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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Fri May 04, 2018 9:25 pm

Jeffrey Báez and Matt Swarmer were the April Cubs Minor League Player of the Month and Pitcher of the Month, respectively.
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Postby CubsWin » Fri May 04, 2018 10:06 pm

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:Jeffrey Báez and Matt Swarmer were the April Cubs Minor League Player of the Month and Pitcher of the Month, respectively.

That's as it should be.

...And woefully underwhelming.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sun May 06, 2018 6:11 pm

Chad Hockin had TJS.
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Postby Regular Show » Sun May 06, 2018 6:15 pm

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:Chad Hockin had TJS.


That sucks. I thought he would move quickly as a late-inning reliever.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Mon May 07, 2018 4:43 pm

Oscar de la Cruz is the first Cub prospect to make BA’s weekly Hot Sheets this year:

14. Oscar De La Cruz, RHP, Cubs
Team: Double-A Tennessee (Southern)
Age: 23
Why He’s Here: 1-0, 0.00, 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 10 SO, 3 BB, 0 HR

The Scoop: De La Cruz’s problems have never revolved around his stuff, but rather staying healthy long enough to use that stuff to make a difference. He’s had a rough go of it so far this year in his first taste of the upper levels, but his most recent start was a gem. His 10 strikeouts represented his third time in double digits and just the second start in which he didn’t allow an earned run. (JN)


https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories ... heet-5718/
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Tue May 08, 2018 3:31 am

Nate Pearson was hit by a line drive on his throwing elbow in his season debut today. Broken ulna.
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Mon May 14, 2018 7:04 pm

Where does Vlad Jr. rank among prospects of the 21st century? He's hitting .397/.447/.645 with an 8.5% K rate and almost 10% BB rate in 142 AA PAs this year. His $3.9 million bonus is the second highest for a 16 YO ever behind Michael Ynoa, easily the highest since the new IFA rules.
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Postby Regular Show » Mon May 14, 2018 10:06 pm

I just came across this website and it's pretty awesome. I'm sure most of us can't keep up with all the young players coming up in MLB. This site gives a pretty good scouting report for every player making their MLB debut. I can't post the full name of the site because it contains the 'F-word' in it lol. Highly recommend checking it out:

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Postby Splendid Splinter » Tue May 15, 2018 2:14 am

TomtheBombadil wrote:Where does Vlad Jr. rank among prospects of the 21st century? He's hitting .397/.447/.645 with an 8.5% K rate and almost 10% BB rate in 142 AA PAs this year. His $3.9 million bonus is the second highest for a 16 YO ever behind Michael Ynoa, easily the highest since the new IFA rules.


He's in the same convo as Trout/Harper IMO. Then again... it's a short list of teenage prospects who raked in AA or higher. Who else would there be in the 21st century?
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Tue May 15, 2018 2:36 am

Splendid Splinter wrote:
TomtheBombadil wrote:Where does Vlad Jr. rank among prospects of the 21st century? He's hitting .397/.447/.645 with an 8.5% K rate and almost 10% BB rate in 142 AA PAs this year. His $3.9 million bonus is the second highest for a 16 YO ever behind Michael Ynoa, easily the highest since the new IFA rules.


He's in the same convo as Trout/Harper IMO. Then again... it's a short list of teenage prospects who raked in AA or higher. Who else would there be in the 21st century?


Miguel Cabrera.
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Re: Minor League Musings place holder.

Postby Splendid Splinter » Tue May 15, 2018 3:14 am

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TomtheBombadil wrote:Where does Vlad Jr. rank among prospects of the 21st century? He's hitting .397/.447/.645 with an 8.5% K rate and almost 10% BB rate in 142 AA PAs this year. His $3.9 million bonus is the second highest for a 16 YO ever behind Michael Ynoa, easily the highest since the new IFA rules.


He's in the same convo as Trout/Harper IMO. Then again... it's a short list of teenage prospects who raked in AA or higher. Who else would there be in the 21st century?


Miguel Cabrera.


