39 players (plus one contract pending)
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Brooks Raley
* Zac Rosscup
* Chris Rusin
* James Russell
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* George Kottaras
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Logan Watkins
* Brett Jackson
* Nate Schierholtz
* Ryan Sweeney
Abbreviated organizational report this week since the minors league seasons are over except for the AA Jaxx. I'll get a post up with the final minor league numbers in the next few weeks.
For more info on the Cubs' minor league system, check out Rudy Kamman, writing at Road to Wrigley.
Team Records updated through 9/12/05
Cubs Ex W/L: 72-71; (2003) 76-67; (2004) 79-64
* West Tennessee swept their first round series over the Carolina Mudcats and face the Jacksonville Suns for the Southern League championship starting on Tuesday, September 13th.
The second line in the minor league records are the teams overall records. The seasons are over for Iowa, Daytona, Peoria and the Arizona Summer League.
Team Records updated through 9/05/05; Individual Stats updated through 9/05/05
Cubs Ex W/L: 68-69; (2003) 71-66; (2004) 74-63
* West Tennessee won both halves of the North Division title of the Southern League; Their playoffs begin on Wednesday, Sept. 07 against the Carolina Mudcats in a best of 5 series.
+ Boise Hawks have 2 games remaining versus the Spokane Indians and must win both and have the Tri-City Dust Devils lose to the Yakima Bears to clinch the division.
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
Before we begin, if anyone is interested in writing a blog about the Cubs farm system, MVN is looking. Please contact Evan Brunell, writer of Fire Brand of The American League and owner of MVN. Be prepared to submit a writing sample. There are currently 3 minor league blogs on MVN that you can check out, a general minors blog, a D'Backs one and a Red Sox one. You should also be prepared to be able to write once a week. Back to our regularly scheduled programming.
Team Records updated through 8/14/05; Individual Stats updated through 8/14/05
Added a 'Ex W/L' column to Organizational Records which is the major league teams expected win/loss record determined by the differential of runs scored and runs allowed, often referred to as the team's pythagorean record.
Team Records Updated through 6/12/05; Individual Stats Updated through 6/12/05
Somebody posted a similar article about Rizzo early last season, and it seems like he was having similar issues. At the time, Rizzo was also leading the league in percentage of balls in play registered as well-hit by whoever was keeping track of that. Don't know where he was at season's end, because I can't seem to track those stats down.
That was a great article indeed. I didn't know about the actual existence of the Well Hit statistic but I figured there had to be one. His slump still sounded awful though as he apparently couldn't leg anything out AND didn't have any Well Hit AB's for a month - not sure how that is auspicious. But the overall trend of his Well Hit avg seems pretty good and well above replacement.