kane county cougarsIf you were still holding onto dim hopes that Kane County would stage the greatest comeback in sports history and storm into the playoffs, you will be saddened to hear that the Cougars have been eliminated.

However, they are the only Cubs’ organization to be eliminated from postseason contention altogether as we enter the final full week of competition. Sure, Iowa and Arizona are long shots, but they are still technically alive. Only Kane County is down for the count.

This is, of course, no surprise. The Kane County offense held up their end of the bargain and are currently fourth in the league in team OPS, but the pitching (particularly the bullpen) was a big problem for much of the year. The 2012 draft high school pitching class was largely in Arizona to start the season, and the season was essential a lost cause by the time the 2013 college pitchers started filtering in.  Kane County fell into that gap between those waves of pitching talent, and it cost them.  The Cougars consistently had one of the more prospect heavy lineups in the minors, but even that was not enough to overcome their problems on the mound.

Scores From The Weekend

Friday – The Cubs opened the weekend by shutting out the Redbirds 2-0.
Saturday – On Saturday they won again, 8-5.
Sunday – The dropped the Sunday game, though, by a final of 11-6.

Friday – The Smokies opened a bad weekend with a 3-2 loss.
Saturday – They followed that up with a 4-3 loss.
Sunday – And finished things off with a 2-0 loss.

Friday – The Cubs scored early and cruised to this 5-1 win.
Saturday – And Saturday they used a large sixth inning rally to pull away for a 7-3 win.
Sunday – Sunday marked their fourth straight triumph as they won easily, 11-2.

Kane County
Friday – Kane County scoured four time times in the seventh and won 5-2.
Saturday – They won again on Saturday, 5-3.
Sunday – They dropped Sunday’s game on the road to Wisconsin, 3-1.

Friday – In a wild slug fest the Hawks came away the 16-11 winners at Salem-Keizer.
Saturday – On Saturday they completed the sweep of the Volcanoes with this 8-1 win.
Sunday – The Hawks lost the opener of a crucial series at Hillsboro. The final in ten innings was 6-5.

