cubs azl spring training logoIn two unrelated trades, two long-time members of the Cubs’ farm system were dealt yesterday.

First, the Cubs sent Arismendy Alcantara to Oakland in a deal that brought Chris Coghlan back to the Northside. Alcantara will forever be remembered around these parts as the original “cookie,” the first of the wave of Cubs prospects currently dominating the major leagues to arrive. But a combination of injuries and too much swing and miss to his game sapped his multi-positional switch-hitting capabilities and left him without a major league job. He was starting to rebound to some degree in Iowa and with any luck will find his way back into a regular spot as part of the Oakland organization in a hurry.

Then the Cubs quietly sent Shawon Dunston, Jr.┬áto the Giants, his favorite team as a kid, in exchange for cash. This, in all likelihood, was a matter of the Cubs simply removing a player from the organization who was increasingly being crowded out by other players. Dunston has great speed, but was never able to get on base enough to tap into that speed. Unfortunately for him, the Cubs organization is loaded with outfield talent right now, and that meant it was becoming difficult to find him at bats. With any luck his tools will gel in the Giant’s organization and he’ll get his career back on track, but more likely he’s headed to the Giants as the beginning of his swan song in affiliated baseball.



Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Round Rock 8, Iowa 5
The Cubs staged a late rally, but were not able to close the gap.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Mississippi 3, Tennessee 0 in eleven innings.
This was a scoreless tie until Mississippi’s walk off homer in the eleventh.

  • Jen-Ho Tseng: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K. This is as effective as we’ve seen Tseng in some time, and it was in his return from the DL.
  • James Farris: 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K
  • Victor Caratini: 3 for 5
  • Billy McKinney: 1 for 4, 2B, BB
  • Daniel Lockhart: 1 for 4, 2B
  • Jen-Ho Tseng: 1 for 2. He’s hitting .286 on the year.


High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Lynchburg 9, Myrtle Beach 3
This game got away from the Pelicans in the seventh.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 5, Dayton 2
Had it not been for South Bend, the Cubs would have been 0 for Thursday.

Other Notes

  • More roster moves! The Smokies sent Corey Black and Miguel Mejia to Iowa, and activated Jen-Ho Tseng from the disabled list. They also received Nick Sarianides from extended spring training. Sarianides is a 26 year old right handed pitcher who has bounced around the Indians and Diamondbacks organizations in the past. He has never pitched higher than Double A.
  • And because that’s how these things happen these days, Black actually announced his promotion himself.


  • The South Bend highlight video is below, but it could equally well be labeled the lowlights for the Dayton defense. Meanwhile, the Cubs turned a couple very nice defensive plays.




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