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MLB.com’s Jim Callis, who recently re-ranked and wrote up the top 25 prospects in the Chicago Cubs’ system, took over the MLBPipeline Twitter feed for a Cubs prospect chat yesterday. Callis shared some interesting thoughts, collected here for those of you who missed it or who don’t do the Twitter thing:

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

    I wouldn’t give up on Black as a starter quite yet (although I understand the reasoning), but other than that I can’t really argue with anything here.

  • jh03

    Someone actually asked if the Cubs got enough value for Garza?… Wut.

    • Jason P

      Haha, that’s exactly what I thought.

      • Isaac

        That’s called setting it on a tee.

  • Javier Bryant

    Very interesting stuff

  • JB88

    That twitter feed “article” was almost pornographic. So seeing the toe fungus ad at the end was sort of like you inserted a granny scene at the end of a great movie :)

    • Don Eaddy

      I got an advertisement for a Cadillac hahahaha

  • Blackhawks1963

    There are invariably top prospects who go bust. Fair to say Jorge Soler “might” end up being that guy. Way too soon to judge any of these top prospects, but he’d be the guy I would pick in a bet.

    • Rich H

      I know a lot of people do not want to here it but Baez still has serious bust potential. I love the guys upside but there a few things that make you wonder. That is the one guy we need to make it but the chances for bust is still there.

  • Jon

    kinda depressing about Soler…

    • Noah_I

      I wouldn’t be too concerned at this point. Teams have only seen him sporadically, he dealt with injuries throughout last season, and he raised some personality concerns last season. I’m waiting until a couple of months into his likely stint at Double A before changing my analysis on him.

      • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

        Agreed, a couple reports I’ve read are down on him due to his lack of hustle in the AFL, which he was instructed to do. If he can stay healthy, I look for a really big year.

  • Noah_I

    I like Pierce Johnson, but calling him a front line guy is optimistic to me. I see someone with a strong chance of being a mid-rotation guy (a solid 3 or very good 4) with a fringe shot at being a 2 if the command and control both play as plus or better in the Majors.

    Edwards has better stuff, with the question just being if he can handle the workload.

  • Darth Ivy

    This was my favorite:

    “Baez, Alcantara, Vizcaino, Villanueva, Ramirez, Olt, Hendricks. @BullMediaInc: Who of the top 20 makes it to the Majors this year? @Cubs”

    • JoeyCollins

      Yeah i just kept reading that over and over again. Alot of talent is on it’s way

    • Funn Dave

      Of those three, I’m most excited about Baez, Vizcaino, and Hendricks, with Alcantara coming in at a close 4th.

    • djraleigh

      I figured most of those guys would be up this year. But to see Villanueva’s name is awesome to see. Interesting to see how everything shakes out by the end of the year.

  • ibcnu2222

    I’m just thinking about a 2016 25-man roster.

    C: Castillo, Lopez
    IF: Rizzo, Alcantara, Castro, Baez, Villanueva, Olt
    OF, Bryant, Almora, Soler, Lake, Either B. Jackson, Vitters, or Szcsur
    SP: Scherzer, Shields or Price, Wood, Jackson, Edwards or Hendricks
    RP: Vizcaino, Ramirez, Black, A. Rivera, Russel?, Rosscup, Either Parker, Grimm, or Rusin.

    Any thoughts?

    • candyland07

      Since Team Epstein took over these mocked up fantasy line ups has been pure fantasy. Some of those players will cost some money . Every year those type of line ups add to a persons optimism than the when will the team be competitive question arises and double speak begins and anthor year is added 2015/2016/ wait for it 2017 . When people and critic start to add 2018 – people should start to get a bit more than just angry. ….

    • Funn Dave

      I think we could get a halfway SP roto without adding any outside players….1 Wood, 2 Samardzija, 3 Hendricks, 4 Jackson, 5 Edwards or Rusin.

      • jonred

        If we want to make a serious playoff push, we will need to supplement our prospects with a SP1 and possibly SP2. No one currently in the system project to that level, although we do have the #4 pick in the draft.

