There were only two games on the Cubs’ minor league slate on Sunday, and the Chicago prospects won them both. Both games looked like pitching duels early, and both turned into offensive showcases late. While Tennessee once again used their dominant bullpen to lock up a win, Iowa fans enjoyed some bottom of the ninth heroics by the team’s top prospect.

AAA – Iowa Cubs. 2 – 2
Jay Jackson got his first start of the season, and for four innings he held Round Rock scoreless. A four run fifth inning cost him a chance at the win, setting up closer Scott Maine to collect his first W of the season. Iowa rallied in the eighth and ninth to claim a 6-5 win.

The heroes of the day are definitely Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson. Rizzo tied the game with a three run bomb in the eighth, and Jackson drove in the winning run with a double in the bottom of the ninth. Iowa won this game because their best players got the job done when it mattered the most. It isn’t hard to imagine Rizzo and Jackson leading a different Cub team to similar wins on a slightly larger stage in the not so distant future.

Cub fans have plenty more reasons to be encouraged, however. We know Rizzo and Jackson aren’t coming to Chicago for several more weeks, at the earliest. Jeff Beliveau, on the other hand, could be on a plane any day now. He struck out four in two innings of relief. Tony Campana is also looking for a return to the North Side, and with three more hits and two more runs today, he raised his season line to .438/.444/.500. More on Campana in a bit.

One question we had heading to this season involved Josh Vitters. Could he tame his tendency to swing away and turn himself into a disciplined hitter who waited on a pitch he could drive? It is too early to know for sure, but there are some encouraging early signs. Through three games, he has already drawn two walks. For a guy who has never drawn more than 22 walks in a season, that’s big news. In Sunday’s game he didn’t earn a free base, but on one occasion he fouled off pitch after pitch by Round Rock starter Greg Reynolds on his way to an eight pitch at bat. If these trends continue, Ian Stewart has reason to be looking over his shoulder.

AA – Tennesse Smokies. 3 – 1
For the first four innings, Dae-Eun Rhee did not give up a run. In the last three innings, the Smokies bullpen kept Chattanooga off the board. The four runs given up in the middle were more than eclipsed by the seven the Tennessee offense produced, and the Smokies walked away with their third win of the season by a score of 7-4.

Ryan Searle and Kevin Rhoderick slamed the door shut when Rhee was chased from the game. Justin Bour and Nate Samson also had two hits and Jae-Hoon Ha scored twice in the win.

Meanwhile, Logan Watkins continues to be one of the hottest hitters in the minor league system. On Sunday he was 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored, upping his season averages to .471/.526/.471. Again, it is too early in the season to get too excited by these numbers, but keep in mind that Watkins should be one of the first players to get a shot at unseating Darwin Barney.

High A – Daytona Cubs. 1 – 2
Daytona was off on Sunday. The Cubs resume their season on Monday at home against Dunedin. The Cubs starting pitcher for Monday night has not yet been announced.

Low A – Peoria Chiefs. 2 – 1
The Peoria Chiefs come home on Monday night to start a series against Quad Cities. Peoria area Cubs fans will get their first look at right handed starter Ben Wells. We’ve heard a lot of good things about Wells in the past year, so if any Bleacher Nation fans are going to be attending that game, we’d love to hear what you think of him. You catch Brett and me on Twitter (@BleacherNation and @ltblaize), on the Message Boards, or in the comments section.

The phrase ‘game changing’ has often been used to describe Tony Campana’s speed, but what does that mean? In short, what does game changing speed look like? Well, Campana painted us a portrait of exactly what that means in the third inning of Sunday’s game. I’m just going to quote the game recap verbatim, with just a bit of added emphasis.

Tony Campana doubles (1) on a soft ground ball to third baseman Tommy Mendonca.
Brett Jackson grounds out, second baseman Yangervis Solarte to first baseman Michael Bianucci. Tony Campana to 3rd.
Luis Valbuena out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Joey Butler. Tony Campana scores.

