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Well, you can’t say the Cubs didn’t have their chances today. They had, like, a million of them.

Edwin Jackson shook off some early struggles to put together yet another solid outing. The Cubs put plenty of runners on, but just failed to cash them in. After the obligatory teaser rally in the 9th, the game was over. We got to see Junior Lake make a throw to the plate with that ridiculous arm of his! … and, um, he’s probably used to making infield throws.

There was one big positive from the game:

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  • willis

    Great game from Castro and a solid effort from Jackson. Hits were there all day. Just couldn’t push through.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Only two extra-base hits, however. And, let’s face it, a lot of those singles were not exactly well-hit balls. Eris was in a taunting mood, it seems.

  • Jay

    If Jackson ever showed up for the entire game, then we might have something. At least Rizzo hit a dinger—opposite field no less.

    • Pat

      Im happier about Castro’s day than Rizzo’s bomb. Considering he was at about .225 a month or so ago, getting back up to .247 considering how far he was into the season already is a good sign. It will be interesting to watch the rest of the season to see if he can keep it going.

  • fester30

    OMG Lake! 3-game hitting streak! ROY ROY ROY!

  • Sam

    7 walks is also encouraging.

  • fromthemitten

    I missed the game because I play WoD on Sundays but WELLINGTON CASTILLO HAD TWO WALKS?

  • 5412

    Hi,

    Boy the write up on Lake today was sure accurate. Strong arm but boy did he air mail that throw from CF.

    0-9 RISP, sounds like the story of our season.

    regards,
    5412

  • ruby2626

    [Ed. - I don't take editing comments lightly, and I understand that you're just trying to share your story as you perceived it. But because it isn't certain, and because it's a relatively serious allegation about a guy who can't defend himself here, I feel like I've got to edit this out.]

    • DarthHater

      If you want to pursue this matter, sending your email to the Cougars management and or Cubs management might be appropriate. But trying to publicly smear the guy on the internet is a bad idea.

      • BT

        Especially when you yourself admit it easily could have been an accident.

        • Johnny9617

          There is no way a pro baseball player makes that mistake.

      • Johnny9617

        What’s wrong with exposing the guy? If [someone] really did that everyone should know about it.

        • DarthHater

          Because this is a serious allegation that could affect a player’s career. Such things should be pursued through proper channels, not by trying to destroy someone’s reputation through anonymous rumor-mongering, especially if “part of me thinks he did this on purpose but to be honest I have no idea.”

          • MichiganGoat

            Agreed this is not the place for this serious of an allegation.

            • DarthHater

              That’s it, Goat. I’m finished trying to give responsible advice to a bunch of 12-year-olds. Maybe they’ll listen to a barnyard dweller, instead.

              • MichiganGoat

                Ha few listen to me

          • Johnny9617

            [Person] is hitting in the 230′s at low class A. If his career ever goes anywhere, how would this incident have an affect on it.

            • DarthHater

              Let’s see … [editing out story] … Nah, that couldn’t possibly have any professional ramifications.

              • Blublud

                Nah Darth, he’d just dock your check $50 and tell you to get back to work.

                • DarthHater

                  You’re right, Blu. what could I possibly have been thinking?

              • MichiganGoat

                Well I that should be expected from a Sith Lord and I would imagine you master would be pissed that you did complete the job.

              • Johnny9617

                The only important thing in pro sports is production. Carlos Zambrano was a complete nut and the Cubs dealt with him until he stopped pitching well.

            • Jp3

              [Editing out story. Sorry.]

            • Matty V

              I don’t think the current state of his career is the issue. The issue is taking the incident to the proper people, and the proper people are the ones who can actually do something about it. No discipline may come from it, but at least it’s on management’s radar and they can keep a closer eye on him and his behavior. Just blasting him publicly doesn’t solve anything.

          • Kyle331

            How would this affect his career. Wouldn’t he just get fined?

            • GCG 56

              He would probably get suspended for a few games as well.

              • Blublud

                [Editing out story.] these are allegations that shoupd be discuss withthe Cubs or a DA, and not on a messahe board to get attention.

