Fantasy baseball has become as much a part of the baseball fan experience as peanuts and complaining about the umpiring, but despite the decades of growth and success enjoyed by fantasy baseball, there still does not seem to be a good way to include the minor leagues.
And I think I like it that way. Anyone who plays fantasy baseball sometimes winds up in that uncomfortable position of watching a favorite real team – such as the Cubs – face off against a pitcher that needs to do well in order to ensure a fantasy baseball win. Because the minor league game has little to any impact on conventional fantasy baseball, that is not a problem for a fan of the farm systems. In that small respect the game is a little more relaxing and easier to enjoy.
My own feelings on the subject aside, I think it is inevitable that minor league systems will somehow be harnessed into the fantasy machine and become an integral part of the scoring. Maybe leagues will be set up in which each owner drafts a minor league team as well as a major league one and receives points for both. Or perhaps fantasy owners will be able to select and receive points for an entire farm system in the same way some fantasy football leagues allow owners to select entire defenses. Regardless of the actual mechanism, I think that day is coming. As the fantasy game continues to improve on its mimicry of the real thing, it seems inevitable that the minors will become a significant factor in the near future.
Scores From Yesterday
Iowa – Iowa fought this game into the tenth inning before they lost it 5-1.
Tennessee – The Smokies dropped another game they needed to win. The final was 7-2.
Daytona – The downside of the Florida State League reared its head again on Wednesday as the Cubs’ regularly scheduled game was rained out. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today, Mother Nature permitting.
Peoria – The Chiefs also dropped a game in extra innings. Their contest lasted 14 frames and ended with a 9-8 Chiefs’ loss.
Boise – Boise scored in the top of the first and never relinquished that lead as they won 8-6.
Arizona – On yet another terribly hot evening in Arizona, the Cubs won 5-2.
Performances of the Day
- [Iowa] For nine innings Ryan Rowland-Smith, Blake Parker, and Jay Jackson kept the Cubs in the game. Unfortunately they had to play ten, and that one did not go so well.
- [Iowa[ Dave Sappelt and Matt Tolbert both doubled, and that was just about the extent of the Cubs’ offense.
- [Tennessee] Junior Lake doubled as part of a two hit night, and Matthew Szczur hit his second Double A triple to lead the Smokies.
- [Tennessee] Casey Weathers, Tony Zych, and Frank Batista each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for Tennessee.
- [Peoria] Yao-Lin Wang struck out ten over six innings while allowing just three hits. One of those hits was a solo home run; despite that, this was a very good start.
- [Peoria] Paul Hoilman and Timothy Saunders both homered for the Chiefs. Saunders also stole two bases.
- [Peoria] Zeke DeVoss finished 3 for 7 with two runs scored and his 32nd stolen base.
- [Boise] Rock Shoulders played left field in this game. He also hit his seventh home run. Daniel Vogelbach, playing first, hit his fourth.
- [Boise] Gioskar Amaya scored three times from the lead off position, doubled, and stole his 11th base.
- [Arizona] We have a Dillon Maples sighting! The young right hander struck out three in two scoreless innings of relief. Chad Martin and Corbin Hoffner also pitched two scoreless innings.
- [Arizona] Shawon Dunston hit his third Arizona triple as part of a two hit game. David Bote had a three hits that included two doubles.
Other Minor League Notes
- I’m a little late to this party, but: Congratulations Rock Shoulders on winning Minor League Baseball’s Moniker Madness. Rock Shoulder officially has the best name in the minors (but you knew that already). One of these days he will hopefully have the best name in the majors.
- Congratulations to Cub fans, including you, for doing Chicago proud. You voted early and often in the Moniker Madness balloting, and Shoulders won the final round easily with 60% of the vote.
- Over on the Message Boards, BN’er Rated Rookie has started a pretty good list of some of the best performing Cubs’ prospects in the Dominican Summer League. Be sure to head on over, check it out, and add your thought to the conversation. Don’t forget that the Message Boards require a separate log in account from the main website.