That’s right. Per the game recap, Tony Campana doubled on a soft ground ball to third. I don’t think speed can get more game changing than that.

  • Fishin Phil

    Holy Crap! Infield double??

  • Boog


  • Cliffy

    Thank you for the update on minors. I’ve been a big supporter of Campana, hope to see him up soon.

  • CubFan Paul

    Cardenas is next in line to unseat Barney

    • Brett

      I’m assuming Luke means longer-term than the next few months.

      • Luke


        • PedroJose

          Theo cut Abreu, good move, keep Bonne, Nelson, bad move, let Polish Stud go, bery bery bad move, good player

  • Steve

    This Justin Bour. Saw him in action in Chattanooga Fri night. Good looking kid… Im starting to get excited about our farm.
    Hows that trade for Rizzo looking so far?????

    • Cedlandrum

      Bour is at the very least an interesting player. He is big. 6’4 250 or so. He has developed some power and is pretty good at taking a walk. He was red hot to start last year and labored down the stretch. This is a HUGE year for him. In AA as a 24 year old so he is right where he should be.

      The prognosticators don’t view him as much of a prospect, but you never know.

      • Luke

        If Bour can keep hitting, I think he’ll get a shot as a platoon first baseman / DH for an AL team one of these days.

  • gritsngravy

    I will be going to the Peoria Chiefs game tonight. I will def post something tomorrow regarding what I saw. Chiefs games are alot of fun and the beer is alot cheaper.

    • Brett


  • Cubbies4Life

    “… doubled on a soft ground ball to third.” Who else does that?! Don’t care what the stat-stackers among you say, watching Tony play baseball is just pure fun!

    • Cubmig

      ….man it would be great if someone caught that on video and we could access…….

  • Mrp

    I look forward to these every day Luke! Keep em coming man.

  • hansman1982

    Campana is insanely fast. If he can get on base at a .350 clip in the majors, he would DESTROY Henderson’s SB record and be an incredibly valuable leadoff guy.

    Looks like the RR third baseman is not too sharp. On Thursday Campana scored on a grounder to him…from second base.

    • Brian Myers

      What made Henderson great (beyond the fact he had power and great speed) is that he read the pitcher as well as anyone that ever played the game. Campana would be closer to Vince Coleman…. just flat out raw speed… he wouldn’t be another Ricky.

      • DocPWimsey

        Well, Henderson himself said that the SB were largely for show, and that they actually decreased his productivity. He tended to wear down at the end of each season, and he was very frank about it being because of the wear and tear of so many stolen base attempts. He also knew that there did not seem to be any correlation between how many runs he scored and how many bases he stole. However, his rationale was that people were paying to see Rickey Henderson steal, and thus it was his job to provide what they wanted. (Lest that seem selfish, remember that the reason why Cal Ripken justified his streak was that people were coming to the ballpark to see him play, so he could not take a day off….)

        What Rickey really did was provide incredible OPS in the leadoff spot. His OBP was frequently over 0.400. He had great power: never mind steals, he often started the game with a quick run or standing on 2nd with a double.

  • Brian Myers

    I haven’t seen the play, but a soft grounder to 3B for a double…. that sounds like it was hit with the velocity of a bunt, the guy at 3B played it to go foul… and it didn’t. He eventually picked up the ball, looked around, and Campana likely never stopped running around 1B and slid into 2nd. That’s a combo of great speed and minor league thought process.

    • Spencer

      Does anyone know if there is a video of that play anywhere?

      • Luke

        I looked last night but couldn’t fine one.  I think Brian has the best explanation for what happened; that’s only a guess, though.

    • Brett

      Other possibility is a chopper that hit the bag, and kick hard left.

      • Kyle Mayhugh

        I’m imagining the 3b playing in for the bunt, and a grounder is hit hard enough to get by him, but softly enough that it dies in shallow left and the 3b is the first one to get to it.

