Matt Loosen threw the first of three Cubs minor league no-hitters in 2013 as the right-hander sandwiched his gem in Daytona between two stints at AA Tennessee. Danny Lockhart earned NWL all-star honors and C Rafael Lopez was a AA All-Star in the Southern League.
In what seems to me to be a fairly unsurprising choice, Baseball America named the Daytona Cubs as 2013's Minor League Team of the Year. The article is free here, and absolutely worth a read.
The important part:
The season included special moments such as shortstop Javier Baez’s four home run effort on June 10 against Fort Myers. Matt Loosen spun Daytona’s first nine-inning...
Even during the frost of Winter, getting significant Cubs’ news past their fans was like trying to sneak a fastball by the quick hands of Cubs’ legend Ernie Banks. Despite the frost, most Cubs’ fans are dancing in the snow over 3B Kris Bryant, the team’s 2013 first round selection, being crowned MVP of the Arizona Fall League. Bryant, 21, and seven other Cubs’ prospects...
The Cubs are coming up to the MLB reserve list deadline (as are all the other teams in MLB), so it’s time to make a few decisions regarding who needs to be protected in advance of the Rule 5 draft. The timeline of events goes something like this:
November 20 – reserve lists filed for all MLB and minor league squads
December 2 – non-tender deadline
December 12 – Rule 5...
Birmingham Barons 7 @ Tennessee Smokies 4
The Smokies lost in the first round of the playoffs. Javier Baez went 1-4 with a home run and 2 SO, and ended the series with a .211 average and a pair of jacks. He was also hit by a pitch in this game. Arismendy Alcantara had a pair of singles and a stolen base, but also pretty much blew the game with a pair of errors (Baez also had an...
There are many blue chip prospects in the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system. However, navigating the minor leagues for some players is akin to being a pin ball, bouncing up and down between levels where they succeed and levels where they struggle. Other Cubs’ prospects’ matriculation through the system is rapid and seamless.
In this post, we feature three prospects who...
And the winners are...
SS Javier Baez, RF Jorge Soler, 3B Kris Bryant, RHP Matt Loosen, RHP Armando Rivera, RHP Arodyz Vizcaino and OF Albert Almora will be a member of the taxi squad.
Arizona Phil is going to have all kinds of fun.
You can peruse past AFL rosters over at Wiklifield.
Tags: Arizona Fall League
Iowa Cubs 5 @ Tacoma Rainiers 6
8 runs were scored in the first 2 innings. Mike Olt went 0-4 with no walks or strikeouts.
Justin Grimm was pretty poor early on, allowing 5 runs in the first 2 innings. Afterwards, he settled down and didn't allow another run. He ended with a 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO line, which is acceptable given how he got there. Casey Coleman took...
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...
Tucson Padres 0 @ Iowa Cubs 1
Matt Garza’s final rehab start was a fantastic one. He threw 6 innings and allowed 4 hits and a run. He didn’t walk anybody and struckout 8. The question now is who is he going to replace in the Cubs rotation?
Brooks Raley threw the final 3 innings and allowed 2 hits and a walk while striking out 3.
The I-Cubs only had 5 hits and nobody had more...
The only team scheduled to play was the Smokies so here we go.
Montgomery Bisquick Biscuits and Gravy 5 @ Tennessee Little Smokies 4
Matt Loosen threw 4.2 innings, allowed 5 hits and 2 runs. He walked 4 and struckout 3. Marcus Hatley allowed a hit and a walk in an inning of work and surrendered a run while striking out 2. AJ Morris officially came in the game to pitch the 7th inning...
Matt Loosen retired the first ten men he faced and combined with three relievers to throw a four hitter and Jae-Hoon Ha reached base five times on two walks and three singles (including the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 9th), as the Tennessee Smokies edged the Midland RockHounds (Oakland Athletics AA affiliate) 4-3 on Field #2, and Barret Loux threw five shutout innings...
Beef Castle was 1-3 with a BB and his 6th HR of the year. Vitters went 1-5 with a SB which is a rarity and Jay Jackson continues to suck in every single role possible giving up 3 ER in .1 IP to lose the game.
Ronald Torreyes has resurrected his prospect status. After a horrible start he has been his usual contact heavy self hitting over .300 in both June...
Brett Jackson struck out 3 times which sucks, but he also walked and hit his 14th HR which is better. Vitters was 1-4 with a BB and all the pitchers sucked ass. The Iowa staff outside of Brooks Raley is really really bad.
Junior Lake was 2-5 with HR and is batting ,283. The Greg Of Rohan hit his 2nd AA HR as well & not to be outdone Bob Brenly Jr hit a towering...
Brett Jackson went 2-5 with a stolen base and somehow DID NOT STRIKE OUT!!! Vitters was 2-4 and Chris Volstad was super ****** on the mound.
Logan Watkins continues to be one of the very few things worth talking about in AA. Yesterday he hit 2-5 with a triple. His average is up to .282.
Matt Szczur hit 3-4 and Ronald Torreyes continues to rebound batting...
Josh Vitters hit his 13th HR of the year Brett Jackson had his required 2 k's (21 in his last 38 AB's) and Rizzo got the **** out of town.
Smokies Game 1
Junior Lake was 2-4 and I'm about to officially consider him a prospect. Alot of people have before this year but I never did considering he never really was good at sports. But this year he is & he is still...
What more can be said about Rizzo? Another night another pair of HR's and a ringing ground rule double. The future looks bright at 1B. Josh Vitters was 2-4 with a BB as well. Also, can somebody tell me why Jay Jackson still has a job?
Trey McNutt's ERA finally caught up with his secondary #'s as he was rocked last night. 9 hits and 8 ER in 3.1 IP will do...
Iowa No Game Smokies Trey McNutt had a decent start working 5.2 shutout innings. He walked 4 and struck out 3 batters. His ERA remains find but man oh man his secondary stats are ugly. Daytona Matt Loosen struck out 6 in 5.2 IP. Matt Szczur hasn't played in over a week and I have [...]
Sonny Gray and three relievers combined to throw a five-hitter as the Midland RiverHounds (Oakland A’s AA affiliate) defeated the Tennessee Smokies 3-1 on Field #2, and Jonathon Mota ripped a two-run home run and Juan Apodaca had three hits, but it wasn’t enough as the Sacramento River Cats (A’s AAA affiliate) outlasted the AAA Iowa Cubs 9-5 on Field #3, in Cactus League Minor...