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dan vogelbach daytonaAnd then there was one. Now that C.J. Edwards has been shut down so the doctors can investigate some discomfort in his shoulder, there is only of the Cubs Top 5 prospects who is without a recent injury. The Tennessee Smokies have played 21 games so far this season, and Kris Bryant has appeared in 20 of them. He is easily the healthiest of the Cubs best prospects.

And he is continuing to tear up the Southern League. Bryant ranks among the league leaders in home runs, doubles, walk rate, OPS, ISO, SLG, and pretty much every other category you’d expect. Right now he is on a seven game hitting streak during which he has eleven total hits, three of them doubles, and one home run.

I’m not sure how long the Cubs will leave Bryant in Tennessee, but local fans should go see him while they have the chance. He is striking out a little too much for comfort right now, so the Cubs may wait for him to bring that rate down a bit, but that is just about the only flaw to be found in his game. Should the Cubs be so inclined, and I don’t think they will be, he could probably jump directly to the majors. More likely, though, he’ll spend some time in Iowa later this summer working out some final bugs in his game before arriving at Wrigley.

When can we expect that arrival?

After the Cubs are completely out of contention. The last thing the Cubs will want to do is call up Bryant (or Javier Baez for that matter) while the team is struggling early in the season and risk the Chicago press heralding him (or them) as the Saviours of the Franchise, only to pile the blame on them when the Cubs continue to lose. The pressure of carrying the Cubs will be on their shoulders soon enough; the Cubs will be wise to not risk making them carry that load while they are getting acclimated to the majors.

I continue to think that Bryant will be up after the trade deadline (Baez could be up before it, depending on how fast he adjusts to Iowa), but if the Cubs start dealing earlier in the summer, I can’t rule out a somewhat earlier call up.

Scores From Yesterday

Iowa – Iowa opened the road trip with a nice 9-0 win in Colorado Springs.
Tennessee – The Smokies never got their offense going as they lost 3-1.
Daytona – Daytona took an early lead, and it carried them to a 7-3 win.
Kane County – After trailing the entire game, Kane County scored seven times in the eighth inning to pull out the improbable 10-8 win.

Performances of Note

  • [Iowa] Tsuyoshi Wada needed just 55 pitches to breeze through 5 shutout innings. He walked one, allowed 4 hits, and struck out 6. I do not know why he left after throwing just 55 pitches, but as of last night no word of any injuries had come out.
  • [Iowa] Chris Valaika led the Cubs with 4 hits (one double). Josh Vitters (one double) and Christian Villanueva (two doubles) each had two hits.
  • [Iowa] Somewhat overshadowed by Wada’s efficient performance were the 2 no hit innings and 4 strikeouts dealt by Alberto Cabrera.
  • [Tennessee] Stephen Bruno singled and tripled, his first, and was the only Smokie with two hits in the game. Bryant doubled and walked, and Dustin Geiger doubled.
  • [Tennessee] John Andreoli went 0 for 3 with a walk, but this game was a touch more notable in that this was the first time in 2014 he had been caught stealing. Through 19 games he now has 8 steals in 9 chances. He is on pace to steal 59 bases and to get caught 7 times this season.
  • [Daytona] Yao-Lin Wang allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks through 4 innings, but after that Ben Wells, Stephen Perakslis and Arodys Vizcaino combined to put up zeroes for the rest of the game. Vizcaino allowed a walk and two hits in the ninth, but got out of it without any damage thanks to a pair of strikeouts.
  • [Daytona] Dan Vogelbach launched his second home run and broke out of his slump with a 4 for 4 performance that featured him picking up his first Caught Stealing for the season.
  • [Daytona] Albert Almora doubled and finished 2 for 4. He did not walk, but he is riding an 8 game hitting streak. Gioskar Amaya and Marco Hernandez also had 2 hits.
  • [Kane County] Josh Davis did not have a great start (3 IP, 6 R (3 ER), 7 H, 2 K) subbing for Daury Torrez, who’s been bumped to today, but Jose Arias, Tyler Bremer, and Zack Godley were there to keep the game close enough that the offense could stage their rally. Bremer in particular stood out. Over 3 innings he allowed a run on a hit and a walk while striking out 6.
  • [Kane County] Jacob Hannemann and Trey Martin each had 2 hits for the Cougars, and they were the only ones to feature multi hit games. Doubles by Martin and Daniel Lockhart were the only extra base hits.
  • [Kane County] Kane County also walked 8 times against just 3 strikeouts. Any team that puts up ratios like that is going to have plenty of opportunity to win some games.