Friday – The Cubs had Friday off.
Saturday – Arizona used a 3 run sixth inning to pick up this 4-2 win.
Sunday – They scored a run in the ninth but lost anyway 4-1.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] The best news to come of Iowa this weekend was the breakout of Mike Olt. After finishing 0 for 2 with a walk on Friday, Olt doubled and homered on his way to a 4 for 4 Saturday. On Sunday he singled and finished 1 for 4. That miniature hot stretch helped raise his OPS over his last ten games to a not-terrible .710.
  • [Iowa] Friday’s shutout was started by, not surprisingly, Kyle Hendricks. The almost-certain-to-be Minor League Pitcher of the Year for the Cubs pitched 7 innings, allowed 4 hits, and struck out 3. Zach Rosscup (with 2 strikeouts) and Eduardo Sanchez each tossed an inning to complete the game.
  • [Iowa] Chang-Yong Lim walked a batter and fanned two in his inning of work on Saturday.
  • [Tennessee] Despite the slump, Tennessee is getting some quality outings from their pitchers. Nick Struck and Yeiper Castillo combined to hold Mobile to just 2 runs on Sunday, and that despite allowing 5 walks between them.
  • [Tennessee] Rubi Silva tripled (his 9th) and homered (his 14th) on Friday. He followed that up with his 15th homer on Saturday, and on Sunday he drew his 18th walk. Believe it or not, Silva has walked 5 times in his last 10 games. His August line now reads .316/.373/.513.
  • [Daytona] Daytona has one of the best collections of starting pitchers I can remember seeing on a Cubs farm team. This weekend saw starts from C.J. Edwards (4 IP, 8 K), Corey Black (5 IP, 2 K), and Ivan Pineyro (6 IP, 6 K). And if that isn’t good enough, the bullpen this weekend got some great performances from Yao-Lin Wang (3 IP, 6 K), Kyler Burke (2 IP, 0 H), and Zach Cates (3 IP, 4 K). That streak of very good starters continues today when Pierce Johnson takes the mound.
  • [Daytona] The Cubs lineup is just as good. Kris Bryant has a Daytona OPS of 1.084, Dan Vogelbach is sitting at 0.918, and Anthony Giansanti is up to .893 in August (sample size alerts on those three). Remember this is supposed to be a pitchers league. Dustin Geiger is still there with an OPS of .809, and Zeke DeVoss is still at the top of the lineup with an OBP near .400 and 34 steals.
  • [Daytona] To give you an idea just how good this Daytona lineup is, consider this. On Saturday their first four hitters finished a combined 0-14 in the game, and the team still went on to score 7 times on 9 hits. Of course the 6 walks drawn by those first four hitters (including 3 by Vogelbach) certainly helped matters (the team finished with 9 walks for the game).
  • [Kane County] The Cougars got some quality innings in Friday’s win from Scott Baker (4 IP, 4 H, 3 K), Justin Amlung (3 IP, 2 H, 4 K), and Andrew McKirahan (2 IP, 2 H, 3 K).
  • [Hawks] In Friday’s scoring binge the best game was provided by Justin Marra. The catcher (DH’ing in this one) finished 4 for 5 with his 3rd and 4th home runs of the season. Jacob Rogers also homered, his 7th.
  • [Hawks] Paul Blackburn gave up a single hit in his 5 innings of work on Saturday, but he also walked 6. Sunday’s starter, Dillon Maples, also had some trouble with walks. Maples allowed 4 runs on 4 hits over 5 innings while walking 4.
  • [Hawks] Following his 3 walk day on Sunday, Shawon Dunston now has 26 walks against 23 strikeouts this season. He is hitting .293/.389/.371 with 10 steals.
  • [Arizona] Daury Torrez struck out 6 in 6 innings of work on Saturday. He allowed nothing but 3 hits along the way.
  • [Arizona] Tyler Ihrig had another good outing on Sunday. Through 2 innings of relief he gave up just one hit and struck out one. His Arizona ERA is now 0.78.

Other News

  • As far as the playoffs go Iowa is not dead yet, but they are very close. Their elimination number is down to three. Any combination of three Omaha wins or Iowa losses removes the Cubs from contention.
  • Despite losing their last four straight games, it remains almost impossible for the Smokies to miss the playoffs. Their magic number is down to two. If Birmingham loses twice it does not matter what Tennessee does the rest of the season, they will be playing in postseason. Given that Birmingham is just 3-7 in their last ten games, I don’t see them winning out. Jackson is also technically alive, but their elimination number is one, and they are 2-8 in their last ten. I’d rather see the Smokies go into the playoffs on a hot streak, but there is very little chance they will not be going to the playoffs regardless.
  • It seems like there is little chance of Daytona backing into the playoffs. They are firing on all cylinders right now, and their magic number is down to five. The Cubs are riding a four game winning streak and, weather permitting, play five games in the next three days. They could wrap up the division by the end of day Wednesday.
  • The Hawks sweep of Salem-Keizer on the road this weekend vaulted Boise into a tie for first place. They promptly fell a game back after losing the opener in Hillsboro, but they remain in good shape if they can just split the remaining games with the Hops.
  • Arizona’s loss last night eliminated them from the race for a second half division title, but I don’t think their postseason hopes are quite dead yet. Since the Giants are likely to win both the first and second half of the season in that division, the other team from the division in the playoffs will be the second best (to the Giants) overall record. In that race the Cubs trail by 3.5 with 4 games left to play. The odds are very much against them, but I don’t think they are quite out of it yet. Not technically, anyway.
  • JM

    One of the most intriguing guys the Cubs have is Voglebach. He just seems to have a really strong plate presence.

    Yet I just can’t shake the feeling we’ll never see him play for the Cubs in Chicago.

    • cub4life

      unfortunately I agree with you, very unlikely but I hope he does stay.

