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by CubsWin
Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:00 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2203
Views: 302409

Re: Minor League Musings

...Yeah, I think if we don't want the MLB team to take more of a dip than it already has we need to hit November 1st next year with 3 starters we feel good about, and enough depth that we're not worried about the 5th spot and beyond..... Nice concise way. Exactly. ....Payroll next year currently st...
by CubsWin
Sun Feb 14, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 907
Views: 49868

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

I'm surprised Jeffress and Tepera are still available and hope we can get one of them back. Wow, I wasn't aware Jeffress was still available. I thought he got by on smoke and mirrors last season (or more like guts and aggression), but he did so consistently. With the 40-man currently full, the ques...
by CubsWin
Sat Feb 13, 2021 8:04 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 907
Views: 49868

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

I know there’s plenty of guys to give tryouts to in the bullpen, but wouldn’t mind Yusmeiro Petit or Ian Kennedy on a cheap 1 year deal to give us a “safe” bullpen option. Also still really want to trade for Adam Frazier. These words may come back to haunt me, but... I'm happy with the Cubs bullpen.
by CubsWin
Sat Feb 13, 2021 5:37 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Jake is Back
Replies: 64
Views: 1755

Re: Jake is Back

So the 40-man is full and the Cubs still need to add Marisnick and Arrieta. Who goes? Alcantara? Two pitchers? Or is there a trade coming? If I had to guess... Maples and Norwood seem to be the top two cut candidates. Maybe Ryan (with Chafin in and if Wieck is looking healthy plus Steele and other ...
by CubsWin
Sat Feb 13, 2021 5:19 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 907
Views: 49868

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

Trying to figure out who is likely to be cut from the 40-man to make room for the two Jakes. Last in, first out would indicate Alcantara would likely be one of them. He's their best defensive back-up at SS but not much of a bat. I'm guessing he'd start in AAA anyway, and Hoerner is more than capable...
by CubsWin
Sat Feb 13, 2021 5:06 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Jake is Back
Replies: 64
Views: 1755

Re: Jake is Back

So the 40-man is full and the Cubs still need to add Marisnick and Arrieta. Who goes? Alcantara? Two pitchers? Or is there a trade coming?
by CubsWin
Fri Feb 12, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists
Replies: 119
Views: 6713

Re: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists

Another thing the 2018 shift toward upside and the technological overhaul did was give the Cubs a much better chance of generating a solid bullpen on the cheap. Not only has the pitching lab unearthed players like Wick and helped the Cubs backfill with cheap but effective signings like Jason Adam, b...
by CubsWin
Fri Feb 12, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists
Replies: 119
Views: 6713

Re: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists

In terms of future ranking, probably Brailyn, Alzolay, and Abbott (and Steele) are about the only guys on our top 40 who are likely to graduate, right? Maybe Amaya. The huge preponderance of our current top-40 will still be available for next year's lists. It would be kinda awesome if in a single s...
by CubsWin
Thu Feb 04, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists
Replies: 119
Views: 6713

Re: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists

I'm not saying the depth isn't interesting, but I'm not going to get all that excited about high upside low level guys until they show something in full season to get excited about. Don't get me wrong, I think the system is deeper, but at the end of the day, there's only really a handful of names t...
by CubsWin
Thu Feb 04, 2021 8:22 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists
Replies: 119
Views: 6713

Re: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists

Just for fun, here's a 26-man roster made up of the prospects listed: C - Amaya 1B - Preciado 2B - Strumpf SS - Howard 3B - C. Hernandez LF - Nwogu CF - Mena RF - Davis SP - Marquez SP - Franklin SP - Gallardo SP - R. Thompson SP - Abbott RP - Jensen RP - Carraway RP - McAvene RP - Steele RP - Clark...
by CubsWin
Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:14 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists
Replies: 119
Views: 6713

Re: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists

I'm actually not all that enthused about the depth of the system. I guess I'm still waiting to see if Strumpf's bat is that elite. There's big curiosity on Preciado now, considering Longenhagen's take really was high. I am rather big on Kohl Franklin and think he might just be a little under ... we...
by CubsWin
Thu Feb 04, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists
Replies: 119
Views: 6713

Re: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists

....Wasn't there another Rodriguez? Not Manuel, but I can't think of it right now. Benjamin Rodriguez. Video showed him throwing 98. That's the one. Interestingly, Longenhagen said this about him back when he was throwing 10 mph slower: Also Benjamin Rodriguez as a name of note to watch grow and de...
by CubsWin
Thu Feb 04, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists
Replies: 119
Views: 6713