Other News

  • Yes, Javier Baez is striking out about 40% of the time, but there is still no need to worry. Because he missed about ten days with that injury, he only has about 40 plate appearances on the season. For a guy who is historically a little slow to get going when he arrives at a new level, and who has missed time on the DL already, that is not a lot. Don’t panic yet.
  • And don’t get too excited, either. The Iowa Cubs are currently playing in Colorado Spring, home of the third most hitter friendly ballpark in the very hitter friendly Pacific Coast League. If Baez starts launching some of those long fly balls that have been dying on the warning track in Iowa this spring, he could hit a bunch of homers in a hurry. That will not mean he is ready for the majors. A few weeks later, though, he visits New Orleans, the most pitcher friendly park in the league. If he starts bombarding the bleachers with Baezbombs in the Big Easy, then we can start to think about a little irrational excitement. But not yet. And certainly not based on anything that happens in Colorado.
  • Further evidence of the worthlessness of the Loss as a pitching stat: Ivan Pineyro. After allowing 2 runs on 6 hits in 5 innings yesterday, Pineyro was saddled with the loss and is now 0-2 on the season. He also has an ERA of 1.74.
  • How did Kane County rally from behind to score 7 runs in the eighth inning and walk away with a win? Single, single, fly out, hit by pitch, double (2 runs score), single (run scores), walk, double (2 runs score), intentional walk, sac fly (run scores), wild pitch (run scores), walk, line out. That’s how.
  • ari gold

    I’m hoping to make it down to the Springs tomorrow or Sunday to watch a couple Baezbombs.

  • ssckelley

    Villanueva is a doubles hitting machine, I just wish a few would leave the yard once in a while. Gotta mention the “Babe” Watkins, started in center field last night and went 1 out of 3 with 2 walks and scored 3 times. He is on a tear right now and they are using him everywhere (can he catch?).

    • jp3

      Too bad he can’t catch because he’s going to get buried on the prospect depth chart.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        As a very versatile, good defensive, left handed hitting, good baserunning guy, he’ll stay near the top of the depth chart for bench options.

        And I can see him being quite useful in the NL as a bench guy.

        • Chad

          seems like he could easily replace Barney but add more versatility and dare I say a better bat (at least equal, but from the left side)

          • craigp

            Please let that happen. Watkins replace Barney. I also love when Barney pinch hits…….

        • ssckelley

          Whoa, your starting to sound like Kyle. I am surprised to see you calling Villanueva a bench guy already. He has not even turned 23 years old yet, I think he still has a decent ceiling. He just might not ever reach his ceiling with the Cubs.

          • LWeb23

            Pretty sure he is referring to Logan Watkins.

            • Chad

              Yes Watkins. I’m really excited about Villanueva. I think he could be a starting 3B if Olt doesn’t pan out which is why I’m fine with moving Bryant to the OF. I know Villanueva doesn’t hit for a lot of power, but I’d take a guy that can hit doubles. When runners are on a double should get them in every time.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

              I was talking about Watkins. The left handed hitting part was a bit of a giveaway.

              • ssckelley

                brain fart, sorry about that.

    • Edwin

      Can he pitch middle relief?

  • Justin

    To me, Bryant getting called up or not getting the call will tell a lot about the Cubs intentions for next yr. If they’re willing to start his clock and have him make adjustments for a couple months this yr in the majors, I think they will try to actually win in 2015. If they don’t bring him up, that’s a bad sign for what the Cubs are trying to do in 2015 and there is no way they would start him in the majors next yr for obvious reasons. I hope like hell is up this yr.

    • bbmoney

      I think that’s a pretty fair assessment.

      I’m guessing he’s up in August, barring any unforeseen issues.. Probably after a brief stint in AAA, although I think he’s the kind of hitter that could jump straight up from AA. He’s already got the approach and AA stuff is probably just about as good as AAA, just less polish. He’s almost certainly always going to K a lot (6’5” guys do that), but the approach is good, just not sure how much he’d learn in AAA.

