Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Russell does it again; Bryant and Baez HR too; Stinnett impresses

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Russell does it again;  Bryant and Baez HR too; Stinnett impresses
Kris Bryant

Our thoughts go out to Starlin Castro, whose cousin and three close friends were involved in a fatal car accident.  Castro missed today's game and may miss up to a week.  He may be put on the bereavement list, in which case Logan Watkins seems like a likely candidate considering he is the only rostered candidate who plays the infield.  Junior Lake is also a possibility if the Cubs want to move Arismendy Alcantara to 2B and pick up an outfielder, but I find that unlikely.  The Cubs seem to want to get a long look at Alcantara in CF and he seems to be improving quickly.  Jorge Soler seems like a longshot right now.

Reno 11- Iowa 4

  • LHP Eric Jokisch is going to get hit from time to time, as he did today (8 hits and 3 runs in 5 IP), but he consistently controls the damage by not giving up free passes.  He did now walk a batter today and struck out 4.  He now has 31 walks and 141 Ks in 156 IP.  That walk rate is at 1.78 per 9 IP while striking out just over 8 per 9 IP.  And just for good measure, he went 2 for 3 with a run scored at the plate.
  • Logan Watkins went 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI.
  • Kris Bryant hit his 19th HR for Iowa and 41st overall and his 50th HR as a pro in 163 games (578 ABs).  Bryant also walked and singled.  in 59 games at Iowa, he is hitting .313/.426/.663.
  • Rafael Lopez tripled walked, and drove in a run.  He is hitting .274 at Iowa.

Tennessee 4 - Montgomery 1

  • Pierce Johnson picked up where  he left off, extending his scoreless streak to 22, but he did allow a run in 5th.  Johnson did walk 4 batters and that continues to be something he needs to improve.  Johnson struck out 5 and lowered his ERA to 2.34 at AA.
  • Hunter Cervenka pitched 1.2 scoreless innings to get the win, improve to 3-3 and drop his ERA below 3 at 2.95.  He walked one and struck out one.  Cervenka is especially effective against LH hitters, allowing them to hit just .147 and pitching with better control with just under 3 walks per 9 IP.
  • PJ Francescon pitched 2 scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 3.51.  He had some ups early and then some rough outings midseason which were more about regressing to the the mean, but since then he has been very dependable for the Smokies, often getting the ball with the game in the balance.
  • Blake Cooper is proving to be quite useful down the stretch and today he picked up his first save with the Smokies, striking out 2 in his 1-2-3 9th.
  • Albert Almora has slowly been getting adjusted and is starting to put up good numbers, hitting ,371 in his last 9 games and improving his overall average to .245.
  • Addison Russell hit his 3rd HR in 3 games, giving him 11 since joining the Cubs in that July 4th deal,   in what is now a 40 game sample size, Russell is hitting .306/.353/.577.

Clearwater 7 - Daytona 3

  • Eduardo Figueroa helped eat some innings to help hold the fort in Tennessee but now he his back at Daytona.  He allowed 5 runs on just 2 hits, but both were HRs and that was complicated by 3 walks.
  • Kyle Schwarber doubled and drove in a run.
  • The D-Cubs got good production from the bottom of their lineup.  Bijan Rademacher went 2 for 4 with a triple, run, and an RBI.  Rademacher is hitting .270/.359/.417 with 7 HRs on the year.
  • Marco Hernandez went 2 for 3 with a walk, run, and an RBI.  Hernandez is hitting .272/.317/.350.  The walk was his 27th, 6 more than his previous career high.

