Nasty Maples, Cubs Prospects, Hall of Fame, and Other Bullets

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Nasty Maples, Cubs Prospects, Hall of Fame, and Other Bullets

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Thinking about the lunch I want to have today, and therefore thinking about the workout I need to perform before that to justify the lunch I want to have. Normal stuff.

  • We talked about Baseball America’s new top ten Cubs prospect list yesterday, and BA held a chat on the list with more info on the prospects that did and didn’t make the cut:

  • Unsurprisingly based on the top 10 (which was heavy on the recent draft), BA sees the Cubs’ farm system as in the 25-30 range in baseball. Unfortunately, big steps back for guys like Jose Albertos and Oscar De La Cruz hurt, and also top 2017 draft picks Brendon Little and Alex Lange took a step back in stuff and velocity in 2018, according to the scouts. The Cubs need some of these guys to take big steps forward next year if they want to see their farm system turn the corner.
  • Speaking of young Cubs pitchers that we’d like to see take big steps forward, Dillon Maples shows up in this competition for one of his sliders:

  • You can check out the pitches there. The Maples slider selected was actually not one of his nasty ones, IMO:

  • To me, that one just looks like a good, hard slider – not one of his remote control frisbee jobs:

  • I know it’s true for so many players on so many teams, and if you don’t phrase it perfectly, it just comes off as mindless homerism … but, the following is accurate: the Cubs have so many players like Maples (and Carl Edwards Jr., and Kyle Schwarber, and Willson Contreras, and on and on) that, if they were the *best* version of themselves in 2019, they would be far better than anything the Cubs could get in free agency. I still don’t think counting on that is an appropriate offseason strategy in the middle of a competitive window, but it is accurate to say.
  • ZiPS are out for the not-quite-rebuilding Diamondbacks, and they kinda look like a team caught in the middle:

  • They should probably send Archie Bradley to the Cubs for nothing. Just my objective opinion.
  • I do, Michael. I do:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.