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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Fri May 11, 2018 4:04 am

Box Scores:

Iowa won 5-3 Box Score

1B E. Navarro 1/3, RBI, BB
C C. Gimenez 1/3, R, 2 BB, K
SP D. Underwood Jr 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 9-4 GO-FO, 93-60 pitches-strikes
RP R. Rosario 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2-1 GO-FO
RP D. Maples 0.1 IP, 0 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 0-0 GO-FO
RP S. Simmons 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1-0 GO-FO

Tennessee won 7-2 Box Score

LF C. Burks 1/5, R, 2 K, CS (2)
SS Z. Short 2/4, R, RBI, BB, 2 K
RF E. Martinez 1/4, Km HBP
C W. Remillard 2/4, RBI
SP M. Rucker 6 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 HBP, 5-5 GO-FO, 92-65 pitches-strikes
RP J. Stinnett 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 0-1 GO-FO

Myrtle Beach won 9-6 Box Score

2B A. Monasterio 2/5, R, 2B (9), 2 RBI
C J. Pereda 2/5, R, RBI, K; defense: 0/1 CS
3B W. Galindo 1/4, R, 2 K, E (7, fielding)
1B A. Upshaw 2/4, R, 2B (3), 3B (1), 3 RBI, K
LF K. Mitchell 0/3, R, BB, K, E (1, fielding)
SS A. Ademan 0/2, RBI, K
P M. Swarmer 5 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 9 K, 3-5 GO-FO, 92-65 pitches-strikes
RP J. Romero 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 0-2 GO-FO

South Bend won 5-1 Box Score

2B J. Bethencourt 1/4, R, BB, K
1B J. Young 1/5, R
DH A. Filiere 1/3, R, 2B (11), BB, K
C M. Amaya 1/2, 2B (8), RBI, 2 BB; defense: 0/4 CS
RF N. Velázquez 0/4, RBI, K
LF B. Hughes 1/4, R, RBI, K, SB (7)
SS R. Narea 0/3, R, BB, K
3B Y. Peguero 2/4, 2 K
SP B. Little 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 K, WP, 5-4 GO-FO, 80-48 pitches-strikes
RP E. de los Rios 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 2-1 GO-FO
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-11-18

Postby toonsterwu » Fri May 11, 2018 2:53 pm

If Swarmer reaches the 50 or so inning mark (say another 5 starts or so, bringing us to the end of May), I'd like to see him get the bump to AA. Leads to a tough decision about the AA rotation, as no one really deserves to be bumped out. Ideally, the Cubs would move someone in the AAA rotation to pen work (my preference is still to see if Jen-Ho Tseng can ramp it up in the pen), and bump someone from AA, like Duncan Robinson, up, if he's still performing well. If not, long run, I do think Rucker is in the pen unless his breaking balls improve that much, and putting him in the pen may create a guy who could help later this year, if necessary. I'm still not against shifting Clifton to the pen, but considering his decent run as a starter in A+, and a bounce back season of sorts this year, plus his size/frame, I think you give him the year in AA and see how he progresses.
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-11-18

Postby craig » Fri May 11, 2018 4:54 pm

Life has been too crazy to read all of the nightly minor league discussion threads.

Has there been scouting info on swarmer? I assume he's standard 90-93 fastball/curve guy?
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-11-18

Postby Regular Show » Fri May 11, 2018 4:59 pm

I'm starting to be intrigued by Duane Underwood again. I can't believe I'm writing that in 2018, but the recent reports have been pretty good. Hopefully, he keeps it up.
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-11-18

Postby Jaxbro » Fri May 11, 2018 5:31 pm

Regular Show wrote:I'm starting to be intrigued by Duane Underwood again. I can't believe I'm writing that in 2018, but the recent reports have been pretty good. Hopefully, he keeps it up.

Here’s to hoping Underperform doesn’t show up tonight for the family and myself to take in
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-11-18

Postby Hrubes20 » Fri May 11, 2018 5:41 pm

craig wrote:Life has been too crazy to read all of the nightly minor league discussion threads.

Has there been scouting info on swarmer? I assume he's standard 90-93 fastball/curve guy?


