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Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-12-21

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Wed May 12, 2021 4:51 am

Box Scores:

Iowa lost 6-1 Box Score

CF I. Miller 0/5, 4 K
RF R. Ortega 1/4, BB, K, 2B (2)
C PJ Higgins 1/2, 2 BB
DH C. Maybin 0/3, R, BB
SS S. Alcántara 0/4, K
SP B. Holmes 4.2 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 7 K, 3 HR, 2-1 GO-FO
RP M. Rucker 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 4-0 GO-FO
RP K. Ryan, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1-1 GO-FO

Tennessee lost 6-4 Box Score

3B L. Jordan 3/4, R, 3 RBI, BB, K, HR (2)
C M. Amaya 1/3, 2 BB, K, PB (2)
CF C. Morel 0/5, 4 K
SS A. Weber 0/4, 3 K
SP M. Swarmer 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 2-5 GO-FO
RP B. Clark 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 0-1 GO-FO
RP B. Hudson 2.1 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 2-0 GO-FO

South Bend lost 8-3 Box Score

CF DJ Artis 1/4, RBI, K, SB (1)
LF C. Roederer 1/3, BB, K
RF Y. Perlaza 1/4
3B R. García 1/4, R, K
SP C. Kachmar 4.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 1 WP, 3-3 GO-FO
RP E. Ramos 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 2-0 GO-FO, E (1, throw)

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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-12-21

Postby Hrubes20 » Wed May 12, 2021 4:56 pm

Ed Howard's ugly start offensively looks twice as bad to me, since I admittedly bought into some of the preseason "elite prospect" hype.
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-12-21

Postby Bertz » Wed May 12, 2021 5:22 pm

Hrubes20 wrote:Ed Howard's ugly start offensively looks twice as bad to me, since I admittedly bought into some of the preseason "elite prospect" hype.


I kind of wonder what the league wide numbers look like. Because it seems like all of our hitters at MB are struggling, and also seemingly all of our pitchers are missing a ton of bats. Even the guys who are non prospects or only sort of prospects. May be that this is the portion of the minor league ladder most feeling the lost 2020.
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-12-21

Postby TomtheBombadil » Wed May 12, 2021 5:32 pm

Hrubes20 wrote:Ed Howard's ugly start offensively looks twice as bad to me, since I admittedly bought into some of the preseason "elite prospect" hype.


It's a little much to supposedly buy in and then duck out after a week of games

Also also the LEAGUE K rate right now is 31% and pitchers in the league on average are more than half a year older than the average hitter (22 YO v 21.4). Howard's one of the 5 or so youngest players in the league, didn't play any official games last year
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-12-21

Postby Hrubes20 » Wed May 12, 2021 6:46 pm

TomtheBombadil wrote:
Hrubes20 wrote:Ed Howard's ugly start offensively looks twice as bad to me, since I admittedly bought into some of the preseason "elite prospect" hype.


It's a little much to supposedly buy in and then duck out after a week of games

Also also the LEAGUE K rate right now is 31% and pitchers in the league on average are more than half a year older than the average hitter (22 YO v 21.4). Howard's one of the 5 or so youngest players in the league, didn't play any official games last year


Not at all. It's, of course, semantics but the truly "elite" prospects don't look overmatched at the plate in A ball, regardless of their age. Maybe they have an off game, but not a week and a half of offensive ineptitude. For some reason I threw caution and common sense out the window this offseason, and just allowed myself to dream that Cubs finally got one of those "elite" guys that would push the envelope and force the organization to promote him early. I know better, but hope springs eternal and all that.

This isn't to say that Howard can't become an awesome player, obviously. I still like him a lot. But the scouting reports of "needs to refine his offensive game" seem to be prophetic at this point.
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-12-21

Postby TomtheBombadil » Wed May 12, 2021 7:02 pm

Hrubes20 wrote:Not at all. It's, of course, semantics but the truly "elite" prospects don't look overmatched at the plate in A ball, regardless of their age. Maybe they have an off game, but not a week and a half of offensive ineptitude


That's...like really? The half doesn't even exist, the season opened on 5/4, it hasn't even been 8 full days! This is much much much more throwing caution to the wind than thinking the consensus top SS in the country last year is an elite prospect
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-12-21

Postby Bertz » Wed May 12, 2021 11:24 pm

So....is Chase Strumpf hurt? This will be his fourth day off in a row.
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Postby We Got The Whole 9 » Thu May 13, 2021 3:45 am

TomtheBombadil wrote:
Hrubes20 wrote:Ed Howard's ugly start offensively looks twice as bad to me, since I admittedly bought into some of the preseason "elite prospect" hype.


