Cubs Organizational Report Week 7-8(2005)

Team Records Updated through 5/29/05; Individual Stats Updated through 5/29/05
Organizational Records
TeamW-LGB/Pos.Last 10W/L (2003)W/L (2004)
Chicago Cubs24-247.5/2nd6-427-2125-23
Iowa Cubs 22-284.5/3rd6-4&nbsp&nbsp
West Tenn Jaxx34-160.0/1st5-5&nbsp &nbsp
Daytona Cubs25-232.5/3rd4-6&nbsp&nbsp
Peoria Chiefs25-254.0/3rd7-3&nbsp&nbsp
Boise HawksSeason begins in June N/A N/A &nbsp&nbsp
AZL CubsSeason begins in JuneN/A N/A &nbsp&nbsp

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MLB TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES
P - Jon Leicester promoted on 05/29/05 P - Jerome Williams & David Aardsma traded to Cubs on 05/28/05 P - Latroy Hawkins traded to San Francisco Giants on 05/28/05 P - Roberto Novoa promoted on 05/28/05 P - Mark Prior placed on 15 day DL with a right non-displaced fracture of the lateral epicondyl (elbow) on 05/28/05 P - Mike Remlinger placed on DL retroactive to 05/21/05 with a left hand fifth finger non-displaced distal phalanx fracture. (Stupid recliners...) INF - Todd Walker activated from 15 day DL on 05/25/05 P - Sergio Mitre promoted on 05/24/05 OF - Ben Grieve optioned to AAA on 05/24/05 P - Joe Borowski promoted on 05/20/05 INF - Mike Fontenot demoted to AAA on 05/20/05 INF - Ronny Cedeno demoted to AAA on 05/17/05 INF - Enrqiue Wilson signed as a free agent on 05/17/05 P - Kerry Wood diagnosed with supraspinatus muscle strain in his right shoulder; Placed on DL on 05/02/05; Plans to throw off mound this week. P - Chad Fox transferred to 60 day DL on 05/17/05 SS ñ Nomar Garciaparra out with left groin avulsion of the adductor longus muscle; placed on 15 day DL 04/21/05; Began physical therapy in Arizona last week; Still not ready for baseball related activitites P - Scott Williamson placed on 60 day DL 3/31/05; Recovering from October 2004 Tommy John surgery; Currently rehabbing at Extended Spring Training;Return expected mid-season. AAA (IOWA) TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES P - Jon Leicester promoted to MLB on 05/28/05 P - Roberto Novoa promoted to MLB on 05/28/05 P - Joe Dawley signed by Iowa Cubs on 05/28/05 INF - Richard Lewis sent to Daytona on 05/27/05 INF - Cody Ransom signed on 05/27/05 OF - Dwaine Bacon demoted to AA on 05/26/05 OF - Ben Grieve optioned to Iowa on 05/26/05 P - Ryan O'Malley promoted to Iowa from West Tenn (AA) on 05/25/05 P - Sergio Mitre promoted to MLB on 05/23/05 INF- Shane Halter released on 05/22/05 P - Darren Oliver retired on 05/21/05 P - Joe Borowski promoted to MLB on 05/20/05 INF - Mike Fontenot demoted on 05/20/05 INF - Ronny Cedeno demoted to AAA on 05/17/05 INF - Mike Moriarty traded to Baltimore Orioles for future considerations on 05/16/05 AAA (IOWA) Notables Ronny Cedeno .376/.426/.600 Russ Rohlicek 2-0 2 Saves, 1.78 ERA/15 BB/26 K Jermaine Van Buren 1-1 5 Saves; 2.18 ERA/11 BB/28 K Dave Kelton .299/.347/.463 Mike Fontenot .284/.395/.539 Bobby Brownlie 2-4 5.88 ERA/24 BB/30 K Will Cunnane 0-1 6.04 ERA/13 BB/27 K Geovany Soto .275/.380/.353 Micah Hoffpauir .293/.350/.372 Raul Valdez 3-1 3.38 ERA/7 BB/20 K AA (W. TENN) TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES P - Jon Connolly returned from DL on 05/35/05 OF - Dwaine Bacon demoted to AA on 05/26/05 P - Ryan O'Malley promoted to Iowa from West Tenn (AA) on 05/25/05 INF - Jemel Spearman has not played since 04/26/05 because of wrist injury P- Angel Guzman out with stiff forearm; Should begin throwing in 2 weeks; Likely not to pitch in a game until July P ñ Rocky Cherry left game on 4/21/05 after 1/3 of an inning. Tommy John surgery