Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/21/11

The recent roster shake-ups have given all the teams in the Cubs’ system ‘The Promotion Blues’. Zeke DeVoss started out with a bang in Boise, while Luis Liria and Kyle Smit starts were more like a thud in Peoria and Daytona. Marco Carrillo had a nice “welcome back” in Tennessee, and the young Cubs in Iowa continue to impress.

Along with News and Notes, and a weekly recap of action in the Dominican Summer League as well as the Arizona Rookie League, welcome to Thursday’s edition of the Down on the Farm Report.

Short Season-A – Boise Hawks (15-17)
Boise could only manage three hits on Sunday, as a second inning home run was Willengton Cruz’s undoing as the Hawks lost to Vancouver 1-0. Cruz went 5.2 innings and struck out eight batters. Dustin Fitzgerald and Charles Thomas blanked the Canadians the rest of the way. Pin-Chieh Chen, Rafael Lopez, and Wes Darvill recorded Boise’s only hits.

The Chicago Cubs’ 2011 third round draft pick Zeke DeVoss made a huge splash on Monday, stealing five bases in his Boise debut, but it wasn’t enough as the Hawks lost to Spokane 8-7. Starter Ben Wells and Kyler Burke seemed to have the Indians in control, allowing three earned runs over seven innings. Colin Richardson couldn’t get an out in the ninth, giving up three earned runs, while Bryce Shafer let in two more earned runs for the winning margin. Brad Zapenas (1-for-4, two RBI) joined DeVoss by swiping two bases. Rafael Lopez was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Paul Hoilman plated two runs.

On Tuesday, Boise fielded a very speedy line-up, which included Zeke DeVoss, Brad Zapenas, Pin-Chieh Chen, Wes Darvill, Blair Springfield, and Kyung-Min Na. However, Juan Rosario allowed the Spokane Indians to bat around in a seven-run fifth inning, as the Hawks lost 10-3.

Starter Yao-Lin Wang dazzled, allowing one hit and striking out seven in four innings. Rosario ended up letting in eight runs (seven earned) in three innings. Charles Thomas gave up two more runs in the final innings. DeVoss finished 3-for-4, while Darvill was 2-for-4 and Paul Hoilman clubbed his seventh homer.

Low Class-A – Peoria Chiefs (42-53)
Luis Liria made his Peoria debut Sunday, and got his baptism as Fort Wayne put up seven runs (six earned) en route to a 16-7 loss for the Chiefs. Robinson Lopez came in for Liria and poured gas on the fire, allowing five earned runs in an inning. Dan Berlind quieted things down, tossing two innings of scoreless ball. Anthony Giansanti tried to aid a tired pitching staff, but gave up four runs (one earned) in the ninth. Peoria didn’t give up, scoring four of their seven runs in the final three innings. Arismendy Alcantara led the way, going 2-for-5 with a double and three runs scored. Elliot Soto was also 2-for-5, while Richard Jones was 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.

In a rare Monday matinee, the Chiefs wasted a good outing by recently assigned Matt Loosen by dropping a 5-3 game to Fort Wayne in ten innings. Loosen held the TinCaps scoreless for five innings, striking out seven batters. Frank Del Valle followed and gave up all five runs (four earned) in 4.1 innings. Pete Levitt cleaned up the final 0.2 innings. Richard Jones tried to keep Peoria in the game, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Elliot Soto (1-for-4, double) drove in the other run, while Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-5. Dustin Geiger was 1-for-4 with a double in his Peoria debut.

After a day off, Peoria was back on the field on Wednesday as their pitching crumbled in a 13-5 loss to Dayton. Starter Austin Kirk had a poor outing, surrendering nine earned runs in three innings. Yohan Gonzalez gave up an earned run in two innings, while Robinson Lopez let in three earned runs in two innings. Alvaro Sosa cleaned up with a scoreless inning. Taiwan Easterling was the Peoria offense, going 2-for-4 with a home run and a stolen base.

High Class-A – Daytona Cubs (59-37)
Daytona seems to be over the promotion blues, as they scored two quick runs in the first on Sunday, and then opened up the throttle as they blew past Bradenton 9-3. The D-Cubs swiped five bases including Evan Crawford‘s (1-for-3, RBI) organization leading 23rd, while Logan Watkins (1-for-4) pilfered two bases. Dustin Harrington (1-for-5) got his first steal, as did Matt Szczur (2-for-6, double) with his daring steal of home. Michael Brenly was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Rafael Valdes was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI.

