Chicago Cubs Minor League Recap: Matt Shaw may be the third baseman of the present

The top two levels of the Chicago Cubs farm were great this week with stellar performances from some of the best prospects in the system.
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It was a busy week on the farm for the affiliates of the Chicago Cubs. They had two of their teams listed in the top ten rankings of all farm teams across baseball thanks to the Tennessee Smokies and Iowa Cubs, and they rattled off a fair number of wins.

Iowa has won four of their last five and is sitting just a game back of the Omaha Storm Chasers in the western division of the International League. This weekend, they’ll finish up their road series with the St. Paul Saints, and next week they’ll have a six-game set against the Louisville Bats. 

Tennessee had a rough week with two of their games getting postponed due to rain, but they’ll make up one of them as a double-header this evening. They’re 3-1 to start the season and they look to be every bit as good (at least offensively) as advertised with an average of over six runs per game so far.

South Bend hasn’t started the season in the way you’d want to see, but that could be due to all of the promotions and the farm system being very top-heavy with great talent. After winning their first game against the Quad Cities River Bandits, they proceeded to drop their next four prior to a rainout on Thursday. 

Finally, Myrtle Beach has struggled a bit out of the gate as well. In their first six games, they’ve allowed a total of 52 runs which, needless to say, is a little less than ideal. They should be able to get back on track and even if they don’t they still have the best pair of brothers in the minor leagues playing up the middle. 

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