Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/20/09

Hey everybody my name is Nate S. and I started Young Cubs World this past October and the site is devoted entirely to Chicago Cubs Prospects. Neil has graciously allowed me to write on his site and update the Minor League System of the Cubs on the CCO. I will update the Cubs Minor League system every Monday and Thursday on the CCO…to get nightly updates you can check out my site at www.youngcubsworld.com. Here is how the season has started off for the Young Cubs:

Peoria Chiefs-Class A

The Chiefs are 5-4 through their first 9 games of the 2009 season. They took one out of three from the Kane County Cougars (Oakland A’s) to start the year. Next they swept a three game series against the Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds), winning all three games by one run each. The Quad Cities River Bandits (St. Louis Cardinals) followed on the schedule and the Chiefs lost two of the first three games against the River Bandits before having a game postponed on Sunday due to rain. They will start the week out with a four-game series against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee Brewers). Here is how some of the key offensive players have done so far:

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Here are Peoria’s pitching statistics as well.

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Daytona Cubs-Class High A

The Daytona Cubs have started their 2009 season with a 4-6 record. They began the year by winning three out of four against the Brevard County Manatees (Milwaukee Brewers). Next they squared off against the Dunedin Blue Jays (Toronto Blue Jays) and were swept, but they lost each game by only two runs, so a hit here and there could have changed the outcome of the game in the Cubs’ favor. After being swept by the Blue Jays the Cubs looked to rebound against the Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit Tigers) however they could not get the job done and they lost two of three, with the two losses being only by two runs. Daytona will look to regroup as they travel to Dunedin to take on the Blue Jays in a three-game series away from Daytona.

Here are some of big hitters and pitchers that are off to a good start for Daytona.

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Tennessee Smokies-Class AA

The Smokies, managed by Ryne Sandberg have begun their year with a 4-5 record. They opened the year with two wins in a five-game series against the Jacksonville Suns (Florida Marlins). Their next five-game series was against the Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox) and the Smokies and Barons split the first four games with game the fifth postponed on Sunday because of rain.

It has been a story of either feast or famine for the Smokies so far, when their offense is clicking there is not much that can be done to stop them, but when the offense struggles to score runs then the team struggles as well. They will start another five-game series against the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (Seattle Mariners) on Monday at West Tennessee. Here is a look at the numbers for the hitters and pitchers of the Smokies:

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Iowa Cubs-Class AAA

The Iowa Cubs have the best record of any of the Cubs’ Minor League teams. Through their first 10 games they have a 6-4 record. The I-Cubs began the season by taking three of four from the Round Rock Express (Houston Astros) and actually dropped the first game, but then went on to win the next three in a row. The three-game winning streak was short lived though and they dropped the first game against the Albuquerque Isotopes (Florida Marlins) and eventually lost two of three.

Next they had their home opener, a four-game series against the Round Rock Express…and as of Sunday have taken two out of the first three. They will look to get the series win tomorrow when they play the fourth and final game of the match up.

As you look at the numbers from the hitters and pitchers, please be sure to look twice at Jake Fox’s stats, the numbers are not a mistake, he really is destroying the pitching that much.

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Quote of the Day

"You try to get that game out of your mind, but it never leaves you." - Cool Papa Bell
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