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View Poll Results: Where would you rank the Cubs minor league system?

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  • 7, 8 or 9

    16 28.07%
  • 10, 11 or 12

    31 54.39%
  • 13, 14 or 15

    10 17.54%
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    Quote Originally Posted by WOwolfOL View Post
    Why does 1972 keep posting articles just a few posts after they are originally posted?
    I don't know, but it's funny because it happens all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TyrionLannister View Post
    I don't know, but it's funny because it happens all the time.
    Yep, it's his thing.

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    Phil Rogers on Javier Baez:

    Javier Baez is coming fast behind Starlin Castro. I talked to a baseball exec who has watched him since he was a high school sophomore and he was raving about him after a trip to the Arizona Fall League. Said the long-time baseball executive: “His BP stood out in the (AFL). His bat speed is extraordinarily unique. I can see him getting better. He will be a far more impactful player than Castro.’’ The one question the executive had was with Baez's range, saying he may have to change positions at some point. But Cubs GM Jed Hoyer cites fielding as one of the areas in which Baez has been a pleasant surprise since the Cubs took him with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft.

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    We know he can punish a fastball...
    Alshon's Athletic Bloodlines Run Deep (AND CATCH EVERYTHING)


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    I'm pretty sure he could hit 20 HRs in the majors right now. The other 580 PAs might be pretty ugly, though.

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    That's a good way of putting it, albeit highly exaggerated.
    Alshon's Athletic Bloodlines Run Deep (AND CATCH EVERYTHING)


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    Via New York Cubs Fan at NSBB, not the entirety of Jason Park's list at Baseball Prospectus:

    1. OF Albert Almora
    The Tools: Shows all five; plus projections on hit/power

    Strengths: Well-rounded tool collection; feel for the game is outstanding and allows tools to play above grade; 5 arm; 5 run; 6 glove; future hit could be easy 6; excellent bat speed; gets into zone quickly and efficiently; power has above-average potential; shows advanced game skills; lauded for work ethic/makeup; now talent that could move fast.

    Weaknesses: Range in CF is tied to read/react skills and instincts, not plus raw speed; lacks high-end physicality; lacks elite tools; upside isn’t as sexy as teammate Javier Baez; aggressive approach has yet to be tested; small professional sample

    Overall Future Potential: 6; first-division starter

    Explanation of Risk: Moderate risk; more polished than the average teenager; shows advanced feel and instincts for the game; high floor; respectable ceiling; most likely falls short of star status.

    Fantasy Future: .290/.350/.450 from premium defensive position, with 10-15 home run pop, plenty of doubles, and a chance to steal 15-20 bases at a high success rate.

    Major league ETA: 2016

    2. SS Javier Baez
    The Tools: Hit tool could be elite; easy plus-plus raw power; 7 arm

    Strengths: Bat speed is off-the-charts; hands are incredible on both sides of the ball; electricity in the bat; very loud contact ability; hit tool could develop into monster status; raw power is at least a 7 and could end up playing that high at full maturity; arm is a 7; actions at shortstop are fluid and easy.

    Weaknesses: Wild approach at the plate; swings with violent intensity; taking hacks is putting it mildly; will expand his zone and chase; pitch-recognition skills have been called into question; needs to slow the game down; overplays; range at shortstop only catalyst in down-the-line position change; fringe 5 runner at present who could end up a 4 at physical maturity

    Overall Future Potential: 7; all-star level player

    Explanation of Risk: Extreme risk; plays the game with reckless approach; needs to mature to reach potential; could be very special or very frustrating.

    Fantasy Future: If everything clicks, Baez could hit for both a high average and high power (30-plus HR) from a position on the left side of the infield. He could be a monster.

    Major league ETA: 2015

    3. OF Jorge Soler
    The Tools: Big raw power; plus arm

    Strengths: 7 raw power; easy bat speed; loud contact off the barrel to all fields; plays with strength and athleticism; solid approach at the plate; recognizes early; will work counts; plus arm; good carry; runs very well for a right fielder; shows some overall feel for the game; assimilation has been smooth (so far).

    Weaknesses: Questions about the future utility of the hit tool based on a few mechanical hitches that could limit his ability to stay inside of quality stuff; defensive profile puts pressure on bat to achieve first-division value; unknown hurdles associated with assimilation process; small professional sample.

    Overall Future Potential: 6; first-division player

    Explanation of Risk: High risk; shows some now skills and a mature approach, but the bat hasn’t been tested enough; still early in assimilation process.