        Plus, we have to spend $$ on someone right?

    • jonred

      Don’t forget the hopefully starting pitcher we’ll add with our first round pick this year.

      • blublud

        Unless it Rodon, I hope not. The Cubs future CF is in this draft. Treat Turner, Radon or bust.

        • ssckelley

          Damn, you really hate Almora don’t you?

          Besides you like those power guys, think Gatewood or Jackson.

          • blublud

            No, I really like Treat turner. I think Almora can be a good player, but I think Turner can be a terror with the bat and on the bases and CF is his only realistic position.

            I’m also a huge N.C. State fan, so I might be slightly biased.

            Besides, if the prospects do as I think they will, I think Alcantara will command CF before Almora gets there because Baez will be at 2nd and Bryant will be at 3rd. Almora will be traded at that point in a package for a TOR pitcher.

            • ssckelley

              oh yea, I forget you are from there. But still, go read up on the scouting reports on Alex Jackson and Gatewood. They will get you drooling.

              I am starting to warm up on the idea of Rodon, I just do not believe he will be there at #4. I am not big on taking power arms, IMO, too much of a risk. I like the idea of the Cubs getting the top position player 2 years in a row.

              • blublud

                Alex Jackson? Why would I take a guy who’s the best hitting catcher, but will end up being a mediocre first baseman. The Jackson love will fade when people realize he’s just a decent 1st baseman playing out of position.

                • C. Steadman

                  If he moves off of catcher it’ll be to RF

                  • blublud

                    Either way. A guy who offensive value comes from playing catcher, though he wont play there, with power that’s questioned by several scouts and doesn’t provide any defensive value what so ever while playing a position where everyone can hit at least decently. Not a good idea.

                    • ssckelley

                      The only reason why they might move him from catcher is to move his bat through the system faster. He has the skills to play the position. But he has tremendous power and hitting ability, and so does Gatewood.

                    • C. Steadman

                      I’m a huge fan of Gatewood, I see Baez in him

                    • blublud

                      There is no way this guy can. Play catcher from what I heard. If he does, his ceiling is average on a best case scenario. Read the reports.

                    • ssckelley

                      You got links to those reports? All the ones I have seen, along with video, show a pretty good catcher with a decent arm. Again if allowed to develop could turn into a MLB catcher. This kid is extremely athletic, they say he may even be a plus defender in the outfield. But his hitting skills and power are his ticket to the big leagues and the scouts have been raving on this guy since he was a freshman.

                      I get you are a NC State fan, but take the blinders off. You want to find the worst in everyone to make the guy you like look good. Turner may very well turn out to be a good player, but at #4 we want someone who could be special.

                    • blublud

                      Blinders. I have never liked Jackson. Plus, unless you are Mike Pizza, who was even 1st round, I would never take a catcher in the first round. The shelf life of even most elite catchers are to short, and once they are moved off, their value plummets. No thanks.

                    • ssckelley

                      Now you are just getting stupid, like I have said Jackson is probably going to end up in the outfield to progress his bat through the minors faster.

                      Let’s say all skills are equal, which would you prefer in a player speed or power?

                    • blublud

                      Ok. If Jackson is in RF, 3B or even first, where I think he is destined to head, his bat value plummets. Those are arguably the 3 best offensive positions in the game. Jackson’s offensive value is at catcher. Without catching, his bat is no longer elite.

                      To answer your question, it depends. If that player has “best speed in baseball” and high percentage, high total SB potential with a good hit stick and a lot of patience while playing a good CF, then I’m going to need Baez/Sano power to pass on him at an IF defensive position to pass on him.

                    • ssckelley

                      His bat is his value! You are knocking Jackon’s offensive value yet the guy you have a chubby for also plays outfield, average at best.

                      BTW, way to dodge the question. Let me try it a different way, if you could build a ball player and could only choose 1 between elite power or elite speed which would you select?