        • Chris S


        • dabynsky

          That is a pretty good description of the play. The ball was hit basically right by the 3B who was playing in to guard against the ever present threat of a bunt with Campana. The ball not hit hard but scooted past the drawn in 3B and died in the OF grass. Campana hustling the whole way made it into second easily, though he slid for good measure.

  • Luke

    Starting pitches for Monday’s games are below.  Looks like we’ll get our first look at two players picked up in trades over the winter.

    Iowa – Travis Wood.  That’s a home game.  Any BN’ers planning on being there?

    Tennessee – Brooks Raley.  We’ve heard some good stuff about him lately.

    Daytona – Zach Cates, the other guy in the Rizzo trade.  Or is Rizzo the other guy in the Cates trade?

    Peoria – Ben Wells.  I know we have some BN’ers heading to this game.  Can’t wait to see what you have to say.

    • Cedlandrum

      Good pitching day. Me likey Ben Wells.

    • AB

      I’m guessing Concepcion’s debut should be sometime this week??

      • Luke

        He is only on the 7 Day DL, so it isn’t impossible.

  • Swaz46

    This “minor league daily” is a great addition to this site. Kudos to you, Brett for having the vision for it, and to you, Luke, for executing it well. Well done, boys.

    • Brett

      Thanks, Swaz. All credit goes to Luke.

  • TWC

    April 8:  “Dallas Beeler was not dominate in his five innings of work”

    Today:  “…Tennessee once again used their dominate bullpen…

    You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.

    • Luke

      Good catch.

    • JungleDrew

      very dominate observation

  • KCubsfan


    You know the most impressive thing about Rizzo’s HR was that it was against a LHP with some ML experience.

  • Jay Anderson Jr

    Wow, a lot of Campana fans all of a sudden. He should have made the roster. Start him in center over Byrd. Can’t wait til he’s called up. Please trade Byrd to the Nats and let’s move foward.

    • hardtop

      oh christ, we’re going to have to hear this drum being beaten all season, arent we?  we couldnt even make it through two series before (s)crappy player bandwagon rolled into town?

      little an-tah-knee has some wheels, but lets be clear: its a fluke play.  you don’t promote on fluke plays.  you enjoy them, say that was “aaaahhhwwweesoooommme, duuude”, give campana some credit for being born fast and being willing to hustle, and you move on.  you do not make him to your starting center fielder after 3 games.


      • Jay Anderson Jr

        It’s not after three games, I’ve been saying it all spring.

        • Eric

          Byrd is the temporary decent veteran keeping CF warm while Jackson gets his final tune up in the minors. Jackson is the CF of the future. Campana shouldn’t even be on anyone’s radar, for anything. Do we really want to waste a bench spot for a guy who’s only smart usage will ever be is a pinch runner?

          • JustSwain

            Campana should be on the radar as a late inning defensive sub, useful for starting games in places with cavernous center fields (Like the new Marlins park, or Minute Maid), and a pinch runner. The minute the Cubs have enough bench depth to be able to add a player for those very specific reasons, they should call him up. Thats very unlikely to happen this year from what I can see, so we won’t’ see him until rosters expand. Don’t let his Minor Leauge BA fool you. When they brought him to the majors where bunt defense is much stronger he struggled. Unless he is getting his hits off singing line drives, or hard hit balls through the hole, he hasn’t changed from the player we saw last year. Love his speed, hate his bat, don’t see a ton of potential in it either. His best bet is to start doing butcher boy plays more often to disrupt the bunt defense and get cheap shots through the drawn in infield.

            • Brian

              Except that makes it sound like Campana is a good defender. Just because he’s fast doesn’t mean he’s a good defender. He takes questionable routes at times and has a noodle arm to end all noodle arms.

              • JustSwain

                Mostly I’d use him in big ballparks. The questionable routes might hurt him, but he has the speed to turn doubles into outs. I suddenly got an image of him knocking himself unconscious against one of the flag posts on Tals Hill. I think in Wrigley Byrd is probably a better overall defender, but at Petco I’d want Campana.

