Cubs Best and Worst of April
A look at the have and have-nots down on the farm.
|Team||The Good||The Bad||The Interesting|
A. Rizzo (86 AB's)
7 HR, 23 RBI, 6 BB, 18 K
Jay Jackson (20.1 IP)
1-2, 6.20 ERA
8 BB, 11 K, 2 HR
Chris Rusin (27.1 IP)
2-2, 2.63 ERA
6 BB, 13 K, 1 HR
N. Struck (27.1 IP)
2-2, 3.29 ERA
11 BB, 24 K, 2 HR
Jae-Hoon Ha (93 AB's)
0 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R, 3/5 SB, 7 BB, 20 K
K. Rhoderick (10 IP)
1-2, 2 Saves, 1.80 ERA
3 BB, 12 K, 1 HR
Nelson Perez (69 AB's)
3 HR, 13 RBI, 3/4 SB, 16 BB, 22 K
H. Simpson (18.2 IP)
0-3, 8.20 ERA
15 BB, 7 K, 4 HR
A. Kirk (29.1 IP)
1-0, 1.53 ERA
7 BB, 15 K, 0 HR
Michael Jensen (29 IP)
3-1, 2.79 ERA
8 BB, 22 K, 1 HR
T. Easterling (58 AB's)
0 HR, 5/7 SB, 3 BB, 20 K
K. Burke (21 IP)
0-1, 1.71 ERA
4 BB, 17 K, 0 HR
W. Castillo 320/435/520 - 2 HR, 8 RBI, 8 BB, 12 K
G. Rohan 295/370/495 - 5 HR, 28 RBI, 12 BB, 11 K
R. Silva 342/398/461 - 7 XBH, 0/5 SB, 7 BB, 15 K
O. Zapata 304/391/446 - 2 HR, 4 RBI, 8 R, 3/5 SB, 7 BB, 15 K
P. Francescon: 2-1, 2.00 ERA, 27 IP, 26 K, 4 BB, 3 HR
The Top 16 Not Mentioned:
Brett Jackson (Iowa) - 236/343/416 in 89 AB's, 2 HR, 11 R, 8 RBI, 4/5 SB, 14 BB/28 K
Javier Baez (EXST Arizona) - (stats as of 4/29/12) 295/295/705 in 44 PA, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 9 R, 3/3 SB, 0 BB/13 K
Dan Vogelbach (EXST Arizona) - (stats as of 4/29/12) 189/286/459 in 42 PA, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 4 BB/8 K
Dillon Mapes - rehabbing in EXST, has yet to throw.
Trey McNutt (Tennessee) - 0-1, 0.61 ERA in 14.2 IP, 7 BB, 13 K, spent time on disabled list with blister problems.
Josh Vitters (Iowa) - 261/307/304 in 69 AB's, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 8 R, 5 BB/10 K
Matt Szczur (Daytona) - 242/351/337, 13/16 SB, 24 R, 13 BB/18 K
Ronald Torreyes (Daytona) - 230/306/324, 3/3 SB, 6 BB/7 K...missed about a week with an injury
Junior Lake - been out all of April with a back problem, just started hitting at EXST in Arizona.
Rafael Dolis (Cubs) - 1-1, 2 H, 1 SV, 3.95 ERA in 13.2 IP, 8 BB/2 K/1 HR
Matt Cerda (Tennessee) - 273/333/500 in 22 AB's, 2 BB/7K...just activated from disabled list.
Reggie Golden(Peoria) - 192/250/192 in 25 AB's, 1 BB/9 K...on disabled list with left knee injury.
Jeff Beliveau (Iowa) - 0-1, 2.84 ERA in 12.2 IP, 5 BB, 10 K, 1 HR
I am once again reminded why I am happy that Theo is running the organization.
if not they can just intentionally tank the team for 3-4 years and rebuild.
Hopefully after the Cubs complete their sevenpeat :)
They're the best in the business and have been for 12 years running now. The only question is when they'll get bored of it.
I was right here. I don't require my GM's to be perfect, but I would like them to understand what wins baseball games (IMO controlling the strike zone and creating/avoiding outs), and knowing where the organization is in the success cycle.
Theo and company have made and will make plenty of mistakes, but they seem to understand those two items pretty well.
Now we're all Theo-believers, where were you when he signed Edwin Jackson? Or how about trading away DJ Lemehaiu? And not signing Samardzija to an extension? Or not pursuing Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols? Or signing Lester? Or trading away Cashner, Dempster, Feldman, etc?...I think I'm losing the narrative here.
So his deal runs through 2021? Which pretty much coincides when all these guys are due to hit free agency.
"Terms of the deal were not disclosed."
Theo inks five year extension
PC tonite at PNC
Not as a major factor, but could be a tie-breaker. But, yeah, on performance and experience, it's Coghlan.
Arrieta’s 2.85 ERA would be good enough to lead 26 other teams. He's 3rd on #Cubs behind Hendricks (1.99) and Lester (2.28)
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For sure! Russell and Baez are the first infielders in a while to make me think of star defensive players in football or basketball--it's almost like they force turnovers, and they definitely play the field with a degree of athletic aggression I'd expect from a linebacker.
[Edit: Was meant to be a response to JB above.]
tebow hit a HR in the 1st pitch he sees in instructs..lulz.
I don't think his issue(s) will have anything to do with it. He hasn't hit since he's been back. Coghlan has the hot hand.
I'm not a denier but definitely a skeptic on Strop and Grimm, who struggle with fastball control. Strop doesn't go near the ninth inning, and note how Grimm couldn't close the deal even with a 5-run lead. So Felix Pena comes in and gets the 3-pitch game-ending strikeout like it was nothing.
And how about Almora missing that very catchable ball? That was unexpected after all the hype about his glove.
When Trea Turner misses balls like that--which he does--I draw conclusions from it. It seems to be the one chink in his armor. But I'll give Almora another chance.
Assuming Soler is good to go, I think it comes down to 3 of the following 4: Coghlan, TLS, Sczcur, Almora. Of the 4, TLS seems to be the hardest to justify, particularly given his behavioral issues.