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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:38 am

Box Scores:

Iowa won 7-3 Box Score

RF J. Andreoli 2/4, 2 R, 2B (24), BB, K
LF B. Rademacher 2/4, R, 3 RBI, BB, K, SB (3)
CF J. Hannemann 0/3, 2 BB, SB (22), CS (3)
3B S. Bruno 0/5, K
1B C. Young 0/3, R, BB, SB (7)
SP J-H Tseng 7 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 10-5 GO-FO, 84-61 pitches-strikes
RP D. Garner 1+ IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 0-0 GO-FO
RP P. Johnson 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Tennessee lost 4-3 Box Scores

LF-CF C. Burks 1/3, R, 2B (21), RBI, BB, K
2B A. Ely 1/3, R, RBI, K
RF-LF D. Bote 0/4, K
3B J. Vosler 1/3, BB, K
SS C. Penalver 1/3, R, K
SP C. Bloomquist 7 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 13-3 GO-FO, 81-54 pitches-strikes
RP D. Torrez 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-4 GO-FO

Myrtle Beach lost game one 4-0 (7 innings) Box Score

SS Z. Short 0/3
C PJ Higgins 0/3
DH V. Machin 0/3, K
3B J. Hodges 1/2, BB, E (20, throw)
1B T. Alamo 0/3, K
RF E. Martinez 1/3, K
SP D. Robinson 4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 B, 4 K, 6-2 GO-FO, 85-54 pitches-strikes

Myrtle Beach lost game two 4-3 (7 innings) Box Score

SS Z. Short 0/3, BB, K
2B V. Machin 1/3, BB, 2 K
3B J. Hodges 3/4, R, 2B (26)
DH T. Alamo 1/4, R, K
RF E. Martinez 1/3, 2B (11), RBI
SP T. Hatch 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 3 HBP, 1 WP, 2-4 GO-FO

South Bend lost 5-0 Box Score

3B-SS A. Monasterio 2/4, 2B (13)
SS A. Ademan 1/3, BB, K
CF DJ Wilson 0/4, K
DH K. Mitchell 0/2, 2 BB, K
C A. Mineo 0/3, BB, K
1B J. Pereda 2/4/, K
LF L. Ayala 0/3
SP T. Miller 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 8-5 GO-FO, 91-63 pitches-strieks
RP B. Clark 0.1 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 0-1 GO-FO

Eugene won 8-3 Box Score

LF Z. Davis 4/5, 2 R, 2B (7), 3B (2)
2B J. Young 4/5, 2 R, 2B (6), 5 RBI
3B A. Filiere 1/4, BB, K
DH M. Cruz 2/3, R, HR (8), 2 RBIR, 2B (
SS J. Bethencourt 1/4, BB
C M. Amaya 0/4, K
RF B. Hughes 1/4, R, 2B (12)
CF C. Singleton 1/4, 2 R, SB (5)
SP C. Abbott 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HBP, 1-2 GO-FO, 40-25 pitches-strikes
RP E. de los Rios 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, 5-3 GO-FO, 55-37 pitches-strikes

AZL Cubs won their regular season finale 6-1 Box Score

CF J. Gutierrez 1/5, R, 3B (3), 4 K
2B C. Sepulveda 2/5, R, 2B (2), RBI
LF-RF J. Sierra 2/4, R, BB, K, 2 SB (6)
RF N. Velásquez 0/3, R, BB, 3 K
DH Y. Cuevas 1/4, 2B (6), 2 RBI, K
3B F. Mejia 0/4, K
SS L. Vázquez 0/3, R, BB, K, SB (4)
SP E. Ferrebus 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 6-3 GO-FO
RP J. Estrada 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2-2 GO-FO
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 9-2-17

Postby TomtheBombadil » Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:18 pm

AZL Cubs locked up a playoff spot using hard work, team work, and old fashioned confidence. Possibly as many as 3 OF prospects and a couple or maybe a few interesting arms of various upside potential ceilings?

Austin Filiere's been hitting for Eugene lately after doing a little soul searching in order to find himself as a pro.
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Postby Donzo » Sat Sep 02, 2017 10:35 pm

Piece Johnson will be up in the next day or so, and has been pitching real well.

Since 7/31:

17IP, 2.12 ERA, 4ER, 1.00 Whip, 11H, 6BB, 22K.

Actually, he's been good his last twenty games going back to June.
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Postby Donzo » Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:26 pm

Update:

This afternoon, Johnson came in the 9th with the bases loaded- K-ed the next three guys on 11 pitches... Interesting!

