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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 14, 2016

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THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2016

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The Iowa Cubs got some solid pitching, and were able to push across a couple runs late to beat New Orleans 4-2, and move to 3-5 on the season.

At the Plate:

  • Javier Baez finished off his rehab with Iowa by going 2-for-4 with a stolen base, and a run scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach has been red hot to start the year; he went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and a run scored, he’s now hitting .407 on the season.
  • Albert Almora is starting to heat up; he went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the win.
  • Kristopher Negron is also swinging it well; he went 2-for-4 with a double, and an RBI.

On the Mound:

  • Tyler Ihrig got the start and was solid; he worked four innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Brandon Gomes was tremendous out of the pen, and picked up the win. Gomes worked two scoreless/hitless innings while walking two, and striking out four.
  • Jean Machi picked up a hold; he worked a scoreless inning, giving up two hits while walking one.
  • Felix Pena was roughed up a bit; he worked one inning, giving up one run on one hit while striking out two.
  • Spencer Patton picked up his first save of the season; he worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit while striking out one.

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An early 3-0 faded away in this one as the Smokies watch the Barons score five unanswered runs en route to a 5-3 victory.

At the Plate:

On the Mound:

  • Brad Markey was pretty solid once again; he worked five innings, giving up two runs on five hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Corey Black pitched relatively well but gave up the lead late; he worked two innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out four.
  • Josh Conway picked up the loss in relief; he worked one innings, giving up two runs on one hit while striking out three.

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The Pelican defense was not up to par in this one as they committed three errors which played a huge roll in a 3-2 loss to Carolina last night.

At the Plate:

  • Rashad Crawford has a relatively tame game by his standards; he went 1-for-5 with his third double of the season.
  • Gleyber Torres is starting to trend in the right direction; he went 1-for-4 with a walk.
  • Jason Volser had a solid game; he went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Jeffrey Baez was hit and miss in this one; he made one of the costly errors, but finished the night going 2-for-4 with a double, and an RBI.

On the Mound:

  • Zach Hedges was really good in this one; unfortunately he was still hung with the loss. Hedges worked 6.2 innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on seven hits while walking three, and striking out one.
  • Daury Torrez kept things close out of the pen; he worked 1.1 scoreless/hitless innings while striking out two.

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Not a whole lot went right for South Bend last night as they were down 8-1 after two innings, and could only manage two runs on five hits in the 10-2 loss.

At the Plate:

  • Donnie Dewees is Mr. Triples; he went 2-for-3 with a walk, two triples which brings his season total up to FOUR, and had two runs scored.
  • Tyler Alamo was 2-for-3 with a walk in the loss.

On the Mound:

  • Justin Steele didn’t have it, which is probably an understatement. Steele worked just two innings, giving up eight runs on seven hits while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Scott Effross was effective out of the pen; he worked three scoreless innings, giving up one run on three hits while striking out two.
  • Craig Brooks also got some solid work in; he tossed two innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking two, and striking out two.
  • Scott Frazier worked a scoreless inning, giving up one hit while walking one.

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Riding the Bus (Cubs Minor League Reports): April 11, 2016

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MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016

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Finally!  Nice to see Iowa finally get into the win column, and they did so by mashing the baseball all over the field in a 9-1 victory over New Orleans.

At the Plate:

  • John Andreoli was productive out of the lead-off spot; he went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, three runs scored, and a stolen base.
  • Arismendy Alcantara went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base in the win.
  • Javier Baez had a solid rehab appearance; he went 1-for-3 with his first dinger of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Dan Vogelbach continued his scorching start; he went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, his second double of the season, and a run scored. He is now hitting .421 on the season.
  • Willson Contreras is just as hot; he went 4-for-5 with his second double of the season, and four RBI’s.
  • Albert Almora continues to show a better approach at the plate, he went 0-for-3 but walked twice, and scored a run.

On the Mound:

  • Pierce Johnson got the start and struggled a bit with his command, but worked around trouble. Johnson tossed three scoreless innings, giving up two hits while walking three, and striking out five.
  • Felix Pena picked up the win out of the pen; he worked two scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out three.
  • Brandon Gomes was good once again; he worked two scoreless innings while striking out two.
  • Armando Rivero bounced back from a rough start to 2016; he worked a scoreless inning while striking out one.
  • Miguel Mejia was touched up a bit; he worked one inning, giving up one run on two hits while striking out one.

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Missed opportunities were the name of the game for Tennessee as they went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position en route to a 5-4 loss to Mobile.