                    • blublud

                      Notice I put CF, not OF. Also, Turner is like Castro. Castro could be a good if not great CF. Turner would be considerably better than average in CF.

                      Also, it would still depend. Power is always better than speed when compared by itself. I mean Baez is my favorite prospect. But you have to look at the whole package. I think Olt is a good player, but I would take who I think Turner is over Olt all day, everyday. I dont think Jackson will be any better with the bat than Olt, or at least what we thought the pre-eye issues Olt would have been. Turner has a great package to go with his speed.

                      Is Schierholtz better than Ellsbury because he has more power. Turner has Billy Hamilton written all over him, even though Hamilton struggled last year.

                    • Drew7

                      Wait, arent you the guy that claimed WAR was a terrible measure of value because of the position adjustment?

                    • blublud

                      Yes, I am. I have no problem with WAR for positional value, other then the weight of certain stats vs other stats. I have a problem with WAR telling me player A is better player B only because player a plays SS and player B plays 1B or LF. If anything, this validates my point. As Jackson would only be considered elite if he play’s catcher. If he puts the same stat line at C as he puts up at 1B, he may have 1 or 2 more WAR, possibly more, even if he plays better defense at 1st than catcher because of the lack of production at catcher. Thats where WAR is useless. Because his WAR would be high, people will say he better than Player C, 3 WAR, first baseman will he’s really wouldn’t be.

                    • blublud

                      Dont wanna have another WAR convo, so here’s my last point. Im using totally random, made up numbers.

                      If the average SS line is .150/.180/.225 and SS A puts up .300/.360/.450
                      The average 1B line is .230/.290/.350 and 1B A puts up .320/.390/.520

                      WAR is going to probably tell me SS A is the better offensive player when in reality, he isn’t. He just plays a weaker offensive position. So oWAR is cool when comparing who’s best between two players from the same position, but not different positions.

                    • ssckelley

                      Likewise Turner is only considered good if he sticks at shortstop, he is not elite. Since I finally got you to admit Power > Speed if you took the blinders off you would agree that Gatewood and Jackson are the better picks.

                      But I know you never will.

                    • blublud

                      No, because Turner is the overall better player. I like Gatewood 100 times more than I like Jackson, and I’m willing to have a debate about him and turner, though I still prefer turner, but Jackson is not worth a top 10 pick.

                    • ssckelley

                      Both Gatewood and Jackson have pretty the same grades offensively, the only difference is Jackson can catch and Gatewood is at short.

                • Kyle

                  Technically, WAR doesn’t differentiate between offensive and defensive value, so it wouldn’t tell you that.

                  • blublud

                    Yes, WAR does.

                  • blublud

                    It right here in bold print

                    ● Offensive players – Take wRAA, UBR & wSB, and UZR (which express offensive, base running, and defensive value in runs above average) and add them together. Add in a positional adjustment, since some positions are tougher to play than others, and then convert the numbers so that they’re not based on league average, but on replacement level (which is the value a team would lose if they had to replace that player with a “replacement” player – a minor leaguer or someone from the waiver wire). Convert the run value to wins (10 runs = 1 win) and voila, finished!

                  • Kyle

                    No, WAR doesn’t do that. The components of some versions of WAR do.

                    And it’s completely cosmetic. If you measure defense relative to league rather than position, then it eliminates the problem you are describing but you get the exact same numbers.

                    • blublud

                      Wrong again. This is fangraphs formula. Once again, positional adjustment not based on defense, since there is a different category for defense all together.

                      WAR

                      Offensive

                      Batting - Park Adjusted Runs Above Average based on wOBA
                      Base Running -  Base running runs above average, includes SB or CS
                      Fielding - Fielding Runs Above Average based on UZR (TZ before 2002)
                      Replacement - Replacement Runs set at 20 runs per 600 plate apperances
                      Positional - Positional Adjustment set at +12.5 for C, +7.5 for SS, +2.5 for 2B/3B/CF, -7.5 for RF/LF, -12.5 for 1B, -17.5 for DH
                      Fld + Pos
                      RAR - Runs Above Replacement (Batting + Fielding + Base Running + Replacement + Positional)
                      WAR - Wins Above Replacement

                    • blublud

                      The only surprise is CF defense is no more a premium position that 2nd and 3rd baseball. It appears Catcher is the no 1 premium position, not even SS.

