Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/01/11

Playing out the string is not what they have in mind in Boise, as Paul Hoilman looks for a home run crown while Reggie Golden is heating up. Peoria’s Richard Jones continues his pursuit of 100 RBI, as All-Stars Evan Crawford, Justin Bour, and Frank Batista of Daytona prepare for the playoffs. With five games left in the season, Josh Vitters and the Tennessee Smokies remain tied for the second half championship and a first round bye. Meanwhile, Bryan LaHair is making history in Iowa.

Along with News and Notes, and a season recap of action in the Dominican Summer League and the Arizona Rookie League, welcome to Thursday’s edition of the Down on the Farm Report. Short Season-A – Boise Hawks (33-39)
After spotting Salem-Keizer two runs in the first inning on Sunday, Boise’s offense went on a tear as they defeated the Volcanoes 9-2. Oliver Zapata (2-for-3) started the scoring by blasting his second home run. Reggie Golden added a two-run shot, and Paul Hoilman (2-for-5) extended his Northwest League lead with his 15th home run. Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI, while Wes Darvill was 2-for-4 with a double.

Ben Wells may have had his best effort of the season, as he allowed only two unearned runs and struck out five in 5.2 innings. Kyler Burke went 3.1 scoreless innings, striking out five and in the process he earned his first save.

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After an off-day Monday, Boise spotted Vancouver to an early run, and then blew past them for a 5-1 victory. Reggie Golden paced the Hawks, going 2-for-4 with a double, home run, and three RBI. Paul Hoilman was 2-for-3 and clubbed his league leading 16th home run. Zeke DeVoss and Rafael Lopez were each 2-for-4.

Boise gave Joe Zeller a start, and he was up to the task, allowing an earned run and striking out two in three innings. Dustin Fitzgerald and Andrew McKirahan were each perfect following Zeller … Fitzgerald throwing three innings and McKirahan two. Bryce Shafer finished out with a scoreless ninth.

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Low Class-A – Peoria Chiefs (58-76)
Peoria pitching sparkled on Sunday, as they shut out the Kane County Cougars 2-0. Luis Liria held the Cougars to one hit while striking out three in 6.2 innings. Yoannis Negrin earned his first save by tossing 2.1 perfect innings. Richard Jones continued his quest for the Midwest League’s RBI title by belting his 23rd home run. Kenny Socorro was 2-for-4 with a double, while Rafael Valdes was also 2-for-4. Rubi Silva drove in the Chiefs’ other run.

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They saved all the action to the very end, and unfortunately, Kane County came out on top on Monday as the defeated Peoria 5-4. Rafael Valdes was 2-for-4 with a double, but his throwing error provided the Cougars with the winning margin. Anthony Giansanti was 2-for-3 with a stolen base and an RBI. In his second start, P.J. Francescon showed some potential. Francescon allowed only one earned run while striking out five in four innings. Pete Levitt had one of his better outings, striking out four in three scoreless innings. Ramon Garcia, previously un-scored upon in 13 innings, broke the seal on Monday, giving up four runs (three earned) in the eighth inning.

Peoria scored seven runs in the fourth inning on Tuesday, and then hung on for an 8-7 victory over Kane County. Everyone for the Chiefs recorded at least one hit. Rafael Valdes led the way. Valdes was 4-for-5 with a double and a run driven in. Taiwan Easterling was 3-for-5 with an RBI, while Richard Jones added to his league leading RBI total by plating two more runs and going 2-for-4 with a double. Dustin Geiger and Ben Klafczynski also had multi-hit games.

Dallas Beeler, still working his way back from injury, tossed 2.2 scoreless innings, striking out three batters. Brett Wallach followed and walked six and he allowed three earned runs in an inning. Yohan Gonzalez also allowed three earned runs in 2.1 innings. Alvaro Sosa held the Cougars scoreless for two innings, and Roderik Pichardo gave up a run in the ninth.

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High Class-A Daytona Cubs (76-57)
With Sunday’s game tied at 3-3 after five innings, Daytona’s pitching fell apart as they lost to Dunedin 10-5. Starter Casey Harman gave up six runs (five earned) in five innings, while Jeffrey Lorick allowed four earned runs in his two innings. Juan Serrano mopped up with a scoreless inning. Evan Crawford remained in the running for the Florida State League batting crown after going 3-for-5. Jake Opitz and Michael Brenly were each 2-for-4 with a double.