      • Justin

        Right, I think he would be fine with a jump straight to the majors from AA. College studs like him can do it easier. Although, I can’t see them not playing him everyday, so his position situation might be kind of tricky too..

        • Norm

          Even college studs don’t usually progress to the majors 12-15 months after being drafted.

          • Justin

            I hear ya Norm. And I am not saying he would be awesome right away, but it would nice to see him get exposure this yr. So he can be locked and loaded from opening day next yr.

      • CubsFaninMS

        I’ve not had the opportunity to watch Baez or Bryant in person (although Bryant is playing 20 minutes from my house next month) but Bryant appears to have a better batter’s eye than Baez. We’ve not seen enough of Bryant to form that conclusion but that is the initial impression. My guess is that Bryant will settle into the Majors with a 20-25% K rate and Baez will settle in with a 25-30% K rate. That is, if both meet their potential. We will find out soon.

        • ari gold

          I think the scariest thing you mentioned was 25-30% k rate if Baez meets his potential. He could be higher than that. I can’t remember a legit prospect who stuck out that much in the minors. I’m just hoping it’s because he’s so young for the league.

          • CubsFaninMS

            Of course, those are MY unprofessional projections. I just believe Baez will always have alot of swing-and-miss to his game. We’ll need some high OBP players around him, possibly Alcantara, Andreoli, Hanneman, Amaya or a good off-season acquisition or two. The positive signs about Baez are that he appears very determine and competitive and is able to transfer that competitiveness into results. That became very evident when they promoted him to AA last season. If he can adjust like that in AAA and the MLB, he may very well have the ability to improve his K rate modestly.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          We have seen enough of both Bryant and Baez to conclude that Bryant has much better pitch recognition than Baez. Yes, the sample sizes for Bryant are small: but they are not small for Baez and the difference in frequencies is huge. (The same size issue is inversely proportional to the difference in frequencies involved: the bigger the differences, the smaller the necessary sample size to reject a null hypothesis of Rate 1 = Rate 2.)

          • Spriggs

            I wonder if a bit of that might be attributed to the violence of Baez’s swing though. His pitch recognition appears to be a huge problem, but the K’s could also subside some if he could be taught to tone done his swing a little. Nobody has to swing that hard at a baseball. Especially a guy with talent like his.

            • DocPeterWimsey

              Actually, Javier *might* have to swing that hard to be at all productive. Baez starts his swing much later than do most batters: the vast majority of players have to choke up a couple of inches (or more) and really diminish the strength of their swing to start swinging that late and still get the bat to the zone in time to hit a baseball. (That might sound contradictory, but the “strength” of the swing is based on angular momentum: when you choke up, the end of the bat gets through the strike zone as quickly as a full swing with much greater angular momentum, and thus requiring more strength.) As Javier is using his whole torso to get that bat speed, it’s not guaranteed that a shorter quicker swing would let him wait any longer to swing.

              If Javier took full swings without that violent motion, then he’d have to start swinging earlier than he does: and that means taht his pitch recognition would get even worse than it already is.

    • ssckelley

      I agree, if Bryant does not get called up this season then I doubt he even starts the year in Chicago next spring. In fact I am not so sure Baez comes up at all this season unless he is making a mess of AAA pitching.

      • Justin

        Exactly, and without him being up all of 2015, I see no way they have a shot at the playoffs next yr. So, it’s a pretty telling situation with what they do with Bryant. Yeah, Baez has some things to sort out for sure.

        • Norm

          2-3 months of Kris Bryant will not be the difference maker that will make the Cubs a playoff team in 2015.

          • Justin

            A lot of things have to go right for the Cubs to be a contender next yr. And Bryant mashing the entire yr is on top of the list for me.

          • ssckelley

            It might, you get the jitters and the adjustments of playing at the MLB level out of the way. I think the season the Cubs start prospects like Baez and Bryant on the MLB club out of spring training is the year they make their first playoff push. I don’t think you waste service time on these types of players in seasons where they have little to no shot at the playoffs.