                    • blublud

                      Position Player WAR Calculations and DetailsWAR for Position Players

                      WAR for position players has six components:

                      Batting Runs
                      Baserunning Runs
                      Runs added or lost due to Grounding into Double Plays in DP situations
                      Fielding Runs
                      Positional Adjustment Runs
                      Replacement level Runs (based on playing time)

                    • blublud

                      The adjustment are posted at the bottom of this page for offensive positional value

        • C. Steadman

          Turner’s draft stock is slipping, I’d think it’d be a mistake to take him at #4.

          • blublud

            Right. He is “struggling” right now with a 316/386 line right now. It’s a long season. Turner will be fine.

            • C. Steadman

              An OPS of 768 isn’t what I want from my #4 overall selection…

              • blublud

                If Turner and Rodon are there at 4, I would still go Turner. How can you guys constantly argue over SSS and then turn around and discount Turner, a guy who has done nothing but dominate in his career, after 19 games, in one season? I guess Lake will be a perennial all-star after last year?

                • C. Steadman

                  If Rodon is at #4, I’d serious start to question his health or some other factor…also Turner’s lack of power is concerning, its not hard to find singles/speed/plus defense guys, so I don’t want that from my #4 selection. I’d rather go with whoever’s left of Hoffmann/Beede/Kolek. It’s okay to disagree with me, I think the your quote “Treat Turner, Radon or bust.” shows youre a little biased. Plus, it’s the MLB draft anything can happen.

                  • C. Steadman

                    “whoever’s left of Hoffmann/Beede/Kolek”

                    I don’t think Rodon slips past #2, so I just didn’t include him. To me he’s the #1 or #2 pick.

                    • blublud

                      There’s is no way Theo and comp drafts those guys. Turner is the best position player in the draft.

                    • C. Steadman

                      “Turner is the best position player in the draft”

                      That I’m agreeing with, but how do we know Theo/Jed draft strategy? based on two drafts? Who’s to say they don’t select pitcher?

                  • blublud

                    Absolutely not. Turner is more Ellsbury than Almora could dream to be. Great hit stick. Will constantly hit 300/350/400+ with 40-50 SB and play great defense in CF. If you can get that guy, I’d take him first overall.

                    • C. Steadman

                      ” Will constantly hit 300/350/400+ with 40-50 SB and play great defense in CF”

                      Man, why hasn’t Houston already come out and say they’re taking him??

                    • jp3

                      I’d take Turner too… We could use 2 Darwin Barney’s

                    • Soda Popinski

                      As far as position players, I’ve heard great things about Alex Jackson, too. As of now, I’d bet that pitchers go 1, 2, 3 and we take the best position player at 4. We could draft Jackson to come up with the second wave of proscpects (Jimenez, Torres, etc.).

                    • blublud

                      Man, why hasn’t Houston already come out and say they’re taking him??

                      I dont know. I’m a position player over pitcher guy everyday and twice on Sunday, unless that pitcher is special. I almost went that way over Bryant with Gray last year but came back to my senses. We can find or sign pitching, its safer that way.

                    • blublud

                      Turner had a .891 OPS with 57 SB as freshman, and a 1.007 OPS with 30 SB as a sophomore. Im not worried about one slow start through 19 games. He has a track record.

                    • C. Steadman

                      Cubs won’t find an ace in free agency with teams locking up all their young players through their prime. The Cubs will either have to trade/draft an ace and with the Cubs banking their success on our current position prospects I’m less inclined to trade them bc of the bust factor, what if Bryant/Baez bust but we traded Soler/Almora? B/c one or more will bust and that will push the rebuild further…We’re going to have to take a risk to get that ace and I’m willing to use the #4 pick on a pitcher(Kolek/Beede/Hoffmann) when we have a stable of stud position prospects already

                    • ssckelley

                      Turner could turn out to be one heck of a ball player but if there is another potential Baez or Bryant available I will take him over a guy who has the ceiling of Ellsbury.

