The Daytona Cubs Named Baseball America’s Minor League Team of the Year

The Cubs’ farm system received another accolade on Wednesday morning when Baseball America named the 2013 Daytona Cubs their minor league team of the year.

The D-Cubs won the Florida State League Championship and along the way the team posted two no-hitters and Javier Baez hit four home runs in a single game on a team that had “the most prospects in the franchise’s 20 years as a Cubs affiliate.

Dave Keller told Baseball America he saw things with this past season he had not seen in 31 years.

Matt Loosen tossed the D-Cubs first nine-inning no hitter in 19 seasons. Javier Baez launched four home runs on June 10 and three D-Cubs’ hurlers (Ben Wells, Kyler Burke and Zach Cates) combined on a seven-inning no-hitter in a game that took six days to complete. The ‘Big Four’ of Pierce Johnson, C.J. Edwards, Ivan Pineyro and Corey Black also combined to throw 33 innings of scoreless ball in the playoffs.

The team dealt with constant weather delays and postponements throughout the season. And still found a way to post a 40-20 record in the second half and in the postseason.

The D-Cubs roster last season at different points during the season featured such prospects as Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, Dustin Geiger, Pierce Johnson, Ben Wells, C.J. Edwards, Ivan Pineyro, Corey Black, Zach Cates, Matt Loosen, Kris Bryant and Dan Vogelbach.

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  • CubbyDenCritic

    Does this mean 2014 Tennessee Smokies will be the Minor League Team of the Year?….
    2015…Iowa Cubs?
    2016….World Champion Chicago Cubs?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      No, it means the D-Cubs had a very good season.

  • paulcatanese

    That is quite an accomplishment .

  • Eugene Debs

    Awesome.

  • cubtex

    Here’s a name for you Ripsnorter…..Reds hired former Cubs pitcher Jeff Pico as their pitching coach.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Boy do I remember this guy…
      Atlanta could not hit him for anything.
      The rest of the league shelled him.

      We had the lead vs. the Phils, 10-3, and he coughed up the lead and the game.
      We lost 16-13 that day.
      Sandberg was 4 for 5
      Dwight Smith was 4 for 6.
      Dunston was 4 for 5.
      And we lost.

      Paul Kilgas (aka Paul Kills-us) got one out in relief of Pico, and
      gave up 2 runs. Only Calvin Schiraldi shut them down: 2 IP , 0 H.

      UGH! Out of baseball completely at age 24.

      • cubtex

        Calvin Schiraldi coaches at a private High School here in Austin. He has a son who is a pitcher committed to play for the Longhorns.

        • Ripsnorter1

          Ole Calvin had his moment of glory…with the Red Sox.

          And we traded Lee Smith for this guy!
          That’s another great trade, along with Sutter, Madlock, etc.

  • cubtex

    If NPB Officials accept $20mm Max Posting Fee and team with worst record gets first shot #Astros have to be celebrating #Tanaka

    • 07GreyDigger

      I doubt it. If you think Theo hates spending money, I think Luhnow hates it even more.

      • cubtex

        It’s 20 mil. no chance the Astros pass

        • Tony_Hall

          That is just the entrance fee, the total cost is more than the Astros will want to pay.

          • cubtex

            Astros wouldn’t pass on that Tony. No chance. They could have Tanaka, Appel and if they draft Carlos Rodon in their rotation for years.

          • Tony_Hall

            I would think that if NPH is going to reduce the amount the team can get on the posting fee, that they may require the player to pay a fee from their contract. They are giving up quite a bit by allowing a $20M cap. If that is the case, then I would think they would want to somehow create competition of teams doing the bidding.

            It will be interesting to see the final deal.

          • 07GreyDigger

            20 million is almost last season’s payroll for them.

    • cubtex

      Not good news for the Cubs. No way Tanaka gets to the Cubs with a 20 Mil posting fee

  • cubtex

    If the Cubs only knew this could happen. Cody Ransom would have played every day. #bettertolose

    Tweet from Jesse Rogers. lol Sucks for the Cubs

    • cubtex

      This isn’t official yet. A lot can still change but if this is the case…..it sucks.

  • cubtex

    So the Astros could have Mark Appel, Masahiro Tanaka, & Carlos Rodon by the summer. Wow! Astros could suddenly have a nice little rotation.

    • Tony_Hall

      The other rumor is that the player would get to choose from all teams that tie in the bidding.

      • cubtex

        I just heard that the bottom 5 teams would get a chance. A lot still being ironed out. Hopefully something that will give the Cubs a shot at him

  • cubtex

    Jon Morosi
    ‏@jonmorosi
    Sources confirm MLB-NPB agreement near, with NPB clubs indicating they will accept $20 million maximum bid.

