For the Cubs organization, 2017 minor league baseball is over. Vancouver beat Eugene 2-1 last night, and that means Vancouver wins the Northwest League Championship three games to one.
Once again Eugene benefitted from some very good pitching, but the bats could not come alive. For the second straight day Eugene scored one run on four hits and wound up losing by a run.
The pitching, though, was again all we could ask for. Jose Albertos pitched four no hit innings to open the game, and finished with five innings of work. He did allow both Vancouver runs, but did so on just two hits. He also walked five and struck out four. From there the bullpen tossed three hitless innings of relief. The bats just couldn’t find the runs to back that effort.
Eugene did not repeat as league champions, but they did make it to the championship game two years in a row. That is impressive. For the organization as a whole, the Cubs finish with one championship team (Arizona) and two runners up (Myrtle Beach and Eugene). Winning minor league titles is just a side effect of the Cubs’ focus on talent acquisition and player development, but that is a pretty good year for the farm system.
- Jose Albertos: 5 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 5 BB, 4 K
- Erich Uelmen: 2 IP, 3 K
- Jake Steffens: 1 IP, 2 K
- Zach Davis: 2 for 4
- Michael Cruz: 1 for 3, BB, HR
- Austin Filiere: 0 for 2, 2 BB, SB
- Since there are no more minor league games, there will be no more Minor League Dailies in 2017. The Daily will return next spring.
- In the meantime, once the major league playoffs are over with, we will have plenty to discuss. In particular, I plan to take a hard look at how the Cubs can restock the farm system to the point they can continue to trade from the organization to maintain a major league contender despite having their access to talent throttled by the current CBA. There are a lot of angles to cover on that front, but we have all winter to cover them.
- And of course there will be some deep dives into some prospects, ultimately leading to the 2018 edition of the Bleacher Nation Top 40 Prospects List next spring.
- Thanks for reading all season long, everyone. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
Brett: for myself, and everyone here who enjoys fantastic Cubs prospect coverage, let me say thanks, Luke. You are a stud.