Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/08/11

Look at me coach! I’m ready to play, today! Centerfield took center stage once again in the organization. In Boise, Reggie Golden took his first shot at the position with good results. Peoria’s Taiwan Easterling had a game to remember, while Tennessee’s Jae-Hoon Ha is turning things around. And Iowa’s Brett Jackson is on a tear that may put him in a big league uniform. Jackson’s line over the last ten days: .429/.524/1.000/1.524 (15-for-35 with two doubles and six home runs with seven walks and eight strikeouts). Jackson is up to a .291 average with a .392 OBP/.616 SLG … that is a 1.008 OPS.

All of that and more in this edition of the CCO’s Down on the Farm Report.

Short Season-A – Boise Hawks (23-26)
Right-hander Yao-Lin Wang put forth a good effort on Thursday, but needed his offense to bail him out as the Hawks defeated Salem-Keizer 9-5. Wang threw 5.1 innings, giving up three earned runs while striking out three batters. Newcomer Jean Sandoval replaced Wang and went scoreless for 1.2 innings. Charles Thomas couldn’t find the strike zone, as he walked three and gave up an earned run in his 0.1 inning. Joe Zeller then came on and got the long save, striking out two and letting in an earned run in 1.2 innings.

Reggie Golden made his first start in centerfield and responded with a 3-for-4 evening, including a triple and two RBI. Brad Zapenas also rapped a triple, along with a stolen base and an RBI, as part of his 2-for-5 night. Rafael Lopez, Blair Springfield, and Wilson Contreras had multi-hit games, while Oliver Zapata stole his first base.

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Boise didn’t have the answer for Salem-Keizer pitching on Friday, as they bowed to the Volcanoes 6-0. The Hawks managed only five hits, as Yaniel Cabezas was 2-for-4. Juan Rosario scattered three hits through four scoreless innings. However, Cameron Greathouse continued his downward spiral, giving up four earned runs without recording an out. Dustin Fitzgerald checked the Vol’s for two innings, while Su-Min Jung gave up two earned runs over the final three innings.

The Boise offense flexed their muscles a bit on Saturday, clubbing twelve hits in a 10-5 victory over Salem-Keizer. Reggie Golden had a big night, driving in four runs while going 2-for-4 with a triple. Blair Springfield plated three runs by hitting 2-for-3 with a double. Rafael Lopez led the Hawks with three hits, while Zeke DeVoss and Wes Darvill had multi-hit nights.

Austin Reed had a solid effort, allowing three runs (two earned) and striking out three in 5.2 innings. Colin Richardson went the rest of the way, giving up two earned runs while picking up his first save.

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Low Class-A – Peoria Chiefs (49-62)
Starter Brett Wallach was stung by his defense, as throwing errors by Arismendy Alcantara and Dustin Geiger led to four unearned runs in the Chiefs’ 8-2 loss on Thursday to Burlington. Wallach lasted only 2.2 innings, allowing six runs (two earned). P.J. Francescon tried to keep Peoria in the game by shutting out Burlington for 3.1 innings. Yohan Gonzalez and Roderik Pichardo let in the final two runs over the last three innings. Alcantara, Rubi Silva, and Micah Gibbs were all 2-for-4, while Geiger and Jesus Morelli provided an RBI each.

Outfielder Taiwan Easterling had the best game of his young career, as Peoria put on a late sprint to beat the Burlington Bees 6-2 on Friday. Easterling was 4-for-5 with double, two RBI, and two stolen bases. Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-4, while Rafael Valdes knocked in a couple of runs. Ben Klafczynski notched his first multi-hit night for the Chiefs, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Austin Kirk had his best outing since his no-hitter on July 4th, tossing six innings with only one earned run. Alvaro Sosa picked up the win after allowing an unearned run in his 1.1 innings. Dan Berlind got the final five out to earn his second save.

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Peoria made it two in a row on Saturday as Ben Klafczynski had a breakout game, with the Chiefs pulling away from Cedar Rapids 8-3. Peoria was actually being no-hit into the fifth inning before Arismendy Alcantara (2-for-4, RBI) broke the ice. The Chiefs then pounded out seven hits in a five-run eighth inning, with Klafczynski (3-for-4, RBI) and Taiwan Easterling (1-for-4, two RBI) among the players driving in runs.

