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by toonsterwu
Fri May 25, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-24-18
Replies: 9
Views: 210

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-24-18

I'm not entirely convinced Lacy's stuff plays well at the higher levels as a starter (strikes me as a middle relief arsenal), unless that slider is much better than anticipated, but I wouldn't be surprised if he just continues to mow down Low A kids. Will be interesting what the decision-making is f...
by toonsterwu
Thu May 24, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-24-18
Replies: 9
Views: 210

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-24-18

I actually would sorta like to see Rollie Lacy get the bump up if he continues pitching well, and let Abbott and others develop in South Bend a bit longer. I still wonder if Lacy might be better off in the pen utilizing the 2 seamer with his slider, but he's showing well enough. The arms in South Be...
by toonsterwu
Thu May 24, 2018 2:18 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Manny Machado Thread
Replies: 338
Views: 19833

Re: Orioles are shopping Machado and the Cubs are interested per Gordo

I have no doubt the Orioles are interested in those guys, but these seems like lazy speculation. Orioles have made it known they want pitching prospects (and supposedly 2), and those 5 guys tended to be the top 5 pitching prospects named entering the season for the Cubs. While I'm not averse to some...
by toonsterwu
Mon May 21, 2018 3:20 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-19-18
Replies: 15
Views: 466

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-19-18

A friend who went to the Myrtle Beach game swore to me that Swarmer hit 95/96 on that gun (said it was the 3rd or 4th inning).
by toonsterwu
Mon May 21, 2018 3:17 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread
Replies: 260
Views: 15878

Re: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread

So you can only be considered part of a young core if you’re an extension candidate? They have Russell through like 2022, that’s plenty of time to be part of a core. It’s not like he’s a free agent in a year. And yeah I’d hope the best player in the NL and the guy who’s going to be a 4-5 WAR catche...
by toonsterwu
Mon May 21, 2018 3:03 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread
Replies: 260
Views: 15878

Re: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread

Russell is 7 months younger and has put up more WAR than Turner in their careers That's fine. I don't view Russell as a part of the young core for the Cubs that won't be moved. I do think Turner is viewed as a part of the young core for the Nationals. I'm not talking about their talent. Russell has...
by toonsterwu
Mon May 21, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread
Replies: 260
Views: 15878

Re: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread

honest question that I’ve never really known the answer to. is toonster a Nats fan? An orioles fan? or a cubs fan? I wanna say cubs, but most of his posts seem to be through beltway colored glasses. I don’t follow the Nats closely, but I can’t really get behind the idea that the “Nationals defensiv...
by toonsterwu
Mon May 21, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread
Replies: 260
Views: 15878

Re: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread

Russell is 7 months younger and has put up more WAR than Turner in their careers That's fine. I don't view Russell as a part of the young core for the Cubs that won't be moved. I do think Turner is viewed as a part of the young core for the Nationals. I'm not talking about their talent. Russell has...
by toonsterwu
Mon May 21, 2018 2:54 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread
Replies: 260
Views: 15878

Re: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread

Heck, if I'm being fair ... I'm not so sure the Cubs future is necessarily better than the Nationals. I really love Soto, and a core of Soto/Robles/Turner/Rendon plus Scherzer/Strasburg in the short term, and an ownership that you know will spend ... is very, very tantalizing. Sure, KB/Rizzo/Contre...
by toonsterwu
Mon May 21, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread
Replies: 260
Views: 15878

Re: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread

Heck, if I'm being fair ... I'm not so sure the Cubs future is necessarily better than the Nationals. I really love Soto, and a core of Soto/Robles/Turner/Rendon plus Scherzer/Strasburg in the short term, and an ownership that you know will spend ... is very, very tantalizing. Sure, KB/Rizzo/Contre...
by toonsterwu
Sun May 20, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread
Replies: 260
Views: 15878

Re: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread

With all their other free agents and Zimmerman, Strasburg and Scherzer combining to make about $95M, will the Nats be able to sign Harper for $40+M per year and put a WS caliber team around him? I’m sure he doesn’t want to be National League Mike Trout. Yes. The reason is this - they have an excell...
by toonsterwu
Fri May 11, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-11-18
Replies: 25
Views: 866

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-11-18

The reports I saw on Swarmer said something along the lines of 91-93 but can ramp it up to mid-90's as a starter, decent life on the 4-seamer, a slider/curve/change all average or so. To be clear, I'm not trying to pump him up as some sort of future 2/3, clear mid-rotation type starter. I think he's...
by toonsterwu
Fri May 11, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Manny Machado Thread
Replies: 338
Views: 19833

