Archive - Mar 19, 2009

Please Destroy Your Priceless Cub Souvenirs: TCR Friday Notes

-- Tigers, Diamondbacks, Nationals, Astros; that's your complete list of the teams which ranked lower than the Cubs in Kevin Goldstein's organizational rankings at (subscription required).

Goldstein's comments about the Cubs, who stood 16th in his '08 rankings:

" is one of the best pure hitters in the minors; 2008 top pick 's post-draft struggles were a fluke and his stuff will play; finally began figuring things out."

"Other than Vitters, there is
really not a single hitter in this system that excites anyone; the
weakness in terms of the organization's depth is the key reason that
the long-rumored deal never went down."

"Samardzija is the only player who is likely to lose his prospect status; there's no reason to see (the Cubs) moving up considerably (in the rankings)."

--We all know that spring training numbers mean next to nothing, but since Opening Day is, what, another 11 weeks away?, they're the only numbers we have, so let's enjoy them, dammit!

Marshall is the Man; Koskie Victimized by TCR Curse

Paul Sullivan reports in the Tribune that the Cubs' 5th starter.

Says Manager Lou:

"Marshall is going to be the fifth starter, and [Aaron] Heilman is going to pitch in that seventh-eighth inning role."

How Far Koskie Has Come

Haven't seen a lineup yet for this afternoon's Cubs-Mariners game, but is to "probably play him every couple days and see how he does..."

Koskie started and ripped a double off the centerfield wall in his first at-bat. He also walked and grounded out.

In looking for some information on Koskie, I came across an mlb.com article from April of last year, when the longtime Twin, still suffering from the after-effects of a concussion he suffered as a Brewer, .