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The Cubs’ farm system is in the middle of a profound change, a change that likely began when Theo Epstein signed on the dotted over the winter. We can see aspects of that change in a number of places, but none of them are more readily apparent the transformation that has occurred on the base paths. The era of the Chicago Cubs being a station-to-station offense is nearly over. The minor league Cubs run. They run regularly, they often run unsuccessfully, but they do run consistently. Whether we are talking about expected speedsters like Logan Watkins, breakout players like John Andreoli, catchers like Micah Gibbs, or highly paid elite talent like Javier Baez and Jorge Soler, the Cubs’ prospects are nearly all running.

Of course, this being the minor leagues, they often run themselves into outs instead of extra bases. That is simply part of the learning process and is something that should not distress us. The better these players become in the minors, the better they will be in the majors. And that is important, because I do not think the running Cubs are going to be a purely minor league phenomenon. I think we are seeing an organizational change that will manifest itself at the major league level just as soon as the Cubs’ have the players capable of doing so. Personally, I think it is definitely a change for the better.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Iowa won Saturday’s suspended game 10-8. The Cubs were not fortunate in Game Two; they lost the nightcap 3-2.
Tennessee – Another day, another shutout. Tennessee again blanked the opposition and earned a 4-0 win.
Daytona – Mother Nature had no mercy on the Cubs. Sunday’s doubleheader was cancelled due to unplayable field conditions; the games will not be made up.
Peoria – Peoria fell behind in the first and could not recover the lead as they lost 6-5.
Boise – Boise jumped out to an early lead, but it was not to last. The Hawks lost 10-9.
Arizona – Like Boise, Arizona also jumped out to an early lead before falling in the end. The final tally in the desert showed a 10-8 Cubs loss.

Performances of the Day

  • [Iowa] Jairo Ascencio was the only Cub pitcher in Game One who pitched particularly well. He earned the save by recording the last four outs without giving up a hit. Casey Coleman, the starter before the rain delay on Saturday, left the game early with shoulder pain.
  • [Iowa] Blake Lalli hit his seventh home run in Game One, and Greg Rohan added three hits of his own. Dave Sappelt also had three hits, including his third triple.
  • [Iowa] Frankie De La Cruz struck out seven over five innings in Game Two.
  • [Tennessee] Four Smokey pitchers, Yoannis Negrin, Zach Rosscup, Casey Weathers, and Frank Batista, combined to pitch the shutout on Sunday. For Batista, the game marked his 21st Double A save this season.
  • [Tennessee] Logan Watkins reached four times on a single and three walks. He also stole two more bases, leaving him with 25 on the year.
  • [Tennessee] Junior Lake doubled and stole his 18th base as part of a two hit night. He was the only Smokey to put together a multi-hit game.
  • [Peoria] Starling Peralta only allowed five hits in his six inning start, but he also gave up five walks.
  • [Peoria] Zeke DeVoss stole his 34th base for the Chiefs. Pin-Chieh Chen, who stole his 27th base, is not too far behind.
  • [Boise] Willson Contreras homered once and Xavier Batista homered twice. The two each finished the game with three home runs.
  • [Arizona] Albert Almora finished this game 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. Carlos Penalver and Alberto Mineo also had two hits.
  • [Arizona] Shawon Dunston, Trevor Gretzky, and Daniel Lockhart all had a stolen base in this game.

Other Minor League Notes

  • This is just a reminder that my wife and I will be in the stands for the Tennessee Smokies home games on August 23 and 24. I’d be happy to meet any BN’ers who live in the area or are able to travel in for the contests. The Smokies remain on the fringe of the playoff hunt, just five games out, and there are some solid prospects worth watching on that team. I am really looking forward to making the trip and finally seeing this team in person.
  • Steve

    Should we be excited about this Logan Watkins kid???

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      Yes, but not too excited. His ceiling is that of a quality major league regular at second base, not a major star. At worst I think he’ll be a very valuable guy to have off the bench.

      • Flashfire

        What’s his defense like? Any chance he pushes Barney for playing time next year?

        • Drew7

          I’m under the impression that, with more seasoning, his glove could give Barney’s a run for its money.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

          Watkins is a plus defender, and may be better than Barney. Watkins can also handle short and center, if need be.