 Kane County 7 - Burlington 3

  • Duane Underwood had some control issues, walking 3 and hitting a batter in 5 innings, but he managed to wriggle out of trouble all day, allowing just 2 runs.  He struck out 4 and kept his ERA at 2.55 on the year.
  • The suddenly dominant Jasvir Rakkar retired all 4 batters he faced, 3 via strikeout to improve to 3-0 and is still has not been scored on since joining the Cougars.  In 14 innings, he has walked just 3 and struck out 14.
  • Mark Zagunis has played the OF since his promotion and was in RF today.  He drove in a run with a double.  He's 3 for his first 13 in the MWL.
  • Jeimer Candelario went 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored.
  • Yasiel Balaguert has hit well since returning from injury.  He went 2 for 4 and is 9 for 31 (.290) since he's been back, raising his overall line to .247/.284/.360 with 6 HRs.
  • Cael Brockmeyer, Danny Lockhart, and Carlos Penalver each had a hit and drove in a run.
  • Jeffrey Baez has settled in nicely at Kane County.  The athletic outfielder with good bat speed and improving power hit his 4th HR and went 2 for 4 and is hitting .276/.317/.553 in 22 games since his promotion.  He is hitting .270/.333/.489 with 11 HRs and 17 SBs overall this season between Kane and Boise.

Boise 4 - Vancouver1

  • Jake Stinnett threw as hard as 95 mph in his Boise debut and completely shutdown the Canadians in 2.2 innings.  He had some trouble controlling his breaking ball.  According to reader Cameron, he threw quite a few in the dirt, but walked just one batter while striking out 7.  Sounds about par for the course.  If there is anything we knew Stinnett had to work on, it was his breaking ball.  Heres a video from @boisehawksradio...

  • Jeremy Null followed up with 3.2 scoreless frames with no walks and 2 Ks.  Null picked up his first pro win and has a 1.86 ERA since joining Boise.  He was throwing in the 89 range and that is played up the excellent plane he creates with his 6'7" frame.
  • LHP Sam Wilson was also around 89 mph and shut down Vancouver or 2+ innings before giving up a late, meaningless HR in the 9th.    It was the only hit, the only baserunner, in fact, that Wilson allowed while also striking out 2.  Wilson has a 3.14 ERA with 11.3 Ks per 9 IP and improving control with 3.1 BB per 9 IP.
  • Charcer Burks went 1 for 3 with another walk while driving in 2 runs.
  • SS Bryant Flete went 2 for 3 with a double, walk, and 2 runs scored.  He is currently hitting .303.  Cameron also said he played very good defense.
  • C Mark Malave went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 runs scored.  Cameron felt he looked tentative at the plate but oozes talent.



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    You guys think Russell starts in AAA next year?

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    In reply to Subiedude19:

    I think that is a no-brainer. I hope he starts walking a little more again, but it's hard to see him not being with the Cubs at some point in 2015.

  • In reply to Subiedude19:

    If he's not hurt, he'll start in AAA

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    When is it time to start worrying about Almora's walk rate? He's young, but one of the few quasi-predictive stats for minor league players is walk rate in the upper minors.

  • In reply to Nathan King:

    when he isnt producing at a high level

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    In reply to CubfanInUT:

    The problem is that the lack of walks is a form of lack of production. It's not just a matter of getting on-base, but also a crucial part of being an effective major league hitter is swinging at hittable pitches and laying off the other ones. Not every hitter needs to walk a lot to be effective, but walks are a pretty good proxy for this skill, especially in the minor leagues where control is much more spotty. That's what I meant when I said walks are somewhat predictive and it's why I'm starting to worry about a hitter whose walk rate has gone down at every level.

  • In reply to Nathan King:

    He really doesn't swing at bad pitches. He just makes contact very easily within the strike zone. That's not to say his walk rate isn't concerning, but he actually does have a good idea of what he is doing at the plate, which gives me some hope. Besides, I would rather have a guy who hits 300/330 than a guy that hits 240/340

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    In reply to mjvz:

    Agree with this. If he becomes Starlin Castro with elite defense, that's still one hell of a player.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    Is he going to outgrow SS?

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    In reply to stix:

    Almora might outgrow SS. ;)

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    In reply to Mike Moody:

    I agree. It wouldn't be far fetched for him to develop into something even better than Castro. He can make contact very well for someone so young. He doesn't have to have a slash line of .310/.380/.600. If he provides good defense and has something like .280/.325/.450 and play solid defense I would probably take that. And I don't think these are unreasonable or unbelievable numbers. I think rather than planning on a 10% walk rate it will probably settle in at 4-7% but with a high BA.

