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Reader Poll: Prospect lists

Reader Poll: Prospect lists

As I'm about to head off to Arizona and see some of the best Cubs prospects live while also hopefully getting to talk to a good sample of scouts, I wanted to get your input.

How would you like me to make the prospects lists this year?  I can do them by league (low A, high A, AA, etc.), by position (C, 1B, 2B, etc.), or by skill (i.e. most power, most speed, best arm, etc.) -- or maybe some combination.  When that series is completed I'll make an overall list.

If there is something in particular you want to see that isn't mentioned in the poll, please let me know in the comments section.

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  • I voted for "other"......

    I like to have John make two lists.......

    Which prospect has the best looking wheels in the parking lot....

    and

    Which prospect has the best looking lady friend in the stands.

    Please include photos if possible.

    And when in Arizona, please have your "citizenship papers" in order if stop by the Law.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    I wouldn't want this to happen to me...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQfdSBq7flw

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    And I'll check out the wheels, but my money is on Jorge Soler. Dude got $27M :)

  • I enjoy the list by level, I also want to see a list by raw athletic
    abilty (no pitchers) And rank them by chance of making it.

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    Thanks for the feedback E!

  • John - make yourself happy, whatever is easiest for you, wherever they allow scotch to be brought in, whoever you think will be hardest for you to see back home in the year to come. Come back with a couple of interviews.

    How long are you planning on being out there?

  • In reply to SFToby:

    Thanks, Toby. Just a week, that's all the schedule permits for now. If I can find a way to stretch it out, I will!

    I'll see how accessible these guys are and it'd be nice if I actually got to set up a formal interview. We'll see.

  • Also, bring back some stories like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TE-iMwM6SaE

  • In reply to SFToby:

    Ha! Leo was a character. Wish I would have been around to see him when he managed. Just missed it.

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    I think one area of interest is ETA.
    We dream of Theo's "waves of pitching"
    What is realistic and when?

  • In reply to Louie101:

    I can list an ETA on whichever list I wind up doing. Doing it by waves really sounds interesting.

  • In reply to Louie101:

    That's a great idea. Love to see ETA.

  • I voted for position, because that's the steadiest denominator. However, with a guy like Watkins who can play multiple infield positions plus center field, you may need to expand your description and criteria.
    But whatever approach you take, it will be good.

  • In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    Thanks and that's a good point. I'd probably go by the position they're most likely to play, which in Watkins case is 2B.

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    John, I want you to do a list of the prospects by their girlfriends and wives. A prospect with an ugly girlfriend isn't really a prospect because they have no self-confidence.

  • In reply to Michael Caldwell:

    Or, they may have all the self-confidence in the world -- because they know their value doesn't depend on a trophy-gal on the arm.

  • In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    Hmmm...I think you're right. They cancel each other out.

  • In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    I believe that was a moneyball reference. I.E Good prospects have to look like they can sell a pair of jeans.

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    In reply to Furiousjeff:

    FJ, you're the only one who picked up on that.

    On a more serious note, I voted for "by position," but if any of the prospects in your rankings have extremely hot girlfriends, I think you should post their pics along side the picture of the prospect, just so we can enjoy.

  • Love to see it by position. Give a real feeling for where depth in the organization is at, which the rebuild is all about. You can parenthetically say what level they're at, and that's all we really need to know. I think you'd be making a lot more work for yourself if you do skills/tools because there's so much crossover and because some prospects may not have, say, power now, but are projected to in the future, so where do you stick them?

    Have fun in AZ. If you need a place to eat and are on the west side of the valley (19th Ave and Greenway), Chino Bandido's is fricking great. A sort of Chinese Mexican food fusion. Even made it on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86kjMk63PLY

  • In reply to Carne Harris:

    Thanks Carne and I agree. I could incorporate a lot of this into one. That's a good idea. I may do a small list on skills as a sort of wrap up or as part of the overall list.

    Thanks for the tip on the food...I'm really curious about Chinese-Mexican fusion!

  • I like the BA approach, ceiling and likelihood of reaching it. ETA and floor would also be nice. I also like the "waves" concept, particularly as it applies to our potential starting pitchers.

  • In reply to cubsin:

    Thanks cubsin...gives me a lot to think about as far as how to organize.

  • Im already excited for this offseason! I'm ready for some trades and free agent signings! I think jed and theo will surprise us all with some of their moves! Now if only the cardinals will be eliminated soon so I can finally not have to worry about them winning again and having to listen to 12in12.

  • This seems apropos: John Sickels released an extraordinarily early top 50 minor league hitting prospects list, and there are 4 Cubs on it. http://www.minorleagueball.com/2012/10/8/3474442/preliminary-top-50-hitting-prospects-for-2013

  • In reply to Eddie:

    Five of those players in the top ten were Shortstops.

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    I vote for likely position. Also, if it's not to much work, include their contract status. Enjoy AZ John.

  • Enjoy Arizona John, I also voted for likely position . The Cubs are heavy in the middle infield , I want to see the pitchers develop more.

  • Obviously this is pretty hard to predict accurately, but somehow including a list based on expected date of arrival or expected role in majors (i.e. bench, regular starter, possible stud, middle relief etc.)

  • Keith Law just posted an article on the10 guys he's most excited to be looking at in this year's AFL. Number 1 is Baez.

  • Hey John, Cory Wade was designated for assignment by the Yankees yesterday. Do you think that he is someone the Cubs will have a look at?
    See you in AZ :)

  • John, if the draft were today & the astros took stanek -- would you have any weird feelings about taking another "Mark" as the 2nd pick when he was clearly the top talent and passed over? Just wanted to hear your thoughts. I find comfort in thinking Thoyer would never let the cubs overthrow appel. But i just hate to overspend big-time & have a bad taste in my mouth, HOPING appel doesn't fold. Help me get super excited about the draft! I am already, i just feel like the 2nd pick can be bad luck.

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