Starling Peralta had one of his better efforts, allowing three earned runs in five innings while striking out five batters. Ramon Garcia picked up his first win, striking out three and blanking the Kernels for three innings. Roderik Pichardo nailed down the victory with a scoreless ninth.

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High Class-A – Daytona Cubs (67-45)
Daytona stumbled once again in a rehab start by Angel Guzman, as Lakeland pounded the D-Cubs 8-4 on Thursday. Daytona is now 4-5 in games started by Guzman, who pitches two innings every four days. Displaced starter Jeffrey Lorick continued the trend of giving up at least three earned runs after a Guzman start by allowing seven runs (six earned) in 4.1 innings. Juan Serrano put up zeroes for 1.2 innings, while Jordan Latham gave up a run in his inning of work. Michael Burgess tried to put Daytona on his shoulders, as he was 3-for-4 while blasting his 16th homer.

In his first start for the D-Cubs on Friday, Matt Loosen laid an egg as Lakeland thrashed Daytona 11-6. Loosen was the victim of six unearned runs in the second inning, but gave up four earned runs over his three innings of work. Aaron Kurcz and Kyle Smit came in and settled things down for four innings, grounding the Flying Tigers attack. Eduardo Figueroa mopped up for the final two innings, allowing an earned run. Daytona tried to come back, as Abner Abreu launched his first homer for the D-Cubs, while Logan Watkins was 2-for-5 with two RBI. Greg Rohan stayed hot by going 2-for-4, hitting his fourth home run and driving in two runners.

On Saturday, Daytona just couldn’t string together any hits, as their come-from-behind attempt fell short in a 5-4 loss to Clearwater. Starter Casey Harman held the Threshers scoreless for three innings, but ended up allowing four earned runs over five innings. Juan Serrano followed and gave up an earned run in two innings. Jordan Latham pitched a scoreless eighth. Jake Optiz’s three-run homer brought the D-Cubs close, and Michael Burgess’ single made it a one run game.

Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (65-47)
Starter Brooks Raley gave a typical Brooks Raley performance, as Tennessee relied on their tried-and-true formula of come from behind offense and an airtight bullpen to sweep Birmingham 4-3 on Thursday. Raley gave up three earned runs and struck out five in five innings. Stoppers Kevin Rhoderick and Jeffrey Beliveau went the rest of the way. Rhoderick earned his fifth win by blanking the Barons for two innings, while Beliveau picked up his second save, striking out two in two innings.

Junior Lake has shown some signs of life, as he was 2-for-3 with a double, two stolen bases, and two runs scored. Jae-Hoon Ha also appears to have turned things around. Ha was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Josh Vitters remains steady, as he also posted a 2-for-4 night with a run driven in.

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A rainout on Friday led to a double-header on Saturday. In game one, Tennessee relied on the longball, as they downed Huntsville 5-2. Josh Vitters appears to have taken leadership of the Smokies after multiple promotions. Vitters was 2-for-3, crushing his 12th homer and plating three runs. Nelson Perez also got into the act, going 2-for-3 with two RBI while belting his seventh big fly. Ryan Searle took control after spotting the Stars two early runs. Searle finished after six innings with only the two earned runs. Rafael Dolis came on and picked up his 11th save.

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The Smokies came close to making it a sweep in game two, but just didn’t have enough in the seventh inning as they lost to Huntsville 3-2. Marco Carrillo tried to keep Tennessee in the ballgame by allowing two earned runs in five innings, but Larry Suarez was initiated into Double-A by giving up a solo home run. David Macias walked with one out in the seventh to start the rally. Pinch hitter Jae-Hoon Ha’s double moved Macias to third. Josh Vitters (2-for-4) then delivered a two out single to bring them both home. Unfortunately, Blake Lalli struck out to end the game.

Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (50-65)
On Thursday, starter Nick Stuck had a lights-out performance, as the I-Cubs defeated Fresno 5-2. Struck baffled the Grizzlies, as he struck out seven while letting in only one earned run in his six innings of work. Carlton Smith followed and allowed an earned run. John Gaub finished up the final two innings to pick up his sixth save.

