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

AT PEORIA:
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) 

AT DAYTONA:
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 

AT TENNESSEE:
* 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
 
AT IOWA:
# 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).  

Comments

Matt Murton, LF - 667/708/351

How can SLG be less than BA? Seems that if all hits are singles, hits should equal total bases, and TB/AB should equal hits/AB.

CRAIG: Thanks for catching that. The numbers were from something completely different. They have been corrected.

Speaking of prospects...

Smardjza (sp) got absolutely hammered tonight, and Colvin went 0-4 with 3 K's and is hitting .223.

Yuck.

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  • 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 42 min 9 sec 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 1 hour 48 min ago view
  • brock stewart...steven brault...fun times for the cubs hitters vs allegedly competitive teams...maybe.

    crunch 2 hours 37 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 7 hours 7 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. 22 hours 18 min 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. 22 hours 23 min 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. 22 hours 28 min 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. 22 hours 40 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 22 hours 51 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 23 hours 16 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 23 hours 56 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 1 day 1 hour ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 1 day 2 hours ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 1 day 7 hours ago view