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by craig
Wed Mar 04, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Offseason Top Prospect Lists
Replies: 131
Views: 13425

Re: Offseason Top Prospect Lists

...the blessing and the curse of Keith Law's work is that he's just one dude.... In processing his input, it means more to me for guys that he's seen, maybe a lot, than guys he hasn't. That Made and Quintero and Herz aren't included, I don't care at all. He's never seen those guys, so his lack of a...
by craig
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Offseason Top Prospect Lists
Replies: 131
Views: 13425

Re: Offseason Top Prospect Lists

Or maybe Chatwood will be so good and so solid that the Cubs will offer the 1-year contract, and get a draft pick back if they don't keep him?

Spring training. Why not be super optimistic, yes?
by craig
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Offseason Top Prospect Lists
Replies: 131
Views: 13425

Re: Offseason Top Prospect Lists

Yeah so what 2021 rotation as it stands would be Hendricks, Lester, Darvish and two of Mills/Alzolay/Abbot/Miller ? Brailyn Maybe Keegan Thompson or Justin Steele but I think injuries have sapped any meaningful chance of them starting in the majors. Heh heh, maybe Chatwood will be good and solid, a...
by craig
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Offseason Top Prospect Lists
Replies: 131
Views: 13425

Re: Offseason Top Prospect Lists

...Clarke has 4-seam and sinker, both low-to-mid 90s plus a spike curve which was one of the best in the draft. Has the makings of a back-end rotation piece or a late inning reliever. Thanks, Cal, that sounds interesting. One of the reasons I'm interested in Clarke is that he's still only 21. Somet...
by craig
Fri Feb 21, 2020 4:58 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Offseason Top Prospect Lists
Replies: 131
Views: 13425

Re: Offseason Top Prospect Lists

I finally saw BA's top 30, and was somewhat surprised/curious. They have Chris Clarke at #14, much to my surprise, and ahead of McAvene. McAvene was drafted a round earlier, has seemingly a big arm and some high-end stuff, and he pitched very well in his brief pro debut. (McAvene was 20K/4BB/12.2IP,...
by craig
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Offseason Top Prospect Lists
Replies: 131
Views: 13425

Re: Offseason Top Prospect Lists

Thanks guys. Do they still include Justin Steele? Bryan Smith has him at 15 on his list, despite his horrible numbers last year. To some degree I kinda wonder whether the Cubs shifts in development emphases and new technological resources might make it a little more difficult to track guys, for us a...
by craig
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 1898
Views: 241043

Re: Minor League Musings

Kind of crazy that Mitchell and Galindo are still around, and that it was 5-6 years since adding them. Galindo has been touted as a power guy for some time; he's yet to hit 10 HR in a season. A little note in a CubReporter observation doesn't mean much, for sure. But a little discouraging when outst...
by craig
Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Offseason Top Prospect Lists
Replies: 131
Views: 13425

Re: Offseason Top Prospect Lists

Thanks, Tom. Much fun to have a system back on the rise, and to have a lot of interesting, new young players. Don't think we've ever had a top-30 with so many international players. Not sure how many of them will be prospects by the time they reach AA, if ever, but we'll see. If you don't mind, who ...
by craig
Wed Sep 25, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2019 AFL
Replies: 51
Views: 9373

Re: 2019 AFL

I'm no scout, and don't mean to be a negativist. But the couple of clips of Amaya that I've seen, it doesn't seem like he's got all that much bat speed.

I wonder if he'll have enough to hit well at higher levels, especially big-league level?
by craig
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:24 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Playoff Discussion & Boxes, 9-14-19
Replies: 7
Views: 1618

Re: Minor League Playoff Discussion & Boxes, 9-14-19

Thanks, Cal. Mid 90's with a sharp breaking ball and a shaky change, that seems like solid stuff, and reasonable for a 2nd-year guy. The note that "Clinton had no answer for his fastball" is interesting. A lot of 93-95 fastballs are pretty hittable, even in A-ball. If his fastball is not o...
by craig
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 1898
Views: 241043

Re: Minor League Musings

Abbott was first in the AA Southern League in IP, Ks, 4th in ERA, 2nd in K-BB%, limited line drives and generated popups as a flyball pitcher...Decent prospect too, first maybe underrated Cubs pitching prospect in a few years. Definitely these two seem a step up from when like Nick Struck won pitch...
by craig
Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Playoff Discussion & Boxes, 9-14-19
Replies: 7
Views: 1618