performed on 05/05/05 AA (W. TENN) Notables Matt Murton .382/.453/.543 Felix Pie .319/.376/.599 13/20 SB opportunities Adam Greenberg .281/.395/.410 Ryan Theriot .306/.386/.413 Brandon Sing .307/.433/.627 Buck Coats .322/.398/.443 Ricky Nolasco 6-0 2.08 ERA/18 BB/62 K Carmen Pignatiello 4-3 2.85 ERA/20 BB/55 K Richard Hill 4-3 3.28 ERA/21 BB/90 K Andrew Shipman 1-2 1.90 ERA/13 BB/27 K Talley Haines 3-0 7 Saves; 1.20 ERA/1 BB/13 K Yorkin Ferreras 2-3 2 Saves; 5.23 ERA/3 BB/18 K Jae-Kuk Ryu 4-2 3.50 ERA/19 BB/40 K Reynel Pinto 0-0 2.28 ERA/9 BB/25 K A ADVANCED (DAYTONA) TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES INF - Richard Lewis demoted from Iowa on 05/27/05 C - Jake Fox returned to action on 05/25/05 after missing 12 games due to a sprained knee ligament. P - Billy Petrick placed on DL retroactive to 05/24/04 SS - Carlos Rojas placed on DL on 05/26/05 SS - Enrique Cruz(son of Jose Cruz) assigned to Daytona after trade with Yankees P - Aaron Krawiec sent to Extended Spring Training on 05/13/05 C - Paul O'Toole demoted to Daytona from West Tenn. on 05/13/05 P - Brad Stiles placed on DL on 4/27/05; reason unknown A Advanced (DAYTONA) Notables Sean Marshall 4-2 1.73 ERA/17 BB/48 K Randy Wells 4-1 1 Save; 1.69 ERA/7 BB/34 K Thomas Atlee 1-3 7 Saves; 2.87 ERA/6 BB/11 K Juan Mateo 3-1 2 Saves; 1.98 ERA/7 BB/37 K Kyle Boyer .190/.254/.314 Brian Dopirak .240/.285/.372 Kevin Collins .233/.330/.393 Weston OíBrien 2-1 5.40 ERA/16 BB/28 K Anderson Tavares 1-5 6.19 ERA/14 BB/37 K J.R. Mathes 3-2 3.46 ERA/14 BB/47 K Carlos Marmol 5-2 3.09 ERA/29 BB/50 K Scott Moore .269/.355/.520 Chris Walker .278/.344/.389 21/27 SB opportunities A (PEORIA) TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES INF - Aaron Sisk signed as free agent on 05/17/05 OF - Ryan Harvey returned from DL on 05/19/05 P - Will Fenton sent to Extended Spring Training on 05/18/05 INF - Jose Rios sent to Extended Spring Training on 05/18/05 P - Luis Brito released from organization on 05/18/05 INF Ryan Norwood placed on DL 04/07/05 with severe ankle sprain; Out 6-8 weeks A(PEORIA) Notables Eric Patterson .391/.478/.591 Sean Gallagher 5-1 0.75 ERA/14 BB/68 K Matt Weber 3-5 2.80 ERA/6 BB/41 K Luis Montanez .316/.374/.492 Alberto Garcia .313/.366/.373 Alfredo Polanco 2-0 2.45 ERA/10 BB/29 K Ed Campusano 2-2 1 Save; 2.73 ERA/13 BB/22 K Alan Rick .170/.265/.240 Sam Fuld .217/.329/.300 Bo Flowers .276/.338/.410 Ryan Harvey .268/.323/.439 Lee Gwaltney 3-1 3.32 ERA/12 BB/38 K Jerry Blevins 0-2 9 Saves; 4.63 ERA/12 BB/31 K A SHORT SEASON(BOISE) TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES/NOTABLES None to report ROOKIE LEAGUE (AZL Cubs) TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES/NOTABLES None to report OTHER NOTABLE INJURIES P - Grant Johnson - hamstring, Fine-tuning his mechanics and should be pitching this week in Peoria. P - Chadd Blasko - shoulder surgery; Probably out until 2006 P - Jason Wylie - shoulder surgery; No update on his return P - Matt Clanton - shoulder surgery; Had 2nd shoulder surgery during off-season, probably out all season P - Luke Hagerty at extended spring training in Arizona with strained finger; 2-3 weeks away from pitching P - Dave Crouthers has retired from baseball at age 25 MINOR LEAGUE LEADERS Hitting HR - Brandon Sing (11) RBI - Scott Moore (32) AVG - Eric Patterson (.391) OBP - Eric Patterson (.478) SLG - Brandon Sing (.627) SB - Chris Walker (21) Pitching IP - Matthew Weber (61) ERA -Sean Gallagher (0.75) WINS - Ricky Nolasco (6) SAVES - Jerry Blevins (9) K - Rich Hill (90) * The AB and IP cutoff for rate stats is rather arbitrary

