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by craig
Tue Aug 18, 2020 3:33 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: South Bend Summer Camp
Replies: 36
Views: 4026

Re: South Bend Summer Camp

I forgot about Clarke, kinda underrate him due to the TJ, but he's got an interesting enough delivery and the curveball's got some potential... Maybe Sadler coming out hot softened me up...He and Uelmen probably belong over Gallardo, who probably can get away with being locked in a gym for 2020. Ro...
by craig
Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 336
Views: 22001

Re: 2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread

NO idea why Nwogu took that long for an ordinary slot-agreement pick. My guess is that it was just something procedural, travel related, getting the physical, something like that. Michigan had pretty tight Covid travel restrictions, I think. And Arizona has been pretty hot for a while. With no minor...
by craig
Tue Jul 14, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Summer Camp 2020
Replies: 138
Views: 10338

Re: Summer Camp 2020

..$15 mil ($25 option, $10 mil buyout) isn’t going to be nothing in this upcoming FA market. I don’t really know what to expect with how they handle him and the option/buyout. I'd be surprised if the Cubs opted for Lester and unnecessarily $15 budget hit. Next year also projects to be 3rd-straight ...
by craig
Mon Jul 13, 2020 4:08 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2060
Views: 282786

Re: Minor League Musings

Thanks, Tom, interesting stuff in that.
by craig
Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2060
Views: 282786

Re: Minor League Musings

Wow, that is unbelievable. I also think it's weird that Alzolay is there in the first place. Why isn't he up with the big-league summer camp with an opportunity to impress the new manager, the not-so-long pitching coach, and to compete for a job on the expanded roster where Ross and Hotovy keep talk...
by craig
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2060
Views: 282786

Re: Minor League Musings

Great points, bertz. Pitchers should be able to keep practicing and developing. The plate is the exact same size and distance in a warehouse as on the field, and pitching is entirely initiated by the pitcher. So a guy should be able to keep practicing his pitches just fine in the warehouse. To some ...
by craig
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2060
Views: 282786

Re: Minor League Musings

Thanks, cal. Those are some impressive spins.

Wow.

I like the look of his delivery.
by craig
Fri Jul 03, 2020 3:20 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2060
Views: 282786

Re: Minor League Musings

Good catch, cal. Yes, Patterson should definitely be included in the pool of possible-major-leaguers from that class. He'll turn 25 in a month. I don't have a record on how much he signed for. Two of the three guys in the rounds before him signed for $1K and $3K. So I'm guessing Patterson was probab...
by craig
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2060
Views: 282786

Re: Minor League Musings

Agree. Having an arsenal with 3 or even 4 pitches, rather than just the 2-pitch mix sometimes associated with one-inning relievers, is really conducive to multi-inning work, and to facing ≥3 batters. If your 2nd pitch doesn't work against opposite hitters, need a 3rd pitch that does. Obviously "...
by craig
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2060
Views: 282786

Re: Minor League Musings

Thanks, Tom. I agree with your argumentation, they'd not spend 10th round slot $$ and 4th round pick on a guy who didn't at least project to maybe have a chance to have a competitive fastball. It's interesting looking back at the bonuses for that draft, which has a chance to be a REALLY good draft. ...
by craig
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2060
Views: 282786

Re: Minor League Musings

Wait, what's a true 90-92 guy and why would it be hard to trust that a pitcher in the 21st century can do that? How many guys in pro ball these days can't do that? It legitimately might be single digits, would be news If it's that his velocity was down a little in 2018 with Eugene, we're talking a ...
by craig
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2060
Views: 282786

Re: Minor League Musings

Thanks much, tom, for your research and info. Yep, those spin rates are **really** good, especially for a guy who throws strikes. (10BB in 59 innings last year...) . Sometimes I think big spin and wildness tend to correlate (Chatwood? Burl?) . But if a guy can throw strikes AND spin it, that's a str...
by craig
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 336
Views: 22001

