While I’ve been tooling around the desert taking in prospect batting practice, there’s been a fair bit to take in over the last few days. If you missed any of the weekend, why not catch up …
Friday, March 13
- Baseball Prospectus is branching out into some team-specific coverage, starting with the Cubs, led by our friend, Sahadev Sharma.
- Luke wrote about some deep, deep sleepers in the Chicago Cubs’ farm system.
- The latest on the Wrigley renovations, and the renovation-related lawsuits.
- Rangers ace Yu Darvish is having Tommy John surgery, unfortunately.
- Jacob Turner’s elbow injury isn’t nearly that serious for now, but it does lead to some very interesting roster options for the Cubs.
- The Cubs beat the A’s in Las Vegas, but lost to the Indians in Mesa.
Saturday, March 14
- Travis Wood is “back,” at least that’s how Chris Bosio tells it.
- Are the Padres going to cruise the Welington Castillo trade market?
- Kris Bryant is so ridiculous that, even in a game from which his start at third was scratched, he can still sub into the game at DH and hit two homers.
- Speaking of ridiculously talented youngsters who might miss some early April action, how awesome was Kerry Wood in 1998? That’s from Luis. Check it out.
- The Cubs won both of their split squad games on Saturday, which is neat.
Sunday, March 15
- There’s not an MVP award for the first couple weeks of Spring Training games, but, if there were, Kris Bryant would win it going away.
- The Cubs won their Sunday game, too, despite notching only one hit. Travis Wood was excellent.
- The roster turnover since 2012 has been good for a number of reasons, but the improvement in depth is particularly noticeable, says Luis.