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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Mon May 31, 2021 2:42 pm

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Sounds like Americaan will replace him at high-A.
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby CubsWin » Tue Jun 01, 2021 12:16 pm

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:https://twitter.com/brodriguez227/status/1399425914673393665?s=21

Yeah, I'm excited to see what Benjamin Rodriguez will do this season. Reports had him hitting 98 off of flat ground a few months ago. He reported gaining an inch or two and something like 20 pounds (seemingly most/all of it muscle). And Longenhagen said to keep an eye on him 3 years ago when he was sitting 88-90 simply because of his projectable body and clean delivery.

I believe complex leagues start up in a little less than a month (June 28th? Someone check me on that if I'm wrong). Along with B-Rod, we'll finally get a look at pitchers Koen Moreno, Jeremiah Estrada, Tyler Schlaffer, Luke Little and Joel Machado and SS Reggie Preciado, CF Ismael Mena, RF Owen Caissie, INF Rafael Morel, C Ronnier Quintero and C Brayan Altuve,

Plus, hopefully, by that time, Marquez, Davis and Strumpf will be in AA and Kohl Franklin, Chris Clarke and Hunter Bigge will be in South Bend.
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby Bertz » Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:31 pm



A couple of these had trickled through over the last 48 hours but I don't think we knew about Albertos?
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby Bertz » Tue Jun 01, 2021 7:57 pm



Oh horsefeathers yeah Strumpf to Tennessee too
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby Tim » Tue Jun 01, 2021 8:00 pm

Tennessee just got a whole lot more interesting.
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby Post Count Padder » Tue Jun 01, 2021 9:59 pm

Hey remember Jose Albertos?
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby Post Count Padder » Sat Jun 05, 2021 4:38 pm

DJ Herz is obliterating the competition. Wondering when he gets a promotion. Same with Cam Sanders.

I knew nothing of Cayne Ueckert (would've told you it's a made up name) but he's pitched well at two levels already this year.
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby TomtheBombadil » Mon Jun 07, 2021 3:38 am

Pitchers:

Leeper - 2020 UDFA immediately assigned to AA, dominating the level, I'd even say he is the best prospect on that stuff right now
Gallardo - Tons of strikes and weak contact, best ARL guy in the system right now, getting better
Herz - Lots of Ks, improved offspeeds, I do think there's alot of over correction going down with him and Sanders
Thorenson - Another high performing UDFA pitcher, Nahas isn't doing bad either, hasn't allowed a HR in the High A rotation with lots of Ks

Hitters:

Davis - Happ's struggling and Davis may have 250-300 in AA by the end of August. I wonder what he has to hit to make it interesting?
Morel - Line's not pretty but he's showing some power and better plate discipline
Strumpf - Lots of K's but he at least mashed his way out of SB early
Pinango - Arguably MB's best all around hitter right now, lots of groundballs
Velazquez - He might disappear in AA

There's alot of talk about Amaya needing AA lineup support to really get going but Pinango's pretty isolated in that Pelicans lineup. Hopefully they load up that lineup in July/August with Howard, Preciado, Quintero, a couple draft picks, Santana/Made/Morel/someone at 2B
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby TomtheBombadil » Mon Jun 07, 2021 3:23 pm

Leeper to AAA

Niiiice, moving fast. Like Hoerner, maybe another sneak peek at The Future(: Now!) of the NCAA/MLB relationship

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Marquez @ 68, Davis 70, and Hernandez is at 91 in BA's re-rank

I'd say the first two are underrated at this point

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Didn't see this profile of Davis posted:

https://www.mlb.com/news/brennen-davis-guide

The Cubs really did their homework before the draft, I haven't ever read he was considering/visiting schools like Yale and Cornell:

Davis led Basha High to an Arizona 6-A state title in 2017 and was named the region’s defensive player of the year while visiting Ivy League basketball programs such as Cornell and Yale, but chose to focus on baseball prior to his high school senior season.


I like that they threw in the SB Cubs championship and his play during that run into this summation, think it's an important part of player (and people!) development that they're surrounded by and contributing to success

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https://blogs.fangraphs.com/daily-prosp ... -6-8-2021/

Finally, there’s Alzolay. Of the three, he’s the player who has changed the most during the last couple of seasons. He’s working with two distinct fastballs now, his slider usage has exploded, and he’s executing that slider pretty consistently and walking fewer batters than is typical for him. Alzolay is 26, he has less roster flexibility than other rookie pitchers because two of his option years have already been used, and he was injured intermittently from 2017-19. It’s a high-wire act of sorts, but Alzolay’s stuff and the Cubs sudden ability to make headway developing pitchers give him the best shot of outperforming my FV grade of the three discussed here.
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:25 pm

Extended Spring Training roster, courtesy of Arizona Phil yesterday: https://www.thecubreporter.com/06092021 ... ing-roster

The injury/rehab list:

