The Major League season is wrapping up, with the Cubs clinching a second consecutive National League Central title against their bitter rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals. But even as we turn our focus over to the Postseason, we still have some time to take a look back at the season the minor league teams had in 2017. We have already covered the ups and downs of the Iowa Cubs and interesting season for the Tennessee Smokies, so today we keep moving down the ladder as we look at the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Continue reading
There wasn’t much team success to be found around the upper levels of the minors for the Cubs from a team perspective. Much like the Iowa Cubs, the Tennessee Smokies finished in 4th place in the Southern League North division with an overall record of 68-70.
But also like Iowa, the Smokies had several players that picked up for the lack of team success with plenty of individual success. The roster was full of talent and had several top prospects that showed out and a few that underperformed. Continue reading
You hear it said about Minor League Baseball all the time. The minors are a place to develop players into Major League products. While this season wasn’t as much of a success as you would like to see from a team standpoint with a record of 67-72 and a fourth place finish in the PCL American North Division, the team still showed success in other aspects of the game.
With Jen-Ho Tseng making his MLB debut today with his start on the bump, he marks the 8th Iowa Cubs player to make his debut with the big boys this season. Not only that, but Tseng will also be the 20th player overall to play for both the I-Cubs and in Chicago in 2017.
So who lead Iowa to success? Who held the team down over the course of the season? Who is on our radar for 2018 and beyond? Let’s take a look. Continue reading
Dillon Maples is not a new player to the Cubs system. In fact, he has been around as long as just about anyone in the system. He was drafted in the 14th round of the 2011 draft and lured away from his commitment to the University of North Carolina with a $2.5 signing bonus which was pretty unheard of at the time in such a late round. A high school player with electric offerings and a very athletic frame, it did not take long for Maples to begin cracking top prospect lists as he made it all the way up to number 12 in the Cubs system the following year in 2012 according to MLB.com. Continue reading
If I told you that the Chicago Cubs had a pitcher in Triple-A that was sporting a 1.67 ERA and 1.12 WHIP at the highest level of the minors at just age 22 would you be impressed?
What if I told you that the same pitcher has a career minor league ERA of 3.19 and has already racked up a Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year award?
This player just HAS to be one of the best prospects in baseball and fans must be dying to call him up to the bigs and watch him dominate, right? Well you would think so, but instead, Jen-Ho Tseng is still relatively unknown by the general population of Cubs fans. Tseng finds himself stuck down at #13 on the MLB Pipeline Cubs Prospects. Continue reading
As Cubs fans, we have grown so accustomed to seeing freak athletes in their early 20s get called up to Chicago to make an immediate impact. Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Javier Baez, and Albert Almora are exactly who you think about when you think of the word “prospects.”
But there are more than just superstars that make their way through the system. Role players can be found all around the country among each level of the minor leagues. Players included in this list are considered to be pinch-hitting extraordinaires, integral fourth outfielders, back-end starters, and middle relievers.
There are a few players in Tennessee that are having great seasons so far in 2017 that have quickly made a name for themselves. The four position players that have performed admirably enough to take a dive into today are not players that will be cleanup hitters for a World Series champion team, or even players that can expect to get 500 at-bats on a Major League roster over the course of a season. What you can expect from these players is for them to carve out a very decent professional career as a role player of some sort. Continue reading
The 2017 Chicago Cubs are loaded with talent up and down the lineup card and as fans of the Major League product, that makes life about as good as it can get. But the lack of holes in the order and the amount of depth at the MLB level makes it hard on rising prospects in Triple-A Iowa to find their way to the big leagues. The Iowa Cubs roster is filled with guys that are no slouch at the plate either. With several players that could have impacts on Major League rosters right now, let’s take a look at who those guys are and what we can expect from them now and into the future as it pertains to their role in Chicago. Continue reading