Matt Szczur stars in Cubs intrasquad game.

Yes, the stats and outcome of an intrasquad game are meaningless. Yes, it's the smallest of sample sizes.

So what?

It's fun and if you're like me, then you miss the game itself. I'm not going to be reporting on every practice game this spring, but since this is the first game action Cubs fans have had in almost 6 months, I'm going to enjoy it.

Here's a synopsis of the game...

  • The Blue Team, the one made up of prospects such as Brett Jackson, Matt Szczur, Anthony Rizzo, Josh Vitters, and Junior Lake absolutely destroyed the white team, 10-4, which was mostly made up of MLB players.
  • The star of the game was unquestionably Matt Szczur. He drove in 6 runs in the 6 inning game with a single, double, and a grand slam off Travis Wood. He also scored from second base on a fly ball to RF.
  • Brett Jackson hit a HR and an RBI double.  He also had 2 walks.  You just have to like how he finds a way to get on base while sprinkling in some pretty good pop.
  • Tony Campana was 3 for 3.
  • Travis Wood (White Team) gave up 6 R, 6 H, and 2 BB over 3 IP; Randy Wells (Blue Team) gave up 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB over 3 innings.  That means it's a good day for Chris Volstad.  In all seriousness, pitchers are working on all kinds of things early in the spring.  It could be a new pitch or they simply could just be working on their fastball command.  You can't take the numbers all that seriously from the pitchers or the hitters.

The headliner (if there can be a "headliner" in an intrasquad game) is undoubtedly going to be Matt Szczur.  He is only on the 40 man roster because of the type of contract he signed.  He is going to start the year in AA in what we'll be a big season for him.
Today, we caught a glimpse of the speed, power, and hitting ability that has some excited about his future.  The key word is future.  He still has a long way to go before he can perform like that in the major leagues with any consistency.

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  • Where is the box score? Just kidding. I got excited just looking at the "kid" team. A lot of speed there, even with Barney and Castro on the other side.

  • In reply to bruno14:

    Ha...sure! Next time we'll have a box score, some Pitch F/X, and advanced stats!

  • After all these years finally a future to look forward to. I've
    followed the careers of many prospects in the past (i.e., Dunston,
    Grace, Durham, etc) and this group might be better. Can't want
    to follow the box scores through out the season.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    Agreed. It's still not a great system, but there are a lot of guys worth following for a change. Between the Cubs, Iowa, and Tennessee, and Boise (assuming they'll all still be on MiLB TV) I'm going to be watching a lot of baseball this year.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    John,

    i am not familiar with MiLB, can you tell me a bit about it. I am able to watch my ball games all summer on Directv, but I am looking for a better alternative.

  • In reply to supercapo:

    It's the minor league website and you can subscribe to watch games online. For the Cubs you get to see AAA, AA and short-season A ball. Cubs will have a lot of prospects n AAA and AA, so if you're a minor league junkie like me, it's worth it.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Do they blackout games on MiLB like they do on MLBtv?

    I hate that I can't watch the Cubs on MLBtv now since I live in their zone. I'm not sure how Des Moines, IA (5 hours away from Chicago), can be in the zone. It's not like by blacking me out that I am going to drive to the ballpark and watch the games!

  • In reply to Still Love the Cubs:

    They didn't black out any of the games I wanted to see, but maybe it depends on where you live? Living in Chicago, I'm not very close to any of the minor league teams except for Kane County and maybe Peoria, but MiLB didn't cover that league anyway. The Cubs teams that were available AAA (Iowa) and AA (Tennessee) were not blacked out.

  • I've only seen Sczcur in game action once... playing for Villanova in the title game.
    If he is half as impressive as he was in that one he'll be a hell of a player...

  • In reply to eaton53:

    I'm looking forward to seeing him play now that he'll be at Tennessee. I've only seen a few ABs myself back when he was in Boise.

  • If he tears it up all spring, any chance he'll get bumped to AAA?

  • In reply to Carne Harris:

    I would say no for a couple of reasons. One is that he only played a half season at advanced A ball, so they're already rushing him as it is. The second is that the Cubs would probably like both Jackson and Szczur to play CF for as long as possible.

  • I wasn't sure if I should quell my excitement over the future of the Cubs outfield with some experts down on Szczur. It's just an inter-squad game but I'm drooling over game recaps like these.

  • In reply to Tom Loxas:

    I always temper my excitement with prospects because it's always iffy, especially with guys in A ball.

    With Szczur I'm going to wait until I see what he does at AA before I start getting more excited. If he succeeds and even continues to improve in that league, then I think some of the more open-minded experts who doubt him may start coming around.

  • Hail Szczur.

  • In reply to kansasblackhawk:

    Hopefully we'll see that headline a few times in the future.

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