World-Baseball-ClassicNext spring we will be treated to another World Baseball Classic, and, as in the past, I suspect there will be a handful of both major and minor league Cubs participating in the Classic. The minor league players may not necessarily be major prospects, but having Cubs of any prospect level to watch just makes the event more enjoyable. We’ll dive more into who to watch when final rosters are announced this winter.

Yesterday the pool pairings and locations were announced, and my initial reaction is that the United States is in for tough tournament. They will play in Miami against Canada, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic as part of Pool C, and the top two teams from that pool will move on to play the top two teams from a Pool D that features Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela in the second round in San Diego.

With the exception of Cuba and Japan, Pools C and D contain pretty much every major baseball power on the planet; those first two rounds are going to be really interesting to watch.



Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Omaha 8, Iowa 1
Candelario had a nice game.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 5, Jackson 4 in ten innings.
I did not see this five game winning streak on the road against the best team in the division coming.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Myrtle Beach 8, Carolina 4
The Pelicans are in first by a game.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
West Michigan 2, South Bend 1
The Cubs were struck out sixteen times in this one.

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds

Eugene had the day off.

Rookie: Arizona Cubs
Cubs 3, Angels 2
Arizona has just three games left in the regular season.

Other Notes

  • Yesterday the Smokies got a chance to bat against their old teammate, former Cubs’ pitching prospect Paul Blackburn. It did not go well for Blackburn. Tennessee lit him up for four runs on nine hits and three walks over just three and two thirds innings.
  • The outfielders still in South Bend are taking the headlines these days, but don’t forget about Donnie Dewees. He was the third part of the very talent South Bend outfield when the season opened, and his stats in Myrtle Beach are very similar to his line in South Bend. For the season he is hitting .281/.336/.411 with 27 steals, and has played some pretty good outfield defense along the way.
  • Yasiel Balaguert has put together a pretty good (if inconsistent) season for Myrtle Beach, including a .255/.306/.407 line and 18 home runs. Next season, I suspect, he will get his first taste of Double A and we will get some more videos of towering and lengthy home runs. Recently he was also covered in a video feature produced by the Pelicans; lots of good stuff on Balaguert in there.
  • Sluggo would very much like your vote in Mascot Mania. And can someone please explain how a neon green bear-squatch became a Larry Bird fan? I mean, he has good taste, but it is a long way from Oregon to French Lick or Boston.

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