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Rated Rookie

Member Since 24 May 2012
Offline Last Active Jun 11 2013 05:02 AM

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In Topic: Cubs All Prospect Team

11 June 2013 - 05:02 AM

Ahh I hate usurpers!
Nicely done Rated Rookie...can't argue with much on here...starting pitching is still a bit thin...

Exactly on the thin starting pitching. I like Johnson, but to me he projects as a 3 starter. In a perfect world, Vizcaino gets over the injury bug and becomes an ace, but that's easier said than done.

Other than that, as far as the full season levels go, we have a handfull of 4 starters and a lot of Coleman/Raley/Rusin types. Though Maples and Pena could each prove to be more, but time will tell.

Reminds me of the mid-late 00s when the Brewers were hemorhaging hitting prospects and thought they'd be world bearers for years to come, but ignored the fact that they had no pitching. I would like to try to deal with some young pitching rich organizations like Oakland and Arizona in the near future.

In Topic: What to do with Vogelbach

10 June 2013 - 10:20 PM

Vogelbach isn't your average man without a position. He's a tank with legs. I remember back when Jake Fox was mashing away in the PCL and we were desperate for offense. His defense was notoriously bad, but everyone asked how bad could it possibly be? Well we learned it was a special kind of awful. Think The Great Khali stumbling around the outfield or 3rd base. Vog would have fit in well back in the 1920s when half the guys in baseball looked like that.

However in today's game, defense is much more valued. More spdcifically, in our current regime, defense is exceptionally valued. With an NL team, I don't think the question is will he be traded so much as when will be the optimal time.

Vogelbach's best hope is that he can become vintage Adam Dunn with the bat. Even then, he's more likely to become a trade chip than anything else.

I know somebody said that teams don't tend to trade prospects for prospects, but with more and more new age GM's in power, I wouldn't be surprised to see it happen more frequently. Say there's a team with a surplus of pitching prospects but not much on offense, we could have a match. Oakland could be a perfect match for him, and Billy Beane's the Godfather of the new age GM's.

In Topic: Is Arismendy Alcantara our (slower developing) Jurickson Profar?

10 June 2013 - 03:40 PM

At 21 years old in AA, he's certainly not developing slowly. Personally, I think he should be in AAA very soon, especially seeing as their starting SS is one Brent Lillibridge.

In Topic: AAA Iowa Cubs - what is their purpose

17 May 2013 - 09:51 AM

Short answer: spare parts shop with a handful of prospects approaching their expiration date. At least at this point in the season. By the ASB is when some of the actual prospects get bumped up there, making it more exciting. This being said, I'm pretty sure that most AAA teams are like that. The PCL is a nice proving ground for young hitting prospects. The parks are essentially built like little league parks, and it's very tempting for guys to want to hit a bomb every tine up. However, it's as far as pitchers it's filled with veteran junk ballers. Facing these guys is a good chance for them to better identify pirches, and hopefully avoid getting overly aggressive at the plate.

In Topic: Luis Valbuena v. Andrew McCutchen

17 May 2013 - 09:49 AM

I am becoming somewhat of a belierver in Valbuna, but more as an above average 3B/2B. Rather absurd to compare him to a guy who could be the next Rickey Henderson. Or what I had expected Corey Patterson to become many, many years ago :(

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