Posts in category "Projections"

Cubs Minors Notes: Fangraphs rates Cubs top prospects; Draft report cards; Fall League

Cubs Minors Notes: Fangraphs rates Cubs top prospects; Draft report cards; Fall League
Prospect list season is here.  As usual, the Cubs get glowing reviews… Fangraphs Top Prospects List The first of the Cubs top prospects lists are out and it comes from Kiley McDaniel, who wrote his list for Fangraphs.  There’s a lot to take in as it is an extensive analysis, but I definitely recommend it.... Read more »

Javier Baez and prospect hype

Javier Baez and prospect hype
In the coming weeks as Javier Baez continues to punish baseballs with authority and regularity you will hear all sorts of things about who he is as a player. We’ve all heard this with other, previous players; local radio host Dan Bernstein has, in the past, gone down the list of baseball reference most similar... Read more »

No Defense For Castro's Defense

No Defense For Castro's Defense
In the picture Cubs fans dream about—you know, that one where the rebuilding effort has flourished and Wrigley Field is rocking with excitement on a nightly basis as Chicago prepares for a pennant chase—Starlin Castro is the short stop.  But that image becomes blurred, and seems further and further from reality, when he continues to... Read more »
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Can Campana provide value for the Cubs as a starter?

Can Campana provide value for the Cubs as a starter?
There is a great divide when it comes to Tony Campana.  Those inclined to numbers, statistics, etc. are lukewarm at best on Campana while those who prefer a small-ball approach think he can be a catalyst for a struggling Cubs offense. Dale Sveum, who is aware of both sides of the argument, is saying he’s... Read more »

Cubs Roster Projection: 2nd Edition

Cubs Roster Projection: 2nd Edition
It looks like things are really starting to clear up at this point with just a couple of weeks left to go in the spring.  The biggest questions are for the last 3 spots in the bullpen, where the Cubs still have 6 viable candidates, 3 of whom are out of options and another who... Read more »

2012 Cubs breakout and bounce back candidates: The position players

2012 Cubs breakout and bounce back candidates: The position players
A while back we looked at some breakout and bounce back candidates on the mound.  Now it’s time to look at some of the position players.  This isn’t as easy.  The Cubs don’t have a lot of breakout candidates right now as far as position players.  Most of those type of players are in the... Read more »
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What to expect from Brett Jackson in 2012...and beyond

What to expect from Brett Jackson in 2012...and beyond
Today, many of you may have read that Brett Jackson was ranked at MLB.com as the 5th best OF prospect in the majors behind Bryan Harper, Mike Trout, Bubba Starling, and Wil Meyers.  Sometimes I’m inspired to write an article by questions that are put to me in the comments section, e-mail, etc.  In response to... Read more »

2012 Cubs ZiPS Projections

2012 Cubs ZiPS Projections
In case you aren’t familiar, ZiPS is a projection system that forecasts player performances for the coming season and beyond.  If you want a more technical description, here’s one courtesy of Fangraphs, (ZiPS is) the work of Dan Szymborski over at Baseball Think Factory, the ZiPS projections uses weighted averages of four years of data (three... Read more »