Opening Day Minor League Wrap

We'll see how this works. I created an account at First Inning and it allows you to track certain minor leaguers. I thought I'd try to keep up with my top 16 prospects on a nearly daily basis. You may be interested in others, but it's my list, so go get your own. They haven't made Hayden Simpson available yet, so I will add him once they do to replace Darwin Barney, who of course is with the major league club.

Hitter Results for April 07
Name Level Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SO BB SB CS
Michael Burgess A+ LF 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0
Welington Castillo A+ DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Matthew Cerda A+ 3B 5 0 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Ryan Flaherty AA LF 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0
Reginald Golden                          
Brett Jackson AA CF 4 1 2 0 1 0 2 1 2 0 0
DJ LeMahieu AA 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Marquez Smith AAA 3B 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0
Matthew Szczur A CF 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Josh Vitters AA 3B 5 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Pitcher Results for April 07
Name Level IP R ER H 2B 3B HR SO BB
Christopher Carpenter

Jay Jackson

Austin Kirk

Kenneth McNutt

Christopher Rusin AA 5.0 3 3 4 0 0 0 4 1

Hayden Simpson did pitch last night making his Cub organizational debut and seemed to bring his good stuff. 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K giving up 1 solo home run. I'll also mention Thomas Diamond's line with Iowa since he's one of the names in the mix to take a rotation spot with the big league club. He went 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR and threw 84 pitches, only 45 for strikes. He could actually face a lineup on Tuesday against the Astros that is worse than the Round Rock Express (Texas affiliate), but I would be surprised if that outing earns him a promotion.



Miles on the difference between Q-Ball and LouPa's post-game press conferences

Quade grew up in the suburbs, so he gets the fascination with the Cubs and the passion of the fans. As a sports fan himself, he finds himself asking questions when he watches a game on TV. So maybe that’s why he sits in the interview room after the game and talks for 10-15 minutes, allowing us to dissect strategy sessions without getting testy or defensive.

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Last season he was only mopping up and this season just started. I don't think we'll really see the depths of Q's patience until the season progresses and the Cubs find themselves out of contention. By that time the media will start to clamor and question his decisions.

great feature, rob! looks like vitters & jackson are off to good starts toward des moines...

and so much for the 2010 pcl pitcher-of-year as i-cubs shell him for 10 in 3!

btw, starlin looks cross-eyed on that bobblehead; as though the ball in his glove ricocheted there after inflicting a groin injury...

Better than the photo of Starlin that is using on their main.

Why were they giving away AA Starlin Castro bobbleheads at Wrigley?

Rosenthal says Silva is *cough* weighing several major league offers at the moment and should join a team shortly.

Thanks for the link, Rob! That's a handy website for us prospectphiles.

University of California reinstates their baseball program.

You are meaning Berkley?

Isn't this where Jackson went to school?

When did they end the baseball program there?


lack of money

no idea where the money is coming from now to get it back up.

It was just rare for a Divison 1A school to nix a baseball program in a major conference, especially on the West Coast.

here's a link

alumni fundraising got it back up and running.

Olney on Castro apparently if you have ESPN insider

Al wants to kill one of the few guys worth rooting for...

It's an unorthodox, outside-the-box idea... but it just might work.

You are a visionary, Al. And you are so good at patting yourself on the back! Kudos.

Incidentally, if the Cubs did decide to give Wood the ball to start Tuesday in Houston, it would be 13 years to the day that he made his major league debut

And the combination of an injury-prone pitcher making his first start in a few years on any anniversary that involves the number 13 makes this seem like a better idea?

Of course, if this is humor (A Modest Proposal, 13th anniversary), then it is a bit underdone and, simply, not very funny, but not because it is offensive or something like that. There's just no punch line.

But the point of the original modest proposal was that it was a sarcasm of the status quo. Sarcasm of a far fetched idea is not the same thing.

