Cubs Organizational Report Week 21

Thanks to Steve Holley of Inside the Ivy for helping to fill in the blanks on some of the injuries to our minor leaguers. If you care what is going on with our lil' Cubs, you'll certainly want to check out the site. Some of the best inside info you'll get. MVN also has new minor league site devoted entirely to the Chicago Cubs. Check out Road to Wrigley. Team Records updated through 8/28/05; Individual Stats updated through 8/28/05
Organizational Records
TeamW-LGB/Pos.Last 10
Chicago Cubs62-68(Div)20.5/4th
(WC)7.5/7th
4-6
Iowa Cubs62-696.5/4th5-5
West Tenn Diamond Jaxx*34-281.5/2nd5-5
Daytona Cubs30-316.0/5th6-4
Peoria Chiefs29-335.0/6th5-5
Boise Hawks29-373.0/3rd6-4
AZL Cubs8-179.0/9th4-6
Cubs Ex W/L: 65-65; (2003) 68-62; (2004) 71-59 * West Tennessee clinched the first half North Division title of the Southern League
TRANSACTIONS
MLB 3B Scott Mclain contract purchased from AAA Iowa on 08/27/05 and added to 40 man roster OF Matt Lawton traded to the New York Yankees for RHP Justin Berg on 08/27/05 3B Aramis Ramirez placed on 15 day DL; retroactive to 08/25/05 SS Ronny Cedeno promoted from AAA Iowa on 08/26/05 AAA/Iowa RHP Walt Nolen promoted from A ball Peoria on 08/24/05 RHP Federico Baez promoted from AA on 08/24/05 RHP Talley Haines placed on restricted list (Playing for Team USA in World Cup in Netherlands) OF Dave Kelton placed on DL on 08/19/05 AA/West Tennessee RHP Lee Gwaltney promoted from High A Daytona on 08/24/05 2B Eric Patterson promoted from A Peoria on 08/27/05 Advanced A/Daytona RHP Matt Weber promoted from A Peoria on 08/29/05 RHP Nate Sevier released from organization on 08/29/05 A/Peoria RHP Justin Berg added to roster after trade with Yankees on 08/27/05 RHP Angel Guzman added from Rookie League on 08/27/05 OF Steve Harris added from Rookie League on 08/27/05 RHP Michael Hyle promoted from Low A Boise on 08/24/05 RHP Jeffrey Teasley promoted from Low A Boise on 08/24/05 Low A/Boise NONE TO REPORT Rookie Leauge/Arizona NONE TO REPORT
INJURY UPDATES
(BOLD indicates an update to a pre-existing injury) MLB 3B Aramis Ramirez left game with moderate to severe strain of left quadricep muscle on 08/24/05; Placed on DL on 08/26/05 P - Chad Fox transferred to 60 day DL on 05/17/05; Has "nerve issues" in his right elbow; Still undetermined whether he'll attempt another comeback AAA/Iowa LHP Phil Norton placed on DL on 08/19/05; Labrum problem and probably done for the season. OF Dave Kelton placed on DL on 08/19/05 with bum hamstring. AA/West Tennessee LHP Sean Marshall placed on DL on 07/24/04 with bicep tendonitis; Will not pitch rest of season but has already begun rehab program OF - Felix Pie sprained ankle on 06/16/05; Placed on 7 day DL on 