Re: Minor League Playoff Discussion & Boxes, 9-14-19

Riley Thompson allowed one baserunner on an error, K'd 10 in 5 shutout innings Cubswin and others, what's the word on Riley's stuff these days? Yesterday capped a pretty nice season overall, K/IP around 1, K/BB around 3 not that bad, HR's maybe the yellow-flag. Draft reports were good velocity, and...
by craig
Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 9-2-19 (Season Finale)
Replies: 20
Views: 2454

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 9-2-19 (Season Finale)

Brennen Davis went 3/3 with a HR, BB, and SB He finishes his season hitting 305/.381/.525 with a GO/AO <1, a sub-20% K rate...Just 204 PAs because the org tried to kill him twice, but squeezed all the good stuff in Thanks CR for these everyday That's great to have Davis end up with a big day, and a...
by craig
Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:57 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 9-2-19 (Season Finale)
Replies: 20
Views: 2454

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 9-2-19 (Season Finale)

https://twitter.com/jnorris427/status/1168676374481010690?s=19 Nice, nice, nice! Cruz just turned 20 last week, so to be 99-98-99 this young is pretty impressive. Nice to see him end the season with a clean outing. It's curious that he's been so wild in his small sample this season; he didn't walk ...
by craig
Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 32865

Re: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread

Did the 10th round catcher ever sign? If so, at slot; or at a super-cheap cash-freeing deal?
by craig
Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 32865

Re: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread

More than I expected. Thought that there was a report that they'd called a different guy in front of round 3 and asked him to take a bigger sub-slot than that, and didn't select him when he wouldn't go quite low enough? Will be interesting to see whether Cubs start McAvene for a while, and if so for...
by craig
Tue Jun 25, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 32865

Re: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread

Interesting the 22-year-old senior Combs got $50K. Most of the late senior signs have been $1K or $5K guys. Relative to the Cubs budget, $50K is still nothing, and relative to draft picks it's still nothing. But I'd guess the Cubs must have liked him a little bit more than the average senior roster-...
by craig
Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:25 am
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 32865

Re: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread

....Surprised Clarke got slot. Yes, same. Seems he's been the least discussed guy, and with the least amount of scouting info, of the top-5 pitchers. But it appears he'll have the 2nd highest bonus. Given the Cubs record with pitching, not sure their interest proves anything good. But, interesting ...
by craig
Sat Jun 08, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 32865

Re: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread

Had been reference to agreeing for a deal in the low-40's range. $2.0 is in between 36/37. So maybe a little higher than I had expected. Nice to have it done fast, that frees up a bunch of dollars, so it means they can move forward and sign/finalize overslot guys and don't need to wait on all of tho...
by craig
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 32865

Re: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread

...It's a very large recap for every team in MLB so mistakes are bound to happen. Keith Law talks to plenty of scouts and ppl in the industry and his input is valuable. I don't always agree with his take on prospects and he's reluctant to admit when he's wrong, but he knows his stuff. Herz definite...
by craig
Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:15 am
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 32865

Re: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread

https://twitter.com/keithlaw/status/1136995355130769408 Davidjohn Herz (8) was seen as a very tough sign due to his commitment to UNC. He's a right-hander and quarterback, up to 94, very athletic, but fairly raw as a pitcher because he plays three sports. Keith Law, I appreciate your stuff, and I k...
by craig
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 32865

Re: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread

https://twitter.com/Savermetrics?ref_sr ... r%5Eauthor

For reference, Wes Saver twitter where he collects lots of comments from or regarding Cub selections.
by craig
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 32865

Re: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread

Some Q's or things I'm interested in, or thoughts: 1. Will be interesting to see how much over Hearn, Herz, and Schlaffer sign for. 2. Given that they call and discuss $$ before selecting anybody, and based on recent history, pretty much a lock that the first 20 guys are all going to get signed. And...
by craig
Thu Jun 06, 2019 4:17 am
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 32865

Re: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread

Cubs have signed 6th round pick Hearns for 2nd round money. Not to be overly nit-picky, but I think they have "agreed" as opposed to "signed". I believe that means they have agreed to what the deal will be, continent on other guys signing. But, basically they won't want to actua...
by craig
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 32865

Re: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread

TomtheBombadil wrote:I’m totally cool with how this draft is going if they sign Kimbrel. Otherwise this is pretty boring


Tom is totally cool!

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