It's a little much to supposedly buy in and then duck out after a week of games

Also also the LEAGUE K rate right now is 31% and pitchers in the league on average are more than half a year older than the average hitter (22 YO v 21.4). Howard's one of the 5 or so youngest players in the league, didn't play any official games last year


Those blasted pitching labs are ruining baseball. We think it's bad in MLB and the rate is a whopping 25% lower. That's nuts.
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-12-21

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Thu May 13, 2021 3:50 am

Bertz wrote:So....is Chase Strumpf hurt? This will be his fourth day off in a row.


I think he was scratched late from the lineup the first of those four days so probably. No idea what it is but hopefully it's not serious since he isn't on the IL.
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-12-21

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Thu May 13, 2021 5:53 am

It’s only 26 PAs but Miguel Amaya has struck out only 3 times (5 walks, .910 OPS).
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-12-21

Postby TomtheBombadil » Thu May 13, 2021 1:01 pm

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:It’s only 26 PAs but Miguel Amaya has struck out only 3 times (5 walks, .910 OPS).


It’s actually 6 Ks, but that’s not so bad and I like the walks. It also seems like his defensive game is on point this year



Kachmar fell apart in the 5th but was cruising before that and had set a new MiL career high in Ks. I don’t know how hard he throws, anyone?

Hudson came into a bases loaded, none out situation and got a DP and K. Second inning didn’t go as well

Eury Ramos came in eventually and threw a couple shutdown innings with 4 Ks

So far the pitching seems to be doing alright? I’ve got no major complaints yet. If that keeps up and the ML club is still in it this summer, they should be able to add a player. I still think the biggest summer adds will come in house
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-12-21

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Thu May 13, 2021 2:43 pm

TomtheBombadil wrote:
CaliforniaRaisin wrote:It’s only 26 PAs but Miguel Amaya has struck out only 3 times (5 walks, .910 OPS).


It’s actually 6 Ks, but that’s not so bad and I like the walks. It also seems like his defensive game is on point this year



So it is. I was looking at the RBI column, apparently.
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-12-21

Postby TomtheBombadil » Thu May 13, 2021 6:34 pm

I see what Pete Crow-Armstrong, Jordan Walker, and Robert Hassell are doing early in their debuts and get a little jealous. Of course, none of them are an obvious plus defensive SS with projection for days as younger folks might say, but at least two of them are really good defenders at their respective positions and Hassell, who I legit said should bulk up and play 1B lol wtf, looks like a potential Yelich-esque player

OTOH Mick Abel and Jared Kelley haven't come out lighting the world on fire, neither has Torkelson, and I have pretty much the same conviction with Kelley as I do Howard. Shockingly, very shockingly, the pre-draft hysteria about Kelley's breaking ball seems overblown
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Thu May 13, 2021 6:45 pm

TomtheBombadil wrote:I see what Pete Crow-Armstrong, Jordan Walker, and Robert Hassell are doing early in their debuts and get a little jealous. Of course, none of them are an obvious plus defensive SS with projection for days as younger folks might say, but at least two of them are really good defenders at their respective positions and Hassell, who I legit said should bulk up and play 1B lol wtf, looks like a potential Yelich-esque player

OTOH Mick Abel and Jared Kelley haven't come out lighting the world on fire, neither has Torkelson, and I have pretty much the same conviction with Kelley as I do Howard. Shockingly, very shockingly, the pre-draft hysteria about Kelley's breaking ball seems overblown


The reason I tempered my expectations on Howard - on top of losing his whole senior year - is that he's a cold weather kid while PCA, Walker and Hassell are all from warm weather climates (Zac Veen too but he's off to a bad start too).
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Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 5-12-21

Postby TomtheBombadil » Fri May 14, 2021 12:52 am

Love seeing this from a young catcher:

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