              • DocPWimsey

                He looks like a classic case of a guy who does not read the ball well, but makes up for it with his speed. Kenny Lofton, Juan Pierre and Bernie Williams were like that.

                In contrast, there are slower guys who just “know” the instant a ball is hit where it will land and motor over there. Andruw Jones, Jim Edmonds and Marlon Byrd are good examples of that. Often times, these guys wind up getting to more balls than the first group, and they never look quite as bad when they don’t get there.

      • Joe

        Dude’s hitting like all hell now. I agree you don’t promote on one fluky play, but if he can keep this up, you gotta take another look at him in the bigs.

        That said, he absolutely did not punch his ticket in ST. No way he earned a spot over your established starters.

        • DocPWimsey

          ST is not a big enough sample size to judge a player, so no way that a few miLB games are! Nobody is “hot” or “cold” now: a few guys have had a couple of bad games, a few guys have had a couple of good games. We all know how “well” April starts predict September rankings…..

          • Joe

            True true.

      • DocPWimsey

        Yes, we probably will hear the drum being beaten all season. Sadly, there probably are people who really think that it was Sam Fuld who got the Rays to the playoffs last year, not the leagues best starters and not one of the top walking & HR offenses of the AL last year. (Of course, it was actually near the bottom of the AL East: but that’s like a poorer guy in the millionaire’s club for an offense.)

        • JustSwain

          Its an interesting phenomena in baseball, why is there a sub-sect of fans who are so enamored by speed? In Fuld’s case I think it was the spectacular defensive plays that people loved, in Campana’s case its the excitement and anticipation of having a guy who can steal second on a pitch out. My theory is that it has to do with the spectacle of baseball. Just like Home-Runs are fun to watch, seeing a guys like Fuld or Campana run like the wind is exciting. Unfortunately neither can really hit. Neither is even a very good punch and judy hitter in fact. Maybe hitting for average is becoming a lost art form, or maybe these guys just don’t quite have what it takes to be be major league effective as hitters. Fuld has got to be in the top ten of “most celebrated .240 hitters of all time” though. On the upside, if the Rays are so stuck on speedsters, maybe we can trade Campana for David Price :) You get on that Hoyer.

          • Kyle Mayhugh

            I always assumed it was because speed is the most deterministic part of the game, the “purest” contest between athletes.

            Hitting especially, but also pitching, are so much about probabilities and variance. I thought Zimmerman got ripped all day on Sunday, but he got a lot of balls hit right at somebody. Chad Tracy is a hero because his four-hop grounder happened to be in the hole, but Jeff Baker was a failure on Opening Day when his ninth-inning two-hopper happened to be right at the third baseman.

            But stealing a bases? That’s very much a function of skill, every time.

            • JustSwain

              Your failing to take into consideration the Pitchers ability to hold the runner on, and the Catchers ability to throw the runner out, neither of which is determined by the player stealing the base. Just like the skill of hitting can be affected by fielding, the skill of running can be affected by defense…just ask Yadier Molina what he thinks about that. Just like almost everything in baseball, part of the equation is out of your control.

          • Brett

            Speed isn’t the end-all, be-all, but it’s a very valuable tool to have.

            • Kyle Mayhugh

              The nice thing this year is that the worse your offense is, the more valuable speed becomes. You can afford risking getting thrown out, because you aren’t exactly going to be taking at-bats away from Babe Ruth if you do.

            • DocPWimsey

              It also is simply fun to watch “speed plays.” Most stolen bases are gratuitous: but they are fun to watch when they happen. A triple is not that much more valuable than a double: but there are few things in baseball more exciting to watch *at that moment* than the guy flying around 2nd and going for it.

              Really, the one time it makes the a big difference is on a great OF play: the ball is either hanging too long/not long enough, their guy/your guy is bearing down on it and…. However, that is also a case where a lot of fast guys take away the thrill by just dashing in front of the ball and catching it! Keith Moreland’s catches in the 1984 playoffs were like that: but, seriously, most guys would have put a lawn chair under the ball.

