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Organizing the knocks on top draft prospects.

This thread is going to look at the reasons not to draft a player in this draft. Not in any order though the first two are the top two and the first four are my top four. Tyler Beede - Does not...

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Tyler Beede is the best 2014 Draft college arm.

Get on the wagon now. Ever since I heard the hype before I heard of Carlos Rodon I have been questioning the hype. This weekend he was supposedly 86-92 after the first and Kiley McDaniel said that...

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Cubs hire Vanderbilt pitching coach Derek Johnson as minor league pitching coordinator

I don't post here nearly often enough, but one school I have raved about in the posts I do make is Vanderbilt. For years I have talked about how this school seems to be way, way ahead of other...

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Jorge Soler did some work in the AZL last night.

Jorge Soler's HR earlier tonight. He also lined a double off of the 3B's head. Justin Upton-esque build, nice swing, some very obvious power...I can't wait until I see this guy against real...

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Answer me this on Javier Baez.

Why does no one project him to 2B over 3B? Pretty much all the top offensive 2B out there were guys projected to play 3B in the minors, specifically Cano and Utley, when they were prospects. He's...

Are Teams Overvaluing Young Players?

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Neyer takes Also a very good read connected to the article: It's a really interesting question to ask IMO, and as Neyer suggests there's probably no real concrete answer. Young players are very valuable nowadays and teams try to develop their own, but at the same time you see good teams turning that on teams and landing good, young veteran talent (Curtis Granderson, Adrian Gonzalez, Jimenez, Garza, Pence come to mind) because of how much teams value the young player. What does this mean? Is this even anything new, or has it always existed and this is just a story taking note of the situation in current times? Also worth reading is the Verducci article linked in the post: Game's shifting strategies leaves Beane, sage of Moneyball, behind http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/tom_verducci/08/02/billy.beane.moneyball/index.html#ixzz1U7HjgNbe Who doesn't find this interesting: Beane and Towers both played professionally, and bring a certain competitiveness -- an understanding of the rules of engagement -- to trade talks. They operate, as ballplayers do, without a fear of failure. This year Beane found too many phone calls that came his way that sounded like this: "I have interest in one of your players and this is what I'm going to give you for him." "That's not deal-making," Beane said. It's name-your-own price. The art of the deal has been replaced by the science of the deal, like an internet-savvy car shopper walking into a dealership with a research folder -- the buyer gives the seller a price. ??

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I too have a letter addressed to Jim Hendry never to be mailed.

Dear Jim, TODAY'S THE BIG DAY!!! Here are my roster suggestions at the trade deadline: Marlon Byrd - People out here in Fan World are convinced you turned down Mike Minor for Byrd.  In Real World,...

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Midseason Cub Prospect Rankings w/ stuff that adds up to alot of words.

This year pretty much the only thing worth paying attention to with the Cubs is the farm system. The big league club has Castro and then a bunch of guy hoping to play a role during the next run,...

Friedman Interested in Astros?

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Apparently it's the job he's rumored to want. It would be a game changer.

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Looking for bargains: Andrew Miller LHP Red Sox

So the Red Sox signed former top UNC pitcher, Andrew Miller this offseason.  Miller was the big (6'7" 225) left hander with the mid-90's fastball and wipeout slider who woulda/coulda/shoulda went...

On Young Players Playing Regularly (Or Not)

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Thought it'd be a decent read giiven how much talk there is here about how our young players seemingly get ignored when they get called up. Not a numbers article or anything, unfortunately. Still, I think this board could use a reminder than the big league experience for a rookie goes well beyond the games on the field.

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Cubs call up THE DJ LeMahieu.

With Jeff Baker slated to miss some time, the Cubs brought up hot hitting infield prospect DJ LeMhaieu. He was hitting .358/.386/.492 for the loaded Tennessee Smokies AA club.  LeMahieu was a 2nd...

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Geovany Soto: Trade Chip?

