The recent roster shake-ups have given all the teams in the Cubs’ system ‘The Promotion Blues’. Zeke DeVoss started out with a bang in Boise, while Luis Liria and Kyle Smit starts were more like a thud in Peoria and Daytona. Marco Carrillo had a nice “welcome back” in Tennessee, and the young Cubs in [...]
Consistency has suffered on all levels, as continued roster moves have played havoc. One time offensive juggernaut Tennessee is now struggling. Peoria is searching for answers offensively, while Boise seemed to run into a buzz saw in Vancouver. However, the name of the game is speed, speed, speed in Daytona and Iowa, as the improvement [...]
A rough end of the week saw only Boise bringing home more than one victory. Austin Kirk had a good follow-up to his no-hit performance, while Carlos Zambrano did well in his rehab assignment. Debuts were less than successful for Nick Struck, Chris Rusin, Matt Loosen, and Frank Del Valle. Iowa saw hot performances by [...]
In what appears to be a system-wide approach, every team relied on a score-at-will offense; solid, fundamental defense; keep ‘em close starting pitching; and a shutdown bullpen as all five teams ended the week with winning records. Jay Jackson, Chris Rusin, Dae-Eun Rhee, Matt Loosen, and Luis Liria all had outstanding pitching efforts, while Marwin [...]
The Cubs Minor League System Quarterly Report We are now a little more than halfway through the minor league season. Many of the Cub affiliates have performed well, producing twenty-three All-Stars. Here’s how the affiliates in the Chicago Cubs’ organization have performed.
Iowa is on a tear, with Tyler Colvin and Fernando Perez leading the way; winning five straight against some of the Pacific Coast League’s best teams. Tennessee is struggling to find their rhythm offensively, while Logan Watkins has found his in Daytona. Peoria has stumbled out of the box to start the second half of [...]
Mid-Season wins were hard to come by, as Tennessee and Peoria are on All-Star break. Boise has struggled to get their feet under themselves, while Iowa continues to sputter. Meanwhile, Daytona gears up for their second half. Plus, reports from the Dominican Summer League and the Arizona Rookie League … and Angel Guzman is moving [...]
New beginnings as the Boise Hawks opened play, with the rookie league ready to start today. Losing streaks appeared in Peoria and Iowa. Justin Bour shines during All-Star weekend, while Tennessee and Peoria are set to start their breaks this week. All of this, and more, in this week’s Down on the Farm Report.
The 2011 MLB First-Year player draft took place last week and the Cubs selected players in all 50 rounds. The Cubs made Javier Baez their first round pick with the ninth overall selection in the draft. In all, Tim Wilken and his staff selected 29 college players and 21 high school players … 29 pitchers [...]
If you wondered whether the entire Smokies’ team would make the Southern League All-Stars, you’d be half right. Weather, roster shuffling, and just poor play contributed to losing streaks in Iowa, Daytona, and Peoria while Tennessee continued to roll. All of this, and more, in this week’s Down on the Farm Report.