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.


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.


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:


Are you forgetting that Vitters started with Peoria and wound up with Boise?'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.


he is the youngest guy on the boise roster.

That obviously isn't relevant.

think I missed it, but that would have been fun.

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.

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.

Flaherty, J. Harrison, Vitters and Ryan Keedy.

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):

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.

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.

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:

Postseason All-Star: Eric Patterson
Manager of the Year: Pat Listach

Postseason All-Stars: Doug Deeds, Jake Fox and Nate Spears

Postseason All-Stars: James Adduci

Midwest League

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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  • it's day old news, and it's got nothing to do with the cubs, but ichiro signed a $2m deal with MIA (with a $2m option for 2017).

    neat. 41 years old and damn close to 3000 hits.

    also, rain delays suck.

  • take that giants

  • I think that if a team objects to the 1-game wildcard playin game so much, they could just win the pennant and avoid themselves the trouble.

  • Per Jesse Sanchez at, Cubs reportedly have signed 20-year old Cuban OF Eddy Julio Martinez for $3M bonus. 

  • BLOCK: Of course any advantage is an advantage. An MLB, NBA, or NHL team getting the extra game at home in a seven game series is an advantage, I just don't think it is enough of an advantage for winning a division and/or having the best record in a conference or league over the course of an 82-game season (NBA and NHL) or 162 game series (MLB).

  • TEX takes the opening game from TOR (@TOR) 5-3.

    TOR lost bautista + donaldson in-game due to injuries...TEX lost beltre...dunno if any will be lingering issues leading to missed games.

  • Ride the Kid Magic! Schwarber hadn't homered in a long time before last night.

  • Greg Maddux was 8-18 in his rookie season. Kyle has the 8 wins down pat.

    Think Baby Maddux.

    Prof. Harold Hill's THINK system at work.

    Kyle is on the far left.

  • I support this. Hendricks has not only looked better lately but seems to start struggling after a few innings which is better than the 1st in the playoffs.

  • Just tweeted via Jesse Rogers: Hendricks starting Game 2. Wow. Just wow.

  • That was good!

  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.