Yesterday was an absolutely terrible day for the farm system. Three Cub teams were in action (Low-A Kane County had the day off), and those three teams were outscored a collective 34-3. For real. They gave up more than eleven times as many runs as they scored.

That’s pretty depressing. So before we get to the details, here’s a picture of a kitten with an ice cream cone on his head.

Anyone still depressed? No? Good. Think happy thoughts and lets look at the numbers.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Being shut out is never fun. Being shut out in Colorado Springs (elevation: roughly 6000 feet) is even worse. The Cubs lost 5-0.
Tennessee – Tennessee may have hit rock bottom. They got blown out 16-0. At home. In five innings. Ouch.
Daytona – Daytona didn’t exactly cover themselves in awesomeness yesterday either. These Cubs floundered to a 13-3 loss.
Kane County – Kane County had the day off.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Not only did Nick Struck have the start in this one (and he pitched a moderately decent game), he also had one of the Cubs four hits.


  • [Iowa] Logan Watkins swiped his third base of the season in this one. He also played shortstop. Internet conspiracy theories about Castro being traded to Australia for a package of kangaroo sausage so Watkins can take over at short should be arriving shortly.
  • [Tennessee] The Smokies surrendered four home runs in this game (three by Matt Loosen, one by Tony Zych), and balanced the scales with four singles. But at least they walked more times than they struck out (3 to 2). There’s the silver lining, I suppose.
  • [Tennessee] The standout offense performance for the Smokies in this one belongs to Ronald Torreyes. He did not have an official at bat as a result of walking in both his trips to the plate.
  • [Daytona] Javier Baez did not strike out. He also hit his sixth home run, but right now the lack of strikeouts is probably the bigger story.


  • [Daytona] The only pitcher who had a good day for the Cubs yesterday was Sheldon McDonald. His perfect inning left him with a tidy 3.46 ERA.

Other News

  • Not to pile on Tennessee excessively here, but they managed to give up 16 runs in five innings despite surrendering just 11 hits. That’s what 5 walks and 4 home runs will do to you.
  • We are now less than a month away from the draft. The festivities start on June 6 and continue throughout the 7th and 8th. In some form or fashion, Brett and I will be covering this year’s event as completely as we can. Last year that meant every round covered on Twitter, a couple enormous threads on the front page, and additional info dropped in the Message Boards. It was the sort of crazy bout of baseball overload you do not want to miss. I’m looking forward to doing it again this year.



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