At the Plate:

  • Bijan Rademacher is red hot in 2016; he went 2-for-5 and is now hitting .500 on the season.
  • Chesny Young is opening some eyes in the early going; he went 2-for-4 with his second dinger of the season, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Billy McKinney is starting to heat up; he went 2-for-5 with an RBI, and a walk.
  • Victor Caratini was 2-for-3 with his first double of the season, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Mark Zagunis was productive near the bottom of the order; he went 3-for-4 with his second double of the season.

On the Mound:

  • Tough day for Jen-Ho Tseng, and he was awesome. Tseng had to leave early after being hit by a comebacker, before that he worked three scoreless innings, giving up three hits while walking one, and striking out four, no update on his condition.
  • Michael Jensen struggled in relief; he worked 2.2 innings, giving up three runs on two hits while walking two.
  • Corey Black was much better out of the pen yesterday, but he picked up the loss. Black worked two innings, giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while walking one, and striking out three.
  • Andury Acevedo worked 1/3rd of an inning, giving up one run, unearned, on one hit while walking two.
  • Josh Conway worked a scoreless inning while walking one, and striking out one in the loss.

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A thriller in Myrtle Beach last night as Ian Happ ripped a game winning walk-off double for the Pelicans, they scored three times in the ninth to beat Winston Salem 5-4.

At the Plate:

  • The Pelicans walked 11 (!) times last night, so that will be a common stat mentioned here. Rashad Crawford went 1-for-4 with a walk (see?), his first stolen base of the year, and a run scored.
  • Gleyber Torres has struggled in the early going, he was 0-for-4 in this one but walked once, and had two RBI’s.
  • Ian Happ as mentioned above was the hero; he went 1-for-5 with his second double of the year, and two RBI’s.
  • Yasiel Balaguert has been great this year; he went 1-for-2 with two walks in the win, he is now hitting .389 on the season.

On the Mound:

  • Jake Stinnett got the start and picked up a no decision; he worked five innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits while walking two, and striking out three.
  • Ryan McNeil was awesome out of the pen; he worked three innings, giving up one run on three hits while walking one, and striking out four.
  • David Berg picked up his first win of the season by working a scoreless ninth inning.

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More walk-off drama in South Bend as Eloy Jimenez launched a walk-off homer to end a wild one with South Bend beating Bowling Green 7-6.

At the Plate:

  • Donnie Dewees is red hot to start 2016; he went 2-for-5 with his first double of the year, and two RBI’s, he’s now hitting .353 on the season.
  • Eloy Jimenez walked off as mentioned above; he finished the night 1-for-5 with said dinger, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Eddy Julio Martinez had another good night; he went 2-for-4 with his first homer of the year, an RBI, and a run scored.
  • Ian Rice had a solid game; he went 1-for-1 with a double, an RBI, two walks, and a run scored.
  • Bryant Flete has been amazing so far this year; he went 2-for-3 with a double, and two runs scored. He is now hitting .625 on the season, wow.

On the Mound:

  • Adbert Alzolay got the start and was roughed up a bit; he worked five innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits while striking out five.
  • Craig Brooks provided some much needed relief; he worked two innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one, and striking out one.
  • Michael Wagner picked up the win out of the pen; he worked two innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking two, and striking out one.

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Spring Gameday; March 4, 2016 (Lineups, Broadcast Info)

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Baseball during the day is so very nice, even if it doesn’t count yet.  Pierce Johnson takes the mound for the Cubs today as they open their home portion of the spring schedule.  Here is how they will line up, I believe the game is on MLB.tv with a subscription, and Cubs.com has the audio.

  1. Fowler CF
  2. Zobrist 2B
  3. Heyward RF
  4. Baez 1B
  5. Victorino DH
  6. Russell SS
  7. La Stella 3B
  8. Ross C
  9. Perez LF

SP – Pierce Johnson

On a personal note, Pierce Johnson is one of my favorite players, rooting hard for him.  Go Cubs!

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Spring Training 2016; Arms Impress in Opener

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It wasn’t the desired result for the Cubs but there were plenty of things to like in the Cubs spring training opener today against the Brewers.  Travis Wood, Kyle Hendricks, Clayton Richard, Rex Brothers, C.J. Riefenhauser, and Spencer Patton combined to four hit the Brewers while walking one, and striking out thirteen.  The bats were slow to get going in this one as the Cubs group of hitters could only push across one run on seven hits.  Javier Baez got the start in center today, and struggled in the early going.  He played an out (maybe a double) into a triple right off the bat, then one hitter later he dropped a fly ball, it’ll get better.

