Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/21/12

The games to start this week were sparse, as All-Star breaks occurred in the Southern, Florida State, and Midwest Leagues. Boise managed their first win, with Jeimer Candelario and Dong-Yub Kim leading the way. Iowa remains inconsistent, but Josh Vitters is still hot.

Along with summaries of the All-Star Games, and a recap of action in the Dominican Summer League, here is today’s Down on the Farm Report.

Note: Monday’s report will cover games from Wednesday to Saturday. Thursday’s report covers games Sunday through Tuesday.

Short Season-A – Boise Hawks (1-4)
The Boise Hawks looked poised for their first victory of 2012 on Sunday night, but relief pitching wasn’t able to hold as they lost 4-3 to Salem-Keizer. Twenty year old Tayler Scott had his first professional start and struck out four over five scoreless innings. Hayden Simpson came on in relief, and gave up two earned runs in two innings. Pete Levitt was able to hold in the eighth, but gave up two singles with one out in the ninth. Experienced closer Bryce Shafer was asked to slam the door, but instead allowed a walk-off, two-run single, both charged to Levitt, to end the game. Shawon Dunston, Jr. was finally able to make the stat sheet for 2012, as he was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Gioskar Amaya went 2-for-3, while Jeimer Candelario drove in two as he was 2-for-4.

It took 12 innings, but the Hawks finally put one in the win column as they beat Salem-Keizer 6-4 on Monday. Boise took advantage of the wildness of the Volcanoes; with five walks, four errors, and two passed balls leading to five unearned runs. In his first start, 19-year old catcher Justin Marra went 3-for-5, while Jeimer Candelario was 2-for-5. Dong-Yub Kim hit his first home run of the season as he was 1-for-5.

Righty Ian Dickson saw his first action for the organization after being drafted last year, and went 4.1 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) and striking out two batters. Matt Spencer came on in relief and also struck out two as he tossed 1.2 scoreless innings. Another pitcher who was tagged for an unearned run was Roderik Pichardo, who went 0.2 innings. Rafael Diplan was able to steady things, striking out four in 3.1 innings to get credit for the win. Bryce Shafer set down the side in order in the 12th for his first save.

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It looks as though Boise will be happy to get back home and away from Salem, as the Hawks dropped their fourth game to Salem-Keizer 4-1 on Tuesday. Starter Willengton Cruz, a return performer from last season, allowed only one unearned run and struck out six in five innings. Felix Pena, newly assigned from Peoria, gave up three earned runs in three innings. Dong-Yub Kim was 2-for-4, while Wilson Contreras (2-for-4) RBI double scored Marco Hernandez (2-for-4) for the Hawks’ only run.

Low Class-A – Peoria Chiefs (35-34)
Peoria never looked back on Sunday, as they cruised to a 10-5 win against the Clinton Lumber Kings. In a tune up for Tuesday’s All-Star game, Paul Hoilman put on an All-Star type performance as he was 2-for-5 with a double, home run, and four RBI. Oliver Zapata drove in two as he went 2-for-4, including a double. Both Pin-Chieh Chen and Sergio Burruel scored two runs as they were each 2-for-4, Chen with an RBI and two stolen bases, with Burruel hitting a double. Dustin Geiger was 2-for-5 with an RBI, while Wes Darvill had a double and a stolen base as part of his 2-for-4 effort.

Michael Jensen not making the All-Star team continues to be a head scratcher, as he earned his seventh win by striking out three and allowing two earned runs over six innings. Larry Suarez had a decent performance for him, giving up an earned run in an inning of work, while Austin Reed provided a scoreless inning. Hunter Cervenka got tagged with two unearned runs as he worked the final inning.

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High Class-A – Daytona Cubs (29-38)
The road back from injury appears to be a little longer and harder than imagined for Robert Whitenack, as he and the D-Cubs lost 6-3 to Tampa on Monday. Whitenack allowed four earned runs in the first inning, and was only able to last three. Eduardo Figueroa and Ryan Searle prevented any further damage, as each tossed two scoreless innings, with Searle striking out two batters. AJ Morris then provided another shut out inning, but Tony Zych was touched for two earned runs in the ninth before eventually striking out the side. Greg Rohan drove in two runs as he was 1-for-4, while Taylor Davis went 2-for-4.