It would be an even more outside of the box idea had I not come up with it three years ago. Doing it mid-season, and either not pitching him for 10 days, or having him swing back and forth from the pen to the rotation would be recklessly stupid.

If Wood actually thought that he could do it, you do something like that over an off-season, not during the season.

wood is stretched out for 40-50 pitches...what harm could it do?

oh wait, 40-50 pitches...that's pointless, especially talking about kerry wood...3 innings at most, probably.

Wow, that's all kinds of stupid.

What is he basing this on? Some Disney movies he has seen?

There's a 80% chance he would survive it with no problem, but why bother? Why risk it? If we're talking August and we're 1.0 game back I might say otherwise, but what would the Cubs be trying to prove by making this move? It's nonsense. I still think Marshall could do it. The only problem is then the bullpen no longer has Sean Marshall.

FYI, on the game results box on the right you can click on minor league results and get all the minor league boxscores in one place from First Inning.

some potential milestones that could be hit in 2011

the world's greatest actor and one of the goofs from The Office

Pretty good.

Random Castro fact:

SI article has him as the most productive NL hitter in 2010 on changeups and split-fingers:

(Article is formatted weirdly online, just FYI.)

Fangraphs agrees:

I like the Vlad quote best from the article, because you know it's true. Going to be a sad day for me when "Young Vladi" retires from MLB.

Played with Expos!

How old is he?

mentions Jackson, Vitters and Simpson from last night

says Simpson hit 94 mph with his fastball.

"Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Mobile (Double-A Mobile): 2-for-4, 2 HR (2), 2 R, 4 RBI, BB, K"

monster power. straight up.

#Brewers vs. Cubs - Weeks 4 Gomez 8 Braun 7 Fielder 3 McGehee 5 Betancourt 6 Morgan 9 Kottaras 2 Wolf 1

and they took the last 3 vs. the Braves

Cubs lineup
2B Baker, SS Castro, CF Byrd, 3B Ramy, C Soto, 1B Pena, LF Soriano, RF Colvin, P Zambrano

Uh oh... a crappy left-hander. You know what that means.

not sure I'd characterize Wolf as crappy, but toe-may-toe, ta-ma-toe

judging by Morgan and Gomez in the lineup, they intend to do some running on Soto. Although Z is tough to run on...

be pretty awesome if Papelbon blows this game in the 9th for the Red Sox

woo night baseball.

Re: Manny retiring

only thing between him and the HOF is a positive roids test

-edit- apparently possibly another one. Story is he was contacted by MLB regarding their drug program and just retired instead of dealing with it.

i changed my comment about manny ramirez to "woo night baseball" because the info is still leaking out of the front office...and it's a positive roids test that probably caused him to retire this time.

his HOF run is probably over if that's the if it wasn't in enough danger before this.

Everyone should also remember that the first time a player tests positive for PED's of any sort, the punishment is counseling and it's not made public. This is actually Manny's 3rd failed PED test.

I pray this puts the final nail in that POS having any HOF chance (which should be made automatic with 1 failed test).

I'm shocked Bud Selig and co. would admit Ramirez failed a test and not just sweep it under the rug and let him retire without controversy, which is the type of nonsense we have grown to expect from Selig.

They got their first convict to show the "system" works. Hell yeah they were going to let everyone know.

Interesting, Manny didn't tell the Rays he was retiring, they found out from MLB. What a weasel.

"There is a saying in the drug testing business that a drug test is not a drug test at all. It's an IQ test."

No wonder he failed it.

Everyone should also remember that the first time a player tests positive for PED's of any sort, the punishment is counseling and it's not made public.

That's not true anymore. Since 2005, the first failed drug test is made public. Since 2006, the first failed drug test is 50 games (it was 10 for 2005).

I suppose Manny could have failed a test between 2003-2005, but we don't for sure.

Hmm. Well, good.

I'm still surprised MLB admitted there was something this time, since their drug policy has been such a joke.

Two sources tell NY Times Manny was indeed facing a 100 game suspension for another failed PED test.