06/21/05; Done for the season and will play Winter Ball in the Dominican Republic LHP - Jon Connolly placed on DL on 07/16/05 with "recurring" shoulder injury; Will be out all season INF - Jemel Spearman out sine 04/26/05 because of wrist injury; Had surgery at some point and it should cost him the season P ñ Rocky Cherry left game on 4/21/05 after 1/3 of an inning. Tommy John surgery performed on 05/05/05 Advanced A/Daytona LHP Chris Shaver left game on 08/24/05 with blister LHP Clay Rapada placed on DL on 08/18/05; Appendix surgery OF Kevin Collins placed on DL on 08/02/05 with bone spurs in his foot; Retroactive to 07/29/05; Will miss rest of season with tendon injury in foot. RHP Billy Petrick placed on DL on 06/24/05 with shoulder woes; Had season ending shoulder surgery A/Peoria C Jonathan Douillard placed on DL on 08/20/05 with knee injury 1b Alberto Garcia out for season with fractured fibula; Occurred on June 15th while sliding back into first base LHP Ed Campusano placed on DL with elbow problem; Looks like he avoided surgery though Low A/Boise NONE TO REPORT Rookie Leauge/Arizona RHP Jason Wylie has been out cause of complication to a knee injury suffered while moving his couch Other Notable Injuries OF - Nic Jackson had more surgery to clean out his shoulder; Probably out until 2006 P - Chadd Blasko - shoulder surgery; Probably out until 2006 P - Matt Clanton - shoulder surgery; Had 2nd shoulder surgery during off-season, probably out all season PROSPECT WATCH LIST (BOLD indicates injury, * bats lefty, # switch-hitter) Hitters: 2B/3B *Mike Fontenot (AAA) .263/.372/.410 2B Richard Lewis (AAA) .208/.267/.280 (AA) .246/.373/.333 OF Matt Murton (AAA) .345/.424.483 (MLB) .339/.415/.464 (AA) .342/.403/.498 C Geovany Soto (AAA) .257/.361/.346 SS/CF *Buck Coats (AA) .278/.337/.393 3B Casey McGehee (AA) ..297/.352/.421 OF Luis Montanez (AA) .290/.342/.413 (A) .287/.336/.410 2B *Eric Patterson (AA) .000/.333/.000 (A) .333/.405/.535 40/51 SB opportunities OF Felix Pie(AA) .304/.349/.554 13/22 SB opportunities 1B/OF Brandon Sing (AA) .278/.399/.540 2B Ryan Theriot (AA) .304/.359/.396 OF *Jeff Culpepper (High A) .309/.398/.415 (Low A) .304/.422/.391 1B Brian Dopirak (High A) .238/.290/.380 C Jake Fox (High A) .278/.352/.448 3B *Scott Moore (High A) .276/.355/.484 C Tony Richie (High A) .291/.328/.413 OF Ryan Harvey (A) ..259/.305/.493 C *Mark Reed (Low A) .251/.304/.380 (A) .135/.167/.192 Pitchers: RHP Bobby Brownlie(AAA) 6-6 4.70 ERA/39 BB/64 K/9 HR/97.2 IP LHP John Koronka (AAA) 8-10 4.30 ERA/44 BB/86 K/9 HR/121.1 IP LHP Rich Hill (AAA) 6-1 3.66 ERA/14 BB/90 K/11 HR/60.0 IP (MLB) 0-2 8.57 ERA/13 BB/21 K/3 HR/21.0 IP (AA) 4-3 3.28 ERA/21 BB/90 K/9 HR/57.2 IP (A) 1-0 1.13 ERA/0 BB/12 K/0 HR/8.0 IP