20 Hottest Last Ten
When judging the performance of a prospect or minor league position player at the plate, player development people usually look most-closely at what the player has done over his last ten games rather than over the entire season, since the whole point of playing in the minor leagues is for a player to improve as the season progresses. (For starting pitchers, it's the last three starts, and for relievers, it's the last six outings).
Here are the 20 hottest Cubs minor league position players at the plate over their last ten games (BA/OBP/SLG):
* bats left
# bats both
Jovan Rosa, 1B - 412/474/705 (was moved to 1B to get max PT, but is really a 3B)
Marquez Smith, 3B - 282/359/590
Josh Donaldson, C - 270/342/513 (also 46% CS)
Darwin Barney, SS - 351/378/368
* James Adduci, RF - 349/364/388
* Mark Reed, C - 346/467/462 (also 56% CS)
* Blake Lalli, 1B - 350/366/375 (also catches occasionally)
Ty Wright, LF - 325/357/425
* Jonathan Wyatt, CF - 289/400/395
* Steve Clevenger, C - 345/441/621 (also plays 1B)
* Doug Deeds, 1B - 355/428/484 (also plays LF-RF)
Jake Fox, LF - 333/348/575 (just got demoted to AA due to numbers crunch at AAA)
* Nate Spears, 2B - 333/389/424
Ryan Harvey, RF - 286/333/500
# Andres Torres, CF - 366/447/561 (also 24 games hit streak)
Tony Richie, C - 314/352/543
# Andres Blanco, SS - 364/400/394
* Josh Kroeger, RF - 293/358/439
Casey McGehee, 3B - 302/302/535 (also catches occasionally)
Matt Murton, LF - 476/593/476 over last six games since being demoted to AAA from Cubs (also has ZERO XBH in 75 PA at AAA in 2008 over two separate stints).
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?
Your thought: don't pitch Rondon at all, since a save can't happen in extra innings at home.
Maddon's thought: might as well pitch him now, because there's no later.
It looked like the baserunner might have screened Russell some though it's still a play he should have made.
I wasn't thrilled with the use of Rondon in that situation. In save situations opponents have a 77 OPS. In non-save situations it's a 116 OPS. We had other relievers for that spot we could have used.
I'm not sure if it's his normal swing but it's obvious he can hit and he's always hit for power just not HRs so if it is his normal swing there's something else going on.
This article from spring training said he was trying to pull the ball a lot more:
Oh, thanks. I guess I should actually look at the schedule. Yay, 3-game road trip!
Good call, indeed. This ought to be a good series.
Sorry to nit-pick -- but the games against the Nats this week are at home.
Can't remember a worse weather-start to a season. Yuck.
Basically Russell booted a slam dunk DP grounder letting a run score. But he drove in the tying run in 9th. Just not their day, Rondon notwithstanding.