  • In reply to Mike Moody:

    I don't think Almora has the speed or arm to be an "elite" defender in CF.

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    In reply to jmoultz: rates his arm at 65 so almost a plus. In addition to that there are things you can do to compensate for less arm strength and from what I have read and heard he does those things (like having momentum going toward your target when you catch the ball). All the scouts also comment that he gets really good jumps on the ball. In short, his defense is rated pretty good (75 on I am sure there is some discrepancy between scouts but that sounds pretty solid to me.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    80 is elite. A 75 CF is a Gold Glove quality defender.
    60-plus - 70 plus plus - 80 Elite

    Almora's arm is not only strong, but super accurate. He doesn't have a cannon, but he throws heat seeking missiles to any base. He has fringe average speed, but he gets amazing jumps and gets to every ball. He is a world class fielder.

  • In reply to jmoultz:

    I totally disagree. I have seen him many times. He gets a quick jump and takes excellent routes to the spot. He will be an above average defensive CF who could win a gold glove some day. I would wager that he's already the best defensive CF in the organization.

  • In reply to Nathan King:

    I have been able to see Almora in person about 5 times at AA this season. To me, he appeared to be pressing when he first arrived in Tennessee. He especially had trouble laying off low pitches out of the zone (not low and away, but low over the plate). I saw him last week (during his best streak at AA) and saw him strikeout again on that low pitch and appear to be somewhat over matched by the other teams closer who was throwing 94 mph (he did manage a weak broken bat infield hit). They say AA is the biggest leap for minor league players. IMO he looks a bit unsure at the plate, but that uneasiness disappears when he goes out to play CF. He supremely confident out there and that confidence manifests itself. I believe as he succeeds more at the plate he'll have the same confident swagger that he has when playing defense.

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    In reply to Nathan King:

    Four months ago. If Theo is true to his word regarding the kind of team he wants the Cubs to be, it's hard to imagine Baez, Almora and to a lesser extent Castro in the same lineup. With his approach this year, I actually think Castro could end up being a fairly disciplined hitter in a couple years, but you can't have three or four guys who are afraid to walk if you want to have a team that wears down pitchers and puts up a solid OBP.

  • In reply to Gregory Shriver:

    You may be right but Castro and Almora don't strike out a ton. They put balls in play, and since they make contact, they have the ability to make the pitchers throw a lot of pitches in a single at-bat. Plus, how many SS are sporting better than .333 OBP that Castro has.

    Baez isn't going to be a high OBP guy but how many 2B have the potential to hit 40+ HRs? Baez and Castro have the potential to give you a lot of WAR. Castro has been worth a 3+ WAR in 3 of his first 4 seasons (and he's only 24).

  • In reply to Gregory Shriver:

    You can if one of them hits 40 HRs, another wins a Gold Glove in CF, and the other puts up those numbers at SS.

  • In reply to Nathan King:

    You'd like to see the BB rate a little higher but he doesn't need it to be much higher, if he maintains a K rate around 11%. He's putting balls in play, so his avg won't be terrible unless he gets really bad BABIP. He's getting bad luck in AA, with a BABIP of .262, but it's a SSS.

    His low BB rate is going to keep him from being a high OBP type guy.

    I do think Almora is probably the most likely candidate to flop of the Big 4/5 prospects.

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    In reply to Nathan King:

    He's probably got two years left in the minors.

    There's a lot of time.

  • Almora has looked good this whole series and made the best play I have seen live in the last 10 years. Russell is straight up killing it. I let out a gleeful cheer to the dismay of everyone around me tonight. I have freaking loved attending this series and tomorrow night I get to see the 5th and final installment.
    Russell looks like our future SS. I am very impressed and excited.

  • In reply to Tide23:

    The starters have been phenomenal the last 3 nights also (Black, Edwards and Johnson). Well it is a stretch to call Johnson's outing phenomenal but his stuff was good and he only gave up a run.

