TCR Tuesday Notes

Some stuff I've been meaning to mention...

- Scout.com's top 5 hitting prospects at the moment...

  1. Jake Fox
  2. Josh Harrison
  3. Tony Thomas
  4. Brad Snyder
  5. Rebel Ridling

and on the pitching side...

  1. Dan McDaniel
  2. Jose Ascanio
  3. Ryan Searle
  4. Chris Archer
  5. Chris Carpenter

 - This article is a couple weeks old, but Craig Brown has figured out what is wrong wtih Derrek Lee from the comfort of his computer. While the data he presents courtesy of Fangraphs is interesting in of itself, you have to love the conclusion he conjured up.

For starters, he needs to lay off all pitches outside the strike zone
and focus only on those pitches that are over the plate - the pitches
where he can actually accomplish something productive.  Then, he needs
to concentrate on making solid contact.

So swing at strikes Derrek and make sure it's good contact when you do swing...a hitting coach in the making.

- Most of you have probably seen this one already, but History Channel did some morose show about life on Earth after all the people died. They imagined what would happen to Wrigley Field in the process.

 - Joe Aiello at VFTB  is asking Cubs fans to fill out his "Cubs Confidence Survey".

- Want all your Cubs news in one place (or any other team?), try Baseball Tribune.

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"For starters, he needs to lay off all pitches outside the strike zone and focus only on those pitches that are over the plate - the pitches where he can actually accomplish something productive. Then, he needs to concentrate on making solid contact."

bwhahahahhahahahahahhahahahahahhahahaha.

oh man...wow.

He should start a hitting clinic.

Actually that is good advise for a player...one who is 8 years old and learning how to hit.

Yikes.

I watched Rebel Ridling hit last Friday here in Ft. Wayne. He kind of reminds me of that guy nobody liked on that movie Supertroopers. I forget his name. Of course he wasn't quite as big. Anyways, man he pounced on a couple. The ball really jumps off his bat.

And I'm no scout, so I can't say if he's going to be any good or not, but Flaherty is a very well-built creature. He has a very baseball-ish build with muscly legs and forearms.

Farva?

Yea!

I just love the name. Rebel Ridling. Just an awesome athlete's name. He's showing better discipline this year ... well, today's 0 is bleh, but bad days happen. If he can get on a hot streak, I'd sure love to see what he can do in the upper levels. It'd be nice to have a power prospect ...

He has a very baseball-ish build with muscly legs and forearms.
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...not going there. (link deleted)

Josh Vitters is not in the top 5?

Brad Snyder is a better hitting prospect?

per their explanation, they only use raw numbers of performance (no age, ceiling, etc)...it's more of a "hot list"

"The fourth installment in our 2009 Prospect Power Rankings, these rankings are compiled and updated on a weekly basis throughout the season and are based solely on player performances (read: not age)."

as noted, it's more of a hot list. As for Snyder, I can't take him too seriously yet. Happy for the guy, but the K/BB is bleh and makes me think PCL (remember Jason Dubois struggling in the IL for, I think, Columbus, before coming back).

If Dempster gets suspended for not throwing at Braun's head, does that mean he gets a free pass to drill Braun in the noggin later? Wouldn't double jeopardy apply?

Did I just hear that right, Jenks is also being investigated for not hitting Ian Kinsler. He threw it right behind him. I mean if you are going to get in trouble for NOT hitting someone, next time you might as well just plunk him in the helmet and give 'em the ol' Adam Greenberg treatment. I'd be alright ridding the league of Ryan Braun for a few years.

And anyways, since when is it wrong to buzz a guy with some chin music? Everyone is getting too wussy, I say. Roberto Luongo approves.

Obligatory macho-ness to make up for your perverse fascination with Flaherty's physique?

hahaha... maybe subconsciously.

F'real, though, at the low-a level you can't really look at stats. What the kid does doesn't mean anything at this point, it's all about what they're capable of.

Jenks told media it was a "purpose pitch".

Not very bright.

Honestly, you won't be the only one who thinks that. If you're going to get suspended even if you don't hit somebody, guys are going to start wanting to get their money's worth from their suspension.