          • jp3

            I agree with that statement, he’s not going to carry us (probably) but he has to mash unless we go on a huge spending spree next year if there is any hope of being a .500 ball club.

          • Brocktoon

            It would however be a sign that the Cubs aren’t interested in maximizing their wins next season.

          • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

            It wouldn’t even be 2-3 months, it would be 3 weeks. The important thing is the extra year of control, they’ll be looking for a pre-arb contract extension anyways so the super two won’t matter much.

        • ssckelley

          Of the Cubs top prospects I am starting to think Alcantara is the first one we see in Chicago. He is already on the 40 man roster and is doing well at Iowa so far this season.

          • Voice of Reason

            Bryant will be the first.

            The most refined. Four years of college helps.

            • ssckelley

              You might be right, it depends on how much value this FO puts on service time. If Bryant keeps raking he very well could get the call later this season.

              • Chad

                I think part of it is the glut of infielders right now. I think Bryant is moved to the OF, but middle infiield is having trouble finding time for guys. Gonna have to have 2 of them moved before we see Alcantara. I would also like to see Alcantara play some CF, use him like Bonifacio

                • Voice of Reason

                  There is a glut of middle infielders but less Castro they are bums. If alcantara is ready, second base is wide open for him. Barney and valbuena suck and are just filling a hole at second until a young kid with talent is ready to take over.

                  • Chad

                    Doubt that will be how it works. Not if they can just keep him in Iowa to season. Who are they going to remove to bring him up? I know they aren’t worthy of the spot, but I doubt any of them get let go for nothing.

                    • Voice of Reason

                      Who are they going to remove at second to bring up alcantara? Seriously?

                      My question to you is who do you think is our regular second baseman of the future… barney or valbuena?

                    • Chad

                      I’m not saying they shouldn’t I believe they should, I just don’t think they won’t. They are trying to build value for a trade. Unless they trade Valbuena or Barney or both I don’t see him coming up earlier than he has to. They’re not going to just release those guys for nothing. They will have to get a return for them.

                    • Chad

                      Should say I think they won’t do it.

                  • ssckelley

                    I agree with VoR on this, obviously they are not giving Barney the position anymore as his role has diminished considerably. Bonifacio has split time between center field and 2nd base and is a free agent after this season. I doubt either player will be on the Cubs roster after the TDL.

              • Brocktoon

                Right, I think Alcantara gets the call first because he’s not going to be the backbone of a contending Cubs team(that’s not to say he wouldn’t be a starter), so they’re not going to worry nearly as much about setting back his FA clock. I don’t expect to see Bryant until May ’15.

  • Smitty

    Luke,

    Why has Amaya only played 9 games this year. Was he on the DL to start the season?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      He missed quite a few games with an injury early on. I don’t remember off hand if actually went on the DL or not, but he did miss time.

      That’s also why his batting average is over .500. Fun with sample sizes!

  • http://BN Sacko

    I have relatives in Colorado Springs..trying to get them to go to a game this w/end and give me their impressions on Iowa.

  • Edwin

    I’m still a little concerned about Vogelbach’s power. So far in 143 PA in A+ he has just 4 HR. His ISO was only in the .160’s last season, and it’s been down so far this season. I hope this is the start of him really getting it going. He’s really going to need to hit if he’s going to stay a legit prospect.

    • Spriggs

      Really man, I don’t think you need to be concerned with his power so much. He has a ton of it, as you know. He’s just a good hitter and that will surely start to show.

      • Edwin

        So why hasn’t he shown it over his last 643 PA?

        • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

          He’s busy proving Blu wrong.

          • DarthHater

            How damn long could that possibly take?

            • jp3

              Eternity

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

          Between Vogelbach’s slow start this season and the fact that Daytona plays in the FSL, I’m not really worried about it. At this stage of his career I’m more concerned with pitch recognition and plate discipline.

          • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

            It’s like Baez k rate. It’s worry some but not enough to freak out about yet.

        • ced landrum

          He has 21 hrs and a bunch of doubles… shrug that isn’t terrible.

          • Eternal Pessimist

            It isn’t to great for a DH/1B type either.

