Myrtle Beach Pelicans Season in Review

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

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Tennessee Smokies Season in Review

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

Iowa Cubs Season in Review

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

System Recap: Underwood Shines, Rare Home Runs, Emeralds Go To Extras (Again)

This west coast road trip forces me to stay up later than usual to watch the Major League Cubs bring home W’s but also allows for me to do full recaps of the action down on the farm. Friday saw mixed results as far as wins and losses throughout the organization and also saw some weird feats. A couple of farm hands that you would never expect went yard on Friday night, the Emeralds went to extras yet again, and a couple players are also starting to force their way out of some prolonged slumps. Check out what went down on the farm: Continue reading

State of the System: Evaluating After the Quintana Trade

Over the past calendar year, the Cubs have traded their top pitching prospect and their top hitting prospect not once but twice. Gleyber Torres? Gone. Dylan Cease? Gone. Eloy Jimenez? Gone. So where does that leave the farm system now? Are the Chicago Cubs doomed for the future?

The answer to that last question is a resounding “NO!” As it stands now, there are 14 (!) players on the active roster that are 27 years or younger and also locked up through at least the 2021 season. That means the championship window that is talked about so often is still open with this core of young talent for the next four seasons at least.

But it is always nice to have a highly touted farm system just in case things go wrong up north in Chicago, and as fans of the Cubbies, we have grown accustomed to seeing top prospects make their way to the Friendly Confines and have a ton of success. As it stands now, the farm system is built with players that fit into three categories. Continue reading