I saw a report that had him bumping 95 with a plus change. Could have been a hot gun though. Either way, he's been in that 91-94 range all year, which presents a pretty big jump from the 88-90 he was at prior to this year. The changeup will be even better with the added velo. Curve is average. He throws tons of strikes as well, which is a nice departure from seemingly the rest of the organization. I'm geniunely intrigued here.
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-11-18

Postby toonsterwu » Fri May 11, 2018 6:08 pm

The reports I saw on Swarmer said something along the lines of 91-93 but can ramp it up to mid-90's as a starter, decent life on the 4-seamer, a slider/curve/change all average or so. To be clear, I'm not trying to pump him up as some sort of future 2/3, clear mid-rotation type starter. I think he's probably still an end of the rotation type guy if he pans out.

Tbh, what has me truly fascinated, besides performance and a clear starter's arsenal (which, for example, is a bit more debatable on a guy like Rucker), is that Swarmer has added 15-20 pounds since college ... and there was a report where either he or the Cubs suggested he could add another 15-20 and perhaps get near 6'5" 200. That would be a lot of weight that wasn't there before. Could go both ways, as with any weight gain, but if it's a positive weight addition, it's awfully interesting.

Edit: Had a couple minutes, so spent time googling Swarmer because ... it's Friday. Seems like it's more 93/94 on the 4 seamer, 89-92 on the 2 seamer, slider, and change. Seems like he's really learning how to be a pitcher. Late last year, he said he was around 180, and that he's trying to get to 205.
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-11-18

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sat May 12, 2018 12:34 am

Brendon Little has this far thrown 3 scoreless innings. Only 1 hit, 4 Ks and 2 walks.
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-11-18

Postby Jaxbro » Sat May 12, 2018 1:22 am

Through 4 it’s been Duane Underwood not Underwhelming.

FB sitting at 90-91 breaking ball at 84-85 and change up. At 75 according to the board

And the first hit he gives up leads off the fifth
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-11-18

Postby davell » Sat May 12, 2018 1:25 am

Little goes 5 2 0 0 4 5..... Best start of his season.

Rucker goes 6 1 2 0 1 9...... Best start of his season.

Swarmer goes 5 7 5 5 1 9.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sat May 12, 2018 1:26 am

davell wrote:Little goes 5 2 0 0 4 5..... Best start of his season.

Rucker goes 6 1 2 0 1 9...... Best start of his season.

Swarmer goes 5 7 5 5 1 9.


.......Worst start of the season.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sat May 12, 2018 1:27 am

Jaxbro wrote:Through 4 it’s been Duane Underwood not Underwhelming.

FB sitting at 90-91 breaking ball at 84-85 and change up. At 75 according to the board

And the first hit he gives up leads off the fifth


The FB velo is a bit underwhelming.
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-11-18

Postby davell » Sat May 12, 2018 1:31 am

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:
davell wrote:Little goes 5 2 0 0 4 5..... Best start of his season.

Rucker goes 6 1 2 0 1 9...... Best start of his season.

Swarmer goes 5 7 5 5 1 9.


.......Worst start of the season.


I didn't want to say it lol.

And yeah, I was hoping for more velo out of Underwood. But, maybe this is necessary for him to have any command. He's salvageable into something, if his command is solid.

I'm just trying to stay remotely positive, when he's finally putting up a decent pitching line.
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-11-18

Postby Jaxbro » Sat May 12, 2018 2:12 am

Underwood can’t get the final out in the 7th. Started struggling with command at around 80 pitches

Still a very nice outing
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-11-18

Postby Duke Silver » Sat May 12, 2018 2:17 am

After all these years, all the discussion, all the consternation, all the top-10-round picks, all the bullpen conversions, all the flame-outs, all the injuries... Duane Underwood is going to be the one Theo draft pick that sticks in our rotation.
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Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Sat May 12, 2018 2:24 am

Duke Silver wrote:After all these years, all the discussion, all the consternation, all the top-10-round picks, all the bullpen conversions, all the flame-outs, all the injuries... Duane Underwood is going to be the one Theo draft pick that sticks in our rotation.


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Postby Jaxbro » Sat May 12, 2018 3:27 am

Maples straight garbage tonight. Nothing close control wise.

.1 of an inning. Four walks, three runs.
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Postby CubsWin » Sat May 12, 2018 9:20 am

toonsterwu wrote:The reports I saw on Swarmer said something along the lines of 91-93 but can ramp it up to mid-90's as a starter, decent life on the 4-seamer, a slider/curve/change all average or so. To be clear, I'm not trying to pump him up as some sort of future 2/3, clear mid-rotation type starter. I think he's probably still an end of the rotation type guy if he pans out.

