State of the Iowa Cubs 8/10/2017

It has been a month since we looked at the Iowa Cubs.  The last time back on July 6 was the day Kyle Schwarber returned to the MLB Cubs after spending a productive week in Iowa.  Let’s look at the current team status line for the Iowa Cubs as well as the previous two snapshots we have.

BAT PITCH Rs Ra W L UR LR TeamID
-3.4 -77.4 294 379 27 38 -5.7 -1.3 Iowa_Cubs_CHN 6/17/2017
4.7 -65.2 408 475 39 47 -4.3 -2.2 Iowa_Cubs_CHN 7/6/2017
7.9 -59.4 556 610 55 59 -0.3 -2.0 Iowa_Cubs_CHN 8/10/2017

Both BAT and PITCH up around 5 runs, UR is up 4 runs, and the Iowa Cubs went 16-12 during this period gaining 4 games.  Not bad.  Let’s take a look at their top players.

Rank WAA Name_TeamID Pos WinPct
+040+ 3.32 Victor_Caratini_CHN BAT 0.711
+075+ 2.48 Eddie_Butler_CHN PITCH 0.744
+154+ 1.83 Ian_Happ_CHN BAT 0.803
+161+ 1.72 Mark_Zagunis_CHN BAT 0.583
+170+ 1.68 Jen-Ho_Tseng_CHN PITCH 0.752
XXXXX 1.41 Chris_Dominguez_CHN BAT 0.587
XXXXX 1.22 Zac_Rosscup_CHN PITCH 0.698
XXXXX 1.01 Jeimer_Candelario_CHN BAT 0.559
XXXXX 0.92 Seth_Frankoff_CHN PITCH 0.544
XXXXX 0.84 Jack_Leathersich_CHN PITCH 0.605

In the minors we list the WinPct rate to provide perspective because players move around a lot.  Many players above have played and still play for the MLB Cubs.  Happ keeps dropping in rank because his WAA is frozen.  The WinPct shows why the MLB Cubs pulled him out of Iowa and he has been hitting well so far.  Butler is back in Iowa and he has been moving sideways and dropped from #53 to #75.  He still has a high WinPct.  Avila was acquired from Detroit for Jeimer Candelario above so they could let Caratini grow some more.  He’s the top Cub and ranked #40.  On July 6 he was ranked #20 but he spent some time with the MLB Cubs.  I think Zac Rosscup is with COL now.

Let’s see how the White Sox AAA team, the Charlotte Knights are doing.

BAT PITCH Rs Ra W L UR LR TeamID
-41.3 -11.1 364 429 36 48 -12.3 -0.2 Charlotte_Knights_CHA 7/6/2017
-61.6 -44.6 489 611 46 70 -16.3 0.5 Charlotte_Knights_CHA 8/10/2017

They went 10-22 or -12 during the last month.  This is a team that is cratering at all levels.  Most of their prospects traded are in A or AA so we’ll see how they’re doing later.  Here are their top players.

Rank WAA Name_TeamID Pos WinPct
+127+ 2.04 Reynaldo_Lopez_CHA PITCH 0.576
+162+ 1.72 Brad_Goldberg_CHA PITCH 0.702
XXXXX 1.36 Juan_Minaya_CHA PITCH 0.822
XXXXX 1.20 Matt_Purke_CHA PITCH 0.601
XXXXX 1.07 Cody_Asche_CHA BAT 0.584
XXXXX 1.01 Kevan_Smith_CHA BAT 0.813
XXXXX 0.99 David_Holmberg_CHA PITCH 0.791

There won’t be many top players on a team that is -24.  Apparently Goldberg might have been called up to the MLB White Sox.

Let’s look at the top players in AAA, both International and Pacific Coast Leagues.

Rank WAA Name_TeamID Pos WinPct
+001+ 8.11 Christian_Walker_ARI BAT 0.816
+002+ 7.35 Oswaldo_Arcia_ARI BAT 0.908
+003+ 7.10 Garrett_Cooper_MIL BAT 0.926
+004+ 6.22 Steven_Brault_PIT PITCH 0.747
+005+ 5.63 Zach_Borenstein_ARI BAT 0.811
+006+ 5.42 Rhys_Hoskins_PHI BAT 0.719
+007+ 5.31 A.J._Reed_HOU BAT 0.729
+008+ 5.29 Brett_Phillips_MIL BAT 0.785
+009+ 5.21 Mike_Tauchman_COL BAT 0.738
+010+ 5.21 Jabari_Blash_SDN BAT 0.870
+011+ 5.02 Hector_Velazquez_BOS PITCH 0.769
+012+ 4.91 Christian_Villanueva_SDN BAT 0.763
+013+ 4.79 Preston_Tucker_HOU BAT 0.699
+014+ 4.66 Caleb_Smith_NYA PITCH 0.714
+015+ 4.64 Tyler_White_HOU BAT 0.718
+016+ 4.58 Andrew_Albers_ATL PITCH 0.683
+017+ 4.39 Jordan_Patterson_COL BAT 0.688
+018+ 4.39 Jon_Kemmer_HOU BAT 0.735
+019+ 4.20 Chance_Adams_NYA PITCH 0.716
+020+ 4.18 Derek_Fisher_HOU BAT 0.709
+021+ 4.14 Yonny_Chirinos_TBA PITCH 0.657
+022+ 4.03 Tyler_Glasnow_PIT PITCH 0.794
+023+ 3.93 Colin_Moran_HOU BAT 0.723
+024+ 3.86 Noel_Cuevas_COL BAT 0.670
+025+ 3.74 Dominic_Smith_NYN BAT 0.644

Ranking is alway done using the weighting value, WAA, not WinPct.  Because players can move up from AA and start anew in AAA the above list does not reflect that.  Many of the above are playing for an MLB team and not necessarily the MLB team listed with their name.

That’s all for now.  We’ll do Tennessee Smokies and AA as well as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Cubs A+ team some time this month.