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.

Comments

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.

sarcasm?

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:

2006: http://www.minorleagueball.com/2006/2/12/114449/224
2007: http://www.minorleagueball.com/2006/12/14/1917/4337
2008: http://www.minorleagueball.com/2007/11/19/01814/657

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

no...it'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.

-edit-

he is the youngest guy on the boise roster.

That obviously isn't relevant.

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

http://mlb.mlb.com/fan_forum/chat.jsp?c_id=la

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.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080902&c...

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.

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.js...

Flaherty, J. Harrison, Vitters and Ryan Keedy.

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.js...

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):

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stat...

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. 

http://cubs.scout.com/a.z?s=260&p=2&c=784270

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.

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.js...

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:

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

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

FSL
Postseason All-Stars: James Adduci

Midwest League
Nothing

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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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 11 hours 43 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 11 hours 48 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 11 hours 53 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 12 hours 5 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 12 hours 16 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 12 hours 42 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 13 hours 22 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 14 hours 34 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 14 hours 51 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 14 hours 55 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 15 hours 40 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 20 hours 31 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 21 hours 44 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 21 hours 48 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 23 hours 6 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 1 day 6 hours ago view