It seems as though Tampa has Daytona’s number this season as they lost 4-2 on Tuesday to make their record 4-7 against the Yankees. Matt Loosen received his second loss of the season, as he went six innings and allowed four runs (three earned) while striking out five batters. Joe Zeller, Jeffrey Lorick, and Scott Weismann combined to hold the Yankees the rest of the way, each pitching a scoreless inning with Lorick and Weismann striking out two apiece. Arismendy Alcantara was 3-for-4 with a double and a stolen base, but his 25th error led to the unearned run. Rubi Silva (1-for-3) doubled and drove in a run, while Taylor Davis was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Double-A – Tennessee Smokies (35-35)
All good things must end, as Tennessee’s winning streak was halted at four with their 5-3 loss to Birmingham on Sunday in the final game of the first half. The Smokies had been getting by with minimal run support, but that wasn’t the case on Sunday. While Junior Lake had a good day on paper a 3-for-4, it also reflected his .216 average with runners in scoring position. Elliot Soto, who also went 3-for-4, has more RBI than Lake even though he is hitting 70 points lower. Logan Watkins continued his resurgence, as he was 2-for-4 including a triple and two RBI. Trey McNutt was trying to bounce back from a previous poor performance, only to be toughed for three home runs and five earned runs through 5.2 innings. Casey Harman, Brian Schlitter, and Alberto Cabrera were able to hold the Barons scoreless the rest of the way, but the attack could not produce any more runs despite having ten hits.

Triple-A – Iowa Cubs (30-42)
The I-Cubs started the week off right with a close, 3-2 victory over Albuquerque, Chris Volstad did what every good starter should, limit the other team’s scoring and give your team a chance to win. Volstad allowed only two earned runs, both in the first inning, through six innings while striking out six batters. Michael Bowden continues to shine after a rough beginning, striking out four of the five batters he faced in 1.2 scoreless innings. Scott Maine finished things off for his fifth save.

Alfredo Amezaga set the tone for Iowa, as his home run to lead off the game was part of a 2-for-4 afternoon. Anthony Rizzo bashed his 23rd home run with Amezaga on board to provide the winning difference. Josh Vitters remained hot, going 2-for-3 with a double.

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After an off-day on Monday, The I-Cubs were back at it on Tuesday and lost 6-3 to Round Rock. Starter Rodrigo Lopez was responsible for all six runs, all earned, as he tossed five innings. Esmailin Caridad and Rafael Dolis went the rest of the way, holding the Express scoreless. Iowa pounded out 13 hits, but weren’t able to string them together for runs. Veterans Blake Lalli and Alfredo Amezaga led all hitters, as Lalli was 3-for-4 with a double and RBI, while Amezaga went 3-for-5, including a double. Another veteran, Ty Wright, was 2-for-4 with a double and a run driven in, and Dave Sappelt was also 2-for-4 with a double.

Dominican Summer League
Despite a team batting average of only .236, the Cubs-1 team maintained a record of 7-8 this past week, as they remained in third in the Baseball City division. New on the scene is 19-year old shortstop Jenner Emeterio, who started three games and batted .583, including two doubles, a triple, home run, and four RBI. Outfielder Roberto Caro’s batting average remained at .300, while third baseman Roney Alcala raised his average to .316 and six RBI. Left-handed starter Carlos A. Rodriguez has now pitched 15 innings, posting an ERA of 1.20 with 17 strikeouts. Seventeen year-old lefty Jose Paulino is tied for the league lead in strikeouts with 21, while he has a 2.40 ERA in 15 innings.