Tbh, what has me truly fascinated, besides performance and a clear starter's arsenal (which, for example, is a bit more debatable on a guy like Rucker), is that Swarmer has added 15-20 pounds since college ... and there was a report where either he or the Cubs suggested he could add another 15-20 and perhaps get near 6'5" 200. That would be a lot of weight that wasn't there before. Could go both ways, as with any weight gain, but if it's a positive weight addition, it's awfully interesting.

Edit: Had a couple minutes, so spent time googling Swarmer because ... it's Friday. Seems like it's more 93/94 on the 4 seamer, 89-92 on the 2 seamer, slider, and change. Seems like he's really learning how to be a pitcher. Late last year, he said he was around 180, and that he's trying to get to 205.

Just watched Swarmer's game. Your reports were pretty accurate 91-93, t94 on the FB. Didn't throw the curve much, if at all. Working on the CU. It breaks away and down from lefthanders, but it was consistently off the plate. It sounded as if its either a new pitch or his coaches are asking him to work into games more often. His slider was anything but average tonight. The first 5 outs Swarmer got were strikeouts, all via the slider. It has a sharp 1-to-7 break almost straight down. Not a ton of movement on his FB, but he's able to spot it well.

In Swarmer's 3-run 3rd inning, it would've been two runs but Ademan dropped the relay throw on the 3rd run which would've ended the inning. The runner would've easily been out had he made the throw. Swarmer lost his command against the 2nd batter of the inning missing badly and walking him (his only walk of the game). After getting the next batter to fly out, Swarmer gave up 3 hits to the heart of the Buies Creek order (2 singles & a double). They weren't necessarily bad pitches, they just hit them. The good news is Swarmer was unfazed and struck out the next batter on two well placed FBs on the outside corner, one at 92, the other at 93 to end the inning.

Swarmer settled back into form in the 4th setting them down 1-2-3, striking out the first and third batters on, you guessed it, sliders.

In the 2-run 5th, Swarmer gave up an infield single to the leadoff hitter which should've been an out. It was weakly hit, Swarmer fielded it easily but 1B Austin Upshaw was crossed up and never fully got back to 1B. The throw beat the runner but Upshaw's foot wasn't on the bag yet. That runner would eventually score on a weakly hit bloop single that Kevonte Mitchell booted allowing runners to advance to second and third. Swarmer struck out the next batter and got the next guy to tap back to him. Swarmer immediately got the runner on third in a run down. Ademan eventually applied a swipe tag but the ump called him safe. It sure looked like Aramis got him, but now it was bases loaded, 1 out. That guy would be driven in by the next batter on a sac fly which would've been the 3rd out.

So if not for some poor defense by Ademan, Upshaw and a bad call by the ump, Swarmer's line would've been (and should've been):

5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K.

Other notes: Connor Myers can fly, and there's something about Wladimir Galindo that I like. He just looks like a major leaguer. Good, pull power, but shot a hard single to the opposite field last night. He's still got a lot of development left, but he seems to be one of those guys who if he puts it all together as his approach at the plate matures, he could really hit at the upper levels. He's definitely got the arm for 3rd, but questions remain about his quickness and range.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sat May 12, 2018 1:45 pm

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Postby CyHawk_Cub » Sat May 12, 2018 5:38 pm

It's be nice if Little could be useful as trade bait at least sometime in the near future.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sat May 12, 2018 5:39 pm

Rucker has his best game of the season and TT is focusing on Underwood here.
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Postby Transmogrified Tiger » Sat May 12, 2018 6:38 pm

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:Rucker has his best game of the season and TT is focusing on Underwood here.


More 0 and 1 walk games and Rucker will be just fine, but he's been surprisingly bad so I don't want to go too high too fast. I drive the Rucker bandwagon but not off a cliff.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Sat May 12, 2018 7:30 pm

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:https://twitter.com/bkingsports/status/995352018503028736?s=21


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Postby Donzo » Sun May 13, 2018 12:38 pm

craig wrote:Has there been scouting info on swarmer? I assume he's standard 90-93 fastball/curve guy?



Standard for what?... For minor league filler- then yep... For a top ten Cub pitching prospect- that's not even close.
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