Remember: Disregard (Almost) Everything Spring Training Produces

Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune has a helpful reminder on what to take away from MLB Spring Training: virtually nothing.  The Twins broke camp last year thinking Aaron Hicks would be their centerfield star all year and that Opening Day starter Vance “Vanimal” Worley could be an ace in the making.  It didn’t turn out that way.  Brewers fans may remember two words...
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February 28, 2014  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 7-24-13

New Orleans Zephyrs 2 @ Iowa Cubs 1 (10 innings) Boring. Mike Olt was 1-5 with 3 strikeouts, and, well, that'll happen. Josh Vitters, in left, went 1-3 with a walk and a strikeout. A Donnie Murphy forceout tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, but Yoanner Negrin's 1 run 10th gave the game back to New Orleans. Brad Nelson had three hits. On the pluls side, Brooks...
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July 25, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 7-11-13

Hope you had your free slushies yesterday… Albuquerque Isotopes 4 @ Iowa Cubs 1 Ian Stewart went deep for the 'Topes, part of a 2-3, BB day. His BA is a blistering .194 at the moment. Whatever.  Logan Watkins was 1-3 with a HBP. The only other noteworthy performance was the 1-4, 3B from Brad Nelson.  Barret Loux struggled with command in this one. 103 pitches only got him...
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July 12, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 7-10-13

First, I'd like to apologize for the extreme lateness of the JOT today. Usually, I bang them out at work (I get here an hour early and write it). Today that didn't happen because I was very busy all day. It'll probably happen again tomorrow. Perhaps someday this will actually be my job, but I'm probably several years away from that happening, if ever.  Next, I'...
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July 11, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 7-7-12 and 7-8-12

July 7 Iowa Cubs 8 @ Albuquerque Isotopes 5 Very even effort from the boys here. Every starter had exactly one hit save Brad Nelson, who had 2 walks and a run anyway. Both Anthony Giansanti and Ty Wright had a pair of doubles; Wright had a walk as well, while Giansanti had a double instead of a single. Logan Watkins had his 10th error of the year at 2B, but drew a walk also and...
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July 09, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 7-4-13

First, a quick recap of July 3: Iowa saw 4 home runs: Junior Lake, Brad Nelson, Ty Wright, and the Iowa first from Jae-Hoon Ha. That was enough to seal the 6-5 win. Christian Villanueva and Justin Bour each had a home run and AJ Morris dominated for a 3-1 victory. Javier Baez went 1-3 with a walk, but was the only real bright spot (besides 5 scoreless from Matt Loosen) in a 5-1 loss...
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July 05, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 7-2-13

Since this JOT pales in comparison to the other news of the past 24 hours, I'm going to have some fun with it.  Memphis Redbirds 2 @ Iowa Cubs 6 The Stranger within my gate, He may be true or kind But he does not talk my talk- I cannot feel his mind. I see the face and the eyes and the mouth, But no baserunners left behind. The men of my own stock They may do ill, or well...
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July 03, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 7-1-13

Memphis Redbirds 2 @ Iowa Cubs 4  Iowa scored all 4 of their runs in the bottom of the 8th, so that's really sweet. A pair of RBIs each from Brad Nelson and recent Iowa promotion Anthony Giansanti. Logan Watkins drew a walk, and along with Nelson had the only two walks on the team.  Barret Loux went 5 innings and allowed a single run on just 2 hits, with 3 walks. Over...
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July 02, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 6-19-13

Nashville Sounds 5 @ Iowa Cubs 4 (7 innings) Logan Watkins! Double triples and a single single. 7 bases in one game is fine with me. Donnie Murphy had a single and a walk, with 2 RBI. Junior Lake had a walk, a strikeout, and an RBI. Brett Jackson had a walk and no strikeout. Brooks Raley had a double and his average is .333. Brooks Raley is bad at pitching. His ERA sits at 5...
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June 20, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 6-7-13

Round Rock Express 3 @ Iowa Cubs 1 Another day, another uninteresting I-Cubs loss. Junior Lake had a nice game in his second day back, going 2-3 with a double, a walk and a stolen base. Brent Lillibridge was 3-5 with a K. Other than that this continued to be a pretty milquetoast offense. Steve Clevenger was 1-4 with a double. Brad Nelson and Luis Flores each had a hit and a walk...
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June 08, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 5-21-13

