Cubs name Farm System Pitcher, Player of the Year

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Given what phantasmagoria the Chicago Cubs season has been, talking about the future sure beats talking about the present. And discussing their minor league system seems more relevant than any analysis of who’s on the parent club these days.

Sometimes, their lineup looks like a AAA squad anyway.

Today the Cubs announced outfielder Brandon Guyer and right-handed pitcher Chris Archer have been named the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. The two are members of Double-A Tennessee’s playoff squad that begins its best-of-five Southern League Championship series tomorrow night against the Jacksonville Suns.

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Cubs future Infield will Likely Include Logan Watkins

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Given the way the current Chicago Cubs season is going, it’s never too early to start thinking about 2011, 2012 and beyond. And one name sure to be in the mix on those future rosters is current Peoria Chiefs infielder Logan Watkins. Baseball America ranks him as the 9th best prospects in their minor league organization. He’s currently hitting just .252, but did make the Midwest League All-Star team in the first half.

By Paul M. Banks

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Hak-Ju Lee could be the Cubs’ next Hee-Seop Choi

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Current Peoria Chiefs shortstop Hak-Ju Lee is rated the sixth best prospects in the Minor League system of the Chicago Cubs. During the “Road to Wrigley” game earlier this month, I asked the infielder about which players he looked up to his as he continued his development in the Cubs system. The Jeonju, South Korea native mentioned former Cub Hee-Seop Choi, and current Cleveland Indians star Shin-Soo Choo. Lee described Choi as a “really good hitter,” and Choo’s current numbers

Choi spent four seasons in the Cubs farm system where he was considered one of the organization’s top prospects. Then On September 3, 2002, Choi made his Major League debut against the Milwaukee Brewers and became the first Korean-born position player to play in the Major Leagues.

By Paul M. Banks

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