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

Recent comments

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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.