Cubs to send Kurcz to Boston to complete Theo comp

Today it was learned the Cubs will send relief prospect Aaron Kurcz to Boston to complete their end of the the Theo compensation package. Kurcz is a nice prospect but as a Class A reliever, it's not going to affect the organization too much.  That's not to diminish Kurcz, I was just more afraid it could be a Ben Wells, Reggie Golden, or Marco Hernandez, so in that sense I'm very much relieved.  Kurcz has a much better shot of making the majors than all 3 of those guys, but it's unlikely he'll be a star once he gets there.

He was 5-4 as a starter/reliever at Class-A Daytona last year. He had a 3.28 ERA.

Kurcz is a guy I wrote about when I talked about power arms in the Cubs system.  Here's what I said about him at that time,

Kurcz generates a lot more velocity than you would expect from someone who 6'1" and 170 lbs, as he's able to touch 95 mph.  He has struck out 11.4 batters per 9 innings in his brief minor league career.  His slurve shows good break and he has had average control.  The Cubs have tried him as a starter but he may move up more quickly now that the Cubs are likely to keep him in the bullpen.

Kurcz could be up by 2013 because is polished enough with two solid pitches and average command.  He's an athletic pitcher, too, so it wouldn't surprise me if his command wound up being pretty good by the time he's ready.  I think he'll have a solid career as a middle relief guy with a ceiling of a set-up guy.  In fact, I won't be shocked if he has a longer career than Chris Carpenter, the main piece in the deal.

All in all, you don't like to lose good quality arms and good people like Aaron Kurcz, but I'm thankful it's over and the Cubs were able to keep their starting prospects throughout all of this.

The only piece of the puzzle left is the prospect Boston will send back to the Cubs, but don't expect much.  He's expected to be a lesser prospect than Kurcz.

The horror.  The horror.

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  • Thank goodness we didn't give up Rhee or BWells. I'm not too familiar with his pitching ability (aside from what you've posted) but he's a really nice dude on twitter best of luck to him.

  • In reply to furiousjeff:

    Very nice guy. On the field he has a good arm, he's a good athlete and has great mental makeup. I'll be surprised if he doesn't reach the majors and have a decent career as a bullpen guy.

  • Somewhere I read that Boston gets to pick the prospect coming
    to the Cubs. I hope that's not true

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    I heard that too and it came from Peter Gammons. He didn't go into detail but I'm hoping the two teams at least picked out a list of players together first. Otherwise, what would stop them from sending us a 29 year old guy stuck in A ball? Still, I'm not expecting the player to be anyone we'll get excited about. Won't even be a top 30 guy, I bet.

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    I don't know if you were going for a Heart of Darkness reference but if you were I applaud you

  • In reply to Nate Hummel:

    I was. Nice catch!

    I was going to title it that way originally but I decided to be more subtle about it.

  • Anytime you can combine baseball and Apocalypse Now is a win John, kudos! Yes I know it's based on Heart Of Darkness, but I remember the know that smell? Smells like ....victory.

  • In reply to Steve Flores:

    Nicely done! Love that smell. I think anytime you can get Theo Epstein (and everything he has brought with him since being hire) for 2 RH bullpen arms, it's a victory.

  • That indeed it is John. Let's see, I will take a guy who will completely change the culture and philosophy of the Cubs for 2 raw, hard throwing relief prospects. That's call grand larceny peeps.

  • In reply to Steve Flores:

    Well played guys. I would take it a bit further and call it grand theft auto. Since we plan on riding that Theo "vehicle" all the way to the promised land. Today being the Ides of March and all... ;)

  • Seems like a bit much to give if he could have been up to help us by 2013. Maybe we'll get a lefty back, though.

  • In reply to Carne Harris:

    True. He'll be at AA and if he has a good year, could get promoted at some point in the season to AAA and put him in Boston sometime in 2013.

    Still BP arms are nice but much easier to replace. In fact, I wonder if this helps Lendy Castillo. Cubs need to replace some young BP arms.

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