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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby TomtheBombadil » Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:52 pm

Any word on a potential Arizona Fall League, and what it will look like if it happens? Expanded rosters? Maybe more top prospects than normal?

Eric A Longenhagen: I’ve been told a Fall League is unlikely. Instructs will happen with lots of team-by-team flexibility as to how they’re done, but MLB seems unlikely to pay to have an AFL since it’s not going to generate revenue.
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby TomtheBombadil » Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:47 pm

https://www.milb.com/news/the-road-to-t ... guel-amaya

Though none of Amaya’s individual tools seem overwhelming, he’s above average in everything but speed -- hardly a concern for a 230-pound catcher. With Myrtle Beach in 2019, he cut his strikeout rate to 16.8 percent and lifted his walk rate to 13.2 percent. His 11 homers with the Pelicans may not seem like a lot, but only 16 players in the pitcher-friendly Carolina League hit more. The total package is compelling: MLB Pipeline thinks he could develop into a .260 hitter with 15 to 20 homers a year and quality defense behind the plate. Any team in the league would love to have that.

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Amaya made a strong impression in his first Major League Spring Training earlier this year, despite going just 4-for-25 in 13 Cactus League games. Cubs starter Willson Contreras, who has taken the youngster under his wing, has found Amaya an eager student.

“Every time we have the opportunity to talk, he listens,” Contreras told the Chicago Tribune. “And that’s one of the things l like about him: He listens and can learn from seeing us.”

Chicago manager David Ross, a former catcher himself, also had nothing but praise for the 21-year-old.

“His presence behind the plate is really clean and I like his setup,” Ross told MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez in March. “He’s a leader back there. He’s got great hands for a catcher. He seems to be connecting with Contreras and asking the right questions, yet still staying quiet as a rookie should.”

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The Cubs control Contreras through the 2022 season, and switch-hitting Victor Caratini has proven himself a more than adequate backup in the Windy City, so there remains a question of opportunity for Amaya, the club's No. 3 prospect. If Chicago chooses to trade him, he could provide a valuable return. Despite losing the chance to develop in Minor League play this year, he looks to be Major League-ready in 2021.


Second time someone's mentioned Amaya at 220+ pounds...Good stuff on his part
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:33 am

https://www.mlb.com/news/top-prospects- ... e-coverage

Each Team’s Top Prospect not at the Alternate Site

Cubs: Ed Howard, SS (No. 4)
The best true shortstop in the 2020 Draft, Howard became the first Illinois prep position player taken in the first round since Jayson Werth in 1997 and signed with his hometown team for $3,745,500 as the 16th overall choice. He's in Chicago getting live at-bats with a group of local professional and college players as he prepares to report to the Cubs' instructional league program in Mesa, Ariz., at the end of the month.


Not sure if that’s formal confirmation of when Cubs will have instructs.
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby TomtheBombadil » Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:01 am

More Ed Howard:

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