Manny Ramirez has retired, Major League Baseball announced. MLB says it notified Ramirez of "an issue" under its drug program and that the longtime slugger decided to retire instead of continuing with the process. Ramirez would have faced a 100-game suspension if he hadn't retired, according to's Jayson Stark (on Twitter).

From MLBTradeRumors

and the rest of story from jon heyman

because mannys 1st failure wasn't anabolic steroid, he was to claim only 50-game penalty. mlb was saying 100.

I got a call to do audio for a cameraman at Comiskey about this "story". Phone was on silent, lost the gig by two minutes exactly. But, I am not quite sure why the local need for an extra shooter? MLB team in Chi today? ESPN? I will miss the $, but its cold and rainy, + not a big US Cellular fan.

Stevens up, Wells and Cashner to DL

Verducci on MLB Network talking about Manny now (With Millar and Rose).

Pete Rose?

pete rose is probably in vegas somewhere trying to sell autographs on the street and out of friend's houses at partys.

also, chris rose...the guy that used to be on best damn sports show period and other stuff. him and millar have a live baseball chat/news/lulz/interview show.

I usually make one trip to Vegas a year, he's been signing at some sports store everytime I go.

Shop at the forum

That was one. Last trip happened to be Mandalay bay

The pub crawl down Fremont is always worth the price of admission.

Chris Rose. As Crunch said, Chris Rose has a new "talk" show with Kevin Millar on MLB Network called Intentional Talk. I only saw today's show, which was mostly Manny talk.

Lineup: Campana RF, Perez CF, Montanez LF, LaHair 1B, Moore 3B, Scales 2B, Smith DH, Robinson C, Camp SS, Bibens-Dirkx P

Smokies: Jackson CF, Samson 2b, LeMehieu 3B, Ridling LF, Vitters 1B, Lalli C, Adduci RF, Gonzalez SS, Dolis P

Daytona: Watkins 2B, Cerda 3B, Ha CF, Bour 1B, Castillo C, Burgess RF, Brenley C, Lake SS, Crawford RF. Searle starts.

Peoria: lost their suspended game 7-3, lineups not up for the scheduled game,

Burgess with his 2nd HR in as many nights. B. Jackson led off with a hit.

i wish i could get excited about burgess doing that in daytona, but at this point i'd feel better about it if he was doing it with the smokies.

still...he looks like a power-option bench LF/RF/1st at worst right now...they're handy.

-edit- okay, i just noticed he's 22, turning 23 post-season...i thought he was 23, turning 24 this year. doh. worst he seems be be a good bench bat and could be more.

certainly, it would be more interesting if Burgess was doing it in AA, but at least he's doing something.

As soon as Jackson gets called up, Burgess can move up.

Vitters with 2 RBI's on a double.

-edit- Burgess apparently also threw out a runner.

45-50 pitches tops according to Q-Ball

well, that cares of 4 innings or 4 runs given up...whichever comes first.

Cards down 3-2 in 9th with 2 outs, work the bases loaded off Brian Wilson and Theriot singles in the go-ahead run.

and ryan franklyn takes his turn blowing it.

also, lol theriot and fontenot.

Pujlos dropped an out in 12th

Every time I wonder why Baker has a job, I just have to remember that there's plenty of shitty lefties like Randy Wolf for him to feast off.

Go Cubs!

MIL playing a LF/left shift defense vs. soto...and that's where soto hits it...for an out.

Hawk after sox commit two errors and 5 runs to lose to rays- "sox literally gift wrap this game in a box and hand it to the Rays"

If anyone saw the box let me know the color of the wrapping.

/love when people misuse literally

Silly you -- expecting Harrelson to know what "literally" means.

Chicago's 3 active pro teams all won on Friday. Nice feat. The clown organization on the South Side lost.

XCub Factor in play: PIERRE dropped an easy flyball in the ninth with the bags loaded.