                • TXCB32

                  It could never be proved that it was on purpose.

                  • Blublud

                    Oh, believe the story is completely bogus.

            • wellington

              Junior Lake did that to me once, but he threw it 30 ft over my head and 2 runs scored.

              • DarthHater

                ::rim shot::

              • Jp3

                Hate to laugh at the situation but that’s funny about Lake.

                • jpeck

                  Thank you. I will be here all week.

                  • DarthHater

                    And please be sure to try the pot roast.

      • ssckelley

        I think information like this should be shared. [Ed. - With apologies, I disagree for now. It's a fairly serious allegation that the person involved cannot defend (and concededly could have been a mistake).]

    • Spencer

      [Ed. - Removing story. Apologies.]

    • Jp3

      [Ed. - Apologies, but editing out the story.]

      • ruby2626

        [Ed. - I don't take editing comments lightly, and I understand that you're just trying to share your story as you perceived it. But because it isn't certain, and because it's a relatively serious allegation about a guy who can't defend himself here, I feel like I've got to edit this out.]

        • Blublud

          Dude, kill it. Non Story

        • Blublud

          Oh, and of this really happened, shouldn’t you included it in the first email. Hmmmmm. You sound like the guy who should have been kicked out. Cslling another man every name I’m the book in front of your kids. What a role model.

        • Jon

          So Ruby, you admit to harassing him and calling him names from the stands? In front of children? Pretty sure I know who the jackass is here, and its not the young ball player

        • baldtaxguy

          Fortunately no one was hurt. Seems the email was a good idea – but I’m not sure sharing this on a blog is. I’m sorry you had a bad experience, and it freaked you and pissed you off, but I see zero point making this a blog topic.

    • Toby

      Why hasn’t the media reported this yet? Are you sure this happened?

    • falselife

      Lotta lawyers on here. This could get interesting.

      The Cub Way line is nothing but melodramatic bullshit. Kills the piece. Remove it if you send it in.

    • Blublud

      I have to say, this shit sound like a bunch of bogus bullcrap and the Cubs and every other organization in sports probably get a 100 of these emails a month. A waste of your time man. Trash this piece of crap.

      • bryan

        hmmm how his story changes. I think your uncoordinated and im sure that 100 mph fastball was a 40 mph, you just have inferior athletic skills to catch it.

        • Jp3

          I was thinking you’re an adult and you’re wearing a glove to the game(sorry if anyone here wears their gloves to the game).

          • Blublud

            LMAO. I never thought about that.

            • Jp3

              Yeah I was actually thinking the same thing. Umm so you’re an adult wearing a glove and self admittedly heckled him all game? [Editing out story.]

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Let’s just end the discussion on this story. Thanks.

          • DarthHater

            I tried to tell them, man. ;-)

          • Alb_daKID

            Big brother much…regulating peoples stories and editing their posts…lol… I thought this was the good Ol’ U.S of A. Who cares if the story is fake or cant be proven. If you think the story isnt right because the player cant defend himself then your a SOFTY. Half the media now a days is propaganda filled with lies to portray and intrests agenda. Do we all die over it?? This is funny, next thing you know the Gestapo will be asking for your papers before you post. Silly kids!!

  • Benjamin

    Pretty clear Lake needs a full season at AAA. Hopefully the development staff gets a good enough look at him during this stint to make some targeted adjustments. The thing that worries me the most, honestly, is his out of control approach at the plate. The look on his face after a couple of pitches blew straight through his swing was one of total bewilderment.

  • Rcleven

    See Valbuana as the first half story. Man just knows how to go about an at bat.
    Chatwood final line was something like 11-3 GO-FO.
    The three FO came after Rizzo’s Homer.
    Cubs hitters not adjusting on the fly. The success they had was going the other way.

  • Commenter

    [Joke.]

    • bryan

      lmao

    • Jp3

      We’re gonna need an IP address to confirm that’s not [the player] for potential legal purposes

    • Albert A

      [Editing out story. Sorry.]

