40 players on RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus three players on 60-DAY DL
36 players on ACTIVE LIST, plus four players on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Felix Doubront
* Eric Jokisch
* Zac Rosscup
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
* Rafael Lopez
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Logan Watkins
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Chris Coghlan
* Ryan Kalish
60-DAY DL: 3
James McDonald, P
Justin Ruggiano, OF
* Ryan Sweeney, OF
Dallas Beeler, P
* Chris Rusin, P
Christian Villanueva, INF
Josh Vitters, OF
2015 Draft Pick Race
Updated through 9/21/14 - 6 games left for Cubs.
For failing to sign top overall pick Brady Aiken, the Houston Astros will get the 2nd pick in next year's draft on top of their regular pick. The teams with the 10 worst records have their first round pick protected if they signed a qualified free agent this offseason.
Several Cubs minor leaguers who can be an MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agent (6YMiLFA) or who are eligible for selection in next month’s MLB Rule 5 draft are making noise in the Venezuelan Winter League (VWL).
Since Olt came up, his line is 278/386/389, Valbuena's is 288/422/404.
In that time, Olt has 44 PAs, Valbuena has 64 PAs.
Both are doing well, and both are getting plate appearances, but if I were the manager I'd probably give a few more at-bats to the guy with a higher batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage too.
Since Olt came up he has hit .278 4 doubles.386 OBP
He has 3 RBI and in that time Valbuena has 3 RBI
Neither Valbuena nor Olt have homered in that time.
Valbuena has batted cleanup much of the time, and the rest of the time has batted 3rd or 5th. Yes 3 RBI for captain amazing and same for shitty old Olt in 16 less PA and batting at the bottom of the order.
Valbuena has 267 more PA than Olt, 4 more HR and 18 more RBI. Again in his 7th year lifetime BA is .230
You seem to actually say a fair amount of things in this post I agree with ..
I'm gonna refrain from restating my argument but I don't believe Olt could have succeeded the way he was handled and I believe you'll find me saying that pretty much the second day of the season when it became clear he wasn't going to play every day, before he 'had his chance'. But more so - rookies are not brought up to sit that much, it's very rare and I'll give you more stats soon.
The post was a reply to Tito's post that lays out when Olt consistantly played and how he did during that time which contradicts the ongoing claim that Olt was NEVER given a real chance. I was sarcastically pointing out the maybe, just maybe, the reason Olt lost playing time is as simple as being performance based. That it is not a vast conspiracy by Renteria to ruin his career. Maybe Renteria brought a puppy into the clubhouse and Olt kicked it and that's why he isn't playing. More than likely it is a .150ish batting average with a ton of strikeouts that trending downward.
Is that the level of intricacy you have drawn out of this thread? Do you think if it was that simple anyone here would give a shit? Would rob have a post about it? Would people as respectable as jacos and O&B and some of the others be debating it? The argument started in early April when he sat 6 of the first 11 games. Go back and start reading then if that's your "understanding."