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Cubs’ Minor League Daily: When Santo Was A Prospect

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Ron Santo goes into the Hall of Fame this weekend, an honor that is long overdue.

Before Santo was a perennial All-Star and a cultural icon in Chicago, he was a minor league third baseman playing in Texas. In 1959 Santo began his minor league career at Double A San Antonio, the Cubs’ affiliate in the Texas League. He hit .327/.390/.473 with 11 home runs, 56 walks, and 54 strike outs. He also committed 53 errors and finished with a fielding percentage of .884.

The following year he played for Triple A Houston in the American Association. He appeared in 71 games, compiled an OPS of .759, and once again finished up with more walks than strikeouts. He committed only 16 minor league errors that year, raising his fielding percentage to .932. After those 71 games he was called to Chicago, and the rest is history.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Iowa earned their 60th loss of the season in this 16-3 beat down.
Tennessee – The Smokies game was suspended after seven innings with the score tied at 8-8. The game will be concluded prior to the start of Sunday’s finale.
Daytona – Daytona is starting to slide out of playoff contention. This 4-2 loss certainly didn’t help matters.
Peoria – Peoria led early, but it didn’t last. They went down 6-5.
Boise – Boise out hit Eugene, but they still lost 7-4.
Arizona – The Cubs game was postponed on Saturday. I’m only speculating here, but it is possible that this dust storm had something to do with the lack of a game.

Performances of the Day

  • [Iowa] Rodrigo Lopez pitched an inning and a third of scoreless baseball.
  • [Iowa] Josh Vitters picked up two more hits, including his 14th home run.
  • [Daytona] Kyler Burke gave up just one earned run in his six innings of work. Unfortunately, he also got tagged with two more unearned runs and was dealt his fourth High A loss.
  • [Daytona] Matthew Szczur had another three hit game. In his last ten contests he has a line of .410/.444/.538 with four walks, three strikeouts, and five stolen bases. He now has 117 games of High A experience. I think it is time to send this guy to Double A.
  • [Peoria] Bryce Shafer pitched three perfect innings of relief. He struck out five.
  • [Peoria] Javier Baez hit his tenth home run, his fifth triple, and stole his 19th base as part of his three hit night.
  • [Peoria] Pin-Chieh Chen also tripled (his seventh) and doubled as he finished 2 for 4. Bijan Rademacher had two hits, including a double.
  • [Boise] Su-Min Jung pitched three very good innings. He did not allow a hit and struck out five.
  • [Boise] Gioskar Amaya hit his eighth triple as part of a two hit game. Remarkably, he has hit more triples than he has doubles and home runs put together. That’s very unusual.
  • [Boise] Jeimer Candelario has not had a hit in his past three games, but he did draw two walks in each of them. The young third baseman is in a bit of a slump, hitting just .206 over his last ten games, but in that same span his OBP is an excellent .372.

Other Minor League Notes

  • I will wait to discuss most of the happenings from the suspended Smokies’ game until the game is concluded and the box score is final. However, I do want to break from that pattern to mention that the Cubs’ Double A affiliate again clobbered Dodgers’ pitching prospect Zach Lee. He lasted just 3.2 innings and gave up seven runs (five earned). Three of Lee’s five Double A starts have come against the Smokies, and in those games he has surrendered 17 runs (12 earned) in just 11.2 innings. Keep in mind that the Smokies are by no means an offensive powerhouse. If the Cubs do manage to trade for Lee, they should strongly consider sending him back to High A. I think the Dodgers are rushing this kid unmercifully.

Farm System Standings

AAAIowa Cubs : 41 – 60.
Pacific Coast League American Northern Division – Third Place: 19.0 Games Behind.

AATennessee Smokies : 12-17
Southern League North Division – Fourth Place : 5.5 Games Behind

High ADaytona Cubs : 12-18
Florida State League North Division – Fourth Place : 5.5 Games Behind

Low APeoria Chiefs : 11-17
Midwest League Eastern Division – Fifth Place : 4.0 Game Behind

Short-Season ABoise Hawks : 12 – 24
Northwest League East Division – Third Place : 8.0 Games Behind

Rookie LeagueAZL Cubs : 18 – 6
Arizona Rookie League East – First Place : 1.0 Games Ahead

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Author: Luke Blaize

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