  • In reply to Tide23:

    Good stuff to hear. Thanks Tide.

  • John, do you think CJ Edwards and Addison Russell get sent to the Arizona fall League again this year? or who would be your list of players who get sent there?

  • In reply to CubfanInUT:

    I hope both Edwards and Russell get sent to the AFL since they missed a lot of valuable development time this season. I'd also like to see Soler in the AFL if he isn't playing ball with the big league team in Sep.

  • In reply to CubfanInUT:

    I think Russell may return. With Edwards they're going to balance the need to rest his shoulder with his need for extra innings. Tough call. Glad I don't have to make it :)

  • In reply to CubfanInUT:

    Each team is given priority positions. So if we weren't assigned SS, for example, then Russell's playing time w/b limited. In that case, they may encourage him to play winter ball vs the AFL since it would be a step up in competition and he appears ready for it.

    Having said that, the Mesa Solar Sox are made up of the Cubs. LAA, OAK, TOR, and WAS. The only team with a SS prospect that could challenge Russell is ironically enough, the A's. Daniel Robertson was selected just 23 picks after they chose Russell. He has been exceptional in A+ this year and the A's may have a case for him to have priority over Russell, since Russell went last year.

    We'll have to wait and see what happens.

  • In reply to CubfanInUT:

    Kris Bryant said that he was going to be playing with Russell in the fall league...

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    In reply to cubbie steve:

    Bryant said that? Where?

    That wouldn't make a ton of sense, because Bryant has played a full season, and is clearly too advanced for AFL (which I am told is roughly AA+ level). AFL is almost always for players who missed development time due to injury

  • In reply to Zonk:

    Video interview with Bryant. A round 3 min 8 second mark:

    "I'm going to play with him (Russell) for, you know, thirty games in the fall league..."

  • In reply to cubbie steve:

    sorry. the correct link:

  • In reply to cubbie steve:

    wonder if Bryant wants to play to work on his swing some more.. interesting

  • In reply to cubbie steve:

    Bryant is way beyond the AFL.

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    His words

  • My random thoughts:

    Russell, wow....930 OPS from my shortstop with plus defense, yeah, I think I'll take that. They'll need to move Castro to 2B, Baez to 3B, and Bryant to the OF to accommodate him, but a kid this good, you do what is necessary. I think he's in Chicago by the all-star break next July.

    With that strong heater but lousy breaking ball, Stinnett profiles as a late inning reliever long-term, and I think that's fine for a 2nd round underslot pick. Glad to see he's finally in action.

    Burks, Jeffrey Baez, Torrez, Underwood and Dunston, the best 5 breakout prospects this year in the low minors?

  • In reply to notcarlosdanger:

    I think it's a little early, okay a lot early, actually ridiculously early to be describing what Stinnett will likely be long term. This was his 4th professional appearance, and he didn't pitch a lot in college. I think he deserves some time working with Derek Johnson and others to develop his breaking ball and improve his fast ball command before we can have a clear idea what his long term profile will be.

    As far as breakouts, are you not counting Tseng because he wasn't in the organization last season? Is that a prerequisite for being a breakout? I guess maybe it is. But as far as one who has surpassed expectations and firmly placed himself as a top prospect while coming out of obscurity. Tseng fits that description to a tee.

    I completely agree with you on Charcer Burks. He's performed well above the expectations I had for him going in and in that sense, he can be called a breakout prospect. But I've seen a lot of under 20 players have success in Boise and then struggle in full season ball, Dunston being one of them. I can't call Burks a prospect that comes close to breaking a Cubs top 15-20 list yet.

    Duane Underwood, I think, has distinguished himself as a top 15-20 prospect this season. He still has work to do, but he is one under 20 guy who took a big step forward when making the leap to full season. He is clearly deserving of the title of breakout for me.

    An argument can be made that Torrez and Baez can be considered "breakouts", maybe 2nd tier breakouts as they're not on the same level as Underwood and/or Tseng.

