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#1 Rated Rookie

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:52 AM

Due to boredom, I figured I'd take a quick inventory of what we have now at the major league level that could be a part of the 2014 opening day roster;

Sure things: barring injury, I can't see these guys not being a part of it.
1B Anthony Rizzo
SS Starlin Castro
C Wellington Castillo
SP (1-2) Jeff Samardzjia; would love to see an extension
SP (2-3) Edwin Jackson

Likely: players under team control for the next few years that will be useful building blocks but could be traded for the right offer.
2B Darwin Barney
3B Luis Valbuena
RF Nate Schierholtz
SP (3-4) Travis "Best Starting Pitcher in Baseball" Wood
SP (3-4) Carlos Villanueva
RP James Russell
SP (4-5) Scott Baker while Feldman is likely to be either traded, Baker likely won't have a chance to build value. If not, is certainly give him another contract like this one.

Auditioning:
CF/4th OF Julio Borbon
RP Rafael Dolis (still waiting on that control)
RP Michael Bowden
RP Hector Rondon

Pending Free agents that could be extended for the right price
OF/4th OF Ryan Sweeney
Backup C Dioner Navarro
BP Gregg: depends on whether his early success is luck or not

Under team control past 2013, but likely to be traded:
LF Alfonso Soriano: if nobody is willing to give us anything of use, may as well ride him for that final year
CF David DeJesus (6.5MM team option) expect him to be traded, if not, that's a nice price.

In the minors:
3B/UT Josh Vitters still only 23. Could be a platoon partner for Valbuena. I'd also love to see him get some more innings in the OF. We don't have much RH pop.
CF/4th OF Brett "K Jax" Jackson
CF/4th OF Matt Szczur more likely mid season. Could leap frog K Jax though.
CF/4th OF Jae Hoon Ha: ditto above
UT/2B Logan Watkins
UT/3B Junior Lake
SP (2-4) or BP (set up or closer) Arodys Vizcaino. Would love to see him start. If not, we could sure use back end relief.
SP (4-5) BP Alberto Cabrera: has been doing well at AA lately. It's all about the control.
As well as any number of guys I'm Iowa or Tennessee that could be in the pen or swing men. Zach Rosscup stands out in particular.

So a tentative look at what 2014 opening day could look like:

1B Anthony Rizzo
2B Darwin Barney (could be traded)/Watkins
SS Starlin Castro
3B Luis Valbuena
LF ? (Stanton would be nice :))
CF K Jax
RF Schierholtz
C Castillo
SP (Price would be great)/Samardzjia
SP Vizcaino/Samardzjia if we got Price
SP Ed Jackson
SP Wood (likely part of a package in a trade for Stanton or Price)/Villanueva
SP Villanueva/Baker
CL Gregg /Vizcaino of not starting
BP Russell
BP Cabrera
BP Dolis
BP Rosscup
BP Rondon
BP Bowden
UT Vitters
UT Lake/Watkins
OF Borbon
OF ?
C Navarro

#2 Kygavin

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 12:23 AM

  • Perfect time to sell high on Valbuena. Hope someone believes this is for real and deal him and his career .299 OBP. They already missed the boat to unload Barney at peak value, hope it doesnt happen with Valbuena too. 
  • Nate is a FA after this year and I cant really see him signing back with the Cubs if he puts up good numbers the whole year. Some contender will call. 
  • Baker is also on a 1 yr deal 
  • dear god lets hope Kevin Gregg is not at the back end of the bullpen next year


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Posted 09 May 2013 - 09:35 AM

 

  • Perfect time to sell high on Valbuena. Hope someone believes this is for real and deal him and his career .299 OBP. They already missed the boat to unload Barney at peak value, hope it doesnt happen with Valbuena too. 

 

This crossed my mind yesterday when he got the start at second. I started making a list: Baltimore, Atlanta...

just to add to the list of those who might want/need a third baseman



#4 Mike Taylor (no relation)

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 02:49 PM

Top 5 in OPS per level, min 75 AB:

MLB

1. 0.903 Anthony Rizzo 1B

2. 0.889 Nate Schierholtz RF

3. 0.870 Luis Valbuena 3B

4. 0.842 David DeJesus CF

5. 0.747 Welington Castillo C

AAA

1. 1.078 Brian Bogusevic LF

2. 1.022 Ryan Sweeney RF (now at MLB)

3. 0.818 Logan Watkins 2B

4. 0.816 J.C. Boscan C (61 AB)

5. 0.816 Brad Nelson 1B

AA

1. 0.841 Rubi Silva RF

2. 0.811 Jae-Hoon Ha CF

3. 0.808 Rafael Lopez C

4. 0.757 Ronald Torreys 2B (70 AB)

5. 0.721 Justin Bour 1B

A

1. 0.934 Jorge Soler RF

2. 0.914 Stephen Bruno 3B (69 AB)

3. 0.846 John Andreoli LF

4. 0.766 Dustin Geiger 3B

5. 0.738 Javier Baez SS

A (Kane County)

1. 1.015 Rock Shoulders LF/1B

2. 0.864 Bijan Rademacher OF

3. 0.841 Willson Contreras C (68 AB)

4. 0.836 Daniel Vogelbach 1B

5. 0.760 Oliver Zapata OF

 

Top 5 ERA per level, min 10 IP

MLB

1. 0.68 James Russell

2. 2.33 Travis Wood

3. 2.70 Scott Feldman

4. 3.02 Carlos Villanueva

5. 3.09 Jeff Samardzija

AAA

1. 2.19 Blake Parker

2. 2.50 Yoanner Negrin

3. 3.78 Brooks Raley

4. 3.79 Chris Rusin

5. 4.05 Zack Putnam

AA

1. 0.00 Brian Schlitter

2. 0.87 Dae-Eun Rhee

3. 1.17 Zach Rosscup

4. 2.84 Marcus Hatley

5. 3.16 Dallas Beeler

A

1. 1.98 Hunter Cervenka

2. 2.08 Frankie Del Valle

3. 2.16 Eduardo Figueroa

4. 2.19 Yao-Lin Wang

5. 2.70 Yeiper Castillo

A (Kane County)

1. 2.19 Nathan Dorris

2. 2.37 Felix Pena

3. 3.08 Michael Heesch

4. 3.14 Brian Smith

5. 3.77 Pierce Johnson






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