          Offensively, he’s a high OBP speedy guy with more power than he gets credit for. He may not be able to push Barney early next season, but by 2014 he should be a factor.

          • ssckelley

            Just in looking at his minor league numbers and comparing them to Barney it appears Watkins brings more to the table than Barney offensively. The problem with Barney is he is not a top of the order type of hitter as he does not have a lot of speed nor gets a lot of walks. Watkins looks like he could develop into a top of the order type hitter as he is getting on base, a threat to steal, and scoring runs.

        • CastrotoBarneytoRizzo

          Man. When is this gonna end? It’s amazing how people want to replace Barney when we have sooooo many other REAL problems to deal with on this team. I love Starlin, but has anyone noticed his OBP? Everyone seems to jump all over Barney’s OBP (higher than Starlin), his low average (less than .010 from Castro), etc. Lets concentrate on positions other than 2B.

          • Mitch

            Big difference between the two. Barney is a .270 hitter with little pop and little speed, but obviously a plus defender. For him to be good offensively he has to walk, which he doesn’t. Castro is a .300 hitter (ignore this year as he is trying to change things), with power and better speed so he doesn’t need to walk as much (he is getting better) to be a good hitter. Barney’s .300 OBP comes with little else, Starlin’s comes with some pop, rbi’s…

          • ssckelley

            But I think we can all agree that Castro has a much higher ceiling offensively than Barney. Castro is giving you and improving glove and is still learning to hit, Barney has great glove but average bat.

      • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

        He is also is one of quite a few guys that have to be added to the 40 man roster to protect him from the rule 5. It will be interesting to see the FO’s take on him if they choose to add him or not.

        • Cedlandrum

          He’ll get protected in my opinion. Watkins is a good player and I would think that the cubs will look to sell high on Barney soon so that Watkins can get a shot. Does everything pretty well.

          • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

            I like Watkins too, but there is going to be a roster crunch when the team is carrying at least 5 guys (Soler, Concepcion, Vizcaino, Szczur, Villanueva though he has to be added but you can guarantee that) that won’t be on the opening day 25 man roster next year. That basically means there are 10 spots left over with a huge list of guys to protect like Nick Struck, Robert Whitenack, Bour, Brenly, Batista, Caridad, Cerda, Kirk, Lorrick, McNutt, Peralta, Rosario, Rhee, Rosscup, Weathers, etc. I am guessing he will get protected too, but there is a lot of tough calls coming up for this front office.

            • Nathan

              The FO will not protect Brenly, Caridad, Cerda, Rosscup, or Weathers for sure in my opinion. After that is when it starts getting a little tricky. My guess is they might protect some of those guys and then try to trade them, so they do not lose them for nothing.

              • mak

                Here’s a full list of players eligible for the Rule 5 or must be otherwise added to 40 man this offseason (courtesy of AZ Phil at thecubreporter.com):

                CUBS ELIGIBLE FOR MLB RULE 5 DRAFT POST-2012:
                Jeffry Antigua, LHP
                Frank Batista, RHP
                Justin Bour, 1B
                Michael Brenly, C
                Michael Burgess, OF
                David Cales, RHP
                Esmailin Caridad, RHP
                Matt Cerda, INF
                Hunter Cervenka, LHP
                Evan Crawford, OF
                Willengton Cruz, LHP
                Antonio Encarnacion, RHP
                Eduardo Figueroa, RHP
                Marcus Hatley, RHP
                Ty’Relle Harris, RHP
                Jay Jackson, RHP
                Alvido Jimenez, RHP
                Austin Kirk, LHP
                Luis Liria, RHP
                Jeff Lorick, LHP
                David Macias, IF-OF (player-coach)
                Nate Maldonado, C (player-coach)
                Trey McNutt, RHP
                Pedro Medina, RHP (ex-OF)
                Jose Montesino, INF
                A. J. Morris, RHP
                Enyelberth Pena, RHP
                Felix Pena, RHP
                Starling Peralta, RHP
                Nelson Perez, OF
                Dae-Eun Rhee, RHP
                Rebel Ridling, 1B-OF
                Greg Rohan, IF-OF
                Melvin Rosa, RHP
                Jose Rosario, RHP
                Zac Rosscup, LHP
                Chris Rusin, LHP
                Julio Sanchez, RHP
                Brian Schlitter, RHP
                Ryan Searle, RHP
                Matt Spencer, LHP (ex-OF)
                Nick Struck, RHP
                Larry Suarez, RHP
                Francisco Turbi, RHP
                Christian Villanueva, 3B
                Brett Wallach, RHP
                Logan Watkins, INF
                Casey Weathers, RHP
                Rob Whitenack, RHP
                Ty Wright, OF

