Results tagged ‘ Peoria ’

9/19 Cubs set Minor League teams

The Cubs will move their Class A Midwest League team closer to Chicago, agreeing to a new player development contract on Wednesday with Kane County. The Cougars’ ballpark is about a 45-minute drive west of Chicago. The Cubs’ Midwest League affiliate had been in Peoria, which is nearly three hours away. Peoria announced on Wednesday it had reached agreement with the Cardinals to be their Midwest League affiliate. The Cubs also announced on Wednesday they have renewed their PDC with Class A Daytona and Class A Boise. All three contracts run through the 2014 season.

— Carrie Muskat

9/12 Cubs to stay in Boise

The Cubs and Boise Hawks have agreed to a two-year extension of their player development contract. The Idaho Statesman first reported the news today, and a team official confirmed. The Hawks have been a short-season Class A affiliate of the Cubs since 2001. In 12 seasons with the Cubs, Boise has qualified for the Northwest League playoffs six times, including each of the last two years.

The Cubs have yet to announce whether they will renew their PDC with Class A Daytona and Class A Peoria. Chicago has agreements with Triple-A Iowa thorugh the 2016 season and with Double-A Tennessee through 2014.

— Carrie Muskat


9/10 Minor League report

Boise had a 7-5 lead after seven innings Sunday night but gave up seven runs in the eighth to lose, 12-9, to Vancouver in the deciding game of the Northwest League championship series. Tayler Scott started and gave up 10 hits over 3 2/3 innings. Dan Vogelbach hit a three-run home run, and drove in another run. Jeimer Candelario had two RBIs and Stephen Bruno had two hits and scored three runs.

“It’s been a [heck] of a year for a lot of the guys who have really overcome a lot of things and matured,” Boise manager Mark Johnson told the Idaho Statesman. “And they’ve gotten a lot better. That’s what it’s all about, improving and learning how to play the game the right way.”

Here are the final 2012 records for the Cubs’ Minor League teams:

Triple-A Iowa: 53-87, fourth place (28 games back)

Double-A Tennessee: 72-68 (35-35 first half; 37-33 second half)

Class A Daytona: 59-74 (30-38 first half; 29-36 second half)

Class A Peoria: 63-75 (35-34 first half; 28-41 second half)

Class A Boise: 37-39 (13-25 first half; 24-14 second half)

Rookie League Mesa: 37-19

— Carrie Muskat

8/21 No comment re: possible Peoria move

There are reports that the Cubs are in the process of working out a player development agreement with the Kane County Cougars in an effort to move their Midwest League affiliate from Peoria. The switch, reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, would move the Cubs’ Class A team closer to Chicago, and end a relationship with the Chiefs that began in the 1980s. Instead of a 166-mile drive, the Class A team would be 50 miles away.

Cubs player development director Jason McLeod told on Tuesday the team will have no comment about the Minor League teams until the season is over.

In 1985, the Chiefs became a member of the Cubs farm system, and featured players such as Greg Maddux, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark Grace and Joe Girardi. The affiliation with the Cubs lasted until 1994, when the Chicago team moved its Class A squad to Rockford. In mid September 2004, the Chiefs announced they were joining the Cubs again, beginning with the ’05 season.

— Carrie Muskat

8/4 Baez to Daytona

Javier Baez is moving up. The Peoria Chiefs announced Saturday that the shortstop has been promoted to high Class A Daytona. It’s been quite a week for the 19-year-old Baez, who was named the Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Month for July. The team’s No. 1 Draft pick in 2011, Baez batted .368 with six doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 20 RBIs and 21 runs scored in 28 July games for Peoria. Last month he led the Midwest League in hits (39), total bases (72) and slugging percentage (.679), and was second in extra-base hits (16), batting average, runs scored and OPS (1.076). Baez was named Midwest League Player of the Week for July 9-15, and his 39 hits were the most in a month by a Peoria player since Justin Bour had 40 in August of 2010.

— Carrie Muskat 

4/11 Minor League report

Randy Wells gave up four runs on six hits and struck out five over six innings in Iowa’s 6-5 loss to Albuquerque. Adrian Cardenas had two hits, including a home run, and two RBIs. Josh Vitters had two hits and was batting .412. Casey Coleman starts on Wednesday.