  • TommyK

    Baez went 0 for 5 with 2 strikeouts on a day when his team scored 9 runs. But don’t worry. Everything is awesome. Everything is cool when your part of a team. Strikeouts are awesome. Wild swings are awesome. It’s awesome to win. It’s awesome to lose. Go Cubs.

    • TheDondino

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  • Edwin

    How is Ronald Torreyes doing these days? I took a quick glance at his numbers, and it seems like his K% is as freaky low as ever, but his ISO is still under .100. I don’t know what to make of that. He’s a fringe guy I kinda wish the Cubs would have kept.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

      I’m honestly not sure where they would have played him, though.

      • Edwin

        Who knows. I’m not going to lose any sleep over it, I’m just curious to see how his career turns out.

    • CubsFaninMS

      My impressions is that Torreyes will always be a fringe minor leaguer. Looks like he has an excellent batter’s eye with a below average hit tool.

      • terencemann

        He’s not as good of a minor league hitter as Jose Altuve was and Altuve is average at best as a hitter in the majors which is all I need to know.

        • Edwin

          Still, his K% in AA last season was 5.7% with the Cubs and 8.6% with the Astros. So far this season it’s 4.8% in AAA with the Astros. He’s also only 21. I just find that kind of contact skill to be very interesting.

          • CubsFaninMS

            I would equate his “contact” skill to Tony Campana’s “speed” skill. Both, in their own microcosms, elite skills but, combined with limited other offensive skillsets, will likely never produce MLB-caliber results.

            • terencemann

              The low strikeout rate/low walk rate combined with the very limited power point to an extreme slap hitter to me.

              It’s like you said, though, If Campana could hit like Torreyes, he’d be a pretty good player. If Torreyes could run like Campana, he’d be a pretty good player. Neither one of them are very good players with their one-dimensional skill set.

              • CubsFaninMS

                Agreed.

      • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

        Eh, Torreyes is a type of player that we will have no idea if he has a good batting eye because he is really good at making contact.

        Granted, it’s generally weak contact, but tons of contact. He is Darwin Barney 3.0.

        • mjhurdle

          “Eh, Torreyes is a type of player that we will have no idea who he is in 2 years when he is out of baseball or on some random team’s AA team”

          FTFY

          ;)

        • Edwin

          Sure, if Darwin Barney strikes out half as often, walks more, and hits for more power, then yes.

          I’m not trying to turn this into a How Good is Ronald Torreyes Going to Be. Odds are that Torreyes won’t be able to hit with enough power to ever be a star. But I think he gets the Darwin Barney/Jose Altuve label a little too quickly, and that maybe the Cubs sold short on him.

          • Chad

            I’m going to guess the cubs know more about him than you do. But I agree, tough to judge these young kids that are not fully developed physically

          • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

            Agree to admit that I am right. Or disagree. Whichever you are more agreeable with.

          • Brocktoon

            I think people are selling Altuve short. He’s not a bad player.

            The Cubs almost certainly sold short on Torreyes considering they sold him for a IFA slot, and then wound up flying past the penalty anyway. They essentially sold him for 800K

            • baldtaxguy

              “I think people are selling Altuve short.”

              :)

    • Norm

      I agree. Trading an asset for IFA money seemed like a mistake.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Keep in mind, because they knew they were blowing the cap massively, they traded Torreyes for actual cash (because it’s a 100% tax on the overage), not just IFA space. “Selling” a redundant fringe prospect like that for almost $1 million, I can at least understand.

        • ssckelley

          If I may add to this, Torreyes would have also needed a spot on the 40 man roster after this season in order to protect him. Plus, as many have pointed out, there is literally no place to put him. The ICubs are already playing Watkins all over the field in order to give him playing time, Torreyes would have been the odd man out. As Brett pointed out the Cubs got a lot of cash in return for him and teams have gotten much less for fringy prospects.

          • Brocktoon

            I like Torreyes better than Watkins.

        • Kyle

          The fact that it’s cash-equivalent makes it a lot worse to me than if it were saving us from penalties.

        • terencemann

          I don’t think it’s anything to grind our teeth over. If I ever get the chance to meet Kevin Goldstein, I’d really like to ask him about that deal from the Astros’ end since he seems to have a fetish for short second basemen with low ceilings and a decent hit tool.