      • Chad

        I wouldn’t write him off as a 1B yet. He’s at least 2 years away from Chicago (IMO). That gives him 2 years to show that he is a better 1B than Rizzo. If he can do that and there is not a DH in place by then in NL he could oust Rizzo from 1B. That’s the goal of a good farm system. Have young guys that can replace old guys and either let old guys leave (FA) or trade them for talent. If Vogs does show that he’s that good, he could either play, or he truly may have more value as a trade piece. Who knows.

        • http://www.hookersorcake.com Hookers or Cake

          Yeah Rizzo only hit 1075 OPS in AAA Vogelbach is hitting 800 something in A ball. He’ll probably double those numbers and once they move him to center field…

          • cub2014

            Exactly hookers, I think all these kids look
            like they have great potential and I like
            Vogelbach. But who knows who will be
            successful at the bigs. Its time to go out
            and get some legitimate hitters. I am not
            talking about crazy long term contracts

          • Scotti

            Talk about comparing apples to bricks. Guess who else batted “.800 something” in A-Ball? Yeah, Rizzo. Rizzo batted .804 in Rookie, .856 in A, and .799 in A+. He followed that up by batting .263/.334/.481/.815 in AA. To be sure he was a legitimate prospect, but so is Vogelbach. Just this past week Jim Callis, from Baseball America, said that Vogelbach might be his 5th best Cub prospect (he had him at 7 coming into the season).

            And how has Rizzo done in MLB? .238/.324/.415/.739. His line this year? .231/.324/.427/.752. Rizzo is inexperienced enough that he may still progress off those numbers but, through 1,079 PA, he hasn’t shown yet that he is the Cubs lockdown 1B of the future. Suggesting that he can’t be replaced by a very well-considered, young prospect in the system is ridiculous (and it would be monumentally foolhardy by the FO).

            Re. moving Vogelbach to CF: Hyperbole aside, Vogelbach ISN’T moving to the OF but he IS considerably faster than Rizzo. Both ran 60’s at Perfect Game and Rizzo’s best was a very slow 7.40 while Vogelbach ran a 7.15. For comparison’s sake, Kris Bryant (who is considered to have good enough range in RF) ran a 7.0. Vogelbach simply isn’t the oaf that people assume he is based on some knee-jerk fat bias. (FWIW, the reason that Vogelbach would NOT work out in the OF is that he has a very weak arm.)

          • Chad

            I really don’t see your point. I don’t think comparing numbers in a minor league career does much for anyone. You never know how anybody will develop. I don’t dislike Rizzo and I’m not saying he can be displaced, but wouldn’t it be nice if you had guys knocking at the door in the minors that you had to make that decision. “Is prospect X better than current ML Y?” Yes then trade current ML, No, then trade prospect X, or keep as potential backup. It is a good problem to have, but I don’t think everyone should be writing Vogelbach off yet as a potential guy that could see the majors in the future.

            Everyone talks about these prospects as there is no way they could ever overtake a current ML because of a contract that was signed. I would say, if that is the way this club is going to be managed then that is not a good sign, but I see no evidence that this is the case. If you prove you are better then they will make room for you. Here’s to hoping that the cubs have to make a lot of difficult decisions in the near future. One thing that would have been interesting is to let Rizzo go through arbitration rather than the big contract and see where you are at then, but I understand the locking him up cheap as well.

            • Chad

              That was for hookers and cubs2014

  • Eric

    Off topic: Chris Rusin has really been impressive this year. I hope he keeps it up.

    On topic: I don’t think Olt needs to see Chicago this year, especially if he gets hot. Just seems like that could undo whatever he is starting to do. I could be wrong.

    I think we’ll see Bryant and Baez at Iowa next year along with Alcantara. I don’t see how Vogelback fits into the long-term vision for the organization unless the NL gets a DH, which I hope it does.

    • JM

      I agree with all of what you said, except the DH thing. I like the offense that a DH brings, but I like the strategy that not having one brings, better

      • Edwin

        I guess I don’t see how there is that much more tactics when letting the pitcher bat.

