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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  • he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs

    crunch 4 hours 7 min ago view
  • Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.

    billybucks 4 hours 49 min ago view
  • ...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.

    I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.

    He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.

    billybucks 4 hours 53 min ago view
  • How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.

    videographer 6 hours 47 min ago view
  • If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic

    jacos 8 hours 35 min ago view
  • I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.

    Charlie 9 hours 10 min ago view
  • I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.

    Charlie 9 hours 23 min ago view
  • They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?

    QuietMan 10 hours 47 min ago view
  • Regarding Heyward--

    He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.

    What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.

    (All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)

    VirginiaPhil 10 hours 48 min ago view
  • Lester will probably be all right.

    I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.

    Seriously.

    VirginiaPhil 10 hours 54 min ago view
  • I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.

    billybucks 10 hours 58 min ago view
  • Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 1 min ago view
  • He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.

    But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.

    billybucks 11 hours 10 min ago view
  • The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.

    VirginiaPhil 11 hours 12 min ago view
  • Yup. Thanks Q

    The E-Man 11 hours 18 min ago view
  • QuietMan 11 hours 26 min ago view