I will have the recaps later this morning, so in the meantime here are some pics of the Kane County game yesterday.
Wow! Didn't realized there were so many lefty bats in KC.
They do, and it's why we chose the 3B side that day, though we did move behind the plate for some of the game.
Awesome photos, John. Thanks for posting.
You are welcome! My wife actually took those. I think she's getting better all the time. I left off some of the better, more artsy ones ;)
Hey John, Katey Casey isn't your wife by chance??? I know she loves to take a bunch of pictures of Cub players.
Anyway, thanks for all the Kane County (and other minor league team) recaps.
No, my wife's name is Stacey. I don't know if Katey does it for a living but Stacey just does it for fun when we go to the game together.
Thanks for those pics. Its nice to start putting faces with the names we have been following.
Really nice work.
Main thing that struck me - my gosh, these are kids!
The close-ups really bring that home. Sometimes we forget how young these kids are. Tseng is 19!
A bit off topic,... was at a Frederick Keys game (Orioles High A club) game last night. Keys lost 1-2 in extra innings to the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Kansas City High A). Not much to write about period on offense. Pitching on both teams was pretty good.
Only two guys kind of stood out on offense A guy named Michael Burgess playing LF for the Keys, and a guy on the Rocks named Bubba Starling playing CF. Burgess is a 25-year old jouneyman MiL OF who's been with a couple of MiL clubs up to AA level and has probably peaked. Starling is a former 1st round pick out of HS in 2012 who looked like he has some potential.
Only pitcher of note seemed to be a guy for the Rocks named Jonathan Dziedzic, who is an undersized lefty who was a draft pick of the Royals in 2013 out of college. Struck out 7, walked 2 in 6 innings and only gave up a solo HR and scattered some singles.
Was a good night for a game though.
The Royals drafted Bubba Starling away from a Nebraska football scholarship in 2012. He is a stud athlete, but I don't think he has moved quite as fast as the org would have liked (despite the fact that he is still young). If the Royals do go after Shark, I wouldn't mind seeing Starling become a part of the package.
Maybe this is wishful thinking, but damn if Schwarber's swing doesn't look like Jim Thome's. Let's just hope he's more than a DH.
Good thing swing isn't a preview of Athleticism.
Just curious what you were thinking? I was observing the "loads" and "separations" of the swings of Candelario and Schwarber.
He definitely has the lower half of a catcher, but doesn't look quite as lumbering as I have seen him in other photos.
Cubs got Micheal Burgess from the Nats a few years back in trade , correct? Starling has had all kids of problems with the hit tool, He caught a real bad case of the Brett Jacksons .
Yep, got him and AJ Morris for Gorzelanny. It was kind of a dump trade, not sure why we dumped Gorz, I thought he was useful. It might have been Hendry's last trade w Cubs.
Bubba Starling was #5 pick in 2012 draft, and is looking like a bust
Starling looked pretty good last night - kind of an all or nothing swing though. 5 AB, 2 hits including the game winning HR in the 10th, 2 Ks though. Only appears to be hitting about his body weight batting average-wise for the year. Made a nifty catch on the warning track too late in the game that probably saved the Rocks a run.
And I thought that Burgess' name sounded familiar. Wasn't sure from where though - thanks Bryan.
Wouldn't mind seeing Starling come back to Nebraska and be our quarterback. He is a great athlete.
Out of curiosity, what is considered a very good WAR for a relief pitcher?
Had to look it up. You can see the numbers in the link below. 3 and above is elite. Anyone with an fWAR over 2 is in the top 2% of all relief pitchers since 1980.
He would look better in an Iowa uniform if He goes back to football, Nebraska's QB still has Hitchens and Kirksey's helmet imprints in his chest from last years game lol
Amen, Go Hawks!
Thanks much John. I see the validity of the comments on Candelario about being in better shape. Schwarber certainly looks more athletic than Vogelbach. Great to see the faces and names! Thank your boss for the great photos!
Haha! Will do.
I noticed that the only guy we left out from the starting lineup is Jacob Rogers. Sorry, Jake! Not sure what happened there.
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