Cubs Name Scouting Director

The Cubs have named Tim Wilken their new Director of Amateur & Pro Scouting, replacing John Stockstill, who left the Cubs organization to take a similar position with the Orioles. The 52-year old Wilken is an Old School scout who left Toronto after J. P. Ricciardi brought Moneyball to the Blue Jays in 2001. Wilken was named one of the Top Ten GM prospects in baseball by Baseball America in 2003. Wilken is known for drafting high school players (although he claims to have no real preference for high schoolers over college kids, that is his tendency) and believes in building a draft the same way you build a team, with "strength up the middle" (pitchers, catchers, shortstops, and centerfielders).

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If he can help bring 11 straight 1st-round picks to the majors, I'll be thrilled.

wilken makes a lot of sense for hendry/mcphail...theyre both tools drafters that like to get youth they can mold in the system.

while the pitching usually finds stregnth in the cubs system, aside from high-A/AA the bats havent found much instruction bleeding through to the tools they have.

hendry/wilken will probally get along well.

I know it's mentioned in the other post, but wow. As good as the Nationals trade was, what kind of crack was the Ranger's Jon Daniels smoking today? He gives up a good young pitcher who is under control for five more years who put up the same stats as the closer to free agency pitcher they are getting. Actually they were a bit better...pitching in the AL at Coors Light vs. the NL in Petco. And all he had to do was throw in a quality 4th OF and a solid 1B prospect to get it done. Does this mean we can trade Macias for Mench straight up now?

sledge/a.gonzalez were useless to tex. a.gonzalez is a pretty high-end prospect and young is, too.

why they had to throw in young to get eaton with that package is just...stupid. tex robbed themselves on that one.

WHO SMOKES THE MF'n P?

sounds like you do, moe.

Jacque Jones is a cub according to Levine. He says that Hendry is not finished with the OF. He also says Hendry is still interested in Tejada but Angelos has not decided what do with him yet.

according to Rosenthal it is a 3 year deal.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/5185442

Man Daniels and Hendry must have had a crack party today.

Levine is reporting that Jones's deal is 3/$16m. Hendry better get a decent righty bat to go along with him like a Mench, Kearns type.

Well, we can add Jones to the list of players this year that Hendry has overpaid, gave too many years too or gave too many incentives too. Rusch, Neifi, Eyre, Howry, Jones....

We couldn't overpay a few million for a top leadoff man/SS in Furcal, but we could for all these lesser guys?

3 years $16M for Jones....HA HA

And we lost a draft pick because he was offered arbitration. Nothing like getting raked over the coals when you are vulnerable. Congrats to Jones Agent. He desereves his fee for this one.

We just gave $5.33M per year for Jones and John Hill thinks it is fair to offer Lee $7M per year.

This sucks. I'm through.

Have good seasons, it's been fun.

4 of the top 10 are already GMs, plus Jon daniels from the 'next wave' category. Pretty food list.

Manny--"John Hill thinks it is fair to offer Lee $7M per year"

And Manny still hasn't learnt to read things, process them in his head and respond with a coherent and factually correct statement. Either that or you're just so stupid that you think that 43 million divided by 4 comes to 7 million.

John Hill:
"In 2006, a guaranteed $13m, a $3.5m improvement or so on what heís owed for 2006 under the terms of his current deal. From 2007-09, a guaranteed $7m per year"

Like I said you want Lee to make $7M per year guarenteed, but yet Jones got $5.33.

Hey, don't take it out on me becuase everyone on TCR shot down your totally unrealistic idea.

Yeh, Manny, and believe it or not, when you get $13m, and you add it to three times $7m, and then you add another $3m, you get $37m. You divide that by 4 and you don't get $7m.

I also later conceded that the money tied to plate appearances might as well be guaranteed. So you're now talking about another $2m for 3 years. Or $6m, because maths isn't your strong point. You add $6m to $37m and you get $43m. And you divide that by 4 and you still don't frigging get $7m.

I'll take it out on you as long as you prove incapable of getting your head around the above.