After experiencing a slump, Brett Jackson appears to have adjusted as he thrashed the Grizzlies’ pitching, blasting his fifth home run (his fourth in four straight games) while ending up 3-for-4 with an RBI. Brad Snyder added a solo clout, as he was 2-for-4 on the evening. Luis Montanez also contributed with a two-run double.

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Iowa staged a late rally on Friday, but came up short as they lost to Fresno 3-2. Starter Jay Jackson cruised for three innings, then gave up three earned runs in the fourth as he went a total of six innings. Robert Coello and Scott Maine held the Grizzlies scoreless for the rest of the game. The I-Cubs comeback attempt started with back-to-back singles by Steve Clevenger and Ryan Flaherty in the eighth inning. Clevenger scored on an error, while Brett Jackson doubled in Flaherty. D.J. LeMahieu, Bryan LaHair, and Marwin Gonzalez were the only other Iowa players to record hits.

Steve Clevenger’s pinch-hit bases loaded single in the bottom of the ninth inning brought home the winning run, as Iowa slid past Fresno 3-2 on Saturday. The I-Cubs could only manage three hits, but made them all count. After walks to Scott Moore and Chris Robinson, Casey Coleman got Iowa in the board with an RBI single in the sixth. D.J. LeMahieu walked and scored on Moore’s sacrifice fly to tie the game.

Involved in a pitcher’s duel, Coleman was up to the task as he allowed two earned runs and struck out three in seven innings. Justin Berg picked up the win by blanking the Grizzlies over two innings.

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News and Notes
Iowa placed RHP Chris Carpenter on the 7-Day disabled list. Outfielder Matt Spencer was assigned to Iowa from Tennessee. Tennessee suspended IF Matt Camp and placed IF Carlos Figueroa and RHP Marcus Hatley on the 7-Day disabled list.

Outfielder Nelson Perez, IF David Macias, and RHP Larry Suarez were assigned to Tennessee from Daytona. Daytona activated IF Jake Opitz from the 7-Day disabled list. Right-handed pitcher Matt Loosen was assigned to Daytona from Peoria. Infielder Rafael Valdes was assigned to Peoria from Daytona. Outfielder Oliver Zapata and RHP Jean Sandoval were assigned to Boise from the AZL Cubs. Right-handed pitcher Jin-Young Kim was assigned to the AZL Cubs from Boise.

Top Prospect Watch

  • Michael Burgess (OF) – .228, .328 OBP, .753 OPS, 21 Doubles, Triple, 16 HR, 60 RBI, 9 Outfield Assists (Daytona Cubs)
  • Chris Carpenter (RHP) – 2-3, 6.28 ERA, 28.2 IP, 20 ER, 28 K, 22 BB, 1.85 WHIP 3 Holds, Save (Iowa Cubs)
  • Micah Gibbs (C) – .244, .361 OBP, .656 OPS, 9 Doubles, HR, 19 RBI, Stolen Base, 26% Caught Stealing (Peoria Chiefs)
  • Reggie Golden (OF) .254, .370 OBP, .748 OPS, 5 Doubles, 3 Triples, HR, 13 RBI, 5 Stolen Bases, 2 Outfield Assists (Boise Hawks)
  • Jae-Hoon Ha (OF) – .256, .303 OBP, .755 OPS, 8 Doubles, Triple, 2 HR, 9 RBI, Stolen Base, Outfield Assist (Tennessee Smokies)
  • Brett Jackson (OF) – .291, .392 OBP, 1.008 OPS, 5 Doubles, Triple, 7 HR, 12 RBI, Stolen Base, 5 Outfield Assists (Iowa Cubs)
  • D.J. LeMahieu (IF) -.270, .297 OBP, .617 OPS, 3 Doubles, HR, 9 RBI, 2 Stolen Bases (Iowa Cubs)
  • Trey McNutt (RHP) – 2-4, 4.79 ERA, 62.0 IP, 33 ER, 39 K, 23 BB, 1.65 WHIP (Tennessee Smokies)
  • Hayden Simpson (RHP) – 0-2, 7.82 ERA, 12.2 IP, 11 ER, 8 K, 9 BB 2.05 WHIP (AZL Cubs)
  • Matt Szczur (OF) – .244, .277 OBP, .688 OPS, 5 Doubles, 2 Triples, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 5 Stolen Bases, 2 Outfield Assists (Daytona Cubs)
  • Josh Vitters (3B) -.273, .309 OBP, .741 OPS, 20 Doubles, Triple, 3 HR, 45 RBI, 3 Stolen Bases (Tennessee Smokies)

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  • Nathan

    Call B Jax up!!!!!