                    • blublud

                      You dont need Aces to win WS Chips, but you do need bats. There were 5 pitchers available this year, who if signed to the same team would be good enough to win a WS. There is plenty of pitching available.

            • Ballgame17

              By the way, I think Mike Piazza was a 62nd round pick (1390th pick) by the Dodgers because Lasorda is Piazza’s Godfather. I think it’s hard to compare Piazza with Alex Jackson and the Cubs #4 overall pick…

          • ssckelley

            I agree, I am not big on taking a position player who’s best asset is speed. Without the speed he’d be another Barney v3.0.

            • mjhurdle

              No kidding.
              you don’t use the #4 pick on a pinch-runner.

              • blublud

                Wow. Look up Turner career stats before forming an opinion.

                • mjhurdle

                  i did.
                  Not that i put too much stock into college numbers, but his were interesting.
                  Average defensively, with the possibility of getting to above-average.
                  Has the arm for 3B, but can move enough to handle SS/2B.
                  Very thin.
                  Fast as all get out.
                  Hits the ball with a loft, not the best bunter and doesn’t hit as many balls on the ground as you might like to see with someone with his speed.
                  would be lucky to hit 10 HRs a year, gap power means possibility of a good amount of xbh though.

                  All and all, it is interesting. But as was mentioned, I don’t think you take a him at 4 when his only plus plus tool is speed, which is the easiest to neutralize if he has trouble hitting good pitching.

                  I see him as nothing more than a Campana 2.0

                  • blublud

                    Turner will be a good to very good CF. His hit stick is elite. His speed is elite and his arm is very very good. Thats 4 good or better tools.

                    Compared to Campania, he has a better hit stick, more patience, more speed, equal arm, less defense, and maybe slightly less power. If you are salivating over Almora, you should twice as excited by Turner.

                    • blublud

                      That second paragraph should say compare to Almora.

                    • C. Steadman

                      Elite hit stick? I’ve seen it graded at 60, not once 80…speed i’ve seen 80

                    • mjhurdle

                      Almora has already done what you are predicting that Turner *might* one day do.
                      I’ll stick with Almora over Sam Fuld 2.3.

                    • blublud

                      The guy is projected as a .300( I know BA doesn’t matter) with a good walk rate and plenty of patience. That’s an elite hit stick all day everyday.

                    • ssckelley

                      Turners defense is not plus, not sure where you are getting that. Besides speed Almora is rated higher in about every category.

                    • blublud

                      Turner is projected as a good outfielder, not SS.

                    • mjhurdle

                      Can you provide a link to a place that projects him as an OF? Everything I have seen from BaseballProspectus, BaseballAmerica, and various draft sites have him as sticking at SS, with maybe a move to 3B. And nowhere does it say he even has above average defense.
                      BaseballProspectus is particular says he posseses 1 elite tool, which is his speed. He is not projected to add much power, and they say it all comes down to whether he can hit enough to be a solid MLB starter.

                      In addition, almost every site i have read says there just is not an obvious impact bat (yet) this year.

                      Im not saying Turner won’t be great. If the Cubs drafted him, i wouldn’t be upset (mostly because of trust in the FO then faith in Turner though). When I first heard of Turner, i was really excited about the possibility of a true speedy leadoff player for the Cubs.
                      But the more i read about him, the more flags i see.
                      I think #4 is just too high to draft a speed-only and hope the rest stays the same as college type of guy.

                    • ssckelley

                      Mj, Turner has an above average arm which could convert to centerfield. But you’re right, most of the reports I read say he could be an above average defensive shortstop, which middle infield the only position where his bat projects decently. His hit stick is considered barely above average, if that slips at all his speed becomes worthless as an everyday player.