      • CubChymyst

        The Cubs are likely to sell some of their IFA budget this year due to the restrictions. They might be able to get a similar level prospect back this year.

    • Spriggs

      I just remember the first time I saw him. Tiny. Teeny Tiny. No way the guy is anywhere near 5’9″ like they used to list him. I truly believe he was like 5’5″ and maybe 130. What do they even list him at now days?

      • http://www.friendly-confines.com hansman

        Fangraphs has him listed at 5-10 150 *ding*

        • Spriggs

          HAHA!! Now that – is complete joke. I promise you – unless the tiny little fellow has had a growth spurt over the last year or two – he is still under 5’7″. The spring he was in Mesa (2012?), he could not possibly have weighed more than 135 or been over 5’6″ or 5’7″ tall. I thought… now how in the hell does a little guy like that hit balls out of the infield. ever. And from what I saw briefly – he rarely did that!

          • CubsFaninMS

            Maybe they do similar to how the World Wrestling Federation does it. I remember Andre the Giant being what… 600 lbs? Now Andre the Giant was, undoubtedly, ginormous but he was 475 lbs tops.

      • Edwin

        5’10” 150.

  • Diggs

    Nice alliteration here: “If he starts bombarding the bleachers with Baezbombs in the Big Easy…”

  • Required

    Is Valaika for real!? His early numbers are impressive. Just curious of his ceiling. Thanks for any help. All I really know is he’s hitting everything close to the plate.

    • Spriggs

      No. If fans ever start clamoring for his call-up, you’ll know we’ve hit rock bottom. He can play a lot of positions, but why would you want to have a guy who blows at multiple positions?

      • Required

        I was getting ready to campaign for his call up. So what does that tell ya?

        • Spriggs

          Yep, we are in baseball hell right now.

          • terencemann

            He reminds me of Ramiro Pena on the Braves. Pena has been surprisingly good as a backup for the Braves but the Cubs have a lot more depth than the Braves (the upside to being a crappy team is you can afford lots of depth). I’m curious if this is a case where Valaika has hit is prime which might make him a slightly above replacement utility player.

          • Voice of Reason

            Less a couple of seasons in the 80s and a run in the 2000s the cubs have been in baseball hell for about the past 40 years.

            • Jon

              “Baseball Hell” is a myth.

              • Voice of Reason

                The term is open to interpretation. When I say the cubs are in baseball hell its because they suck.

                You’re comparing baseball hell to basketball hell. Basketball hell is real and baseball hell cannot be compared to basketball hell. So, in that regards, baseball hell is a myth.

    • Brocktoon

      He’s Donnie Murphy at best.

  • terencemann

    I’m totally in agreement that keeping Bryant and Baez away from the Chicago press is a really good idea. Just look back at the hit job the St. Louis press did on Oscar Taveras during spring training when he wasn’t playing simply because he wanted to make sure he didn’t re-aggrevate an injury by coming back too soon, and that’s the kind of scrutiny these guys would be under. There isn’t a lot to write about in Chicago these days other than frustrations with the front office and bullpen (since Castro, Rizzo, Wood and Samardzija are off to good starts) and I’m sure any heralded prospect would get absurd amounts of attention.

    I’m glad Epstein and Hoyer were more than willing to spread the blame around the management team (themselves included) for calling up BJax and Vitters too soon and I hope they’ll continue to do a good job of trying to take the pressure off their players in the media.

  • Medicos

    BAD NEWS: 19 MLB pitchers have already had Tommy John surgery and the 2014 season
    isn’t even one month old

    GOOD NEWS: KEVIN GREGG (33-saves last yr) has been keeping in excellent shape in
    Portland, Oregon and Hoystein has his IPhone #.

  • Funn Dave

    News flash, Luke: the Cubs are out of contention. :P

  • Bill

    I’m glad to see Vogs finally have a nice game. He’s been getting terrible luck so far this season. His BABIP was in the low or mid hundred a couple days ago. His K rate is 11.7% and BB rate is 10.4%. The K/BB ratio is very good, he’s just had no luck with balls he’s put in play.

  • Diehardthefirst

    If nobody emerges as 3B starter every day then why not call up Bryant at All Star break? Would boost attendance for sure

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