    • Brp921

      I think its time to see what he can do in the bigs.

      Question for everyone: How do you adjust the roster to bring him up?

      One suggestion: DFA Ortiz and Lopez and bring up Jackson and a starting pitcher. Casey Coleman can do at least as well or better than Ortiz or Lopez. There are a couple more less experenced guys they could take a chance on as well. if they wanted to see how they would react at the major league level.

      • Aaron

        Remember…..Lopez, because of his 2 good starts, was absolutely untouchable….so keep that in mind

    • Aaron

      Yeah right, Nathan….that would require brains….something the Cubs front office has proved it does NOT have.

      Furthermore, just like with Colvin, LeMahieu, Snyder, Castillo, etc., he’d rot on the bench. Do you really want his development in Quade’s hands?

      I sure wouldn’t.

      • Brp921

        I think that could be the final straw in the JH regime, if they brought up Jackson and left him on the bench. I can’t believe JH would have survived this long if he was that stupid……. so he probably won’t be called up untill September.

      • Nathan

        I agree Aaron, when I wrote that I didnt clarify. If they bring him up and sit him on the bench hes better off staying in Iowa and continuing to build confidence but if he were to play everyday at the show he definitely deserves a call up

  • Richard Hood

    The question with BJax at this time should be is he better off for the long run playing everyday in Iowa or sitting in as the 5th OF in Chicago. I think until there is a move of at least one outfielder (preferably 2 with Soriano just getting released and Johnson or Byrd getting traded) there is no reason to bring him up to the big club. I am not saying his is not ready I am saying that he has to be ready enough to force a move like what happened in Arizona with their 1st base prospects. Hopefully that will happen if not we will see him sitting on the bench in September which will help no one.

    • Brp921

      I have to agree with you Richard, six outfielders are to many for all of them to get regular playing time. My choice would be for Soriano to be moved even if they have to pay all of his salary. If not, then move Byrd for what they can get, he has no future with the Cubs. I want to keep Reed Johnson on the bench, he hustles, he can come in cold and hit, he’s probably the best defensive outfielder we have and along with Pena is the best veteran for mentoring young players that the Cubs have. I can see quite a few young players on the Cubs in the future and you need guys like Johnson setting the example of how to play the game.

  • Aaron

    I just want to say this…..the Cubs have done very well with their 7-game winning streak.

    I refrained from talking much during the streak, because:
    #1- I didn’t want to jinx it, and…
    #2- There were still MAJOR issues that needed correction, and the bounces all seemed to be going their way

    But this is VERY important to understand. The Cubs are still 49-66….even with their 7-game winning streak. They’d need to rip off 17 in a row, which would get them to about the beginning of September, and they’d still be about 10 games or so behind the Brewers (in all likelihood) or Cardinals.

    And this is also very important to understand…the Cubs have beaten up on the Astros, Pirates, and a reeling Reds team under former Resident Idiot (errrrr…..manager) of the Cubs, Dusty Baker. So we all need to have a bit of perspective here.

    The fact that the Cubs just ripped of 7 in a row, is NOT good for the team, the fan-base, or MLB as a whole, because it likely means that status quo will remain.

