TCR Friday Notes
Matt Murton .337/.396/.511, 7/12 BB/K, 1 HR, 11 2B Eric Patterson .301/.344/.373, 6/17 BB/K, 5/8 SB's Buck Coats .256/.286/.282, 2/6 BB/K Brandon Sing .246/.338/.464 10/24 BB/K, 3 HR Angel Guzman 1-2, 3.82 ERA, 12/28 BB/K, 2 HR in 30.2 IP David Aardsma 0-0 9.64 ERA, 10/18 BB/K, 2 HR in 18.2 IP- Guzman finished the season strong, putting up a 8.21 K/9 anda respectable K/BB ratio (2.33). Any ERA under 4.00 in the AFL has to be considered pretty good with the friendly hitting conditions. Oh, if you could just stay healthy Guzman, the joy you could bring to Wrigleyville. - Eric Patterson ended the AFL on a high note. After muddling about for the first few weeks, he ended up with an average above .300 and a respactable .344 OBP. Geoff Young of Ducksnorts took in some AFL games earlier this week and had a bit to say about Corey's younger brother. - Brandon Sing on the other hand crashed and burned. After starting out smoking hot, it looks like the pitchers adjusted to him a bit. He may have just worn down after probably playing more games than he ever has in a season OR the better pitchers who can actually throw breaking balls for strikes finally began eating him up. Time will tell... Winter Leagues - Adam Greenberg has a new journal entry up on MILB.com. Some interesting stuff including the fact that he's "bunting at least once per game". His #'s so far: .262/.322/.410 6/23 BB/K, 2 HR in 83 AB's Felix Pie in the DWL: 13/56 .232/.274/.357 , 2/10 BB/K, 2 HR Free Agents Oh where to begin.... - I think Furcal and his agent are desperate at this point. There have been a few stories out there of the Mets and Braves already making contigency plans and I can't imagine he'll surprise us all and end up in Kansas City. So out comes the insanity that the Yanks may be interested in him playing center[immediately denied by Cashman) and I'm sure before it's over the Red Sox will get their name dragged through the mud. His agent, Paul Kinzer said it would be a few weeks before a decision would be made, by that point we should hear that Furcal is willing to pitch, catch, manage, sweep up the stadium and mow the field if it will get him a better deal. Good news for Hendry as it doesn't look like the competition is all that steep yet. Word is that he wants a 5 year deal but the Braves apparently were only willing to shell out a 3 year deal at the moment. Hendry shouldn't overplay his hand though and wait too long. You certainly don't want to outbid yourself, but on the other hand, don't insult the guy if you really want him. - I can easily think of 4 to 5 other players, who similarly can be jettisoned after 2006 to make room for Felix Pie that I'd rather have play center over Juan Pierre for the Cubs next year. But if the rumors persist and become reality, he's still a better option than Korey. Obviously that's not saying much. The fact that the rumor also includes Felix Pie at the moment, tells me there isn't much there. Don't worry Pie fans, (and who doesn't like pie) Hendry is one too(I'm guessing player and the dessert) and he's not going anywhere unless the other end of the trade is someone resembling the stature of Manny Ramirez or the Adam Dunn's of the world. - I read something about the Mets throwing over $10 million a year at Wagner for 3+ years. I was never all that interested in Wagner, particularly when B.J. Ryan was available at the same time and seems to have a better future ahead. The Mets though are going to set the bar pretty high for closers this off-season if that figure is true and signing Ryan will easily take no less than 3/$24 mil (and probably more). The small flame of hope that Ryan would be wearing Cubbie blue is just about extinguished. - At least the Cubs have been in contact with Brian Giles's agent. That's promising in a, at least the Cubs realize he's good, sort of way. - Speaking of players I'd probably trade Felix Pie for, there are some rumors of Bobby Abreu possibly being available in a trade, the latest being Vernon Wells for Abreu, straight up. When I first heard of Abreu possibly being shopped around, I thought, wow, right field solved, go use your Jedi powers of persuasion Hendry and make this happen. Then I remembered this is the Cubs and players as good as Abreu just don't fall into our laps. He'll probably end up a Cardinal. Go get us some ballplayers, Jimbo.
Dolorous Jon Lester 19 min 58 sec ago (view)
20s sounds about right. Considering they have gotten pretty much nothing out of pitching development in the last decade and only number one picks and Bote on the hitter side in the same time frame, that's pretty telling. I guess Contreras falls into that too but he had been around quite a while before Theo and Jed
Dolorous Jon Lester 22 min 10 sec ago (view)
I was thinking that too, Phil. EJM failing so badly was another spectacular miss. Guess they should have let sleeping dogs lie when his first deal fell through (Dodgers or Giants, I think?)
tim815 1 hour 14 min ago (view)
MLB.com rated the Cubs 22 out of 30.
This season figures to tell quite a bit. No teams are terrible at player development anymore, and no teams look at the draft as a hopeless puzzle.
KingKongvsGodzilla 4 hours 28 min ago (view)
Are these guys out of the org now?
K Dub 9 hours 5 min ago (view)
PHIL: Any velo readings on Ramos? Earlier reports also had him sitting 98-99. Thanks!
George Altman 15 hours 6 min ago (view)
Phil, serious question: How good is the Cubs Player Development Department? Scale of 1 to 30 with 1 being best. I mean, I can think of 5 teams right now who don't have near the Cubs resources but do better year after.
I mean there are organizations across sports who seem to coach the crap out of their draft picks and signees. They just got 4 teenagers for Darvish, but do they have the coaches to get any of them to the show?
My pessimistic grade would be about 24.
Arizona Phil 15 hours 20 min ago (view)
DJL: How about Eddy Julio Martinez as a spectacular miss? A $3M signing bonus out of Cuba and he never made it out of AA.
Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 27 min ago (view)
Wow, that's a pretty spectacular miss. He was so highly thought of when he signed.
Arizona Phil 15 hours 59 min ago (view)
TIM: Richard Gallardo doesn't seem to be progressing as a SP, so he has apparently been moved to the bullpen. He has a tendency to labor through innings and nibble too much and throw a lot of pitches.
tim815 16 hours 12 min ago (view)
Anything on Gallardo, of interest, from today?
Arizona Phil 16 hours 14 min ago (view)
The Cubs have released LHP Ryan Kellogg, RHP Alex Moore, 3B Fidel Mejia, OF Jose Gutierrez, OF Eddy Julio Martinez, and OF Zac Taylor from Minor League Camp.
Arizona Phil 16 hours 21 min ago (view)
And despite what you might read elsewhere, It was - NOT - a "hot" gun.
Arizona Phil 16 hours 47 min ago (view)
He certainly could have forced the Cubs to release him with full salary as termination pay, so he must like it with the Cubs.
Charlie 18 hours 37 min ago (view)
Follow-up on last week's discussion of Baez's contact and plate discipline woes. Another Fangraphs article notes that he is among league leaders in combined positive change in zone swing rates (swinging at more pitches inside the strike zone) and reduction in chase rate (swinging at pitches outside the zone). See the last table: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/lets-look-at-some-earl...
This makes his 45% strikeout rate and 1.7% BB rate all the more strange.
crunch 21 hours 39 min ago (view)
he may not be worth much to us as fans, but every indication points to him being quite popular in the dugout. nice to see him stick around as an emergency callup catcher.
Wrigley Rat 1 day 10 hours ago (view)
Tony Wolters clears waivers and is sent to the Alternate Training site in South Bend.