Nick Struck gave up two runs on six hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 5-1 loss to Jackson. Jim Adduci got things started with a leadoff homer. Trey McNutt is slated to start Wednesday.

Matt Szczur and Ronald Torreyes each had two hits in Daytona’s 4-2 loss to Dunedin. Daytona committed four errors and gave up four runs in the eighth. Austin Kirk threw five shutout innings, giving up four hits and walking two.

Willengton Cruz gave up five runs, two earned, on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings in Peoria’s 7-1 loss to Quad Cities. Jeffrey Lorick struck out three over two innings.

— Carrie Muskat

9/5 Cubs Minor League report

* Double-A Tennessee will host Chattanooga on Thursday and Friday in Games 1 and 2 of the five-game Southern League Division Series. The Smokies wrapped up the regular season with a doubleheader split on Sunday. The Smokies lost the first game to Birmingham, 5-1, and won the second game, 5-1. Josh Vitters hit his 14th homer in the night cap and finished with four RBIs.

* Daytona ended the regular season with a 6-4 loss to Brevard County on Sunday. Chad Noble had two hits, including his first home run.

* On Monday, Peoria ended its season with a 9-3 loss to Quad Cities. Even though he did not drive in a run in the game, first baseman Richard Jones became the first player in team history to lead the Midwest League in RBI, finishing with 98. The Chiefs finished 27-42 in the second half and 60-79 overall in 2011. Austin Kirk (5-12) took the loss, giving up four earned runs and three hits over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out six. Micah Gibbs went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and one RBI. Jones also led the Midwest League in total bases (254) and intentional walks (8). Rubi Silva went 2-for-5 to finish the season at .300.

* Boise will play the first game of the Northwest League playoffs on Monday, playing host to Tri-City in the East Divisional Series. Boise won five of its final six games to clinch the second playoff spot.

— Carrie Muskat

8/25 Silva to Peoria Friday

Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva will make a rehab start Friday for the Class A Peoria Chiefs against Cedar Rapids. Silva, 31, has been on the disabled list because of an abnormal heart rate. He underwent a procedure Aug. 9, and threw a simulated game last Sunday in Chicago. Silva is the third Cubs player to rehab in Peoria this year. Aramis Ramirez and Ted Lilly also made appearances for the Class A team.

— Carrie Muskat

7/27 Szczur to Class A Peoria

Matt Szczur, the Cubs’ fifth-round pick out of Villanova, will be promoted from Boise to Class A Peoria. Szczur has hit safely in all 18 games with Boise, batting .397 (29-for-73) with nine doubles, 16 runs scored, eight RBIs, a .439 on-base percentage and .521 slugging percentage. With Villanova, he batted .443 (77-for-174) and was named to the All-Big East first team after leading the team in eight offensive categories.

Szczur also starred on the Villanova football team, whom he helped lead to its first National Championship (Football Championship Subdivision) as a junior in 2009.  He was named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year. In the national championship, he rushed for a career-high 159 yards, 270 all-purpose yards and was named Most Outstanding Player. His deal with the Cubs allows him to return to Villanova to play football in the fall, after which he is expected to decide between declaring for the NFL Draft or continuing his baseball career next spring.

Szczur also earned recognition and praise for donating his bone marrow to a young girl with leukemia earlier this spring. He missed 10 baseball games in order to help her.

— Carrie Muskat

5/11 Minor matters

The Peoria Chiefs and Kane County Cougars will get a taste of the big leagues on July 7 when they play at Wrigley Field in a Minor League game. It’s the third annual Road to Wrigley game. On July 29, 2008, the Chiefs and Cougars met in the first such game, which drew 32,103 fans.

* The Iowa Cubs game against Oklahoma City Monday was postponed because of rain. The game will be made up July 20.

* Mike Parisi gave up one run on three hits over 2 2/3 innings in Tenessee’s 8-3, 10-inning loss to Carolina. Robinson Chirinos and Blake Lalli each had two hits.

* Brooks Raley threw five scoreless innings to help Daytona beat Bradenton, 2-1, in 10 innings. Ryan Flaherty had three hits and two RBIs and Brett Jackson had two hits and stole his sixth base of the year.

* Peoria’s game against Clinton was rained out and was to be made up Tuesday.

— Carrie Muskat