    For crying out loud, Hendry himself all but said Baker, Johnson, Pena, and Byrd would be back with the team next year. How does an average guy like Baker….a wanna-be DeRosa who can’t handle right-handed pitching, even deserve to be on the team? Oh….and he’s average defensively at EVERY position he plays. How does a guy like Johnson (who has EXCELLENT stats mind you….but so did Gary Gaetti that one season), who is aging at 35 years old, and has MAJOR back issues….that have landed him on the DL twice this year, and out several games on the bench at other times…be counted on to produce next year?!?!? How does a 1B in decline, that will be lucky if he reaches 75 RBI (he’s at 59 RBI now), be counted on to produce in a season in which he will be 34 years old next year?!?!?! Moreover, how does a guy like Byrd get counted on to produce next year, when he missed time with a freak eye injury, and has just 6 hr, 22 RBI, plays average defense, and has almost no speed…..and furthermore, should be getting pushed by a 23 year old top prospect, former #1 pick that has speed, great defense, a great arm, and significant power?!?!?!?!? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    The Cubs will NEVER get “it” under Jim Hendry…they just won’t. Because if Hendry comes back, along with Quade, you just know that the same damn lineup will be run out there day after day, and any rookies that come up will be relegated to the bench. What’s the point in even bringing them up anymore?!?!?

    • Richard Hood

      I agree with everything you said there especially about the ages of what would be the core of our team next year. The only difference is that I do see a role for Johnson or Byrd on the team next year as a 4th OF’er and a just in case. Byrd would have to be willing to play 4 out of 7 games and be that influence on the young guys to do it and I do not know if his ego will let him see the writing on the wall.

      If Colvin is what most of us think he is then he is going to be what we see here. A .250 hitter and power guy off the bench. The only problem he has shown he has to AB’s to be sharp and can’t handle being what his skill set says he should be.  So having Byrd still here is important.

       Right now our LF would be Campana. I do not see him as an everyday player yet but he could be with work on pitch selection and  working counts. I think his ceiling is probably a speed guy off the bench because his lack of fundamentals in outfield defense would have to be hidden on a daily basis. 

      Jackson would be our CF’er and the sky is the limit on what people are saying his ceiling is but lets let him get a year or so on the team before we put him in the conversation with Johnny Damon. In all honesty we do not know what we got with him yet. He needs to be getting his feet wet before we start projecting anything.

      So what I see happening is a Byrd kept and a Kubel type brought in. Just to have our bases covered. Especially if we move Soriano.

      • Tom U

        I just want to remind everyone that Byrd has gone on record in the past saying that he doesn’t want to cede playing time to anyone nor play any other position except center.

        • Brp921

          I can repect the fact that he wants to play. I think a guy who had the best interest of the team in mind though would have a different attitude. Let him ride the pine awhile and then ask him how he feels.

          • Tom U

            Well put.

    • Brp921

      I agree with all that you said except about Reed Johnson. In my previous comment I mentioned the fact that Pena is a good mentor for the young guys, but with the salary he will demand the Cubs should let him go after this year, if they can replace him. Where I disagree with you on Johnson is the fact that he is OK with being a reserve outfielder and doesn’t command a big salary. He is a great defensive outfielder and comes off the bench well. Lastly, he sets a great example for the young guys on how to play the game. The fact that he needs to rest his back now and then is not as much of a problem as it would be for a starter, they can just bring up a guy like Montanez for awhile when that happens. 

    • John_CC

      Byrd is so completely average I can’t stand it.  I mean, I like the guy, but that doesn’t matter.  The problem is that the current OF is so bad that it makes Byrd look that much better.  Unfortunately, self-described and proud of to NOT being a stats guy, a bone-head like Hendry points to the (relatively) high batting avg. of Byrd that is usually in the low .300s and uses that single stat to claim he is one of the best hitters on the team.  Don’t forget how many ABs he had in the 3-hole to reach the unbelievable bad RBI total of 22.  Twenty-two RBI!!!  

      The other day someone mocked someone else here at the idea of Campana and LaHair starting in the OF.  Campana probably is not an everyday player, but there is little doubt that Campy and Untouchable Johnson could produce Byrd-like production of 6 HR, 22 RBI…o wait, Reed already has 4 HR and 24 RBI in half the ABs! 

      Anyway, Byrd is one of the those “clubhouse guys” that Hendry just cannot come to terms with letting go.  I think that Marlon might actually except the role of platoon player and mentor to a young, highly talented Brett Jackson.  But who knows. It’s still problematic because Johnson, DeWitt and Baker are still clogging up the gears and all seem to be “necessary” in upper management’s mind. 

      In the end, I agree, because it is a fact: nothing will change as long as Hendry is GM.  It is a fact because he has never done anything to prove differently. His M.O. is clear and consistent; he likes veterans and utility players, proven past track records, and he is stubborn. 

