It's a very slow day as far as Cubs baseball is concerned. The World Series has officially started so we probably won't be hearing any big news until it's over.
Speaking of the World Series, the Cardinals fans believe that the Red Sox needed to cheat to beat them by 7 runs. There is a much publicized video and photograph of Jon Lester's glove, which Cardinal fans believe he tried to hide an illegal substance, perhaps Vaseline. MLB found the evidence to be inconclusive. Another big play was Peter Kozma missing the throw on a possible DP grounder. Perhaps the Cardinals learned a lesson here, put the Vaseline in your pitcher's glove, not the shortstop's. No crying in baseball, Cards fans.
Maybe the Cubs aren't World Series quality...yet. But they are in the top 10 in the following areas...
With the 4th pick in the 2014 MLB Draft....
Keith Law and Chris Crawford came out with their top 30 for the MLB Draft. It's insider only, so I can't give away too much, but I will say they are not as high on Trea Turner as we are, ranking him in the middle of the first round and have Alex Jackson at #3 -- even if he doesn't stick at catcher, which is higher than some of the people we've talked to. The ranking is heavy on high school bats (Jackson, Jacob Gatewood, Braxton Davidson) and pitchers (Grant Holmes, LHP Brady Aiken, Tyler Kolek) Their top rated college bat is Kennesaw State catcher Max Pentecost at #11. Their top college pitcher after the consensus top 2 (LHP Carlos Rodon and RHP Jeff Hoffman) is hard-throwing LHP Sean Newcomb out of Hartford at #10. If the draft unfolds this way, the Cubs may have to go with a high school player, which isn't their preference, but if they do we can expect they'll pursue a more polished player than a raw bat or arm. It's not a mock draft but SS Jacob Gatewood, who may have the best raw power in the draft ranks as their 4th best player. For what it's worth, I really liked what I saw out of Grant Holmes when I got a chance to see him pitch and Brady Aiken looks like a pretty polished lefty with a good fastball. On a side note, I saw this college pitcher I like a lot when I went to see Team USA named Eric Fedde but hadn't seen him ranked anywhere. Law and Crawford had him at #16. He's my official scouting find of 2014. Here's what I said about him back then,
Erick Fedde, RHP, UNLV
The biggest surprise in the two games was Fedde . He flew in from the Cape Cod League, where he'd been pitching well, and put on a uniform so new that they didn't even have time to sew his name on it yet. Fedde is long, lean and projectable at 6'4", 175 lbs -- but he showed plenty of present stuff, including a 93 mph fastball and a tight slider that looks like it has plus potential. He commanded both pitches well. He got a few hitters to chase on the slider, pitching 3 no-hit, no-walk innings and striking out 5.
Cubs worth $1.32 B -- 5th in all of baseball
According to a Bloomberg analysis, the Cubs are worth $1.32 billion -- 5th in all of baseball behind the Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox, and Mets.
Wrigley Field 2nd for Best Arenas and Stadiums in America
Well, it's by Rolling Stone and it's for rock concerts, but hey, we're big music fans at Cubs Den, so we'll take it. Maybe the Cubs need a music writer. I suggest our guy Felzz.
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