Like Cubs announcer Bob Brenly likes to say, Daytona “kept the line moving”, pounding out 18 hits as they defeated Dunedin 9-6. Everyone in the D-Cubs’ line-up got at least one hit, with Jake Opitz leading the way by going 4-for-4 with two home runs and six RBI. Justin Bour, Elliot Soto, and Chad Noble were responsible for the other runs.

Matt Loosen got the call on Monday and delivered six strikeouts while allowing three runs (two earned) in five innings. Eduardo Figueroa threw two perfect innings, but Angel Guzman gave up three earned runs in 0.2 innings. Frank Batista struck out three as he recorded the final four outs for his 26th save.

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Inclement weather postponed a doubleheader on Tuesday. So on Wednesday, Daytona turned to “Mr. Doubleheader” for a 6-3 win over Tampa. For the third time this season, Dae-Eun Rhee went the distance in a doubleheader game, allowing three earned runs and striking out seven batters. Rhee’s 110 strikeouts place him 11th in the Florida State League.

All-Star Evan Crawford, back in the leadoff spot, set the table for the D-Cubs by going 2-for-4. Matt Szczur had a big afternoon, 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI. Justin Bour, another All-Star, pushed into second place in the league by driving in two runs.

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Daytona got seven hits in game two, but couldn’t string them together for runs as they lost to Tampa 4-1. Frank Del Valle gave up two earned runs in the first four innings. Aaron Kurcz and Yoannis Negrin each allowed another earned run in their respective innings. Jordan Latham pitched a perfect seventh. Matt Szczur continued to have a good day’s work, going 2-for-3 in the nightcap and driving in Daytona’s only run. Abner Abreu was also 2-for-3 and scored the run.

Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (81-54)
Tennessee struggled both offensively and defensively on Sunday, giving away a 6-2 game to Jacksonville. Starter Ryan Searle gave up six runs in 5.2 innings, but only three earned after an error by Josh Vitters. Kevin Rhoderick and Oswaldo Martinez finished the game combining for 3.1 scoreless innings. Rebel Ridling was 2-for-4 with two doubles. Vitters and Nate Samson drove in the Smokies’ runs.

While Andrew Cashner had the spotlight on Monday, it was the Trey McNutt show for Tennessee, as the Smokies secured their 80th win with a 7-2 victory over Jacksonville. Cashner struck out the side while working the first inning, and McNutt struck out five while allowing only one earned run in six innings. McNutt even aided his cause by belting his first home run. Jeffrey Beliveau gave up an earned run and struck out two in the final two innings.

Josh Vitters blasted a two-run home run as part of a 2-for-4 evening, while Nate Samson added his own two-run shot. Rebel Ridling and Jonathan Mota also joined the 2-for-4 club, each driving in a run.

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Tennessee put up six runs in the seventh inning on Tuesday, and then held on for a 10-8 triumph over Jacksonville. Batting in the second spot, Josh Vitters was a one man wrecking crew. Vitters was 3-for-5 with a double and five RBI. Setting the table for Vitters was Jae-Hoon Ha, who was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Steve Clevenger was 3-for-4, and Junior Lake was 2-for-5.

Marco Carrillo was given the spot start and came through with a typical performance. Carrillo gave up only an unearned run and struck out six in five innings. He even aided his own cause by singling and coming around to score. Larry Suarez followed and struggled, allowing two earned runs in only a third of an inning. Kevin Rhoderick bailed Suarez out of the sixth inning. Marcus Hatley allowed two earned runs in an inning, while Rafael Dolis coughed up another two earned runs in a third of an inning. Jeff Stevens limited the damage to an earned run in 1.2 innings and picked up his second save.

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Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (63-76)
Iowa lost out on a squeaker again on Sunday, bowing to Oklahoma City 2-1. Alberto Cabrera may have pitched one of his best games for the I-Cubs. Cabrera went six innings and allowed two runs while striking out five batters. Robert Coello tossed two perfect innings to help keep the team in the game. The offense just couldn’t click, as Luis Montanez followed the role of an Iowa leadoff hitter, blasting a solo homer for the I-Cubs. Marwin Gonzalez was 2-for-4.

Down 5-3 going into the bottom of the seventh on Monday, Iowa put the pedal to the metal and shot past Nashville 8-5. Once again, Bryan LaHair was the story as he tied an Iowa record with his 37th home run. LaHair was 2-for-4 on the evening with three RBI. Luis Montanez also drove in three as he went 3-for-4 with a triple.