Re: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists

I think that top 30 is the deepest from a talent standpoint I've seen the Cubs have. Obviously it doesn't have the top end talent of 7-8 years ago. And 3/4s of these guys haven't even touched High A, so that's not to say the system is amazing. But man, like 25 of those 30 guys have legitimate first...
by CubsWin
Sun Jan 31, 2021 4:23 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2203
Views: 302409

Re: Minor League Musings

I'm also looking forward to the possible 1st time major league contributions of Cory Abbott, Keegan Thompson, PJ Higgins, Alfonso Rivas and maybe Trent Giambrone. I expect we'll see more of Tyson Miller and some innings from Justin Steele and Brailyn Marquez this year as well. I'm not expecting it, ...
by CubsWin
Sun Jan 31, 2021 3:56 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2203
Views: 302409

Re: Minor League Musings

I like seeing Weber and Morel get revised up to Tenn after their fairly glowing reviews in interviews from the past few weeks. That actually makes the Tennessee pretty horsefeathering exciting, which I don't think it has been since Javy and co. were there. Yeah, hopefully they get a good sized seas...
by CubsWin
Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2203
Views: 302409

Re: Minor League Musings

Highlights from the Matt Dorey interview: -Outside of the 5 week Instructional League (plus a 2 week performance camp immediately following), only players on the 40-man roster were allowed to work at the Mesa facility due to Covid restrictions. Sounded like only a handful of guys did during the seas...
by CubsWin
Thu Jan 21, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists
Replies: 119
Views: 6713

Re: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists

If Wilson or Bryant are traded, let’s hope it will net 1-2 more players to add to the 100. I know that’s asking a lot these days. You might get one in exchange for Willson, but if one of the guys they might potentially get back for Bryant in this environment would likely take a couple of years to m...
by CubsWin
Thu Jan 21, 2021 12:05 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists
Replies: 119
Views: 6713

Re: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists

Let me first note that I know very little of substance about Cubs prospects and absolutely nothing about other teams, but with all the dunking on the Cubs having only 2 top 100 guys isn't it realistically possible the Cubs end up this time next year with 6-7 guys on the list? This is gonna be long,...
by CubsWin
Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: International Free Agency Thread, 1/15/2021 Class
Replies: 127
Views: 17463

Re: International Free Agency Thread, 1/15/2021 Class

Wow, I had no idea Quintero was an afterthought. In the sense that Hernandez is going to debut a top 5 maybe 10 prospect in the system. Last year Quintero IIRC peaked at 12 with Longenhagen and was 20th for BA. Hernandez is going to have 10+ spots on Quintero on most preseason 2021 rankings. Quinte...
by CubsWin
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:28 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: International Free Agency Thread, 1/15/2021 Class
Replies: 127
Views: 17463

Re: International Free Agency Thread, 1/15/2021 Class

BTW since I have no love for that ARod/Machado comparison on Hernandez, really think if he *looked* different but had the same dims no one would make the comp, the player that comes to mind for me on the high end is Josh Donaldson. I still think it's funny that for all the hype he signed for 100K m...
by CubsWin
Sun Jan 17, 2021 1:40 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: International Free Agency Thread, 1/15/2021 Class
Replies: 127
Views: 17463

Re: International Free Agency Thread, 1/15/2021 Class

Man, every time I see one of the pics of these kids signing, it's such a stark reminder of how young they are. And here I am, some 51 year old Cubs fan/prospect nerd, pinning my hopes on them becoming the next big thing...
by CubsWin
Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:41 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2203
Views: 302409

Re: Minor League Musings

3. Rea was WAY further down the depth chart than I was giving him credit for The data from 2020 showed Rea was much more effective in 1 inning stints than multi-inning ones. My guess is he was no longer considered a starting candidate. The Cubs have brought in a lot of relief depth on both minor le...
by CubsWin
Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:42 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2203
Views: 302409

Re: Minor League Musings

I would imagine at the moment the battle for the fifth starter spot would be Rea and Miller fighting it out, with Abbott as someone they would hope is viable around midseason. Who do you think is in the mix for 5th/6th/7th, of the internal guys? And of those, who do you think might perhaps have the...
by CubsWin
Tue Jan 05, 2021 7:12 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 2203
Views: 302409

Re: Minor League Musings

Cubswin11 wrote:Yeah I really hope they just move Rea to the bullpen full time, I think there’s a very solid reliever in him potentially and the SP ship seems to have sailed. As you mentioned he had that velo bump out of the pen and think his cutter also rated really well as a 1 IP guy.

This.
by CubsWin
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists
Replies: 119
Views: 6713

Re: 2020-21 Offseason Top Prospects Lists

Cubswin11 wrote:Christian Hernandez probably should be on any prospect list for us that’s talking upside, imo.

He's ranked 5th on this one.

https://prospectsworldwide.com/2020/11/ ... prospects/

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