Imagining the Cubs Still Had Their Prospects, Willy Gets Hitched, and Other Bullets

May the Fourth something something.

  • To be sure, I think it’s interesting and notable to see how well a handful of former Cubs prospects are doing on their current teams:
  • … but I also think the “imagine if” part is kinda silly. As soon as I imagine a universe where the Cubs have held onto those guys, I see the Cubs losing Game Five of the World Series in 2016 (if they get that far) without Aroldis Chapman’s ridiculous effort. And then I see the Cubs losing Game Five of the NLDS in 2017 without the same from Wade Davis, and the 109-plus-year drought continues.
  • Maybe the Cubs didn’t have to deal Jeimer Candelario, but even if they hadn’t, what does his life look like right now? Is there even a spot for him on the Cubs’ bench, let alone a place for him to actually play regularly? There simply isn’t. It wouldn’t happen. Ditto Christian Villanueva, whose untimely broken leg and lack of options are what set him free, not really anything the Cubs did or didn’t do. Good for these guys. Keep doing well. I don’t think there’s any sense of “imagine” if they were still around, because they either wouldn’t be playing, or would be at AAA.
  • I suppose it is mildly interesting to think about what the conversation would look like right now if Gleyber Torres were still around and raking at AAA while playing solid shortstop. Can you imagine the calls for a change? And the pushback against those calls?
  • (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

  • Albert Almora offers up some thoughts on and context for how he makes his incredible catches in center field. Although he is being more aggressive out there this year, he also does think actively about how to protect his body in the process. To me, that’s so key – you want a guy to make spectacular plays, but there’s no catch (outside of the World Series, I reckon) that’s worth losing a player for a couple months or more. That’s not to say Almora can guarantee his health when he’s out there making catches against the wall or diving all out, but I do like that’s he’s aware of that issue, even as he’s currently only 24.
  • Good use of the off-day for Willson Contreras – he got married:
  • https://www.instagram.com/p/BiVGGbZHo91/?hl=en&taken-by=willsoncontreras40

  • And he gets a bobblehead next week!
  • A great set of notes from Sahadev Sharma at The Althetic, including the new bat Jason Heyward is using (the axe handle bat).
  • This is fun:
  • The dude has a strikeout rate around 50(lol) percent, though his walk rate is near 20(oh my) percent.
  • Part of why the NBA’s social media policy is so liberal about the creation and spread of highlights:
  • Being that it’s May the Fourth, I have to point you in the direction of the Star Wars store at Amazon. All kinds of crazy stuff in there.
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    Brett Taylor is the Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and on LinkedIn here. Brett is also the founder of Bleacher Nation, which opened up shop in 2008 as an independent blog about the Chicago Cubs. Later growing to incorporate coverage of other Chicago sports, Bleacher Nation is now one of the largest regional sports blogs on the web.

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