        • mdavis

          with the year round interleague play i think the DH is coming to the NL. If you think about it the AL has the true advantage. They are paying a guy millions to be a run producer for them from that spot, while the NL is trotting out a 4th outfielder or utility man.

        • Blublud

          Pitching is a defensive position. And like all other defensive players in baseball, they should have to hit. I don’t care about the strategy part as long as all things are equal, but a pitcher should have to go both ways just like Darwin Barney. He is in this league because of his glove, not his bat. Should we be able to have a designated hitter for him to?

          • Edwin

            If players are supposed to go both ways, should we expect Darwin Barney to have to pitch?

            I think pitching is a different/unique skill set from hitting. Pitchers are in the league because of one thing: pitching. Asking a pitcher to hit is like asking a goalie to take a face-off.

            • Blublud

              Totally not the same thing. A goalie can push the puck down the ice and take a shot at the other goal if he chooses to. We won’t see it, but it is perfectly legal.

              As for Barney pitching. Sometimes position players have to pitch. A baseball player is a baseball player. If we are going to have a DH for the pitcher, then we should be allowed to have a maximum of 9 DH. Any player who is better with the glove then the bat should be allow to have one. If fact, lets just make it like football. Expand the roster to 40 all year and we can have a offense and a defense.

              • Edwin

                We could, but I don’t think we need to specialize baseball that much. Hitting and defense are related enough skills that having a DF probably wouldn’t make the game that much better.

                However, pitching and hitting is such a different skill set at the MLB level that I think it’s silly to have a pitcher bat when the pitcher’s hitting ability is completely irrelevent to why the pitcher is in MLB in the first place.

                • Blublud

                  No we couldn’t. Having a defense and offense is horrible, and that’s the same way I feel about a DH. I know it will probably happen, and the game won’t change much because of it. I just personally think a guy should play a defensive position and hit.

                  Should Carmelo Anthony of Kevin Durant be allow a designated defender since they can score with anyone but they suck on defense. Or should they work like Lebron or Michael Jordan and be great on both sides of the ball so they won’t be exposed. Football is the only sport that should have designated offensive and defensive players.

                  • Edwin

                    You’re comparing apples to oranges. In basketball, offense and defense are fairy close in terms of required skill set, where there is quite a bit of overlap. I think it’s very fair to expect basketball players to play both offense and defense.

                    Pitching is a very specialized part of baseball, and I don’t see the value in having pitchers hit when their hitting ability is a complete non-factor as to why they are in the league and how they provide value.

                    • cub4life

                      the only response I have to this is you say a Pitcher is a specialized position can’t a defensive player be a specialized position or is Barney a great hitter. Oh and I have one more argument…..Babe Ruth…

                    • Edwin

                      Cub for Life,

                      Pitching is specialized in the same way that playing QB is specialized. Pitching uses a very different skill set than hitting, and it’s very rare that those two skill sets overlap. If there was as wide a gap in hitting/fielding as there is in Pitching/hitting, then I would support a DF. If every hitter looked like Prince Fielder trying to play SS, a DF would be neccessary. But it’s not.

                      I don’t know what …Babe Ruth… means. Yes, he was a great pitcher, and then the best hitter ever. He also played in a different era. Completely irrelevant to the game today.

                    • cub4life

                      I was using him as an example, but if you need more understanding from what I am talking about, how about Mike Hampton, Carlos Zambrano, Jason Marquis, Mike Leake? does that help or do I have to bring up the Darwin Barney side of things again, is there any way that he is in the majors if he was an average at best deffensive player, very slim chance.

                    • mjhurdle

                      Well, i guess if Babe Ruth can hit and pitch, then everyone should be able to.
                      great point.

                • mjhurdle

                  NBA stars do have designated defenders on defense. They are the ones marked by the zebra striped shirts.

                  • Spriggs

                    You got that right!!!

              • On The Farm

                I think you are looking at this a little different. When a pitcher shows up for work (whether it be ST or before a game) he spends most of his time on the mound working on pitching, the next thing he works on is probably fielding some grounders, and then if there is some time left he can head out to the batting cage to work on his hitting.

