Playoff Recap: Daytona advances to FSL final behind CJ Edwards, Kris Bryant; Boise rolls into NWL Finals

Playoff Recap: Daytona advances to FSL final behind CJ Edwards, Kris Bryant; Boise rolls into NWL Finals
C.J. Edwards

One of these days we'll be able to follow these players take the Cubs to the playoffs but for now, the Cubs have 2 affiliates in the finals and one, Tennessee, getting ready to start tomorrow. As I've mentioned before, it's one thing to have your teams in the playoffs but the Cubs are doing it with prospects, not journeymen -- so it makes it a bit more meaningful.

On with your recap -- playoff fever edition...

Daytona 4 - Dunedin 0

  • A wise man told me once, "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, rains."  Daytona got 2 of the 3 today and swept the best of 3 series 2-0 behind the pitching of CJ Edwards, who went 5 no-hit innings, walking one and striking out 8.  And this despite the rain before the game and after the first inning.  Edwards kept loose and kept it together and led the D-cubs into the finals.
  • Veteran Ryan Searle kept the no-no going for 3 scoreless innings before finally allowing 2 hits in the bottom of the close to the 3rd no-hitter for Daytona vs. Dunedin.  How do you suppose Dunedin felt when they saw they were going up against this pitching staff in the playoffs
  • The D-Cubs version of the dynamic duo, Pin-Chieh Chen (walk) and Zeke DeVoss (single) each got on base once and scored.
  • Kris Bryant got HBP in his first AB and made Dunedin pay when he came around to score on Wes Darvill's double.  Bryant then went on to get 3 hits, including a double and a 2-run single.  He hit .833 in the two games.  Darvill, meanwhile, also singled and scored a run.  Bryant's performance has been nothing short of spectacular since signing.  I'm beginning to think he has a legit shot at AA to start next year with a good offseason and spring.
  • Slick fielding Elliot Soto doubled and drove in a run.

Boise 11 - Salem-Keizer 7

  • The Hawks showed some confidence starting Duane Underwood in the 2nd game and while he didn't fare particularly well, it's nice for him to get the experience.  He went 1.1 innings and walked 2 batters, allowed 2 hits, and gave up 3 runs.
  • Swingman Loiger Padron came in to pitch the next 2.2 innings and kept the game from getting out of hand, allowing just one run while Boise piled on the offense.
  • Corbin Hoffner is surely going to play a big role if Boise is going to win this thing.  He pitched 2.2 innings and walked just one while striking out 5.  He did allow a run, but with Boise's offense opening up a huge lead, he just needed to hold the fort.
  • Experienced closer Tyler Bremer was setting up today and he gave up a couple more runs to make it even closer at 11-7.  The Hawks used Eddie Orozco last year in that closer's role and he solidified the bullpen.  He's back and has been thrust in that role once again for Boise.  He slammed the door shut with a scoreless 9th to send Boise into the finals.
  • Who else but Kevin Encarnacion would get this offensive machine started?  He got on base 4 times with 2 singles, a double, and a walk, scoring 3 times.  He also drove in a run.  The CF'er provides a spark at the top of the lineup with his OBP skills and high energy style of play.  The swing is a bit unorthodox, and I'm not sure how much it'll play at the upper levels but he's an exciting player who knows his role and plays it very well.  He's an interesting guy to watch.
  • Daniel Lockhart had 3 singles and scored twice.  The overslot signing from the 2011 draft is finally starting to pay dividends with his solid play at 2B and his line-drive, contact oriented approach at the plate.
  • C Justin Marra has been a revelation at the end of the year, stepping up and filling the offensive void created when Kris Bryant was promoted to Daytona.  He doubled twice today and drove in 4 runs.
  • 3B David Bote singled twice, walked and scored 2 runs while driving in another.


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  • Seems like every time I check Encarnacion has a multi-hit game.

  • In reply to GoCubsGo:

    He's been on fire. Didn't look so hot in his short stint at Kane, but he's been raking at Boise.

  • I've been a proponent of Gray since you posted his video on here about 5 months ago. I would check Bryant's box scores and marvel at his HR's with the BBCOR and more importantly his OBP. Both of their debuts have been spectacular. So, at this point I love the pick and view the pick as an equal value when I thought Gray would be more valuable.