    Even though Dunston has turned it on in the 2nd half, I can't put him in the breakout category because his numbers last season were better (esp. OBP). At 21, he's age appropriate for his league, and he didn't really have a surprising jump in any area of his game.

  • In reply to notcarlosdanger:

    Not to compare him to Wacha, but Wacha had a lousy breaking ball in college and it's still average at best. Hendricks also has a lousy breaking ball. Good FB command and a change will take you a long way.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    John what type of breaking ball are we talking about here? Have they been teaching him a 12-6 CB? Because his only breaking ball pre-draft was a slider and while he has some inconsistency at times, it isn't considered a work in progress like his change-up is. His Slider has rated as many scouts a plus or a potential plus offering.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Not sure what you guys mean, but Stinnett has a wipeout power slider that is an out pitch (mid 80's). What he needs to work on is consistenct in his delivery because of his violent arm action and 3/4 arm slot he loses his release point....which is why he most likely bounced a few into the dirt...but it is already a plus pitch.

  • In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    What he needs is a changeup as a third pitch and a consistent release point.

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    In reply to notcarlosdanger:

    "Breakout" is kind of subjective, but I think Tseng is definitely a breakout guy. Charcer Burks, Daury Torrez, and Underwood have all seen their stock rise alot, as you say, so they are good candidates.

    I also like some of the lessor prospects as breakouts: Armando Rivero, Peraksils, Beeler, Jokisch, Hernandez, guys who will not be stars but who could figure on a ML roster in the future

  • In reply to notcarlosdanger:

    RE: "With that strong heater but lousy breaking ball, Stinnett profiles as a late inning reliever long-term"

    Not sure where you got "lousy breaking ball" from but the scouts disagree with you (and so do I from the video I have seen)

    Scouting Book: "A two-way player (third base) while a member of the Maryland Terrapins, California native Jake Stinnett only really turned to pitching full-time in 2013. Right now, he's a big, powerful righthander with a mid-90's sinking fastball and a slashing, wipeout slider. Naturally, he's working on a changeup, though he seems to have a better handle on it than most young players."

    BA: "Stinnett’s stuff has continued to trend upward this spring, as he threw a no-hitter in February, dominated a head-to-head matchup in March with Carlos Rodon and North Carolina State, and has reached 97 mph with his fastball, which usually sits 92-95 with above-average life. He gets extension in his delivery and has a pitcher’s frame at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds. His hard 78-83 mph slider is his preferred second pitch, with a too-firm, little-used changeup also in his repertoire."

    MLB: "Originally a two-way player who played third base for the Terrapins, Stinnett started focusing on pitching only as a junior in 2013. He’s really taken off this season, showing a jump in velocity up into the mid 90s with plenty of sink. His slider has greatly improved, flashing as a plus pitch. His changeup is behind the other two, but he has shown some feel for it. The focus on pitching has helped his command, and he’s able to pitch to both sides of the plate.

    There is some effort to his delivery, but not enough to make a team think he can’t start. College seniors typically are value picks, but Stinnett has the chance to go in the early rounds based on his size and stuff alone."

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    Anyone know what happened to Mike Olt, I see he was put on the 7 day disabled list?
    My prayers go out to Starlin for his loss.

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    In reply to Jeff Wilson:

    I just saw that Carrie Muskat reported he had a hamstring strain. Get well soon Mike, I-Cubs need you!

  • In reply to Jeff Wilson:

    Not a good time for him to get hurt. Hopefully it is minor.

  • In reply to John57:

    I was at the game where Old got hurt. He was playing first and the batter bunted a ball in the air and Olt and the pitcher nearly collided and he had to avoid the diving pitcher. Awkward play for sure.

  • In reply to Jeff Wilson:

    After Soler, Almora, and Russell's Hammy issues, I seriously hope the Cubs hire the foremost experts in Hammy's and nip these hammy strains in the bud with a different strength, stretching, conditioning program.