Angel Guzman was named the surprise starter and gave up an earned run while striking out four in two innings. The reported starter, Dae-Eun Rhee, followed with five strong innings, allowing two runs (one earned) and striking out five batters. Eduardo Figueroa mopped up with an unblemished two innings and four strikeouts.

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Daytona looked to be cruising toward their 60th win, but a bad inning by Kyle Smit took the wind out of their sails as the D-Cubs lost on Monday to Bradenton 10-5. Starter Jeffry Antigua was great over four innings, and then allowed two of his three earned runs in his fifth inning of work. Smit came on and was shelled for five earned runs in 0.2 innings. Juan Serrano tried to put out the fire, but allowed two more earned runs over two innings. Jordan Latham got the final out. It spoiled an outstanding debut by Greg Rohan, who was 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Justin Bour and Michael Burgess crushed solo home runs, while Matt Szczur was 2-for-5 with a stolen base. Evan Crawford was also 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Once again, Daytona pitching couldn’t hold a lead, as they lost to Bradenton 8-5 on Tuesday. With the D-Cubs up 4-3 after 3.5 innings, starter Jeffrey Lorick surrendered his fourth earned run. Aaron Kurcz then came in and gave up three earned runs in 1.1 innings. Larry Suarez then restored order with 1.2 scoreless innings, but Frank Batista let in the final run. The top of the order did its best to help the cause, with Logan Watkins going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Matt Szczur was 2-for-5 and hit his first homer for the D-Cubs.

In a rare afternoon game on Wednesday, Daytona ended up getting squashed by Bradenton 7-0. Brett Wallach was the loser, as he gave up six runs (five earned) in 6.1 innings. Jordan Latham finished up, allowing an earned run in 1.2 innings. Greg Rohan continued to strut his stuff, going 3-for-3 with a double and an outfield assist.

Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (54-42)
Weather forced Sunday’s game against Mississippi to be suspended, after Trey McNutt tossed two scoreless innings and Josh Vitters singled in Steve Clevenger to go up 1-0. Resumed on Monday, Marco Carrillo took the hill and shutout the Braves for four more innings. However, Kevin Rhoderick’s wild pitch allowed the score to be tied after seven innings. Rafael Dolis blanked Mississippi for two innings, and pinch-hitter Luis Flores singled home Clevenger for the go-ahead run in the tenth. Marcus Hatley then went 1-2-3 for a 2-1 Tennessee victory. Ty Wright was 4-for-5 with a double.

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In Monday’s regularly scheduled game, two errors by Josh Vitters led to three unearned runs as Tennessee lost the nightcap 4-1. Make his season debut for the Smokies, Austin Bibens-Dirkx went four innings allowing four runs (one earned) and striking out two batters. Jeffrey Beliveau and Jeff Stevens held the Braves scoreless the rest of the way. Nelson Perez was 2-for-3 with a double, driving in Luis Flores with Tennessee’s only run.

While Brooks Raley took the loss for Tennessee on Wednesday, it was the Smokies’ defense that was his undoing as they lost to Carolina 7-4. Raley allowed five runs, but only two were earned, giving the Mudcats the winning margin. Oswaldo Martinez followed and let in another two earned runs, while Jeff Stevens finished out with two scoreless innings. Ty Wright continued his hot hitting, going 3-for-3 with a double, while Matt Spencer belted his 13th home run.

Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (44-52)
Sunday saw the organizational debut of veteran right-hander Dave Bush, as a late rally sparked a 3-2 victory over Oklahoma City. Bush went 2.1 innings, letting in an earned run and striking out three batters. Blake Parker threw 1.2 scoreless innings. Chris Rusin earned his first Triple-A victory, with a home run being the only earned run allowed in four innings. Justin Berg made it interesting by loading the bases in the ninth, but ended up recording the final three outs for his third save.

D.J. LeMahieu and Brad Snyder were 2-for-4 each, with Snyder contributing a double. The RedHawks worked around Bryan LaHair, who was 1-for-2 with a walk. However, reserve catcher Chris Robinson provided the lift the I-Cubs needed. Robinson threw out three of five would-be base stealers, and delivered a three-run bomb for all of Iowa’s runs.

