fun with numbersThanks to the stat amalgamation that goes on behind the scenes at MLB Farm, we have the ability to compare various statistics at an organizational level across baseball. It is open to question how much we actually learn doing this (and odds are good the answer is ‘not much’), but it can still be fun to see how the Cubs farm system stacks up.

For example, did you know the Cubs have the fourth best minor league ERA at 3.32? Only the Rays, Dodgers, and Pirates beat them out. Of course that could have something to do with the Cubs’ farm teams playing in a couple of pitcher friendly leagues (Carolina and Midwest in particular), but it is still interesting. And so is the fact that the Cubs’ teams have allowed the third fewest home runs (38). They trail Baltimore and Cincinnati in that figure.

At the plate, this farm system has the third fewest players to be hit by a pitch (28) trailing Atlanta and Oakland. That is an entirely useless number from a developmental standpoint, but it does imply that the Cubs’ prospects might have an easier time staying healthy, so I’ll happily take it. I also like that the Cubs have fifth best walk rate at 9.606%, just behind the Pirates and the Cardinals, and well behind both Oakland and Houston.

That walk rate figure could be one of the more significant ones, particularly if it reflects organizational philosophy as well as talent. Oakland, for example, isn’t exactly loaded with minor league talent right now but they rank highly in walk rate anyway. You could argue that the Cubs placement on that metric is a sign that their farm system is built along the lines of some of the best organizations in the game.

But we already knew that the Cubs had the best farm system in baseball, so maybe that doesn’t tell us very much after all.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – The Cubs moved to within a game of .500 with this 4-0 win.
Tennessee – Despite three Pensacola errors, the Smokies came up short. They lost 4-3.
Myrtle Beach – The Pelicans needed just one big inning to win 5-2.
South Bend – The Cubs win another shutout, 3-0.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Carlos Pimentel had a very good night. Over 6 innings he struck out 7 while allowing just 3 hits and 3 walks.
  • [Iowa] And how about another scoreless game from the bullpen. Credit for this one goes to Hunter Cervenka (1 IP, 2 H, 3 K), Armando Rivero (1 IP, 1 K), and Blake Cooper (1 IP, 1 K).
  • [Iowa] John Andreoli walked, singled twice, and stole 2 bases. He has 6 steals this season.
  • [Iowa] Chris Valaika doubled and finished 2 for 4 with a walk. Adron Chambers tripled for one of his 2 hits.
  • [Tennessee] Jacob Hannemann walked twice and stole 2 bases. He has 3 steals for the Smokies.
  • [Tennessee] Elliot Soto and Anthony Giansanti both had a pair of hits in this one.
  • [Tennessee] Jeffry Antigua took a shutout into the 6th, but finished up having gone 5.2 and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits with 2 strikeouts. He did pick up a hit, though, and even drove in a couple runs.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Jonathan Martinez gave up two home runs in his 6 innings on the hill and finished having allowed those 2 runs on 5 total hits and 2 walks while striking out 2.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Mark Zagunis finished 1 for 4 with 2 steals. His season steal total is up to 5.
  • [Myrtle Beach] Billy McKinney and Jacob Rogers both doubled for the Pelicans.
  • [South Bend] Jeremy Null struck out 3 over 8 shutout innings while allowing just 4 hits and his first walk of the season.
  • [South Bend] Charcer Burks doubled and finished 2 for 4. He is now hitting .321/.387/.393.
  • [South Bend] Chesny Young singled and stole yet another base. He is up to 9 this season.

Other News

  • Gleyber Torres, after his one for four performance yesterday, has now reached base in thirteen straight games.
  • Javier Baez might have had another home run last night, but it was ruled foul and led to his ejection. Randy Wehofer, the Iowa broadcaster, tweeted the details.

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