The Cubs-2 team continued to struggle, as their 6-9 record is good for seventh in Boca Chica South. Centerfielder Kelvin Encarnacion remains the offensive leader, with a .343 batting average, with three home runs and six stolen bases. Shortstop Luis Acosta is fourth in the league with 17 RBI, and his average has improved to.250. Another player to watch is 20-year old outfielder Shamil Ubiera, who is now hitting .276 with eight RBI. Right-handed pitcher Daury Torres continues to baffle hitters, with a 0.56 ERA, a 0.63 WHIP, 15 strikeouts, and a 3-0 record in 16 innings.

Southern League and Midwest League All-Star Games
The Southern Division topped the Northern Division 6-2 in the Southern League All-Star Game on Tuesday. Prior to the game, Tennessee first Baseman Justin Bour lost a “hit off” in the Southern League Home Run Derby. Bour went 1-for-3 in the game, while outfielder James Adduci was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Three pitchers from the Smokies saw action, as Kevin Rhoderick pitched an inning, Alberto Cabrera 0.1 innings, and Frank Batista 0.2 innings, all scoreless.

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In Geneva, Illinois, the East All-Stars “put a whoopin'” on the West 18-2 in Tuesday’s Midwest League All-Star Game. None of the Peoria Chiefs’ representatives fared well, as Kyler Burke allowed five earned runs in 0.2 innings, while starting first baseman Paul Hoilman was 0-for-2. Zeke DeVoss also saw some late action, going 0-1 and playing right field.

News and Notes
The Chicago Cubs optioned C Welington Castillo to the Iowa Cubs; recalled LHP Scott Maine from the Iowa Cubs. The Peoria Chiefs assigned RHP Felix Pena to the Boise Hawks.

C Lance Rymel, C Chadd Krist, IF Stephen Bruno and P Joe Zeller were added to the Boise Hawks roster and C Justin Marra was sent to the AZL Cubs.

Daytona released 1B Richard Jones; Rebel Ridling and RHP Brian Schlitter were sent to Daytona from Tennessee

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  • Tony_Hall

    Congrats to a former Cubs farmhand on his major league debut.

    Chris Archer 
    6 IP
    3 H
    1 BB
    1 ER
    7 k’s

    He did give up 3 runs in the first, thanks to an error, but then threw 5 shutout innings.  Walks have been his issue against minor league hitters, but only 1 walk in 6 innings against 7 k’s, is a very impressive major league debut.

    • John G

      He must have had some pine tar hidden somewhere.

    • Zonk

      We’ll see if he holds up……the other pieces that we traded for Garza aren’t doing so well.  Chirinios and Guyer are on 60-day DL, and last I checked Hak Ju Lee was batting under .200 at AA

      • Tom U

        Hak-Ju Lee is currently batting .243 with 22 stolen bases, good for third in the Southern League. Lee won’t turn 22 years old until after the season. 

        • cubtex

          He doesn’t hit enough for me for Lee to be missed. He is hitting .189 vs LHP and the stat that is really glaring…..with someone who has speed like Hak Ju Lee does… 280 AB’s he only has 12 extra base hits.

          • Tom U

            I understand what you’re saying, and I’d like to remind that I usually don’t like to talk about players that are no longer with the organization. I was just passing on information.

            I agree that with the amount of talent in the system at shortstop, Lee would have been nice to have around, but he won’t be missed.

          • cubtex

            I agree Tom. Thanks as always for your report!

          • Tom U

            Thank you!

  • Cloycub13

    It’s an off day… why do I get the feeling something big is going to happen today??!!??

    • CubsChitChat

      I said about a week ago…i gave some open dates for some action to happen……Johnson or a Baker might be move? Cubs career for Wells is over.

  • Tom U

    Arizona opened with a 3-1 win over the Giants. Super-sub Gregori Gonzalez 2-for-4, RBI, SB. Dan Vogelbach did not start or play. 

    The AZL Cubs have 27 pitchers on their roster, 24 active. Expect some movement within the organization soon.

