Joe Maddon had excellent defensive second basemen in Tampa Bay. Can Javier Baez be that for the Cubs?
Analysis and Commentary
The tide of the one-sided rivalry is turning, and 2015 could be a very different year.
Reviewing the 29 other depth charts behind the plate reveals that there are really a significant number of teams that should want Castillo.
If Denorfia has to miss time, the Cubs would be able to keep one or more of those three on the Opening Day roster.
The Cubs have to decide what’s best for Baez’s short and long-term development, and balance that against the need to perform as a team in 2015.
When it comes to young shortstops, Castro has been historically good. Don’t forget that.
The pitch was a thing of beauty for Arrieta in 2014, and there are reasons to believe it will be very repeatable.
Anthony Rizzo is among the most irreplaceable players in baseball thanks to his projected performance and the guys behind him.
It’s hard to see an arbitrator substituting his baseball judgment for that of the Cubs, but this talk isn’t going away. Meanwhile, Bryant will see time in the outfield.
Even the best top-flight hitting prospects tend not to reach the big leagues as quickly as it seems Kris Bryant will.
What does a league average number two hitter look like? How about above average? And what could the Cubs do there?
The best development path for Baez could see him back at AAA Iowa to start the season. Let’s talk about the implications for him, and for the Cubs’ roster.
If you’re looking for an easy, fun way to start looking at swing analysis, FanGraphs has you covered.
You knew it was coming eventually, and it sounds pretty much as you’d expect. And Theo Epstein responds as you’d expect.
Although we don’t want to go too far with this, it’s probably not entirely accurate to say that Spring stats are 100% meaningless.
Please do not offer an argument or a hot take about Bryant and the Cubs until an unless you full understand the rules.
Consistent, predictable pitchers are a good thing for a number of reasons. Hendricks could be that guy for the Cubs in 2015 and beyond.
Adding a touch of pop could make a world of difference for Szczur. So far this Spring, he’s doing it.