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Cubs Den has a post up drawing attention to a Baseball America article on changes in the Cubs’ organizational philosophy related to developing pitching talent. The BA piece focuses on new pitching coordinator Derek Johnson, formerly the pitching coach at Vanderbilt, which famously produced David Price, Mike Minor, Sonny Gray, and many others on his watch. Johnson is of the school of thought that pitchers today generally don’t throw enough, and is an advocate of long toss as a method of building up arm strength. While I don’t know enough to have strong opinions on that matter, it did remind of Carlos Gomez, who in a brief stint writing for The Hardball Times in 2007 meticulously dissected pitching and hitting mechanics from scouting videos.
Gomez is currently the international scouting director for the LAAofAA, having also served in that role for the Diamondbacks. The BA article reminded me of Gomez because it was in one of his pieces that I first became aware of Derek Johnson.
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Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says he understands the ballclub's culture better now than he did when he first arrived.
Epstein spoke about the Cubs' reputation as ''lovable losers.'' While that allowed the team to draw almost 2.9 million fans despite losing 101 games, Epstein won't consider it a success until the team wins...
Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy announced Wednesday on Twitter that he's been selected and will play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic in March.
"Just found out I will be joining my teammate Ryan Braun in representing my country in the WBC! Very honored and humbled to represent the USA," Lucroy tweeted.
Along with Braun, Lucroy, joins New York Mets...
Former Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa is just one of the many retired professional athletes that has tried to get their name back in the spotlight by joining social media. He joined Twitter (@TheRealMr609) back in October, and he has more recently taken his talents to the popular photo sharing/social network site, Pinterest.
Naturally, hearing about Sammy Sosa joining Pinterest...
I’m a little concerned about the overall depth of the Brewers system but the Top 15 list filled out a little bit better than I expected it to. There are a number of pitching prospects that appear capable of developing into solid big league starters, which should be welcomed news in Milwaukee considering how thin the big league staff is at this time.
#1 Tyler Thornburg (P) ...
Infielder Luis Valbuena has agreed to a $930,000, one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs, nearly double the $495,200 he made last year.
Valbuena , who avoided arbitration with Thursday's deal, has a .224 average in five big league seasons, including three with Cleveland. He played in 90 games for the Cubs last season, batting .219 with 28 RBIs, 36 walks and 26 runs in 265 at...
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
1. FAN Projection Targets: Basically Every Brewers Starter
2. Action GIF: Mark Rogers’ Slider
3. SCOUT Leaderboards: Australian Baseball League
FAN Projection Targets: Basically Every Brewers Starter
As is made apparent by the very recently released 2013 ZiPS projections for the Milwaukee Brewers...
The Milwaukee Brewers decided to take a chance on a blast from the past when they signed right-hander Kelvim Escobar to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Escobar, who will be 37 in April, has pitched in just one major league game since 2007 and none since 2009. He resurfaced this winter in Venezuela and was throwing the ball well again, so the Brewers decided...
Holy crap the Phillies have made a move. According to Fernando Ballesteros at the Mexican baseball magazine Puro Beisbol, the Phillies have signed 37-year-old Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league deal. Lopez, who is signing on for his second stint with the Phillies, last played for the team in 2009....
The Milwaukee Brewers are taking a chance on a veteran pitcher making a comeback and have avoided salary arbitration with left-hander Chris Narveson, the club announced Thursday.
Veteran right-hander Kelvim Escobar who has thrown just five innings in the big leagues since 2009 due to lingering shoulder issues has decided to make a comeback attempt with the Brewers, signing a minor...
Shaun Marcum is a pretty good Major League pitcher. He’s been in the show since 2005 and owns a 3.76 ERA and 4.25 FIP in a little over 900 career innings. That’s a 90 ERA- and 101 FIP-, respectively. Like most pitchers though, it took Marcum a few years to really hit his stride. Since 2008 he’s pitched to a 3.57 ERA (88 ERA-) and a 3.97 FIP (97 FIP-) in a bit less than 700...
Right handed pitcher Kelvim Escobar, who who hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2009, signed a Major League deal with the Milwaukee Brewers he announced through his Twitter account.
Back in May, Escobar announced that he was planning to make a comeback and has been playing in the Venezuelan Winter League for the first time since 2009. In 11 innings for his team in Venezuela,...
It was said that Scott Hairston could sign with one of the NY teams any day but since that report which came directly from his agent the Yanks have backed out and the Mets don't appear to be budging from a one year deal. Based on players of similar performance, Hairston should get a two year deal but the market may have dried up. Ken Davidoff of the NY Post believes the...
Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections, which have typically appeared in the pages of Baseball Think Factory, are being released at FanGraphs this year. Below are the projections for the Milwaukee Brewers. Szymborski can be found on Twitter at @DSzymborski.
Other 2013 Projections: Angels / Astros / Athletics / Blue Jays / Cubs / Giants / Nationals / Phillies / Rangers / Royals.
Chris Narveson missed almost the entire 2012 season after undergoing shoulder surgery early in the year. He made only two starts last season, but he will be fighting for a starting role this upcoming season, and he is expected to be healthy come spring training. Narveson was arbitration-eligible this year, but the Milwaukee Brewers avoided the arbitration process by reaching...
(Photo: Scott Rovak-US Presswire)
In what probably has been the most uneventful offseason in recent memory, the Milwaukee Brewers have reconfigured their bullpen but questions remain about the roster, primarily concerning the starting rotation and its lack of depth. The offseason’s developments have slowed to an agonizing drip for MLB as a whole. I remember...