                MLB RULE 55 CUBS MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENTS POST-2012:

                SIX-YEAR MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT:
                Jim Adduci, OF
                Alfredo Amezaga, IF-OF
                Juan Apodaca, C
                Jairo Asencio, RHP
                Justin Berg, RHP
                Michael Bowden, RHP
                Kyler Burke , LHP (ex-OF)
                Brian Esposito, C
                Jeff Frazier, OF
                Vladimir Frias, INF
                Diory Hernandez, INF
                Jonathon Mota, INF
                Ryan Rowland-Smith, LHP
                Nate Samson, INF
                Alvaro Sosa, C (player-coach)
                Matt Tolbert, INF

                Out of all of those guys, as much as we may be intrigued by certain players (Rhee, Liria, etc.), I don’t think the Cubs will protect (nor would any team select) others beyond McNutt, Villeaneuva, Watkins, Whitenack and maybe Harris.

                One trend I’ve noticed is teams taking a chance in the Rule V with a recently converted pitcher, which makes sense in that they have been in the system a while but a lot of upward projectability. Perhaps the Cubs would protect Burke, but he hasn’t followed through on his strong start in Daytona. Spencer would be another convert possibility.

            • AB

              The Cubs can probably outright a bunch of guys like Coleman, Germano, Lalli, Maine,Valbueana, Corpas etc off the 40-man roster and have them go through waivers to clear space.

              Besides Watkins, I’d think Whiteknack, Hatley, McNutt are for sure protected, maybe Rosscup if the reports are true of him hitting the mid-90s.

      • Steve

        So…. a Ryan Theriot and Darwin Barney type…

        Do we have a tree over in Bolingbrook that grows these or what???

        • Cedlandrum

          Better all around player then both of those guys. Logan has legit On base skills, unlike either of those guys. He is similar to Barney in that he is a more polished player.

          • hansman1982

            so basically he has Barney’s glove but can do more at the plate than provide scrappiness and clutchitudeiness…

            • Cedlandrum

              yep. You got it. The only real downer on Watkins is he doesn’t hit lefties well at all.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              Assuming Watkins makes it to the bigs at all, right? Barney’s older, and isn’t much with the bat (on which I was always one of his harshest critics), but he’s actually doing it in the bigs. Watkins has plenty of time, and I’m certainly not casting doubt on the kid, but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Statistically, based on the flameout rate from AA to the bigs, Barney is still far, far more likely to be the more successful big leaguer.

              • Cedlandrum

                Well sure. Prospecting is all about projections. Watkins has a higher ceiling of which he may never reach.

                • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                  And I definitely agree that his overall ceiling is a fair bit higher than Barney’s.

                  (Confession: when looking forward at second base, I’m way prejudiced in favor of Torreyes. I like his game a lot.)

                  • Cedlandrum

                    That is the great and fun part about prospecting. Finding a guy that you like and following them. Torreyes certainly seems to have a good hit tool but started so bad it is hard to see how good he will be. Next year will be a huge year for both Watkins and Torreyes as prospects.

                    • Scotti

                      Torreyes started injured so you can throw out the two outlier months. He has a remarkable hit tool. I wish he was faster. I wish he had more range. I wish he was 6’4″. But, damn, he can hit.

                    • Nathan

                      I read something that showed Torreyes is hitting like .330 since early or mid may. With that being the majority of the season, I am not worried about him right now. He had a bad april, but plenty of guys have bad months

                  • Cubbie Blues

                    How much of that is due to the Marshall trade?

                    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                      Almost certainly some. But – and I think I’m being honest with myself – it’s mostly that he’s hitting so well in the last couple months as a 19-year-old in Daytona. I’d be digging that however he came to the club.

                  • Flashfire

                    I love Torreyes, too — I think he’s the second baseman/#2 hitter Theo has penciled into his lineup — but you can’t forget Gioskar underneath him. The guy just hits everything you throw at him and will take a walk if the pitcher is determined to give him one. The Cubs are absolutely stacked with quality middle infield prospects right now. I guess this is what it feels like to have a real farm system.