  • bryan

    I guess if your gonna lose a game this is how you do it. starlin is hitting better, Rizzo with a homer and Jackson looked respectable. I noticed vogalbach had a walk off, hopefully Baez continues his improvement tonight as well.. Now if tomorrow Garza can get dealt for some pitching…..

    • Blublud

      Castro Is starting to look much better.

      • Jed Jam Band

        Just look up his July split stats. It’s like we have OUR Castro back.

  • Cheryl

    If that last comment was from the real [player], its not going to do you any good to bring this up anywhere he wouldn’t get it anyway. Plus, you’ve already said your piece, Things that go around come around. Move on.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

    End that conversation now, please.

    • Jp3

      Sorry, we’ll do.

    • MichiganGoat

      I complete support the edit of the story, nicely done.

    • Blublud

      Brett, if you were going edit my post, you should have edited my typos. Lol

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Haha, I actually thought about it – but I figured there was a line …

  • ruby2626

    [Ed. - Again, I'm sorry to do the editing, but I just don't think it's appropriate to leave this story up. I wish you had had a better experience at the game, and I hope future experiences are better. Thank you for understanding.]

  • Jp3

    I think we could all use a Garza update.

  • Stogie

    I predict one of two things happen tomorrow: Garza is dealt before his start, or he comes out in the 6th with shoulder soreness. Knowing the luck of the Cubs.

    • Jed Jam Band

      Don’t say these things. You know not to say these things.

    • Jp3

      Nooooooo!!!!! Maybe he’ll throw a 159 pitch no hitter… Wait? Not sure that’d be what we need to show teams

    • baldtaxguy

      We know now who to blame tomorrow night.

  • ABK

    Not sure if anyone has discussed this yet, so I apologize if this is repetitive, but I’m wondering if Junior Lake may have some sort of positive effect on Castro. I remember reading that there was a friendly rivalry between the two of them. Maybe it’s what Castro needs to start producing? I know it’s only been two games, but obviously today was fantastic and yesterday, although he was 1-5, he had an SB. Who knows, just a guess.

    • cubchymyst

      Didn’t get to see the game today, but his batting stance has changed since the start of the season. So it could just as easily be that adjustment as Junior Lake. Either way though hopefully Castro keeps it up for the rest of the season.

      • 5412

        Hi,

        Lake and Castro look to have similar stances and swings. Is it me, or does anyone else see the same thing?

        Regards,

        5412

        • baldtaxguy

          It looks like Castro’s is a bit more open prior to the pitch, where Lake’s is not. I’d need to look again to see what you are seeing.

    • Rcleven

      I would think it’s more BAPID catching up to norm. Only hit the ball hard once today and that was a ground out to short.

    • Cyranojoe

      That’s exactly what I was thinking earlier today. Castro has already begun his turnaround, and having his long-time buddy Lake around — and doing WELL — I’d expect that would have positive impact on him. I sure hope so!

    • baldtaxguy

      So now he’s off the trading block? … for a few games?

  • willis

    Man, what did I miss? I’m so confused.

    • MichiganGoat

      Don’t worry about it and I hope nobody gives out the details.

    • Blublud

      No details, but what you missed was an was a little non-sense on a non-story.

  • Mush

    Has anyone heard when Bryant will start playing in games?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Very soon. He’s officially on the Az Cubs roster, so next couple days, I’d think.

      • Mush

        Thanks for quick response. Great site by the way.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Thanks – and it sounds like it’ll actually be tonight.

          • Mush

            You are right batting 3rd and playing same.

      • JungleDrew

        I also noticed that Gerardo Conception is on the AZL roster now… hopefully we can see if we have a legit pitching prospect in him…

  • baldtaxguy

    I know it was thin air aided, but that opposite field HR by Rizzo was very nice, and nice to see.

  • Jp3

    I have no idea but I think the general consensus was probably this coming week in Arizona and maybe a promotion after that. Who knows really. BNer Spriggs talked to him at an Arizona game and Bryant himself doesn’t know supposedly.

  • DarthHater
  • Mush

    You want to see how a team should hit with RISP turn on ESPN. I dream that the Cubs become to Red Sox.

