 against LHP could sure help a couple days a week, too.

Good job Christian.... just another reason why the leaders at TCR at definately top-notch in the Cubs blog world !!!

The stats for Eric Patterson are scarily similar to what has become the norm for his brother Corey. Yikes.

I've said this once, I'll say it again. The Cub minor league system remains a joke. Jim Hendry sold Cub fans a bill of goods. Two years ago everybody was gushing over all the talent in our system, and now look at it. Ronny Cedeno is the first decent positional player developed by our system since Mark Grace in 1988.

And people keep insisting that Dusty, as opposed to Hendry, is the problem.

The cubs minor league system is the reason though for D Lee, Aramis, Matt Murton, Juan Pierre, Cedeno, Pierre, Prior, Wood, Zambrano, Marshall, Hill, Guzman. I agree I would like to see more homegrown positional players come up and play for the Cubs but the farm system has not been a complete waste.

I've said this once, I'll say it again. The Cub minor league system remains a joke. Jim Hendry sold Cub fans a bill of goods. Two years ago everybody was gushing over all the talent in our system, and now look at it.

It's true that some of that talent hasn't panned out but some of it wasn't handled correctly either. The Cubs haven't had great success with positional players of late but they've had some very very good pitchers go through their ranks. I think you're looking at this too narrowly. I've said this once, I'll say it again. The Cub minor league system remains a joke. Jim Hendry sold Cub fans a bill of goods. Two years ago everybody was gushing over all the talent in our system, and now look at it.

Easy there Mike. Yes the farm system isn't stacked, but look at what we're missing for the players we acquired through trade. Yeah, it'd be nice to have Dontrelle, but I'm pretty happy with the other talent we've traded away.

Also, there really are some good pieces down there.

Sing and Dopriak are both pretty good with the bat, and I'd think they'd be pretty good trading chips with 1B kind of clogged for the next few years. There's obviously Pie, who's one of the best prospects in baseball.

There's also more pitching depth on the way up. After Prior, Wood, and Z came through the system, now we have Marshall, Guzman and Hill (if they come to understand that throwing strikes is typically the best strategy for retiring hitters). Those guys are a nice insurance policy when Prior and Wood miss a combined 150 games a season.

Ryu's putting a nice start of the season together at AAA. Pawelek sounds like he's coming along nicely. I'm very impressed with Carlos Marmol's numbers this year (nearly 10 K/9 and he hasn't given up a HR yet).

IMO, the farm system has been pretty freaking good with pitching. Hendry traded away a bunch of prospects that I don't miss to bring in guys like Lee & Ramirez. The jury's still out on the Pierre trade. I might miss Nolasco before this whole thing's over.

I'm not a Hendry fan for what he's done with FA signings with the big club the past couple of years. As glad as I am that West Tenn almost won the whole damn thing last year, I'd like to see the big club do something similar.

Mike, I think the farm system is actually quite alright. It's the MLB team that's got the problems.

wow, great job with that.

Not sure what happened with my post above.

Great job on the organizational report, Ruz.

Jim Callis (of BA, who gave the Cubs the #1 farm system designation a few years ago) addressed the issue a lot of us are raising in this thread yesterday in his ESPN.com chat:

"The Cubs' talent hasn't played out exactly as they would have hoped, but it wasn't that overrated. They used a lot of their top guys in trades, such as Dontrelle Willis and Hee Seop Choi, and all the pitchers they gave up in the Nomar Garciaparra and Juan Pierre trades. They also had Ronny Cedeno. Guys like Juan Cruz and David Kelton didn't pan out, but the Cubs did have a lot of talent. And they were able to improve their big league club significantly by using it to get Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez and Matt Murton, among others."

And can we finally drop the tired old lament about "not enough position players?" The Cubs have produced more than an adequate share of frontline pitchers. Most organizations have a track record of producing neither. At least the Cubs have been able to develop pitchers.

The Cubs' plan all along under Hendry & Fleita has been to emphasize pitching. It's a natural outcome that their organizational strength is in that area.

vs LHP 12 6 1 1 0 2 1 0 3 0 0 0 0.500 0.571 0.750 1.321 0.667 3 2 4 0 0 0

Rightfielder Mike Restovich

As about the only woman contributor to this site. I think you guys are missing the point. If all Cub fans completely boycotted the games and all sponsers for two weeks, the Tribune would be forced to take notice. As long as we continue to sell out and suppoert a mediocre team, we will get what they give us.