                    • Scotti

                      Trouble with Torreyes at #2 is that, if you like your #2 taking pitches for your leadoff guy, he just doesn’t do a lot of that yet (and a guy his size would generally have to take a lot of strikes if he were going to go deep into the count). Maybe he adds 20 pounds and starts getting a tad more respect.

              • hansman1982

                absolutely, Barney may be the last 2nd baseman our system develops for a while but I don’t think people should get stuck on him starting. If we can’t get value through trades we have a guy who could probably play all positions on the infield as a backup guy.

                • Tim

                  including catching :p

    • fortyonenorth

      How do you project to be better than Barney (defensively) at 2B? The guy’s committed one 2b error this season. I think Ryno committed 4 errors in his best year. I don’t doubt that Watkins is a solid player – maybe he projects as a better all-around player than Barney – but to say he will be a better defender seems a stretch.

      I’m not trying to defend DB – everyone has to earn their keep – but based on the Cubs performance this year, replacing him has to be way, way, way down on the list. Then again, everyone has their price. If a team will surrender a top arm or two for Barney (or Rizzo or Castro or ???) it’s something we have to consider. No sense in churning the system just for the sake of giving someone else a shot. We have to build on the pieces we have in place – and I think Barney’s one of them. Once we have nine studs on the field, then we can look at incremental improvements. But boy, that seems like a few years off.

      • Cedlandrum

        Errors aren’t the only determining factor in determining just how good a defensive player is and I don’t say that to take anything away from Barney or Sandberg. Alomar was one of the best defensive second baseman that I have seen and he had years where he was in double digit errors.

  • ssckelley

    Not good to see Coleman out with shoulder pain.

  • 100 Years of Tears

    I’m sure I’ll get crucified for this but, is there any chance we’d see Watkins at 2B, Barney at SS and Castro moved to 3B or LF? I know Barney need to improve his offense, but if Watkins is as good as I’m hearing, that would be a pretty studly middle infield.

    • hansman1982

      no, Barney does not have the bat to justify a roster spot once he hits arbitration. My money would be on him getting traded this offseason or at the deadline next year when he will be at the peak of his value.

    • Nathan

      Heres the thing, out of all of the infield guys they have in their system like Vitters, Baez, Candelario, Amaya, Villanueva, etc. I find it hard to believe that, that will be the infield of the future.

  • Fastball

    Is Watkins at 100 games plus without and error? Barney is one of the top defensive 2B in baseball right now and he is getting better and better defensively as he has only been at that position for not quite 2 years. If Watkins is anywhere near as good as Barney that would be awesome. But to say he is better than Barney at AA is a bit of a reach. He’s not playing against Major League teams. I’m glad he is doing well but I take that with a grain of salt. If he turns out to be a world beater at the next level and then finds his way to the majors he has a tuff customer to over throw before he lands a starting job in the bigs. Barney has quickly become a leader on this team. He doesn’t make mistakes and leads by example. You don’t have to be a superstar to be a leader. Something this team desperately needs.

    • 100 Years of Tears

      Get ready for the “you field a team of Barney’s and I’ll field a team of Aramis’s, and we’ll beat your butts 99 times out of 100″ argument… and the “hustle” and “scrappy” jokes.

      BTW, I’m a huge Barney fan. I wouldn’t want 9 of them on the field, but one is pretty valuable.

      • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

        What is more important talent or leadership?

        • 100 Years of Tears

          I think they both play a part in successful programs. And Barney has talent. Maybe we’d like to see his OBP a little higher, but I think his defense speaks for itself.

          • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

            But do you think a lack of leadership is the real reason this team isn’t a contender?

            • 100 Years of Tears

              No. We do need talent. But Barney isn’t the problem. Look at 3B, RF, C, and most importantly P. Those positions lack both talent and leadership.

              • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

                Who has said Barney is the problem? The question is what is the biggest reason why this team is terrible right now, and the simple answer is that the Cubs have less talent on the roster than at least 25 teams in baseball right now if not more. leadership is not unimportant, but all the leadership in the world wouldn’t solve that problem.

              • hansman1982

                Here is the thing, once you have to start discussing a player’s non-talent related things (scrappy, leadership, winning, hustle) that pretty much means he is below average on talent.