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

    Completely meaningless non-stat: Josh Vitters is flat out out-playing Mike Olt this weekend.

    • Jp3

      Yeah it’s funny he has been completely left for dead and in the 20+ games he’s actually played he’s been tearing the cover off the ball. Would like to see him put a string of games played together because as he showed last year when he plays in triple A he’s pretty damn good

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Ah, but how does he look in the field?

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        I’m not really sure how much that matters at this point. Long term I think Vitters is probably a left fielder.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Certainly not a third baseman. I just don’t know that the bat will carry him at a corner outfield position or first base. And I’m not sure he’s going to have the positional versatility necessary to be a utility guy. I guess that’s why we are where we are on him.

          • Jp3

            You don’t think his bat can potentially play better than Dejesus or Sweeney? In Vitters defense we aren’t exactly blocking him from the big squad if that bat keeps it up down there, especially if we move a couple OFs

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

            I could see him doing pretty well as the right handed half of an outfield platoon, if nothing else.

            • Blublud

              Luke. Now that I am in Nashville, I’m thinking about riding over to knoxville for a few Smokies games. I started to ride over yesterday but ended up downtown Nashville(Gotta get me some cowboy boots). When are you heading that way?

              • dumbledoresacubsfan

                Blublud, I live in Knoxville when I’m not in Nashville. You may want to check the weather forecast before you make a trip up here–the weather here lately is even more bipolar than Tennessee weather normally is.

                I’ll be at the game tomorrow night barring a rain out.

                • Blublud

                  Yeah, I got here Thursday and it stormed the moment I got here. Its storm every day so far except maybe friday. I was thinking bout riding out tomorrow also, but its over a 2 hour drive and I have to be at work at 8AM on tuesday.

                  • dumbledoresacubsfan

                    Yea, I’d definitely agree that you should wait til sometime in August and go around the time Luke does.

                    Today it started storming and the sun was still shining. I used to think the apocalypse was reserved for the day the Cubs managed to win the World Series, but it looks like Knoxville is making a pretty strong argument for hosting.

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

                August 12 and 13. I’ll be in Section 104, just behind first base, down near the field.

                • Blublud

                  Cool. I’m going to make it one of those days.

      • Jp3

        I haven’t the slightest… Heard he’s flawless from the DH role though๐Ÿ˜Š. I’m sure someone on here can break this down for me, at what point does his fielding (number of errors) get outweighed by him hitting 20-25 HRs and hitting .300/.350? I mean if he could play passable LF or RF we could find a spot for him next year seeing we don’t have any prospects banging on the door next year in the OF

        • Mr. B. Patient

          There are not a lot of LF’s and 3B’s that hit 300/350, with 20-25 hr’s. If Vitter’s turns into that guy, he’d only need to be average on defense. Might get away with being slightly below avg.

          Since our current FO doesn’t seem to mind 24/25 year old rookies, he might have a year more to prove himself. But he better make it a good year. RH platoon guy in the outfield, give’s Riz a day off or two,and when we’re desperate, a few games at 3rd.

          • Blublud

            If Vitters goes .300/.350 with 25 HR, he would be a yearly all-star. I think he can hit in the league, but I don’t see him being that good.

            • Jp3

              Yeah I as reaching a bit but to only figure out what he would need to hit to offset his defensive deficiencies?

              • Jp3

                I was***

      • Jimmy James

        Like a young Charlie hickman

  • #23

    I think I would be much more excited about a possible Pirates return than what the Rangers were offering for Garza +1.

    • AD

      In addition to the return that the Pirates could provide, I wouldn’t mind seeing Garza pitch for the Pirates in October. I’d much rather see the Pirates have success than the Cardinals anyway. Garza’s personality would be a great fit for the Pirates too.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I’d be thrilled to cheer for Garza on the Pirates. (This year, I mean.)

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

          Agreed.

          Even more so because I don’t think there is anyway the Pirates could sign Garza to an extension. That means the Cubs might have a chance to resign him over the winter (if the numbers/years lined up and the Cubs were interested (and why wouldn’t they be?))

        • AD

          Of course! This year only!