  • cubtex

    I know it was only 1 game but Brett Jackson looks lost at the plate. I would love to see a stat on average number of swings a batter takes per plate appearance. I don’t know if it because of the “new cub way” to take pitches….but constantly takes hittable fastballs and gets behind the count. He K’d 3 times again last night and I am not sold on him like I was in the past. They faced one of the Rangers better pitching prospects last night and Jackson was overmatched.

    • Tom U

      cubtex, I’m glad I’m not the only one seeing that. Practically every game I’ve seen of Jackson this season, he’s taking pitches he creamed last year. 

      • cubtex

        He took a 2-0 fastball with runners on 1st and 2nd last night right down the middle in a 1-1 game. It was like he was taking all the way and I don’t understand it. He doesn’t swing the bat until he has to. I hope he is just going through a little funk right now and gets back to being aggressive,especially up in the count!

        • Tom U

          It’s interesting to see that the Cubs’ top two outfield prospects, Jackson and Matt Szczur, are having off seasons. It may have something to do with the new hitting approach.

          • cubtex

            good point!

          • Anthony

            Tom, its not hitting approach, Jackson has been a K machine since he set foot on his college campus, he is a ONE PLANE swinger, and Sczcur is a football player years behind others in hitting in general, let alone any advanced hitting skills…ask the scouts

        • Zonk

          He needs to do something; with those 3Ks last night, he has 97, and should top 100 Ks his next game or two.  And we’re in the 3rd week of June.  That’s bad!

  • John_CC

    Tom, what is your opinion of Candelario?  I don’t know anything about him and never really heard of him but just read a little blurb at Baseball America saying that if he’d stayed in the states he probably would have been a first round pick this year, “potential break-out prospect.”  That’s encouraging.

    • Tom U

      Quickly, before I go to work. Candelario has an advanced approach to hitting. A switch hitter, he demonstrates power from both sides of the plate. For an 18-year old, he shows uncanny discipline, with 50 walks to 42 K’s in his first professional season. Needs to work on his defense, but if that comes around, he can move through the system at a similar pace to Starlin Castro.

      • John_CC

         Thank Tom, that is great to hear.  Like I said, I knew nothing of this prospect before today.

      • DWalker

         I’ve seen him hovering on prospect lists just out of the top 10 in many cases but hadn’t seen much actually about him. Is his defense the biggest concern in placing him or is there just a general lack of playing time or information with him? Is he likely to stick as a switch hitter or will they try to focus him more? Odds he can stick at third?

  • Tom U

    Today’s minor league starters:

    Boise – James Pugliese (0-1, 5.40)
    Daytona – Austin Kirk (2-1, 2.63)
    Tennessee – TBA
    Iowa – Frankie De La Cruz (1-1, 2.58)

    Peoria remains on All-Star break

    Tennessee has not listed a starter, and Dae-Eun Rhee is next in the rotation. However, since they were on All-Star break, the Smokies could go back to the top of the rotation, Nick Struck.

  • John_CC

      Beachy is going in for TJ, too bad for him, I really like that kid.   Add the Braves to the Garza suitor list, some competition brewing!

  • Dorasaga

    Curious, why are Vitters, Junior Lake, and Sczur all on the 40-man roster? out of necessity?

    • CubsChitChat

      I still like to know how some team like the Nationals, signed Koyie Hill to a contract!

      • Dorasaga

        Let him go. He’s not a Cub no more. I bid him well.

    • Vivid_Reality

       Lake and Vitters are on the 40 man to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft, Matt Szczur is on because of a contract blunder by Hendry.

      • Dorasaga

        Thanks, Vivid. Never would have guessed that Sczur was signed a ML-contract. Of course, I thought RuleV was 5-6 years, but it’s 4-5 years as wiki describes (4 for signed at age 19 or older and 5 for signed at age 18 or younger).

  • CubsChitChat

    So far, we have heard these teams liked to these players in trade talks…..

