Category: Scouting/Observation

Cubs target big arms and a big bat on Day 2 of MLB Draft

Cubs target big arms and a big bat on Day 2 of MLB Draft
I’ve been critical of the several previous draft classes run by Jason McLeod under the Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer regime for their lack of focus on power arms and bats. I understand going safe with some picks, but they had a tendency to go safe on all but a couple of picks per year.... Read more »

Cubs select Ed Howard with 16th pick

Cubs select Ed Howard with 16th pick
The first round of the first draft for new Cubs VP of Scouting Dan Kantrovitz couldn’t have unfolded any better. He got his guy. “I think it’s reasonable to expect the other local team to be in on Ed as much as we were. But I would say with every pick after the ninth or... Read more »

2020 MLB Draft Preview: The Pitchers

2020 MLB Draft Preview: The Pitchers
One of the main reasons the Cubs have a new VP of Scouting is their lackluster track record of drafting and developing MLB pitchers under the current front office regime. Chicago fans are away of this. The Cubs can’t develop pitching jabs are almost as prevalent nowadays as the ones regarding the Bears inability to develop QBs.... Read more »
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2020 MLB Draft Preview: The Hitters

2020 MLB Draft Preview: The Hitters
Major League Baseball’s abbreviated 2020 Draft kicks off Wednesday night with the 1st round at 6 PM CST. The following four rounds will be broadcast on Thursday beginning at 4 PM CST. Slot values have not increased from the 2019 draft. A $20K limit on signing bonuses has been imposed on undrafted free agents. The... Read more »

Cubs Den Top Prospect Audit: Catcher

Cubs Den Top Prospect Audit: Catcher
Top Prospects Fans with even a mild interest in the farm system will be familiar with 20-year old Miguel Amaya. He’s hovered at the back of national Top 100 prospect lists the past two seasons. There is still a lot of inconsistency with his offensive game, and the occasional lapses on defense, but he is... Read more »

Offseason Prospect Overview: Riley Thompson

Offseason Prospect Overview: Riley Thompson
Season Review Riley Thompson wasn’t the best starter for South Bend in 2019 (Cam Sanders). Nor was he the flashiest prospect (Brailyn Marquez). He wasn’t even one of the rotation workhorses (Faustino Carrera and Derek Casey). Despite that, he remained a key cog throughout the year and once Marquez moved up to Myrtle Beach, Thompson... Read more »
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Offseason Prospect Overview: Brennen Davis

Offseason Prospect Overview: Brennen Davis
Season Review It was difficult to get a read on what to expect from Brennen Davis heading into 2019. He came to the Cubs organization with huge upside as an athlete but beyond a good understanding of the strike zone and hand-eye skills he was fairly unrefined as a baseball player having spent just one... Read more »

Offseason Prospect Overview: Cole Roederer

Offseason Prospect Overview: Cole Roederer
Season Review After setting the AZL on fire during his 2018 pro debut, expectations were sky high for Cole Roederer heading into 2019. The organization showed confidence in him by installing the 19-year old as the everyday centerfielder for South Bend coming out of spring training. Many fans were expecting big numbers once again, but... Read more »

MLB Draft Primer: Potential Cubs pitcher targets

MLB Draft Primer: Potential Cubs pitcher targets
College RHP Seth Johnson – 6.1 195 (BA: 29, FG: 44, MLB: 29) RHP Matt Canterino – 6.3 205 (BA: 35, FG: 48, MLB: 45) LHP Tommy Henry – 6.3 190 (BA: 47, FG: 75, MLB: 60) Seth Johnson entered college as a shortstop but ended up converting to the mound full-time this season. As you would expect he is... Read more »
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MLB Draft Primer: Potential Cubs prep hitter targets

MLB Draft Primer: Potential Cubs prep hitter targets
High Upside: CI Tyler Callihan – 6.1 200, L/R (BA: 37, FG: 30, MLB: 32) SS/3B Gunnar Henderson – 6.3 194, L/R (BA: 31, FG: 36, MLB: 33) 3B Keoni Cavaco – 6.1 185, R/R (BA: 32, FG: 23, MLB: 37) An impressive left-handed bat, but with questionable odds to remain at third base, belongs to Tyler Callihan. His... Read more »