        • Blublud

          I actually don’t mind cheering for the Pirates or even Cincy sometimes. It the Cards and Brewers I hate.

    • X the Cubs fan

      Glasnow and Kingham would be awesome.

  • DarthHater

    Bryant pops out in his first professional at bat. Theo and Jed officially don;t know how to draft. :-P

    • Jp3

      Dang!!! You beat me to it Darth… Oh we’ll, what he said x2!!

    • Blublud

      Fire the FO. I thought with all the money he got and his draft slot that he would at least hit 1.000 with 50 HR over the rest of the season. What a bumb.

      • Blublud

        Bum.

      • DarthHater

        For that kind of money, he should hit over 1.000.

    • DarthHater

      Oh! In the bottom of the first, a run scores on a throwing error by … you guessed it … Kris Bryant! :-D

      • Blublud

        This is starting to get frustrating. This guy is half the player Vitters is. Maybe we should trade Garza straight up for Olt.

        • DarthHater

          Too bad we can’t trade Bryant for a whole year. His value is plummeting by the minute. :-P

        • ssckelley

          Olt did hit another homer tonight, his second in this series against the I-Cubs.

          I have a feeling we are going to regret not trading for this guy.

          • Jimmy James

            Hey if he could face I-cubs pitching 162 games in the bigs he’d be set ;)

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

            Take your pick – All stats are from the PCL:

            Player A – .276/.363/.519. 23.35% K Rate, 11.2% BB rate

            Player B – .207/.311/.401. 33.3% K Rate, 12.9% BB rate

            Player C – .303/.358/.513. 16.6% K Rate, 7.0% BB rate

            • Jimmy James

              Player c= vitters?

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

                C is Vitters. Those are his career numbers for Triple A.

              • Hansman1982

                Damnit, I got my K/BB rates mixed up when I was looking at them.

            • Hansman1982

              Player A is BJax, B is someone who has been successful and C is Olt…

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

                B Jax is not on the list.

                • Hansman1982

                  His twin brother Olt is.

                • Blublud

                  Well one is olt, one is Vitters and one is Profar.

                  • DarthHater

                    No, not Profar.

                    • Blublud

                      Yeah, I know. But off the top of my head, those numbers are close to Profar AAA minus the SO rate.

                  • AD

                    A is Profar

                  • Hansman1982

                    Profar isn’t up there unless I have no clue how to call BB rates.

            • DarthHater

              B is Olt

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

                Correct.

            • DarthHater

              A is Ian Stewart? :-D

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

                We have a winner. A is in fact Ian Stewert.

                In short, Olt has been completely outplayed by (A) a guy that never made it in the majors, and (B) a guy that many Cub fans have completely given up on.

                Looking at those numbers, I don’t see a star in the making. I see a guy who can’t make consistent enough contact to leverage his prolific power.

                • Hansman1982

                  Mind I’d I steal that last paragraph whenever someone mentions another highly touted Cubs prospect?

                  • Blublud

                    Ease don’t compare Baez to Olt. Not even remotely close to the same player.

                    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

                      Got to agree. Much to early to be dropping Olt comps on Baez.

                      If five years from now Baez is striking out 30% of the time in Triple A, though, it’ll be a different story.

                • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

                  I saw this coming…the Revolt against Olt because he’s a possibly…A Dolt![img]http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/26400730.jpg[/img]

                  • Hansman1982

                    Because he’s possibly a dolt or that he’s a possibility to get?

                    • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

                      I just never like the flaws of Olt. And his name has a easy rhyming scheme for my Doltish mind.

                • ssckelley

                  How did his AA numbers look? There have been a lot of people raving on this guy and his glove is solid.

                  • MichiganGoat

                    Glove means nothing if he can’t hit.

                  • Hansman1982

                    .280 average, .970 OPS

                  • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

                    Better, but still a high K% given age, level, and how highly touted he was a prospect.

                    If Olt were billed as a glove-first reserve infielder / platoon player, I think his numbers would support that.

