Cubs Organizational Report Week 20
|Chicago Cubs||60-64||(Div)18.0/4th |
|West Tenn Diamond Jaxx*||31-24||1.5/2nd||5-5|
TRANSACTIONS MLB INF/OF Jerry Hairston Jr. activated from DL on 08/20/05 AAA/Iowa OF Matt Murton demoted on 08/19/05 LHP Phil Norton placed on DL on 08/19/05 AA/West Tennessee NONE TO REPORT Advanced A/Daytona LHP Tim Layden promoted from A ball on 08/22/05 RHP Mike Phelps promoted from A ball on 08/22/05 RHP Nate Sevier placed on bereavement list on 08/08/05 LHP Clay Rapada placed on DL on 08/18/05 A/Peoria C Jonathan Douillard placed on DL on 08/20/05 with knee injury RHP Alfredo Francisco promoted from Rookie League on 08/20/05 Low A/Boise RHP Jon Hunton placed on inactive list on 08/16/05; Reason unknown Rookie Leauge/Arizona NONE TO REPORT
INJURY UPDATES (BOLD indicates an update to a pre-existing injury) MLB SS Nomar Garciaparra left game with back stiffness on 08/17/05; Returned to action on 08/21/05 P - Chad Fox transferred to 60 day DL on 05/17/05; Has "nerve issues" in his right elbow; Still undetermined whether he'll attempt another comeback AAA/Iowa LHP Phil Norton placed on DL on 08/19/05; Reason unknown AA/West Tennessee OF Adam Greenberg should be rejoining Jaxx on Monday LHP Sean Marshall placed on DL on 07/24/04; Complaining of shoulder and bicep soreness, tests to be done OF - Felix Pie sprained ankle on 06/16/05; Placed on 7 day DL on 06/21/05; Certainly won't be called up in September. LHP - Jon Connolly placed on DL on 07/16/05 with "recurring" shoulder injury; Will be out all season INF - Jemel Spearman out sine 04/26/05 because of wrist injury; Had surgery at some point and it should cost him the season P ñ Rocky Cherry left game on 4/21/05 after 1/3 of an inning. Tommy John surgery performed on 05/05/05 Advanced A/Daytona LHP Clay Rapada placed on DL on 08/18/05; Reason unknown OF Kevin Collins placed on DL on 08/02/05 with bone spurs in his foot; Retroactive to 07/29/05; Will miss rest of season with tendon injury in foot. RHP Nate Sevier placed on DL on 08/02/05 for unknown reasons; Retroactive to 07/29/05 RHP Billy Petrick placed on DL on 06/24/05 with shoulder woes; Had season ending shoulder surgery A/Peoria C Jonathan Douillard placed on DL on 08/20/05 with knee injury 1b Alberto Garcia out for season with fractured fibula; Occurred on June 15th while sliding back into first base OF Ryan Harvey missed a few games due to hamstring injury but is playing once again LHP Ed Campusano placed on DL, reason and date unknown Low A/Boise NONE TO REPORT Rookie Leauge/Arizona P- Angel Guzman rehabbing in Mesa and has been assigned to the Arizona Fall League; He's pitched 8 innings, giving up 0 runs, 1 BB, 12 K's so far RHP Jason Wylie has been out cause of complication to a knee injury suffered while moving his couch Other Notable Injuries OF - Nic Jackson had more surgery to clean out his shoulder; Probably out until 2006 P - Chadd Blasko - shoulder surgery; Probably out until 2006 P - Matt Clanton - shoulder surgery; Had 2nd shoulder surgery during off-season, probably out all season PROSPECT WATCH LIST (BOLD indicates injury, * bats lefty, # switch-hitter) Hitters: SS Ronny Cedeno .353/.400/.517 3B *Mike Fontenot (AAA) .271/.384/.418 2B Richard Lewis (AAA) .206/.270/.280 (AA) .246/.373/.333 OF Matt Murton (AAA) .286/.375/.286 (MLB) .339/.415/.464 (AA) .342/.403/.498 C Geovany Soto (AAA) .251/.357/.328 SS/CF *Buck Coats (AA) .282/.340/.398 3B Casey McGehee (AA) .299/.352/.425 OF Luis Montanez (AA) .291/.336/.417 (A) .287/.336/.410 OF Felix Pie(AA) .304/.349/.554 13/22 SB opportunities 1B/OF Brandon Sing (AA) .286/.404/.561 2B Ryan Theriot (AA) .308/.360/.420 1B Brian Dopirak (High