Oh well, I can dream. I know it won"t happen.

SweetSuzy: If all Cub fans completely boycotted the games and all sponsors...I can dream....

You're right--it's only a dream. Besides, boycotts are more for the person doing the boycotting than the thing being boycotted (re: Roeper column, p. 11, Chicago Sun-Times today).

(By the way, we can always use more feminine representation on this board!)

Suzy:

Regardless if the Cubs win 100 games or lose 100 games, Wrigley Field will be near capacity for 81 games. The place has transitioned from a place populated by diehard Cub and baseball fans to a place where young people and professionals making a handsome income like to hang out, be seen and talk on their cell phones. The Cubs could finish in 6th place this season and the Tribune Company could still raise ticket prices to the joint.

Yeah...........I know guys....But I am so tired of the Cubs passing off an inferior product for so many years and we Cub fans continue to support them.

Yeah...........I know guys....But I am so tired of the Cubs passing off an inferior product for so many years and we Cub fans continue to support them.

Sorry for the duplicate posting, guys.

Somebody may have once ranked the Cubs minor league system tops, but no one would do so today. While I really like several of the players in our system it's not loaded with talent anymore.

AAA Iowa is 12-19 this year and finished last in 2005. The Cubs minor league system is a combined 64-67 right now.

When organized baseball suspended 38 minor leaguers last April, Seattle led with 8 suspensions. The Cubs were second with 7.
http://espn.go.com/minorlbb/news/2005/0404/20...

The Cubs were 79-83 last year and this year at this point the combined record of the entire Cubs system is 79-85.

The trend is in the wrong direction. Cubs finishes during Hendry/Baker 4-yr plan to build a winner:

2003- 1st
2004- 3rd
2005- 4th
2006- 5th* *presently

This is what 4 years of Hendry/Baker have produced -- a weaker minor league system AND! a weaker big league team. All the drafts, trades, trade rumors, cuts, winter signings, mid-season acquisitions, maneuvers, rehabs, call-ups, send-downs,additions by subtractions, Neifi starts, lineup changes and double switches haven't really paid off have they?

That eclectic collection of players that Dusty inherited in 2003, the team that Dusty, Hendry, and MacFail dismantled is still better than what we've seen before or since.
---

On the bright side, THE WEST TENNESSEE DIAMOND JAXX (20-14)

Last night they banged out 25 hits and beat Mississippi 15-1.

Notably former 1st round (3rd overall?) draft pick Luis Montanez (.353) is off to a great start and playing both corner outfield spots. He was 4/4 with 4RBI and a home run. The past week it seems like he's been involved in every game winning run.

I love this minor league splits site. Take a look at Luis Montanez against LHP. He just happens to play right field.

vs LHP 30 10 1 0 0 6 1 1 4 1 0 1 0.333 0.459 0.367 0.826 0.385 14 4 7 1 0 1

It's nice to see Montenez finally hitting but if he can't play center, short or second base his lack of power will hurt him. Especially with someone like Murton at the other corner and no power coming from the middle infield. I've hated the Cubs' reliance over the years on home run hitters but you've got to get some power from the traditional places or find a freak like Sandberg who can give it to you from a non-traditional place making a non-power first baseman like Grace less of a drag on the lineup.

"find a freak like Sandberg"
Or a freak like Sosa that hit for two power hitters.

I suspect a Jack Jones/Luis Montanez platoon would be at least palateable.

Any word on Angel Pagan's return?

When are we getting Mike Vail back?

Johnny Defendis is a much better fielder than Billy Boottheballis or Eddie Errantthrowis.

Mike Vail is due back after Scotty Thompson returns from breaking his neck on the outfield wall.

Suzy, what would you like the Tribune company to do?

They have allowed the Cubs to have one of the highest payrolls in all of baseball. They hired one of the highest paid managers available.

What more do you want from them? They are not going to be the Yankees. They won't just buy every free agent they can.

The problem here is that we based our hopes and dreams on a pitching staff that has not been healthy. If Wood and Prior had no health issues, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

When folks are getting geeked up about the performance of former washouts Luis Montanez and Nic Jackson, then you KNOW your player development system is on bad ground. My Lord, the next thing you know some of you will be peeing your pants over a hot week by David Kelton.