He was 20 in AA when he broke out and his age 17-19 seasons weren't all that spectacular. At least compared to the 3 mentioned above. I keep forgetting that Miggy is only 1 year older than me so he was in the 21st century. I was thinking he was like 38.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Tue May 15, 2018 5:04 am

We Got The Whole 9 wrote:Acuna


Acuña was actually the first I thought of but he didn’t have the slugging that Vlad Jr does at AA. But yeah, he absolutely belongs in any convo about best prospects this century.
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Postby JennieGarthAlgar » Tue May 15, 2018 2:04 pm

wasnt Andruw Jones hitting homeruns in the World Series at age 19 or something? I assume his AA numbers mustve been OK
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Postby Bobson Dugnutt » Tue May 15, 2018 2:20 pm

JennieGarthAlgar wrote:wasnt Andruw Jones hitting homeruns in the World Series at age 19 or something? I assume his AA numbers mustve been OK


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Postby Tim » Tue May 15, 2018 2:23 pm

Splendid Splinter wrote:
TomtheBombadil wrote:Where does Vlad Jr. rank among prospects of the 21st century? He's hitting .397/.447/.645 with an 8.5% K rate and almost 10% BB rate in 142 AA PAs this year. His $3.9 million bonus is the second highest for a 16 YO ever behind Michael Ynoa, easily the highest since the new IFA rules.


He's in the same convo as Trout/Harper IMO. Then again... it's a short list of teenage prospects who raked in AA or higher. Who else would there be in the 21st century?

You're asking a different question than Tom. If the question is about who was a better prospect as a teenager, the list is very, very short. If the question is who was a better prospect overall, then it is more open. I think that at least Bryant and Strasburg should be added to the overall list.
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Postby Hrubes20 » Tue May 15, 2018 4:34 pm

Tim wrote:
Splendid Splinter wrote:
TomtheBombadil wrote:Where does Vlad Jr. rank among prospects of the 21st century? He's hitting .397/.447/.645 with an 8.5% K rate and almost 10% BB rate in 142 AA PAs this year. His $3.9 million bonus is the second highest for a 16 YO ever behind Michael Ynoa, easily the highest since the new IFA rules.


He's in the same convo as Trout/Harper IMO. Then again... it's a short list of teenage prospects who raked in AA or higher. Who else would there be in the 21st century?

You're asking a different question than Tom. If the question is about who was a better prospect as a teenager, the list is very, very short. If the question is who was a better prospect overall, then it is more open. I think that at least Bryant and Strasburg should be added to the overall list.


Vlad Jr.'s bat looks fantastic. It could be something really special. But don't let it overshadow the fact that he won't be providing any defensive or baserunning value. Guys like Trout/Harper/KB/Correa/etc all have well-rounded games and were better overall prospets. But pure offensive ability? Give me Vlad Jr. over pretty much everyone.
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Postby TBS Playoffs Insider » Tue May 15, 2018 6:18 pm

the problem i have with vlad (as much as it can be a problem) is that he looks like miguel cabrera, only he's 19 and he reminds me of 31 year old miguel cabrera
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Postby Cubswin11 » Tue May 15, 2018 6:20 pm

TBS Playoffs Insider wrote:the problem i have with vlad (as much as it can be a problem) is that he looks like miguel cabrera, only he's 19 and he reminds me of 31 year old miguel cabrera

I saw a highlight of him the other night and my god that dude is THICK
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Postby Regular Show » Tue May 15, 2018 9:57 pm

TBS Playoffs Insider wrote:the problem i have with vlad (as much as it can be a problem) is that he looks like miguel cabrera, only he's 19 and he reminds me of 31 year old miguel cabrera


Yeah, his body doesn't look like the body of a top prospect. I mean he isn't Pablo Sandoval either. His defense is okay at 3B right now, but I bet he moves over to 1B at some point just like Miguel Cabrera. The bat is pretty special (easily the best hitter in the minors right now).
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Tue May 15, 2018 10:45 pm

Hot take: Vlad's getting the Kris Bryant prospect treatment where an outlier body type and loud ass bat overshadow that he's more well rounded given credit for. He's neither a base clogger or (nor? I forget) or a bad defender.
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Postby UK » Wed May 16, 2018 3:23 am

Tim wrote:Heyward


Corey Patterson missed this conversion by one year.
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Postby illiniguy » Thu May 17, 2018 12:44 am

I would like to nominate Delmon Young.
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