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    I really hope that the Cubs protect Jokisch with a 40-man roster spot. While I don't have any illusions about him being a TOR he does have a good K:BB ratio at AAA so see a bullpen spot as a "floor" for him with BOR or, in his best years, MOR positions. Travis Wood 2013 would be about his ceiling. Not a bad thing to have around and certainly something many teams would immediately pluck for their rotation in the Rule 5 draft.

    I am really happy to see Stinnett do as well has he did. I am sure he was on a strict pitch count. It will be interesting to see what he becomes. I am excited by the reports that, if he can get a reliable 3rd pitch, we might really have something on our hands. Given how limited his experience is at pitcher it is not far-fetched that he could still experience significant development.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    I think Jokisch has erased any questions about being worth a 40 man spot. I just hope he wasn't on that list of PTBL in the Doubront deal...

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    Maybe it's Trey McNutt. Didn't the BoSox originally want him in the "trade" for Theo? Ha ha.

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    In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    That thought crossed my mind too. Somehow I doubt it. If that were the case why wasn't it simply Doubront for Jokisch. Somehow I think the Rule 5 draft has something to do with it. Maybe the BoSox want us to choose someone for them and sell him to them similar to when we picked Josh Hamilton for the Reds (that's still painful to type). Also, BOS was trying to dump Doubront who had become something of a pain for them. I look at this as similar to us trading Barney. We'll give up something, but I would say that Torrez would be about the best we would be likely to give up. More than likely someone further down our depth chart.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    I agree, that it's unlikely. But since he isn't on the current 40 man, and is rule 5 eligible, he may be on the list, even as a back-up. I hope not...

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    In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    You are correct it is possible as an "alternate". However, I don't see why the Cubs would do that. Doubront isn't much more than a AAA guy right now, is 2 years older and has 2 years more service time. The only advantage he provides is that we have major league data on him, but that is pretty uninspiring. Hardly worth giving up someone close to MLB ready. I think it is going to be someone much deeper in the system. I don't know what BOS might be looking for but I think it will be one of the guys at Kane County or maybe Daytona.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    I'm not disagreeing with you. Maybe I didn't communicate that properly.

    But, going from what was announced, Jokisch checks all the boxes of the players that "could" be on that list of PTBNL. I hope he isn't. I don't think he is. But it is possible...

    Seems like it would be someone NOT on the 40 man leading up to rule 5 draft though. Which should have eliminated him, unless...

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    In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    At a minimum, he can take Chris Rusin's spot, and role, as a AAA Shuttle pitcher. Rusin is down to his last option anyway next year, after which he'll have to go. Rusin will almost for sure get a DFA this offseason....

  • In reply to Zonk:

    IDK if they DFA Rusin yet. It costs us nothing but a 40 man roster spot for another year. He's not blocking anyone at AAA. Last year, for 9 consecutive MLB starts, Rusin looked like Hendricks this year.

    They may wait til next spring and see if he can develop some consistency or trade value. If not, then I can certainly see them DFA'ing him to add Bryant/Russell, etc...

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    In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    Rusin is a good cautionary tale for Kyle Hendricks. While I think Hendricks has better control they both work with small margins for error.

  • With all these bats coming and the need to find places for them, I can see Kyle Schwarber spending some serious time working on his catching. No need to rush his bat up. Hell, with Bryant, Soler and Almora in front of him, he might not even be able to break into the starting OF.

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    What Bryant is doing to AAA pitching qualifies as abuse. It's getting silly. I hear for last night's home run, he was sleepwalking with his foot in a bear trap and he used a half-frozen popsicle for a bat

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  • In reply to Mike Partipilo:

    And he was hitting left handed and blindfolded.

  • While Castro is gone, Valbuena to 2B, Baez to SS and cubs call up Bryant to play 3B :p

    Hey we can dream

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    In reply to Burns0128:

    I am fine w having Bryant wait until next year to begin his terror on the NL.

    I just find it puzzling that Carlos Rondon may see Chicago before Kris.

    Yea, the white sox are out of it, they are a pretty frugal bunch, and Rick Hahn is not a moron. Maybe there is actually something to seeing what a player has, so you can evaluate what you have and what he needs to work on.

