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2008 Scouting Report

Peoria Chiefs


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This page profiles the 2008 Peoria Chiefs, a Single-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and a member of the Midwest League.


Unless otherwise indicated, all statistics on this page are through the end of the 2008 season.

MWL Fan's Guide

Season Summary


  • Second Half: 30-40, .429 (7th place, 13.5 behind)
  • First Half: 30-38, .441 (7th place, 11.5 behind)
  • Pitching: 4.05, 60-78, 38 saves, 25 holds, 1 complete game, 923 strikeouts
  • Hitting: .255, 574 runs, 102 HR, 131 steals (64% success)
  • Position Players used: 26
  • Pitchers used: 29
  • Pitchers per game: 3.35

Leading Players


  • Best Player on the Team: Outfielder Dylan Johnston

  • Best Starting Pitcher: Dae-Eun Rhee (1.80, 4-1, 33 strikeouts)
  • Bullpen Stopper: Stephen Vento (1.38, 7-5, 14 saves, 1 hold, 59 strikeouts)
  • Strikeout Pitchers: Blake Parker, Jay Jackson, Marcos Mateo
  • Control Pitchers: Craig Muschko, Jordan Latham, Blake Parker, Hung-Wen Chen, Jay Jackson, Jose Pina,

  • Best Hitter: Marquez Smith (.295, 14 HR, 49 RBI)
  • Home Run Leader: Dylan Johnston (15)
  • High Batting Average: Luis Bautista (.313)
  • High On Base Percentage: none
  • High Slugging Percentage: Dylan Johnston (.524), Luis Bautista (.515), Marquez Smith (.508), Brandon Guyer (.498)
  • Notable Baserunners: Brandon Guyer, Elvis Lara, Jonathan Wyatt, Nate Samson, Cliff Andersen, Josh Donaldson, Josh Harrison, Andrew Rundle, Kyler Burke, Jake Optiz
  • Notable Batting Eye: none

May Profile

April was painful in Peoria. This team really hasn't demonstrated any ability to win. Some of that's bad luck, but the fact is they've looked just plain awful.

That doesn't mean there's no talent on the Chiefs' roster. Starter Dae-Eun Rhee had an excellent month, as did middle relievers Hung-Wen Chen, Blake Parker, Craig Muschko, and finisher Marcos Mateo (who'd have been racking up saves on another team.) Past these few, though, the pitching's been really weak.

If anything, the offense has been worse. Only shortstop Jovan Rosa and outfielder Leon Johnson have been consistent contributors, while third baseman Marquez Smith has been inconsistently displaying a range of offensive talents but not putting things together. Everyone else slumped through the month.

Would I still call Josh Donaldson an MVP candidate? Probably not this year. But he's much better than he's shown so far this season.


Pre-Season Profile

The Chiefs are going to have some power this year, but overall this looks like a league-average team. Catcher Josh Donaldson looks a lot like an MVP candidate.

Manager

In his first managerial season, Ryne Sandberg was a pretty conventional skipper.


First Round Draft Selections

  • Josh Donaldson (2007 sandwich pick; 48th selection)

Team Age Information

  • Average Team Age: 21.1
  • Pitchers: 21.2
  • Hitters: 21.0
  • Oldest Player on the Team: Blake Lalli (5/12/1983)
  • Youngest Player on the Team: Dae-Eun Rhee (3/23/1989)

The average player in the Midwest League this season is 21.9 years old. This information is based on opening day rosters as published on MILB.com and will not be updated.


Where they played last season

This summary is based on the team's opening day roster and will not be revised to reflect roster changes.

The 2008 Chiefs are pretty much the same team as the 2007 Boise Hawks. There are a couple Peoria holdovers, but the gaps were mostly filled from the AZL Cubs.

Team           League              W/L    Place    Hitters Pitchers
                                         (Teams)
Daytona        Florida State (A+) 57/80  11(12)       2       0
Peoria         Midwest (A)        71/68   7(14)       5       2
Boise          Northwest (A)      37/39   3(8)        8       9
Cubs           Arizona (R)        27/29   6(9)        4       5

Twelve of these players--including nine position players--played at two levels last season and are counted twice in this table. One of the new Chiefs was in another organization last year; another has never played professionally.


My thanks to Jeff Yeo for reporting an error on this page.



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