By now, this news is a couple of days old already, but with college in full swing, I haven’t had the chance to post about the end of the minor league season yet. So here we go…
The Championship – The Daytona Cubs made an excellent playoff run, fueled in large part by their dominant pitching staff. While the duo of Kris Bryant and Dan Vogelbach were on the roster, the starting pitching was the main reason the team did as well as it did. Going 5-1 in the playoffs, Daytona sent out C.J. Edwards, Pierce Johnson, Corey Black, and Ivan Pineyro for a total of six starts combined. In those six starts, the four prospects allowed a grand total of zero runs. Edwards and Searle almost combined for the team’s third no-hitter of the year in the first round, all three of which would have came against Dunedin, before Searle surrendered two hits in the ninth inning. Of those four pitchers, three of them – Edwards, Black, and Pineyro – were acquired by trade this season, in the returns for Matt Garza, Alfonso Soriano, and Scott Hairston, respectively.
The Also-Rans – Boise came within a win of the Northwest League title before losing Game 2 and the decisive Game 3 on the road in Vancouver. Tennessee fell down 2-0 in the best-of-five Division Series, and rallied to force a Game 5 before losing that decisive match against the White Sox affiliate in Birmingham. The DSL Cubs and VSL Cubs both made the playoffs as well, with VSL falling in the championship to the Rays.
Fall League – The Arizona Fall League is scheduled to start on October 8th, so prospects will be out of action for about three weeks still before the Big 4 join Arodys Vizcaino, Dallas Beeler, Matt Loosen, and Armando Rivero on the Mesa Solar Sox.
Updated Rankings – Just a quick update, still without mention of Eloy Jimenez, Glieber Torres, or Jen-Ho Tseng, who will be hard to rank accurately until they have more experience in the minor leagues. More prospect rankings may come out from the WSD team collectively later in the off-season. Biggest improvements from this past season include Arismendy Alcantara and Kyle Hendricks, while Brett Jackson and Mike Olt are the most notable fallers.
- SS Javier Baez (Tennessee/Mesa Solar Sox)
- 3B Kris Bryant (Daytona/Mesa Solar Sox)
- OF Jorge Soler (Daytona/Mesa Solar Sox)
- OF Albert Almora (Kane County/Mesa Solar Sox)
- 2B Arismendy Alcantara (Tennessee)
- RHP C.J. Edwards (Daytona)
- RHP Pierce Johnson (Daytona)
- 3B Mike Olt (Iowa)
- 1B Dan Vogelbach (Daytona)
- RHP Kyle Hendricks (Iowa)