Las Vegas 51s 1 @ Iowa Cubs 2 (Game 1, 7 innings) Quiet game. Logan Watkins got a start at 2B and went 1-3 with a CS (his 8th of the year). Brian Bogusevic was scheduled to be called up for 15 seconds yesterday after the Borbon collision, but he seems to be fine. He went 1-3 with a solo shot. Brett Jackson 2: Des Moines Nights (did I use this one yet?) went 0-3 with a strikeout...
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May 22, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 5-19-13

Tucson Padres 3 @ Iowa Cubs 7 Logan Watkins went 0-4 today without walking or striking out. Both Brian Bogusevic and 2 Brett 2 Jackson went 1-3 with a walk, strikeout, and run scored. Dave Sappelt is coming around, with a 2-4, 2 run performance. Brad Nelson had a great day; he had a 2-run jack and a double, scoring 5 RBIs. Donnie Murphy also had a home run. Hyde Yokids went 0...
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May 20, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 5-9-13

Iowa Cubs 1 @ Colorado Springs Sky Sox 5 Drew Carpenter pitched 5 innings, struckout 6 and walked just 1. He allowed a home run, a total of 6 hits and 3 runs. Casey Coleman gave up 3 hits, walked 2 and struckout 2 in an inning of work. 2 runs scored. Zach Putnam pitched the final 2innings and allowed a hit and struck a batter out. Pinch hitter Darnell McDonald hit a home run. Brett...
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May 10, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 4-30-13

Round Rock Express 2 @ Iowa Cubs 7 Guillermo Monosco threw 5 innings, allowed 3 hits and a run on a walk, 6 strikeouts. The run he allowed was on a solo home run. Yoanner Negrin threw 2 innings, allowed 3 hits and a run. He struckout 3. Casey Coleman allowed a hit in an inning pitched and Rafael Dolis struckout 2 in an inning. Logan Watkins took a walk in 4 plate appearances. He...
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 4-23-13

Iowa Cubs 1 @ Memphis Redbirds 4 This will be short since the I-Cubs barely hit the ball last night. Nick Struck went 6 innings, allowed 5 hits and 2 runs. He walked 2 and struckout none. Casey Coleman struckout the side in the 7th. Yoanner Negrin gave up 3 hits and 2 runs in an inning of work. Logan Watkins was 1-2 with 2 more walks. Brad Nelson was 1-3 with a walk. Ryan Sweeney...
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April 24, 2013  |  Discuss

JOT: Cubs Minor League Recap 4-22-13

Iowa Cubs 5 @ Memphis Redbirds 2 Brooks Raley gave up 5 hits and 2 runs in 5.1 innings. He walked 2 and struckout 3. Zach Putnam, Rafael Dolis and Blake Parker finished the game without allowing any runs. He did give up 3 hits and walked 3 while striking out 5. 1B Brad Nelson was 2-4 with a home run and a strikeout. I expected to be writing his name in these recaps frequently, but...
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April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs 7, Mariners 4

Pitcher Jeff Samardzija hit his second home run this spring and also threw six innings Thursday night to lead a split squad of Chicago Cubs over the Seattle Mariners 7-4. Samardzija, set to be the Cubs' opening day starter, struck out seven. He allowed four runs and nine hits. Samardzija hit a solo homer and an RBI single. Alfonso Soriano and Brad Nelson also homered for Chicago...
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March 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Who is the Best Choice For the Cubs 25th Man?

Over the past few blogs we have talked about the lack of depth in the infield for the Chicago Cubs, and how that is going to be a big problem moving forward in the 2013 season.. Ryno4ever started taking a look at how the roster currently breaks down. If you notice, only major league ready backup infielder who is currently on the 40 man roster is Luis Valbuena. He is a fine reserve...
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January 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Rangers pick up infielder from Baltimore

The Texas Rangers have acquired former first-round pick Brandon Snyder, who was been with the Baltimore organization since being selected in the 2005 draft. The Rangers are sending cash considerations to Baltimore for Snyder, who will be added to the 40-man roster. Texas now has 38 players on its 40-man roster. Snyder, who is primarily a first baseman, hit .261 with 14 home runs...
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January 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Texas trades for Snyder, re-signs Nelson

The Rangers acquired infielder Brandon Snyder from the Orioles for cash considerations on Tuesday. Texas also re-signed left-handed-hitting first baseman Brad Nelson to a Minor League contract. He will be assigned to Minor League camp.
January 03, 2012  |  Discuss
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