                When Darwin Barney, or a hitter, shows up to the ball park, they spend most of their time working on their hititng, and then spend some time working on defense. Even when they practice they don’t work on the same things, pitchers are there to pitch, and yes even Barney spends most of his time in the cage. It would be like you boss saying to you, “Hey you know how to use excel and took a business class right? Well we thought about bringing in a guy who is a Designated Accountant, but instead since you know how to add, you are going to spend 80% of your time working as a mechanic (I think that’s what you said your job was once? At least in that field) and the other 20% we need you to help run the books. You cool with that?” And if you responded with, “Why don’t you just bring in a guy who’s job is accounting, and let me do my job and the company will probably run a lot smoother” No one would think you were crazy, because you were hired for what you were good at, not something that you maybe kinda-sorta know what to do.

                • cub4life

                  beautifully put.

                • C. Steadman

                  exactly..most pitchers also probably havent hit since high school(unless they are complete freaks and play both ways in college) or maybe a handful of at bats at the AA&AAA level when two NL affiliates play each other(special PCL rules means that the managers still have to agree, which probably means DH) Pitching is a specialized position because they both have to pitch & field…while defense players hit&field

        • On The Farm

          It pretty much all boils down to can the guy batting in front of the pitcher get on base so that when the pitcher does come to the plate, can he bunt the runners over so that his its not a waste out. I think the strategy card gets a bit overplayed, but that’s just my humble opinion on the matter.

        • cub4life

          Hear is how I see it from my limeted knowledge.

          Early in the game you won’t see much “tactics” other then do you want to swing away or bunt (that would depend on how many outs and how many on base and what bases they are on). From the pitching side of things you look at do you want to pitch to the 8th place hitter or pitch around/walk him to get to the pitcher (that would also depend on outs and base runners).

          Now late in the game it starts going to the do you want to take out your starter for a pinch hitter, what kind of pinch hitter do you want to use (power vs ave), do you want to do a double switch and leave that hitter in and take some one else out to give your reliever another inning or 2.

          Now there is much more to it then this but these are just some real quick reasons

          • Edwin

            Sure. But most of those situations only happen because almost all pitchers are a complete liability at the plate. And some of those situations still come up in the AL (when to use a pinch hitter, whether to let the #9 hitter bunt or swing away, when to walk a batter to pitch to the next batter.

            The AL also allows managers to have more strategy when constructing their lineups. They can afford to have a defensive guy like Darwin Barney play 2B, because they can make up for him with a heavy hitting DH.

            I understand the strategy argument, but I think at times NL fans underestimate the strategy that AL managers deal with, and overvalue the “strategy” of having the pitcher bat.

            • cub4life

              I don’t see many times when a AL team uses a pinch hitter late in the game, sure it happens but what is it like once in like 15+ (i’m being generous) games and it happens in almost every NL game. Personaly I wouldn’t pinch hit for a light hitting 2B that has the deffense that I need in the next couple of innings. And you seem to be completely disregaurding the side of the pitching side of the strategy.

              • Edwin

                Pinch hitting happens in every NL game by design, though. Is pinch hitting for the pitcher’s spot really that exciting? Unless it’s a close game, it’s a pretty “meh” move. Most of the time, a pinch hitter is a routine move, with very little consideration of strategy involved.

                Also, you sort of illustrate my point, where an AL manager has to decide whether to keep the light hitting 2B in, or pinch hit with a better matchup. That is an actual pinch hit situation that can be interesting.

                I’m not trying to disregaurd the pitching side of things, but I just don’t think there’s that much more strategy by having a pitcher bat. Almost all of this strategy is due to the pitcher being such a liability at the plate in the first place. To me, it ends up being needless strategy.

          • JM

            I’ve always said to people that thought baseball was boring, that understanding the game is important. Understanding why a sac bunt early in the game can be just as exiting as a homer in the eighth.