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  • Phil, your knowledge of the Cubs Minor League system is unbelievable.

    Hagsag 2 min 28 sec ago view
  • This kid would be a key piece in a trade for a pitcher, imo.

    The E-Man 5 min 42 sec ago view
  • This might be old news but Hammel was on ESPN 1000 and said that he changed his diet and workout routine over the off season and tweaked his delivery so it'd be more repeatable so he'd have a better second half. So...some cause for optimism anyway.

    johann 1 hour 26 min ago view
  • CHILDERS: RHSP Dylan Cease and LHSP Bryan Hudson are probably the top two SP prospects in the organization right now. 

    LHSP Jose Paulino has electric stuff (91-94 MPH fastball with sinking action and a mid-80's slider), but he also has trouble commanding it.  

    RHP Jose Albertos (2015 IFA - Mexico - $1.5M bonus) just turned 17 in November, and his fastball already sits at 95-96. He also throws a curve and a change-up, and is fairly advanced for a kid his age.   

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • AZBOBBOP: Most of 2016 draft picks will get assigned to either Eugene or AZL Cubs, but the Opening Day Eugune roster will probably be almost 100% from the Extended Spring Training squad roster (pending the arrival of draft picks).

    I think I can probably tell you which pitchers and players at EXST are in contention for roster slots at Eugene and which are in contention for slots with the AZL Cubs - AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW - (listed alphabetically):  

    * bats or throws left 
    # bats both

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez atop the leader board for minor-league home runs in the Cub system, with seven. Tied with Balaguert and Vogelbach, two 24-year-olds. Jimenez won't be 20 until late November. Leads the Midwest League in SLG and OPS. Maybe he'll get promoted to the Myrtle Beach squad that visits Woodbridge, VA, in June or Frederick, MD, in August.

    Watched two Pelican games at Frederick the other week. Was most impressed by Stinnett and Happ. Happ may swing harder than Javier Baez, though more compactly. (Also got to see Brockmeyer hit a bomb.)

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 24 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Jose Paniagua isn't a string-bean, but I wouldn't say he necessarily bulked-up during the 2015-16 off-season  either, He led the DSL Cubs in HR and doubles in 2014, and he showed XBH power when he arrived in Mesa last year, leading the AZL Cubs in HR, doubles, and RBI in 2015. It's just that he has taken his HR power to a new level this year.

    Paniagua displayed plus-HR power in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training games in March, and that got him a slot on the South Bend Opening Day roster. But he was sent to EXST after only six MWL games.  

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 30 min ago view
  • Rob Richardson 2 hours 59 min ago view
  • Martinez is one of my least favorite pitchers in baseball. I'd love to see a game like yesterday's against him.

    Send Soler down!

    Old and Blue 3 hours 53 min ago view
  • Awesome thanks AZ

    Old and Blue 3 hours 56 min ago view
  • Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.

    John Beasley 4 hours 45 min ago view
  • Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!

    Hagsag 7 hours 33 min ago view
  • given that he seems to only be throwing low 90s these days rather than the 93-96mph he used to throw, along with his wildness issues this year, he may end up passing through.

    i dunno if something is wrong with him physically or his past shoulder issues has rendered him what he currently is, but he's been throwing a lot of sliders he can't control well and his fastball isn't as sharp. even when his slider wasn't working in a game he was still throwing a lot of them.

    crunch 8 hours 46 min ago view
  • Any scuttlebutt on where Neil Ramirez gets traded?

    He seems better than some of the relievers on competitive teams. He ought to bring more than the waiver fee.

    My guess? Toronto.

    tim815 9 hours 9 min ago view
  • PHIL: It seems as if Paniagua has always played 1B with the Cubs. At 6'2 and 180#, what is his frame like? String bean? Have you seen him bulk up? Where do you project him? Thanks.

    The E-Man 9 hours 15 min ago view
  • Phil, what's your thoughts on which position players are going to Eugene and who is staying in AZL?

    azbobbop 13 hours 15 min ago view