Since 7/31 (11 games)

18IP, 2.00 ERA, 4ER, .95 Whip, 11H, 6BB, 25K.

From what I've been told, his good FB and excellent curve are the same, it's all been about improved control, especially with the curve.
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Postby CubsWin » Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:06 am

Donzo wrote:Update:

This afternoon, Johnson came in the 9th with the bases loaded- K-ed the next three guys on 11 pitches... Interesting!

Since 7/31 (11 games)

18IP, 2.00 ERA, 4ER, .95 Whip, 11H, 6BB, 25K.

From what I've been told, his good FB and excellent curve are the same, it's all been about improved control, especially with the curve.

If he can maintain his improved control consistently into next season, he'd be a nice (and somewhat unexpected) addition to the Cubs pen next season.
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Postby CubsWin » Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:36 am

This was the year of unexpected emergence amongst Cubs pitching prospects. Normally, you can hope to have maybe 1 or 2 pop up prospects. This year, the Cubs have 4, and that's just the pitchers...

Jen-Ho Tseng: 13-4, 2.54 ERA, 145.1 IP, 38 BB, 122 K, 1.14 WHIP, .233 BAA in AA/AAA
Tseng's 2016: 6-8, 4.29 ERA, 113.1 IP, 32 BB, 69 K, 1.50 WHIP, .308 BAA in AA

Dillon Maples: 6-3, 2.27 ERA, 63.1 IP, 37 BB, 100 K, 1.28 WHIP, .192 BAA in High-A/AA/AAA
Maples' 2016: 1-3, 4.22 ERA, 32 IP, 17 BB, 23 K, 1.38 WHIP, .222 BAA in Low-A/High-A

Adbert Alzolay: 7-4, 2.99 ERA, 114.1 IP, 34 BB, 108 K, 1.10 WHIP, .220 BAA in High-A/AA
Alzolay's 2016: 9-4, 4.34 ERA, 120.1 IP, 28 BB, 81 K, 1.22 WHIP, .260 BAA in Low-A

And there's surprise 2016 11th rounder Michael Rucker who in his 1st full season of pro ball went:
5-5, 2.38 ERA, 106 IP, 21 BB, 114 K, 1.04 WHIP, .226 BAA in Low-A/High-A

Outside of maybe Alzolay who had glowing reports from Mesa this spring, did anyone see any of that coming?
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:49 am

CubsWin wrote:This was the year of unexpected emergence amongst Cubs pitching prospects. Normally, you can hope to have maybe 1 or 2 pop up prospects. This year, the Cubs have 4, and that's just the pitchers...

Jen-Ho Tseng: 13-4, 2.54 ERA, 145.1 IP, 38 BB, 122 K, 1.14 WHIP, .233 BAA in AA/AAA
Tseng's 2016: 6-8, 4.29 ERA, 113.1 IP, 32 BB, 69 K, 1.50 WHIP, .308 BAA in AA

Dillon Maples: 6-3, 2.27 ERA, 63.1 IP, 37 BB, 100 K, 1.28 WHIP, .192 BAA in High-A/AA/AAA
Maples' 2016: 1-3, 4.22 ERA, 32 IP, 17 BB, 23 K, 1.38 WHIP, .222 BAA in Low-A/High-A

Adbert Alzolay: 7-4, 2.99 ERA, 114.1 IP, 34 BB, 108 K, 1.10 WHIP, .220 BAA in High-A/AA
Alzolay's 2016: 9-4, 4.34 ERA, 120.1 IP, 28 BB, 81 K, 1.22 WHIP, .260 BAA in Low-A

And there's surprise 2016 11th rounder Michael Rucker who in his 1st full season of pro ball went:
5-5, 2.38 ERA, 106 IP, 21 BB, 114 K, 1.04 WHIP, .226 BAA in Low-A/High-A

Outside of maybe Alzolay who had glowing reports from Mesa this spring, did anyone see any of that coming?


TomtheBombadil wrote:Michael Rucker has quietly had a strong pro debut. He got promoted to Eugene after 8.2 shutout innings in Arizona with 11 K's and just 4 hits allowed. He threw 2 innings last night with a couple Ks, 3 hits, and a run. He was the 11th round pick this year out of BYU,where he was used as both a SP and reliever, ranked 251 in BAs top 500 draft prospects. I wouldn't be surprised if he's starting next year in Souf Bend. Low 90s guy has peaked at 96, threw four pitches in college though doesn't have a plus off speed. Of the many pitchers drafted this year by the Cubs, he's one of the maybe handful I believe has some ML chops if he can stay healthy - physically resembles Adam Warren.