                      Top 10 pick, absolutely, but not a good pick at #4.

                    • blublud

                      Everything I read says CF, but if he sticks at SS, that makes him even more valuable.

                    • mjhurdle

                      i have read that his arm is good, but everytime it is in reference to a possible move to 3B if he cant handle short long term.
                      i would think that he is probably athletic enough to move to the OF, i just haven’t read anything about him projecting there or that he would somehow become a better fielder with the move.

                      i agree that he should go top 10, and maybe even higher in some drafts. but he is no kris bryant that you take above impact pitching because his bat is that good

                  • Edwin

                    If he was nothing more than a Campana 2.0, he obviously wouldn’t be so highly rated by scouts.

                    I’m not really worried about the power, I’m more interested in his On Base skills.

                    • mjhurdle

                      the Campana 2.0 and Fuld 2.3 references were a call back to blublud saying that Almora was nothing more than Barney 2.0.

                      Obviously *if* Turner can get on base then he would be valuable to a MLB team. My concern is that his only special tool is blazing speed.
                      Getting on base in college is good, especially against good college competition. But Mike Olt hit .300+ at UConn. To me someone like that is safer, because even if the OBP drops some, he has crazy power and elite defense to fall back on and still provide some value.
                      If Turner’s OBP suffers in professional baseball, there is nothing left to fall back on with no power and average defense.
                      just a bigger gamble in my eyes.

                    • blublud

                      Olt hit .300 because he hit a lot of balls out of smaller stadiums. Turner puts up his numbers because he is a good hitter with a great approach, who has the patience to wait for his pitch, or take a walk. There’s a difference. Turner stats are more sustainable because of his approach.

                    • mjhurdle

                      Olt hit 10 less HRs in his college career than Bryant hit in his final college season alone.
                      He wasn’t hitting “a lot of balls out of smaller stadiums”.

                    • blublud

                      Right. Thats still a lot. Remember, Bryant out homer all but like a hand full of schools his junior year.

                  • Bill

                    Hold on a minute. Isn’t Turner supposed to have a pretty good batting eye? If so, then stop with the Campana and Barney comparisons, guys who hack at everything. If Turner can be a high OBP, a top of the order type, then that’s a valuable guy.

                    I’m not advocating they draft Turner at 4 but people just compare him to Barney because he doesn’t have much power (although Turner could get a lot more XBH) and Campana, because they are both fast.

                    • ssckelley

                      To be fair Barney was the 5th best hitter in the Pac10 his Junior year and posted a .819 OPS. But mainly the comparisons are to troll blubud, he keeps comparing Almora to Barney.

                      I think Turner is a better hitter than Campana or Barney, it is a little concerning that he is struggling during the softest part of NC States schedule. But perhaps he will turn it on during the conference slate.

                      But at #4 I think the Cubs would make a mistake passing on 2 players that are rated as good as Turner hitting but with 70+ power. I will take power over speed any day.

                    • blublud

                      I want the best available position player, who IMO, will be the best available player. Turner is the best player in this draft, Rodon is the 2nd best. Even if you don’t agree with that, fine. Every publication has turner as the best non pitcher in college. If he’s there at four, you can’t pass on him.

                    • ssckelley

                      Yes, Turner is considered to be the best position player in college. But the best position players overall are high school, Gatewood and Jackson.

                • Jon

                  Every girl on the local softball team in my town has more power than Trea Turner.

                  • blublud

                    And Turner has about the same amount of power as Almora.

                    • ssckelley

                      Perhaps as of right now, but Almora is over a year younger and has a much bigger frame to add power. What you see is what you get with Turner, he is not going to be a power hitter.

                      The scouting reports are on the opposite ends of the spectrum with Almora and Turner when it relates to their assessments of power.

                    • blublud

                      Yea, because Almora will magically turn into this big power hitter. I glad Almora is overrated though, because if he is traded, he going to help us get a big return and the team acquiring him will have to deal with the disappointment of thinking they have a star when he’s really just a good player.