      But one thing I do not agree with; there is simply NO WAY that Quade comes back. No way.  But if he does, I am seriously done with the Cubs until he is.

    • cc002600

       Your hatred for Hendry turns your brain into mush and causes you to blurt out so many ridiculous comments.

      Here’s what you don’t seem to get.

      You take everything that Hendry says  in public at face value, when everyone in the world, except you apparantly, knows that what he says publicly to the media and what’s he thinking are in many cases 2 VERY, VERY different things.

      Hendry is the GM. Politically, he CANNOT come out and say what he really feels in many cases. No GM can. But you take his comments at face value, and tell us EVERY SINGLE DAY, how stupid he is by what he says to the media.

      Example: his comment about Byrd coming back. Well, duh. What do you want to him say ??  Byrd is under contract for next year. Everyone knows he’s average at best and that his contract is handcuffing Hendry in trying to dump him. He would LOVE to trade him, so he could put BJax in CF and save $$’s. But the fact of the matter is that Byrd has very little trade value, so what do you want him to say ??? ” Byrd sucks, and nobody wants him, so we’re stuck “. That’s the real truth and he knows that and EVERYONE knows that, but he can’t say it. Hello ?

      And that doesn’t mean that next year, Byrd is on the team, but maybe he becomes 4th OF.

      And I’m not here to defend Hendry, just sayin that its so ridiculous to take his commments made to the media at face value. ….and oh, you aren’t the only one on here that does that. 

      • Brp921

        I won’t deny that early on JH did some good things. Making a real good trade for ARam, signing Ted Lilly, maybe theres a couple deals that aren’t coming to mind. But remember, he also is responsible for signing Soriano for a boatload of $ more than any other team offered him. He traded DeRosa because He was “the only guy he could trade to make room for a left handed power hitter”, only to bring in Bradley who was a switch hitter who’s only power was from the right side. I won’t even mention the head case Bradley was because I didn’t really see that one coming. He signed Grabow, a middle reliever, to a big multible year contract. He swung and missed on Fukudome. He gave Zambrano a big fat contract ( I agreed with it at the time, but then I didn’t have the relationship, or the knowledge to see what a loose cannon he was and JH did). He hired an inept Mike Quade over several more qualified candidates. I could go on, but my point is that JH has a track record, so your theory here, that some people on this site just have a blind hatred for JH, with all due respect, in my opinion, just doesn’t hold water.

        • cubtex

          What is this love affair with Mark DeRosa???? Since he has left the Cubs his average has been .250 in 09 .194 in 10 and he is hitting .158 this year in very limited playing time. So….if the Cubs held onto DeRosa for the last 3 years this is the production they would have had at 6 million per year. I say…..good riddance or they would be stuck with another bad contract!

          • John_CC

            The “love affair” is obvious; he was an integral part of a great season and a great dude too!

            But I agree.  I have said it before (many times) and I’ll say it again, that was the ONLY time that Hendry sold high on a player after a career year.  He got him after a career year and it turned out to be a good move and then he got rid of him.  Of course the problem with the trade was that he didn’t get much return…but what did we expect from Jimbo?

          • cubtex

            He is a good dude but he has had a couple of good years as a starter and the majority as a part time player with Atlanta and Texas. He has been worthless since he left the Cubs. They saved millions by not keeping him and they got Chris Archer for him who was a key piece in getting Garza. This was one of Hendry’s good moves!

          • John_CC

            I told you I agree!  Hendry’s only sell high trade with the Cubs. The ONLY ONE.

          • cubtex

            How about Hee Seop Choi for Derek Lee? That was a pretty good sell high. I want Hendry gone too! It is time for a change but he did do some good things.

          • Brp921

            That was even better than the Ramirez trade. I can’t believe I forgot that one in my post.

          • Brp921

            I don’t have a “love affair” with Mark DeRosa, he was just a good reserve to have around when we had him. Every player has his window. I just have brought him up a couple of times when I talked about the foolishness of bringing in Milton Bradley for the stated reason that they needed a lefthanded power hitter. That was the reasoning behind trading DeRosa. DeRosa was in fact a good player when he was with the Cubs.

