Peoria Chiefs Mid-Season Review

With most leagues about that their midway point, I thought it was a good time to review all the Cubs minor league affiliates who are playing a full season. Today, we start with the Peoria Chiefs.

Record:

First Half, 7th place (of 8 in division), 30-38, 11.5 games back
Second Half, 4th place (tied), 6-5, 2 games back

The Chiefs only finished a half game ahead of the last place Burlington Bees. They started the second half with 5 straight losses, but are in the midst of a 6 game winning streak.

All Stars:

Jovan Rosa (1B/DH)
Blake Parker (P)

Rosa started at DH, going 2-3 with a souble and 2 runs scored. Parker actually recorded the win, striking out 4 over 1 and 2/3 innings to close the game, yielding only a walk.

Position Player of the 1st Half:

While not making the All Star team, third baseman Marquez Smith (8th round, 2007) has been the Chiefs best offensive force. In 76 games, Smith has a .291 batting average and is slugging almost .500. He leads the team in HR's (11), RBI (42), total bases (140), and is second in runs (42). He hasn't mastered the art of the steal (1 SB in 4 chances) but does have 4 triples (which also leads the team). He has struggled defensively (13 errors), but unfortunately, that is only 3rd worst on the team.

Pitcher of the 1st Half:

There were three candidates for this "award": Blake Parker, Dae-Eun Rhee, and Dustin Sasser. While Sasser had a 1.53 ERA before being promoted to Daytona, he was 1-4 in relief at Peoria. Rhee is 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA in 10 starts, but has missed time on the D.L. and has given up 5 unearned runs. So, the choice was relatively easy: Blake Parker. Parker (16th round, 2006) isn't on the Chiefs anymore, he was promoted to Iowa this past week. That's right, he was promoted from Mid A ball to AAA. Before being sent to the I-Cubs, Parker had thrown 47 and 1/3 innings in 23 appearances (in other words, averaging more than 2 innings per appearance). He saved 3 games and was 3-0. But those pale in comparison to his other impressive numbers: 1.33 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 9.7 K's per 9 innings, 2.8 K/W ratio.

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