                    • ssckelley

                      I don’t think Almora is going to turn into a “big power hitter”, quit moving the goal post on me. I was responding to a comment made that said “Turner has about the same amount of power as Almora”, which is not true.

  • dash

    Brett, about the Cubs’ unlikeliness to trade Castro if he struggles again this year: What if he has a great season? Would that make him too hot of a commodity to hang onto and prompt the Cubs to “sell high”?

    • Xruben31

      He’s a guy they want to keep but, if they get blown away he can be had.

      • dash

        Yes, but what I’m wondering is if — because of the big prospects waiting in the wings — the Cubs’ plan is to actively shop him as soon as he starts doing well. Does his success on the field guarantee his exit? Or is he still part of the core they’re building around?

        • Noah_I

          I’d say no, but it depends. I think, depending on how the rest of the prospects play out, the Cubs may decide to trade Castro for pitching help and shift Baez to SS. But they may also decide to use their surplus of position player prospects to pick up pitching prospects instead. However, I’d bet that the Cubs’ preference right now is to keep Castro.

  • Funn Dave

    So baseball has gone from playing a game on a field, to watching a game at a ballpark, to listening to a game on the radio, to watching a game on TV, to watching highlights from games on TV, to following atheletes’ Twitter profies, to…following the profiles of…the people who…watch the people…playing baseball? Thanks, internet.

    • Funn Dave

      Also…he gives the answer, and then it shows the question? What kind of a backwards universe is this Twitter, anyway?

  • ssckelley

    Hmmmm, I have not considered the possibility of moving Olt to the outfield.

    • JCubs79

      He played LF when he first came up for his short stint in Texas and in AA in 2012.

      • ssckelley

        So potentially in 2015 Olt in left, Bryant in right, Baez at third, and Rizzo at first? That is 4 guys in the lineup capable of 30+ homers.

  • http://BN Sacko

    1st half of this season could be bad bad bad until all this cluster gets traded or DFA.
    It doesn’t appear any of the prospects will start in Wrigley and that may include Olt.
    The BP has improved/looks better, but thats it for now.

  • DarthHater
    • Rich H

      Not the whole swing because he does not have the upper cut ending that Mo Vaughn had but that is one similar beginning. Same location, Same aggravated L. Same swinging from the pocket.

  • Jon

    Blubud, you are the best. Right or wrong, weather I agree or disagree. You take a stance, dig and, and never let up. Bravo.

  • blublud

    Here there position adjustment and the link will take you to see the chart and prove that the adjustment is made based on offensive performance of the position.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/about/war_explained_position.shtmlRpos, Positional

    Adjustment Runs

    If you take a quick look at the batting performance by defensive position, you’ll quickly see that teams are willing to sacrifice offense at “defensive” positions (stats are prorated to 650 plate appearances).

    SplitGPAABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLGOPSTBGDPHBPSHSFIBBROEBAbiptOPS+sOPS+as C1656505826414228117703254126.245.313.389.7032261454455.28295100as 1B1526505757515532122853163121.271.345.452.7972591550575.305121100as 2B15164958675152294126213447103.260.320.389.7092281165426.29497100as 3B1556495836914731214717352111.252.317.390.7072271453547.28796100as SS1526505907315528310601564498.263.317.380.6972241146427.29894100as LF15264958575149293177014552124.255.320.408.7282381052436.295102100as CF14865058384152296146225852124.261.326.410.735238955327.307104100as RF15265057878155313207511459123.269.341.441.7822541161455.308117100as DH1516505787415131120846262120.263.337.427.7642471540456.298112100as P28364955629781203313121213.141.175.182.3571016169005.2210100

    When one quantifies these differences and also looks at the changes in fielding performance when players move to different positions we can estimate the average differences between positions.

    Current values (per 1350 (150*9) innings played) are:

    C: +10 runs2B: +3 runs3b: +2 runs1B: -10 runsDH: -15 runsP: see Pitcher Positional Adjustment

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