A) .245/.300/.395 C Jake Fox (High A) .278/.355/.444 3B *Scott Moore (High A) .268/.343/.475 C Tony Richie (High A) .294/.331/.421 OF Ryan Harvey (A) .266/.310/.502 2B *Eric Patterson (A) .333/.406/.529 38/49 SB opportunities C *Mark Reed (Low A) .261/.311/.405(A) .135/.167/.192 Pitchers: RHP Bobby Brownlie(AAA) 6-5 4.47 ERA/37 BB/63 K/9 HR/92.2 IP LHP John Koronka (AAA) 8-10 4.30 ERA/44 BB/86 K/9 HR/121.1 IP LHP Rich Hill (AAA) 5-1 3.95 ERA/13 BB/83 K/11 HR/57.0 IP (MLB) 0-2 8.57 ERA/13 BB/21 K/3 HR/21.0 IP (AA) 4-3 3.28 ERA/21 BB/90 K/9 HR/57.2 IP (A) 1-0 1.13 ERA/0 BB/12 K/0 HR/8.0 IP RHP Jon Leicester (AAA) 1-7 1 Save 5.63 ERA/36 BB/56 K/13 HR/78.1 IP LHP Carmen Pignatiello (AAA) 1-4 3.79 ERA/16 BB/35 K/4 HR/38.0 IP (AA) 5-4 2.68 ERA/28 BB/77 K LHP Russ Rohlicek (AAA) 3-1 3 Saves/4.74 ERA/41 BB/49 K/5 HR/57.0 IP RHP Jermaine Van Buren (AAA) 2-3 23 Saves/2.05 ERA/22 BB/62 K/5 HR/52.2 IP RHP David Aardsma (AA) 4-0 2 Saves/2.72 ERA/24 BB/39 K/1 HR/43.0 IP (Norwich) 6-2 2.93 ERA/13 BB/30 K RHP Carlos Marmol (AA)3-4 3.52 ERA/33 BB/49 K/10 HR/61.1 IP (High A) 6-2 2.99 ERA/37 BB/71 K LHP Sean Marshall (AA) 0-1 2.52 ERA/5 BB/24 K/1 HR/25.0 IP (High A) 4-4 2.74 ERA/26 BB/61 K RHP Ricky Nolasco (AA) 11-3 3.26 ERA/40 BB/149 K/12 HR/140.2 IP LHP Reynel Pinto (AA)9-2 2.34 ERA/52 BB/110 K/6 HR/111.2 IP (AAA) 1-2 9.93 ERA/24 BB/24 K RHP Jae-kuk Ryu (AA) 9-8 3.42 ERA/46 BB/116 K/11 HR/152.2 IP RHP Billy Petrick (High A) 1-4 5.59 ERA/19 BB/25 K/0 HR/37.0 IP RHP Michael Phelps (A) 0-1 1.59 ERA/3 BB/17 K/0 HR/17.0 IP (RL) 0-0 0.00 ERA/0 BB/2 K/0 HR/ 0.2 IP RHP Mike Billek (A) 2-0 3.42 ERA/7 BB/13 K/2 HR/23.2 IP (Low A) 0-1 2.65 ERA/6 BB/20 K/0 HR/17.0 IP RHP Sean Gallagher (A) 13-5 2.86 ERA/54 BB/131 K/10 HR/138.2 IP RHP Grant Johnson (A) 3-6 3.41 ERA/22 BB/42 K/6 HR/63.1 IP LHP Darin Downs (Low A) 4-4 3.70 ERA/15 BB/46 K/4 HR/48.2 IP LHP Luke Hagerty (Low A) 0-1 29.84 ERA/27 BB/4 K/0 HR/6.1 IP RHP Michael Hyle (Low A) 3-5 3.09 ERA/20 BB/37 K/0 HR/43.2 IP LHP Donald Veal (Low A) 1-2 5.06 ERA/5 BB/9 K/2 HR/10.2 IP (RL) 0-1 8.10 ERA/4 BB/9 K/2 HR/6.2 IP RHP Angel Guzman (RL) 0-0 0.00 ERA/1 BB/12 K/0 HR/8.0 IP LHP Mark Pawelek (RL) 0-3 2.50 ERA/19 BB/47 K/0 HR/36.0 IP OTHERS NOTABLES: 3B Scott McClain (AAA).294/.358/.589 OF Ben Grieve (AAA) .254/.367/.472 RHP Talley Haines (AAA) 2-1 1.82 ERA/5 BB/26 K/1 HR/24.2 IP (AA)4-2 13 Saves/ 1.78 ERA/2 BB/20 K/0 HR/25.1 IP RHP Lee Gwaltney (High A) 2-3 3 Saves/2.68 ERA/16 BB/54 K/4 HR/50.1 IP (A) 4-1 1.56 ERA/17 BB/50 K/1 HR/56.1 IP OF *Sam Fuld (A) .289/.368/.414 GREG MADDUX INNINGS WATCH 382.1 IP over the last 2 years; Needs to pitch 17.2 IP over the rest of the season for his $9 million 2006 option to vest; Assuming he starts 33 games (like last year), needs to average less than 3 innings per start over the rest of the season. 2005 ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE PARTICIAPANTS RHP David Aardsma RHP Angel Guzman SS/OF Buck Coats OF Matt Murton 2B Eric Patterson 1B/OF Brandon Sing MINOR LEAGUE LEADERS Hitting HR - Scott McClain (29) RBI - Ryan Harvey (92) AVG - Eric Patterson (.333) OBP - Eric Patterson (.406) SLG - Scott McClain (.589) SB - Chris Walker (52) Pitching IP - Jae-kuk Ryu (152.2) ERA - Sean Gallagher (2.86) WINS - Sean Gallagher (13) SAVES -Jermaine Van Buren (23) K - Rich Hill (185)
At the start of the season the book was that he was trying to pitch to more contact so he could stay in the game longer and it seems to be working so far. Contact against is 77.5% this year and it was 70.2% the year before. He averaged 6.7 IP/game last year and so far it's 7 IP/game. His actual pitches per game are only down to 106.1/game from 107.2/game last year but if he's able to go a bit farther into games without throwing more pitches and without giving up more runs that is a good thing.
