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Jae Hoon Ha
Tampa Bay Rays
Today, we continue profiling minor league prospects on the rosters of the Chicago Cubs three upper level teams: Iowa, Tennessee and Daytona. In a few days, we will examine prospects on the Cubs’ lower-tier teams of Kane County, Boise and Arizona.
Jae-Hoon Ha: The right handed hitting and throwing Ha, was signed by the Cubs out of his native South Korea in September of 2008. Just 22, Ha has been in the Cubs’ system since 2009 and played in last year’s Futures Game, going 2-2 with a home run. Ha’s breakout season was 2010 for Peoria, the Cubs’ former Midwest League affiliate. He hit .317 with 7 homers and 46 RBI. He flexed his best power numbers in an encore season in 2011, splitting time between Daytona and Tennessee. Combined, he hit .279 with 11 home runs, 72 RBI and 31 doubles. He spent all of last season and the beginning of this one at Tennessee before being promoted to Iowa. At Tennessee, in a campaign interrupted several weeks by a concussion, Ha hit .284 in 114 pl...
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Cubs fan celebrating a Cubs win with an upside-down “W” sign. Seriously, how long does it take to see if you’re holding your sign up properly, like two seconds? Then again, when you’re rooting for the Cubbies, chances are you haven’t had much practice holding up a “W” sign, which would explain why this poor guy failed miserably. [@Shoreaux via TBL] The post Cubs fan...
Iowa Cubs 3 @ Salt Lake Bees 9
Mike Olt was 1-4 with a strikeout. Logan Watkins was 1-5. As I said, only 2 people actually play offense on this team. I think starting next Friday, I'm going to take a vacation from Iowa box scores and just write about anything more interesting (which, coincidentally, is anything).
Barret Loux was doing pretty well until the 6th, when the wheels...
The Chicago Cubs have purchased the contract of infielder Donnie Murphy from Triple-A Iowa.
Murphy, 30, will provide infield depth for the Cubs.
While at Triple-A, Murphy batted .265/.338/.457 with 12 home runs. He has not appeared at the major league level this season but played 52 games for Miami last season.
In parts of seven big league season Murphy has played in 244 games...
According to Jed Hoyer,the Cubs were never close to trading Jeff Samardzija. They were demanding a significant package in return as you would expect. No team was willing to match that so the Cubs just kept Samardzija and plan to work out an extension with him this off-season.
If the Cubs are unable to reach a deal with Samardzija, they may trade him according to multiple outlets...
Eloy Jimenez officially announced his signing with the Cubs today in a press conference in the Dominican Republic. The move has been long-rumored, but the Cubs asked him to wait until after the trade deadline to make it official.
Gleyber Torres (ss)
Erling Moreno (rhp)
Jefferson Mejia (rhp)
Johan Matos (c)
Iowa Cubs 4 @ Salt Lake Bees 5
Ty Wright went 2-2 with 2 homers. Mike Olt has a .249 OPS and has an ISO of 0 over his last ten. Edwin Mayonnaise had a double. Nobody else is remotely worth mentioning.
Tennessee Smokies 0 @ Jacksonville Suns 1
Matt Szczur was 2-4. Arismendy Alcantara was 1-4 with a SB and has yet to really work his way out of the cold snap he's been in lately...
In this edition of the Future Alert, I’d like to update the WSD Top 13 Prospect List, compare our farm system today to it at various points over the past year and a half, and catch up on the latest news across the Cubs system.
Eloy Jimenez - The Cubs made their long-awaited signing of #1 international prospect Eloy Jimenez, and outfielder from the Dominican Republic. The Cubs...
Iowa Cubs 3 @ Salt Lake Bees 6
Mike Olt went 0-4. Jae-Hoon Ha went 2-3 with a walk. No one else played so don't even look. I seriously considered linking that score to a rick roll.
Justin Grimm had a pretty forgettable 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 SO start. Casey Coleman was dicey in his scoreless frame, but then Marcus Hatley allowed 4 runs in 0.2 innings. Ick. Marcos Mateo, newly...
The Chicago Cubs today named Single-A Kane County Cougars first baseman Dan Vogelbach and Double-A Tennessee Smokies pitcher Matt Loosen the organization’s minor league player and pitcher of the month for July.
The walk-up music for Dan Vogelbach says it all. Whenever the Kane County Cougars first baseman comes up to bat, the Stadium audio blares the “BIG BOY” snippet from...
Any baseball fan likely realizes that the game is fundamentally different in 2013 than it was in, say, 1999 (the height of the "We Care About Steroids" era). In 1999, the league wOBA was .341; in 2013, it's .313. That's a titanic difference. Walks are at a 20-year low, and strikeouts this year are only lower than last year (and 19.7% of all PA). This seems to be...
Edwin Jackson pitched eight solid innings, David DeJesus drove in three runs and the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1 on Wednesday night to salvage the finale of the four-game series.
Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer and Starlin Castro belted a solo shot as Chicago closed out a 14-13 July, its first winning calendar month since it went 15-10 last July. Jackson allowed...
For some reason, the Chicago Cubs did a Lucha Libre wrestling mask giveaway Tuesday night when they took on the Milwaukee Brewers. So, naturally, WWE Superstar (and noted Cubs fan) CM Punk was on hand to cheer on los Cachorros.
Oh, they also let him sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame".
Unfortunately, the beer makers put the smack down (see what I did there?) on...
Ben and Sam discuss whether several extensions would still be signed today, then talk about the Cubs` decision to exceed their international spending allowance.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Yasiel Puig hit a long home run and scored two runs to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday. Hanley Ramirez and Jerry Hairston each drove in two runs for the Dodgers, who got a win a night after having a four-game winning streak snapped and improved their record to 11-2 since the All-Star break. Junior Lake and Anthony Rizzo...
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