                Look at Mike Trout – plays his ass off (hustles) and does the little things right, but do you ever talk about that? No…because he has oodles of noodles of talent.

                • Steve

                  Hansman,…for a second that made me a little hungry for some chicken noddle soup.

    • Cedlandrum

      Comparing Watkins and Barney’s defense right now is silly. Barney is 26 years old and Watkins is 22. Heck even comparing last years defense from Barney to this years is silly. Barney has gotten a ton better. So will Watkins. I don’t see Watkins being a much better defensive player then Barney, he doesn’t need to be. He will be nearly as good if not the same, but will bring a way better all around game then DBarney.

  • Fastball

    I don’t understand why everybody wants to run Castro off shortstop. he makes a few blunders over the course of a season. If they happened in games where we were in the pennant race I might get concerned. Fact is he plays on the 2nd or 3rd worst team in Baseball and when your getting your ass handed to you everyday for the most part it’s very hard to keep your crap in one sock. Once the gaffs start they become contagious. A lot of the time they start with the pitching. When a pitcher can’t get the ball over the plate players fall asleep behind them. Then the errors happen in rapid succession. It all carries over to the next thing, base running or missed cut offs etc. Aside from the kid being barely old enough to drink a beer in a bar I don’t care if he has a few miscues along the way. Too many people expect him to be perfectly flawless. You can’t put him on a perch like that. He is going to fall off everytime. If you got hammered for making a mistake in your job every single time it would make you insane within a week. I am sure his mistakes are learning experience for him. He files it away and I don’t see him making the exact same mistake over and over again. At least he finds a new one to make each time.

    • 100 Years of Tears

      If Watkins turns out to be as good as advertised, what’s wrong with moving Castro a few feet to his right at 3B? You still have his bat and maybe he doesn’t have quite as many balls hit at him. I’m not saying move him just to move him, but if a better defensive option arrives, move him.

      • Scotti

        Because Castro is a MUCH better SS than Barney (just as Dunston was better than Bowa). You keep your best SS at SS. Castro, right now, is one of the best SS in the game (and while Barney is a good 2B, he gets tons of PO from Castro’s range at SS).

      • Jim L

        One word: Javier Baez.

        • Flashfire

          That’s two words.

          • Jim L

            Say it fast.

    • RoughRiider

      If you OR anyone else keeps crap in a sock you have some huge issues.

  • Fastball

    Both are important. If your saying Barney doesn’t have any talent then your mistaken. You don’t rise to the top at your position in less than 2 years without talent. His leadership and talent has made him a 2 time college world series champion and he climbed right through our system and has been very reliable since he has been with the Cubs. If people want a .300 Avg and 70 RBI’s a year then maybe they are just a little outside the box when it comes to expectations vs. reality. Only about 2 or 3 in the Bigs doing that. Cano and Phillips. Barney is probably going to steal the gold glove in the NL from Phillips and you can’t do that without talent.

    • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

      Barney has value, and he does have talent as well. His defense is special and that is the reason his level of offense is even close to acceptable. Barney is the type of player that can be part of a good team, but there needs to be players to make up for that lack of offense in the rest of the lineup.

  • Jeff1969

    To say something extremely cliched let’s not count our chickens before they hatch people. Barney is our 2B for at least one more year, and that should be fine. Not great, except in the field, but good enough. Let’s just hope Watkins & Torreyes, and maybe one or two other guys continue to develop so we can use them or Barney to trade for other need areas. I’m thinking Torreyes might be the future, but he has to pay well at AA, then AAA, it’s a process. Thinking Watkins could just come up next year & provide the value Barney does is just immature thinking.

    • Cedlandrum

      It would be immature to think that he would provide the value that Barney does this year as a rookie The question is can he provide more value over the course of the next few years is the real question.

    • Scotti

      Count the chickens! That’s what this daily thread is for. If we had the Yankees’ history, Luke would be posting “Guess what this HOF Cub did this day in history” posts. Count the damn chickens.

  • steve

    Barney is a potential gold glover although he has Brandon Phillips ahead of him. He is good enough for now but I still like the idea of Torreyes or Villanueva being moved to second base. What do you guys think of the prospect of Szczur being pulled up next year if he cuts lose some more in AA. He has the speed athleticism, hustle gamer mantality, he seems the prototype the Cubs are trying to develop.