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  • crunch 10 hours 33 min ago (view)

    "MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports former player David Ross and Astros bench coach Joe Espada "appear to be the frontrunners" for the Cubs' managerial opening."

    espada's had 2 interviews.  for a guy who's actively at his "other job," having a 2nd interview seems like both sides want to make this work.  SF and PIT are also supposedly interested in espada.

     

  • JustSayin' 11 hours 58 min ago (view)

     That's a fair description of the benefits of the plan but If I have to choose between "better way" and "owners' greed," I pick the latter.  MLB wants better MiLB facilities, on average, without paying a cent.  They want to deal with the social and legal pressure they are getting for not even paying minor league players minimum wage per real hour worked by having less players.  In addition, the draft is to be moved to late August, so every draftee would lose compensation for the stub year in which they are drafted.  For this reason, I'm not sure your point about col

     

  • Hagsag 12 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Thanks Mr. Phil.

     

  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 25 min ago (view)

    HAGSAG: Besides reducing the costs that are associated with operating a minor league club, reducing the number of minor league affiliates would allow MLB organizations to increase the salaries of their remainng minor league players (who would be the organization's most-legit prospects) without having to increase the organization's aggregate minor league payroll. 

     

  • crunch 13 hours 50 min ago (view)

    The discussions on this matter have been quite varried.  There seems to be a lot of pressure connected to this on minor league team owners who haven't upgraded their facilities/park in a while or who lag in quality compared to their competitors.

    It seems like this would not only cause some teams to fold, but some radical redistribution of existing teams/cities into new minor league levels rather than just pruning some teams over others.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil, what are your thoughts on the discussion to eliminate 42 low minor league teams in 2021? What would this do to the Dominican League? Thanks.

     

  • crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    yanks/astros game 6 was a f'n classic.  wow.

    altuve continues to build his astros legend.

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    Thanks for this. I agree they’ll probably take their chances in the Rule 5 if he will resign, though I really wouldn’t mind adding him back to the 40 man. I feel like he has a good chance to be effective out of the bullpen. 

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 22 hours ago (view)

    I hope Sagara doesn’t end up leaving because of the shakeup. The Athletic did report that his position might be eliminated but that he should be offered another role in the organization somewhere. All I know is Sagara’s name came up frequently in connection with the pitch lab, and he was credited for improvements with Ryan, Wick, and Wieck. Maybe he’ll end up focusing more specifically in that role helping guys tweak things in the lab. 

     

  • JustSayin' 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Does anyone have insight into the new management hires and musical chairs the Cubs announced yesterday?  Craig Breslow might be the only guy out there with extensive MLB experience AND the grey matter to challenge any quant not making sense. His role intrigues me but are they going to give him real responsibility to clear out the deadwood (including the existing minor league coordinator who was never good enough to be the pitchers he's coaching?)  Or, is this a superficial change aimed at keeping ownership off Theo's back? 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: I think the Cubs want to retain Oscar de la Cruz post-2019, just not on the MLB 40-man roster.

     

  • Charlie 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    Who are you all rooting for in the World Series? I'm rooting for the Nats to face and defeat Houston, I think, but with very mild interest. Let them get that championship out of the way and then maybe go the way of the post-2016 Cubs.

     

  • bradsbeard 2 days 19 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil, what do you think the Cubs will do with Oscar de la Cruz if they don’t add him back to the 40 man? Can they try to re-sign him but wait until after the Rule 5 to make it official? Do you think they will try to keep him in the organization in some fashion? 

     

  • bradsbeard 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Angels also make sense as a destination for Kris Bryant. 

     

  • azbobbop 4 days 7 hours ago (view)

    I wonder if Maddon will take any of the coaches with him.

     

  • Arizona Phil 4 days 9 hours ago (view)

    I doubt that Maddon would have taken the job if the Angels aren't fully prepared to sign one or maybe even two FA TOR SP (like Gerrit Cole and/or Stephen Strasburg if he opts out). 

    When you have the best player in MLB and now the highest-paid manager, not making the playoffs again in 2020 just can't be acceptable.