Chris Rusin had a rough outing, serving up two home runs in 6.2 innings in a five earned run effort. Hung-Wen Chen was able to get Rusin off the hook in the seventh by striking out the last batter. Blake Parker then went the rest of the way, striking out three in two scoreless innings for his fourth save.

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Iowa wasn’t able to keep pace with the Nashville Sounds on Tuesday, as they lost 7-3. Nick Struck appears to be running out of gas, as the 21-year old tossed another uncharacteristic performance. Stuck allowed six earned runs, but struck out five, in 4.2 innings. Carlton Smith was able to get Struck out of the fifth inning, and Dan Berlind followed with a scoreless sixth inning. Kyle Smit then came in for two innings and allowed an earned run. John Gaub finished out the game with a perfect ninth. The single season record for home runs in the Iowa franchises history now solely belongs to Bryan LaHair. LaHair connected with his 38th of the season, and added a double in a 2-for-3 evening. Chris Robinson was 2-for-4.

Jay Jackson gave it everything he could on Wednesday, but Iowa just couldn’t give him run support as they fell to Nashville 1-0. Jackson struck out eleven batters and allowed only one earned run in his six innings. Robert Coello struck out another four in three scoreless innings. The I-Cubs only managed three hits, singles by Luis Montanez and Ryan Flaherty, and a double by Marwin Gonzalez.

Rookie – AZL Cubs (28-28)
The AZL Cubs missed the playoffs, as the organization placed a priority on getting as many draft choices they could onto the playing field to end the season rather than securing the wild card. That may have been the wise choice, as winning the Rookie League championship at the cost of player development would have been a hollow victory. The AZL Cubs were good at developing players, having 11 position players and 15 pitchers advance to higher levels in the system.

The Cubs’ overall hitting leader was infielder Gioskar Amaya, who hit .377 in 52 games. He also led the team with 13 stolen bases and eight triples, and was second in RBI with 36. First Baseman Ryan Durrence and C Neftali Rosario tied for the team lead with three homers, with Durrence also tying for the team lead in doubles with 16. Shortstop Marco Hernandez tied for the lead in doubles, and was the RBI leader with 42.

Eighteen-year old left-hander Brian Smith was the team leader in starts. His 3.30 ERA and 3-4 record were tops for starting pitchers, and his 41 strikeouts were second on the club. Twenty year old lefty Hunter Ackerman was the strikeout leader with 49, as he sported a 3.68 ERA in 44 innings. Alvido Jimenez and Yilver Sanchez tied for the team lead with two saves, as Sanchez struck out 32 batters opposed to six walks in 26.1 innings.

Dominican Summer League
The Dominican Summer League playoffs came to a crashing halt for the Cubs 2 team, losing two straight to the DSL Mariners in the first round.

For those of you who may have missed it last week, here is a recap of the Cubs 1 team:
The offensive leader for C-1 was OF Kelvin Encarnacion, who hit .296 with 4 doubles, 11 triples, a home run, 27 RBI, and 28 stolen bases. Shortstop Francisco Sanchez led the team with six home runs and 29 RBI. Right-handed pitcher Pedro Araujo was the team leader in wins with a 4-1 record, innings pitched with 56.2, and strikeouts with 51. Lefty Angel Mejias led with 2.59 ERA.

C-2 placed several members among the league leaders. Leading hitter 3B Jeimer Candelario was fourth in the league with a .337 batting average, and second in RBI with 53. Outfielder-First Baseman Xavier Batista was fourth in the league with 11 home runs while his 38 RBI tied for 10th in the league, along with SS Carlos Penalver. Outfielder-First Baseman Delbis Arclia was fifth in the DSL with 44 RBI. Outfielder Jeffrey Baez ranked fourth in stolen bases with 32.

Right-handed pitchers Loiger Padron and Alexander Santana were tied for 12th in the league with six wins. Padron was the team ERA leader with 2.44. Left-hander Victor Garcia led the team, and was 19th in the league with 64 strikeouts. Francisco Turbi had 11 saves, good for sixth in the DSL.