sale's skills and insane value makes it almost too hard to have a market for the guy...he's got 3/38m owed to him over 3 seasons (2 team options). he could easily pull in 30m/yr if he was on the market as a FA.
he's throwing a bit differently this season, especially with more sliders and less changeups like earlier in his career, but all his stuff still looks great even if the HRs are a little elevated and the Ks are down.
Torres, Happ, McKinney, Jimenez, and Candelario for Sale. Deal or no deal?
"The White Sox are reportedly asking for “five top prospects” for Chris Sale, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports."
Unless he develops 30+ HR power and keeps his walk rate close to his K rate at the MLB level, he's not going to turn into Prince Fielder. And even if he does turn into Prince Fielder, he's gonna have a short prime. His very limited athleticism is likely to also detract some value from his ability to reach base--I don't buy making an out as being preferable to base clogging, but you'd certainly prefer just about any base runner other than Vogelbach, David Ortiz, etc.
seeing as arod has played a total of 27.1 innings of D at 1st/3rd and somehow managed a -0.5 dWAR with his 1 error at 1st and an overall positive total zone rating...he might end up even more in the shitter via the characteristics/flaws/whatever of how some sites determine various WAR values. dWAR doesn't directly lead to a WAR value, but the 2 main entities pushing the most popular variations of WAR sometimes lead to some interesting discrepancies in value.
I have a lot of faith in Baez that he's going to turn into a more consistent, solid player. It looks like it took him about a half season or so of futility at the plate to figure out he was not talented enough to get away with the crazy approach he had. I think his running game will eventually have a more measured aggression.
I hope the D and bullpen show up. Cubs haven't had much luck against Davies, and he's been going well lately. A little uncomfortable with the Cards only 6.5 back--feels like they're right on our tails compared to the 11 game lead I've grown accustomed to.
Cardinals, stop that. Right now.
In a year or two, a lot of fans are going to point at trading him as a mistake. He'll probably be slashing something like 280/400/480 for Seattle at the time. Of course, by WAR, he'll still be worth less than 3, since we're talking zero defensive value.
vogelbomb debut for tacoma (AAA SEA)... 3-3, 1bb, 1 HR, 1 double...DH'd.
while he mostly played 1st considerably more than DH for AAA CHC, DJ Peterson is probably going to see most of the time at 1st for AAA SEA.
Carl Jr.! Very nice!
Baez with another "WTF?" play trying a delayed steal with a runner on 3rd and one out.. Remarkable talent, needs to make better decisions.
m.montgomery up in the pen with a man on 2nd, 2 out, and rondon 20 pitches into the inning.
...and rondon ends it 22 pitches in with a popout to RF.
I gotta say with the crappy defense the Brewers have displayed outside of Fowler I'm pretty disappointed the offense hasn't shown more and Rizzo seems to be very swing happy lately. That said my god am I happy Madden has finally given Carl Edwards a chance after multiple times up with nothing. I don't think he could handle a starting role with his body frame but his stuff plays so well in a relief role and he seems to be able to handle high stress situations very well.
2nd at bat. Fowler is good for the Cubs run differential.
welcome back fowler.
More slow news...
Did Davey Martinez have to bring the shotgun?