Its been a tough year, so positives are tough to really talk about on the major league club. To please to topic, I'll start with the small things.
Nate Scheirholtz. Gotta be honest, thought this guy was a bottom feeding, lifetime bench player at best. I'll call him a nice surprise.
Kevin Gregg's hot streak. Now he looks shitty, but his 15+ great appearances is something to see in a positive light on a likely 95-100 loss team.
Junior Lake's little run. Cooled off then picked up again the other day.
Sadly that's about it. I thought about Travis Wood, but he's been so average lately. Overall starting pitching? I guess that can be a positive.
Otherwise, I agree with Salami regarding the current direction of the team. I have absolutely ZERO problem with restocking the farm system and building a nice little core there. I have a gigantic problem with the 3rd highest revenue generating team intentionally tanking seasons for the sake of putting all the eggs in the farm system basket--and the McDonalds and Hotel-to-be.
I get a lot of fans are excited about the farm players like Baez, Bryant, Soler, Pierce, Almora, CJ Edwards, Vogelbomb, etc.; I am for the ones who make it and stick around. But we all gotta remember some things here. Not every prospect makes it, in fact we should consider ourselves lucky if 2-3 of these guys make it. Hello--Kansas City Royals with Alex Gordon, Mike Moustakis, Luke Hoechevar, Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer, Mike Montgomery, and right now, looks like SS prospect Christian Colon is about to join them. Need more examples? I'll be happy to show it.
What would I have done? Well--there's no guarantee it'd be a playoff team, but I would never have traded Cashner for Rizzo, signed Prince Fielder, CJ Wilson, and Nick Swisher for starters.
Its easy to play revisionist historian here, but I sincerely dont give a shit if the Daytona Cubs win the championship, because that banner wont fly in Wrigley. I want to see the team now win.
I understand the building process, I just dont like it because I know the team will lose and understand that prospects are essentially lottery tickets. When you win, you win big. But you're going to lose a lot more than you win with prospects. My highest hopes are for Baez, Bryant, Pierce Johnson and CJ Edwards......but even then I'm half-empty until I see them in the bigs.