Down on the Farm: Season Recap
Iowa finished 83-59, its best record since going 85-59 in 1998 … the I-Cubs won the Pacific Coast League’s American North Division by 8.0 games and made their first playoff appearance since 2004 … Iowa dropped its first-round playoff series to Oklahoma three-games-to-two.
? RHP Mitch Atkins won his first seven starts at Iowa and 12 in a row, going back to his time in Double-A Tennessee … he led all Cubs’ minor leaguers in wins (17) and strikeouts (132).
? 1B Micah Hoffpauir set career highs with 25 homers and 100 RBI, along with a .362 batting average (105-for-290), 34 doubles and two triples after missing the first month of the season with a strained left oblique … he was named PCL Hitter of the Week for the weeks of June 30-July 6 and August 4-10 … he homered in his first four at-bats August 9 at Round Rock, tying the team and PCL records.
? Hoffpauir and 1B Jason Dubois tied for the team lead with 25 home runs.
? 2B Bobby Scales recorded a .320 batting average (124-for-387), a career-high 94 runs scored, 59 walks and a .415 on-base percentage … he finished eighth in the PCL batting race, tied for second in runs scored and fifth in on-base percentage.
? OF Andres Torres led the PCL with 29 stolen bases and his 10 triples tied for second in the league … he recorded a season-high 24-game hitting streak (April 14-May 9) in which he hit .371 (33-for-89) with 15 walks, seven doubles, a triple, a homer, 21 runs scored and nine RBI.
? The I-Cubs handed out team awards August 29 … Hoffpauir was named the team’s most valuable player, RHP Randy Wells was named pitcher of the year and Scales and RHP Mike Burns were recognized for their community efforts.
? Manager Pat Listach was named PCL Manager of the Year by his peers and the media … in his first full season as Iowa manager, he guided the I-Cubs to a division title and playoff berth.
Tennessee’s season ended September 1 … the Smokies finished 62-77 overall, going 27-43 in the first half and 35-34 in the second half.
? RHP Esmailin Caridad posted better numbers with Tennessee (7-3, 3.16 ERA) than he did at Single-A Daytona (6-4, 4.41).
? RHP Jose Ceda went 2-1 with nine saves in 10 opportunities … he finished with a 2.08 ERA (7 ER/30.1 IP) and 42 strikeouts.
? RF Doug Deeds ranked third in the Southern League with 37 doubles and fourth with a .325 (135-for-416) batting average … he finished with 12 home runs and 58 RBI.
? 1B Jake Fox hit .307 (119-for-388) with 25 home runs and 79 RBI … he led the SL in slugging percentage (.580), ranked second in home runs and fourth in extra-base hits (55) … he was named the SL Player of the Month for August and made the SL All-Star team as a DH.
? 2B Nate Spears established career highs in batting average (.299), home runs (seven) and RBI (51) in his third minor league season since coming from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade.
Daytona earned a playoff berth by winning the Florida State League East Division’s second half with a 38-24 record, a .613 winning percentage … the Cubs beat Palm Beach two-games-to-one in the first round of the playoffs, then dispatched Fort Myers in four games (three-games-to-one) to capture the FSL Championship … the championship is the franchise’s fourth: 1995, 2000, 2004 (co-champions with Tampa because Hurricane Ivan wiped out the championship series) and 2008.
? CF James Adduci ranked second in the FSL with 81 runs, fifth with 133 hits and tied for eighth with a .290 (133-for-458) batting average … he reached base safely in his first 23 games of the year … he was named both a midseason and postseason All-Star.
? RHP Marco Carrillo went 7-6 with a 2.88 ERA (37 ER/115.2 IP), good for second in the FSL.
? LHP Jeremy Papelbon went 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA (21 ER/73.2 IP) … he finished the regular season with a 35.2 scoreless innings streak, not allowing a run after June 17.
? LHP Jayson Ruhlman went 8-6 with a 2.84 ERA (21 ER/66.2) in 45 games out of the bullpen, leading the team in both wins and appearances.
? 2B Tony Thomas was named FSL Championship MVP after hitting .483 (14-for-29) with a double, a triple, a homer, eight runs scored, eight RBI and a .690 slugging percentage in the series.
? LF Ty Wright had a tremendous second half, batting .323 (65-for-201) with six homers and 42 RBI after the All-Star break … he led Daytona with 72 RBI and ranked tied for fifth in the FSL with a .300 (128-for-426) batting average.
Peoria’s season ended September 1 … the Chiefs finished 60-78-1 overall, going 30-38-1 in the first half and 30-40 in the second half.
? INF Jovan Rosa established a Chiefs single-season record with 43 doubles … he broke David Kim’s 10-year-old record of 38 doubles in 1998 … he led the Midwest League with 43 doubles, ranked second with 54 extra-base hits, fifth with 81 RBI and tied for seventh with a .293 (141-for-481) batting average … he was named to the All-Star team as a DH.
? SS Nate Samson tied Rosa for seventh in the league with a .293 (141-for-481) batting average.
? RHP Stephen Vento went 7-5 with a team-leading 14 saves … he finished with a 3.38 ERA (27 ER/72.0 IP) and his 48 appearances ranked third in the league.
Boise’s season ended September 3 … the Hawks finished 43-33, the second-best mark in the Northwest League … Boise led the league in team batting average (.282) and hits (748).
? SS Ryan Flaherty ranked third in the league with a .511 slugging percentage, third with 29 extra-base hits and fifth with 19 doubles.
? 1B Ryan Keedy ranked third in the league with a .333 (84-for-252) batting average, fourth with 84 hits and fifth with a .419 on-base percentage … he reached base in all but one home game this season.
? 3B Josh Vitters led the league with 25 doubles, ranked second with 32 extra-base hits, third with 85 hits and fourth with a .328 (85-for-259) batting average and .498 slugging percentage … he recorded a 25-game hitting streak (July 12-August 19) in which he hit .372 (42-for-113) with 14 doubles, two homers, 19 runs scored and 13 RBI … it is the longest hitting streak in short-season baseball this year.
? Boise had the most players selected to the Northwest League All-Star team with four … Vitters was the only unanimous selection and was joined by Flaherty, 2B Josh Harrison and Keedy … Keedy was selected as a DH.
? On August 30, Boise manager Tom Beyers captured his 500th win in his eight seasons as a minor league manager.
Mesa’s season ended August 30 … the Cubs finished 31-24 overall, going 18-10 in the first half and 13-14 in the second half … Mesa led the Arizona League with 36 home runs and finished second with a .284 team batting average and 534 hits.
? CF Tony Campana tied for the league lead with 22 stolen bases.
? 3B John Contreras and OF Nelson Perez tied for the league lead with nine home runs … Contreras ranked second with a .579 slugging percentage and third with 25 extra-base hits … Perez led the league with a .656 slugging percentage and tied for the league lead with 26 extra-base hits and 10 triples.
? LF Jericho Jones ranked third in the league with a .553 slugging percentage and fourth with a .340 (54-for-159) batting average.