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Mike Olt is having issues in the minors for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Sunday 25 August 2013 at 12:17 pm

24-year old righty swinging 3B Mike Olt is having a rough time for the Cubs since coming over from the Rangers in the Matt Garza deal.  Olt has played in 30 games for the Cubs in AAA-ball so far this year and he is only 16 of 105 (.152 avg, .512 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 3 homers and 6 RBIs.  Olt has now played in 98 games in AA+AAA-ball for the Cubs and Rangers so far this year in which he is only 69 of 347 (.199 avg, .683 OPS) with 47 runs scored, 15 homers and 40 RBIs.  He has whiffed an amazingly awful 123 times against 45 walks so far this year in the minors.  I don’t think the Cubs should call up Olt when rosters expand on September 1st.

Brian Schlitter has been sharp in the minors this year for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 20 July 2013 at 7:51 am

27-year old righty reliever Brian Schlitter has been razor sharp in the minors for the Cubs so far in 2013.  He has pitched in 37 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball so far this year and he is 0-3 with 14 saves, a 1.19 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  Schlitter has given up 44 hits and 8 walks while whiffing 39 batters in 45 1/3 innings so far in the minors in 2013, which is very, very impressive.  Schlitter has now pitched in 282 games (0 starts) in his first six years in the minors for the Cubs and he is 14-25 with 79 saves, a 2.74 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  If he keeps pitching well, he might get another shot with the Cubs later on in 2013.  His lone major league experience didn’t go too well in 2010 for the Cubs, as he worked in 7 games (0 starts) in which he was 0-1 with a 12.38 ERA and a 2.88 WHIP.

The Chicago Cubs have dealt Ronald Torreyes to the Houston Astros

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors, Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 2 July 2013 at 12:22 pm

The Cubs have dealt 20-year old righty swinging 2B Ronald Torreyes to the Houston Astros for two international bonus pool slots.  Torreyes played in 64 games in AA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 58 for 223 (.260 avg, .718 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 2 homers, 25 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He has now played in 337 games in his first four years in the minors and he is 397 of 1,271 (.312 avg, .823 OPS) with 218 runs scored, 16 homers, 159 RBIs and 54 stolen bases.  The Cubs didn’t consider Torreyes to be a top prospect, so this deal makes sense for them.

The Chicago Cubs lose Jorge Soler for the next 4-6 weeks

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries, The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 27 June 2013 at 11:35 am

The Cubs have lost 21-year old righty swinging outfielder Jorge Soler for the next 4-6 weeks due to a stress fracture of his left tibia.  Soler has played in 55 games in A-ball for the Cubs so far this year and he is 59 for 210 (.281 avg, .810 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 8 homers, 35 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Soler has now played in 89 games in his first two years in the minors and he is 99 for 344 (.288 avg, .818 OPS) with 66 runs scored, 13 homers, 60 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.  The Cubs have high hopes for Soler as he came into this season as their #3 prospect according to Baseball America.

Frank Del Valle is looking good in A-ball for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 26 June 2013 at 6:39 am

23-year old lefty reliever Frank Del Valle is looking pretty good in A-ball for the Cubs right now.  Del Valle has pitched in 20 games (0 starts) in A-ball so far this year and he is 3-1 with 4 saves, a 2.60 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.  He has had control issues as he has walked 21 batters in his first 34 2/3 innings this year, but he has only given up 29 hits and he has whiffed a stunning 46 batters.  Del Valle has now pitched in 56 games (27 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 11-10 with 4 saves, a 3.35 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  If the Cubs’ minor league pitching coaches can help Del Valle tighten up his control a bit, he would then likely be put on the fast track.

The Chicago Cubs release Ian Stewart

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Tuesday 25 June 2013 at 11:33 am

The Chicago Cubs have released 28-year old lefty swinging 3B Ian Stewart.  Stewart played in 40 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 19 for 113 (.168 avg, .657 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 5 homers, 20 RBIs and an amazingly awful 45 whiffs.  Stewart played in 55 games for the Cubs last year and he was 36 of 179 (.201 avg, .627 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 5 homers and 17 RBIs.  Stewart’s performance in addition to his rant on twitter about the Cubs’ front office lead to his release.  Some team will likely take a chance on Stewart, but the Cubs shouldn’t miss him too much.

The Chicago Cubs deal Brent Lillibridge to the Yankees

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors, Trades by joelapinski on Saturday 22 June 2013 at 7:34 am

The Cubs have dealt 29-year old righty swinging IF/OF Brent Lillibridge to the Yankees for a player to be named later or cash.  Lillibridge played in 9 games for the Cubs this year and he was 1 for 24 (.042 avg, .083 OPS) with 2 RBIs.  He also played in 48 games in AAA-ball this year for the Cubs in which he was 45 of 160 (.281 avg, .756 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 5 homers, 13 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  This is not much of a loss for the Cubs moving forward as Lillibridge just can’t hit.

The Chicago Cubs suspend Ian Stewart indefinitely

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Wednesday 12 June 2013 at 7:36 am

The Cubs have suspended 28-year old lefty swinging 3B Ian Stewart indefinitely without pay for his recent rant on twitter.  Stewart has played in 40 games in AAA-ball so far this year for the Cubs and he is only 19 for 113 (.168 avg, .657 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 5 homers and 20 RBIs.  He played in 55 games last year (his first with the Cubs) and he was 36 of 179 (.201 avg, .627 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 5 homers and 17 RBIs.  His career with the Cubs could very well be over because of his mouth (ooops….fingers).

Arismendy Alcantara is off to a good start in AA-ball for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 7 June 2013 at 7:13 am

21-year old switch-hitting 2B/SS Arismendy Alcantara came into this season as the Cubs’ #10 prospect according to Baseball America.  He has played in 58 games in AA-ball so far this year and he is 61 for 212 (.288 avg, .840 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 9 homers, 30 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.  Alcantara has now played in 366 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 394 of 1,389 (.284 avg, .745 OPS) with 193 runs scored, 24 homers, 174 RBIs and 75 stolen bases.  Alcantara could make it to Chicago by September, when rosters expand, if he keeps playing well in AA.

Christian Villanueva is off to a slow start in the minors for the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, The Minors by joelapinski on Saturday 11 May 2013 at 7:28 am

The Cubs got 21-year old righty swinging 3B Christian Villanueva from the Texas Rangers in the Ryan Dempster deal last July.  Villanueva came into this season as the Cubs’ #12 prospect according to Baseball America.  He has played in 29 games in AA-ball so far this year and he is 22 for 108 (.204 avg, .567 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 1 homer, 16 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  He has now played in 339 games in his first five years in the minors and he is 344 of 1,246 (.276 avg, .770 OPS) with 179 runs scored, 34 homers, 206 RBIs and 56 stolen bases.  The Cubs have a glaring hole at 3B, so Villanueva could get his first shot at the show in 2013…..it he starts hitting the ball soon.

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