He wasn't suspended. He was fined $750.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4161824

The whole JENKS incident calls STEVE STONE's acumen as a baseball analyst into question. In this case he was totally wrong. It wasn't the first time.

Anyone interested should watch this taking into account Jenks' admission that he was throwing at the batter. (http://mlb.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?content_id=4515761).

clearly Hawk Harrelson has been a bad influence...

So is Hawk going to admit he doesn't know what the devil is going on?

I guess he's still waiting for that Cubs/White Sox game to be turned over on appeal.

But yeah it seemed logical that they wouldn't want to hit Kinsler as the tying run, so they were probably just going with 'conventional wisdom' on that one.

Question: Anyone else agree with these statements?

Fukudome isn't just average in CF; he is GOOD

Fontenot isn't a crap fielder; he is DECENT

Our best pitcher out of the 'pen right now is ANGEL GUZMAN.

Tell me I am wrong, but I hope GEO SOTO doesn't join the long list of rookies who had a career year out of the box.....Jerome Walton, Bobby Crosby, Angel Berroa, Ben Grieve, Pat Listach, and who could forget Joe Charboneau

I guess that's possible. I mean his success came out of nowhere, didn't it? I mean he was decent in Iowa, but no one expected him to have the year he had last year.

Can Jake Fox catch? Oh, that's right. No he can't.

If Soto doesn't pull it together it's because he forgets how to swing the bat. There was no magic about what he did the last two years; he swung at pitches in the zone, took pitches out of the zone, and when he swung, he drove the bat with his legs and extended it through the zone.

Soriano, Theriot, Fukudome, Lee, Bradley, Fontenot, Soto, Miles, Harden tonight

Z will open series next Friday at San Diego, rehab start this weekend with Daytona.

Dempster tomorrow, then Wells and Marshall on Saturday.

That lineup sucks.

Dempster tomorrow, then Wells and Marshall on Saturday.
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(I'm sure you meant) Lillyhammer tomorrow (vs Young), then D/W/M.

Gaudin thursday vs Dempster.

Zambrano's start in Daytona? Sounds like fun in the sun.

Hope he looks sharp:

http://www.skiltech.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Scre...

The hot list is interesting, but it is what it is. Overall, I think the most pleasant surprise this year has been how awesome Tony Thomas has been offensively. I think he's sort of gone under the radar a bit. He's been flat out awesome, outside of the SB%, but it was clear that he wasn't a prototypical leadoff type (if he makes it, I like him better as a 6/7 type hitter, but 2 I could live with ... if he makes it). Granted, gametracker isn't the best to make a deep assessment, but it seems like he's battling on pitches and showing more patience and judgment. His partner in crime, Darwin Barney, has had a very solid offensive season. I haven't been able to follow closely enough, but the errors for both those guys stands out, so that is worrisome, but gotta be pleased with those two.

I think Harrison is somewhat similar to Mike Fontenot, but as a college bat, I'm not sure how much we should read on his numbers. He should do well at Peoria. I'd love to see him up a level. That said, so many 2nd baseman options (Flaherty, Thomas, Lake perhaps - he's gotten it going a bit of late as well) in the system, and not sure he can handle CF.

I'm decently pleased with the pitching side of the equation. I'm a big fan of our last class, and it looks like Jay Jackson maybe rounding into form (knock on wood). Casey Coleman had a couple rough starts, but showed well against WTN. I love McDaniel and hope he can continue developing (we sure did push a lot of arms, Leverton's hit a rough patch, as has Russell). Searle's been nice - I didn't know what to make of him after the harsh BA critique of him. Carpenter and Archer both have to get more control, but while this isn't 2003 pitching depth, I think we're slowly rebuilding that side of the system, which had fallen but wasn't as noticed due to our system's positional issues.

Russell has been great out of the bullpen, fwiw. I don't think he's been scored upon since he's been taken out of the rotation.

yeah, he's been solid. I remember some folks thought, out of college, that he would be a pen arm. I like the fact that we tried him as a starter. Just somewhat disappointed that, so far, it didn't seem to take, although I can't help but think he was rushed. That said, I'm just a guy typing on a msg board.

