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by craig
Fri Jul 05, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 284
Views: 15318

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: 284
Views: 15318

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: 284
Views: 15318

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: 284
Views: 15318

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: 284
Views: 15318

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: 284
Views: 15318

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: 284
Views: 15318

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: 284
Views: 15318

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: 284
Views: 15318

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: 284
Views: 15318

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: 284
Views: 15318

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!
by craig
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 284
Views: 15318

Re: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread

8th rounder DJ Herz was ranked 243rd by BA: ....has been up into the mid-90s this spring, but normally settles into the 88-91 mph range, with a below-average arm action and delivery. Last summer at East Coast Pro, Herz threw out of a funky, crossfire delivery and opened up at 87-90 mph, but ticked ...
by craig
Fri May 03, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-3-19
Replies: 9
Views: 672

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-3-19

Thanks for info, that's great to hear. It would be so helpful if he stayed healthy, and was able to pitch like a guy you could hope for. Particularly with our bullpen this year, if he was able to come up in July and be a guy we looked forward to seeing, that could be a big boost to the team. Likewis...
by craig
Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: BA, BP, Fangraphs, Keith Law & MLB Pipeline's Cubs' Top Prospects List
Replies: 90
Views: 11484

Re: BA, BP, Fangraphs, Keith Law & MLB Pipeline's Cubs' Top Prospects List

The folks at MLB disagree with both you and I on Swarmer. He didn't make their top 30. And whereas we are two incredibly intelligent Cubs prospect experts, whoever put their list together can't exactly be an idiot. And yet, here we are. I'd have Swarmer around 20, they had him lower than 30. I thin...
by craig
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2019 Opening Day Minor League Rosters
Replies: 85
Views: 5414

Re: 2019 Opening Day Minor League Rosters

.... I don't know what Jaron is talking about when he says "the guys that are hitting around" Amaya being a help to him. That Pelicans line-up looks pretty weak. There are several returning players like Ademan, Mitchell, Wilson and Galindo that could see better numbers the 2nd time around...
by craig
Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2019 Opening Day Minor League Rosters
Replies: 85
Views: 5414

Re: 2019 Opening Day Minor League Rosters

Richan was facing South Bend players but still: SP Paul Richan hurled six innings of shutout ball with nine stikeouts (also 6/2 GO/AO, all three hits he allowed were singles, he issued no walks, and he threw 80% strikes) .... Pretty interesting. Nice. I love pitchers with good stuff; and I usually ...
by craig
Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2019 Opening Day Minor League Rosters
Replies: 85
Views: 5414

Re: 2019 Opening Day Minor League Rosters

Why is Marquez behind schedule? I hadn't realized he'd been injured.

Any news yet on what was STeele's latest injury (I assume) that put him behind?
by craig
Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:05 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2019 Opening Day Minor League Rosters
Replies: 85
Views: 5414

Re: 2019 Opening Day Minor League Rosters

My general view would be that unless a guy is needed for the big-league team, I'd normally prefer to have a guy excel at one level for a somewhat sustainable time prior to jumping them. And I'd generally prefer not to skip levels. An experienced and capable college draftee skipping up to Myrtle, tha...
by craig
Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:03 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2019 Opening Day Minor League Rosters
Replies: 85
Views: 5414

Re: 2019 Opening Day Minor League Rosters

I got no problem with Davis, Roederer, Morel, etc. starting the year in ExST and then Eugene. Davis and Morel are still quite raw and would benefit from the opportunity for the type of instruction they can get in Mesa. .... I get (and share) the desire and excitement to see them play full season ba...
by craig
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2019 Opening Day Minor League Rosters
Replies: 85
Views: 5414

Re: 2019 Opening Day Minor League Rosters

Thanks for keeping the Az Phil updates coming. Fun.
by craig
Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: BA, BP, Fangraphs, Keith Law & MLB Pipeline's Cubs' Top Prospects List
Replies: 90
Views: 11484

Re: BA, BP, Fangraphs, Keith Law & MLB Pipeline's Cubs' Top Prospects List

Don't think Morel is going to make it, unfortunately. Has some appealing qualities. But guys who can't hit never make it; hitting is a gift that if lacking is never learned. Morel was 29/0 K/BB at Eugene in 91 AB.
by craig
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 1655
Views: 164158

Re: Minor League Musings

Thanks for links and vids, guys! Yeah, that's quite the change in physique. Fun to see. Hope he can hit.
by craig
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 1655
Views: 164158

Re: Minor League Musings

Curious that Roederer is **not** among the six guys with highest exit velocity. I wonder how data-literal Phil's comment actually is? Also interesting that Davis *is* included in that group. I wouldn't have been confident that with his length that he'd have the swing-speed for exit-velo. Also intere...
by craig
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:54 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 1655
Views: 164158

Re: Minor League Musings place holder.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYXPRZH77eA Video of Marquez from last week at South Bend. Not sure I'm really noticing the "soft" bit? I sure wouldn't have thought that from the video, if it hadn't been suggested earlier? If Marquez is "soft", then I don't know what you'd call g...
by craig
Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-26-18
Replies: 19
Views: 2199

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-26-18

..I'm pretty sure Thompson has better stuff than Chatwood and will end up being a reliever (if his control develops enough). He has incredible stuff. He's hit 100 mph and has a great arm. He could end up being our Craig Kimbrel/Trevor Rosenthal if his control/command improves and takes a big leap. ...

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