How's the Future Looking?
The major league team is going through the motions of a 100-loss season and is frankly, boring as hell right now. There's plenty to keep our eyes on if we need a baseball fix, will Castro and Rizzo rebound/improve, is Olt a legitimate starter or just a platoon-mate, can Barney, Schierholtz and Hammel do enough to get some trade value in return and what exactly will Samardzija's trade value be in June/July? But the answers to those questions aren't coming for awhile and neither are the future questions in Baez, Bryant and the rest of the minor leaguers, but I find the hope in their bats and arms far more interesting than the reality of the Chicago High Draft Picks currently playing in Milwaukee.
Javier Baez - early DL trip probably not helping, but currently at 164/207/327 with 21 K vs 2 BB's along with 4 errors.
Kris Bryant - 312/442/597 with 5 HR's, 7 2B and a surprising 5 SB vs 0 CS... 25 K in 77 AB's about the only blemish at this point.
CJ Edwards - 20.2 IP/20 K/8 BB/0 HR and a 2.61 ERA before the injury lightning strike hit with some shoulder issues. No structural damage but in the midst of a 2-week rest period and then probably another 2-3 weeks before seeing the mound barring any setbacks. See him in June hopefully...
Albert Almora - 284/299/405 with 7 K vs. 0 BB's...kind of boring right now.
Jorge Soler - what did he have? A double of Mat Latos and immediately to the disabled list...currently shagging groupies in Arizona I think.
Pierce Johnson - late start to the season and was making his second start of the season as I write this...checking boxscore...8 BB in 4 IP...moving on.
Arismendy Alcantara - 301/310/554...6 SB vs 0 CS, but 20 K vs. 2 BB's. Just one error so far on the season.
Jeimar Candelario - 174/296/290, not really justifying that #8 spot on the BA Top 10 list.
Dan Vogelbach - 234/314/338 - 2 HR's, 9 BB vs 10 K is encouraging.
Arodys Vizcaino - 7 IP/8 K/3 BB/ 0 HR/1.29 ERA and hitting high 90's.
Kyle Hendricks - last outing in Colorado was a bit rough as was his first start of the season, but overall a 4.11 ERA and 29 K in 30.1 IP against just 8 BB's and 0 HR's on season. In-season call-up seems to be looming...
Corey Black - had a great start his last time out (6 IP, 8 K, 0 H) and overall with 16 K in 17 IP and a 2.65 ERA, but 12 BB's to go with it.
Overall, a bit of a disappointing start to the minor league season for the Cubs, but the path to the majors is rarely straight up.
JOHN B: Pierce Johnson and Rob Zastryzny were likely 2015 AFL candidates ( I mentioned them as likely candidates to get assigned to the AFL in an article about the AFL last month) because they are starting pitchers who missed part of the season due to injuries and they need to accrue more innings. Guys who have been pitching regularly as starters have thrown too many innings to be considered, so it probably came down to Johnson, Zastryzny, and Duane Underwood Jr, with Underwood odd man out because he hasn't pitched above Hi-A.
extremely classy. i didn't see his reaction until the replay after the break. baseball needs more fun in some areas and less of some 'unwritten rules' violations leading to angst.
Nice bounce back game for Grimm, and "well done" Dan Haren. We'll take that (almost) every time.
I have never been a Brandon Phillips fan, but that was a very classy way to handle Strop yelling at him after the K.
go cubs go
You know you like it
AZ Phil: Any thoughts on the AFL Cubs? Some names on the list caught me by surprise.
"woo." - pedro strop
Well Ross is out, so they had to bring in Rodney
these ties and leads being immediately pissed away is getting old
btw, Madbum vs Groin-key tonight