The heartbreaking loss led to Lastings Milledge being sent down and JEFF GRAY called up because WILL OH!NO!MAN is sucking a 16.20 ERA right now and their pen needs fortification.

George Hendrick coaching first for rays still rocking the long pants hiding the stirrups which he pioneered.

Rain delay in San Diego?

/cheap bastard wants to watch free extra innings

Game on, lilly pitching and Vin calling it!

/late night

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  • Oh what do you know, Cubster? Go back to your day job.

    --- Ducks, puts on Cardinals cap, runs.

  • Russell had a severe hamstring last year while with the A's system, forcing him to miss the first half of 2014. I've even wondered if his injury last year was a component of Billy Beane putting him on the trade market. He was quoted saying that last year's injury was a 10 out of 10 when it happened. Last night he said his hamstring soreness was a 1/1.5 out of 10. Hamstring injuries are tricky though, so I'd expect the medical team to be overly cautious here.

  • ...I want to reinforce the observation that there was no sea of red in the crowd. The usual Cardinal fans roaming the stadium were few and far between.

    Also, almost every 2 strike pitch brought the fans to their feet. Good for those in knee rehab.

  • "1st team hit hit 6HR in a game in the postseason." rises above obvious...i checked it with the official fact-finding commission of Douche, Douche, and Douchestein. they agreed with you, but they're a bunch of f'n douches so who cares?

    btw, the cubs are 2-1 in the post-season series.

  • I should be able to watch the game on the NFL replay app, whatever that thing is called. I've got it on my iPad. This is the first year I haven't forced myself to somehow watch every game - no I take that back, last year was - in quite some time. Last year was so unbearable, no pun intended.

    You make some good points about Cutler, and I was a holdout defender of Cutler for a long time. I gave up on him a bit after one too many dumb interceptions, but last year doesn't count. Trestman was the worst coach in Bears history.

  • Nice little reportage there!. I think you're older than me. Considerably older. Maybe several generations. Working out is so essential, especially as age kicks in, isn't it? I still lift weights, and so I'm confident that when I get to be at the hip breaking age, mine won't be a statistic. But I have a ways to go for that to be a concern.

  • What was impressive to me is that the Cubs won despite poor base running, several defensive miscues, Russell leaving due to injury, Arrieta having an off game and getting knocked out early, and Rondon giving up 2 runs in the 9th. If they can win a game like that... 

  • I was there too. The crowd was absolutely electric. People were standing for every big and semi-big moment, from the first inning on. It felt incredibly strange and exhilarating to see the Cubs (the Chicago bleepin' Cubs!) score playoff insurance runs on the Cardinals. What a game. One to remember.

  • 14 in attendance. What's the record for attendance in the fall? I guess I should ask what the record attendance listed is in one of your recaps.

  • I was there too, with my grown son. This is my miracle year-- I rose to the top of the season ticket list after eight years, completely unexpectedly, and my wonderful wife agreed to put the ticket fee on the emergency credit card. The whole point of course was that the Cubs were going to be good this year, and then for a while, so to get season tickets with the guaranteed shot at the postseason was incredible timing. We got to the remote lot at 4:10 after stopping at Nhu Lan for our usual banh mi sandwiches, only to find the lot full, way earlier than normal.

  • Wrigley was electric tonite
    Not many card fans
    Video board was great, they played "there goes my hero" by foos over ryno highlights before he came out. Spectacular

    Good times hopefully they win tomorrow but think Lester will beat poopy pants on Wednesday.

    Happy 4th anniversary of Theo's signing

    Go Cubs !

  • Yeah. "Goodbye!" is a lame HR call.

    I miss Len and JD -- although, driving home from a friend's, WBBM played all 6 HR calls in a row -- and Len got to call the Bryant/Rizzo back-to-back. Very fun.

  • Lackey has been a beast against us. His stats on 3 days rest, however, not as nice. There is plenty of hope.

  • And, no dreadlocks grown yet.

  • Captain Obvious Strikes Again!!!

  • Amen, brother.