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by craig
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: Amateur Baseball
Topic: 2019 Actual MLB Draft Day(s) Thread
Replies: 288
Views: 33329

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: 941

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: 13630

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: 8375

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: 8375

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: 8375

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: 8375

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: 8375

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: 8375

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: 13630

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: 1917
Views: 245376

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: 1917
Views: 245376

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: 1917
Views: 245376

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: 2767

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. ...
by craig
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:28 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 1917
Views: 245376

Re: Minor League Musings place holder.

Young's played almost exclusively 1B.
by craig
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-16-18
Replies: 9
Views: 1553

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-16-18

Danny Hultzen: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K - get him up to A ball already This box shows Hultzen going 1 inning, not two. http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2018_08_16_cubrok_diarok_1&t=g_box&sid=milb But over last 4 games, 3.1 innings, he's got 8K/1BB/0H. So that's 11 hitters, 1 wa...
by craig
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-16-18
Replies: 9
Views: 1553

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-16-18

Paul Richan: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K There is a possibility I was wrong about richan. Yeah, nice to see Richan doing well, and Franklin too. I wonder when the last year was that we saw a college draftee pitch a 4-inning game during his draft summer? Very unusual, perhaps reflecting that Richan ha...
by craig
Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-16-18
Replies: 9
Views: 1553

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-16-18

HR #15 for Short and Rucker's throwing a consecutively strong out Rucker's 3.49 ERA on season, with a 1.09 WHIP, and 109K/118 IP. Nothing great, but not bad. But his composite numbers obviously include his crummy April. Over last 10 starts, he's 2.72. And among those 10, he had one terrible 6-runs-...
by craig
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-16-18
Replies: 9
Views: 1553

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-16-18

Rodriguez and Garcia both terrific, again, in DSL. Both are lefties, listing at 6'1" and 6'2", 18 and 17. Garcia was a $150K guy who supposedly added a couple inches and some pounds, and added 5mph. May still be a soft-toss guy, the BA writeup mentioned him having touched 92. Rodriguez, Ga...
by craig
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-14-18
Replies: 22
Views: 2057

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-14-18

I imagine every pitcher has some deviation. If Lange was 90-92 and gets there most games, I have to assume he'd have a fluke 93 or 94 once in a while. Who cares. If 90-92 is what he pitches with on a good night, that's obviously below-average. Better have very good movement and excellent location to...
by craig
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-14-18
Replies: 22
Views: 2057

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-14-18

Swarmer strictly limits any runs against to HR's! Gives up his second.
South bend messes up my all-levels-get-shut-out by scoring 2 in the 9th.
Myrtle comes through with a shutout, losing 1-0.
by craig
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:12 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-14-18
Replies: 22
Views: 2057

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-14-18

Swarmer with 1HR and otherwise good again through 4. Passantino with 2 HR and otherwise good for 7. Heh heh, Ademan broke up the extra-inning no-hitter to get that 1-0 win. But during middle-or-late innings, all of the full-season teams are getting shutout. That would be kinda uncommon if the Cubs a...
by craig
Wed Aug 15, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-14-18
Replies: 22
Views: 2057

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 8-14-18

90-92 fastball for Lange, on a good day, isn't super inspiring. I've been surprised that after all the curveball buzz, that he hasn't K'd more guys. K-rate hasn't been bad, or anything, but given how few A-ballers can hit average curves, much less excellent ones, I'd have figured he'd have a few mor...
by craig
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: International Free Agency Thread 2017-2018
Replies: 87
Views: 14387

Re: International Free Agency Thread 2017-2018

Based on the 5 names and bonuses that have been reported, the Cubs still have $683,500 unspent (this includes the rollover $300k). thanks, cal. And anything over $10K, counts. I'd guess the $683 would get spent out on a dozen $50K type guys or something like that, more or less? Or perhaps already h...
by craig
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: International Free Agency Thread 2017-2018
Replies: 87
Views: 14387

Re: International Free Agency Thread 2017-2018

...In fact, MLB added $300k to the Cubs' pool for 2018-19 because of this.... You guys have probably already detailed this, but have the Cubs already spent this, and everything else? Or based on your tracking of the big-ticket spendings, does this $300K plus some other unspent $$ perhaps give the C...

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