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#1 Mike Taylor (no relation)

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 03:58 PM

Chris Rusin (10/22/86), LHSP

He tore up Spring Training last year and this year. In 14 starts for AAA:

97.0 IP, 15.3K/4.7BB%, 2.38 AVG, 1.08 WHIP, .272 BABIP, 72.3 LOB%, 3.30 FIP, 3.06 ERA

 

Barret Loux (04/06/89), RHSP

Inconsistent. He does well, then gets drilled. AAA used him a couple times in long relief:

46.1 IP, 21.9K/11.4BB%, .269 AVG, 1.60 WIP, .348 BABIP, 63.2 LOB%, 3.33 FIP, 5.05 ERA

 

Kyle Hendricks (12/07/89), RHSP

A return from Texas in the Dempster trade, in 13 starts, he's been tearing up AA:

78.0 IP, 20.4K/5.1BB%, .232 AVG, 1.09 WHIP, .290 BABIP, 76.9 LOB%, 2.55 FIP, 2.07 ERA

 

Dallas Beeler (06/12/89), RHSP

Currently injured, he's got 9 starts under his belt and was going toe-to-toe with Hendricks in AA:

54.2 IP, 15.4K/7.5BB%. .211 AVG, 1.10 WHIP, .241 BABIP, 64.7 LOB%, 3.90 FIP, 3.13 ERA

 

Yoanner Negrin (04/29/84), RHSP

He was being used in long relief, but he's starting now in AAA. Here are his numbers:

57.0 IP, 24.0K/7.1BB%, .272 AVG, 1.42 WHIP, .353 BABIP, 73.1 LOB%, 3.13 FIP, 3.79 ERA

 

Alberto Cabrera (10/25/88), RHSP

Being used exclusively as a starter in AA, 10WP, 5 HBP, and 3 Balks.

83.2 IP, 22.7K/9.0BB%, .266 AVG, 1.40 WHIP, 3.52 FIP, 3.76 ERA

 

Nicholas Struck (10/07/89), RHSP (dis)honorable mention

Put on the 40-man to protect him from Rule 5 draft, he lost his command in AAA:

69.1 IP, 12.0K/11.1BB%, .319 AVG, 1.79 WHIP, .342 BABIP, 71.4 LOB%, 5.58 FIP, 5.84 ERA



#2 JungleDrew

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 05:56 PM

So, Alberto Cabrera seems to missing from this list, and there is still an off chance that Arodys Vizcaino (sp?) is a starter and should at least be given a look.  Both of them would be considerations for next year.

 

But I think The Cubs should take a chance and convert Junior Lake into a pitcher.  I remember reading he has an 80 arm back when there was discussion of drafting a player with an 80 tool.  It would seem to me that if you have a decent batter with an amazing arm it would make sense to try him out at pitcher, or at least catcher.  It would solve the problem of what to do with him.



#3 Mike Taylor (no relation)

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 07:54 PM

Vizcaino had a setback, he should be back on a practice mound in 5 weeks, and the FO has stated that they are going to take their time with the starter. If he does see MLB time as a starter, it will be well into the season, not Opening Day.

 

--edited for inaccuracy---



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 08:29 PM

Alberto Cabrera is doing worse than Struck. 

 

He is?   Their 2013 numbers:

 

Struck (Iowa) ERA 5.84, WHIP 1.788, 1.3 HR/9, 4.9 K/9, 1.09 K/BB

 

Cabrera (Tennessee) ERA 3.76, WHIP 1.398, 0.6 HR/9, 8.7 K/9, 2.53 BB/K

 

Even allowing for the difference in level and that Struck is younger it is tough to claim that Struck is doing better than Cabrera.



#5 Mike Taylor (no relation)

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 10:29 PM

I thought his ERA was 5.76

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 02:17 PM

I thought his ERA was 5.76

 

http://www.baseball-...id=cabrer001alb

 

 

Looks like 3.76 to me.

 

Are you sure you weren't looking at his major league ERA from 2012?  That's listed as 5.40.



#7 Mike Taylor (no relation)

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 08:06 PM

Fixed



#8 Mike Taylor (no relation)

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Posted 23 June 2013 - 01:09 PM

I know what it was Luke, I was looking at Lendy Castillo numbers. Another guy who got a drilled at the major league level. Although, Lendy was our Rule 5 pick.

 

49.2 IP, 49K / 22BB, 1.671 WHIP, 6.89 ERA



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Posted 16 July 2013 - 12:40 AM

The only starting pitchers in the high minors that look at all promising to me are Cabrera, Hendricks, Vizcaino and Arrieta. Depending on who gets traded and who gets added in those trades, I'd say only the first two have a chance to pitch in the majors in the first half of the 2014 season. Vizcaino and Arrieta should only be considered for the Opening Day roster if they're out of option years.






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