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by CubsWin
Fri Feb 19, 2016 1:34 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings place holder.
Replies: 818
Views: 47847

Re: Minor League Musings place holder.

You don't have to do a thing. There is no "obligation". Nothing is being asked of you. I'm simply stating my case for why I'm keeping an open mind. You seem to know what he is and isn't. That's cool. I'm just running with what he's been for ~1400 minor league PAs, including ~600 AA PAs. T...
by CubsWin
Thu Feb 18, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings place holder.
Replies: 818
Views: 47847

Re: Minor League Musings place holder.

Almora's a decent prospect for what he is - a glove first CF without much speed, patience, or power and probably some trouble hitting advanced same hand pitching - but I don't get the obligation to celebrate that or whaever is being asked for. You don't have to do a thing. There is no "obligat...
by CubsWin
Thu Feb 18, 2016 12:20 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings place holder.
Replies: 818
Views: 47847

Re: Minor League Musings place holder.

Almora did a Q&A with MiLB.com on the 16th. Here are some excerpts... MiLB.com: You drew some more walks and cut down on strikeouts in 2015 compared to the previous season. Have the Cubs talked to you about your approach or anything? Do you see yourself developing into more of a power hitter, or...
by CubsWin
Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:38 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings place holder.
Replies: 818
Views: 47847

Re: Minor League Musings place holder.

Or there is no need to platoon him, things actually clicked for Almora late last season, he hits AAA pitching very well this year and becomes a valuable, young, controllable, above average starting CFer which when paired up with Heyward in RF gives the Cubs a very strong defensive and offensive OF....
by CubsWin
Tue Feb 16, 2016 11:24 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings place holder.
Replies: 818
Views: 47847

Re: Minor League Musings place holder.

Meeeeeeeh, valuable to one of those poor teams maybe. The Almora 2nd half myth is carried almost totally by his August. It's more "post team USA" than 2nd half. it's just easier to say second half. and it was paired with obvious mechanical changes geared toward a more powerful swing. Yeah...
by CubsWin
Sat Feb 13, 2016 6:18 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Law's 2016 Farm System Rankings
Replies: 47
Views: 2221

Re: Law's 2016 Farm System Rankings

David wrote:hendry and fleita bought their toolsheds at menards and then hired some dudes off craigslist to build them

One of the greatest things about moving from Chicago to LA, besides the weather, was not having to see any more Menards commercials.
by CubsWin
Sat Feb 13, 2016 6:15 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: International Thread 2015-2016
Replies: 167
Views: 14342

Re: International Thread 2015-2016

Yes, not promising. Maybe we did spend most of the discretionary money on Heyward.... That's not why I'm discouraged. The money is there, even Sharma has said we've got money for these guys. The issue is most of these guys have not been cleared yet, bringing more teams into the mix. If we do get 2 ...
by CubsWin
Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: BA Top 31/system ranked 20th....
Replies: 25
Views: 1703

Re: BA Top 31/system ranked 20th....

Double post.
by CubsWin
Tue Feb 09, 2016 9:00 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: BA Top 31/system ranked 20th....
Replies: 25
Views: 1703

Re: BA Top 31/system ranked 20th....

Based on your definition of upside, I would certainly add Caratini into how you view things. If Caratini's defensive development continues, and he has the tools to be decent, he certainly could be a viable 2nd division starter. Still wouldn't be surprised if Caratini passes Contreras next year. I s...
by CubsWin
Mon Feb 08, 2016 10:47 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: BA Top 31/system ranked 20th....
Replies: 25
Views: 1703

Re: BA Top 31/system ranked 20th....

Yeah, I think our approach will definitely change now. I think we'll target pitchers with bonus demands that caused them to fall and TJS guys that fell. Probably won't be too exciting this draft, with our limited budget, but I could still see us use rounds 6-10 on college seniors to give us the abi...
by CubsWin
Mon Feb 08, 2016 10:39 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: BA Top 31/system ranked 20th....
Replies: 25
Views: 1703

Re: BA Top 31/system ranked 20th....

We definitely have a lot of guys that can get jump up big in the next year. I mean, a monster year from Eloy Jimenez would probably put him up there, due to his ceiling. Of course, there's a lot of risk/question marks with our guys entering the year, and as it usually is with prospect, we'll probab...
by CubsWin
Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:47 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: BA Top 31/system ranked 20th....
Replies: 25
Views: 1703

Re: BA Top 31/system ranked 20th....

The verdict on the "draft pitching in volume strategy" is still out. The Cubs don't have a TOR type in the upper levels and only a few that might ever become that. Cease and De La Cruz seem to be the only ones described with that kind of potential but they're so far away, anything could ha...
by CubsWin
Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:42 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: BA Top 31/system ranked 20th....
Replies: 25
Views: 1703

Re: BA Top 31/system ranked 20th....