    Looking forward to that 2016 AB in Coors vrs Gray.

  • In reply to Buzz:

    It was a tough choice and I get why the Cubs did what they did, but Gray seems to be answering the questions so far. Bryant is doing even better than my most optimistic expectations.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    And the guy that's been good but not great? Mark Appel.

    Funny game, this baseball.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    It's just a partial season and Appel has pitched very well except for a bad outing, I believe. Could easily still end up being better than Gray. Lots and lots of time for things to change.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Totally agree that he could end up being the best player in the entire draft. But, it wasn't just the results, the peripherals haven't been that good, a level lower than the other two. In A-ball, he had a strikeout rate of 19.3%.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Talking more small sample size than results

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I get Bryant fits the new Cubs player to a tee. Maybe the Adderall thing made the decision for them, which would be nice to know. I would have still preferred Gray (whose numbers somehow might be better than Bryant's) but hey, maybe he needed a little extra for that exams that week, big deal. In the end, it seems the FO have a plan for the pitching taking younger guys last year and older ones this year and trades. I fully am on board with this new regime much like the Bears new regime (less the McClellin pick, I wanted DeCastro).

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    In reply to Buzz:

    The thing about Gray is that he was a major helium guy -- just came out of nowhere to be one of the best players in the nation. Sometimes that's legit -- and Gray so far looks like that's the case. But, sometimes, you draft him and the helium wears out. It was a big risk.

    Gray is looking more and more like that rarest of rare things: a legit ace. But, if he'd come apart after being drafted, we'd be suicidal right now.

    Bryant has been on prospect radars for years and it's clear why: he's been incredible. What I think it particularly noteworthy about both Bryant and Gray is that they've been doing this at the high A level, which is very promising.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    In the end, the Cubs probably decided Bryant was lower risk for those reasons. Theo has also stated they feel elite hitters are lower risk for injury reasons. But scouts were pretty universal that Bryant was an elite power bat with excellent makeup; can't pass that up often.

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    I think familiarity played a huge role in their decision.

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    I notice that CJ never seems to get past the 5th inning is this due to pitch count or are they just trying to limit his innings?

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    In reply to William Ray:

    He's already up to 121 innings this year, after just 67 last year.....they are limiting his pitch counts carefully, especially given his slight frame, and concerns about his long-term durability.

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    In reply to William Ray:

    I listened to the game. The announcer commented that CJ Edwards is on an innings limit.

    Anyone else notice that Shawon Dunston jr has not played in any of the Boise playoff games? Is there a reason why?

  • In reply to David Meyer:

    Yes. Edwards has had that jump along with that slight build, as Zonk mentioned, so an innings limit is the right move. Not sure what happened to Dunston or why he isn't playing over Rodriguez. Perhaps a relapse of his previous injury?

  • In reply to William Ray:

    Yes they are limiting him because he has pitched more than he ever has and are still concerned whether he can hold up. Also by taking it easy makes it better for the confidence as well. He has been doing very well indeed.

  • CJ has electric stuff with good command, which appears to be improving. And after spring training with the big club, I say let him pitch in Daytona until the weather in Chicago gets warm. If he is still dominating at Daytona, then bring him up to the big club with the caveat of no more than 5 innings per start and shut down after a total of no more than150 innings in the bigs and minors. No need to put mileage on that golden arm in the minors if he is a proven talent like the manchild Dwight Gooden.

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    In reply to shalin:

    The difference between A+ and the majors is huge. Theo said just the other day how important AAA is to player development as the final finish, I can't see how they would skip that for C.J. Calling him up would also cost a 40-man spot.

    He should remain in the minors all next year.

  • In reply to Zonk:

    "He should remain in the minors all next year."
    Sounds good to me, but if so, then tell Theo to reduce ticket prices for next year for his low payroll team because you can't expect the fans to continue to pay top dollar for crap.

  • In reply to shalin:

    We aren't going to see this front office make moves to make fans happy. They are going to stick with the process they believe in. Fans will be happy once the team starts winning and they are going to build that their way.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Yep,.... and I hope that they keep right on making those long-term moves.

    I'm 48,.... and have been loyally watching the Cubs grind through some completely forgetable (except those occasional nigh sweats RE: 1984 and Garvey) seasons over the years since at least 1973.

