It is now official. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans can mathematically finish no lower than second (to first half winner Salem) in their division, and that means they have clinched a playoff slot in the 2016 postseason. The Pelicans are the defending Carolina League champs and are the fourth team in the Cubs organization to officially clinch a postseason slot this season.
Barring an unthinkably epic collapse of unprecedented proportions, big league Chicago will become the fifth team in the organization to clinch sometime in the next few weeks.
I have not attempted to scour the history books, but I feel pretty confident in saying that the Cubs have not had five teams in the organization make the playoffs in the same season since I started covering the Cubs’ farm system about five years ago. Having a lot of playoff teams isn’t necessarily indicative of having a talent rich organization, but, given that the four farm teams to make the playoffs are all in A ball or lower, I think we can comfortably view this as confirmation that there is another wave of pretty good talent in the lower minors.
It also means we are in for a fun month of September as Arizona, Eugene, South Bend, and Myrtle Beach all chase their respective league championships. That, of course, is just the appetizer for October.
Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa had the day off.
- Michael Wagner: 6.1 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K
- Chesny Young: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
- Lane Adams: 2 for 5, HR
- Ben Carhart: 1 for 3, 2B
- Daniel Lockhart: 2 for 3
- Preston Morrison: 5 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K
- Erick Leal: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K
- David Bote: 2 for 4
- Ian Rice: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
- Andrew Ely: 2 for 4, 2B
- Adbert Alzolay: 5 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K
- Dillon Maples: 2 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 4 H, 1 K
- Carlos Sepulveda: 3 for 5, 2B
- P.J. Higgins: 1 for 3, 2B, 2 BB
- Eloy Jimenez: 2 for 5, 2B, and a monster home run you can watch here.
- Matt Rose: 3 for 5, 2B, HR
- Eddy Martinez: 1 for 5, 2B
- Roberto Caro: 3 for 4
- Pablo Ochoa: 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 K
- Yapson Gomez: 3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 K
- Luis Ayala: 4 for 5, 2B
- Ruben Reyes: 2 for 5
- The Smokies are not technically out of the playoff hunt yet, but they are not in good shape. Their four game win streak has come at the expense of first place Jackson (on the road no less), so they are doing what they need to do, but in order to pull this off they basically can’t lose another game the rest of the season AND Jackson will have win two or fewer games the rest of the way. And Montgomery will have to collapse. And Chattanooga will have lose a lot. Add it all up and a Tennessee playoff trip is about as unlikely as the Chicago Cubs not making the playoffs. The more probable scenario has Tennessee being mathematically eliminated by the end of the weekend.
- Arizona will be the first team to have a playoff game. Their regular season ends Monday.
- The South Bend extra innings win was a fun ball game; the highlight reel is highly recommended: