happy kid at computerDid you miss the Daily? I know I missed the Daily. But after a very long winter’s nap, Minor League Baseball is back, and with it the return of daily minor league coverage on Bleacher Nation.

If you would like to watch some minor league games this season, then check out MiLB.TV. This is the minor league equivalent of MLB.TV, only with fewer games, lower quality video, not great audio, and a much lower price. The good news is that both Iowa and Tennessee have all their home games (and nearly all their road games) on video through this service. Daytona and Kane County do not. If either of those two ever do have their games broadcast this way while on the road, I will try to call it out it in advance.

Last year the radio feeds for all the minor league games were streamed for free through the team websites, and all the team websites are conveniently linked below. If you want listen to Baez and Soler in the Florida State League and wistfully long for their promotion to Double A so you can watch them as well, then just head on over to the Daytona page around game time.

That’s enough reminders for now. Let’s get to some baseball.

Scores From Yesterday

There were no games yesterday. If there had been, this is the place you would find a result, a link to the box score, and a link to each of the team websites. Since I don’t have any scores for you this morning, let’s set up the pitching assignments for the day instead.

Iowa – The Iowa Cubs have not yet announced their Opening Day starter. (UPDATE: It’s Chris Rusin.) They start the season in Albequerque at 8:35 ET.
TennesseeDallas Beeler takes the mound for Tennessee. The Smokies also open up on the road. Their game against Pensacola starts at 8:00 ET.
Daytona – Undersung pitching prospect Ben Wells starts things off for Daytona. The Cubs will be at home at 7:05 ET.
Kane County – Attendees of Opening Day in Kane County will get to see Pierce Johnson. Game time is 7:30 ET.

Performances of Note

  • [All] No games means there are no performances to speak of yet. Starting tomorrow you’ll see a few of the highlights from each game noted here. I won’t try to cover everything. For a complete picture, just click on the box score that will be linked in the section above this.
  • [All] See that set of square brackets with the word “All” in them at the beginning of each line? Those will tell you what team is covered in each note.
  • [Kane County] For example, since this is a link back to Brett’s article on the Kane County opener, the brackets at the front read [Kane County]. That way, should you only really care about checking on one or two teams, you can find what you’re looking for easily.

Other News

  • Sometimes there will be something to point out that does not fit into a Performance bullet, or would just take too much space to fit in that section. The “Other News” part of the Daily is the repository for all of those odds and ends.
  • Since the minor league season has not quite started yet (hours away!), there is not a lot to talk about just now. But if you want to be as informed about the minor leagues and the Cubs’ prospects as possible this year, then maybe this would be an excellent time to take a glance back through the Bleacher Nation Top 40 and the Gauging the Depth series. Most of the prospects we’ll be talking about the most are included somewhere in those two sets of articles.
  • And that’s all for now. One final programming note before I wrap up this Introduction to the Daily: weekends are changing. There will be no Minor League Daily on Saturday or Sunday this season. Instead, every Sunday we will bring you another Minor League feature – one that was frequently requested last year. The weekend games will be summed up in the Monday edition of the Daily. Hopefully I can pull that off without making the Monday edition too unmanageable long.
  • Minor League baseball is finally here! Go Cubs, Smokies, Cubs, and Cougers (and eventually Hawks and Cubs)!
  • ETS

    Does anyone know if MiLB.tv will stream via xBox like MLB.tv will?

  • Spencer

    “This is the minor league equivalent of MLB.TV, only with fewer games, lower quality video, not great audio, and a much lower price.”

    If this isn’t a great sales pitch I don’t know what is.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      I am not a paid spokesperson.

      And at this rate, probably never will be.

  • Robert

    Can’t wait to start getting your reports again Luke. They are one of the main reasons I got hooked on checking bleacher nation every day. Thanks for your hard work in advance.

  • MightyBear

    The Minor League Daily and the EBS. BN is in mid season form already!! Thanks again Brett and Luke.

  • Joel

    According to the Iowa Cubs roster announcement, Chris Rusin is starting the opener.

    “Lefties Chris Rusin and Brooks Raley return to headline the starting rotation. Rusin led the I-Cubs in wins (8), starts (25), and strikeouts (94) last season before getting his first major league call-up on August 21. He will get the start on Opening Night in Albuquerque. Raley posted a 3.62 ERA in 14 starts with Iowa and also made his major league debut last August.”


    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      I thought it would be Rusin, but it wasn’t official on the site late night.

      Thanks for the tip.

  • North Side Irish

    Speaking of minor leaguers, Brett’s friend Jason Parks has an article up today on BP where he polled front office members asking who could make the jump from Class A to the majors next season like Jose Fernandez did for the Marlins. Baez got the most votes and Soler was in the also receiving votes category.


  • Brian

    I will try this today, if you have an apple product, I think MiLB app allows you to stream gameday audio and video right from the app.

    MLB.TV on the big screen, MiLB.TV on the “small” screen!

  • unccubsfan

    Luke, does MiLB.tv offer any video from Daytona and Kane County Games? And later in the year, will they have any televised AZ or Boise games?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Daytona, I don’t think so. I don’t think any FSL teams are hooked into MiLB.TV (but that may have changed since I last looked).

      Kane County can be seen, but only when they visit Wisconsin. Only Wisconsin in the Midwest League is hooked in.

      Arizona will not be seen at all, and I’ll have to check on Boise. I believe a few Northwest teams are hooked up, but I don’t recall which ones right now.

      That said, most of the All-Star games are covered regardless of other coverage in the league. And I think they do a fair job of getting playoffs games covered as well.

  • Idaho Razorback

    Great work as always Luke! I can’t wait for the games to begin.

  • http://worldseriesdreaming.com Jackson Scofield

    Luke, I do weekly minors at WSD, and I found a tidbit recently that the new VSL Cubs (replaced DSL Cubs2) may feature a lot of players from the Caimanes of Liga Paralela. All other teams in the league have some form of affiliation with, and share the name of, a Major League Baseball or Vezuelan Professional Baseball League (both the VPBL and Liga Paralela are offseason leagues) with the exception of the Caimanes. Looking at their roster, a lot of familiar Cubs names are there on their stats page. Even Josh Vitters played there, as did Jeffrey Baez, Mark Malace and several others. Some of the lesser names could be on the VSL roster if you haven’t taken a look at them yet.

  • North Side Irish

    Article on the best lineups in each of the minor leagues. Includes the Dayton Cubs as the best line up in the FSL and says “The Cubs’ 1-2 punch of Javier Baez and Jorge Soler might be the most formidable prospect duo in all of the Minor Leagues”.


    • Maximum Terror (aka: Carlos Marmol)

      Going to the Daytona game on 4/6. I was hoping for Peralta to start, but he is starting tomorrow. Hoping to see as many games until Soler and Baez move to AA.

  • AA Correspondent

    Welcome back Luke.

    Looking forward to a great 2013 Smokies season and plan to contribute regularly (after home games) with my observations from the AA Level.


  • another JP

    Even though it’s early it seems Pierce Johnson just received his wake up call as he’s been shelled by Quad Cities for a 5-run second inning. Ouch.