Cubs Minor League Daily: I Love The Rain

Kris BryantOn the final hole of the miniature golf course last night I just missed a hole in one when my ball circled the inside of the hole and rolled out. My wife then nailed the shot that I just missed as I went on to hit par on that final hole.

And then I added up the score and discovered that had I actually hit that hole in one, it would not have mattered what she did with her shot; I would have won. Instead, because she sunk it while I shot par, I lost by two strokes. It appears we are almost equally bad at that sport.

On the good side, I have gotten to watch two thunderstorms break over the mountains since I got here, and I am particularly fond of the one that I watched last night. That storm caused the Tennessee Smokies game to be suspended in the third inning. It will be concluded tonight prior to the start of the scheduled Monday game. That means I (sort of) get to see a doubleheader tonight. If neither game goes into extras I’ll be watching eleven innings of baseball instead of the expected nine (minor league doubleheaders last seven innings per game), but that’s still a doubleheader. And that’s awesome.

Scores From The Weekend

I’m operating with limited computing resources on this trip. Rather than linking eighteen separate games, which would take me roughly forever, I’m going to just link a single page for each day that includes all the scores for the entire farm system. Links to all the box scores and game recaps can be found on that page.

Friday’s games, including an impressive late come back by Boise, can be found here.
Saturday’s games, featuring a two hitter pitched by Iowa, can be found here.
And the games from Sunday are awaiting you right here.

Other News

  • There is no “Performances of Note” section while I am on vacation. It will return in the usual spot once I return home later in the week.
  • Promotion speculation is picking up around Boise’s Kris Bryant. I would not be surprised at all to see Bryant moved up the system, but I am not sure where he would land. Jeimer Candelario is the every day third baseman in Kane County and is a solid prospect in his own right. I don’t think the Cubs will want to force Candelario to change positions just to make room for Bryant. The Cubs could promote Candelario to Daytona, but I think the smarter move might be to vault Bryant over the younger Candelario now and see if he can handle High A. If he can, then that opens the door to starting Bryant in Tennessee next spring, effectively eliminating a collision of third base prospects in the Florida State League in the process.
  • Less substantiated speculation is also kicking up around Dillon Maples in some circles. Whatever the source, the control problems that plagued Maples in Kane County appear to have been harnessed. He has pitched several quite good games for the Hawks lately. I can see some merit to moving Maples right back to where he was, but I can also see some good reasons for leaving him in Boise. Odds are better, I think, that he moves back to Kane County later this month if only so that the front office staff can have the opportunity to see firsthand the changes he has made. Maples still has the potential to be a key piece of the Cubs’ future, and I suspect the planners at the top of the organizational tree will be keeping a close eye him.
  • I’ll be wearing Bleacher Nation black in Section 104 at tonight’s Smokies games. Feel welcome to stop by and introduce yourself. I’m always happy to talk baseball with the Bleacher Nation community.
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    Luke Blaize is the Minor League Editor at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @ltblaize.

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