            • Edwin

              In what situation could a sac bunt early in the game be just as exciting as a homer in eighth? I love baseball, and I don’t think it’s boring at all. But I can’t get excited about a sac bunt. I can appreciate that at times it might slightly help my team improve the odds of scoring one run (although even that is debateable), but I don’t think I’ve ever been excited about a sac bunt, especially not early in the game.

              • JM

                Keep in mind this is my personal preference…

                Two aces facing one another. From your experience, you know it will be a low scoring game. Guy leads off with a double. If the next guy up sacrifices him to third, that to me, is a very exciting play. If runs will be at a premium, that runner on third scoring is huge..

            • jason

              DH please! I am sick and tired of automatic outs in the middle of a baseball game that is 3 1/2 hours long. It starts to get boring when nothing is happening. Not that it would even help that much to get the DH but it would help some. And i know and understand the game of baseball very well…makes no difference.

            • On The Farm

              Really? So say Justin Verlander is facing Kershaw, you are telling me a sac bunt laid down by Kershaw in the third inning can be just as exciting as Cabrera blasting a 8th inning homerun off Kershaw?

    • cub4life

      I agree with you on Baez and Alcantara (not sure when next year but next year) but I’m not sure about Bryant (not because of his play), it all depends on how quickly they want to move him up the ladder and how much time they want him to spend at Tenn.

      As for Rusin yeah he has, glad to see him put it all together.

    • Blublud

      I disagree with what you said about Vogs. In actuality, no prospect below AA fits into the “long term plans.” I know we have Rizzo, but who knows where Rizzo will be in March, better yet in 2015-16 when Vogs might be ready. Rizzo could be a all-star by then, or (please don’t take this the wrong way, it just cliche. My grandma used to say this to make a point) he could cross the street today and get hit by a Mack Truck. You develop prospects for value. I don’t care if we have a potential All-star 1B at every level, and the draft was today. If the best player on the board is a 1st baseman, you draft him and worry where he’ll fit when that time arrives. If Vogs can hit at a high level, they’ll find a way to get him on the field. Either by moving him to a new position, Moving Rizzo to a new position or moving one of them to a team that’s has a spot for them for equal value. Either way, he fits very well into the long term plans.

      • cub4life

        Well I for one wasn’t talking about long term plans with Vogs, going strickly by how they are right now (neither can play anywhere other then first) one of them will not be here when Vogs is “ready”.

    • On The Farm

      Off Topically: I love what Rusin has done, I have been hammering that I think he will be a decent pitcher. Obviously he will never be one of those elite pitchers, but I think he can be one of those guys who makes a long career solidifying a rotation and since he doesn’t throw very hard he will be around forever.

      On Topic:I think its a given Alacantra starts the season out in Iowa since he had a full year in AA. Based on Baez’s production it would be silly for him to not be in Iowa too. The question will be will he be at Iowa as a double play combo with Alacantra, or will he be trying out at a new position. We will have to wait and see what the FO decides this winter. Bryant’s bat should carry him to AA to start the season, AAA by June. He is one of the special hitters that can move quickly through the system.

      Finally on Vogelbach I think he will be ready by 2015 at the earliest, but ultimatley I think he shows up in 2016 and I would think by then the DH is finally in the NL. The thing we need to remember that as much as the purists don’t want this game to change it already has, it is a sad fact, but today’s game is much different than the game your grandpa went to go watch.

      • JM

        With regards to Rusin, would it be crazy to draw a comparison with Jamie Moyer?

        • On The Farm

          As I was typing my response his name came to my mind and I almost typed that. The only reason I didn’t is because I was afraid I would get torn apart, but yeah I think Rusin looks like a guy who can have a Moyer-ish career.

    • Adventurecizin’ Justin

      Rusin has been impressive, but I still wonder if he & Russell can make a nice LHd combo out of the pen.

      I’m with you on the DH. Pitchers aren’t groomed to hit…why expect them to do so at the major league level? For me, I want my pitchers resting on the bench preparing for the next inning because that is what they are getting paid for. I do like the strategy portion somewhat…but I prefer “capable” hitters at the plate.