    Fantasy Future: Could develop into a prototypical first-division right fielder; the hit tool might only play at average, but secondary skills should allow for some on-base ability and game power (25-20 HR). Shows good speed for his size and good game awareness, so he could also swipe 10-15 bases a season.

    Major league ETA: 2015

    4. RHP Arodys Vizcaino
    The Tools: Plus-plus fastball; plus curve

    Strengths: Easy cheese from an explosive arm, working comfortably in the 92-95 range as a starter and touching the high-90s in bursts; very lively offering with good, late action; hard curve is another money pitch, with a tight rotation and two-plane movement; good control.

    Weaknesses: Lacks size; when he slips under the ball, the lack of plane hurts him; more control than command; lives loose in the zone; changeup has more flash than fire; profiles as low-5 offering at best; injury history; delivery features some effort.

    Overall Future Potential: 7; late-inning reliever (frontline setup).

    Explanation of Risk: Extreme risk; injury history; likely to end up in bullpen.

    Fantasy Future: Could be frontline setup arm in bullpen; closer for some teams; will miss bats in any role.

    Major league ETA: 2011

    5. 1B Dan Vogelbach
    The Tools: Enormous raw power; plus potential hit tool; big makeup

    Strengths: Light-tower power; 80 raw; generates tremendous bat speed with fast hands and fluid hip explosion; stroke is shorter than most power hitters; quick and easy to the ball; doesn’t have to sell out for power stroke; ball naturally explodes off the bat; loud contact to all fields; makeup is championed by every source contacted for the report; big personality.

    Weaknesses: Bad body; lacks defensive value; profiles as bat-only first baseman or designated hitter; limited range; poor speed; below-average defender at first; can be beat with pitchability, particularly spotted balls off-middle or quality velo under the hands; immense pressure on the bat for success; will have to prove it at every level.

    Overall Future Potential: 6; first-division player

    Explanation of Risk: High risk because of bat-only profile; plus makeup and natural hitting ability give him a chance.

    Fantasy Future: Power could play above 6; .280-plus batting average is possible; won’t steal bases and won’t provide defensive value of any kind.

    Major league ETA: 2016

    6. OF Brett Jackson
    The Tools: Can show all five tools; four tools grade at avg-to-plus

    Strengths: Average defender in center field; can play all three outfield spots; run is plus; raw power is above-average; has on-base skills and will make a pitcher dig into the arsenal; shows a feel for the game; big work ethic.

    Weaknesses: Lacks a loud tool; hit tool is fringe-average at best; plays lower; arm is only average; defensive profile in center is only average; game features too much swing-and-miss; overmatched by quality stuff; hasn’t progressed much since college; profile closer to fourth outfielder than role 5 projection.

    Overall Future Potential: 5; major-league regular

    Explanation of Risk: Moderate risk; already achieved major-league level; works hard; competes; good chance to carve out major-league career.

    Fantasy Future: If Jackson achieves his ceiling, he could start up the middle, with a low batting average (.~250) and lots of strikeouts, but enough secondary skills to have value (on-base, 15-20 HR, 15-20 steals).

    Major league ETA:

    7. RHP Pierce Johnson
    The Tools: Plus fastball; plus potential curveball

    Strengths: Good size and wiry strength; fastball works in the 90-93 range, but he can get more when he needs it; good angle to pitch; good sinking action; can get ahead with the pitch; curveball is hard breaker; 81-84 mph, with late break, good shape, and depth; deep arsenal; will also show a cut fastball and a changeup; knows how to miss bats.

    Weaknesses: Hasn’t been able to stay healthy; delivery has some effort; deliberate with secondary arsenal; changeup is inconsistent; doesn’t play as average offering yet.

    Overall Future Potential: High 5/Low 6; no. 3 starter at the major-league level

    Explanation of Risk: High risk; injury history with the arm; behind the developmental curve.

    Fantasy Future: Has bat-missing ability and a deep arsenal; has mid-rotation ceiling; body needs to prove it can hold innings, but should be able to produce good counting stats like wins/strikeouts if healthy and in a rotation.