              It’s a different sort of excitement from a HR. There, it’s either “it might be, it could be…. HEY HEY!!!!” with some anticipation, or often it’s just a “damn, that man is strong” blast. Conversely, a great infield play is often so bang-bang that there is no anticipation: it’s just “wow.”

  • djriz

    I know it’s just a few games, but you have to love those dominant stats from folks who could see the majors soon. I’m thinking Jackson will have a good career if he can keep his BABiP north of .600!

    On the other hand, I would love to see some game time from some of the other ‘top’ prospects. So, Luke, what are you hearing about the work of Baez, Vogelbach, Lake and, my personnal favorite, Canderlario (I project a better hitting, more powerful, Albert Pujols). Are these folks ALL headed to Boise, or could we some soon on either of the ‘A’ teams?

    • Luke

      I’m not sure anyone knows for sure when or where those guys will get started yet.  Right now, I’m leaning towards Baez and Vogelbach opening the season in Boise, Candelario starting in Arizona, and Lake returning to Tennessee as soon as he is healthy.  That could change rapidly, though, depending on how they look in extended spring training and what happens on the field in Peoria.

      The good news is that Boise home games will be televised through the MiLB online package.  If they do go to Boise, we will get to see them play, even if we don’t live near Idaho.

  • AB

    BTW I don’t know if anyone has noted this, but Jackson has been playing CF at Iowa, and Campana has been in LF.

    • Jay Anderson Jr

      I don’t care if he plays catcher, he’s to valuable not to be on the big league club.

      • Norm

        I’d argue he’s too valuable to be ON the big league club!

        • Jay Anderson Jr

          Campana hit .284, .319, .342 BA last 3 stops
          .335, .378, .383 OBP last 3 stops.
          55, 48, 8/9 SB in last 3 stops

          Just curious why he’s not valued more. There is no way he not better then Byrd or Johnson right now, and the way Dejesus looks, maybe better then him too.

          Jackson and Campana can’t get here fast enough.

          • hardtop

            where? in the minors?

            dude, i hope you’re right about tony… but, at this point, i think you’re delusional.  therefore, im not joining your cult until aliens actually start baking muffins and lions actually start speaking portuguese. when those things start happening, then ill buy those sneakers and order my campana jersey


            • Jay Anderson Jr

              Those are his stats since being promoted to high A ball through AAA, from 2009 through his call up may 17th, last year. Those horrible stats that everybody keeps talking about, aren’t so horrible.

          • Edwin


            If he can’t hit for any power, MLB pitchers won’t walk him. If he doesn’t draw walks, he’ll have to rely almost entirely on his batting average to get on base. If he isn’t getting on base he can’t steal bases. If he can’t steal bases, he can’t do the very thing he is best at. That is why he is not valued more.

            • DocPWimsey

              That is not entirely true. A lot of guys without power take walks simply by not swinging at bad pitches. Wade Baggs used to take 100 walks a year while hitting less than 10 HR. However, classic “contact” hitters help pitchers out by putting pitches out of the strike zone into play, and major leaguers are *close* to the plate a lot. So, guys like Campana who took some walks in miLB stop taking walks in MLB even if they swing at the same pitches. (Barney is a great case in point: he led the NL in non-strikes put into play last year; Campana probably would give Barney a run for the money.)

      • hardtop

        id love to see tony “gun” someone out stealing second…  the thought of it makes me giggle.

        • Jay Anderson Jr

          HaHa, That’s was definitely a joke. Runners would probably go from home to second on a walk with him behind the plate.

        • Puma0821

          He kind of did on friday except it was from left field. Guy hit a line drive off the wall, Tony picked it up a little shy of the track and to my surprised, fired to 2nd and got him! He was no Andre Dawson but the throw wasn’t a rainbow.