    I would rather see them build a team that contends regularly for decades (a la Atlanta) than suffer through another boom & bust set of teams like the 'almost' teams a 2003-2007.

    If they do it on the backs of guy brought up through their own farm system,.... so much the better.

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    In reply to Zonk:

    I'm not saying we should call him up, but Jose Fernandez did just fine (actually, incredible) jumping from A+ to the majors this year.

    You're right though, most guys aren't able to skip 2 levels like that and have success. No need to rush him.

  • In reply to shalin:

    I think Edwards has a chance to move very quickly through the system because he does seem to command well and he can do so much with that excellent fastball. If the secondaries continue to improve, we could see him getting close by the end of the year.

  • If the FO feels leadoff is the best spot to bat Castro next year, then I seriously doubt Choo and Ellsbury get any FA consideration. Cubs then can take a one-year flyer on a starting pitcher looking to re-establish himself, like a Josh Johnson, and keep their powder dry for 2015 when many more notable targets, like Scherzer, Masterson, etc. may hit the market. New revenue streams will hopefully start offsetting the FO spend by then too.

  • In reply to Cleme:

    Very true, but I think they'll go after someone if they feel he is the right fit.

  • "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes it rains."
    The way I've always know it is, "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it rains. But, you always have to put on your jock strap." In other words, in all circumstances, be prepared for a battle and give your best.

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    Here are a couple of interesting links.

    We had passed the White Sox, but then they passed us back up. I hope we can at least stay where we are now, if we don't pass up the White Sox.

    I'd be happy with Jeff Hoffman, but I'd put money on Alex Jackson if the draft were being held today.

  • re: Bryant vs Gray. I think the fact that a pitchers arm can fall off at any time played a huge role in why they went with Bryant and I expect that if they face a similar decision in next years draft, they'll go for the position player again. Just look back a few years at the Prior vs Mauer debate.

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    In reply to Ike03:

    But I don't think there's much doubt they would have taken Appel had he been available, so clearly they are willing to take a pitcher under the right circumstances.

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    A couple weeks ago, I thought for sure Bryant should start in Daytona. But gotta agree, John. He's making his case for AA to start off next year.

    And he did it yesterday against a top-10 pitching prospect.

    (And while we're on the subject, nice to see CJ really outduel Sanchez)

    I wonder if they'll play Bryant in RF if he goes to Tennessee. Villanueva doesn't seem like he's earned a promotion to Iowa and Olt probably needs that spot for a couple months anyway to [hopefully] shake off the cobwebs and regain some confidence. Olt finished pretty strong, I hope it carries over.
    I don't see any problem with playing Bryant in the OF. Even though his D looks fine, he clearly was drafted to swing the bat.

  • In reply to Giffmo:

    I think it depends on Olt. Despite his poor season, I think he'll be given a shot to make the team -- and Villanueva has earned a promotion, in my opinion. The Cubs would prefer that he be more selective -- but he's also not a wild swinger and he's hit for power in a league where that commodity is hard to come by, and played his usual good defense this year.

  • MLB Trade Rumors has posted an All-Prospect All-Star Team

    Three Cubs prospects are mentioned. One is a total surprise to me.

  • OT but Colvin is being DFA'd apparently.

  • In reply to Good Captain:

    Already passed through waivers and nobody claimed him.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Thanks John! Sorry I misread that.

  • Bryant needs to work on his pitch recognition. His K rate has gone up substantially at every level. He needs to not fall in love with the long ball like Baez did early in his career. Take a walk, wait on your pitch.

  • In reply to Ike03:

    Bryant and his K-rate is not a huge surprise, but to be fair, he;s only spent a few weeks at each level. He's barely had time to unpack.
    We may get a better idea of his skills with 6 weeks of AFL play.
    Better yet, lets wait to see how he handles the first 3 months of AA.

  • In reply to djriz:

    Which may be one good reason for him to start next year in Daytona although, like others on this site, I think I'm beginning to "count my chickens" which I know I shouldn't do.

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    So it seems like the only valuable piece in the Stewart-Colvin trade was DJ Lemahieu. Like we all figured at the time. I really liked Tyler. You wonder did the bat incident mess him up? Or was he just a flawed prospect?

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