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Iowa recently has shown some of the organizational philosophy of solid starting pitching and an explosive offense. However, it lacked the shutdown bullpen as the I-Cubs lost to Nashville 5-3 on Monday in ten innings. Like previous starters Jay Jackson and Casey Coleman, Alberto Cabrera looked more at-ease on Monday, allowing only two solo homers in six innings while striking out six batters. Robert Coello came on in relief and threw 1.1 scoreless innings. But All-Star closer John Gaub let in the game-tying run to start the ninth innings. Chris Carpenter got out of the ninth, but a walk, wild pitch, passed ball, and sacrifice fly brought in the go-ahead and an insurance run. Scott Moore was 2-for-3, while Welington Castillo hit a two-run home run. D.J. LeMahieu and Tyler Colvin were 2-for-5, and Ryan Flaherty was 2-for-4.

On Tuesday, Nick Struck helped keep his team in the game, allowing three earned runs in six innings, but the hitters and bullpen failed to hold up their end as Iowa lost to Nashville 4-3. Blake Parker came on in relief and gave up what proved to be the winning run, while Scott Maine tossed two scoreless innings. Iowa managed only five hits, with Welington Castillo going 2-for-3, including his second homer in as many nights. Bryan LaHair and Marwin Gonzalez drove in the I-Cubs’ other runs, LaHair with his 28th home run.

Rookie – AZL Cubs (14-10)
The AZL Cubs continue to be in hot pursuit of the AZL Giants, as they are second in the East Division, 3.5 games behind. Promotions of Zeke DeVoss and Dustin Geiger have re-installed outfielder Oliver Zapata at leadoff and Gioskar Amaya at third base. Amaya is the team-hitting leader at .400, with 12 RBI. Shortstop Marco Hernandez is now the RBI leader, with a .323 average and 19 RBI. Outfielder Dong-Yub Kim has shown some recent improvement, batting .242 with six stolen bases and two dingers for “The Donger”. Oliver Zapata continues to impress with a .329 average while swiping ten bases in twelve attempts.

The rotation of Hunter Ackerman, Brian Smith, James Pugliese, and Hayden Simpson has been recently joined by Jean Sandoval. Ackerman has lowered his ERA to 3.86 and continues to be the strikeout leader with twenty-eight. Brian Smith is now the ERA leader with a 2.95 ERA and eighteen strikeouts. Reliever Felix Peña continues to do well, with a 3.29 ERA in 13.2 innings and a 1.10 WHIP.

Dominican Summer League
This week in the Dominican Summer League, the organization has made some changes, moving some of the better players from the Cubs 1 team to Cubs 2 in order to create a stronger team. C-1 now has a record of 17-25, while C-2 is currently 24-19.

Outfielder Mayke Reyes remains on C-1, but has recently been playing some first base. He remains the team leader at .313 with three home runs, 17 RBI, and 18 stolen bases. John Ortega, a 16-year old switch-hitting IF-OF has moved over from C-2, and is hitting .286 overall with six stolen bases. Right-handed pitcher Yomar Morel is sporting a 3-3 record with a 2.61 ERA and thirty-one strikeouts.

Jeimer Candelario continues to be the team leader on C-2, hitting .340 with three home runs, thirty-one RBI, and thirty- five walks. Candelario has been playing more first base lately, with C-1 transfer Xavier Batitsta getting some looks at third base. Outfielder Jeffrey Baez has also come over, and is hitting .277 with two home runs, 20 RBI and 25 stolen bases. Shortstop Carlos Penalver has struggled a little, dropping to a .265 average with 23 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Right-handed pitcher Alexander Santana has arrived on C-2. He continues to be impressive, carrying a 1.91 ERA and 1.00 WHIP while striking out 25 batters. Loiger Padron has a 2.23 ERA, along with 26 strikeouts and 0.99 WHIP.

News and Notes
Right-handed pitcher Marco Carrillo was assigned to Tennessee from Iowa. Infielder-OF Greg Rohan was assigned to Daytona from Peoria. Right-handed pitcher Kyle Smit was assigned to Daytona from Tennessee Smokies. Daytona placed DH Jake Opitz on the 7-Day disabled list retroactive to July 14. Right-handed pitcher Matt Loosen was assigned to Peoria from Tennessee. Infielder Dustin Geiger was assigned to Peoria Chiefs from the AZL Cubs.

