After two seasons the Chicago Cubs are moving on from Kane County, and will begin a player development contract with the South Bend Silver Hawks next season (Low A affiliate). For me this is disappointing only because it was very easy to get to Kane County to see the Cubs prospects play, South Bend is a little further.
On the bright side, the Silver Hawks are still in the Midwest League, so they will travel to Kane County regularly. As pointed out on Twitter, Kane County is in a different division, and South Bend will not travel there in 2015…. Never mind that “bright side” comment.
South Bend would kill to get the Cubs, not saying they did…. (nervous laugh) but they were hard after the Cubs for a very long time, and it now is coming to fruition. The main reason for moves like this are to enhance the player development within the organization, hence “player development contract.” For the two years with Kane County, the Cubs wanted major improvements to the facilities, and while the Cougars announced that they were making upgrades this offseason, it seems as though it wasn’t enough.
I’m sad to say so long to the good people at Kane County, but excited for South Bend Cubs baseball, hope the price of gas goes down next summer…yeeeeeaaah.
Great news today for Cubs top pitching prospect Pierce Johnson as he was promoted today from Class A Kane County to High A Daytona. Johnson earned every bit of this promotion, the 2012 first round pick (supplemental, 43rd overall) was 5-5 with a 3.10 ERA in 13 starts with the Cougars. Johnson is moving fast, in his first half season in the Cubs organization he pitched for the AZL Cubs, and for the Boise Hawks. He started 2013 with Kane County and now is making the jump to Daytona, that’s four levels in just about a calendar year, the future is very bright for Pierce Johnson, congrats!
April 1st marks the beginning of the Major League season, that’s wonderful and great, but for me April 4th is just as exciting as the minor league teams open their campaigns. If you followed us last year you know what we are all about, we bring you a lot of information pertaining to prospects, and the lower level teams, that includes recaps. We recap every game from the minor league system every night, so please follow along as it is shaping up to be a very exciting season in the Cubs system. Here is the schedule for tomorrow.
It hasn’t officially been announced by I would expect Chris Rusin to get the start, if not then it will be Brooks Raley.
Dallas Beeler gets the start for the Smokies.
High – A
Ben Wells gets the start for the Daytona Cubs
Pierce Johnson gets the start for the Cougars
Check back tomorrow for recaps of all of these games, thanks for reading!
It has been speculated for about a month now, but today it became official, the Cubs have announced they have reached an agreement to move their single A affiliate from Peoria to Kane County. Opening day for the Cougars will be Thursday, April 4.
“We are extremely excited about our new relationship with the Chicago Cubs,” said Cougars General Manager Curtis Haug. “The close proximity between both organizations will be mutually beneficial in numerous ways. We believe that the Cubs organization and their philosophies about the minor leagues, including scouting, player development, and involvement in the community, are a fantastic fit for our franchise.”
The Kane County Cougars are excited to bring the Cubs affiliate to town and so are the Cubs as the comments from Jason McLeod below.
“We are excited at the opportunity to work with the Kane County franchise,” said Cubs Senior Vice President of Scouting/Player Development Jason McLeod. “The benefits of having one of our minor league clubs this close to Chicago are numerous and we look forward to starting this new relationship.”
Not only is it exciting for the Cubs and the Cougars, but for so many Cub fans who can see some of the young, exciting Cubs talent so close to the Chicagoland area. The new contract with Kane County will last for two years, running through the 2014 season.
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