    Major league ETA: 2015

    8. RHP Duane Underwood
    The Tools: Easy plus velocity in fastball; plus potential curveball

    Strengths: Huge arm strength; electric fastball that has the potential to be special; will work in the plus velocity range with some sink; has touched higher; arm is very fast; ball explodes from the release; it's easy velocity now and projects to work even higher; changeup shows some maturity for his age; plays well off fastball, with fastball arm speed and slot consistency; good action to the arm-side; plus athlete; curveball has plus potential

    Weaknesses: Limited professional sample; arm works well, but low pickup and drag force it to go a long way; secondary arsenal is immature; delivery is athletic, but inconsistent, and control is below-average at present.

    Overall Future Potential: High-6/low-7; no. 2 starter at the major-league level.

    Explanation of Risk: Extreme; only 18-years-old; wide gap between present and future; ~10 professional innings under his belt.

    Fantasy Future: Electric arsenal could produce high strikeouts totals; has the potential to be a 15-plus game winner (based on ultimate upside).

    Major league ETA: 2017

    9. 3B Christian Villanueva
    The Tools: 7 glove; 6 arm; 5 power potential; big makeup

    Strengths: Plus (to plus-plus) defensive profile, with an ultra-slick glove, strong arm, and solid range; excellent feel for the position; soft hands in the field; quick reactions; good instincts for the ball; fast hands at the plate; can square velocity and stay inside pitches; shows the ability to hit for some power; works the gaps; mature approach; isn’t fast, but runs the bases well and plays with intelligence; hard worker.

    Weaknesses: Lacks typical offensive profile for third base; shows impressive bat speed, but overall hit tool utility is average at best; struggles against quality breaking stuff; power most likely limited to 10-15 home runs; body is physically mature and could lose a full speed grade if he adds bad weight.

    Overall Future Potential: 5; solid-average regular at major-league level

    Explanation of Risk: Moderate risk; mature player with mature skill-set; doesn’t need big grade jumps to compete.

    Fantasy Future: Not an ideal offensive third baseman, but could hit .260-plus, with good secondary skills (on-base/power); can surprise people and swipe a few bases; plays defense at a very high level.

    Major league ETA: 2014

    10. RHP Dillon Maples
    The Tools: Big arm strength; plus fastball/curveball potential.

    Strengths: Plus-plus fastball potential; can work the pitch in the 92-96 range, and has touched higher; has good plane; pitches taller than 6’2’’; natural weight makes the ball difficult to lift; curveball is power breaker, thrown as hard as 82-84 mph, with 12/6 movement; projects as plus pitch; good overall athlete.

    Weaknesses: Delivery isn’t fluid or repeatable; doesn’t finish; doesn’t make it look easy; command is well below-average; fastball velocity is inconsistent; changeup is still underdeveloped; limited on-the-field experience at the professional level

    Overall Future Potential: High 6; no. 2/3 starter at the major-league level.

    Explanation of Risk: Extreme risk; injury history; mechanical red flags; needs big grade jumps.

    Fantasy Future: Has the potential to pitch in the middle of a major-league rotation, and maybe more if he reaches his ceiling. He will have the stuff to miss bats, and could emerge as a rotation horse if he can stay healthy and find arsenal maturity. High ceiling, but extremely high risk.

    Major league ETA: 2017
    Prospects on the Rise
    RHP Juan Carlos Paniagua
    SS/2B Marco Hernandez
    3B Jeimer Candelario

    Factors on the Farm
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    RHP Tony Zych
    RHP Trey McNutt
    IF Junior Lake

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    Interesting to see they think Lake will be contributing next year.

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    i wouldn't mind seeing Lake get a ST shot if we stick with Valbeuno, Vitters, and Stewart..... I mean why the heck not... push the guy along and see what happens... one of the 4 have be close to being average right? haha idk

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    Lake wasn't even all that bad bat wise in AA this past season.

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    throw him in there!!

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    Junior Lake is leading the Dominican Winter League in hitting at .362 in 15 games. OPS is at 1.019. Yoanner Negrin leads the Venezuelan League in IP with 27.2. He has a 2.93 ERA and 23/8 K/BB ratio.
    Last edited by Cubsfan365; 11-09-2012 at 03:27 PM.

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    Trade him while he's hot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chi-Town Cubs25 View Post
    Interesting to see they think Lake will be contributing next year.
    I mean there's "contribute" and then there's "plays on the ML team". I'm feeling more comfortable that he could be a September call-up or an injury replacement but I have a feeling he'll hit like Vitters did since Lake likes to swing the bat and it wasn't like he mastered AA pitching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    Trade him while he's hot!
    this please.

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