Re: 2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread

Thanks, Tom, that was a really good interview. More technical. Obviously a well-spoken guy who's conversant with pitch-lab and analytics concepts, and is happy to benefit from insights. Think that might be a great fit. I was particularly encouraged by his interest in developing a slider, as a pitch ...
by craig
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2060
Views: 282786

Re: Minor League Musings

Wild guess is he is shooting for 93-94+ on the four seam, 90-94+ with the cutter, low 80s curve, and a maybe a slider in the mid-80s. His curve and cutter have generated 3100+ rpms which is elite stuff. Overall seems a quality mix of polish, projection, production, good ARLs, health, good old fashi...
by craig
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2060
Views: 282786

Re: Minor League Musings

Thanks, Tom. Helpful. His performance last season was really good. 1.1 WHIP, >5:1 K/BB, only a single HR all season. So yeah, if his velocity is competitive, he's got a shot. Obviously he's not a big power guy; if his fastest pitch that's worth video is 96, that's not fast for a RH reliever. I think...
by craig
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 336
Views: 22001

Re: 2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread

Thanks for Burl, stuff. That guy is a very good interview, very well spoken. Hope he's able to throw enough strikes to be effective in actual pro games and eventually big-league games. But if he's as poised in games and controlled with his pitches as he is poised and controlled in his interviews, he...
by craig
Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2060
Views: 282786

Re: Minor League Musings

... Good stuff, + .00000000000000000000000000008888 credibilities awarded to myself for Roberts' velocity gains...He also recorded a cutter that registered a spin rate of 3,331 which is insane Dumb question, but what kind of "velocity gains" has he supposedly accomplished? Was there a vel...
by craig
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 336
Views: 22001

Re: 2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread

That seems like an odd input by Callis. Little is obviously a development/make-over project. Doesn't exactly profile as what I'd caricature as a trade-oriented prospect, or as a ready-to-help-soon guy. Any talented prospect with developmental potential obviously has potential trade value, but I don'...
by craig
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 336
Views: 22001

Re: 2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread

Thanks, Tim. That's good.
by craig
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 336
Views: 22001

Re: 2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread

Cal, the first reports on undrafted guys had us signing a teenage Puerto Rican pitcher who'd supposedly touched 94. But I'm not sure I've subsequently seen him included in listings of Cubs NDFA. Any info on that? Are we sure that the Cubs actually did sign him, or is that maybe not so clear? Or perh...
by craig
Thu Jun 25, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 336
Views: 22001

Re: 2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread

Interesting that Moreno went that far over; and Burl that far under. By my numbers, *if* they wanted to, they could still go almost $200K over on Nwogu. Not sure there should be any need to do that, but my math, *if* he signs for straight slot, they'll be somewhat below their overage max. I hadn't a...
by craig
Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 336
Views: 22001

Re: 2020 MLB Actual Draft Day(s) Thread

It appears that 5th rounder Koen Moreno signed on Tuesday.

koen5

Dream come true. Thank you @cubs for this opportunity and thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way. Let’s get to work!#GoCubs
6h
by craig
Sat Jun 20, 2020 4:20 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2060
Views: 282786

Re: Minor League Musings

Well, the crossfire delivery adds deception and creates a unique angle or plane for your pitches. Some pitchers feel it gives their stuff more life and movement as well. The downside is it's hard (or harder) to throw strikes that way and you're kind of throwing across your body... ...I know DJ Herz...
by craig
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2060
Views: 282786

Re: Minor League Musings

https://twitter.com/davidjohnherz/status/1273711035384565760?s=21 ...He still has the crossfire delivery (which I like), ..... Yeah, the crossfire is interesting. Surprised to see that. What are the pros and cons for that? Better angles against lefty hitters, of course? You'd think the physics of i...
by craig
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2060
Views: 282786

Re: Minor League Musings

https://twitter.com/cubprospects/status/1273406656043462658?s=21 Very cool to have Manny Rodriguez pitching again. Hopefully he's fully healthy, and there is nothing structurally underlying that is damaged. I watched a couple of his spring training outings, and he looked pretty interesting. Fast fa...

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