RHP Jon Leicester (AAA) 2-7 1 Save 5.38 ERA/39 BB/60 K/14 HR/85.1 IP RHP Sergio Mitre (AAA) 5-5 4.32 ERA/21 BB/49 K/5 HR/66.2 IP (MLB) 2-5 5.66 ERA/20 BB/33 K/10 HR/55.2 IP LHP Carmen Pignatiello (AAA) 1-5 3.56 ERA/18 BB/40 K/4 HR/43.0 IP (AA) 5-4 2.68 ERA/28 BB/77 K LHP Russ Rohlicek (AAA) 3-1 3 Saves/4.74 ERA/44 BB/51 K/5 HR/59.0 IP RHP Jermaine Van Buren (AAA) 2-3 24 Saves/2.01 ERA/22 BB/63 K/5 HR/53.2 IP RHP David Aardsma (AA) 4-1 2 Saves/2.98 ERA/25 BB/40 K/1 HR/45.1 IP (Norwich) 6-2 2.93 ERA/13 BB/30 K RHP Carlos Marmol (AA)3-4 3.74 ERA/34 BB/53 K/10 HR/67.1 IP (High A) 6-2 2.99 ERA/37 BB/71 K LHP Sean Marshall (AA) 0-1 2.52 ERA/5 BB/24 K/1 HR/25.0 IP (High A) 4-4 2.74 ERA/26 BB/61 K RHP Ricky Nolasco (AA) 12-3 3.15 ERA/40 BB/160 K/13 HR/148.2 IP LHP Reynel Pinto (AA)10-3 2.44 ERA/55 BB/122 K/3 HR/125.2 IP (AAA) 1-2 9.93 ERA/24 BB/24 K RHP Jae-kuk Ryu (AA) 9-8 3.35 ERA/46 BB/119 K/11 HR/155.2 IP RHP Billy Petrick (High A) 1-4 5.59 ERA/19 BB/25 K/0 HR/37.0 IP RHP Michael Phelps (High A) 0-0 18.00 ERA/3 BB/2 K/0 HR/1.0 IP (A) 0-1 1.59 ERA/3 BB/17 K/0 HR/17.0 IP (RL) 0-0 0.00 ERA/0 BB/2 K/0 HR/ 0.2 IP RHP Randy Wells (High A) 9-2 2.91 ERA/22 BB/97 BB/5 HR/92. 2 IP RHP Mike Billek (A) 2-0 4.23 ERA/9 BB/14 K/4 HR/27.2 IP (Low A) 0-1 2.65 ERA/6 BB/20 K/0 HR/17.0 IP RHP Sean Gallagher (A) 14-5 2.71 ERA/55 BB/139 K/10 HR/146.0 IP RHP Angel Guzman (RL) 0-0 0.00 ERA/1 BB/12 K/0 HR/8.0 IP RHP Michael Hyle (A) 0-0 36.00 ERA/0 BB/0 K/1 HR/1.0 IP (Low A) 3-5 3.09 ERA/20 BB/37 K/0 HR/43.2 IP RHP Grant Johnson (A) 3-7 3.84 ERA/24 BB/48 K/7 HR/68.0 IP LHP Darin Downs (Low A) 4-4 3.59 ERA/18 BB/54 K/5 HR/52.2 IP LHP Luke Hagerty (Low A) 0-1 29.84 ERA/27 BB/4 K/0 HR/6.1 IP LHP Donald Veal (Low A) 1-2 3.32 ERA/10 BB/20 K/2 HR/19.0 IP (RL) 0-1 8.10 ERA/4 BB/9 K/2 HR/6.2 IP LHP Mark Pawelek (RL) 0-3 2.48 ERA/20 BB/52 K/0 HR/40.0 IP OTHERS NOTABLES: OF Ben Grieve (AAA) .256/.370/.481 OF *Sam Fuld (A) .300/.375/.424 OF *John Defendis (Low A) .341/.396/.379 GREG MADDUX INNINGS WATCH 391.1 IP over the last 2 years; Needs to pitch 8.2 IP over the rest of the season for his $9 million 2006 option to vest; Assuming he starts 33 games (like last year), needs to average less than 2 innings per start over the rest of the season. 2005 ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE PARTICIAPANTS RHP David Aardsma RHP Angel Guzman SS/OF Buck Coats OF Matt Murton 2B Eric Patterson 1B/OF Brandon Sing MINOR LEAGUE LEADERS Hitting HR - Brandon Sing (25) RBI - Ryan Harvey (97) AVG - Eric Patterson (.333) OBP - Eric Patterson (.406) SLG - Brandon Sing (.540) SB - Chris Walker (54) Pitching IP - Jae-kuk Ryu (155.2) ERA - Sean Gallagher (2.71) WINS - Sean Gallagher (14) SAVES -Jermaine Van Buren (24) K - Rich Hill (192)