Outfielder-IF Zeke DeVoss and C Yaniel Cabeza were assigned to Boise from the AZL Cubs. Right-handed pitcher Hector Mayora assigned to the AZL Cubs from Boise.

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  • JW

    Anyone think Yao-Lin Wang could crack the top 10, if not this year, maybe next year if he keeps up his current level of stats. 33IP 37/10 K/BB, 1.16 WHIP

    • ghostofelvis

      Maybe at mid season. Personally, Id like to see them reach at least Daytona before beginning potential evaluations. Same with Kirk, Lopez, etc.

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    Tom U, thanks for the updates with the minor leagues , We Cubs fans need something to look forward to.

    • Tom U

      Thank you, Kojak Osborne Jr. 

  • Kojak Osborne Jr.

    I read somewhere that Quade is skipping Lopez turn in the rotation for Randy Wells this show me that Quade is a buffoon Lopez has actually pitched well descent and Randy Wells has been shelled all season long.

    • ldsteam2011

      Well hopefully their thinking is that Lopez is NOT in their plans for next year, and they need to get Wells as many starts as possible to evaluate him for next year.  Maybe that makes too much sense for the management of this team? 

      • JimBo_C

        At this point Wells has been “weighed and measured”. He is a number 4 starter at best in a good year. This year he is pitching like a number 8 starter. He has been painful to watch. Absolutely no command of where his pitches are going.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    D.J. LeMahieu continues to be solid but Flaherty and  Jackson have hit a stand still.

    • Cubnundrum

      …And to Cubs fans and their need for immediate results and irrational expectations.

      • Ripsnorter1

        What are you talking about? WE’re on a 103 year losing streak, man. I don’t think it is irrational to expect something more than more losing. 

        • Cubnundrum

          I’m glad you of all people posted about this…but yes i need your feeling were awful terrible and other that other stuff you normally say but you cant expect a guy to move up a level and flat out rake instantly that is extremely rare especially the further you go up the ranks of the minor league system.

          • diehardcubfan

            Yes, you are right that on many occasions a player will have a downturn after a promotion but I feel Jackson and Flaherty will be fine and be in a Cub uniform come September.

          • Cubbie23

            What about the guys that do “flat our rank instantly” like DJ and Gonzalez? Two of the youngest guy on the team, have the best batting averages .323 and.338 on the team. Yet, you have guys like Flaherty batting .188 that are in the talks of being in a Cub uniform come September? Doesnt make since.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Colvin isn’t exactly doing great either.

    • cubtex

      Colvin has 4 walks in 182 at bats at Iowa. He just doesn’t get it. He will never be a high average guy with his current approach.

      • paulcatanese

        As much as I like this kid, you are right. Actually dont think he will make it, too many holes in his approach, only a matter of time, traded or released. His defense is not going to be enough to carry him.

        • cubtex

          I just wish the lightbulb would go off in this guys head. He doesn’t need to try and jerk a homerun every at bat. Use the entire field. Take a walk. Every time I see this kid…he is swinging from his heels. Even with 2 strikes!

          • paulcatanese

            Yeah,whatever happened to just try and hit the ball up the middle? So many of these kids think the only way is with power and the long ball. He starts hitting them over the center field fence, then he can think about pulling, not until then.

          • Richard Hood

             Chicks dig the long ball. Cubs fan have made him the next big homer run hitter in Chicago.

            It is only a matter of time before he is back up and raking in the show. All we have to do is get rid of Hendry and Quade and he will be great again. Get Real. He was a flawed hitter and still is. And no amount of playing time would have changed that.

        • J Daniel

          Colvin is done, it happened last year when scouting really took affect.  

      • Ripsnorter1

        He ain’t coming back. Oh, he might get 30 September ABs, but he ain’t coming back to the bigs. Quade has seen to that.

  • John_CC

    Rumors are that the Braves are certain to acquire a hitter.  They currently need 3B and 1B – though Freddie Freeman seems to be turning it around.  It just so happens that the Cubs have one of each! 

    Come on Jimbo!  Get something going!

    • cc002600

      You think they would want Fuk and his 14 RBI ????

      LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Ripsnorter1

        13 RBI. It’s 13.

        I am putting the CCO on a Funko watch. Let’s see if he can get in the HOF for fewest RBIs by a RF in 502+ official PA.

      • gocubs

        Fukudome’s value is in his OBP.  As a leadoff hitter, you have 1 job – get on base.  Fukudome does that better than most in the majors. 

         RBIs are one of THE most deceptive stats there are…most modern statisticians pay almost no attention to RBIs.  They are a reflection more than anything of having guys on base in front of you.  As a leadoff hitter, you rarely have many guys on base in front of you batting first, and with the pitcher, 7th, 8th hitters ahead of you. 

        cc002600, do you value pitchers by how many wins they have as well?   

    • Bryan

      Where did you hear that???  Freddie Freeman is a young rookie stud who is now batting around .275 with 14+ hrs and over 50 RBI’s.  The kid is on-fire currently, and the team and fan base are thrilled with him.  Regarding 3rd base, Prado is back off the DL and is filling in just fine while Chipper is on the DL.  When Chipper returns Prado then goes back to LF currently occupied by Nate McLouth, who is also playing really well.  The Braves have so much talent (and young talent), including more in the farm system as well.  They may be shopping Lowe for another outfield bat, but that’s about it.

      • Cubnundrum

        I read this on ESPN today under the rumors section as well…So to me it doesn’t really make sense with the options they already have in place but being a Cubs fan not alot of things do…

      • John_CC

        Sorry guys, I did NOT say that Aramis or Pena where connected to the Braves rumor at all, I just said that the Braves are certainly looking to add a bat.  Prado is filling in at 3B, yes, but before Chipper went down he was playing LF. If the best option for adding a power hitter is at 3B, I’m sure they would like to move Prado back to the OF.  They currently have Eric Hinske in LF. And for that matter, Byrd would be an upgrade for them over McClouth.

        And you’re right, they don’t need Pena at all.

        I was just stating that there are more that one team that could use Aramis’ hitting down the stretch.

  • Anonymous47701

    2012 coaching staff idea

    Manager-Ryne Sandberg

    Bench- Pat Listach
    1st Base- Bob Dernier
    3rd Base- Chip Hale
    Hitting- Rudy Jaramillo
    Pitching- Mike Maddux
    Bullpen- Dennis Llewallyn

    • J Daniel

      Give it up, Sandberg is not managing the Cubs.

      • T_Leise

        He should be though.

    • Richard Hood

       I think you should get  Your head around the idea of Pat Listach being the manager. If Quade goes he is next in line. And believe what you want he deserves to be more than Sandberg. 

      • Anonymous47701

        Yeah, I suppose so. I can’t seem to think of any other coach or manager with at least 3 years of Major League experience that would be open to being the Bench Coach for the Chicago Cubs. Jody Davis is one name that springs to mind, but I don’t know if he has Major League experience that involves coach or whatnot.

  • cubtex

    Just heard Cubs signed Gretzky.

    • cubtex

      Reported by the Toronto Sun.

      • Brentcarmona

        awesome i hope more sources start popping up. i noticed the thirteenth pick has signed as well according to baseball america.

  • Neil

    The Tribune picked up the report from the Toronto Sun: The Cubs signed Trevor Gretzky,0,837919.story

  • Brentcarmona

    logan watkins with a hr tonight. what the heck got into this guy? i wrote him off after he batted under 200 the first month or so.

    angel guzman has had alot of appearances with good amount of k s ..numbers overall are meh but its still way too early for this guy. would really like to see him succeed after all hes been through.

    too bad jay jackson had a setback last start. i really need to see some different players on the roster..cannot stand the same squad we have now. im hoping he gets a chance in september.

    does anybody know what the plan is for marwin gonzalez? if we have castro, dj spellcheck, flaherty, barney already where does he fit in? he has really moved up fast and put up solid numbers. maybe showcasing him for a trade?

    and that jeimer candelario (spelling?) guy for the dsl cubs 2 squad is quite the intriguing prospect. 35 freaking walks already at aged 17?? i got to keep my eye on him. any idea when he could move up the ladder? and any chance he plays in the winter leagues?

