Where's the Beefy?

The Cubs version of Fluffy will no longer exist as the Cubs have traded "catcher" Welington Castillo to the Seattle Mariners for relief pitcher Yoervis Medina.  Before I dig into the new guy, let's eulogize Beefy for a bit.

While I'm all for letting prospects develop, Beefy got on my nerves from the very get go. For a "catcher" he didn't do that very well...literally. I'm sure my memory is worse than the reality of it, but I just remeber a bunch of passed balls when he first got called up and some terrible receiving in the way he did catch balls that led strikes to be called balls. It never really got better. He threw some guys out, but if there was ever a player that the "second division starter" label should attach itself too, it was our dear friend Beefy. Enjoy the spacious Safeco Field.

As for the new guy, 26-year old Yoervis Medina, he was a lot more exciting the last few years when he was striking out guys at a clip over 9 per 9 innings. This year that number is down to 6.75 and it's married to a 2 mph drop in his velocity, per the numbers you can find on Fangraphs. Maybe this will turn into a Pedro Strop turnaround story, but seems more likely it'll be a Tommy John story or a Daniel Bard story.

I believe Medina is headed to Iowa anyway as he did have some options left and he entered the season with just over 2 years of service time, so he can be a Cub for quite a few seasons if he can get corrected.  Not much to like about this trade, not much to dislike either. With Castillo off the team and Medina headed to Iowa, it does mean a player call-up is looming.

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Medina: ERA FIP XFIP WAR 3.00 4.48 5.37 -0.1 Shitter: 8.10 6.75 3.89 -0.2 Factor in the AL DH, and this is an upgrade any way you slice it. Maybe "Magic Bos" can help him be effective. Unlike Shitter ever was.

Medina isn't even going to be called up unless he figures things out. Don't think a reliever in the NL gets to face the pitcher too often either. XFIP and WAR are pretty similar so there's probably a few ways you can slice it that don't result in an upgrade.

Medina's a project and one that Bosio won't be a part of at first.

Yep, I think it's straightforward- they didn't need a 3rd catcher so they took on a pitching project. Who knows. One positive thing is it frees up a roster spot on the 25-man so there is a bit more wiggle room on the bench.

It should mean way fewer PH opportunities for the likes of Herrera and Ross. Unfortunately, those opportunities may go to Junior Lake until Alcantara, La Stella, and/or Olt get it together.

Well, at least we got more than an infield rake and a can of Simoniz.

I don't get Epstoyer saying Baez will remain at 2B/SS. Unless Bryant is moving to LF, where does Baez play in this infield? Screaming need right now is another SP and a LF who can outhit Coghlan. Would Baez, Alcantara, & Edwards + a top 20-30 prospect be enough for Cole Hamels if Cubs pick up his contract plus option year?

My guess is they want him to focus solely on improving at the plate, and not get "distracted' by taking on a new position right now and/or creating "call-up buzz". If he continues to improve, they'll find a spot for him -- they put Russell at 2B and Mendy in CF in the majors with very little prep.

Gleyber Torres mentioned in BA article on minor league breakout prospects http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/basebal... McKinney mentioned too

waves and waves of prospects...need a few arms in there soon though.

Let's go Underwood, Johnson, Edwards...

let's go trading

Underwood having a good year so far. Would like to see Tseng do better, and Corey Black get his walks down. Don't know what to make of Blackburn, Pineyro, Cease, Sands, Steele, Stinnett.

I actually purchased one of these (well, got it for a gift). As the article states, the Cubs sent a letter saying they were going to be moved to the OF next year and that they were likely to be replaced also. No biggie to me that they through them away as long as they are replaced. And as part of getting a brick, you got an exact replica sent you. I have mine on my desk in my home office.

fun trivia I came across

Name the 3 players have hit 100 HR's and stole 100 bases while members of the Chicago Cubs?

Sosa, Sandberg and Santo?

sosa, sandberg,dunston

Well done. first 2 are easy, figure Dunston would trip some up.

lucky guess, trying to think of fast guys with some pop on Cubs

Jimmy Ryan? Missed it by "that" much.

Ha ha! Well played!

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    So what's the deal with 5 pick off attempt errors in 3 games?

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Because the Cubs play only the Angels, A's, and Rockies in Instructs this year, I would not be surprised if the Cubs make a trade or two with one or more of those clubs, most especially the Angels, who might be interested in acquiring Kyle Hendricks (since they certainly can't do a rebuild with Trout, Ohtani, and Rendon on the roster). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 25 min ago (view)

    The pitching-starved Angels established an MLB (and probably Ripley's Believe It or Not) record by selecting - ONLY - pitchers in the 2021 draft. That's twenty pitchers. No position players. They signed 19 of the twenty, and five of them pitched in today's game (2021 15th round pick Glenn Albanese Jr started the game, followed by 18th round pick Nick Mondak, 7th round pick Ryan Costeiu, 8th round pick Nick Jones, and 16th round pick Nick Dufault). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 25 min ago (view)

    Cubs 2020 4rh round draft pick 6'8 220+ LHSP Luke Little threw mainly a 93-97 FB with an occasional CV and CH mixed-in but pitched mostly from behind in the count, issuing two walks, hitting a batter, and throwing a WP (and surrendering a towering three-run HR) in 2.1 IP of work, LHP Angel Rodriguez was able to throw strikes with a 90-91 MPH FB, CH, and CV mix, but was pounded to the tune of five singles, a double, and a triple in just 2.2 IP, Cubs 2021 14th round draft pick RHRP Frankie Scalzo featured a 93-95 MPH FB but sometimes hung his SL and was hit hard and allowed a HR and five sing

     

  • crunch 7 hours 51 min ago (view)

    chris clarke could use the work.

    brennen davis...bryce ball and casey opitz, maybe.  *shrug*

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  • ggross 15 hours 27 min ago (view)

    Phil (or anyone else),

    Who are your guesses for Cubs in the Fall League this year?  When will the announcements be made?  Thanks!

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 16 hours 43 min ago (view)

    My guess is another reliever. Already have Romine around to back up Willson, wins don't matter, might as well use his worthless ass.

     

     

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    So, Erick Castillo for Robinson Chirinos?

     

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    Phil, is that the one of the best Cubs AZIL team games you've seen in a while? It reads like it!!!!

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    BOB: They play mostly in the afternoon, sometimes in the morning, some teams are playing night games.  Fan attendance varies from place to place. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have added Bryan Serra to their Instructs roster. Serra was signed as a 19-year old infielder out of Venezuela in August 2020, and began the catcher conversion program at Minor League Camp this past April. He will be continuing the process at Instructs.   

     

  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    hendricks...

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  • SheffieldCornelia 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil, thank you as always for these game updates!  It's an exciting time for the lower levels of the Cubs' organization (hopefully soon-to-be the higher levels!) and I'll be reading these with much interest.

     

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    Dillon Maples Clears Waivers, is Outrighted to Triple-A Iowa, and Will Be a Free Agent After the Season:

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  • Arizona Phil 2 days 6 hours ago (view)

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  • bigsky33 2 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Hi Phil, what time are the games?  Will the public be able to attend?  Thanks!