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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  • This offseason, after some ridiculous playoff run and Chapman saving every game from here until the end of the postseason striking out 27/9innings, I welcome anyone to quote this thread and call me a dummy: I hate this trade, and my hate is 2 parts Chapman makes this team less likeable and 1 part that's a ridiculous overpay for 30 regular season innings and, at tops, 10 postseason innings. Already hoping they don't extend him.

    Charlie 1 min 16 sec ago view
  • btw...Thanks AZ Phil. I'm really enjoying your take on this trade.

    Cubster 23 min 35 sec ago view
  • I'm a bit disappointed on the Warren experience. Essentially they gave Castro away for crickets (OK, well they signed Zobrist with the Castro salary dump). Otherwise one might look at it as Chapman for Castro and our #1 minors prospect (Torres) + McKinney/Crawford. Seems pricey for a 2 month rental. We will see if this price tag is that steep in a relative way based on the remaining deadline deals for relievers.

    Cubster 24 min 3 sec ago view
  • Yep. One of the great things about this team (in addition to being really good at baseball) was the "likable" factor. Feels a bit different now. Who knows...maybe Chapman will be the king of the dance parties.

    billybucks 32 min 52 sec ago view
  • Here are some possible corresponding minor league moves we might see in the aftermath  of the Chapman trade: 

    SOUTH BEND to MYRTLE BEACH: OF Donnie Dewees and INF Bryant Flete  

    EUGENE to SOUTH BEND: OF Robert Garcia and INF Vimael Machin 

    There is really no reason to replace Billy McKinney at Tennessee because both Chris Coghlan and Jorge Soler are doing their rehab at Tennessee.  

    And there are plenty of pitchers at Iowa. No need to replace Warren at AAA. .  

    Arizona Phil 53 min 2 sec ago view
  • I am 70 years old. The Cubs last played in the World Series in 1945. I was born in 1946. I hate to lose a prospect like Torres, but when the opportunity is there to get that World Series ring, you go for it. This was the idea in stock piling all this young talent. I would like to see Reddick added now and the Cubbies should be done.

    Hagsag 1 hour 23 min ago view
  • I would expect Richard to accept an optional assignment because based on how he's played this season, there is a decent chance that he won't find work elsewhere. Rather stay and potentially get a ring. Same goes for Coghlan since he's struggled mightily this year.

    Edwards should not go down. He's pitched very well and Maddon is very impressed with him. I would expect Grimm to go down for Cahill so he can get back on track (he's pitched better in July, but he's not getting enough appearances).

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 27 min ago view
  • chitownmvp01: Indeed Clayton Richard would seem to be odd man out once Chapman reports, but Richard might accept a minor league assignment if he is promised a return to Chicago on 9/1 when MLB Active List rosters expand (Richard has minor league ioptions left).

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 30 min ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres.

    McKinney and Crawford are decent prospects but both are redundant/replaceable in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter, so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman.

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 50 min ago view
  • There is no Comp pick for players traded mid-season. 2+ months of Chapman is it.

    mbauer 1 hour 52 min ago view
  • to get one of the best you have to give up one/some of your best...but it's a bit painful to watch the system's best prospect walk for any 2-3 month rental, especially one that's not an everyday player.

    crunch 1 hour 55 min ago view
  • I assume Chapman will replace Richard on the roster, but who goes down when Cahill gets activated? Maybe Grimm?

    And when Soler and Coghlan get healthy, how do they fit them on the roster when they're ready to be activated?

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • We are giving up a lot, but it's not like we're trading Addison Russell for 2+ months of Jason Hammel. When impact players become available, they are going to cost you. The other bids could also have been high.

    Having Chapman as a rental is potentially less disruptive than having him come in with an extension in place. 

    CTSteve 2 hours 6 sec ago view
  • Billy McKinney had season-ending knee surgery last August and came to Minor League Camp this year somewhat restricted. (He was used mostly as a DH in Cactus League Minor League Camp games), and I'm not sure he's 100% right now (he's repeating AA, and his XBH numbers are way down, like he's not getting good rotation in his lowev half). That might have been part of the reason why the trade wasn't completed right away.

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 7 min ago view
  • Rashad Crawford was a basketball star in HS (he was known as "Baby Jordan", and baseball was only his second sport) and he has plus-speed and athleticism, so when the Cubs drafted him (Keith Lockhart was the scout)  he was seen as a long-term project.  

    I was at Fitch Park the day that Rashad Crawford became a LH hitter, He waa never a switch-hitter, He went directly from being a RH hitter to a LH hitter, which I had never seen before. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 15 min ago view
  • I'm with Rob G and Johann here. It's not about Chapman as a pitcher. I just don't want to have to block out a real problem (the domestic violence) in order to try to enjoy the frivolous ball and stick game.

    Charlie 2 hours 23 min ago view