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by toonsterwu
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-24-18
Replies: 9
Views: 322

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-24-18

I'd like to see Bailey Clark starting some games. I'm guessing they are probably thinking a pen fast-track route for him, but at this juncture, there's no harm in playing things out as long as possible, despite his age. The raw stuff, if commanded, would be very quality for a starter. IIRC his time ...
by toonsterwu
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-23-18
Replies: 8
Views: 307

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-23-18

Total side note first - Two years later, I still hate Jumbo Shrimp as a minor league team name. Mekkes looks like he's shaping up as a very nice pen option for the near future. Keep forgetting that he's a huge guy, and I think the staff is plenty good for the MLB pen (what low-mid 90's fastball, dec...
by toonsterwu
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-22-18
Replies: 21
Views: 471

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-22-18

I find myself oddly hoping that Duncan Robinson does well early and gets a quick bump to Iowa. I know his ceiling is limited, and he may very well more Jen-Ho Tseng than I want to admit right now, but the unknown intrigues me more than the known. I mean, Duane Underwood is the most intriguing starte...
by toonsterwu
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-19-18
Replies: 10
Views: 447

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-19-18

I keep wondering if there isn't a bit of Marco Hernandez in Aramis Ademan. Look, it's too early to judge any highs and lows, so I'm not certainly making a judgment on that. Furthermore, Marco did end up reaching the majors, only to be hurt in the past year and a half. I think the next month will be ...
by toonsterwu
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:53 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-16-18
Replies: 25
Views: 713

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-16-18

I get where davell is coming with that idea. If you can get Bryce, tying Ademan in with Heyward to clear up space and increase flexibility is ... a thought. That contract is going to be ridiculously hard to move. Not impossible, but assuming Heyward doesn't go nuts and opt out, that's what ... 5/100...
by toonsterwu
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-12-18
Replies: 11
Views: 422

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-12-18

Boring pitching day. Good thing, too, as I can go at least one day now without a damn pitching prospect breaking my heart. Well, two thoughts is a) It'd be the rare day, at least at the start of this season, to find exciting pitching days. Having one somewhat intriguing guy on the mound would be en...
by toonsterwu
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-8-18
Replies: 7
Views: 487

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-8-18

I do like Oscar de la Cruz a lot as a prospect, but this is pretty much a make or break year with all the injuries. The one thing I was always curious about is the quality that secondary stuff is against better, more advanced talent. Going to be interesting to see how this plays out - unlike Underwo...
by toonsterwu
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Opening Day Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-5-18
Replies: 23
Views: 946

Re: Opening Day Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-5-18

Oh, I was thinking internal guys only, wasn't thinking draft/IFA's. And yeah, that was bad word choice earlier. What I simply meant is that as long as there's been some improvement, I'll be happy. I've seen systems where, for all the talk about how some improvement, by midseason, a lot of things hav...
by toonsterwu
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Opening Day Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-5-18
Replies: 23
Views: 946

Re: Opening Day Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-5-18

any reports on Stinnett's stuff/velo yesterday? That's something, albeit, a very small thing, that I'm intrigued with.
by toonsterwu
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Opening Day Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-5-18
Replies: 23
Views: 946

Re: Opening Day Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-5-18

Was really hoping this would be the year D.J. Wilson erupts, while really toning down the Ks. His post-injury 2017 had me optimistic. Yesterday was not a step in that direction. I tend to cool pretty quickly on these lottery ticket type prospects, Wilson's an example of that. Entering 2017 I had hi...
by toonsterwu
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Opening Day Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-5-18
Replies: 23
Views: 946

Re: Opening Day Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-5-18

Here we go! Bold prediction... In five months, as long as the top guys aren't traded mid season, the Cubs will have a top ten farm system. That is indeed bold. I would be pleased with middle of the pack. Honestly ... i almost feel like middle of the pack (obviously, middle of the pack is a fluid te...
by toonsterwu
Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:55 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Full Season 2018 Rosters (Alozlay not ready, Ademan starts at A+)
Replies: 17
Views: 745

Re: Full Season 2018 Rosters (Alozlay not ready, Ademan starts at A+)

I'd rather see Alzolay start at Iowa and work from there. Granted, some of it may be weather dependent, whenever he is ready. I'm curious if Lange, because of his pedigree and collegiate experience, can get off a good start to warrant a bump to AA by mid-season. I'm fascinated with the idea of Jake ...
by toonsterwu
Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Jake Arrieta Signs with the Phillies for 3/$75M
Replies: 127
Views: 4526

Re: Jake Arrieta Signs with the Phillies for 3/$75M

Considering this weak market, I'm surprised that Boras got a deal like this for Arrieta. I do think that this is a good move for the Phillies. They can live with 3 years, and this gives them some flexibility. I doubt Klentak is going to go out and sign Cobb unless the price is really in their range,...
by toonsterwu
Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Hosmer to the Padres - 8 Years $144M
Replies: 48
Views: 1496