    • Steve

      Hey “steve”…I was here first…

  • fortyonenorth

    Can anyone tell me why is Barney hitting over .300 at Wrigley and .240 (or whatever) on the road? Is it the preponderance of day games? Interesting stat.

    • Scotti

      H/A stats over a single season are driven by the fact that you are home for a couple weeks then away, etc. Even a marginal MLB player, say Neifi Perez, can get crazy hot over a two to three week period and bat like, say, Albert Pujols. And even a future HOF like Pujols can look like Neifi Perez over the same span. So, if you are hot/cold while you are on the road (or at home) for even just a couple series, your stats will be greatly skewed over a one-year span. Barney’s three-year splits are pretty even…

      This type of effect doesn’t occur with L/R splits because you see lefties and righties on a regular basis (when you are both hot and cold).

  • college_of_coaches

    Luke, what can you tell us about Yoannis Negrin? (If you’ll allow me to steer the discussion away from Watkins vs. Barney.) I seem to remember that his signing last summer was a bit mysterious, and then he spent the better part of this season pitching in the Mexican League (with success).

    • Cedlandrum

      eww good question. staring waiting for the answer. I had forgot about him till he popped up.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      He did sign off the International Free Agent market last year, and there was some buzz about him then. I don’t know why he was sent to the Mexican League, though, nor why he was brought back into Double A when the Mexican League is generally considered to be closer to Triple A.

      And all that means I’m not sure about his ceiling. Right now I have him as a potential back of the rotation starter, but I’d not be surprised if he has No 3 potential. It will be interesting to see what he can do with the rest of the season.

      • college_of_coaches

        Thanks Luke.

  • steve

    Yoannis Negrin is 1-0 in Tennessee pitched 1 game 5 innings 1 walk 0 runs 4 k’s. Lets see some more of him has pitched well so far.

  • Mush

    I have a question for Brett or Luke. I see other organizations bring up their top prospects and they are major league ready. Our guys can’t throw strikes or can’t hit. Do you think our player development is lacking or is it a lack of talent?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Well, assuming your premise is accurate (and I’m not sure it is – you may think all prospects who come up for other teams are “major league ready” because the ones you hear most about are the ones who are having success), it’s certainly both a talent deficit and a development deficit. Has been for years.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        The premise is simply not accurate. The national press does not talk about all prospects, only the ones people know. And people tend to only know the successful ones, because they are ones that get talked about.

        The Cubs’ rate of success on prospect promotion is not appreciably different than any other teams.

        It is true that they have not promoted anyone who had the success of Trout or Harper lately (except maybe Castro), but then, they have not had a Trout or a Haper lately either.

        • Mush

          Thanks for answer. Keep up great work.

    • fortyonenorth

      ESPN was highlighting Machato this morning and did a montage of “immediate impact” players, including Trout, Harper and the other usual suspects. I felt a little snubbed that Rizzo wasn’t included among them. There’s a serious (national media) bias against the Cubbies.

      • Flashfire

        To this point — and that could change tomorrow — Harper strikes me as far more sizzle than steak. The early comparisons to Trout only make him look worse.

      • Cubbie Blues

        What did you expect? Your first error was turning on ESPN.

  • Mush

    It just frustrates me even more when I see Sale, Reed, Jones, Quintana, being a south side Cub fan.

    • fortyonenorth

      Not to take anything away from these guys, but the Sox have bats. If you put their run production behind the Cubs starting rotation (pre-trade deadline) the Cubs would be in a different place.

      But, yes, it’s frustrating.

    • Jim L

      They are also young guys in pretty much their first full season – could be catching lightning in a bottle.

  • Mush

    Thanks for answer.

  • Mush

    The Cubs signed a guy recently that got denied twice from coming into pro ball. Does anyone know if his paperwork was legit this time?

    • scorecardpaul

      Brett answered this a few days ago. He is in Arizona The assumption is that all is good on the paperwork

  • Zach

    Brett what is Austin Kirk’s ceiling. I have seen him pitch and he has innings where he has swing and miss stuff and then innings where he looks very hittable. I personally think the stuff is there on most days. Then some days he gets just crushed. Last year for the early part of the year he looked like he was one of their best pitchings prospects we had and the second part of year he had a Jeff Samardja month that made his season look bad.

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