News and Notes
Iowa placed C Welington Castillo on the 7-Day disabled list. Catcher Mario Mercedes was assigned to Iowa from Boise. Right-handed pitcher Yoannis Negrin was assigned to Daytona from Peoria. Peoria activated IF Arismendy Alcantara, and placed OF John Andreoli on the 7-Day disabled list. Right-handed pitcher Ryan Hartman was assigned to Peoria from the AZL Cubs. Boise placed OF Pin-Chieh Chen and RHP Yao-Lin Wang on the temporary inactive list. Left-handed pitcher Jeffrey Lorick was assigned to Boise from Daytona. Outfielder Kyung-Min Na and RHP’s James Pugliese and Tony Zych were assigned to Boise from the AZL Cubs.

Tennessee SS Matt Camp received a 50 game suspension after a second violation of the substance abuse policy.

First Baseman Paul Hoilman and C Rafael Lopez of the Boise Hawks were named to the Northwest League All-Star team. First Baseman Justin Bour, OF Evan Crawford, and Closer Frank Batista of the Daytona Cubs joined Manager Buddy Bailey in being named to the Florida State League All-Star team.

Closer Rafael Dolis of the Tennessee Smokies was named to the Southern League All-Star team. First Baseman Bryan LaHair of the Iowa Cubs was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team.

Bryan LaHair was named the PCL’s MVP on Wednesday.

This concludes ChicagoCubsOnline’s mid-week coverage of the minor league system. The Down on the Farm Report returns to its weekly format on Monday with coverage of the minor league playoffs.

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  • diehardcubfan

    Congratulations to Brian LaHair for winning the PCL MVP!!!  That will not help his chances though in receiving a legitimate shot to showcase what he can do at the ML level with the Cubs.

    • paulcatanese

      Agree, as Qua manages with blinders on, and his sole mission is to win games for his resume. Unless there is a complete change from upper management on the way they want the Cubs to go, now and not later, the Vets will be played over any people that are brought up. Rookies will be used sparingly in pinch hitting roles and late inning replacements. That is Qua’s way, and as I say orders would have to come from the top to do anything different.

      • Anonymous47701

        I thought Jim Hendry was Pulling Mike Quade’s Strings at the time, What Happened, all of a sudden he’s in charge of the roster?

        • paulcatanese

          That was my opinion yes, and still believe that, however numerous times I have been told differently, and now that JH is gone, it seems to be the case that Qua is pulling his own string.

  • Griffnbell

    Any word on who will get the call to big club? Here’s a few people I’d like to see.

    Jay Jackson
    Bryan Lahair
    Steve Clevenger
    Marwin Gonzales
    Ryan Flaherty
    Frank Batista
    Kevon Rhoderick
    Frank Bellivue
    Maine
    Gaub
    I’d like to see more but I’m sure the younger studs won’t see the bigs this year. I hope some of these kids get a shot of playing everyday and not in just pinch hit duties or mop up roles. Quade needs to be less loyal to the vets and be open to seeing what we have for next year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

    Hopefully Hoilman can make some adjustments to cut down on the strikeouts 101 in 288 PA’s that is Mark Renolds bad.

  • paulcatanese

    Interesting to note that the Cubs led the NL in June and August with home runs.
    Just what has that achomplished? they are still more than a few games under .500 and don’t seem to be able to finish any higher. What happens in-between those home runs are just as important to a winning season. Defense and fundementals play as important a part as the long ball, and that is something the Cubs are not doing. Home runs are great, they bring people into the stands, I for one, know that is not enough and until they can correct the balance they will continue to be mired in the lower echelons of the NL Central division.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      It goes back to the idea that “chicks dig the long ball”. You can’t even say it is Earl Weaver baseball because he always loved the 3 run homer. We can’t seem to hit very many with guys on base. No grand slams at this time of the season is bad.

      • paulcatanese

        Thats a fair statement Richard. “chicks dig the long ball”, but they dont buy the beer. Then again because the chicks are there, the guys buy the beer, for themselves and for the female counterparts as an introduction. So, figuring that the chicks may just buy the first beer, the guys spend twice as much as they would normaly and are buying two beers at a time. I have no idea where I’m going with this and stopping to figure it out.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

          The chicks dig the long ball thing is a old marketing slogan for Nike. But it is the same idea.

    • cc002600

      The answer is simple: Pitching

      They have to get at least 2 starters this winter.  I really like the way the bullpen is shaping up, assumimg they bring back Woody, which I don’t know how they couldn’t. And I think Cashner should be in bullpen.