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So...as long as Maddux gets knocked out in the middle of the first inning for the rest of his starts, we still have a shot at saving 9million bucks next year. I am not sure that with 9 million we could get a pitcher that is any better.

Shouldn't it be called Road to the Bench or something?

The Cubs had an amazing ceremony yesterday to retire Ryne Sandberg's number...They also played like they were in a play-off series (which really won't happen this year)...

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/g...

From mlb.com:

Wood to have surgery Wednesday

The Cubs announced Monday that Kerry Wood will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday.
The surgery will be performed by Dr. Timothy Kremchek at Beacon Orthopedics in Sharonville, Ohio.

ummm.... Steve is a pud. Check out the interview with HIMSELF. Or the sizzling interview with the the bat boy of the Peoria Cubs's grandmother.

Don't get the hatred...the guy wants to put a bit of whimsy in his site, let him. I'm sure they're obviously labeled that you don't have to read the fluff, cause the other stuff is top notch. He consistently beats cubs.com to the stories (often correcting them) and if it wasn't for Inside the Ivy there probably wouldn't be an org report here.

Lighten up dude! As long as he gets his fact straights and consistently delivers all-encompassing coverage of the minors, I don't see the beef.

So Murton's going to the AFL and not a September call-up?

Is there a reason he can't do both?

We're now down to an "innings watch" and hoping Maddux gets knocked out of the first inning of the remainder of his starts?

All he's done is make every start, never complain, and far too many times has he given the Cubs a legitimate chance to win only to see the bullpen screw it up or the offense do the same.

I do hope Maddux moves on. I hope he asks to be let out of the deal and goes to an organization that deserves a pitcher like him. And then I hope to watch the Cubs continue to lose and find the least likely suspects to blame once again.

You know, the organization itself is embarassing enough. Why do you guys try to outdo them?

I started the innings watch a long time ago when Greg was in a period of particularly crappiness. Nothing against the guy, just wanted to keep track of something that a lot of people were asking about.

And I don't think anyone really wants him knocked out of the first inning or anything like that, just having some fun.

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  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 2 hours 31 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 5 hours 29 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 5 hours 42 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 5 hours 51 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 5 hours 56 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 6 hours 14 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 6 hours 50 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 7 hours 8 min ago view
  • Soler BB acumen and plate awareness is excellent. Not unusual for even the best players to react as if they were about to hit them, "even though they weren't that close" from your vantage point sitting on your deck, or wherever.

    The E-Man 7 hours 10 min ago view
  • soler vs inside breaking balls is scary.

    he's had 2 inside curve balls today where he reacted as if they were about to hit him even though they weren't that close...one he bailed out of the box on, it was a called strike.

    crunch 7 hours 28 min ago view
  • j.urias optioned back to AAA...guess we wont be seeing him in the LAD series.

    crunch 7 hours 35 min ago view
  • so is him actually getting 2 hits in a game (2 doubles!)...first time he's even been on base 2 times in a game since 9 games ago on his 3/4, 1bb day.

    im ready for him to at least look like a 2-slot hitter since he's gonna be slotted there no matter what he does.

    crunch 8 hours 31 min ago view
  • That Heyward move to avoid Bryant's ball hit at him was a thing of beauty too.

    johann 8 hours 48 min ago view
  • 9 pitches in and this game already rules.

    HR, double...bryant's turn (who came out to a Kris Kross song for some horrible, horrible reason).

    ...2 run inning...zoobrest hitting streak at 14.

    crunch 8 hours 53 min ago view
  • First time I saw Herrera was yesterday. He took like 100 pitches, fouled off a ton off Lester.

    Very nice young player and perfect leadoff guy.

    The E-Man 10 hours 3 min ago view
  • Obviously not Phil. But he mentioned this on Wednesday.

    "Dominican Summer League (DSL) Opening Day is Saturday June 4th, so probably about 8-10 pitchers and position players presently at EXST in Mesa will be sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (probably sometime this week) and be assigned to either DSL Cubs #1 or DSL Cubs #2."

    In the comments here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/05242016/cub-power-d...

    QuietMan 10 hours 42 min ago view