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Cubs System

While the Cubs have long struggled to develop position players, their system now boasts a fine assortment of position player talent after the recent signing of Jorge Soler
and drafting of Albert...

The Chicago Cubs have high hopes for High-A outfielder Matt "Scrabble" Szczur, one of the best pure...

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The Chicago Cubs have high hopes for High-A outfielder Matt "Scrabble" Szczur, one of the best pure athletes in baseball. He made a lot of noise by hitting .314/.366/.431 with 17 steals in 66 games in the Midwest League last year, but his hitting tailed off after being promoted to High-A, with a .260/.283/.410 mark. Returning to Daytona this year, he's still not showing a lot of pop with an overall line of .250/.353/.348, although his plate discipline has improved a great deal (17/22 BB/K in 132 AB, compared to 5/20 BB/K in 173 last year). He's stolen 16 bases in 21 attempts and has the kind of defensive ability you'd expect with those wheels, but he's got to do more with the stick. Szczur has now played 76 games in High-A with a .256/.315/.384 mark, and that won't cut it at higher levels.

Sickels on Szczizzle

Cubs starters bringing the heat

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Samardzija and Garza in the top 6 in MLB in fastball velocity among ERA qualifying starting pitchers.

Great Sporcle Quizzes

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Garza: Legitimate #1 Starter

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Crank up that trade value, baby!

Castro still a youngin

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Hard to believe he's still just the second youngest player in the NL. Entering his third season, most of his peers are just starting out A+ or AA. Hopefully lots of development still to come.

Tango on Epstein Compensation

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Tom Tango asserts that a mop-up reliever would be fair compensation for acquiring Epstein from the Red Sox.

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Hendry vs. Epstein Drafts

Jim Hendry and Theo Estpein oversaw the Cubs and Red Sox amateur drafts, respectively, from 2003-2011. The drafted players acquired by Hendry over this period combined to accumulate 11.6 WAR in the...

Marco Hernandez, ss, Cubs: The Cubs have added a wave of Latin American talent to the lower levels...

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Marco Hernandez, ss, Cubs: The Cubs have added a wave of Latin American talent to the lower levels of their farm system. As a result, the organization now faces a dilemma, albeit a good one, in trying to sort out playing time for Hernandez and Gioskar Amaya with its Rookie-level Arizona club. Amaya, an 18-year-old from Venezuela, has played mostly second base, though he's also spent time at shortstop and third base, while Hernandez, an 18-year-old Dominican, has been the primary shortstop but also has played a bit at second. At the plate, they have both excelled in their U.S. debuts. Amaya is hitting .390/.427/.476, showing advanced baseball instincts for his age. Hernandez is the better athlete with a more lively, projectable body (6 feet, 170 pounds) and has hit .310/.355/.410 through 24 games. Hernandez has good bat speed from the left side and shows good bat-to-ball ability, though he projects more as a doubles hitter than a power threat.

BA on Rookie-ball prospect Hernandez

Josh Vitters, 3b, Cubs: Last week was a synopsis of Vitters' struggles at the plate. He put balls...

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Josh Vitters, 3b, Cubs: Last week was a synopsis of Vitters' struggles at the plate. He put balls in play, striking out twice, but only a lone single dropped in for a hit. His 1-for-3 effort sank Vitters' numbers to .274/.310/.435, still hovering above the Southern League average, but much more is expected of the 2007 third overall pick. Vitters' great hand-eye coordination can cause problems for him, as he makes plenty of contact, but sometimes on pitches that he was better off letting go.

Vitters makes BA's "Not-so hot sheet"
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2015 Home-built Cubs: Pitchers

The challenge: Construct the Cubs 2015 pitching staff using only players currently in their system.  (See yesterdays post for position players.)  For simplicity’s sake, assume optimum health for...

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2015 Home-built Cubs: Hitters

The challenge: Construct the Cubs 2015 roster using only players currently in their system.  (Let’s do hitters only in this post, and pitchers in a later post to keep things straight.)  For...

Cubs GM Jim Hendry called Soriano "lean" like a "greyhound," with a "very, very young body for his...

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Cubs GM Jim Hendry called Soriano "lean" like a "greyhound," with a "very, very young body for his age." Speaking about the length of the contract, Hendry said, "Who knows if somebody is going to be as productive at 38 as they are at 30 or 31. But, like I said, there's a lot of guys in this game right now swinging the bat at a very high level in their late 30s or even early 40s."

Further evidence to fire Hendry
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Sad stats

(per Fangraphs) Team rankings  Fielding: 25/30 Base-running: 28/30 Stolen bases: 29/30 (25 SB) Walk rate (batting): 30/30 (6.5%) Walk rate (pitching): 30/30 (4.0 BB/9 IP) Plate...

Get off me!

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Fun with WAR graphs

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Marmol velo

Marmol's average fastball velocity has dropped from over 94 mph the last two years to 91.7 mph in 2011.  His slider velocity has also dropped to 80.6 mph after being over 83 mph the last two years....

Cubs CF Jae-Hoon Ha has caught scouts' eyes in the Florida State League with eye-popping numbers to...

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Cubs CF Jae-Hoon Ha has caught scouts' eyes in the Florida State League with eye-popping numbers to start the season. He is hitting .403/.406/.645 through 14 games with a pair of home runs. He has not drawn a walk yet and is only 2-for-7 on stolen base attempts, but manager Buddy Bailey is pleased with the 20-year old's aggressive approach. "He's got one gait and it's always aggressive," Bailey said. "To me, it's the perfect thing for a young player. Players learn when they're aggressive."

Baseball America
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Matusz: Danks 2.0

Brian Matusz’s rookie season has been eerily similar to that of fellow lefty John Danks.  Though Matusz, 22, is one year older than Danks was as a rookie in 2007, they’ve...

Draft spending

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Does it concern anyone else that only 5 teams have spent less than the Cubs on the draft in the last 3 years? To put things in perspective, the Cubs have paid nearly as much to not play Zambrano this year as they have to sign all their 2010 draft picks.

I think, as a scout, the worst thing a kid can have as a high school senior or even a high school...

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I think, as a scout, the worst thing a kid can have as a high school senior or even a high school junior is a beard. That's not good. You walk into a ballpark and you've never seen the kid yet, but you walk in and he's got a fully grown beard. That tells me he's mature and there's not projection there. It's all about perception. Perception is 90 percent of it. Whether it's right or wrong, if I walk into a ballpark and I see a kid with a beard and he's just OK, well I can't project anymore. The kid's fully matured. That's one thing for me, I like baby-faced guys.

Not selling jeans, but facewash.
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I want more Pie

Apologies if this has already been discussed recently, but I just happened to glance at Felix Pie's performance with the O's last season and was a bit surprised.  In about half a season (252 PA),...

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Perfect comps

It appears that Bagwell and ARod were/are the exact same hitter: Check out some other interesting comps after the break (All data from Rally's WAR database).

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Minor observations

There are no legitimate position player prospects at AA or AAA.  The only promising starting pitchers at these levels are Jay Jackson (8.19 K/9, 3.72 BB/9, 0.60 HR/9 in 75 IP at AA) and Andrew...

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