                    • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

                      What was the line in Moneyball by the scouts, “he’s got a good body..his d-ck been in the room five minutes before him,” but Brad(BIlly) retorts: “So, why doesn’t he hit?”

                    • ssckelley

                      Again, his numbers at AA were just fine. I am pretty sure you have said before the jump from AA to AAA is small. Are you not buying into these vision issues?

                    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

                      He was in Double A at age 23 and 24, so on the older side for the league, and in that time he struck out at a 26.4% rate. The OPS (.981) was impressive, but the red flag is still there.

                      I don’t buy the vision issue as the entire problem, no. His K% in Triple A is consistent with what he had been doing through his minor league career, but talk of vision problems only surfaced in the past year or so. That may be playing a part, but even so we are still left with a guy that has a history of contact issues.

                      Baseball America projects that his average will settle into the .260-.270 range, but I have no idea how they are that optimistic. There are very, very few players who struck out 30% of the time in Triple A and went on to have productive major league careers.

                • DarthHater

                  I cheated and used the Force. :-D

                • Blublud

                  Its funny. Because last deadline I argued with some guys that thought Olt was too much for Garza straight up. I tried to tell them Olt was overrated and that Garza would net more. I think some guys just get caught up in names the hear, not on reality. I would take Olt, but definitely not as the center piece. It almost good Garza got hurt last year because Olt at the time would have been the center piece.

                  • Hansman1982

                    So high K rates and sub-.300 batting averages aren’t a good thing?

                    • Blublud

                      I didn’t say Olt sucked and I didn’t say I didn’t want him, just that he was not to much to be a piece in a Garza trade. And please don’t compare what Olt did at 23 to what Baez did at 19-20. I mean your favorite prospect Profar can’t get close to .300 and doesn’t have the power of either of these guys.

                    • Mr. B. Patient

                      Trumbo’s oWAR says you can still be productive with those stats.

                    • Blublud

                      I was thinking Carlos Gonzalez. But either way.

                    • hansman1982

                      Trumbo owns a career MiLB K rate of 18%, that’s nothing. Olt owns a 27% career MiLB K rate.

                      Cargo had a bad BB/K split; however, playing at Coors has greatly helped him.

                    • hansman1982

                      To put it another way, Adam Dunn is laughing at Olt’s K and contact rates from the minors.

                    • Blublud

                      Are we talking about the same CarGo who has worse splits at home. It appears Coors Field hurts his stats.

                    • hansman1982

                      What in the hell are you talking about? Career home OPS: .996, Career road OPS: .774.

                      That isn’t even in the remote realm of being possibly close to arguably potentially better on the road.

                      I guess if you only want to cherry pick 1-year of data from a 5+ year career sure. His 2013 home OPS is .950, road is 1.000 (which goes to show you how terrible he was on the road before this year).

                      Since we are going deeper in the Baez/CarGo comparison, check out what Gonzalez flashed for a BB and K rate in A ball. He walked more and struck out less across his entire career and across A+ and AA ball.

                    • Blublud

                      What in the hell are you talking about. It was this years CarGo I was talking about. If I compare someone to Chris Davis, I certainly wouldn’t be talking about pre 2013, though he is a great example of a high strikeout guy who is having great success, and he struckout more then Baez in the minors.

                    • Hansman1982

                      Well of course you wouldn’t use pre 2013 Chris Davis, it proves my point also, Davis flashed a batting eye in the minors, not a good one but a much better one than Baez has shown.

                • MichiganGoat

                  Its amazing what stats can show

                • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

                  I hope the FO has reconsidered any Oltish trades w Texas.

