The Little Boy is birthday’ing today, so that’s fun. Especially because the extra birthday cake we “accidentally” got for The Little Girl’s birthday earlier this month ran out last week, and oops, maybe we’ll get too much again.
- Kris Bryant and some other Cubs players are talking about instituting a players-only fine system for mental mistakes or lack of effort and the like. I like the spirit here, especially when it is coming from a guy (or guys) who has been here a while, which is less about the money and more about having an actual system in place for “accountability” that goes beyond the word:
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) February 28, 2020
- It sounds like Jason Kipnis had a similar system in place in Cleveland – lots of teams do – and he’s planning to talk to Bryant about his idea, too. Take that, perhaps, as another sign that Kipnis is becoming more integrated in the clubhouse informally as a veteran leader, even before he’s officially made the team.
- The Cubs have had success, specifically, working a knuckle curve into the mix for newly-acquired pitchers, and Rule 5 pick Trevor Megill is the next:
Another Pitch Lab Rat? Fighting for a roster spot, Trevor Megill learns to love the curve https://t.co/qyjJktC8c5
— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) February 28, 2020
- It’s interesting to hear that it was the data work in the Pitch Lab that actually convinced Megill to use the knuckle curve, which he said he’d otherwise always hated. It’s still coming along – he’s primarily a fastball-slider guy – but it’s an interesting read on what the process of “adding” a pitch can look like.
- If I asked you to name the best secondary pitch in the Cubs’ farm system, I think you’d probably mention Brailyn Marquez’s slider or Ryan Jensen’s slider or maybe Adbert Alzolay’s curveball … but that’s not where MLB Pipeline landed, and that’s mighty intriguing: it’s fourth rounder Chris Clarke’s curveball. The 6’7″ righty came in at 29th on our prospect list, as Bryan is waiting to see a little more when Clarke actually pitches in his first full pro season.
- The Iowa Cubs have completed their netting project at Principal Park, which extends protective netting from home plate nearly to the foul poles. They were among the first teams in baseball to announce they were extending netting last year after the incident in Houston. The Cubs will also be extending netting at Wrigley Field this year.
- Heads up to a leap year clearance at Fanatics today and tomorrow. Discounted Cubs gear here:
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) February 28, 2020