kane county cougarsThe Cubs farm system opened the minor league season by losing all four games.

That’s the downside of following the minors. The good days can be very good (Daytona winning the Florida State League in 2011, for example), but then you get days like yesterday when there are just no wins to be found. Those are fairly rare, though. Hopefully this is the last one we see all year.

Despite the gloomy outcomes, there were some bright spots in the box scores.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – This game was tied until the seventh inning. And then it was 10-3. That was the final in this Cubs loss.
Tennessee – The Smokies’ offense was pretty much a two man show in this 7-3 loss.
Daytona – The Baez and Soler Show got off to a slow start as Daytona lost 4-3.
Kane County – Kane County also got off to a rough start and dropped their home opener 7-2.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] We may as well pick up the Iowa coverage right where we left it off last year. Brett Jackson struck out twice in four at bats, but he also singled and scored. Jackson’s strikeouts will probably be one of the more talked about stories throughout the first part of this season.
  • [Iowa] Brian Bogusevic moved over to first base for the Cubs, and carried the offense with a three hit day. J.C. Boscan and Ty Wright each had two hits.
  • [Tennessee] Welcome to Double A Arismendy Alcantara. If a 2 for 3 day with a stolen base, a home run, and three RBIs isn’t starting a level off right, I don’t know what is.
  • [Tennessee] Matt Szczur had a nice game himself. Batting lead off, Szczur singled three times in four at bats.
  • [Daytona] On his first day in High A, Jorge Soler went 2 for 4 and was caught in one attempt at stealing. Javier Baez, on the other hand, went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.
  • [Daytona] The Daytona offense was led by Timothy Saunders and Stephen Bruno, both of whom doubled for the team’s only two extra base hits.
  • [Kane County] Daniel Vogelbach had two hits, but it was Rock Shoulders (playing DH) who supplied the power with a two run homer in the fourth.
  • [Kane County] Jeimer Candelario was batting cleanup for the Cougars, and the young third baseman drew the team’s only walk in addition to his base hit.

Other News

  • Pitching did not have a great day anywhere in the system yesterday, with a few individual exceptions. Notably for the major league team, both Casey Coleman and Rafael Dolis pitched quite well for Iowa in relief. Either one could find himself in the Wrigley Field bullpen before the summer is out.
  • Last season Daytona was the most steal-happy team in the Cubs’ organization, and so far they appear likely to keep that title in 2013. The Cubs swiped four bases (Saunders 1, Taiwan Easterling 2, Zeke DeVoss 1) in five attempts.
  • Even though Baez had a rough start to the season, there is no reason to panic. Stats do not mean a whole lot this early in the year due to sample sizes. And even if they did mean anything, Baez will still have plenty of rough nights as he learns to lay off bad pitches and not give away at bats. Four home runs in four at bats during spring training was nice, but that is essentially meaningless now that the season has started.
  • http://worldseriesdreaming.com/ Jackson Scofield

    BJax was also hit by a pitch, and Soler was picked off of first in addition to his caught stealing.

  • cedlandrum

    Baez did hit a sac fly

  • cubchymyst

    Alcantara I think is going to have a good season, he got in the last few games of spring training and held his own. He will make a nice trade chip or be further competition for 2nd base down the line.

    • http://401klogic.net Westbound Willie

      Didn’t alcantara make 63 errors last year?

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        Error numbers don’t mean a lot when evaluating young shortstops.

        That said, some scouts suspect he’ll be better off at second than at short. I doubt the Cubs move him any time soon, though.

  • ETS

    I’m going to be a sauder/bruno cheerleader most of the season, I think.

  • BD

    I can already tell that this is going to be a daily exercise of:
    1) heart-attack, quickly followed by
    2) reminder that each day is a small sample size, and then
    3) lingering panic that these prospects will go the way of Felix Pie

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Small sample size alerts will ago away in mid-May for most of these guys. Once a player crosses 120 PAs or so, I’m more or less content to let the numbers do the talking.

      Of course they’ll come right back in June when Boise and Arizona start up. And then in August when we see late season promotions.

      Now that I think of it, we might be stuck with them after all.

  • college_of_coaches

    My brother was at the KC Cougars’ game last night. He sent me a text saying that he was sitting among a group of scouts. I was hoping he might pick up a few gems from them, but he got nothing. The only comments he texted were that the guy with the radar gun stopped paying attention after Johnson was yanked, and that the Mariners’ scout spent the entire game playing words with friends.

  • MightyBear


    How did Pierce Johnson do? Thanks.

    • http://www.shadowsofwrigley.com TC

      I was at the game. Johnson had a really strong first inning, was in the 90-92 mph range which is ok for so early in the year. He had strong stuff in the 1st – his breaking ball had real depth and made a few hitters look completely silly.

      He then completely lost it in the second inning. He was more high-80s-90mph, and his breaking ball looked really flat. A couple bad plays in the field didn’t help him out at all, and he looked a little bit shaken. I don’t know if that was the cause of diminished stuff, but it certainly was not the same after the first inning

    • ChiCity

      Bear I was at the game and ,although Pierce gave up a number of runs, he had a smooth easy delivery. I actually came away impressed regardless of outcome.

      • MightyBear

        Thanks to you both.

  • mark

    With Szczur and Alcantara both at AA this year, Daytona is still looking to be an outstanding base running team (despite the POs yesterday). Let’s hope Szczur and Alcantara can build on their first game–what a 1-2 combo like that could do for the Smokies!

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    • Danny Ballgame

      Christ those are stupid looking.

  • On the Farm

    What will we do with 3 first basemen? Rock Shoulders name alone allows him to be too cool to fail

  • Austin

    So Baez is a bust?