This was somewhat discussed in another thread, but I feel like a player like Soto deserves his own thread. I proposed Soto as a trade candidate for a few reasons: - He's a big piece in the teams...

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Brett Jackson the Untouchable?

I often find myself saying that people out there underrate the crap out of Brett Jackson. The CF prospect is a whole 4 days older than me, and already significantly more promising in what appears...

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Trade Target: David Wright?

Ladies and gentlemen almost a decade ago the Chicago Cubs traded for a young 3B down on his luck/game. He wasn't fielding the ball well, and was never considered a great glove at third anyway. He...

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Kicking more offseason tires...Kelly Johnson.

The Cubs have a vacancy at 2B. Jeff Baker is a nice player for a team that sucks, and Barney's future is as a top bench player. Kelly Johnson is one of the best bats available in FA next year, and...

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Kicking more offseason tires...CJ Wilson.

After CC Sabathia and Chris Carpenter, the best pitcher in next year's FA class is CJ Wilson.  Wilson got be to known last postseason as the straight edge former reliever turned starter/student of C...

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Just kicking tires out of boredom...Justin Upton.

Say this story that sounded like bs last year became reality this offseason and Justin Upton hits the trade market. Upton, as I'm sure you all know, is the 23 year old younger brother of BJ (aka...

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Cashner and the other young guys this spring.

I haven't heard/read much and I coitainly haven't seen much of this spring. What's going on with Cashner? Is he getting a serious look as a starter this spring? Does it seem like he'll start in...

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Chris Archer

This guy is a very interesting prospect to me...when the Cubs got him he was a throw in in the Matt Garza trade that many had pegged as a future reliever...a  year and a half later with the Cubs...

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Getting to know: Michael Burgess

Burgess is probably the real gem in the Gorzellany trade, and is easily the most likely to be a good major leaguer. Some background on our new prospect: - He was drafted in the 1st round 49th...

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Andrew Cashner projections

What do you guys think are legitimate projections for Cashner this year? Some food for thought:   http://www.fangraphs.com/fanpdetails.aspx?playerid=8782&position=P Fans of other teams projected...

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2011 MLB Draft

So who're you liking for the Cubs at 9?   Do we go with an athletic college outfieler like George Springer from UConn or Jackie Bradley Jr.? Maybe a college pitcher like Sonny Gray (Vanderbilt),...

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Getting to know: Graham Hicks

Since the Gorz trade I've been trying to figure out who the hell this Graham Hicks guy is. He was treated like a simple throw in, but given that he's a young, tall, LHP I had to do some...

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Cashner or McNutt?

Between the two, who do you see the higher upside in? I lean towards Cashner because I think he's the best athlete at the P position in the system.   That "stuff" is a fastball that sits between...

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Does anyone like Casey Coleman as part of the rotation's future?

I'm an East Coast Cubs supporter who's been pretty lazy. I like the way Coleman's arm works and tbh I like his pitching style too. His stuff is probably a tad underrated due to him not being a...

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Could Chris Paul happen?

I'm kind of a nub to the whole NBA thing, but how possible is Chris Paul for the Nets? I've been curious about his availability and I'm wondering why the Nets aren't int hat. Could a...

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Best curveball in the minors?

So who's got it? Strasburg? Drabek? Tillman? Someone else...I saw a random Braves lefty with a sick hook but I can't remember his name. My personal favorite is Christian Freidrich's because of the...

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Best fastball in the minors.

So who's got it? Feliz? Meija? Strasburg? Perez (LHP)? Bard? One of the many other guys. Henry Rodriguez....Kelly because of the sink...Chapman....Aumont....Drabek... My vote would go to Bard in...

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Anyone else really like Andrew Cashner as a starter?

He's got starter's stuff with a 90-95 MPH fastball with movement, a legit outpitch with his curveball/slider, and he's got good arm action for a changeup. He gets groundball, has a pitchers build,...

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