Cubs Notes: Kane County, September call-ups, Paniagua, Underwood, trade deadline

Cubs Notes: Kane County, September call-ups, Paniagua, Underwood, trade deadline
Juan Paniagua

Lunchtime notes as we approach Labor Day weekend and the end of the minor league regular season....

  • For those who have asked, I will be at Kane County for the entire series against Cubs low Class A affiliate Peoria.  I'll be sitting behind home plate (section 110, row J) for all three games (Saturday, Sunday, Monday), so if I don't run into you somewhere around the ballpark,  please stop by and say hello.  I'll be wearing my red BU hat.  It seems most fans are going on Sunday, so I'll see if I can arrange something more formal than that before game time, so keep your eye out for that.
  • We wrote about some major league call-up possibilities a few days ago and the official names are starting to trickle out.  According to Bruce Miles via Twitter, the Cubs will call up IF Adrian Cardenas, OF Tony Campana, and OF Dave Sappelt on Saturday.  They will also call up SP Chris Rusin (L), C Anthony Recker, and RPs Rafael Dolis and Miguel Socolovich.  I'm interested in seeing Dave Sappelt as he has not had the kind of year most of us expected from him after two solid showings in the International League, regarded as the better of the two AAA leagues in terms of pitching.  Sappelt has an opening to win one of the extra OF'er spots next season, especially since two projected starters (David DeJesus and Brett Jackson), hit left-handed.  His above average speed and ability to play all 3 OF positions is also an asset.  He'll likely be competing with Bryan LaHair, Joe Mather and Tony Campana for one of two spots next year.
  • If there is one reason to subscribe to ESPN Insider, it's Keith Law and his excellent, detailed scouting reports.  That's my reason, anyway.  Today his piece centers around Cubs international signee Juan Paniagua, whom he calls a "sleeper prospect".  It appears the Cubs are going to make him a starter and he does have the repertoire to pull that off, though his change up needs work.  Law said earlier that he'd heard Paniagua showed a good change in the Dominican Republic, so it's likely there's some rust there and it may not be fair to ding him for that right now.  Law also wrote about Duane Underwood but said he was less not as impressive as he had been 10 days earlier.  When I asked him he said his velocity was down a couple of ticks and he didn't show the same command.  Based on his youth and athleticism, however, Law remains optimistic the Cubs can "clean him up".
  • There isn't much expected to happen at today's trade deadline.  The Cubs are unlikely to deal Alfonso Soriano, according to Jon Heyman.  Of course, we've said that from the beginning as teams seem to want Soriano at no financial or prospect risk at all.  Carlos Marmol remains a possibility as do lower profile bullpen arms such as Shawn Camp and Manny Corpas.

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  • I don't about everyone else but I am very excited about Juan Paniagua,and duane underwood. I think both have high upside that could put them in the future rotation.

  • In reply to seankl:

    I think a lot of us are. Two pitchers with some of the best upside in the system.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I also like pierce johnson and blackburn, it's just going to take time for these kids because some of them are high school arms.

  • In reply to seankl:

    Yes, especially Johnson for me. He and Paniagua can move the quickest (I think they're both 22 off the top of my head).

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    John, Didn't know any place else to put this but there is a petition on BN to give Aam Greenberg one official Cubs at bat. Check it out. He was hit in the head on the first pitch as a cub and never made it back to the majors. Seems like a great idea.

  • In reply to pricewriter:

    Should be Adam Greenberg

  • In reply to pricewriter:

    I think its a nice gesture. I think none of us would be too upset if some team out there were to make it happen.

    For those interested, here's the link to the petition by that pricewriter is referring to...

  • If the Cubs player development folks could get just half of our SP prospects to realize their potential, we would have a heck of a rotation..... I see a ton of potential in A ball & Rookie.

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    Absolutely. There's Vizcaino at the upper levels, but then some guys at lower levels, particularly at Boise and AZ.

  • John/Tom- I'm a huge cub fan from Panama. Been following this site from the beginning of the season. Just wanted to thank you guys for the great job you are doing. With respect to the Cubs although I'm all for being patient through the rebuilding process, I do feel that being in a big market, the cubs have to field a more competitive team next season. I think they should go after some veteran free-agents that have had down seasons such as Gavin Floyd, Ervin Santana and Kevin Youkilis. The idea is to sign them short term one to two years, with the hope that they can be traded for prospects if they have a rebound year. Another interesting free-agent that should not be too expensive is Carlos Villanueva, since he can be a decent starter or a setup/closer type reliever.

  • I have to believe there will be some calls about Marmol before the deadline tonight.

  • Me too, plus if the Cubs are willing to adsorb the bulk of Sori's salary like it has been reported, can't believe someone wouldn't do a deal for him.....

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    He's looked like his old self the last couple weeks. But, if we aren't convinced, why should other GMs be?

  • I think they'll get inquiries. The question is how much they're willing to give up. If it's doodley-squat. Maybe the Cubs are better off waiting until next year.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    You're right, John. I see Baker got traded again.

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    For another PTBNL. I kind of wonder if that player doesn't wind up on the Cubs.

  • get a low type A prospect for Camp or Corpas, it would be least 2 AA prospect players for Marmol.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    I'd be willing to settle when it comes to those two. They're just short term solutions anyway. If we get a guy with any kind of upside, I think we should take it.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    By "any kind of upside" you mean Delgado and Teheran, right?

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  • If no team takes Soriano now....then they never will.

    Alfonso is here to stay.

  • With Alfonso here to stay, LaHair will be traded this winter, maybe Campana as well.

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