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  • Charlie 07/02/2019 - 3:12pm (View in context)

    Seems likely he was tipping the curveball somehow. But the Pirates kept at it against the bullpen.


  • Arizona Phil 07/02/2019 - 3:11pm (View in context)

    The Cubs have reinstated RHSP Kyle Hendricks from the 10-day IL (he's supposed to start tonight), optioned RHSP Adbert Alzolay and RHRP Rowan Wick to AAA Iowa, and recalled LHRP Randy Rosario. 

    Alzolay probably won't actually report to Iowa (at least not until after the All-Star break). He'll likely just stay with the Cubs while they are in Pittsburgh, then travel to Cleveland for the Futures Game on Sunday, and then maybe report to Iowa in about ten days. 


  • Arizona Phil 07/02/2019 - 2:50pm (View in context)

    GEORGE A: I doubt that the Cubs would have taken Wyatt Hendrie with their 10th round pick (where he might need to take an under-slot bonus to help the Cubs sign another player taken in the first ten rounds) if they didn't know he was willing to sign for an under-slot bonus. Otherwise the Cubs could have just selected a college senior (like Zac Taylor, Grayson Byrd, Jacob Olson, et al) with their 10th pick, paid him a $5,000 bonus, and use the rest of the $142,200 SBP slot for other Top 10 round picks. I think what probably will happen is Hendrie will sign for whatever is available for him to get, whether it be slot, over-slot, or under-slot. 


  • Arizona Phil 07/02/2019 - 2:42pm (View in context)

    Tyler Durna and Delvin Zinn are the type of players the Cubs would probably have to give up to get somebody like Neil Walker (from Miami), if the Cubs are looking to improve their bench. Kind of like the Cubs trading INF Andruw Monasterio (very similar player as Zinn) to Washington for Daniel Murphy last August. (Like Zinn, Monasterio projects as an MLB utility infielder).  


  • George Altman 07/02/2019 - 2:27pm (View in context)

    Thanks, Phil.  Rough call for a JUCO Freshman Catcher.  Has to bet he can get a better slot than $125,000 in the next 2 drafts.


  • Arizona Phil 07/02/2019 - 1:46pm (View in context)

    The Cubs have released INF Yeiler Peguero. 


  • bradsbeard 07/02/2019 - 1:43pm (View in context)

    Thanks for the report! Always appreciated. 


  • Eric S 07/02/2019 - 1:39pm (View in context)

    Good luck to Zinn and Durna heading to the Myrtle Beach, where hits and runs are precious commodities and not easy to come by (see MB’s record of 27-52). Shout out to MB starting pitcher Paul Richan and his Steve Carlton-esque 8-3 record, no easy task. 


  • Arizona Phil 07/02/2019 - 12:50pm (View in context)

    We're beginning to see some in-season position-player promotions in the Cubs system, with 1B Tyler Durna (a Mark Grace clone) and INF Delvin Zinn (who projects as an MLB utility infielder) moving-up from South Bend to Myrtle Beach. Expect a few of this year's college draft picks to move-up to Eugene from the AZL this week as well. 


  • Arizona Phil 07/02/2019 - 12:30pm (View in context)

    GEORGE A: That's correct. So if the signing bonuses rumored for Schlaffer (about $100K over-slot) and Hearn (about $750K over-slot) are true, then Hendrie has to sign (so that the Cubs can use his slot) - AND - he has to sign for about $25,000 under-slot. 


  • George Altman 07/02/2019 - 11:40am (View in context)


    My rough math shows about a $827,345 surplus before they go over the $6.1M do you think that gets divided?



  • crunch 07/02/2019 - 10:57am (View in context)

    c.zambrano chicago dogs bio blurb

    ...looking like a hispanic kenny powers...


  • Hagsag 07/02/2019 - 9:23am (View in context)

    Three rich young lads. Hope they can play.


  • crunch 07/02/2019 - 8:59am (View in context)

    Ronnier Quintero, C (#6/mlb - #6/fangraphs) 3m

    Kevin Made, SS (#11/mlb - #8/fangraphs) 1.7m

    Brayan Altuve, C (#30/mlb - unranked/fangraphs) 1m


  • Arizona Phil 07/02/2019 - 12:43am (View in context)

    BRADSBEARD: When I saw Hughes in EXST he had an upper 80's cutter and a slow CV (both solid pitches) with OK command. Galazin (the other 2019 OF-to-pitcher conversion) throws a 90-92 T-93-94 FB but he's raw (secondaries need work and he doesn't throw strikes consistently). BTW, both Hughes and Galazin pitched a bit in college (Hughes at Michigan State and Galazin at St. John's), so pitching is not totally new to either of them. Galazin would seem to have the highest ceiling of the two but Hughes has the highest floor. I wouldn't be surprised if Hughes moves quickly up the pipeline, but Galazin may struggle to get to full-season ball.  


  • Arizona Phil 07/01/2019 - 11:46pm (View in context)

    The Cubs have officially signed 3rd round pick RHP Michael McAvene ($500K signing bonus - $65,600 under-slot)


  • erich081 07/01/2019 - 9:13pm (View in context)

    Maybe the bat boy could soak up some pitches?


  • crunch 07/01/2019 - 9:11pm (View in context)

    kimbrel is trying to keep this 10 run loss in tact.

    ...and he gives up a solo HR on his 4th pitch.

