Sunday was not a good day for the farm system. The four full season league teams, Iowa, Tennessee, Daytona, and Peoria all lost. All of those losses were close, but that almost makes it worse. There is something calming about a blowout that is so out of control all you can do is laugh it off. It’s the close games that make your hair turn gray (those of you who still have hair, that is).

Since I happen to like the color of my hair (what’s left of it, anyway) just as it is, I’ve decided not give in to the stress of close losses. I’m going to embrace the negativity, or something like that. Instead of bringing you the best performance from the farm system for Sunday, I am going to bring you the worst of all that Sunday baseball in the Cubs’ farm system had to offer. Instead of the usual Peformances of the Day, I’ll highlight the two worst performances from every team in the farm system. We’ll leverage the negative synergies into getting two birds in the bush to make lemonade out of saved pennies, or something of the kind. This is a one day event, so let’s have some fun with it.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – The Cubs pitchers had a good day, but the offense was shut down. Iowa lost 2-1.
Tennessee – Tennessee failed to take advantage of three Jacksonville errors as they lost 5-4.
Daytona – Daytona led early but ultimately lost 4-2.
Peoria – Peoria was out hit 9-5 as they lost 3-2.
Boise – Boise did win their game. It took eleven innings, but they escaped with a 10-9 win.
Arizona – The Cubs’ Minor League futility extended all the way down to Arizona. The AZL Cubs gave up two big innings in this 8-6 loss.

(Bad) Performances of the Day

  • [Iowa] The worst performance in Iowa belongs to James Adduci. The outfielder finished this game 0 for 3 with a walk and three stikeouts. His Triple A batting average fell all the way down to .366.
  • [Iowa] Greg Rohan also had a rough game for Iowa. He did finished with one of Iowa’s five hits, but he also had the team’s only error. He was playing at third base in this game.
  • [Tennessee] Several Smokies had pretty good days at the plate on Sunday. Junior Lake was not one of them. He finished 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.
  • [Tennessee] Michael Burgess had an even rougher day. He finished 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. As a result, his season OBP dropped to .354.
  • [Daytona] Javier Baez was also 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. And if that were not enough, he committed his first High-A error in this game.
  • [Daytona] Other than Baez, the only other Cub to strike out multiple times was catcher Micah Gibbs who finished the game 1 for 4 with two strikeouts. In his last ten games he has nine walks against eleven strikeouts.
  • [Peoria] Led by Paul Hoilman (four strikeouts) and Oliver Zapata (three strikeouts), the Peoria Chiefs struck out 14 times in this game.
  • [Peoria] For the second game in a row Zeke DeVoss was kept off the bases altogether. That is not easy to do. Even though he is only hitting .231 this season, he is getting on base a .365 clip.
  • [Boise] Even though Boise won, they do not escape the scrutiny on the bad. Thanks to what is perhaps his worst ever game as a professional, Gioskar Amaya makes the cut. Incredibly, he struck out five times in six at bats. He now has 39 strikeouts in 45 games this season.
  • [Boise] And it wasn’t just Amaya. The top four hitters in the Hawks’ lineup finished a combined 3 for 21 with two walks against eleven strikeouts. Meanwhile, the bottom three hitters were 9 for 14 with seven RBI.
  • [Arizona] Duane Underwood made his professional debut in this game, and it did not go according to plan. Let’s just gloss over the details and say he pitched a third of an inning and now has an ERA of 81.00.
  • [Arizona] Arizona actually played fairly well in this game, but we still need a second poor performance to highlight. I suppose I’ll go with Albert Almora. He did finish 1 for 5, but he left two men in scoring position with two outs, and he grounded into a double play. If there is such a thing as clutch, that isn’t it.

Other Minor League Notes

  • If I were talking about the positives today, which I’m not, I would probably suggest popping open the Iowa box score and taking a look at the day Casey Coleman had.
  • In keep with today’s theme, I should also mention that Eric Jokisch gave up a home run in the Smokies loss. If he hadn’t struck out six over five innings, that might have been enough to make the (Bad) Performances of the Day.
  • Starting pitcher P.J. Francescon left the Daytona game after two innings, and I am really not sure why. He was pitching well through those two innings.
  • Arizona plays virtually nothing but night games. Even so, the temperature at game time for Sunday’s contest was 102. No wonder few people show up to watch Arizona Rookie League games.
  • And that concludes today’s special Negatives Edition of the Minor League Daily. We’ll get things back to normal tomorrow.
  • fortyonenorth

    Any info on Soler? He hasn’t been in the lineup the last few days. Nothing to worry about, right?

    • Brett

      I’ve heard he’s sick, but I don’t know if that’s actually true, and, if it is, what the sickness might be. Not worried yet.

  • MichiganGoat

    Shamoan, who’s bad

  • Edwin

    There is something that just feels so…right about these minor league updates. Well done.

  • Fishin Phil

    Luke, as much as I normally love your stuff, this was a bad idea. Posting so much negativity on a Monday morning has me searching the office for something to slash my wrists with.

  • MichiganGoat

    Try some Founders Brewing Old Crumedgeon it will help

  • Steve

    I picked a bad week to quit amphetamines….

    • Wester

      But you picked a good week to pick up benzos

    • HawkClone

      Have you ever been to a Turkish prison?

  • Brandon – AA Correspondent

    Smokies are 1-2 on the 5 game road trip. They better get their act together and quit toying with my emotions…..we are either in the hunt for a Division title or out of the hunt. Damn……

    In a way, I wish they’d blow this team up and send Watkins and Bour to AAA so I would know for sure that the we’re cooked. If they packed Junior Lake in their luggage, I’d be OK with that too. But if they keep them in AA all year….hell….we might as well win the damn thing.

    Man…this negative stuff is hard to do. haha

    Seriously, the Smokies MUST win these next 2 games in order to win the series and head home for 5 against Huntsville. Looking at the schedule….we still have a pretty good shot….we have a 10 game homestand coming up (Aug 18-28)…5 of which are against 1st place Chattanooga… we are still alive.

    We need a live chicken and some rum in that clubhouse!

  • Mysterious4th

    From the majors down to the rookie league all games lost (and a lone win) were close ones.

    Maybe it is in the cubbie water?

  • Idaho Razorback

    What’s up with Trevor Gretzky? I haven’t seen his name in the box score in a while.

    • MightyBear

      I don’t know but I would sure like to see more of his sister.

  • MightyBear


    I love your reports and I appreciate all the hard work you do. I’m not saying this to be critical but informative. Not a big fan of the “bad”. I would go back to your original reporting.

    “If it aint broke, don’t fix it.”

    • Luke

      Last bullet point. We’ll be back to normal tomorrow.

  • nkniacc13

    Anyone planning on going to the under armour all maerican gam in wrigley?