Just a few notes here as the Cubs get ready to announce Rick Renteria as their new manager tomorrow. Renteria will sign a 3 year deal with 2 club options.
- There will be a new radio voice to team with Pat Hughes as Keith Moreland resigned to spend more time with his family. No word yet on potential replacements, though I've heard more than a few fans bring up Kerry Wood. What about a minor league guy like Mick Gillespie of Tennessee, who has already covered many of the Cubs that will be Cubs in the future?
- The Cubs exercised their option to get out of their broadcast contract with WGN after 2014, as expected. According to the article, "By exercising the option, the Cubs’ broadcast and cable rights will sync up in 2019, giving the team a target date and its full slate of games to potentially form a much more lucrative cable sports network."
- Chris Moran wrote a nice piece for the Gammons Daily on Jeff Samardzija. Interesting how fresh his arm still is compared to other pitchers his age. He also has excellent stuff. I think he's still learning the craft of being a starting pitcher and it will be interesting to see how much progress he continues to make in terms of his approach and his command this upcoming season.
- AZL Recap: Kris Bryant went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored. He's hitting .390/.456/.831 with 6 HRs. He is still striking out a lot (20 Ks in 67 PAs), but he is also regaining the patience he showed as an amateur (8 walks). Wes Darvill went 0 for 4. Both Lendy Castillo and Armando Rivero pitched a scoreless inning. They each walked one batter and struck out another.
Here's a scouting report by Kevin Gallo on potential Cubs draft pick Tyler Beede.
Pitcher name: Tyler Beede
Draft status: Junior at Vanderbilt
Physical: He has a strong muscular athletic build with rounded shoulders. He has a frame that can carry 200 innings a year without a problem.
Mechanics: Beede starts on the 1B side of the rubber and steps at about a 45% angle back to start his windup. He has a simple compact delivery keeping his hands close to his chest until the point of separation. He has a high compact leg kick and explodes off his back leg. He throws from a high ¾ arm slot and gets good extension from his forward stride. He has a solid landing on his front leg and clean follow through. His release point is a little inconsistent.
Fastball: Beede offers two different types of FBs, which could both be plus pitches. His 4 steam shows good gear out of his hand with some rising action, sitting around 94 to 95 with a 97 max. Beede’s 2S fastball shows good tailing and sinking action and sits around 92 to 94. His 2S is an excellent ground ball pitch with swing and miss action.
Secondary Pitches: Both of Beede’s secondary pitches show flashes of being plus or plus plus pitches.
Curveball: Beede’s CB sits in the low 80s and shows a hard 12-6 break. He shows a good tight spin, depth and good shape when his release point is right. It shows flashes of being a plus pitch when his command is on.
Change up: Beede’s CU could be his best pitch. It sits in the high 70’s and shows very good deception. It shows a good tailing and sinking action. His CU has all the makings of a plus plus pitch if his release point is correct.
Command: This may be the only knock on him. His release point has been the biggest issue in his development. But he has shown times when his command is on and he is all but unhittable.
Summary: The only thing holding Beede back is consistence of his release point If you go with pure stuff, he maybe the best pitcher in the draft. Beede could become the best pitcher coming out of the 2014 draft, if he can get master his command. It is very possible, if Beede shows the improvement in his command that he could be a top 5 pick.
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