    I can't believe they are taking away Wada's CGSHO from him !!

  • Putting this out there for the Mets or any other interested team: Addison Russell? Yeah, he's not available.

  • John, if I could force you to answer (like by hiding your scotch or sumpin), what is your current gut feeling about the future of our three shortstops? Personally I could dig them playing at 2B, SS & 3B and for a long time.

    I also hope StillMissKennyHubbs is still out there watching the ascendancy of these kids but just not able to comment.

  • I am throwing all my money down on Stinnett, he has been my favorite pitcher of the draft from last year even thought he was an "under slot" I just have a feeling on this guy. Mark my words, he will be a solid to great #3 starter for the Cubs in 2018!

  • In reply to IowaCubbie:

    I could see that too. And i think it was HD who has talked with some scouts who also believe he has a good chance to fly through the minors and do well. He was a solid pick this year in a good draft for the CUBS.

  • In reply to IowaCubbie:

    "IF" he can develop a little more consistency with his command and an avg or better 3rd pitch. He has TOR potential. Since he has only focused on pitching exclusively for one season, it's not inconceivable that both could happen. Would could have him knocking on the doors of wrigley by 2016/2017.

    Lot's of "IF's", but still he is definitely one to watch.

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    I like the fact that Russell only has one error with the Cubs. Instead of a player that projects as a solid defender, it appears he already is.

  • I've been thinking more about this Rusney Castillo situation. I agreed with John that it just didn't seem like a good fit for the Cubs and was trying to rationalize how they could be seen as a frontrunner or one of the frontrunners by anyone. My most recent rationalization is that perhaps they're just wanting to run up the bill on some of the teams they'll be bidding against for a pitcher this winter.

  • LOL the misterious and totally unexpected lat strain for EJAX...

    oh man, hope he's gonna be ailing till the rest of the season. i have one more set of tickets for a september cubs-cardinals game, he should not be pitching, because he ruined already 3 trips to wrigley for me thus year

  • In reply to Csanad:

    Mysterious indeed, but I'll take it! I am taking my son to his first Cubs game on Labor Day and was hoping I wouldn't have to suffer through EJax on the hill.

  • John, I don't know if you have seen this come over the wire. Edwin Jackson to the 15 day list. That means Jake Turner goes into the rotation and we bring in a relief pitcher, maybe Vizcaino. I would think we might bring in a relief pitcher while Castro is on the bereavement list as we face a minimum of 13 innings today and used Villanueva extensively last night.
    This is a terrible thing for Castro. My heart goes out to him. For me it brought back memories of losing my aunt and uncle and second cousin when they were hit by a drunken driver head on nearly 60 years ago.

  • Rosscup is up, as well as Watkins... no cookies this time :(

  • In reply to Csanad:

    Rosscup is someone I am interested in watching.. maybe not a big cookie.. but interesting, at least for me

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    In reply to Csanad:

    It's important, IMO, to see if Rosscup can establish himself as a LOOGY long-term. We are a bit thin in Lefty relief arms, though we do figure to bring back Wesley Wright.

  • John, I just heard Edwin Jackson to the 15 day list. That means Turner the starter from here on out and probably a relief pitcher is brought up. I would think they might bring another reliever in while Castro is on the bereavement list also.

    My heart goes out to Castro. It brought back memories (sad) of more than 60 years ago when I lost a aunt and uncle and cousin to a drunken driver who hit them head on.

  • In reply to Leo the Lip:

    Sorry for the screw up. How do you erase these deals.

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    Bosio: Edwin! Hey Edwin, how ya feelin'?
    Ejax: pretty good, coach, why?
    Bosio: no really - shoulder ok? Elbow? How's the old back?
    Ejax: no, it's all good, man.
    Bosio: (BOOF!) how about now?
    Ejax: OW!! Damn, that hurts! Son of a....
    Bosio: oh, that - well that's a lat, Ed - that's a tough break, but you can't be too careful with lats - we better DL you for a few days, get that fixed up....

  • In reply to SKMD:

    That's hilarious.

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