  • Edwin

    I would think that the play by Campana is an excellent of example of why speed isn’t really all that “game changing”. Getting a double on a weak ground ball is amazing, but it’s a lot easier for players to get a double by hitting the ball into the outfield gap. It’s great that Campana has the speed to take advantage of something like this, but even still he ends up with way less doubles than most hitters. After he got to second base, Campana didn’t really do anything “game changing” with his speed. He advanced to third on a ground ball to 2B, and scored on a sac fly. Most MLB players are able to do this.

    It’s great that he was able to turn a ground ball single into a double, but that happens way too infrequently to make any type of real impact during a season. Speed just doesn’t have nearly the impact (offensively) that hitting does.

    • Jay Anderson Jr

      Ok, so what do you consider game changing speed. I would argue he can score from first on a double that doesnt shoot the outfield gap or reach the wall. Not to many big leaguers can do that. That’s game changing.

      • Edwin

        Yes! That is a great example of “game changing”. I agree. If he can get on base enough to be able to do that, then he has game changing speed.

    • DocPWimsey

      Indeed, I would take issue with any skill being called “Game Changing.” A run is a run: and in (say) a 6-5 game, then no one run “changed” the game. All of them affected it, and one of them might end it, but, for the winning team, each did 1/6th of the job of winning the game. For the losing team, every run counted, too: “optimistically” that caused all 6 runs to be needed and (realistically) it was every run that could have been scored that didn’t score that was relevant.

      Ultimately, I think that fans perceive non-existent momentum based on their immediate optimism/pessimism. However, players obviously are pretty oblivious to this: they same play called “game-changing” in a victory is an after-thought in a game where the other team comes back, or even in a game where the lead trades a couple of times along the way.

      • Edwin


      • Brett

        Without getting into what most fans mean when they saying things are “game-changing,” I’d state simply that, as an example, if you’ve got a dude like Tony Campana on the base paths, the pitcher is going to pitch differently. His focus will be different. The defense might be positioned differently. Their focus will be different. And the dude is more likely to break up a double-play, steal a base, score from first on a double, etc. All of these things help the offensive team, and do so by quite literally changing the game from the state it was in before that particular player reached based – in a way that, say, Bryan LaHair reaching base would not change the game.

        That makes speed potentially game-changing in my book.

        • Jay Anderson Jr

          I agree Brett.

        • DocPWimsey

          That’s a fine case for having a good pinch-runner for those games where it’s very close late. However, this really emphasizes what a 1-dimensional player like Campana is suited for doing: being a late inning pinch-runner in close games. And there is the catch: very good (and very bad) teams don’t play many of those relative to average teams: and average teams rarely are competitive. The paradox then becomes obvious: an average team cannot afford Campana’s OPS in general; they need a guy who will be relevant in a greater proportion of games.

          (That is why the Sox were able to keep Roberts on the bench in 2004: they rarely needed him!)

        • ty

          Brett knows the game.

  • Steve

    All I know is Lahair looked GOOOOOOOD yesterday.

    • JustSwain

      Only at the plate.

  • Josem14

    I think the Cubs would be more competitive THIS year if they called up Campana and Jackson and started them over Byrd and DeJesus in RF / CF. Obviously Campana would not be ideal arm wise in RF but I’d still make that move.

    I just don’t think you get enough from DeJesus and Byrd

    • hardtop

      “I just don’t think you get enough from DeJesus and Byrd”

      Really? Done deal? They just havent shown you enough… in 3 games?

      I see Jay Jr. has recruited more members into his Peoples Temple of Scrappy.


    • DocPWimsey

      Again, BJax is staying in the minors for long-term reasons: this will let the Cubs retain an extra year of control over him. As for Campana over Byrd or DeJesus, here are the three projected performances:
      No Epstein or Hoyer run team is going to start that 3rd line over either of the other two lines.

      • Jay Anderson Jr

        That slugging % doesn’t take into account Campana’s ability to get to 2nd on a single by stealing a base. Also, those projection, not reality. Reality, Byrd’s gonna need lots of luck to get those numbers.