OTOH Alzolay, Maples, and to a slightly lesser degree Tseng were guys I didn't take seriously.

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Speaking of quality pitching prospects...Hatch with another homerless outing picking up 6 Ks to 2 BBs over 4.2 IP. He also allowed 6 hits and 4 runs. He's quietly allowed just 2 HRs over ~125 IP with more Ks than IP as a first year pro in High A. He pretty easily belongs in that pool of pitchers, probably with the most well rounded season in the bunch as far as DIPS.
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Postby Duke Silver » Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:57 am

I totally saw this coming from Maples. If you go back and look I made numerous posts before the season about how this year was finally his year.
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Postby PackLandVA » Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:19 am

Duke Silver wrote:I totally saw this coming from Maples. If you go back and look I made numerous posts before the season about how this year was finally his year.


Thankfully you did write a piece analyzing his pitch repertoire! 8-)
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Postby Donzo » Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:57 am

CubsWin wrote:
Donzo wrote:Update:

This afternoon, Johnson came in the 9th with the bases loaded- K-ed the next three guys on 11 pitches... Interesting!

Since 7/31 (11 games)

18IP, 2.00 ERA, 4ER, .95 Whip, 11H, 6BB, 25K.

From what I've been told, his good FB and excellent curve are the same, it's all been about improved control, especially with the curve.

If he can maintain his improved control consistently into next season, he'd be a nice (and somewhat unexpected) addition to the Cubs pen next season.


I imagine he'll get some work the next month in Chicago, so we should get an idea if taken a step or not.

It sure would be a bonus if Maples and Johnson could be effective power arms out of the pen next year. The fact they'd be real cheap would be significant.
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Postby CubsWin » Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:12 am

Well, I certainly didn't expect Rucker to start 15 games in High-A this season much less pitch 93.1 innings with an ERA of 2.51, a FIP of 2.80 and a xFIP of 3.20, with 92 Ks against only 19 unintentional walks for a K-rate of 24.6% and a BB-rate of just 5.6%. But if you did, that's impressive. Good on ya!
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Postby CubsWin » Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:17 am

Donzo wrote:
CubsWin wrote:
Donzo wrote:Update:

This afternoon, Johnson came in the 9th with the bases loaded- K-ed the next three guys on 11 pitches... Interesting!

Since 7/31 (11 games)

18IP, 2.00 ERA, 4ER, .95 Whip, 11H, 6BB, 25K.

From what I've been told, his good FB and excellent curve are the same, it's all been about improved control, especially with the curve.

If he can maintain his improved control consistently into next season, he'd be a nice (and somewhat unexpected) addition to the Cubs pen next season.


I imagine he'll get some work the next month in Chicago, so we should get an idea if taken a step or not.

It sure would be a bonus if Maples and Johnson could be effective power arms out of the pen next year. The fact they'd be real cheap would be significant.

Yep, that would be great. CJ, Strop, Maples and Johnson would be a nice core going forward if the latter two can remain consistent. We pretty much know that when they're on, they're good. But the question still remains how consistently on can they be. Maples has answered more of those questions than Johnson at this point, but you're right, Pierce has looked good for 2 months now.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:08 am

I didn't call Rucker's exact numbers this season so disregard previous post. Had I known there was that catch!

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Ademan slowed down significantly but still like that .143 IsoSLG and 17% K rate from an 18 YO SS in full season ball.
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Postby We Got The Whole 9 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:01 pm

Since this is a pretty active thread I'm just gonna post this here even though he's in another system

How the hell did Acuna have a 100k price tag?
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Postby CubsWin » Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:33 pm

TomtheBombadil wrote:I didn't call Rucker's exact numbers this season so disregard previous post. Had I known there was that catch!

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Ademan slowed down significantly but still like that .143 IsoSLG and 17% K rate from an 18 YO SS in full season ball.

Well, knowing his exact numbers would be silly. But I certainly didn't expect he'd have started 15 games for Myrtle Beach and have put up the kind of numbers he did for them. He was arguably their best starter in the 2nd half! That's unexpected. At least for me. But if you saw that coming, good on ya!

And yeah, I'm liking what Ademan did this year, too.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:39 pm

We Got The Whole 9 wrote:Since this is a pretty active thread I'm just gonna post this here even though he's in another system

How the hell did Acuna have a 100k price tag?


He clearly didn't look like a big time prospect yet at 16. I mean, Starlin Castro only got $45k.

In fact, the Royals nearly signed Acuña for less:

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