Re: Orioles are shopping Machado and the Cubs are interested per Gordo

Whether or not the Cubs should trade for Machado is one question. I'm of the opinion that it's going to be awfully tough for the Cubs to make a package that makes enough sense (that is, the Cubs don't give up that much) for both sides to come to ... unless Peter Angelos steps in and impacts things. ...
by toonsterwu
Fri May 11, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-11-18
Replies: 25
Views: 866

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-11-18

If Swarmer reaches the 50 or so inning mark (say another 5 starts or so, bringing us to the end of May), I'd like to see him get the bump to AA. Leads to a tough decision about the AA rotation, as no one really deserves to be bumped out. Ideally, the Cubs would move someone in the AAA rotation to pe...
by toonsterwu
Mon May 07, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-7-18
Replies: 11
Views: 560

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-7-18

Saw it said Tseng listed as the starter for Iowa, unless I'm misreading it. As for Tseng, I think you give him another few weeks as a starter, at which point, I'd move him to the pen. It's not that he can't last as a AAA starter with occasional call-ups to the majors to spot fill a role, or that he ...
by toonsterwu
Mon May 07, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-6-18
Replies: 23
Views: 710

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-6-18

Harrison is an interesting comparison. He is obviously smaller, but my recollection is that he was actually good defensively at 2nd and 3rd, but moved around because they weren't sure his bat would be enough and got OF time to develop versatility. Could be wrong, but that's what I recall, and he had...
by toonsterwu
Mon May 07, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-6-18
Replies: 23
Views: 710

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-6-18

I tend to think of Bote as a guy who will probably be a utility backup for the majority of his career, but may have a couple years where he's a capable starter. I'm trying to think of guys that fit that mold and few of those guys ever become consistent starters in the bigs (I'm thinking of guys like...
by toonsterwu
Tue May 01, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread
Replies: 3374
Views: 173453

Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

What's ridiculous about the Diamondbacks is what Hazen has done since he's gotten there - he's taken a moribund team and has them competitive, with smart key moves, and he's revived the system in one year. They were a mess, system-wise, when he got there, and now, it's a pretty healthy system with s...
by toonsterwu
Tue May 01, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-1-18
Replies: 17
Views: 843

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-1-18

Heck, I need to see him sustain it for the year to really buy it. He had that nice stretch to start ... uh ... A+? Then, he got hurt, and he never got back.

Still, I recall the spring articles, and it seemed like the front office was still holding out some hope.
by toonsterwu
Tue May 01, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-1-18
Replies: 17
Views: 843

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-1-18

I'm ... mildly curious if the early success for Underwood is something he can sustain. At some point, would like to see him stretch into 6 or 7 innings consistently if he's going to keeping a starting gig. Who knows, maybe the switch finally was flipped.
by toonsterwu
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:23 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread
Replies: 260
Views: 15878

Re: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread

The one thing I wonder about Harper is this ... could a team try to reel him in with a blow away the water short term offer, and hope that he enjoys it so much that he sticks around? The Phillies would be the logical guess on that, due to their clean sheet and the offers they made this winter, but i...
by toonsterwu
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread
Replies: 260
Views: 15878

Re: THE Bryce Harper in 2018 Thread

I think the chances are high that Heyward is simply a sunk cost. Granted, all it takes is one team, but with teams being so careful about money this past offseason, it seems like the Cubs would have to go too far to get teams to bite. I'm not all that convinced a team will necessarily say, Ian Happ,...
by toonsterwu
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:05 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-29-18
Replies: 15
Views: 804

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-29-18

Mekkes is a big dude. Watching that delivery has always been ... weird. He's consistent, and has such a huge step, and the ball sort of seems like it doesn't pop at the right angle, as the landing and delivery ... He's a good relief profile. I think, best case, he ends up something like Luke Gregors...
by toonsterwu
Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-29-18
Replies: 15
Views: 804

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 4-29-18

For no great reason, I'm actually intrigued with Swarmer. Admittedly, on the old side of things, for A+, so it's sort of make or break, but he was in the pen last year, and the Cubs moved him into the rotation, and he has a starter's arsenal (2/4, slider, change) and throws strikes. He's added weigh...
by toonsterwu
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread
Replies: 3374
Views: 173453

Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

Jeimer, Flaherty, Soler, Villanueva, Lemahieu - all are raking in the early going I never really cared that much for the loss of Villanueva, but I always wondered, as 3rd base still isn't a great position at the MLB level, if the combination of a decent glove and a non-zero bat might get him a shot...

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