      • MaxM1908

        Doc, out of curiosity, where do your projections come from. I see projections all over the fantasy leagues I participate in, and I wonder what kind of analysis has been done to assess the accuracy rate of different prognosticators. If there is that kind of analysis out there, I’d also be curious if any factors have been identified for producing significant deviation from the projections (i.e. trades, promotion to the majors, etc.).

        • DocPWimsey

          ZIPs. Epstein will be using something similar. And stolen bases are not particularly important to the equation because a single + stolen base does not drive home runners from first (and it’s often impossible with a runner on first, as he’s now at 2nd), and there are a decreased number of pitches for which the runner is on 2nd.

          Again, just look at the Padres. Their running generated more extra runs than any other team last year: and it took their league-worst OPS to the league’s 2nd worst runs-scored. Speed is fun, but it does not generate many runs.

          Another way to look at it is the St. Louis Cardinals of the 1980’s. Coleman stole 100 bases a year. However, the years he scored a lot were the years that he got on base a lot AND had guys behind him hitting well (1985 & 1987 vs. 1986 & 1988). His OBP went up, his runs went up, but his SB stayed the same.

  • Norm

    Since too much has already been said about him, I’ll just chime in with a ‘LOL at all the Campana love’.

  • Joshua Edwards

    Hard to keep reading about Rizzo and Jackson tearing it up while watching the Cubs blow close leads in the majors.

    I know the plan, and it’s unrealistic to bring them up, don’t run the ML time clock, no place to play on a daily basis, yadda yadda yadda.

    But I covet that production in the major league lineup.


    • DocPWimsey

      Rizzo and BJax have been tearing it up: but not against the likes of Strasburg, Gonzalez and Zimmerman. Remember, half of the AB belongs to the pitcher, and guys who pitch like that Nats pitchers pitch in MLB.

      Similarly, Pena’s opening day HR would have looked nice in a Cubs uniform. Except that the HR would have looked like a warning track flyball (if that!) in Chicago.

      You can take the performance to Wrigley, but you cannot take the outcomes. That’s the most important thing to remember when we watch “could be/have been” Cubs!

      • Joshua Edwards

        Right, all good points. I’m just antsy to watch some of the young talent produce at big league levels. And it’s harder to be patient watching the big club lose close games.

        That said, I grew up in Des Moines and watched the I-Cubs for years at Sec Taylor during the 80s/90s. In those days, the team usually had just a few prospects. (And that’s if you count guys like Ced Landrum, Jim Bullinger, Mike Harkey, Bob Scanlan, Derrick May and Dwight Smith.)

        So it’s exciting to read of talented minor-league guys doing well, while wishing they were big-league ready (and had spots to fill in Chicago). Makes it hard not to want the future now.

  • Jay Anderson Jr

    The thing about Campana is comparing him to who we have on the team, not who we don’t have. IMO, his speed is more valuable then Byrd’s bat, because his bat, at this point, is not much worse then bird. Also, he hadn’t been giving a chance to play everyday. If this is all about seeing what we have this year, Stewart, Volstad, Shark, Lahair, why is Campana not a part of that. It’s not like he’s going to cost us the WS.

    • DocPWimsey

      Again, a difference in expected OPS of 0.09 is HUGE. That’s the difference between the Brewers (not very speedy) offense last year and the Padres (very speedy) offense last year. The Padres speed couldn’t come close to generating the difference in runs scored.

  • Zach R.

    I was at the game last year where Campana had the inside the park home run, and once he was between second and third, I knew he would go all the way.

  • Idaho Razorback

    Marlon Byrd needs to be traded and Campana needs to be promoted. He needs to patrol cf until BJax is promoted. Campana could be so effective as a pinch runner, steal a base and score on a hit and then replace Soriano in lf in the 9th inning. Speed kills. Ask my coach Bobby Petrino. He uses it both on the field and off the field, with his motorcycle.