Baez Tops End of Season Prospect List
MILB.com gets the gold star for getting their homework done first and has put out a Top 20 Cubs prospect list based off the end of the 2012 season. It's actually a fairly in-depth look at the system so I encourage folks to check it out. But as for the names, check after the jump...
- Javier Baez
- Albert Almora
- Brett Jackson
- Arodys Vizcaino
- Jorge Soler
- Matt Szczur
- Trey McNutt
- Junior Lake
- Pierce Johnson
- Josh Vitters
- Dillon Maples
- Robert Whitenack
- Dan Vogelbach
- Ben Wells
- Paul Blackburn
- Jeimar Candelario
- Gioskar Amaya
- Tony Zych
- Alberto Cabrera
- Marcus Hatley
Even with the Rizzo graduation, the Cubs go from what I considered 3 "B" or higher prospects (Rizzo, Jackson and Vitters) to 5 (Baez, Almora, Jackson, Vizcaino, Soler). I'd personally put Soler second in that list and everyone else down a notch, but that's neither here nor there.
They also released a new Top 100 major league ranking and it goes: Baez (#24), Almora (#52), Jackson (#74), Vizcaino (#76) and Soler (#77). The 5 Cubs rank for the fourth most among the 30 organizations: Blue Jays (7), Pirates (6), Padres (6).
Unless somebody goes on the 60-DL or ouright them they can't call up Shane he's not on the 40 man roster, he still on a minor league contract
Everytime I recall Szcur's bone marrow donation to a stranger, it makes me smile:
If Matt is out will Kawasaki get the call-up? Or "Shane"?
"Matt Szczur will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring on Tuesday."
One of the reasons I think Maddon is a great manager -- he has changed the conversation on Baez from HR & strikeouts to great defense, versatility and an all-around good ballplayer. He rarely talks about his offense, which is the only thing anybody used to talk about with Javy. He took a lot of pressure off the kid, and he seems to have responded.
Good pitching and some nifty D tonight -- nice win.
In case you didn't see it -- it was the Little League play where the guy on first gets caught in a rundown on purpose and the guy on third tries to score. It worked.
Gotta love the Pirates pitcher intentionally hitting Zobrist, then allowing Zobrist to score on a 2-out wild pitch.
Also, glad to see Zobrist coming around with RISP after my remarks last week. Heh!
ESPN reporting heyward day-to-day with an injured wrist
ESPN game tonight, btw.
Cardinal way #48
"negligent transmission of STDs"
Heyward getting the night off.
Grand Slammin' Sczcur in RF - La Stella batting 2nd
Twitterverse reporting that Heyward is dealing with a sore right wrist
Cardinal way #47
See ya on parrot chat
In what was probably the last start for RHSP Jeremy Null at EXST...
Intrasquad game this morning on Field #5 at Riverview Baseball Complex:
4.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 2 WP, 1 GIDP, 5/4 GO/AO, 75 pitches (50 strikes)
Next stop is likely either South Bend or Myrtle Beach (TBD)
There does seem to be something funky about closers pitching in non-save situations -- they never seem to be as effective. But, to your point, there could not have been a save situation in that game, so why not use your best reliever?