  • Ripsnorter1

    Fjunko watch:

    The least RBI by any player in MLB history, with at least 502 PA, is 25 RBI by none other than Sonny Jackson of the Atl Braves in 1971. Jackson hit .258 while playing CF for the Braves. He was a converted SS. ROY in 1966 when he broke into the bigs with Houston, he had 160 singles that year, and 14 extra base hits (3 HR) to boot. Never a power threat–in 1971 he slugged .324–20 2B, 5 3B, 2 HR in 593 PA. 

    But I remember ole Sonny Jackson defeating the Cubs with a game tying HR one night, June 5, 1971, in Atlanta. Phil Reagan was pitching in relief, looking for a save, when he served up a Tater to–of all people–the powerless Sonny Jackson. That tied the game. Reagan stayed in to lose it in the 11th inning when he put two runners on, after the Cubs had scored a go-ahead run in the top of the 11th.  Leo the Lip decided that LHP and Starter Keeennny Holtzman could save the game for the Cubs, and he put Holtzman in to face LH hitter Mike Lum. Lum, a Hawaiian, took Holtzman downtown with a three run tater, and Reagan got the loss. Two blown saves for the Cubs: Reagan and Holtzman, and Reagan getting tagged with the loss. 
    And this is the year Sonny Jackson got up almost 600 times and had a mere 25 RBI. He hits a tater off of Phil Reagan. 

    • Brentcarmona

      i wish quade would put fuku in the five spot where his numbers are the best in his career (especially power numbers). fuku has always had a good eye but i think when put into the leadoff spot he trusts his eye more than his bat, as seen by the lack of power. quade did get the picture by putting castro back to second instead of third…so why not do it with fuku?

      • Ripsnorter1


        Your suggestion makes complete sense. That’s why it will never be instituted. Funko probably will not get a single AB in the 5 hole in 2011. So far he has exactly ZERO AB in the 5 hole. 

        • J Daniel

          If we go by that logic, which I would agree that Fuko is not a lead off guy, Soriano would go back to lead off.  I actually thought that Lou should have just let him stay there anyways.  There was no real option and he had success there.  I know about all the strikeouts but with such a huge investment in him should have left him.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Two things about Sorry-oh-no in the leadoff spot:

            1. He gets the most Fastballs here, and it is his most effective spot.
            2. But he won’t walk, he fans an incredible number of times, and really, his only game is to bat first and look fastball and just hit as many home runs for himself as possible. Not a team player. Will not do the “little things” that helps a team win. Just sit on the fastball and flail away–regardless of the score or whatever he might do to help the team win. Then after the game hustle off (won’t hustle during games) to the disco to dance all night. WORTHLESS. I see no value in him. He’ll be here  the next three  years, blocking Jackson and whoever else might have contributed or benefited from the ML experience. SHAMEFUL. 

  • Tom U

    Thank you to everyone for your comments.

  • Chuck

    Living here in Fort Myers, I was in attendance at the Fort Myers Miracle vs. Daytona Cubs last week.  I was able to get a team ball signed and best of all at the end of a game, Logan Watkins gave me his cracked bat.  If any of the Daytona Cubs read this say thanks to Logan for me.  I also took the lineup card posted in the dugout.  Will be interesting to look back at it in 3 years and see who is in the big leagues.  Again, thanks for writing Down on the Farm.

  • Tom U

    Congratulations to Daytona on their 60th win.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Sam Fuld knocked won the game vs. the Yanks tonight with a RBI triple vs. Sabathia. Who–who said Sam couldn’t hit a LHP?

    • Tom U

      Jim Hendry!

      • Ripsnorter1

        Truer words were never spoken. 

    • cubtex

      He’s hitting .238! He can’t hit rhp very well either

    • cubtex

      you know what is funny Rip! As you call him….Mr. .196 Carlos Pena has a .330 OBP and your boy Sam Fuld has a .296 OBP. Pretty funny!

      • cubtex

        Even Sorry-O-No as u call him has a higher OBP than Fuld! .302 for Soriano. :)

        • Gatlinman

          Correction Sorry has a .291 OBP and paid 18 Million per year.

  • Nathan

    For how good the cubs draft was youd like to see them sign some of those players that made everyone really like what they did! Now that rosario, devoss ans gretzky are signed lets get to work and sign maples, dunston, scott, zych, vogelbach and baez!

    • Anthony

      they faced high school (81mph) pitching

      be very patient