      I knew it was going to be a mistake to make him a starter this year…..and I will bet they will try it again next year, the idiots.

  • cc002600

    Tom U, or anyone else,
    What happened to Steve Clevenger ?  I know they pushed him back to AA awhile back. I thought they were high on this kid, have they now soured on him ?  His numbers seem pretty darn good to me.
     

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      The only thing that happened to Clevenger was that he got caught in a numbers games. He keeps coming up to Triple A when there is a spot for him to start. They seem to want that to be the key. So he comes up to Triple A when Castillo gets hurt.

      • cc002600

        Thanks, Richard

    • Tom U

      For the second year in a row, the organization has to make a decision concerning their catching position with someone who is a converted infielder.

      Last year, Robinson Chirinos put up great numbers in both Double-A and Triple-A, and looked as if he could handle the role defensively. Clevenger is almost a carbon copy (how’s that for  a dated term?), except he is a few years younger and left handed.

      From my perspective, Clevenger would make an ideal back-up, with the possibility of becoming a starter if he showed he can handle big league pitching. He has a much higher value than Koyie Hill. He’s better offensively, has good defensive numbers, and has experience at third and first. 

      The only thing holding those players back was the bias the previous management had against their own players. We all saw that, when given a chance, Chirinos performed more than adequately at the major league level. Here’s hoping the next regime takes that into account when evaluating Clevenger.

      • cubtex

        Hate to disagree Tom….but how has Chirinos performed adequately? He is hitting. 218 and the really disturbing stat is he has only thrown out 2 runners out of 23 stolen bsse attempts. That is beyond brutal.

        • Tom U

          I understand what you are saying, but I take my view from at least a step further back. 

          According to what fans were told by previous management, players such as Sam Fuld, Brandon Guyer, and Chirinos couldn’t even play at the major league level, but some one like Fernando Perez could. Any success that players like these have can be considered a vindication.

      • cc002600

        Thanks, Tom.

        The thing that I noticed in his numbers that that I thought was impressive was that he has more walks than K’s.  You don’t see that very often. I think Chirinos had that too, which is probably one of the reasons why you said they are similar.

        I’d like to see the cubs trade Soto this winter for some pitching. I think Clevenger and Castillo could do the job.

        Anyways, keep up the good work !!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

    Is there any word yet of who besides LaHair gets added today?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Not yet. There is really only one spot left on the 40 man to add for a call-up. That will go to LaHair. Would think Gaub and Carpenter at this point. Maybe LeMahieu.

      • carmelo

        For a Sept. call-up how about RHR Robert Coello from Iowa—-here are his stats as a reliever only—-IP-35   H-18   HR-0   BB-13   K-46   ERA-1.04   and Batting Ave Against Him-.153—-   This is the guy we got from Boston in the off season (trade for Thomas-2b) , he began the year as a starter and has turned around his career by going to the pen.  Bring him up!!!

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Coello has pitched well as a reliever after he got back on track in Double-A.  He was on the 40-man but was DFA’d and re-signed. That could be an option with maybe releasing one of the many relievers that is on the 40-man.

  • paulcatanese

    This is my morning to be confused. When I had said a number of times criticising Qua for his lineups and players, comments were made that the players are what he was given to work with, okay,then looking back a little, Pinella wanted more left handed power so they brought in Bradley, apparantly at Pinella’s request. What makes it different with Qua? Does that mean he has no say so with players that would help? Is there a different set of standards here? If not Qua is really messed up as he should have asked for different players. And if he did have anything to do with the likes of Lopez,Ortiz,etc. he is really not qualified to be a major league manager.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      No Quade probably has very little input on the roster. He has not earned that right yet and I still think that is the reason he got hired to begin with. Sandberg or Wedge did not get hired for the same reason Quade was pushed so much.

      • paulcatanese

        Thanks for the reply, Richard, was gone for a while and would have answered sooner. I agree that Qua would not have the same input that Pinella or even Baker would have because of their past management resumes. I wish I knew exactly what Qua has as far as his power goes. That would go a long way in understanding the development of younger players.
        What I do understand is his reluctance to play the younger players as in his mind the veterans are a proven commodity and the rookies are not. That really is not fair to assume the Vets are better players just because they have been at the big league level for an extended period of time. Dont know what production could be derived just because of their status as vets.
        The justification of playing them for extended periods of time and they not producing but will because of their background is  not the way in my mind as the games they have cost can never be made up. Saying that someone has a track record and will hit sooner or later is what got Qua in trouble in the first place.
        His adamant stance of winning for his own advancement should be viewed by upper maagement in two ways, 1. he wants to show that he can be a winning manager and should be retained.2. His refusal to experiment and change the philosophy of a youth movement because of his intenetion to be retained. Both end up together, his desire to be self serving and should be viewed by management as a lack of ability to merge the two together and produce what is best for the Cubs and not himself.

