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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Mon May 28, 2018 2:48 am

Box Scores:

Iowa won 5-4 Box Score

RF M. Zagunis 0/3, R, BB, K, HBP
C T. Davis 2/3, R
1B V. Caratini 0/2, RBI, 2 BB
2B D. Bote 2/3, RBI, BB
SP D. Underwood Jr 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 10-6 GO-FO, 95-58 pitches-strikes
RP A. Baldonado 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 0-3 GO-FO
RP S. Simmons 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 0-0 GO-FO

Tennessee had the day off

Myrtle Beach PPD - Inclement Weather

South Bend lost 6-2 Box Score

3B J. Bethencourt 2/5, R, 2 K, E (15, throw)
2B C. Donahue 1/4, R, 2B (6), BB, 2 K
1B A. Filiere 2/5, 2B (13), 3 K
LF N. Velázquez 2/3, 2 RBI, BB
RF B. Hughes 0/3, BB, 2 K
SS R. Narea 0/4
CF C. Singleton 0/4, K
SP J. Assad 5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 2-1 GO-FO, 89-59 pitches-strikes, pickoff at first base
RP E. de los Rios 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP, 1-2 GO-FO
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-28-18

Postby CubsWin » Mon May 28, 2018 10:55 am

Craig Brooks was already 22 when he was drafted in the 7th round back in 2015 so you might expect him to move quickly. That trajectory is often reserved for college picks in the higher rounds, however. Despite starting off in rookie league and Eugene in his draft year, Brooks has been promoted mid-season every year since, struggling each time at the higher level. However, when he'd start at the same level next season, he has always shown development and improvement. If we remove the stats from his mid-season promotions, these are his numbers once he adjusted to the league.

In Eugene and South Bend, he needed no adjustment period dominating the league right away those his walks spiked in his time in South Bend.

2015 Eugene - 10 G, 10.2 IP, 3.38 ERA, 3 BB, 21 K, .179 BAA, 0.94 WHIP

2016 South Bend - 23 G, 32.1 IP, 1.39 ERA, 20 BB, 42 K, .196 BAA, 1.30 WHIP

2017 Myrtle Beach - 12 G, 20.1 IP, 0.44 ERA, 6 BB, 30 K, .134 BAA, 0.74 WHIP

2018 Tennessee - 16 G, 21 IP, 2.57 ERA, 7 BB, 25 K, .157 BAA, 0.86 WHIP

His mid-90s FB and sharp-breaking (sometimes deadly) slider have gotten him this far. He has yet to fail at learning, improving and adjusting to his league. He has 2 more levels to adjust to before he can be a good major league reliever, so I'm still wait-and-see at every level with him. But the track record of development is there and the stuff in his 2 pitch mix is major league quality already for a MIR.

If the pattern holds, he'll be promoted to AAA mid-season and struggle. Then start 2019 performing well and readying himself for his first taste of the bigs. With Randy Rosario and Justin Hancock looking like keepers as relief depth options, Dillon Maples working out the kinks but maintaining his high ceiling and fellow AA relievers Dakota Mekkes and James Norwood having solid seasons, the Cubs have some solid bullpen depth.

That's 6 names to go along with Morrow, Edwards, Cishek, Duensing, Montgomery, Smyly and Strop (assuming the Cubs pick up his option, and why wouldn't they) all under team control in 2019. Norwood hasn't quite proven himself to the level of the other minor leaguers, but his current numbers warrant his inclusion for now. Cory Mazzoni is deserving of a mention as well. When you add current starters like Alzolay, De La Cruz and (heaven forbid) Duane Underwood as relief options, that's 17 names. I don't think I've seen such quality depth of pen options before.
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-28-18

Postby TomtheBombadil » Mon May 28, 2018 1:35 pm

Brooks overall as a pro (3 and change seasons, 5 levels of ball):

152 IP / 113 H / 4 HR / 207 Ks (31.5%)
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Postby davell » Mon May 28, 2018 6:00 pm

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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-28-18

Postby davell » Mon May 28, 2018 8:38 pm

Underwood goes 7 4 2 2 0 3, 10/6 GB/FB ratio.....
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Mon May 28, 2018 9:04 pm

Nelson Velazquez is having his best game with South Bend right now...2/3 with a walk, faced one of the better low level pitching prospects in Matt Manning. It seems he's been adjusting over the last week as well - striking out a less (6 times in 28 PAs) than the 18 he picked up in his first 43 PAs.
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Postby CubsWin » Mon May 28, 2018 10:05 pm

davell wrote:Underwood goes 7 4 2 2 0 3, 10/6 GB/FB ratio.....

