We’re Talking Playoffs!


The minor league season is over, and over the next few weeks I’ll be wrapping up the season for each of the Cubs farm teams. In the meantime, we have some playoff baseball to get to. The Northwest League playoffs are underway, the Florida State League gets started tonight, and the Southern League fires up on Thursday. Simply having their Double A, High-A, and Short-Season A teams in the postseason is a testimony to the depth of the Cubs farm system. These games provide a great opportunity for some key prospects to pick up some very valuable post-season experience that will hopefully pay off for the major league team down the road.

Boise played the first of their three game series against Tri-City on Monday night, and got shut out 6-0. The Hawks were no-hit into the sixth inning and never did get their offense on track. They need a win tonight on the road just to stay alive.

The Daytona Cubs start the Florida State League playoffs on the road in Dunedin. The rest of the three game series will be at home in Daytona. The Cubs will send Dae-Eun Rhee to the mound in game one. Rhee was rebounding from an injury in 2010 and has looked better in 2011. He comes into the playoffs on a bit of a roll, having pitched at least six innings in six straight starts. When healthy Rhee is a prospect to keep an eye on, so his game tonight is worth monitoring.

Tennessee is off until Thursday when they open up the Southern League playoffs at home.