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

    Old and Blue 27 min 52 sec ago view
  • Agreed. I was not including Fowler or Heyward.

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

    Dusty Baylor 34 min 29 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 35 min 44 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 37 min 54 sec ago view
  • Maddon basically said as much...Fowler still kind of sore, they're being proactive, etc.

    Tito 40 min 8 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 48 min 25 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 50 min 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 1 hour 10 min 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 1 hour 13 min 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 24 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 31 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 20 min ago view
  • TLS has options. He will be up again in Sept, and maybe earlier.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 31 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 42 min ago view
  • Sorry to nitpick -- but the first game wasn't a save.

    billybucks 2 hours 56 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 58 min ago view