Minor League Hitting: First Half Leaderboards

The Minor League levels have made it to the part of the season that is often considered to be the halfway point for prospects across America. At the Triple-A level, the Iowa Cubs are preparing for their All-Star break as Alberto Baldonado was their lone selection to the All-Star game festivities. All three of the remaining full season teams in the Cubs system had their All-Star breaks last Tuesday.

As the second half of the season picks up with the seasons of the Eugene Emeralds and Arizona League teams getting off the ground, we can’t move forward until we recognize the best hitters in the organization to this point.  Continue reading

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Baez (the other one) Goes Yard, Hatch & Mekkes Shine for Smokies

It was all about the pitching on Monday night in Tennessee as the Smokies brought home the W in a low scoring 2-1 matchup. It took the former 3rd rounder Thomas Hatch and a trio of high-upside bullpen arms to lock it down. The offense was supplied by one swing, a home run off the bat of the red-hot Jeffrey Baez (no relation to the other red-hot, Javy Baez).  Continue reading

Minor League Baseball is Back!

Thursday was Opening Day across all of Minor League Baseball and it was the first day for Cubs farmhands to showcase their talent at four different levels. Iowa, Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, and South Bend all had games, with Iowa actually playing a day/night doubleheader. Let’s take a look at some notable performances on Thursday. Continue reading

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

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