    Dempster  –  Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox, Angels, Braves, Dodgers

    Garza – Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Tigers, Royals, Rangers, Braves

    Maholm – Orioles, Nationals

    Soriano – Indians, Orioles, Yankees

    Johnson – Rays, Nationals, Marlins

    Soto – Rays, Marlins, Pirates

    LaHair – Dodgers, Marlins, Indians, Pirates


    • CubsChitChat


    • Aaron

      I’m not sure where Maholm, Johnson, or Soto rumors came from.

      Maholm hasn’t even made rounds in rumors yet….only thing was that he’d likely be on the block. Same for Johnson. The Rays are the only team listed in on Soto. The only other team I heard was the Nationals. 

      Since Jackson is striking out at an unbelievable clip at AAA and not drawing as many walks as he did in the past, I would surmise that if Johnson is even dealt at all this year (they happen to value his leadership from what I’ve heard), then it’ll likely be in August. I would hope that Baker is traded by then as well. 

      I do think they’re all gone, so I’m not saying that they won’t be…just that with those three guys I mentioned, I hadn’t seen anywhere the teams mentioned (Rays notwithstanding for Soto)

      fwiw, I believe the Cubs will try hard to trade Marmol. After all, they’re looking at the prospect of entering 2013 with a $10 million closer who can’t find the strike zone consistently. Even if they have to eat over half of his remaining salary, I believe they’ll look to move him. I haven’t heard any teams linked to him…just think it’ll happen.

      I also believe they’ll move Barney, especially if Lake continues to rake, and Javier Baez keeps hitting over .300 the rest of the season (because he’d likely move all the way to AA at the start of next season if he keeps it up, thus replacing Lake).

      Speaking of offense….

      If the Cubs can find a way to sign Almora out of this year’s draft, then they’d be looking at him starting in Peoria next year (likely Mesa this year…and possibly Boise if he does well there). With Candelario showing some surprising power in Boise, and playing 3B, it’s quite possible that in 2014 or 2015, we could see an OF of:

      3B would be Candelario, and 2B would be Lake (though that would be a waste of his arm, and they’d probably trade Vitters at that point, and put Lake in the OF)

      Anyway, it’s neither here nor there…just speculating on the future

      • Coachdon

         What is your opinion of my idea that if Vitters is not your starting third baseman then he could be a great bench guy. He can play some third, first, and corner outfield spots. Also gives you some pop off the bench.

  • BosephHeyden

    We currently have three starting pitchers being actively shopped, two of which are being shopped as “ace caliber”, though really only one has fit that bill.  I really, really hope that, if/when they trade Dempster or Garza that they get an MLB ready starting prospect back in return, because I can’t emphasize enough how awful a starting rotation where the four guys behind Jeff Samardzija are Travis Wood, Randy Wells, Chris Volstad, and, most likely, Rodrigo Lopez (since there’s no chance they’ll ever give Coleman a chance to start) sounds.

    That being said, Aaron, Neil, Tom, or any of the other people who pay more attention to the minors than I do (literally 95% of you), do any of you guys see any obtainable starting pitcher prospects that seem like they’d pay off?

    • CubsChitChat

      Don’t be shocked if Jeff Samardzija gets traded…..we have to get two ready MLB prospects back for him…..most likely pitchers……

      I am okay with trading Jeff Samardzija…..

      I think Theo will  have to push a good prospect on a Soriano trade to make it happen… Jackson, Lake  or Vitters……

      Every team has contacted Theo about Castro according Ken Rosenthal……trade Castro, I like to have four prospect players ready to step in the lineup…….any team has that package for us?

      As I said before, when you have the worst record in baseball, every player is on the trade table….no one is safe……losing is terrible……

      Losing is a disease…… contagious as polio…………as contagious as syphilis…………as contagious as bubonic plague……………..

      • John_CC

         Out of four prospects how many do you think will become an MLB player of Castro’s caliber? 

        Odds are none, but maybe one.  What good is that?

        • cubtex

          amazing. I agree with you! Castro is about as rare a 22 year old as you can get. He is a hit machine and he is getting better defensively. I would only trade Castro if I was absolutely blown away….which is very doubtful it would happen.