  • Anthony

    Good power by Hoilman, nice to see results

    On a smaller note, Peoria OF Ben Klafczynski hit .322 in the month of August after a slow start

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

    It is so sad that on the day off news cycle we have to put up with everyone speculating and/or making a case for this guy or that guy based mostly on what the writers want to happen because of sources that are already in place for the next regime.

    Just once I want a writer to say hey I do not know the guy but I love this guys resume then give reasons why.  Instead we get oh oh oh Ricketts is at a Cubs game yesterday in SF and that is right across the Bay from Oakland are they connected? Get real if they were going to interview a potential candidate they would not do it when the Cubs are in town.

    Sorry to be off subject just needed to vent after reading a story.

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/7393986-419/gm-dial-spins-to-beane.html#.TmAA_fzZJs8.twitter

    • paulcatanese

      Richard, I agree completely with youre view of the article.Having delt with the west coast papers with both sons and grandkids in and out of the paper, I know exactly what you are talking about. I was amazed how the news media knew my family better than I did. I don’t even get the paper anymore. Its one of the reasons I like this site so much, as the information gathered from the blog is 100% more reliable and to the point.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

        Whats really sad is that I was a journalism major in school so many years ago. That is one of the reasons I walked away from doing it.

        • paulcatanese

          I know where you are coming from, I was a business major and walked away from a corperation after 19 years, because I couldnt support their paractice’s,
          unethical.

  • paulcatanese

    Forgot to mention how many times the Giants announcers mentioned how much Lopez looked like Greg Maddux, his appearence, style, form. they even superimposed Tv shots of Maddux and Lopez and how much they were alike, I agree they look similar except Lopez is much much better at hitting bats than Maddux ever was.

  • Tom U

    Thank you to everyone for you for your comments

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Andrew Cashner pitched the eighth inning for the
    Iowa Cubs on Thursday night. Cashner retired the side in order on 10 pitches
    (nine for strikes) … seven of the 10 pitches were clocked in the upper 90s (98,
    99 on the gun).

  • Tom U

    In other minor league news, former Cubs 2004 draft pick Russ Canzler was named the International League MVP. 

    Playing for the Durham Bulls, the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, Canzler is hitting .307 with 18 HR and 80 RBI. Primarily a third baseman, Canzler was signed by Tampa as a minor league free agent following last season.

    Canzler recently had his single season home run record for Boise broken when Paul Hoilman hit his 17th home run.

    In an odd note, Canzler is not Durham’s leading hitter. That would be Brandon Guyer, currently batting .312.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      I like Guyer. He is going to to be a good 4th OF’er for TB eventually. I just thought he got passed by Colvin last year and with Jackson coming on he was the odd man out. What is really sad is even with Colvin coming back to earth this year his days as a Cub would still be numbered.

      • Calicub

        Its amazing the way in which former Cubs just seem to thrive in other systems. Hmm.  Better watch out pretty soon half the league is gonna be full of McGeehee’s.

        Tyler Colvin WILL be the head of his Camp this year and will come out ready to tear the cover of the ball in the spring… barring any unforeseen broken bat incidences.

  • paulcatanese

    The comment on twitter that Arams agent has said that with a new GM it may cost the Cubs the services of the third baseman as they dont know where they are at this time. The agent said Aram may be seeking a multi year deal. Of course he would and I think the agent is playing the Cubs right now and using the excuse of a new GM to get more. I look at it as since he only plays half a season at a time he should only be offered a contract for a year and a half and that would equal three years in Arams mind. The games are about to begin with the Cubs.

    • Calicub

      in opportune time to comment on an old post lol.

      The price we pay for living in California

      • paulcatanese

        You are right, as I just saw it yesterday, did not pick up on it before. I live in Redding,Ca. and you know how much the Cubs are in the paper up here.Up here, only the computer knows.