          • cubtex

            Sorry if you felt that was merely directed at you. DeRosa was a nice player for the Cubs…..but if the kept him and signed him to a long term contract…..they would have been screwed with a bad contract. I am not defending the Bradley signing(I was for signing Abreu at 5mil) but I am happy they got rid of DeRosa when they did.

        • cc002600

          You are missing my point.


          I am NOT defending the moves Hendry has made over the recent years. He has
          made some HORRENDOUS moves recently.  You get no argument from me.

          What I am saying is that many people take quotes from Hendry made to the
          media at face value and then comment on how stupid he is, which is ridiculous. 
          As GM or manager, you can’t throw your players under bus publicly or say what
          you really believe. You are naive if you can’t see that.


          I’ll give you another example: a couple weeks ago, he made the comment about
          how he didn’t see the cubs as sellers at trade deadline and that they wouldn’t
          be moving anyone. Well, of course, right away, all the genuises out there jumped
          up and down and said how could Hendry be so dumb to actually think the cubs
          still have a chance ??


          well, when I read that quote by him, it was VERY obvoius to me what he was
          REALLY saying, but he couldn’t say it publicly, and its this: “I absolutely know
          we’re out of it, and would LOVE to dump any and all of the some of these bad
          contracts, but NOBODY wants our garbage”…That is the reality.  But do you
          really think, as GM,  he can come out and say that ? Of course not !!!   so he
          makes a benign statement that he doesn’t see the cubs as “Sellers”


          I am always amused and how people on here actually think there are  some
          teams out there that want to acquire underachieving, overpaid players. (I.e
          Soriano, Z, Aram, Grabo, Byrd)  I said 3 weeks ago that none of these guys will
          be moved.  and the ONLY reason they were able to move Fuk is becuase they
          basically paid all of his remaining salary. Please wake up to the fact that
          these guys have ZERO value and NOBDOY wants them.  NOBODY.


          Again….I’m not defending his moves……














          • cc002600

            Opps, sorry for the duplication

      • carmelo

        Well said—

  • Nathan

    Anyone one have updates on the draft about guys who have signed but arent being released yet?

    • Neil

      The only thing new I’ve heard, and it was today, is that the Gretzky signing is not official yet, as previously reported.

      Should be a lot of movement on that front in the next week.

  • Neil

    Starlin Castro was named NL Player of the Week for Aug 1 – Aug 7

    • cubtex

      Well deserved!

    • paulcatanese

      I knew that

  • cubsklm

    Is it to early for a Christmas Wish List

    Trade Soto to the Redsox for Josh Reddick. Put Reddick in RF, Jackson in CF, Colvin in LF. keep Byrd as 4th OF

    Trade the following players in August, Pena, Zambrano.

    At the end of the season dump, Baker, Hill, Dewitt, Johnson, Ortiz, Grabow, Lopez

    Keep Ramirez and sign Fielder and a SP

    Fire Quade and Hendry

    • Ken Hubbs

      Great list, Cubsklm.  Not picking on you, but did you maybe forget some wish regarding Soriano, or is that albatross too much even for Santa?

      • cubsklm

        Yeah, I haven’t been that good this year. I don’t have the jingle balls to ask Santa to address the Soriano situation.

    • Brp921

      I would rather have Campana and Johnson as reserve outfielders.

  • Tom U

    In reading the game notes for Iowa’s game today, they pointed out something I reported a couple of weeks ago.

    Iowa is now second in fielding percentage, and has gone the last four games error free, Basically, since the promotions of Marwin Gonzalez, DJ LeMahieu, Ryan Flaherty, Brett Jackson, and Steve Clevenger Iowa’s ERA has dropped by 1.17. 

    In the last 11 games, Iowa’s starters have a 2.98 ERA over 60.1 innings.

    Interesting…speed and talent can help save runs and improve your pitching staff’s confidence. Wonder if anyone else knows this?

  • Tom U

    Thank you to everyone for your comments.

    • Patrick_Schaefer

      The Cubs have said for a couple years that Castillo isn’t good at calling games. They should try him in LF and at 1b as a back up in the ML he has the power.
      Clevenger doesn’t have the power but I think he calls a good game and would do alot better in a reserve roll for the Cubs than Hill and Clevenger would hit for average.