Re: Hosmer to the Padres - 8 Years $144M

I guess this is their version of Gil Meche (when he signed with the Royals) or Jayson Werth (with the Nationals). It's a "we're close" move at a decent enough price. They are close ... their assets coming up could form a strong foundational core in the next year or two, and the team in of ...
by toonsterwu
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Darvish to Cubs, 6/$126 Million + Incentives
Replies: 419
Views: 15122

Re: Darvish to Cubs, 6/$126 Million + Incentives

Dunno who that High Heat guy is, but on the Brewers staff: a) Yes, you can conceivably make an argument for almost all those things. Zach Davies could put it together and be a ... Hendricks-type of starter and show that level of consistency. Arrieta had his Cy Young year and you could conceivably bu...
by toonsterwu
Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Darvish to Cubs, 6/$126 Million + Incentives
Replies: 419
Views: 15122

Re: Darvish to Cubs, 6/$126 Million + Incentives

I'm surprised at the news of how lackluster his market seemed. Yeah, there are concerns about Darvish, but he was still a top pitcher. I'm just thoroughly surprised that, beyond the Brewers and Twins, it seemed iike (outside of the Heyman report) that few other teams even came close to the Cubs numb...
by toonsterwu
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: It turns out the real Yu Darvish was the friends we made in this thread
Replies: 1275
Views: 64581

Re: The Yu Darvish Thread

If the Brewers pull off an Archer trade ... I've got to think the deal probably starts with Josh Hader. I guess I could squint and see something with Luis Ortiz in it as well. One of those two pitchers almost has to be involved, IMO. They do have the pieces to pull off a "respectable" trad...
by toonsterwu
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Yelich to Brewers (Rosenthal)
Replies: 34
Views: 1712

Re: Yelich to Brewers (Rosenthal)

It's a good combination of moves for the Brewers, and the package given for Yelich isn't that bad. Harrison might've broken out ... but is still risky, and Isen Diaz ... you gotta buy the bat developing a lot. It's easy to see why the Marlins would take this - they've got some pitching in their syst...
by toonsterwu
Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: It turns out the real Yu Darvish was the friends we made in this thread
Replies: 1275
Views: 64581

Re: The Yu Darvish Thread

So ... my view on the Brewers system is that it's really a lot of untapped potential in some key areas, but it hasn't popped, and for specific guys, it's fair to question if it will pop. I mean, top picks Corey Ray and Trent Grisham have never gotten it going yet, and Nate Kirby has been hurt ... bu...
by toonsterwu
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: The Cubs are Adding a Second AZL Team This Year
Replies: 4
Views: 562

Re: The Cubs are Adding a Second AZL Team This Year

Jon Mota's coaching now, huh? Completely missed that, but good for him.
by toonsterwu
Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Starting Pitching candidates
Replies: 1268
Views: 66179

Re: Starting Pitching candidates

I'm a bit surprised that the rough idea of 4/60 or 5/75 or so for Cobb seems to be something that's too high for teams. I think I'd be fine with a straight 4/60 for Cobb, but it sure looks like the market is going to be a lot more down than it seems (certainly, part of it may be that there are still...
by toonsterwu
Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Christian Yelich
Replies: 118
Views: 8387

Re: Christian Yelich

With the way their roster is set, I keep thinking that something involving Baez is the most likely way to pry Yelich loose, but if their starting price for the Braves started with Acuna, it doesn't seem like a Yelich move anytime soon is likely.
by toonsterwu
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: It turns out the real Yu Darvish was the friends we made in this thread
Replies: 1275
Views: 64581

Re: The Yu Darvish Thread

We're doing that thing again where we really underestimate how bad opt-outs are for the team and how good they are for the player. I don't know about anyone else, but yeah, certainly opt outs tend to favor the player. I'm not too keen on long term deals with arms, and I doubt we're going to get ano...
by toonsterwu
Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: It turns out the real Yu Darvish was the friends we made in this thread
Replies: 1275
Views: 64581

Re: The Yu Darvish Thread

It wouldn't surprise me if Darvish's market was coming down, but as good/shrewd as Cashman has been of late, I tend to think that low is a bit wishful thinking on his part. I mean, the thing is, if it drops near that low, you'd likely get a lot of teams in on the bidding. At those numbers, the Twins...
by toonsterwu
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: McCutchen to the Giants
Replies: 23
Views: 1231

Re: McCutchen to the Giants

Okay, color me surprised at so many people thinking it's a crap return for McCutchen. What did people expect for him? I mean, relatively speaking, I think the Gerrit Cole trade was a worse return, and that one was probably passable (although most reviews paint it as a general negative, which I buy)....

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