I feel like Charlie Brown looking down at Lucy holding the football!
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Mon May 28, 2018 10:09 pm

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davell wrote:Underwood goes 7 4 2 2 0 3, 10/6 GB/FB ratio.....

I feel like Charlie Brown looking down at Lucy holding the football!


1.71 BB/9, 4.74 BB%.
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Postby davell » Mon May 28, 2018 11:00 pm

The K/9 rate is over 7. He's still just 23 years old. Wasn't expecting this out of him this year.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Mon May 28, 2018 11:36 pm

Rotfl....Vlad Jr. is hitting .433/.481/.713 in AA right now (200+ PAs). He also stole his third base today just because.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Mon May 28, 2018 11:49 pm



Not a bad read.
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Postby CubsWin » Tue May 29, 2018 3:09 am

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:
CubsWin wrote:
davell wrote:Underwood goes 7 4 2 2 0 3, 10/6 GB/FB ratio.....

I feel like Charlie Brown looking down at Lucy holding the football!


1.71 BB/9, 4.74 BB%.

I know! That’s what’s so terrifying! Those numbers are belief worthy, but damn, am I gonna kick at that ball...again?!
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Postby CubsWin » Tue May 29, 2018 10:16 am

Underwood today: Works quickly. Not overthinking. Unfazed by giving up hits or allowing runs. Machine-like. Repeats delivery very well. Showed excellent athleticism pouncing on a well placed bunt and firing a strike to 1st for the out. He's in great shape physically and seemingly mentally. He maintained his stamina throwing 95 pitches on a very hot day (99 degrees at game time) without losing much if any velocity or control except maybe slightly in the 7th.

Fastball: 91-93
Left the FB up a lot in the 1st but effective. Better placement in the 2nd. 91-92 in the 3rd, pounding the zone. 91-92 again in the 4th. 90-93 in the 5th, well placed. 90-92 in the 6th. Kept it consistently low. 89-91 in the 7th. Induced a lot of ground balls on his fastball while often pounding the bottom of the zone.

Curve: 73-77
Big 12-6 breaker, some loopy, some sharper. Missed low in the 1st. Curve sharper in the 2nd, thrown for strikes.

Change Up: 81-84 (Mostly 84)
Thrown for strikes. Gave up a solid hit on one at 84 in the 4th. Change looks good.
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Postby UK » Tue May 29, 2018 3:19 pm

Hopefully, de los Rios can get promoted to Myrtle Beach soon.
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-28-18

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Tue May 29, 2018 5:08 pm

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https://www.thecubreporter.com/05282018 ... rview-park

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Luis Verdugo, SS: 0-3 (4-3, BB, F-8, F-8, BB, 2 R, SB)
2. Jonathan Soto, DH #1: 0-3 (L-4, P-2, BB, P-5, HBP)
3. Henderson Perez, C: 4-5 (4-3, 1B, 1B, 1B, 1B, R, RBI)
4. Christopher Morel, 3B: 2-5 (K, 1B, 5-3 DP, K, 1B, 2 RBI)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Jeremiah Estrada: 3.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 3/3 GO/AO, 55 pitches (33 strikes)


Prior to the game on Field #5, LHP Justin Steele (three innings - 45 pitches), RHP Yunior Perez (two innings - 30 pitches), and RHP Hector Alonso Garcia (one inning - 20 pitches) squared-off in a three-inning "sim" game on Field #4. Steele threw a breaking ball for the first time since his July 2017 TJS.
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