PITCHERS:
* Chris Allen (on 7-day IL)
Jose Almonte
Hunter Bigge
James Bourque (on 7-day IL)
Chris Clarke
Shane Combs (on 7-day IL)
Yovanny Cruz (on 60-day IL)
Kohl Franklin (on 7-day IL)
Ben Hecht (on 60-day IL)
Jonathan Holder (on MLB 60-day IL)
* Bryan King
* Brendon Little (on 7-day IL)
* Luke Little
* Brailyn Marquez (on Developmental List)
Michael McAvene (on 60-day IL)
Nicholas Padilla (on 7-day IL)
* Jack Patterson (on 60-day IL)
* C. D. Pelham (on 60-day IL)
Benjamin Rodriguez
Aneuris Rosario (on 7-day IL)
Jerrick Suiter (on 60-day IL)
Riley Thompson (on 60-day IL)
Dauris Valdez (on 7-day IL)
Rowan Wick (on MLB 60-day IL)
Joe Wieland (on 7-day IL)

CATCHERS:

Cam Balego (on 7-day IL)
Austin Romine (on MLB 60-day IL)

INFIELDERS:

* Aramis Ademan (on 7-day IL)
Trent Giambrone
Scott McKeon (on 7-day IL)
Miguel Pabon
* Alfonso Rivas (on 7-day IL)
* Jared Young (on 7-day IL)
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Re: Minor League Musings

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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby CubsWin » Fri Jun 25, 2021 3:23 am

AZ Phil said at least 4 of the pitchers on the 60-day had gotten TJS. We know 3 of them are Jack Patterson, Yovanny Cruz and Ben Hecht.

The other pitchers that are currently on the 60-day IL that could've had TJS are Michael McAvene, Riley Thompson (though I thought I heard he didn't get it), Sam Thoresen, Jerrick Suiter, James Bourque, CD Pelham, Joe Wieland and Ben Holmes.
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Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Fri Jun 25, 2021 4:28 am

CubsWin wrote:AZ Phil said at least 4 of the pitchers on the 60-day had gotten TJS. We know 3 of them are Jack Patterson, Yovanny Cruz and Ben Hecht.

The other pitchers that are currently on the 60-day IL that could've had TJS are Michael McAvene, Riley Thompson (though I thought I heard he didn't get it), Sam Thoresen, Jerrick Suiter, James Bourque, CD Pelham, Joe Wieland and Ben Holmes.


In the comments on the tweet I posted above, it was clarified that CD Pelham was the fourth.
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby TomtheBombadil » Fri Jun 25, 2021 4:57 pm

Burl Carraway walking the yard a cause for concern? Or does reliever expectation mean it’s just a matter of things lclicking” as you picked...

Eric A Longenhagen: He's not a starting pitching prospect so this is okay. Monster stuff, 94-97 with carry and two plus breaking balls. he's going to be a darn good reliever


All the walks hiding that he’s basically been unhittable at the level, no one’s doing any damage besides himself
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Wed Jun 30, 2021 2:00 pm

Please don’t need TJS. Please don’t need TJS.

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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby Bertz » Wed Jun 30, 2021 3:12 pm



It's good to see Hudson doing well after a bit of hype last fall. I'm not sure what a Successor Contract requires, but I don't think Hudson is going to be 40 man worthy, so hopefully it's an option.
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby Bertz » Wed Jun 30, 2021 3:18 pm

CaliforniaRaisin wrote:Please don’t need TJS. Please don’t need TJS.



I forget, guys can still hit with a bum UCL, right? Like it'd really suck regardless, but maybe he could at least DH for a few months and get the surgery over the offseason.
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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby CaliforniaRaisin » Wed Jun 30, 2021 3:27 pm

Brennen Davis and Manuel Rodríguez will represent the Cubs at the Futures Game.

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Re: Minor League Musings

Postby TomtheBombadil » Wed Jun 30, 2021 3:56 pm

Seems like there's been a few comments on Davis' improved defense this year and I never realized Rodriguez played some pro ball before signing with the Cubs:

Brennen Davis, OF, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee)
AGE: 21 . B-T: R-R. HT.:. 6-4 WT.: 210.

SOURCE: Basha HS, Chandler, Ariz.

HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by Cubs in second round of 2018 draft.

BACKGROUND: One of the best athletes in his draft class, Davis was a basketball star in high school and didn’t focus solely on baseball until his senior year.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Davis is an impressive defender in the outfield on the strength of his athleticism and is progressively improving as a hitter.



Manuel Rodriguez, RHP, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee)
AGE: 24. B-T: R-R. HT.: 5-11. WT.: 210.

SOURCE: Mexico

HOW ACQUIRED: Purchased by Cubs from Mexican League in 2016.

BACKGROUND: Rodriguez won the Mexican League’s rookie of the year award in 2015 as the closer for Yucatan and was signed by the Cubs the following year.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Rodriguez features a fastball up to 98 mph and a hard slider that gets swings and misses.
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