Cubs Name Scouting Director

The Cubs have named Tim Wilken their new Director of Amateur & Pro Scouting, replacing John Stockstill, who left the Cubs organization to take a similar position with the Orioles. The 52-year old Wilken is an Old School scout who left Toronto after J. P. Ricciardi brought Moneyball to the Blue Jays in 2001. Wilken was named one of the Top Ten GM prospects in baseball by Baseball America in 2003. Wilken is known for drafting high school players (although he claims to have no real preference for high schoolers over college kids, that is his tendency) and believes in building a draft the same way you build a team, with "strength up the middle" (pitchers, catchers, shortstops, and centerfielders).

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If he can help bring 11 straight 1st-round picks to the majors, I'll be thrilled.

wilken makes a lot of sense for hendry/mcphail...theyre both tools drafters that like to get youth they can mold in the system.

while the pitching usually finds stregnth in the cubs system, aside from high-A/AA the bats havent found much instruction bleeding through to the tools they have.

hendry/wilken will probally get along well.

I know it's mentioned in the other post, but wow. As good as the Nationals trade was, what kind of crack was the Ranger's Jon Daniels smoking today? He gives up a good young pitcher who is under control for five more years who put up the same stats as the closer to free agency pitcher they are getting. Actually they were a bit better...pitching in the AL at Coors Light vs. the NL in Petco. And all he had to do was throw in a quality 4th OF and a solid 1B prospect to get it done. Does this mean we can trade Macias for Mench straight up now?

sledge/a.gonzalez were useless to tex. a.gonzalez is a pretty high-end prospect and young is, too.

why they had to throw in young to get eaton with that package is just...stupid. tex robbed themselves on that one.

WHO SMOKES THE MF'n P?

sounds like you do, moe.

Jacque Jones is a cub according to Levine. He says that Hendry is not finished with the OF. He also says Hendry is still interested in Tejada but Angelos has not decided what do with him yet.

according to Rosenthal it is a 3 year deal.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/5185442

Man Daniels and Hendry must have had a crack party today.

Levine is reporting that Jones's deal is 3/$16m. Hendry better get a decent righty bat to go along with him like a Mench, Kearns type.

Well, we can add Jones to the list of players this year that Hendry has overpaid, gave too many years too or gave too many incentives too. Rusch, Neifi, Eyre, Howry, Jones....

We couldn't overpay a few million for a top leadoff man/SS in Furcal, but we could for all these lesser guys?

3 years $16M for Jones....HA HA

And we lost a draft pick because he was offered arbitration. Nothing like getting raked over the coals when you are vulnerable. Congrats to Jones Agent. He desereves his fee for this one.

We just gave $5.33M per year for Jones and John Hill thinks it is fair to offer Lee $7M per year.

This sucks. I'm through.

Have good seasons, it's been fun.

4 of the top 10 are already GMs, plus Jon daniels from the 'next wave' category. Pretty food list.

Manny--"John Hill thinks it is fair to offer Lee $7M per year"

And Manny still hasn't learnt to read things, process them in his head and respond with a coherent and factually correct statement. Either that or you're just so stupid that you think that 43 million divided by 4 comes to 7 million.

John Hill:
"In 2006, a guaranteed $13m, a $3.5m improvement or so on what heís owed for 2006 under the terms of his current deal. From 2007-09, a guaranteed $7m per year"

Like I said you want Lee to make $7M per year guarenteed, but yet Jones got $5.33.

Hey, don't take it out on me becuase everyone on TCR shot down your totally unrealistic idea.

Yeh, Manny, and believe it or not, when you get $13m, and you add it to three times $7m, and then you add another $3m, you get $37m. You divide that by 4 and you don't get $7m.

I also later conceded that the money tied to plate appearances might as well be guaranteed. So you're now talking about another $2m for 3 years. Or $6m, because maths isn't your strong point. You add $6m to $37m and you get $43m. And you divide that by 4 and you still don't frigging get $7m.

I'll take it out on you as long as you prove incapable of getting your head around the above.

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  • 2nd in defensive WAR, NL.

    6th in NL in RBI

    Go complain about something else, like, "they never play good against the good teams", or some other shit.

    The E-Man 32 min 51 sec ago view
  • Addy really has trouble breaking through .250 BA -- after his hot streak got him to .251, he has gone 1-for-17.

    billybucks 1 hour 48 min ago view
  • Thank goodness for Jansen's 2 WP on Friday -- otherwise this would have been a sweep.

    billybucks 2 hours 31 min ago view
  • There seems to be a direct correlation with overconfidence in the Cubs offense against mediocre/young pitchers and really poor offense against mediocre/young pitchers. So, let's fear the Pirate pitchers!

    billybucks 2 hours 32 min ago view
  • Rizzo due for a power surge -- one HR in August so far. He truly does hit them in bunches.

    billybucks 2 hours 34 min ago view
  • Sometimes I'm not as supportive of Cahill as maybe I should be. There, I said it.

    Jackstraw 2 hours 37 min ago view
  • Rough 8th inning all around -- HBP, Cahill error, Javy's poor decision.

    Oh well - given that the Cubs didn't look like they were going to score, it's better to lose in 9 innings, save the bullpen and get changed for the PJ trip home.

    billybucks 2 hours 37 min ago view
  • Baez still learning

    jacos 3 hours 5 min ago view
  • heyward with his 3rd multi-hit game since the all-star break (all in august)...2nd in the past 3 games during his 7 game hitting streak.

    he's gone from flirting with a sub-.300 ob% to nearing .310 ob% in 3 games (1 game was just a 1 for 1 pinch hit appearance). all 5 hits in the past 3 games have come in a row...neat.

    crunch 4 hours 9 min ago view
  • stewart with 7Ks through 3ip...of course.

    that 10-13 mph difference in his fastball/change is working today...and they're swinging at his crappy slider.

    crunch 5 hours 15 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 6 hours 4 min ago view
  • Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.

    VirginiaPhil 10 hours 34 min ago view
  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 1 day 2 hours ago view