Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 6-11-21

CaliforniaRaisin
Inner-Circle HOF
Posts: 92173
Joined: Sat Dec 27, 2003 2:20 pm
Location: Pasadena, CA
x 882
x 3714

Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 6-11-21

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:07 am

Scheduled Games (All Times Central):

Iowa vs. Columbus, 7:08 p.m.
Tennessee vs. Rocket City, 6:00 p.m.
South Bend vs. Wisconsin, 6:05 p.m.
Myrtle Beach at Augusta, 6:05 p.m.

Probable Starters:

Iowa: TBD
Tennessee: RHP Cam Sanders (28.2 IP, 4.0 ERA, 4.21 FIP, 10.99 K/9, 3.14 BB/9)
South Bend: RHP Max Bain (22.1 IP, 6.85 ERA, 6.16 FIP, 9.27 K/9, 6.45 BB/9)
Myrtle Beach: RHP Sam Thoresen (19.2 IP, 2.75 ERA, 3.13 FIP, 13.27 K/9, 6.41 BB/9)
0 x
Image

Bertz
All-Star
Posts: 3243
Joined: Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:59 pm
x 1321
x 1858

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 6-11-21

Postby Bertz » Fri Jun 11, 2021 5:07 pm

Christopher Morel, from 5/19 through yesterday:

.214/.333/.414, 3 dongs, 14.3 BB%, 17.9 K%, 110 wRC+, .226 BABIP

His first two weeks were hideously bad, and with a minor leaguer you can't simply say "BABIP=Luck" but I'm really picking up what Morel's putting down right now.
0 x

User avatar
CubsWin
5-Time All-Star
Posts: 7393
Joined: Wed Apr 23, 2003 9:25 am
Location: Los Angeles, CA
x 239
x 557

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 6-11-21

Postby CubsWin » Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:30 pm

Would really like to see some bounceback performances from Sanders and Bain tonight.

Thoresen is 22 (which is basically league appropriate after the lost season last year) and won't turn 23 until after the season. He's put himself on the map. Needs to cut back on the walks going forward, but nice numbers on the year, and he's coming off his last 2 starts where he went:

8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 13 K.

Nice starters frame at 6'3", 210 lbs. He's another one of the 2020 post draft UDFA signings like Bailey Reed, Scott Kobos and Ben Leeper who have acquitted themselves well thus far.
0 x
”I do sincerely hope the Cubs win a World Series. After I die.” - Jerry Reinsdorf, January, 2015. Sorry you had to witness that, Jer...

User avatar
CubsWin
5-Time All-Star
Posts: 7393
Joined: Wed Apr 23, 2003 9:25 am
Location: Los Angeles, CA
x 239
x 557

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 6-11-21

Postby CubsWin » Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:50 pm

Bertz wrote:Christopher Morel, from 5/19 through yesterday:

.214/.333/.414, 3 dongs, 14.3 BB%, 17.9 K%, 110 wRC+, .226 BABIP

His first two weeks were hideously bad, and with a minor leaguer you can't simply say "BABIP=Luck" but I'm really picking up what Morel's putting down right now.

Yeah, if a player is raking, like Nelson Velazquez is right now, you can live with a low walk percentage. The high strikeout percentage still needs to be addressed down the line for any chance of major league success, but Velazquez is still young at 22 and young for his league at the moment.

Morel showed some pop in the early going, which we all knew he had, but nothing else. Coming into the season, my main problem with him as a prospect was his lack of selectivity. As with Velazquez, that's okay if you're slashing .300/.330/.550, but it would still need to improve as he develops, and of course Morel's slash line was nowhere near that.

The good news is Chris is even younger than Nelson (by about 6 months) and playing at a higher level (AA). At 21, skipping High-A and getting his first taste of AA, I would expect him to struggle early on. What I was really looking for was development in his selectivity. I didn't see it in the first 2 weeks of the season. He was his normal, free-swinging self. But he has really shown the adjustment since, as you pointed out.

Controlling the strike zone and forcing pitchers to give him pitches he can drive will be paramount to unlocking his potential. He hasn't done it yet, but he's shown that he gets it and is trying, all while facing much more advanced competition than he ever has before. Despite his terrible season-long numbers, this is the developmental process I was hoping to see.
0 x
”I do sincerely hope the Cubs win a World Series. After I die.” - Jerry Reinsdorf, January, 2015. Sorry you had to witness that, Jer...

TomtheBombadil
Superstar
Posts: 10035
Joined: Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:35 pm
x 989
x 1020

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 6-11-21

Postby TomtheBombadil » Fri Jun 11, 2021 11:25 pm

Morel opened up his night with a walk

As someone who was not on the wagon, tbf I called him a glove and slug guy, have to agree that he's looking like a useful player. Good timing too because a AA IFer showing some bat potential can really help out what they are (hopefully) trying to do at the deadline

Sanders allowed his 5th HR

---

Bain's having maybe his best outing all year:



0 x
Spoiler: show
Image


"We struck down evil with the mighty sword of teamwork and the hammer of not-bickering." - The Shoveler

TomtheBombadil
Superstar
Posts: 10035
Joined: Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:35 pm
x 989
x 1020

Re: Minor League Discussion & Boxes, 6-11-21

Postby TomtheBombadil » Sat Jun 12, 2021 12:49 am

10 Ks and a walk for Bain on 93 pitches. Definitely noticed that the SB SPs have had pitch counts in the 80s and 90s this week, nice to see

----

Another multi-hit night from Pinango, HR for Luis Verdugo, 7 Ks from Thoresen in 3.2

After tonight Pinango's taken 404 PAs as a pro and basically hit like Michael Brantley at almost the same stage: .332/.401/.433 with 38 Ks, .364 BABIP, 38 BBs, 29 SBs, 63 RS, 6 DbPs
0 x
Spoiler: show
Image


"We struck down evil with the mighty sword of teamwork and the hammer of not-bickering." - The Shoveler


Return to “Minor Leagues”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: CubsWin and 1 guest