Theo Epstein shared a number of thoughts yesterday, which we’ll get to a little later this morning. Until then, Bullets …
- What started out so well for the Cubs in the Arizona Fall League has fallen off of late, at least statistically (and all appropriate sample size caveats apply). Matt Szczur’s line has fallen to .275/.383/.300 … which is the best Cub showing on the team. Javier Baez is now at just .213/.245/.447, and Rubi Silva is at .207/.233/.276. Oof. It isn’t much better on the pitching side, with Dae-Eun Rhee sporting a 6.52 ERA and 1.86 WHIP in 9.2 innings and Nick Struck at 7.20 and 2.00 in his 5.0 innings. Only the Cubs’ two relievers in the AFL – Tony Zych and Kevin Rhoderick – are currently having success. Each has an ERA under 1.60, and good K/BB numbers. Rhoderick, in particular, has been dominant, striking out 9 and walking just 1 in his 5.2 innings of work.
- Doug Padilla looks at the managerial and coaching situation in 2012, and it sounds like it was mostly a positive, despite the terrible record.
- A little more on those organizational moves yesterday (the addition/promotion of a number of scouts, for example). And a little more on new 3B coach David Bell.
- The MLBullets at BCB look at deposed managers Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Valentine.
- From those MLBullets, something worth pointing out: Baseball Prospectus offers a brilliant guest piece from Jorge Arangure on the old saw, “You don’t walk off the island.” He digs into what exactly that means for Dominican youths, and what is being done about the problem of plate discipline. A particularly telling segment: “[O]ut of the top 10 leaders in walks last year in each of the 10 full-season minor leagues, only four of the possible 100 players were Dominican. Since 2009, only one undrafted, non-U.S.-educated, Dominican-born player ranked in the top 30 in baseball in walk rate: Cleveland’s Carlos Santana.” It’s really an interesting and informative read.
- Someone is even more relieved by the Cardinals’ NLCS Game Seven loss than I am.
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