          • CubsChitChat

            I doubt any team has four ready MLB prospects that can be traded for Castro….that is why no trade will happen……until a few years from now.

    • Aaron

      The thing is, there have been a lot of young pitchers both in MLB and the minors that have experienced injuries this year. And if they haven’t experienced injury, then they’ve been ineffective.

      Here are just a few examples looking at 40-man rosters…and I’m just cherry picking a few teams:

      Jays-Drabek, Farina, Hutchison, Litsch, McGowan, Morrow, and Santos

      Red Sox-Bailey, Carpenter (from Cubs)..those are the young ones, but they have plenty more on the DL

      Yankees-Cabral, Chamberlain, Meyers, Pineda
      *Banuelos isn’t listed on 40-man, but he’s injured, and he’s a top prospect, and Betances has done horrible in AAA

      Tigers-Schlereth, Smyly, Fister (was on DL), Turner (though he’s back now, but was injured)

      White Sox-Danks

      Indians-Carrasco, R. Perez

      Angels-Kohn, Williams

      Rangers-Feliz, Ogando, Holland
      *Ramirez and Perez have done poorly in AAA

      Braves-Beachy, Fish, Vizcaino
      *Jurrjens and Teheran have done awful both in MLB and AAA


      Phillies-De Fratus, Herndon, Stutes
      *Halladay (though he’s over 30, I included him because he’s such a HUGE loss)

      Brewers-Estrada, Narveson

      Cardinals-McClellan, Garcia
      *Carpenter (like the Phillies, I’m including him because he’s so huge for them), and also Wainwright has been disappointing this year coming back from TJ…but last few starts he’s come around

      Dodgers-De la Rosa, Guerra
      *Lilly also on DL

      Giants-Runzler, Wilson, Surkamp

      That list obviously isn’t including minor league pitchers (other than my mention of Banuelos) that aren’t on the 40-man roster, so I’m missing some pretty big prospects, I know that, but it just goes to show you how many good young pitchers are out right now with injury, and that’s not even including a full list of young guys that are underperforming

      Dempster, Garza, and Samardzija will definitely be in demand, as will Maholm and Travis Wood, though the Cubs would be foolish to trade the latter due to cost control.

      About the only players that have been on the Cubs roster that make any sense to hang onto are (and I’m talking as it relates to salary/age, NOT performance in some cases):
      T. Wood
      L. Castillo (currently on DL)
      W. Castillo

      …and you’d figure that the only guys you’d want to build around would be: Samardzija, Russell, Dolis, W. Castillo, and Castro, which means that in any trade, the Cubs will need to focus on starting pitching, power relievers, corner infield, and OF. In other words, they need A LOT in order to just be league average.

      They could potentially get a boost from Rizzo at 1B and B Jackson in OF (provided he starts making more contact), and of course, they just signed Soler to build around. They really need to find out what they have in Vitters at 3B, and they need a 2B to build around.

      CF-B Jackson
      RF-Soler (in 2 years maybe?)

      I realize my response has more to do with the state of the team than about top pitching prospects that might be available, but to me, it should show you that in trades for Dempster and Garza where they can really get value, there are many more areas of need they could fill than just starting pitching, and that, perhaps is what led to Theo and company drafting so many pitchers this year. 

      And that is also why I listed the amount of injuries to young pitchers that I did above…it’s because if one of those contenders do end up calling you, who are you going to ask for that’s a top prospect and close to MLB ready?

      For the Braves, normally you’d ask for Teheran or Vizcaino in any deal for a top player, but Teheran has been a disappointment and Vizcaino is out with TJ surgery. PLUS, with the Braves, they are such good talent evaluators that anything you do end up getting from them is bound to be garbage later on.

      In fact, of the contenders I mentioned above, the only team I’d really want to do business with for prospects is the Blue Jays, and I’d ask for Nicolino, Syndergaard, Aaron Sanchez, and for position players, ask for Marisnick, Snider, D’ Arnaud, Hechavarria, or David Cooper

  • Christian2334

    Has anyone heard anything about the new top Cuban prospect Puig? Haven’t heard anything in a couple of days.