                • jt

                  “In short, Olt has been completely outplayed by (A) a guy that never made it in the majors, and (B) a guy that many Cub fans have completely given up on.”
                  — Luke
                  *
                  Olt’s K rate in AA and A+ was close to 24% to 25% in each case with a combined 724 PA’s for both leagues. He jumps to AAA and the rate rises to 33% in 264 PA’s. Was the change in pitching the only change in condition? It has been reported that he has had a vision problem that has recently been corrected. How did that effect the AAA stats and therefore how would it effect a comparison to other players?
                  1) it could be that without the eye problem he would have continued to hit along the lines of the A+ and AA trends
                  2) it could be that without the eye problem he could have continued to have the K problem and low OPS has has earned in AAA during the 2013 season.
                  3) it could be that without the eye problem he kills AAA pitching.
                  *
                  It seems to me that any of the 3 conditions are equally likely.
                  *
                  So the question should be: Is his eye condition fixed?
                  If so, he has a chance to prove which of the above was/is correct.
                  Else;
                  as long as the eye condition is not fixed it seems certain those 264 AAA PA’s loudly indicate that his value is limited until it is fixed (if ever).
                  *
                  But, at this point those 264 PA’s don’t seem relevant for use in comparison to other players.

                  • jt

                    “He was in Double A at age 23 and 24, so on the older side for the league, and in that time he struck out at a 26.4% rate”
                    –Luke
                    *
                    Olt had 12 PA’s at AA in 2013 at age 24 and has had 107K’s in 432 total AA PA’s. My calculator shows that to be 24.8% K rate. At age 23 he had 101 AA K’s in 420 PA’s or a 24% K rate.
                    *
                    From rookie league to present, he has yet to play 100 games at any level. In 2012 the only Frisco position players younger than he were Profar, Beltre and Garcia. I don’t understand how he could be labeled as “old” for the league? He seems more like a college guy shooting up the ranks?

            • ssckelley

              What point are you making with this?

              • DarthHater

                That baseball-reference.com is awesome.

                • ssckelley

                  Evidently Luke prefers other options to Olt. A deal with the Rangers is not looking promising anyway.

                • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

                  But someone mentioned his awesome glove – possibly one of the best in MLB – once we get Olt on our roster.

                  That’s great, we can find plenty of serviceable glove men that can play 3rd, but try finding one that can do .285/.365/.450 for 700PA.
                  Find me that dude.

                  • Blublud

                    That guy would be very expensive unless he is on a rookie contract.

                    • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

                      That’s what we hope the FO will be able to find in the myriad of minor league malaise of statistic and scouting analysis.

            • Hansman1982

              A is Bryan LaHair?

      • BABIP (MichCubFan)

        We totally gotta trade this guy…

        • DarthHater

          heh

      • Mr. B. Patient

        Don’t worry, Jonathon Gray has a 540 era.

        • DarthHater

          Oops. I meant to put the “heh” here.

    • ssckelley

      Home Run!!!

      Not hit by Bryant though.

      There has been a Rohan siting. He is making his first appearance of the season in Arizona.

      • Jp3

        I can’t believe he’s still in our system, that dude has alligator blood

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        I wondered when he would turn up.

        • Jp3

          Where is he ranked in your prospect list Luke?๐Ÿ˜ƒ

          • Blublud

            Apparently ahead of Bryant. ;)

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

            Rohan? He was No 40 to start the season. Right now he’s off the list entirely, but I still like him as a pinch hitting slugger / corner anything guy in the majors. I don’t think he’ll ever be a starter, but he could have a future as a 24th or 25th man on a roster.

            • ssckelley

              I like the fact he can play both corner infield positions and outfield. If he can keep hitting like he was last year the Cubs will find a place for him.

  • Jp3

    And I was just about to retire early this evening…

  • Professional High A

    I heard that [edit] and [edit] [edited] that one [edit] [edit]teen times. Also we are definitely getting [edit mcediterson] for garza. True story.

    • Jp3

      Wha??

    • Carew

      Well, that can’t be good

    • Jp3

      We gave up too much then๐Ÿ˜€

    • Blublud

      What horrible return.

  • Professional High A

    [edit] definitely gave up to much. I bet they will regret that one down the road.

    • Professional High A

      Meant to post this as a reply to jp3. Apparently the internees are hard.

      • Professional High A

        Internets are hard. Definitely meant internets. Blaming it on autocorrect.

  • brunsmk

    Anyone know the reason Cabrera is relieving in AAA? Kind of an innings limit thing since he is getting stretched back out this year?

    • X the Cubs fan

      Probably getting him used to the hitter friendly PCL.

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