The Cub minor league system is in shambles. Two years ago Brian Dopirak was the number one rated prospect, even though he is a strikeout machine and simply cannot play tolerable defense anyplace on the field. Brendan Sing is in much the same mold. Ditto former Cub Jason Friggin Dubois. Apparently, Jim Hendry is intent on developing strikout machines who DH and have little chance of ever making the bigs.

Ryan Harvey is soon to be added to the lists of busts.

When folks are getting geeked up about the performance of former washouts Luis Montanez and Nic Jackson, then you KNOW your player development system is on bad ground. My Lord, the next thing you know some of you will be peeing your pants over a hot week by David Kelton.

The Cub minor league system is in shambles. Two years ago Brian Dopirak was the number one rated prospect, even though he is a strikeout machine and simply cannot play tolerable defense anyplace on the field. Brendan Sing is in much the same mold. Ditto former Cub Jason Friggin Dubois. Apparently, Jim Hendry is intent on developing strikout machines who DH and have little chance of ever making the bigs.

Ryan Harvey is soon to be added to the lists of busts.

BTW, I'd have still given Dubois a shot last year, more than 100 AB's anyway.....
He's hitting the shit out of the ball in AAA again, and is walking a bit too....

>The Cub minor league system is in shambles.

Not quite. Seattle, Toronto, Cincinnati . . . now those are farm systems that are in shambles. The Cubs are about as middle-of-the-pack as it gets.

Any farm system that can net you Ronny Cedeno, Sean Marshall and Matt Murton (through a trade) in one year isn't what I'd call "in shambles."

*I've said this once, I'll say it again. The Cub minor league system remains a joke. Jim Hendry sold Cub fans a bill of goods. Two years ago everybody was gushing over all the talent in our system, and now look at it. *

What do you mean "two years"--Cub fans were 'gushing' over the farm system TEN years ago--and it has still produced nary a thing except two "can't miss" draftees named Prior (who was a gift draft choice from the Twinkies) and Wood and even they aren't doing much these days.

BTW...Murton is batting 8th today..um..okay...great?

and it has still produced nary a thing except two "can't miss" draftees named Prior (who was a gift draft choice from the Twinkies) and Wood and even they aren't doing much these days.

Are you serious? We have talked about this before...lets look at what our system has produced:
Cedeno
Wood
Prior
Murton
Nomar
A-Ram
Lee
Marshall
Pierre
...

I could go on. That doesn't even look at the players from out system who have had success elsewhere:
Garland
Willis
Koronko (?)
...

I could go on here too.

To say our system had not produced anything is one of two things - hatred of the Cubs system, or plain ignorance.

Murton batting 8th? I just don't get it.

Geez..Murton batting 8th today?
Cedeno
Pierre
Walker
A-Ram
Mabry
Barrett
Jones
Murton
Marshall

Where in the bloody blue hell is Theriot?
He's getting a great shot...sure.
I'm not saying I don't prefer Mabry at 1st, but after an 0-4 game, let's bat him 5th?
Great.....

I'd probably bat Mabry 8th but Murton's been scuffling so I don't mind the no-pressure 8th spot for him.

I agree on Theriot. It's time to give the kid a start. I'd start him at 2nd when the Cubs return home with Walker at 1st.

"Murton's been scuffling"

He has?

April 286/368/442
May 267/371!/267

Sure the power has vanished, but the man gets on base, shouldn't that move you up in the line up not back?

Mabry's hit Wright well in his career, preview up btw

He's been having trouble on the road, RobR.

Home .341 .431 .455
Road .238 .324 .349

He's still getting on base, but Dusty doesn't look at OBP. If you ain't hitting and ain't slugging, you get dropped.

Can you add data for the players stating their handedness?

If you go to the first tab (the one which lists all the rosters), you'll see handedness there.

Shouldn't Murton be batting higher than eighth?

Not on Dusty's team -- a guy like that up higher in the lineup just clogs up the bases with all his walks.

I guess there is some "logic" behind the decision. I expect that Murton add to his walk total as they pitch around him to get to the pitcher.

"He's been having trouble on the road, RobR."

He seems to be doing out this road trip. Given that they have been on the road all of May except for the first two against Pitts.

guys...its numbers. don't get too carried away...jason dubois says hello.

its not the numbers, but how you get them...if it wasn't cedeno would probally still be in A-AA.

oh by the way, the big board is super-cool!!!

thanks for doing that!!!

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