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Cubs Minor League Daily: Cubs Are Clean

Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects

This is not a part of minor league baseball we talk about often, but from time to time it deserves a spotlight. Minor league baseball has some of the most strict drug testing you are going to find anywhere in baseball, and every year quite a few players from many organizations get busted for performances enhancing or recreational drugs. So far this year, per Baseball America, I count 61 total players hit with suspensions.

None of them were Cubs.

The Cubs are not the only completely clean (so far) organization, and they have not been a completely clean organization every year under this front office, but in general drug related suspensions are not something I’m worried about with this organization. Credit for that probably goes to the front office as well as the coaches, trainers, and the players themselves. Of course, the season isn’t over yet, so we shouldn’t celebrate too soon.

Interestingly, most or the organizations that have been busted are repeat offenders for the season. I see multiple Orioles, Cardinals, Mariners, Dodgers, and Angels on the list, and that’s just from a quick scan.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Colorado Springs 7, Iowa 3
This one got away from Iowa in the late innings.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Chattanooga 9, Tennessee 8
The Smokies rallied for five runs in the bottom of the ninth. They needed six to tie.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Pelicans were rained out.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
South Bend 5, Lansing 3
The Cubs jumped to an early lead, and the pitching handled it from there.

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Hillsboro 11, Eugene 1
They may have been blown out, but at least the Emeralds didn’t need to put a position player on the mound.

Rookie: AZL Cubs
Cubs 5, Mariners 3
The game temperature was 101. How players play all summer in that much heat is something I’ll never understand.

Other Notes

  • The final out in Iowa’s game was pitched by Chris Dominguez. The corner infielder. That’s what happens when a bullpen game starts to get out of hand in the ninth.
  • The last pitcher on the mound for the Smokies was Cael Brockmeyer. The catcher. Bullpen game, getting away, etc, etc.


Author: Luke Blaize

Luke Blaize is the Minor League Editor at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @ltblaize.