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Cubs acquire OF Cole Gillespie

Cubs acquire OF Cole Gillespie
Cole Gillespie

I'm a little late to the party here as I was at a family gathering, so no Game Notes, but we can use this bit of news as our thread for today...

The biggest news today is that the Cubs picked up that RH OF bat they were lacking.  It's Cole Gillespie who is 29 and has played a total of 53 games in the major leagues and has put up totals of .218/.277/.364.  The Cubs acquired him via waivers but with the roster at 39, the Cubs didn't need to make a corresponding move.

Gillespie is an athletic player with decent speed.  He can defend all three outfield positions and provide patience and some gap power.  Cubs fans are going to like this guy because he's an intelligent player who will give you great ABs.

He was originally a 3rd round pick of the Milwaukee and was their 9th rated prospect as recently as 2009.  He hasn't had a chance to succeed at the MLB level but it seems he'll get some playing time vs. LHP the rest of the way.  Gillespie is not an upside play.  He is what he is -- and that's a guy who will accept his role and be a valuable piece off the bench.

 

 

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  • Like it. Does this mean Sappelt goes back down?

  • In reply to givejonadollar:

    I think it means a pitcher will go down.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    So I assume this rules out Lake being brought up

  • In reply to Bill Newton:

    At least for awhile, probably until September.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    He is having a pretty nice night tonight. Couple of steals to go with a few hits. Hope he can take that to the next level.

  • Move looks even better given the saga of trying to figure out whether or not Brett "Carmen Sandiego" Jackson was on Iowa's roster today or not.

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    In reply to Jim Weihofen:

    Carrie Muskat ‏@CarrieMuskat 3h

    Brett Jackson rehabbing from calf injury in AZ. Expected to see game action soon. #Cubs

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    2 great plays by Starlin Castro this inning. Saved errors by Rizzo and Navarro. Garza throwing well against another frontline team. Somebody is going to give in for this guy.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Very good plays indeed. May have saved a run that inning.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Amazing how the "trade Castro for 4 top prospects because he's regressed"(which was contradicting in the first place) comments have gone into hiding since his day off.
    It just goes to show that the only way Castro can keep the media and such silent is if he's producing at all times. He's the only player that's not allowed to struggle or mess up.

    And if he does, you can bet everyone and their mom will write about it/dissect it to oblivion.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    I'm just hoping he's stronger for it next time and has a better idea the next time his timing/balance gets screwed up. Never really struggled before.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Agreed on all counts. That goes for all of our top prospects and young players who never really experienced extended slumps before. Baez got it out of the way early and I think he'll be a better player for it.

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    quite honestly, there have been so many conflicting reports I still don't know if Castro's slump was a result of rowson/sveum messing with his stance. I'm hearing that they wanted him to have a more open stance to be able to see the ball better earlier, with the result that he wasn't able to catch up to fastballs and to outside pitches. I have NO way of knowing if this is true, but if it is then personally I think rowson AND sveum should be canned.

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    In reply to SKMD:

    I'm sure the tinkering had something to do with it but i'm not so sure it's as full blown as people made it out to be. When it comes to conflicting reports all over the place I tend to believe the inside sources guy like Tom, John, Patrick Mooney, etc have and all those sources said it was just a really bad slump. So that's how I took it.

    Slumps can be mechanically induced as well. Which is fine. It's impossible to do multiple things the same each and every time for 500+ ABs. That's part of the game.

    The articles/comments about him "regressing" physically and skills-wise like losing bat-speed for example was the nonsense IMO...To a lot of shortsighted people slump and regression are one in the same.

  • In reply to SKMD:

    Why fire them? Because their student struggled a bit with an adjustment they were asking him to make before it started working?

    If you're going to blame Castro's hitting woes on Rowson and Sveum, then shouldn't you also give them the props for when Castro starts hitting well?

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    In reply to Quedub:

    because IMO they then took what ain't broke and tried to fix it. His OBP was sub .350, but for the sake of 20 points of on-base was it worth tearing down the stance, swing and confidence that brought him to the majors at such a young age?
    Also there has been chapter upon volume written about how the cubs minor league instructors failed at ''developing" guys like vitters, patterson, harvey etc etc - if we blame the instructors and not the students in those cases, why not here?

  • The current Sappelt is more along the lines of what I expected in April.

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    Garza looks good again tonight. Who's gonna pony up?

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    These fox announcers have no idea what they're talking about it. They are saying Baez is a better defender than Starlin because he had total 27 errors last year which means that Baez will take over SS when he's ready

    lol.

    Hell if that's what you're going off of Baez must be terrible because has almost 30 by mid-season.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Those two are so full of it. They're usually not well informed, but it doesn't stop them from talking.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    Exactly. If I was a betting man, i'd wager that neither of them have even seen Baez play defense at any point in time. So to even make the statement that he's a better SS than Castro, whether it's actually true or not, was ridiculous.

  • I almost spit my drink when the announcer said that baez was sure handed. I think baez could be a good shortstop but his comments prove that sometimes the announcers don't know what they are talking about.

  • Nice problem to have Castro or Baez as our future SS. Let's hope
    Garza is trade by Wednesday.

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    What a play by Castro and Rizzo. Especially Castro. Most Shortstops boot that ball.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    I agree, that ball had trouble written all over it.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    And that did not look like a outfielder making that play.

  • In reply to seankl:

    Incredible play to end the game. Wow.

  • I saw on MLBTR that Jair Jurrjens was also in DFA limbo. Does anyone think that he would have made a decent flyer pick-up? I haven't heard much about him this season, but obviously if he was DFA'd he wasn't having a very good season. John, you said that Gillespie wasn't an upside pick-up so could Jurrjens have been a better investment for a team that is still very much rebuilding?

  • In reply to ChuckR:

    He's done. He never had great stuff and it's regressed. Velo is below average, stuff is flat, command is mediocre at best. I'd rather have Gillespie between the two of them.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Thanks. I'm happy to see them get a guy who allows Lake more time to develop, but I was curious to hear your opinion on Jurrjens and if any value could be salvaged there.

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