We definitely have a lot of guys that can get jump up big in the next year. I mean, a monster year from Eloy Jimenez would probably put him up there, due to his ceiling. Of course, there's a lot of risk/question marks with our guys entering the year, and as it usually is with prospect, we'll probab...
by CubsWin
Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:51 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: BA Top 31/system ranked 20th....
Replies: 25
Views: 1703

Re: BA Top 31/system ranked 20th....

I'm not that surprised by this. When I took a look at the systems awhile ago, I thought we might be a touch higher, middle of the pack perhaps, so this makes sense. Thing is, if there's one way to note our system right now, it is perhaps to say that it is depth of all-around decent quality. We've g...
by CubsWin
Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:04 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings place holder.
Replies: 818
Views: 47847

Re: Minor League Musings place holder.

I KNEW I forgot someone. Jimenez should most definitely be on that list. I like Steele enough too that I'd consider him an omission, but he will be 20 all season. Not including Jimenez is just outright sloppy. Eloy Jimez RF/LF (19, 20 in November) - Top IFA in 2013, even over Torres, and potential ...
by CubsWin
Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:54 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings place holder.
Replies: 818
Views: 47847

Re: Minor League Musings place holder.

i don't know what criteria exactly you were using, but I definitely put: Eloy Jimenez (19 all season) Justin Steele (19, 20 in July) Wladimir Galindo (19 all season) ...on that list. Carlos Sepulveda showed a solid approach in the AZL as an 18 year old last season (.350 OBP, 14% K, 9% BB). He'll 19 ...
by CubsWin
Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:47 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: International Thread 2015-2016
Replies: 167
Views: 14342

Re: International Thread 2015-2016

Sounds like Bolanos and Ona would great gets if they become available before the June 15th deadline.
by CubsWin
Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:47 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings place holder.
Replies: 818
Views: 47847

Re: Minor League Musings place holder.

So after graduating Bryant, Russell, Schwarber, Soler and Baez, the Cubs currently still have 4 guys in MLB's top 10 players at their position lists. Willson Contreras is the #1 ranked catcher. Ian Happ is the #3 ranked 2B. Gleyber Torres is the #9 ranked SS. And Jeimer Candelario is the #7 ranked 3...
by CubsWin
Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:17 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Projecting the 2016 Cubs
Replies: 326
Views: 19191

Re: Projecting the 2016 Cubs

I don't think there is anything weird about projecting regression from just about any reliever coming off a good year, and Russell and Soler as injury risks seems reasonable. The under 25s shouldn't project to much improvement. 23-25 has alway been a period of small improvement on average, and in t...
by CubsWin
Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:58 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Projecting the 2016 Cubs
Replies: 326
Views: 19191

Re: Projecting the 2016 Cubs

I don't think there is anything weird about projecting regression from just about any reliever coming off a good year, and Russell and Soler as injury risks seems reasonable. The under 25s shouldn't project to much improvement. 23-25 has alway been a period of small improvement on average, and in t...
by CubsWin
Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:48 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Sickels' Top 20 Cubs prospects for 2016
Replies: 16
Views: 1755

Re: Sickels' Top 20 Cubs prospects for 2016

Curious, does that come from a long time Cubs fan sense of fatalism or is there a real sense that these guys a sorta meh? The dollars and focus put into the farm would suggest that there will be some leaps made by at least a couple of them. There should be some general acceptance that these guys ar...
by CubsWin
Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Projecting the 2016 Cubs
Replies: 326
Views: 19191

Re: Projecting the 2016 Cubs

So it looks like, according to him, Addison Russell and Jorge Soler suffer some pretty big injuries missing a combined 97 games. The under 25 guys don't improve very much if at all. Edwards, P. Johnson and Jokisch each get five starts instead of Warren, Wood or Cahill. LaStella, Szczur (who probably...
by CubsWin
Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:36 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings place holder.
Replies: 818
Views: 47847

Re: Minor League Musings place holder.

MLB.com hasn't updated their top 100 list for 2016 yet, but when they do there will be some movement among the catching position. As it currently stands, the top ranked C is Jorge Alfaro at 59. The only other C in the top 100 is Tyler Stephenson at 93. MLB.com just came out with their top catching p...
by CubsWin
Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:26 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings place holder.
Replies: 818
Views: 47847

Re: Minor League Musings place holder.

Thanks, Tom. That's pretty good. I heard a Myrtle interview with Madison at the convention. Not sure I'm remembering it all exactly right. But he mentioned Caratini in a favorable way, and suggested that Caratini hit in bad luck first half, and was actually hitting the ball pretty hard pretty often...
by CubsWin
Thu Jan 21, 2016 3:26 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: International Thread 2015-2016
Replies: 167
Views: 14342

Re: International Thread 2015-2016

Well we may not be the favorites to land Morejon anymore which is really disappointing. It looks like he might wait until next period to sign. http://www.baseballamerica.com/international/adrian-morejon-highlight-video/ This also could be a ploy to up some offers and if they don't get there, then h...

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