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Postby Named After Maddux » Fri Apr 02, 2021 3:52 pm

Duncan Robinson is retiring

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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby CubsWin » Sat Apr 03, 2021 8:02 pm

It's not an overwhelmingly exciting "AAA" roster by any stretch, but there's a nice mix of MLB depth and some upside.

Abbott, Thompson and Shelby (Don't Call Me Tyson) Miller look like the 6,7 and 8 starters (not necessarily in that order) with Miller probably getting the 1st call up that's already scheduled to prevent him opting out.

Some pretty nice bullpen depth there. Steele looks ready. Strop looked like... Strop, which is a good thing. Megill had great, heavy velocity in ST, but seems like he has some rough edges to smooth out. The same could said for Manny Rodriguez. Brad Wieck didn't look bad in Mesa, but he didn't seem quite where the Cubs want him to be. The sleeper of this group, and the guy that would be most fun to see get the call, is indy ball reclamation project Tommy Nance.

The upside pitching exists mostly in a guy like Megill, but Kohl Stewart is a guy to hope on. Miguel Amaya and Nico Hoerner really bring the upside aspect to this roster. Alfonso Rivas and Andy Weber are the most realistic bench prospects.

All in all, it's a serviceable group. I'll be interested to see the real AAA roster (as well as all the other minor league levels) when they drop towards the end of this month.
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby JeffH » Sat Apr 03, 2021 10:37 pm

Notable that the list is one shy of the roster limit.

Space for Norwood if he clears waivers?
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby CubsWin » Sun Apr 04, 2021 12:27 am

JeffH wrote:Notable that the list is one shy of the roster limit.

Space for Norwood if he clears waivers?

Makes sense.
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby TomtheBombadil » Sun Apr 04, 2021 2:59 pm

Andy Weber! Pretty cool, nice to have S and LHH depth up the middle

I don’t know the rules but I can’t imagine that roster stays the same long
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby JeffH » Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:40 pm

TomtheBombadil wrote:Andy Weber! Pretty cool, nice to have S and LHH depth up the middle

I don’t know the rules but I can’t imagine that roster stays the same long


Well, in a month, it'll be a High-A roster!
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby TomtheBombadil » Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:43 am



Tiering Quintero with Cartaya and Alvarez? Sounds familiar!

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Also it’s 3 games and all but already it’s easy to imagine Marquez making an impact in the rotation just by splitting up the 3 RHs later on
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby TomtheBombadil » Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:46 am

Cubs: Brailyn Márquez LHP (No. 1/MLB No. 57)

The best pitching prospect the Cubs have signed since Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer took over baseball operations in October 2011, Márquez turned pro for $600,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2015 and made his big league debut on the final day of last season at age 21. That's still his only appearance above high Class A, but he could move quickly with a fastball that reaches 102 mph and a power slider.


They include a clip of his changeups during the callup...note the success!:

https://www.mlb.com/video/brailyn-marqu ... up-strikes
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Postby TomtheBombadil » Sun Apr 11, 2021 2:40 am

Bryan Smith says Jose Albertos is at MiL camp. Still only 22!
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Jensen's off to a great start this year it seems
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:24 am

Minor League Camp game in Mesa between high-A opponents: https://www.thecubreporter.com/04142021 ... sloan-park

Ed Howard doubled. Eury Ramos struck out 5 in 2 perfect innings, topping out at 99.

Ryan Jensen: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP
Jose Albertos: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby TomtheBombadil » Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:09 am

Jose Gutierrez is out there grinding too! MiL FA year

I am here for Ed Howard starting the year in SB. Make it happen, Cubs!
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby Bertz » Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:33 pm

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:Minor League Camp game in Mesa between high-A opponents: https://www.thecubreporter.com/04142021 ... sloan-park

Ed Howard doubled. Eury Ramos struck out 5 in 2 perfect innings, topping out at 99.

Ryan Jensen: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP
Jose Albertos: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K


Do we know if there's a Minor League Camp AAA roster, or if that's just the alternate site crew? Because that'd tell us a whole lot about how real Howard starting at High A would be.
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby TomtheBombadil » Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:11 pm

AZPhil wrote:Of Ramos's 30 pitches, 22 were FB, and more than half of those (in both innings) were 99 MPH, so he wasn't just touching 99, he was sitting on 99.


Ramos has had an unspectacular career to this point but he's a healthy pitcher, only 23, velocity can go a long way, and no one's looking for an ace out of him
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby TomtheBombadil » Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:38 pm

https://www.mlb.com/amp/news/prospects- ... ssion=true

Cubs: Chris Clarke, RHP (No. 22)
Best secondary pitch: Curveball

Though Clarke was a closer at Southern California, the Cubs saw enough starter traits to move him to the rotation after drafting him in 2019's third round. Regardless of his role, his biggest weapon is a well above-average curveball with power and downward break that creates problems for lefties and righties.
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby Post Count Padder » Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:01 pm

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:https://twitter.com/sbcubs/status/1382784276891066373?s=21

Four catchers in that lineup. Impressive.
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:14 am

Yesterday: Looks like Andy Weber left South Bend for Arizona and is hitting well: https://www.thecubreporter.com/04162021 ... sloan-park

Today: Luis Vázquez and Luis Verdugo homered: https://www.thecubreporter.com/04172021 ... sloan-park
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby Bertz » Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:57 am

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:Yesterday: Looks like Andy Weber left South Bend for Arizona and is hitting well: https://www.thecubreporter.com/04162021 ... sloan-park

Today: Luis Vázquez and Luis Verdugo homered: https://www.thecubreporter.com/04172021 ... sloan-park


Looks like Ed Howard being at High A was just temporary

Infielders Ed Howard IV, Fabian Pertuz, Ryan Reynolds, and Yeison Santana, 1B Grayson Byrd, and OF Darius Hill have been moved down to the Myrtle Beach (Lo-A) squad from the South Bend (Hi-A) squad at Minor League Camp.


Also sucks to see Strumpf settled in at South Bend. It sounded like he might be at Tenn. It's not that there's anything wrong with him being at High A at this stage of his development, but more what him getting the bump to AA would have implied about how advanced he is.
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby TomtheBombadil » Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:35 am

Howard in High A would make for some fun fodder but full season’s the win there so w/e

Nice to see Ethan Roberts and Luis Vazquez start off strong. Vazquez should be an interesting assignment after being moved all over in 2019, I’m not not rooting for him to grab a roster spot on SB
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