Some of today’s standouts:

Kyle Schwarber:  1-for-3
Kris Bryant: 1-for-2
Miguel Montero: 2-for-2 with a double
Dan Vogelbach: 1-for-3 with a double, and an RBI

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Fantasy Baseball 2016: The Cubs Infield Rankings from Baseball Prospectus

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There are plenty of reasons why I love this time of year. The weather is starting to warm up (marginally), spring training is just kicking off, and fantasy baseball is emerging from its off-season hibernation.

If you are in to fantasy baseball then I suggest you keep reading because I will provide some knowledge from one of the best brains in the game, Mr. Bret Sayre from Baseball Prospectus; follow him on twitter @dynastyguru). Bret specifically focuses on dynasty league rankings so you can expect that these rankings were put together with the idea that you might be freezing/keeping these players after this year. Typically that could mean that a player with a better future ahead of him might be more valuable in the long run than a player expected to achieve greater success in 2016. That’s just a heads up as some of you might notice that these rankings could be a little different than your average run of the mill fantasy baseball rankings. Because this is a Cubs blog we are going to focus on where Bret has said Cubs in his rankings, get excited!

** Rankings listed next to player are the positional ranking, not overall player ranking. Notes about the ranking are my own.

Catcher

2. Kyle Schwarber – All the way up to second, that’s pretty awesome. Obviously a popular topic is whether or not Schwarber will stick at catcher, regardless Schwarber should have eligibility at C heading into this year’s draft. If he does stick at catcher or at least has the eligibility there then his value is through the roof compared to if he was strictly an outfielder. His value would still be high, but you aren’t going to see the numbers he is going to put up from the position behind the plate typically.

14. Miguel Montero – Miggy falls just outside the normal range for your everyday starting catcher (typically top 10-12 are going to be your #1). It’s not a bad value for Miggy as he is still going to get a large amount of playing time in the middle of a lineup that looks to be very dangerous heading into 2016.

31. Willson Contreras – The Cubs number one prospect is getting some love from Bret and looks like someone to target late in drafts because of his future value behind the plate.

First Base

2. Anthony Rizzo – Only Paul Goldschmidt ranks ahead of Rizzo which seems reasonable giving how awesome that guy is. I love the ranking for Rizzo and it makes a lot of sense because he seems to be getting better with each season and now sits in the middle of a lineup that is ripe for production for the foreseeable future. Entering his age 26 season Rizzo looks to improve upon some gaudy numbers from last year, (38 doubles, 31 homers, 101 RBI, 17 stolen bases, 78 walks, 94 runs).

23. Dan Vogelbach – I’m not surprised that Vogelbach continues to receive favorable rankings in the dynasty leagues. The big man at first base is a threat across the board but he’ll probably have to find another team to play for in the National League, or move to the American League as first base/DH are his only options.

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9. Javier Baez – Baez has always been an intriguing option but this year his value takes a bit of a hit because of the acquisition of Ben Zobrist and the versatile Cubs roster. That doesn’t mean that Baez is void of value, he made improvements to his game last year and has been rumored to play a little CF this year. The more time on the field the better for Baez and his owners moving forward.

18. Ben Zobrist – The newcomer to the Cubs has never really had a ton of value at one position because he is so versatile. Teaming up with Joe Maddon this year means that Zobrist will be utilized to his full potential wherever the Cubs skipper needs him. Because of that I expect him to be in the lineup the majority of time which will give Zobrist plenty of value to be drafted as a utility/bench guy this year.

32. Arismendy Alcantara – Yes, he does still exist! Alcantara has been floating around these lists for a few years and is kind of the forgotten man in the Cubs organization. He still has a World of talent but needs to prove he belongs on the field as the next wave of Cubs prospects are nipping at his heels.

Third Base

2. Kris Bryant – Depending on what kind of league you play in Bryant might be the number one overall pick. No one in the game can match the pure power that he has, but he comes in on this list right behind Manny Machado. The fact that 2015 could be the bottom of the barrel in terms of production is enough to invest highly in Bryant as the cornerstone of your fantasy franchise.

34. Jeimer Candelario – The thing that has impressed me with Candelario is that he is a prospect that has seen a fair amount of failure only to learn from it and get better. Candelario has made some solid strides in the past year or so which gives him some value moving forward.

Shortstop

4. Addison Russell – I still contend that when it is all said and done Addison Russell might be the best of the bunch when it comes to the recent group of Cubs prospects. Russell does everything well, and flashed brilliance in 2015 before seeing his season end early in the playoffs due to an injury. I see no reason why Russell can’t get better with experience as he has shown the ability to make adjustments through his minor league career.