    ...and fraizer's 4th double of the game on his 5th pitch.

    ...and bell's 3rd homer of the game with his 16th pitch.


    send help.


  • crunch 07/01/2019 - 8:52pm (View in context)

    hey, he sucks at pitching too.

    there's still the 8th inning to come for PIT to bat.  neat.


  • erich081 07/01/2019 - 8:52pm (View in context)

    Just kidding, can’t hit or pitch.


  • erich081 07/01/2019 - 8:50pm (View in context)

    He’s just been playing out of position. Descalso is the bullpen help we needed.


  • crunch 07/01/2019 - 8:48pm (View in context)

    d.descalso pitching...3rd team he's had a pitching appearance (stl/arz/chc)


  • crunch 07/01/2019 - 8:16pm (View in context)

    this game is butt.


  • Eric S 07/01/2019 - 7:55pm (View in context)

    So Cubs best hitter pops up to second with bases loaded, two outs. Pirates starting pitcher in same situation laces a single to right. That uh, blows


  • Eric S 07/01/2019 - 7:47pm (View in context)

    Alzolay has a little bit of a home/road split. 


  • Eric S 07/01/2019 - 7:45pm (View in context)

    Voted for Bell for the all star game. Little surprised neither of his two bombs off of Alzolay ended up in the river - they sure looked that way off the bat 


  • Eric S 07/01/2019 - 7:42pm (View in context)

    Man, baseball is fickle. KB with a great at bat with the bases loaded, works a 3-1 count ... pops up to second. What could have been. 


  • crunch 07/01/2019 - 7:32pm (View in context)

    b.brach gets his 1st hit (single) and 1st RBI of his career.

    also, the cubs get within 3 runs.  neat-o.


  • crunch 07/01/2019 - 7:08pm (View in context)

    2.2ip 10h 1bb 3k, 7r/er, 57 pitches

    he leaves with 2 on...yow.


  • crunch 07/01/2019 - 6:53pm (View in context)

    damn...probably have to send alzolay down after this game just to get a fresh pen arm.

    this is turrible.


  • Eric S 07/01/2019 - 6:42pm (View in context)

    Javy. Wow

    Hoping he declines participating in the home run derby and give the heel an additional break


  • Eric S 07/01/2019 - 6:31pm (View in context)

    Pirates are spitting on offspeed and whacking the hell out of his fastballs. 


  • Eric S 07/01/2019 - 6:30pm (View in context)

    They say it’s a game of adjustments. Looks like the Pirates have a bit of game plan against Alzolay in his third MLB appearance. 


  • crunch 07/01/2019 - 6:27pm (View in context)

    16 pitches in...0 outs...4 PIT runs...



  • Dolorous Jon Lester 07/01/2019 - 5:19pm (View in context)

    Let’s not forget Brett Jackson


  • VirginiaPhil 07/01/2019 - 5:16pm (View in context)

    Vogelbach also a Wilken-Hendry pick.

    But I have to remind myself that McLeod picked Rizzo in the sixth round, and that Schwarber is an emerging slugger. That's two lefty power bats, versus Tyler Colvin. We also remember that pure bust, Vitters, a #3 pick by Wilken.


  • crunch 07/01/2019 - 5:14pm (View in context)

    schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward / almora / caratini / russell / alzolay


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 07/01/2019 - 4:38pm (View in context)

    Holy shit. That’s awful.


  • crunch 07/01/2019 - 4:12pm (View in context)

    tyler skaggs has died.

    rangers/angels cancelled.

    he was 27 years old.


  • bradsbeard 07/01/2019 - 3:38pm (View in context)

    AZ Phil, have you had a chance to see Brandon Hughes (recently converted from OF to LHRP) pitch? Has struck out 10 over his first 6.0 IP with just 3 BBs and 1 ER, appears to be finishing games and got the save Saturday (Looks like all but one of his AZL appearances have been on the road). 


  • Hagsag 07/01/2019 - 3:06pm (View in context)

    Thanks Beard.


  • bradsbeard 07/01/2019 - 2:27pm (View in context)

    Fangraphs has the Cubs linked to their number 6 and 8 ranked international prospects.,1&type=0


  • crunch 07/01/2019 - 9:32am (View in context)

    vogelbomb made the AL all-star stella, too.

    bryant joining contreras/baez on the NL team.

    a.rendon (WAS) finally made the all-star team even though he finished 5th in voting.  he was long overdue.


  • Hagsag 07/01/2019 - 6:17am (View in context)

    The International signing period begins tomorrow. Anyone heard of rumors of Cub signings?


  • BobbyD 06/30/2019 - 8:14pm (View in context)

    Shutouts. Jeez. 


  • BobbyD 06/30/2019 - 8:12pm (View in context)

    He pitched TWO shoutouts in one day in September 1908. That's a thing. Thanks Crunch. 


  • crunch 06/30/2019 - 7:33pm (View in context)

    the height of cool.


  • BobbyD 06/30/2019 - 7:11pm (View in context)

    2016 was cool. So was 1908. 


  • Jackstraw 06/30/2019 - 6:32pm (View in context)

    Well then lets just call tomorrow June 31st and keep going from there.  World Series ends June 158th.


  • crunch 06/30/2019 - 4:53pm (View in context)

    cubs lose, brews win.

    all tied up in the central.