    • TheWrongGuy

      I like the fact that an agreement is near and that a max bid has been put in place. But this doesn’t bode well for the Cubs against the rest of the field.
      There will be MANY teams in for Tanaka. I could see potentially 15-20 teams max the bid for Tanaka. They need to raise the max bid IMO to 35-45mm, or allow the max bid to be adjusted.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Jerry Crasnick is saying that the Cubs will be doing some “serious listening” on Jeff Samardzija during the winter meetings. …………..seems Theo wants to play it safe and trade Shark now then later…..don’t want to have another big Chicago sports name going on the DL during the season as we saw with Rose & Cutler……plus, it would be better to get the prospects in our own system for the full year then wait around in July to get them……and don’t be surprise if a Cubs Prospect is in the Samardzija deal……maybe Soler?……..or Villanueva?……..it might be Cold here next week, but the Winter Meetings will be Hot.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Marlins looking for a 3B at winter meetings…..Olt or Villanuava could bring in some of Marlins pitching prospects.

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  • Tony_Hall

    Jeff Passan ‏@JeffPassan5m

    In other words, if this proposal goes through, Masahiro Tanaka is essentially going to be a free agent, and he is going to get paid huge.

    Jeff Passan ‏@JeffPassan5m

    Source: In MLB’s posting proposal, there is a $20M maximum posting fee. In case of tie, player free to sign with any team with top bid.

    • cubtex

      Yankees and Dodgers are grinning from ear to ear. That’s totally unfair for small market teams. The rich get richer!

      • Tony_Hall

        I know you think that, and I agree that small market teams can’t keep up with the huge contracts that the player can get, but compared to the old system, it give a team a chance. If Tanaka has been wanting to sign with a team because of a local scout who has been working on him for years, then he will have the ability to sign with that team. In the old system, top bid won.

        • cubtex

          Teams that lose out get their 20 mil returned. What is the risk? Every team could submit the 20 mil. Tony…..come on now! It is about money. This Tanaka deal will now be a huge overpay. Yanks and Dofgers will be outbidding each other like an auction. Do I hear 7 at 150 Yes Dodgers at 150 Yankees just raised 7 at 160 dodgers now at 170. That’s how it will go

          • Tony_Hall

            I don’t believe I said any different. He will be a free agent able to negotiate with all 30 teams, because why wouldn’t every team put up the $20M.

            But just like FA gives all teams a chance, so does this system. If Tanaka has always wanted to play for Seattle, he can choose to do that. No matter who he chooses, he will get paid very well.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Tanaka is no guarantee of a World Series Title

        • WidespreadHisPanic

          Yep.

          See Yu Darvish ….

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Tanaka choices are…..
    Yankees…..28 Championships…….Big HItters………Broadway……….Major Endorsements……
    Dodgers……Southern California……..Big HItters….Playoffs……….Hollywood………Major Endorsements……
    Cubs…….105 years of no titles…….3 straight 90 plus loss seasons……..no big hitters…….cold weather……wind blown homeruns…….Phone calls from Fukudome.
    Tanaka is not coming here.

    • cubtex

      Lol. That was good!

    • cubtex

      The 2 key things you pointed out about NY and LA are endorsements. Huge Asian population both places.

  • WidespreadHisPanic

    Cool!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    I have been hearing a lot of this —> Peter Gammons – Not only are Rakuten Golden Eagles opposed to ever-changing US posting rules, but tonight leaning against posting Tanaka, period.

    • Tony_Hall

      But then they get nothing when his contract is up.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        That’s a risk they are willing to take. The Japanese owners do not want to see all of their elite talent in the Major Leagues anyway and not receiving a ton of cash is not going to sit too well with the older owners.

        • Tony_Hall

          I said this earlier, why don’t the Japanese just take 10% of the contract (or whatever number) on top of the posting fee.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            I don’t think that would go over too well with the union by taking money out of the player’s pocket.

          • Tony_Hall

            I agree, but it’s not like there isn’t already a bunch of hands in the cookie jar already.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            From Ben Badler – Rakuten is obviously opposed to a cap on posting fees, but the expectation is they will still post Masahiro Tanaka.

          • SuzyS

            I would have loved to be a Japanese-speaking bug on the wall during these negotiations.
            I wonder how mlb got the Japanese to agree to a $20 mil.
            cap?

  • cubtex

    Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo had their 1st mock draft today. Callis had Cubs taking Tyler Beede pitcher from Vanderbilt and Mayo had them taking speedy high school SS Trea Turner from NC.

    • cubtex

      Correction- Turner is at NC State

      • TheWrongGuy

        The current front office obviously has a history of taking a position player high in the first round. And SS is a position of need in the organization as a whole. I believe Derek Johnson will have a word in Theo, Jed, and Jason’s ear about Tyler Beede. I believe this year the Cubs will take a pitcher with their first round pick this year. Unless someone sneaks up the draft board and blows everyone away and is available when the Cubs pick.

        • Tony_Hall

          Turner would be that guy.

          Best player available is the best way to draft at the top of the draft.

          • TheWrongGuy

            True but all these players have a season of baseball to play yet whether it is high school or college. Which can and will affect where they are drafted.

            We will have to wait and see.

  • cubtex

    Cubs signed Wesley Wright 1 year 1.425 mil. Now trade Russell