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Jae Hoon Ha
Each Saturday, I'm going to summarize the weekly performance top prospects at each level. Hopefully, this will give more of a snapshot of how our future Cubs are doing.
Brett Jackson 2: The Golden (Sombrero) Army is cooked. His peripherals are bad (8.5% BB, 32.2% K), he's hit-lucky (.375 BABIP), and he's still well under league-average at AAA. I'm pretty sure the dream of him ever putting together 150 starts in a season at the MLB level is over completely.
Logan Watkins almost has as many walks as strikeouts (21 to 24). His rate on each is ridiculous (23.1% and 26.4%). Without the power to make major-league pitching fear you, his walk rate is going to fall precipitiously (meanwhile, his strikeouts will likely increase). For that reason, I'm still a little concerned. It's also worth noting that his strikeout rate has never been nearly this high before (he's in the 16-19%) range. That's not great but it's not anathema to success, either. All thi...
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This is a continuation of the weekly series of of writing about a Cubs prospect profile. Early on, I will be writing about guys that Dave and I did not cover in our Prospect Ratings. Links for past ratings and past profiles at at the end. Additional links can also be found at the end of the article.
Who is Jae-Hoon Ha?
Jae-Hoon Ha was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2008 out...
Albert Almora laced an opposite-field RBI triple into the RF corner and then scored one out later on a sacrifice fly, Josh Vitters roped an RBI double, and Jose Rosario threw four innings of one-hit ball, helping the Cubs edge the Athletics 4-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Fitch Park Field #4 (formerly known as "Field #3") in Mesa...
The Matt Garza trade, revisited
Bruce Miles has a piece looking back at the Matt Garza trade over at The Daily Herald. I still go back and forth on the trade myself. On one hand, it was emblematic of Hendry crippling the future in a futile attempt to save his job. The Cubs were not going to be very good in the future, and from a strategic standpoint it was a dumb trade to weaken...
Iowa Cubs 10 @ Omaha Storm Chasers 6
In 6 innings today, Brooks Raley struck a batter out, walked 3 and gave up 2 home runs. He only gave up 4 runs, which is kind of impressive when you look at what I wrote first. It’s not at all impressive though.
Hisanori Takahashi struck a batter out in one inning and Zach Putnam gave up a hit and had 1 strikeout in 1 inning. Rafael Dolis gave...
2013 Cubs Cactus League Extended Spring Training stats (thru 4/27)
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The Chicago Cubs are still building their identity, but they feel confident in the direction they are going. What the team will have to focus on is building young stable players going forward and trading ones they can't/shouldn't keep when the right opportunity presents. That opportunity could be this July if Matt Garza can return healthy. And the word is, he is doing...
Iowa Cubs 4 @ Omaha Storm Chasers 5
Another day, another walk for Logan Watkins. He went 1-4 with a walk and a strikeout. Brett Jackson II: The Adventure of Stink went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts and a walk. Bed Intruder went 1-5 with an RBI double. He'd also score a run and walk once. Ryan Sweeney continues to push the issue with a 2-5 performance. He had a HR and 2 RBI and...
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza was scheduled to
throw a rehab start with the Cubs’ Double-A Tennessee Smokies on Thursday, April
25. However, he could not make that start due to tightness in his left lat.
Garza managed to throw on flat ground on Friday and reported
no issues. He is scheduled for more flat-ground throwing on Saturday and then
have some bullpen...
David DeJesus hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning to help lift the Chicago Cubs to a 3-2 win over the struggling Miami Marlins on Saturday night.
Travis Wood (2-1) pitched six innings allowing two runs and struck out five for Chicago, which has won four of five.
Three relievers held the lead to get to Kevin Gregg, who pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.
Something interesting came up today as Anthony Rizzo hit another two homers to become the Cubs’ all-time leader in homers in April by a left-handed batter. Yeah, they have small-sample meaningless stats for everything! But all those home runs are cool despite his crap average. At the conclusion of the game, Rizzo had a slash line of .200/.277/.506, buoyed by the fact that...
It was nice to see the Cubs beating up on another team for once this year. They get to face another team that may be worse than they are in the Padres. The Padres have had a weird season so far. They opened the year with a series loss of the Mets, and have been swept by the Giants and the Rockies (twice!). However, they are currently coming off a sweep of the world champions, and...
Today’s game featuring the Chicago Cubs and the Miami Marlins has a lot of people talking and questioning Manager Dale Sveum’s managerial decisions. Quite understandable considering how things unraveled at the end of the game, but there are always things to consider when trying to figure out who to blame, and how much blame each person deserves.
Whenever anything bad takes place...
What once was a tale of two cities is now just one long book of struggle.
Last season the Chicago Cubs were out of contention early, while the Chicago White Sox held down first place for a period of time until the wheels fell off and the playoffs were out of reach, notice the result, neither had a playoff appearance, not something fans are content about.
Coming into the 2013 season...
The Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres may be at the bottom of their respective divisions, but recent success has both teams feeling better.
Some offensive help would certainly please Jeff Samardzija.
He'll try to avoid the longest losing streak of his career Monday night and help the Cubs to a sixth win in seven home meetings with the Padres, winners of four straight.
The Cubs finished this road trip with a 4-6 record. After being swept out of Milwaukee they traveled to Cincinnati and then Miami. There are some things the Cubs need to keep working on but this road trip did show some positives.
4/22- @Reds L 4-5
4/23- @Reds W 4-2
4/24- @Reds L 0-1
Going into the Reds series, the Cubs starting pitchers had been the most consistent aspect of...