  • jpeck

    Going to watch Kane County Tuesday. Is there anyone to keep a close eye on? Hoping to see Almora, but obviously that is out the window.

    • On The Farm

      Their INF is pretty loaded with talent, 1B has Rock Shoulders, 2B is Amaya who is probably the best prospect on that INF. 3B has Jamier Calendario who is a pretty good prospect, and I think the SS is Marco Hernandez. In the OF Reggie Golden (RF?) is a guy who is getting to the point where while his career has been hampered by injuries he needs to start putting his talent to use. He is a good one to watch. That’s all I can think of off the top of my head.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        Good list. The catcher, likely either Willson Contreras or Carlos Escobar, is probably a good one to watch as well.

        And there are some good pitchers on Kane County now, including some of the 2013 draft class.

        • On The Farm

          Oh and Trevor Gretsky plays for them (I think he is the son of some dude who used to run on around on ice). Not really a prospect, but he is another interesting name to watch.

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

            Gretzky is a prospect. He isn’t in the upper echelons by any stretch, but he is still a prospect.

            • On The Farm

              Well I don’t think you listed him as a top 40 Cub so he isn’t at upper or even a middle tier prospect. At that point I think of him as more of just a name to know, as opposed to attaching the prospect tag to his name. I guess I am not the expert, but if he just a 40-50 organizational guy, I just don’t see him as a “prospect”, yet.

      • jpeck

        Alright. Thanks guys. I remember a few of those names from Luke’s list.

  • AA Correspondent

    Do you think that if the I-Cubs are eliminated from the playoffs this week that Kyle Hendricks would be sent back to AA Smokies for thier playoff series? My understanding is that because he was with the Smokies the majority of the year that he could be re-assigned. If so, that’d be great news for this team. I’d also imagine that he’d welcome the chance to win a ring with this team that he helped so much this season.

    The Smokies have an offense that could carry the team to the title, but I (along with most Smokies fans) would feel better if we could get 1 more starter and potentially 2 bullpen arms from Iowa if they get eliminated.


    • mdavis

      doubt Hendricks goes back down. He’s over 150 innings this year, seems around the point where they would shut him down.

    • MDel

      I doubt this would happen. He probably is on an innings limit anyway, and they were probably more worried about his getting innings in AAA rather than saving him for the AA playoffs.

      On a side note, do they literally get rings for winning a minor league championship or, as I always assumed, the right to create a t-shirt on their own professing their success?

      • AA Correspondent

        yep. They do get rings.

  • terenceman

    Brett Jackson had 3 XBH last week. Woo!

    • AA Correspondent

      Still looks lost at the plate and the K’s are consistent. On the positive side, he is taking his fair share of walks since being reassigned to AA.

  • CJM

    Off topic: My 6 year old son went to an I-Cubs clinic this past Saturday morning. Julio Borbon, Ty Wright, Greg Rohan and Zach Rosscup were instructors. They were all excellent with the kids. My son is still talking about it. Very cool of them and the I-Cubs.

    • MoneyBoy

      That’s wonderful !!! Thanks for mentioning it.

  • TampaCubsFan

    Went and saw 2 Daytona Cubs vs Tampa Yankee games this weekend. Got an autograph from Kris Bryant, Geiger and Vogelbach. Geiger actually signed the ball in perfect cursive(you can actually read his name) unlike the chicken scratch you get from most players. Anyways. I’m no scout but Vogelbach seems very patient at the plate, seemed to walk a lot and seems to spend most of his time in the dugout chatting with coaches constantly about baseball situations. Kris Bryant had a couple of doubles and a few errors at 3rd base. Both balls were sharply hit but both were right at him and off his glove both times. Shortstop Devoss looked really good, but I think we have enough SS already so good luck to him.

  • cubsin

    I don’t think Zeke DeVoss has ever played shortstop in his professional career. He’s a 2B and CF. He walks a lot (a strikes out a little more often). He seems to always have a BA around .250 and an OBP around .400. He also steals a lot of bases (34 for 42 this year), and is a prototypical leadoff man.