Minor League Recap: Moving On Without Javy

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With Javier Baez getting the call to the Chicago (via Colorado), the system has had one of its most important crops picked.  That should cause a refocus on prospects, such as Addison Russell, Jorge Soler, the returning C.J. Edwards, and of course, Kris Bryant.

Injuries of Note: Cael Brockmeyer (7 Day DL), C.J. Edwards (7 Day DL, Shoulder), Ivan Pineyro (7 Day DL, Right Forearm Strain), Hunter Cervenka (7 Day DL), Jen-Ho Tseng (7 Day DL, Shoulder),Yao Yao-Lin Wang (7 Day DL), Edgar Gonzalez (7 Day DL), Jonathan Sanchez (7 Day DL), Jose Arias (7 Day DL), Nathan Maldonado (60 Day DL), Brad Renner (60 Day DL), Danny Lockhart (7 Day DL), Anthony Prieto (60 Day DL), Austin Reed (60 Day DL), Jeff Lorick (7 Day DL), Julio Rodriguez (7 Day DL), Rubi Silva (7 Day DL), Yasiel Balaguert (7 Day DL), Manny Ramirez (7 Day DL, Right Calf Strain)

Boise Hawks
Record This Season: 6-7; 4th Place (-3.0) NWL South

The Hawks have been up and down since the all-star break in the Northwest League.  Although they have lost Jeffrey Baez to Kane County and Kyle Schwarber to Kane County, and eventually Daytona, there is no shortage of interesting youngsters in Boise.  They continue to be led by Mark Zagunis, the rookie who still has a healthy .310/.440/.426 in 34 games with the Hawks.

Kane County Cougars 
Record This season: 27-18, 1st Place (+ 1.0) MWL West; Won MWL West 1st Half Division Championship

Jeffrey Baez got off to a slow start with the Cougars, but has started to settle in nicely after his promotion from Boise.  He’s improved his slash line to .262/.273/.476 in 12 games.  The other Baez is one of the intriguing young players in the Cubs’ system, and while he will not get the fanfare of those in the upper levels of the minors, he is a name worth keeping an eye on as we head into 2016 and 2017.

Daytona Cubs
Record This Season: 26-17, 1st Place (+4.0) FSL North

The D-Cubs have been really up and down the last couple of weeks.  They had a winning streak extend to seven before going over three games without scoring a single run.  They are still working on an impressive turnaround from the first half of the season, leading their division by four games.  OF Billy McKinney is leading the way, continuing his dominating performance since coming over from the A’s organization, with a .312/.402/.452 and 25 RBI in 27 games with the D-Cubs.

Tennessee Smokies
Record This Season: 24-22 1st Place (+ 1.5) Southern League North

C.J.  Edwards is back!  The Cubs’ top pitching prospect was held out extra long with shoulder inflammation as a precaution, but he made a start on Saturday, pitching 3 1/3, and giving up 1 run.  For Edwards, getting some work in as the season comes to a close and potentially into the Southern League playoffs will be important for his development after losing so much time this summer.

Iowa Cubs
Record This Season: 63-56 1st Place (+1.5) PCL American North

With Javy Baez being called up, the biggest bats on this team have belonged to Jorge Soler and Mike Olt.  Soler, who was called up from AA Tennessee, has continued his dominant hitting at Iowa.  He is being widely reported to be on the list of September call-ups, and at this point, he is looking the part.  For Olt, who was demoted to AAA, the resurgence of his bat is a welcome sight after struggling in the majors for much of the season.

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Spewing on all things related to the Cubs. Sometimes coherently. Lazier than Castro. Bigger bust than Baez. Less sophisticated than Theo. More tolerable than the Cardinals.

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