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cookie monsterJorge Soler is coming to the majors for tomorrow’s game, and not a day too soon. Once Soler was able to stay on a baseball diamond, it turned out that he was much more polished than many were expecting before the season started. He quickly looked right at home in both Tennessee and Iowa, and I would not be surprised if the same is true in Chicago.

There will be plenty of time to analyze Soler later on, though. Right now I want to take a look at what is left in the farm system. After promoting Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks, and Jorge Soler, the farm system has to start looking a little thin… right?

Wrong.

Pulling out the mid-season update to the Top 40 Prospects List, it is definitely true that the Top 10 has been pretty well decimated by promotions. Soler, Baez, Alcantara, and Hendricks checked in at numbers 2, 3, 6, and 9 respectively. Not many organizations, even those with a strong farm system, could promote 40% of their Top 10 and still have a very strong list. The Cubs, however, have done just that.

Ladies and Gentlemen, your post-Soler Top 10 prospects are:

1 – Kris Bryant
2 – Addison Russell
3 – Jen-Ho Tseng
4 – Kyle Schwarber
5 – Albert Almora
6 – C.J. Edwards
7 – Dan Vogelbach
8 – Billy McKinney
9 – Eloy Jimenez
10 – Pierce Johnson

Laying aside the individual slottings for a minute (even that admittedly high ranking of Tseng), I think we can all agree that the Cubs still have a lot of talent on that list.  The parade of cookies is likely to continue throughout next season and on into 2016.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Iowa got a badly needed win 8-0.
Tennessee – The Smokies could not get the offense going in this 2-1 loss.
Daytona – The Cubs mounted a number of late rallies, but still came up just short. They lost this one 8-7.
Kane County – Kane County pulled away late for this 8-3 win.
Boise Hawks – Boise got some very good pitching as they won 3-0.
Arizona – Arizona had the day off.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Jorge Soler hit his 8th home run, and shortly thereafter was removed the game. His lineup replacement, Jonathan Mota, finished with 2 hits including his 2nd homer for Iowa.
  • [Iowa] Junior Lake doubled and finished 3 for 5 with one strikeout.
  • [Iowa] Four pitchers combined on the shutout for Iowa. Eric Jokisch left after 2.1 innings with a blister and was followed by Alberto Cabrera, Arodys Vizcaino, and Armando Rivero.
  • [Tennessee] C.J. Edwards delivered 8 strikeouts over 5 innings while giving up a run on just one hit and 3 walks.
  • [Tennessee] Stephen Bruno left the game after one at bat. His replacement, Pin-Chieh Chen, proceeded to pick up a pair of hits.
  • [Daytona] Gioskar Amaya finished this game 2 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout. The hits were his 3rd triple and his 4th homer.
  • [Daytona] Bijan Rademacher also homered (his 9th) and finished with 2 hits.
  • [Daytona] Marco Hernandez did not have a hit, but he did score twice and stole his 22nd base.
  • [Kane County] Paul Blackburn allowed 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2 over 5 innings on the mound.
  • [Kane County] Home runs were provided by Yasiel Balaguert (his 7th) and Jeffrey Baez (his 6th for KC).
  • [Kane County] Jeimer Candelario finished with 3 hits.
  • [Boise] Trevor Clifton allowed 6 hits and struck out 3 over 7 shutout innings. Ryan McNeil and Corbin Hoffner completed the game.
  • [Boise] Jesse Hodges doubled and finished with 2 hits.
  • [Boise] Danny Canela doubled, walked, and stole his 2nd base of the season.

Other News

  • Kane County manager Mark Johnson has been named the Manager of the Year for the Midwest League. Under him the Cougars are 41 games over .500, have put together a 13 game winning streak, ran away with the division title in the first half, and have continued to be the best team in the league throughout the second half. What’s more, he has done this despite a constant string of roster shakeups that have added and lost a number of notable players. Prospects come and go, but the minor league personnel and development staff often tend to hang around. For the future of the franchise, having some really good ones, such as Mark Johnson, in the system can only help pay dividends at the major league level down the road.
  • Most of the runs Iowa scored last night came off Taijuan Walker. Walker hasn’t had a great year, but at one time he was among the best pitching prospects out there.
  • Iowa’s shutout of Tacoma was the 14th shutout they have pitched this season. That happens to be a new franchise record.
  • Despite the loss, the Smokies are still in first by one game.
  • With last night’s win Boise extended their lead over Salem-Keizer in the overall standings to two games. Neither team is likely to catch first place Hillsboro, so as long as the Hawks finish over the Volcanoes in the overall standings, the Hawks will make the playoffs.

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