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  • Not sure I agree with this logic. The Cubs are one of the best teams in baseball, they have spent heavily on the team over the past couple of seasons, have more hitting prospects than they have places for them to play (and more on the way), a clear weakness in the bullpen, and have a 1.5 year window with Arrieta (to say nothing of the likely declines of Lester and Lackey).

    Unless you think (maybe even if you do think) Schwarber is the next coming of Babe Ruth, I would certainly consider trading him if it brought back a couple of the best relief pitchers in baseball.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 53 min ago view
  • Miggy was going to sit anyway with Lester starting.

    In related news, do any of the Cubs pitchers want to throw to Contreras?

    Rob G. 2 hours 6 min ago view
  • Only Russell and Miggy failed to reach base yesterday. Both sit today.

    billybucks 2 hours 14 min ago view
  • Trading Schwarber actually makes a lot of sense because his actual position is currently being taken by Anthony Rizzo, unless they vote in the DH this offseason.

    Trading him for a reliever is never going to happen though. I don't think you can trade Schwarber unless you get a CF'er for a few years (presume Fowler finds his multi-year deal next offseson) or a couple of high end young starters...or an established starter...a good one like Chris Sale.

    Rob G. 2 hours 26 min ago view
  • I don't see what the Yanks have that the Cubs need.

    Ryno 2 hours 30 min ago view
  • peter gammons on MLB network pushing the yanks/schwarber angle...says insiders from the yanks say brian cashman highly covets him.

    unless that conversation starts with a.miller (2/18m left on contract) i dunno how you even start that conversation given the "not trash, but no stars" state of the yanks minor league system.

    they got corner OF'r aaron judge, C gary sanchez, RHP james kaprielian's questionable elbow, RHP domingo acevedo...all interesting, none expected to impact the game like schwarber's power potential.

    crunch 3 hours 4 min ago view
  • Zo, Heyward, KB, Riz, Contreras (LF), Baez (SS), Szczur (CF), Ross, Lester

    Cubster 3 hours 12 min ago view
  • damn. low sample size blah blah whatever, but that slash got sneaky good. 10 hits, 4 walks, 2hr, 1 double through 39 PA...nice

    crunch 3 hours 31 min ago view
  • Buddy Ryan takes his place alongside George Allen as the great Bear head coaches who never were.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 26 min ago view
  • Well, at least he can still hit: Jake slashing .294/.368/.868. Forget hitting 8th -- he should hit 6th.

    billybucks 6 hours 44 min ago view
  • Curious to see today's lineup vs. a LHP: Ross needs to catch Lester, Joe likes Javy at 3B when Lester pitches. Heyward with back-to-back good games at the plate, and is actually hitting a little better against LHP (.247/.341) than RHP (.232/.321), although neither is much to write home about. But, tomorrow is an early day game, so some regulars will probably sit either today or tomorrow.

    Maybe Willson in LF, KB in RF and Almora in CF? If so, Albert Jr., assume every ball is yours.

    billybucks 6 hours 49 min ago view
  • "Pitching prospects not looking so hot"

    That reminds me that Lucas Giolito will start for the Nats tonight.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 52 min ago view
  • Well, there you go. Federowicz is one of the best at balls in the dirt.

    VirginiaPhil 7 hours 12 min ago view
  • Reds pitching meeting tomorrow:

    "Hey coach...maybe we should walk Bryant?"
    "No...keep challenging him with fastballs! What kind of man are you?! The Cubs walked Harper, and look what happened there! They got teased for it, by one of the Nat players! Is that what you want?"

    billybucks 17 hours 53 min ago view
  • How can I get that feature? I think it woudl be a win-win for all involved.

    billybucks 17 hours 57 min ago view
  • Ian Happ is hitting.733 after 5 games at Tennessee. He went into tonight's game hitting .667 -- and went 3-for-3 to raise his average.

    2-for-3, including a bomb, for LaStella at Iowa. Pierce Johnson very bad -- 2IP, 5ER. Pitching prospects not looking so hot -- Underwood has been awful.

    Did Jiminez get hurt? I noticed he came out early yesterday.

    billybucks 18 hours 45 min ago view