25. Gleyber Torres – Don’t look now but the Cubs have another shortstop that is making noise in the minors. Torres is the next big thing coming out of the Cubs’ system and he could be ready to make some sort of impact earlier than initially expected as he made it all the way to High-A Myrtle Beach last year as an 18 year old. Torres is definitely a guy that I would have no problem stashing in a minor league spot and waiting to see that investment pay off in a big way.

Once the full outfielder rankings, and pitching rankings are released I will put something similar together for you.  Thanks for reading!

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Afternoon Delight: No Reason to Fear Astronomical Expectations

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I’ve been on this Earth for 33 years, and for the better part of my time here I have been a Cubs fan, so disappointment comes with the territory.  With that disappointment comes hope that is usually misguided, and a catch phrase of “wait till next year” drives that misguided optimism year after year.  The National narrative doesn’t help things with a constant “don’t worry, the Cubs will screw it up because they’re the Cubs” refrain.  That repetitive opinion starts to creep into our subconscious; maybe all those experts are right, nothing good ever happens.  It was even evident last year during what I can say was honestly the most enjoyable baseball season of my life, there was doubt.  A daily rollercoaster of emotions based on whether or not the Cubs won.  What did the Giants do?  Look out for the Nationals, they’re getting hot.  The Diamondbacks are making a run; did you see the schedule down the stretch?  Its typical pennant race behavior which I totally get, but something about last year changed my views on hope, it made me realize something important and fun… it’s real.

I got into a number of discussions last year on the inter-webs about this very thing and it was startling how many people, good baseball people, hoped that other teams would take care of the Cubs’ business for them.  In the past I would be right there with them, but the leadership group of this organization, the players, and their overall attitude towards winning, and competing made it very clear to me that I no longer had to worry about that.  This Cubs team was going to leave everything on the field and for the most part the opponent couldn’t keep up.  It was never more obvious than during that four game series against the Giants at home.  We all thought that Hector Rondon and a rare bout of wildness was going to derail the game, and the season, it was over.  Then it wasn’t, Rondon wiggled off the hook, and the Cubs pounded the Giants right out of the wild card lead into an October without playoff baseball.

A postseason of Cardinals’ devil magic followed.  2016 was full of horrible losses to the Cardinals, it was impossible to ignore those losses heading into the NLDS.  The reason for most losses was the dreaded Cardinals’ devil magic because it was more fun to talk about that then talk about how the Cardinals made their own breaks or came up with a clutch hit or two.  Things went wrong in Game One for the Cubs as worries of the unbreakable Cardinals, and the “too young to be here” Cubs were coming to fruition.  Then Javier Baez massacred a mistake from John Lackey en route to Dingerpalooza 2015 taking place at Wrigley…. Hello NLCS!

I would say that a large number of people converted over to less fatalistic thinking as the season came to a close against the Mets.  The Cubs were getting beat by the Mets because the Mets were a good team, and the Cubs couldn’t get out of their own way.  I was pretty excited to see a lot of fans recognize what was going on; it wasn’t the Cubs blowing an opportunity as only the Cubs could do.  It was the Cubs just losing a game and losing a series in the infancy of their window of opportunity to win a World Series.

So now the Cubs are on the brink of starting the 2016 season with the highest expectations possible.  The organization identified needs heading into the off-season and sent a powerful message to this fan base and the rest of baseball that they are not going anywhere by bringing in Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist, and John Lackey.  The players have clearly bought into what Joe Maddon, Theo Epstein, and Jed Hoyer are selling.  I suppose it’s okay that some fans are still overcome with worry when they see the Cubs as World Series favorites.  I’m just glad that the players taking the field are embracing it, and ready to win a World Series, not because of any curse or because of the losing History, but because they expect to.

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Javier Baez with the Exclamation Point (VIDEO)

I’m enjoying Javier Baez right now, refined (as much as possible, I think) approach, better setup at the plate, but still squaring the baseball up.  Baez had three hits today, also drew a walk with the bases loaded, and one of those hits left the ballpark.  It was an 0-2 mistake, and Baez just mashed it.

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Light-Tower Power From Javier Baez, Literally (VIDEO)

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Javier Baez is crushing the ball, tonight he smashed one off the light tower, prepare yourself Chicago, Baez 2.0 is coming soon.

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Javier Baez is Destroying the Baseball (VIDEO)

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Another two homer night for Javier Baez as he is knocking down the door to the Major Leagues once again.  Baez has played in 32 games with Iowa this season, and is hitting .325 with seven home runs, and 26 RBI’s.  Not to mention his K rate is now at 27.5% which is way more playable, he’s getting really close to coming back up.

 

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Javier Baez Destroys a Baseball (VIDEO)

Oh, my.  That was a loud noise, I miss Javier Baez, he’s getting hot.

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