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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  • Oh yeah! It just felt like one for some reason.

    Old and Blue 12 min ago view
  • Agreed. I was not including Fowler or Heyward.

    I'm just not a fan of 2016 Coghlan.....

    Dusty Baylor 18 min 37 sec ago view
  • @Dusty Contreras if it's a Lester or Arrieta start. TLS is good PH too. You also forgot about Heyward, assume Fowler is CF.

    chitownmvp01 19 min 52 sec ago view
  • I expect Soler to get optioned as well when activated and Cahill to replace Grimm. It wouldn't surprise me if Coghlan and/or Soler is included in a trade.

    Maybe Coghlan is up to see if he can get on track before someone acquires him.

    This move could also be to assure that we have as much OF depth as possible to maximize Joe's ability to rest players in September once we've clinched.

    chitownmvp01 22 min 2 sec ago view
  • Maddon basically said as much...Fowler still kind of sore, they're being proactive, etc.

    Tito 24 min 16 sec ago view
  • La Stella at 2B...Baez at 3B, or vice versa. Zobrist in RF, Bryant in LF No one gets bumped.

    Dusty Baylor 32 min 33 sec ago view
  • If Coghlan is leading off, I assume Fowler is getting the day off. Who is supposed to lead off, then? Someone has to get on base for Bryant and Rizzo. Coghlan's OBP is .346 with the Cubs. Jackson's was .304. LaStella can lead off, but then he has to play second or third, and bump Zobrist or Baez.

    Unless he gets hot, Coghlan will likely change places with Soler soon.

    VirginiaPhil 34 min 8 sec ago view
  • I suspect the Cubs asked Chris Coghlan if he would accept an Optional Assignment to the minors and he refused (Coghlan has one minor league option left), so either you keep LaStella on the 25 and release Coghlan, or option LaStella to AAA for about a month and have both LaStella and Coghlan available in September-October. (As an Article XIX-A player, Coghlan must give his permission before he can be optioned to the minors, while LaStella has not accrued enough MLB Service Time to refuse an optional assignment).

    Arizona Phil 55 min 2 sec ago view
  • Given today's lineup -- maybe they just wanted an extra OF to give Dexter a few days off (i.e. day game after a night game).

    billybucks 57 min 12 sec ago view
  • Tommy LaStella has three minor leaue options left so it's no big deal to send him to Iowa, but as of right now he projects to be at 2+124 MLB Service Time by the end of the of the 2016 MLB regular season, which will place him "on the bubble" as far as being eligible for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" post-2016.

    But if he spends at least twenty days on optional assignment this season (anything less than twenty days and he will accrue a full season of MLB Service Time), he will not have enough MLB Service Time to have a chance to be a "Super Two."

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 8 min ago view
  • this will be his 4th time leading off for the cubs this season...WITH A .500 OB%! HAIL MADDON! THE PLAN (c)2016! HE HAS RISEN! #YOLO #SWAG! KONY 2012!

    crunch 1 hour 16 min ago view
  • I don't hate Coghlan as a PHer but he's leading off today which is as bad as Austin Jackson doing so last year. He doesn't even have the speed.

    johann 2 hours 5 min ago view
  • TLS has options. He will be up again in Sept, and maybe earlier.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 15 min ago view
  • Very odd -- TLS .308/.419 in July (in 26 AB). Strange move for a team struggling to score runs. Hard to imagine Coghlan doing better than that. Maybe they like Coghlan better as a PH?

    billybucks 2 hours 26 min ago view
  • Sorry to nitpick -- but the first game wasn't a save.

    billybucks 2 hours 40 min ago view
  • Wow La Stella sent to Iowa and Coghlan brought up. I'm not a huge Stella fan but he has been hitting lately and is to me better than Coghlan. Neither are good defensively but I guess Coghlan can play the outfield allowing Bryant to stay at 3rd more where he's better.

    johann 2 hours 42 min ago view