  • matthew8510

    whats the chances of dealing shark 

  • cubtex

    Josh Vitters with a solo shot tonight!

  • Tom U

    Gioskar Amaya just got a hit that allowed everyone to buy beer for a dollar at Boise. There’s a rush to the beerstands.

    • Tom U

      The next inning, Amaya makes a great play by leaping to stab a line drive, than doubling a runner off of second.

      • CubsChitChat

         Was there $1 beer on that play for everyone also?

        • Tom U

          Should have been!

          • Tom U

            Hayden Simpson strikes out the side in the eighth inning for Boise. Simpson with 3 IP, 0 ER, 6 K.

          • Aaron

            Simpson will be released start of next year…if not before then. Bank on it.

            He’s 23 years old, was drafted in 2010, and hasn’t advanced beyond Daytona, where he had a 6.98 ERA, 38 IP, 51 hits, 29 walks, and 16 K’s.

            He missed out on his pro debut in 2010 when he had mono. Even 2011 I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, but knowing others that have had that affliction, he should be at full strength by now, and he hasn’t come close to the pitcher the Cubs thought they were drafting. Supposedly he’s only reached about 91 mph tops. Combined with the fact that he was an extreme over-draft in 2010, and given his performances in 2011 and 2012 thus far, and the fact that he’s been demoted to Boise already….I would say he’s fixing to be released soon.

    • CubsChitChat

      Last time any big news happen in Boise is when Boise was named a town……drink up ladies….you just had your 15 minutes of fame……$1 beer at your stadium……what a Cow Town……I bet there will be a rush to the stadium restroom soon after!

  • Tom U

    Tennessee outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha was named to the International team in the Future’s Game.

    • CubsChitChat

      Did Choi ever serve his time with the South Korea Army?….will Ha have to serve?

      • Tom U

        I think you are referring to Hak-Ju Lee. 

        That is a good question, I’ll look into it further.

      • Aaron

        Choi I believe served when he went back, but Ha and Hak-Ju Lee will have to go back and serve. The only way they get out of it I believe is if South Korea places 1st or something in the world cup tournaments or something….seem to have recalled reading that when it was brought up about Choo, who did get out of it for that reason

        • Dorasaga

          Aaron, and I remember our discussion here :-)

          It’s not the World Cup, which is a minor event. The law, applied to all sports, requires a GOLD MEDAL in either the Asian Games or the Olympic Game (the latter no long hosts baseball and softball).

  • Aaron

    Since it’s been asked the last couple days, and I had some extra time tonight, I thought I would give a list of prospects I’d ask for in any trade:

    Nick Delmonico-IF
    Glynn Davis-OF

    Justin Nicolino-LHP
    Noah Syndergaard-RHP
    Aaron Sanchez-RHP
    Jake Marisnick-OF
    Travis D’Arnaud-C

    Mason Williams-OF
    Dante Bichette Jr.-3B
    Jose Campos-RHP

    Red Sox:
    Jackie Bradley-OF
    Anthony Ranaudo-RHP
    Matt Barnes-RHP

    Nick Hagadone-LHP
    Elvis Araujo-LHP

    Jurickson Profar-SS
    Mike Olt-3B
    Robbie Ross-LHP
    Rougned Odor-2B
    Justin Miller-RHP
    Barrett Loux-RHP

    Randall Delgado-RHP
    Julio Teheran-RHP

    Zach Lee-RHP
    Nate Eovaldi-RHP
    Blake Smith-OF
    Steve Ames-RHP (relief)

    …..just to name a few

    The tendency might be to overlook the possibility of getting top notch prospects like Profar, Olt, Mason Williams, etc., mostly because the Cubs have not had management since Dallas Green that were willing to trade valuable veterans for prospects….even in losing seasons.

    Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster are more valuable than I believe most fans realize, and if they play their cards right (meaning engaging teams in a bidding war), they could get 2 or more top prospects for each of them.