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Posted 24 May 2012 - 02:56 PM
Jim Callis: I still think Jim Riggleman did a decent job of juggling trying to preserve Wood while chasing a wild-card spot. Prior's mechanics and work ethic are so far ahead of Wood's, I don't see him getting hurt. I could see Prior winning 15 games and striking out 250 batters this year. Not a lightning-round brief answer, but hey, it's Mark Prior.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 04:20 PM
Actual Cubs 2005 rotation:
Q: Ismael E Rabassa from Isabela, PR asks:
Please, take a guess of what will be the Cubs major league rotation by 2005.
A: Jim Callis: Mark Prior, Kerry Wood, Matt Clement, Juan Cruz, Angel Guzman.
Greg Maddux, Carlos Zambrano, Mark Prior, Jerome Williams, and Kerry Wood/Sergio Mitre.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 08:59 PM
And on the other hand, it's somewhat encouraging. The Cubs farm system was seen as loaded at the time, but I feel better about the system today than I did then.
Mainly, I feel better about the crew building the system. The Cubs took their foot off the accelerator and piled up some cheap and abysmal drafts in the years after this was written. I do not see that happening this time around. Player development is, in no small degree, a volume game. To get a lot out of a system, you have to put a lot into it.
Posted 25 May 2012 - 08:01 AM
Posted 25 May 2012 - 02:19 PM
Q: Matthias Peters-Kroll from Franklin and Marshall Colllege asks:
do the braves or cubs have the best set of minor league arms in all of baseball?
Jim Callis: Cubs.
At the time, I'd have agreed. Of course, nearly all of those Cub pitchers had their careers derailed by prolonged and nasty injuries, but for the short time they were healthy, it was a darn good bunch of pitchers.
When dealing with prospects, quantity is right up there in importance with quality.
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