Somehow missed this one. Talks about Vlad Jr. in the beginning and how he'll have to move off 3B eventually. 1B/DH is his future. Talks about how bored he looks out there and is trying to have fun/take big swings to entertain the crowds.
Chicago Cubs lefty Justin Steele is one of the few potential starting pitching prospects in the system, and he showed a little better velocity in his outing Thursday. Steele was throwing a 91-95 mph fastball and a solid-average curveball at 79-81 that he landed for strikes while also flashing a changeup that was too firm. Steele threw 50 innings this year in his rehab and return from 2017 Tommy John surgery, so it's a positive step to see that velocity again.
The Cubs also sent their first-round pick from this year, shortstop Nico Hoerner, an undersized middle infielder from Stanford who looks like a very smart player and shows good instincts on the bases and in the field. But he's very light on tools. He's a below-average runner who didn't make any hard contact when I saw him and doesn't look like he will, given his size.
These are the only Cubs prospects he talks about (no report on Giambrone). Not a glowing opinion on Hoerner from Keith Law. I think he's an average to slightly above-average runner. Looks pretty fast on film. I mean you can measure this by clocking his time to first. I'm surprised he doesn't mention the swing or hit tool. Again, maybe this report was from early in the AFL? Doesn't mention the arm or how he rates it. He mentions a bunch of other prospects in the article.
"It was met with, basically, he didn't want to talk about that. He didn't want me to tell him that. I just basically said, 'Well that's why we want an electronic strike zone.'" -- Ben Zobrist