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    2021 Chicago Cubs Minor League Thread

    Chicago Cubs Minor League Thread 2021 Edition

    Cubs Minor League Affiliates 2021 Season:
    Low A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
    High A: South Bend Cubs
    AA: Tennessee Smokies
    AAA: Iowa Cubs

    Cubs Top 10 Prospects:
    According to MLB.Com:
    Brailyn Marquez, SP
    Brennan Davis, CF
    Miguel Amaya, C
    Ed Howard, SS
    Cole Roederer, LF
    Abert Alzolay, P
    Kohl Franklin, SP
    Ryan Jensen, SP
    Chase Strumpf, 2b
    Reginald Preciado, SS/3b

    Other Notable Cubs Prospects
    Burl Carroway, RP
    Jordan Nwogu, RF
    Cory Abbott, SP
    Ethan Roberts, RP
    Manny Rodriguez, RP
    Christopher Morel, INF
    Yeison Sestina, SS
    Cristian Hernandez, SS
    Kevin Made, SS

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    Benjamin Rodriguez is a name to watch. A kid with a thin frame signed in 2017, and has not seen a ton of professional innings, just posted a video online hitting 98mph from flat ground. This is very notable since we haven't seen him in a year, it also means he's probably hitting 100mph from the mound. When he was signed, he was hitting 92, so he's throwing 6mph+ higher. He'll probably get a real shot to start at Myrtle off the bat, a notable pitcher's haven. On top of that, dude's got a funky delivery. There's some real potential helium here.

    This a name that we should keep eyes on, as he's the kind of kid by October could easily be sitting in the Cubs top-10 with the kind of numbers that fastball+Myrtle Beach could create. I'm interested to see what a full year of baseball does for him.
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    Big day for the farm tomorrow. They get to add a bunch of talented 17 year olds without having to give away their best players.

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    2021 Chicago Cubs Minor League Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by CP_414 View Post
    Big day for the farm tomorrow. They get to add a bunch of talented 17 year olds without having to give away their best players.
    Yup, led by Christian Hernandez (aka Baby A-Rod to some scouts)

    Hopefully they donít cheap out since theyíre doing it with the big league team

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    Quote Originally Posted by CubsRule08 View Post
    Yup, led by Christian Hernandez (aka Baby A-Rod to some scouts)

    Hopefully they donít cheap out since theyíre doing it with the big league team
    It feels like itís been 2 years since they locked up Hernandez, but itíll be nice to make it official.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CP_414 View Post
    It feels like itís been 2 years since they locked up Hernandez, but itíll be nice to make it official.
    Yeah it's going to be great to get him in. I've read some stuff online where people seem to be less high on him, but I think that's just recency bias.

    I'm jazzed. Huge upside. Maybe he never sees the light of day at the MLB level, but he's incredibly exciting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1908_Cubs View Post
    Yeah it's going to be great to get him in. I've read some stuff online where people seem to be less high on him, but I think that's just recency bias.

    I'm jazzed. Huge upside. Maybe he never sees the light of day at the MLB level, but he's incredibly exciting.

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    Does he probably have the highest upside in the whole system? Feel like he has to given the A Rod comps.


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    Longenhagen gave some input on the prospects we got for Yu

    The gist is, Preciado is an immediate top 100 guy, said it was basically like getting the 10th pick in the draft. Santana is more like a back end first round type. Mena is an early 2nd rounder, and, of course, Caissie was the 45th pick. Anyway, add all the value of those slots and we're looking at something like 45m in surplus value + Davies.

    That's pretty darn good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WOwolfOL View Post
    Longenhagen gave some input on the prospects we got for Yu

    The gist is, Preciado is an immediate top 100 guy, said it was basically like getting the 10th pick in the draft. Santana is more like a back end first round type. Mena is an early 2nd rounder, and, of course, Caissie was the 45th pick. Anyway, add all the value of those slots and we're looking at something like 45m in surplus value + Davies.

    That's pretty darn good.
    I remain not upset at each of the prospects in general. It should be noted, that Longenhagen is about the highest. Baseball Trade Value does not give as much surplus value to these players, and has the Cubs with a light return.

    My biggest issue with the return is the amount of risk taken on by the Cubs. The Darvish trade is probably unnecessarily risky; you can make an argument the Cubs traded Yu for a talented HS team. There's probably at least a coinflip that no player ever makes the MLB. In a normal year where teams are accepting money and the Cubs don't feel the need to dump salary this hard, they probably get a package of prospects much closer to the MLB with impressive upside.

    But as I said, I'm actually pro every pick the Cubs made. Caissie was someone I spoke up in the draft thread as someone I liked. So I'm glad to have him in the system (he's already in Arizona, it seems. He's a big analytics guy and already working with the team. I like what I read from in, in a personality sense).

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    https://twitter.com/cubprospects/sta...685744642?s=19

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    It's both a fun day and a sad day tomorrow. Fun: because the Cubs are adding--hopefully--elite talents to the organization. Sad: this is going to be the most excited about the Cubs, we'll be for quite some time.
    Screw sabermetics.

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    Does anyone know if there are restrictions on trading an IFA signee for a period of time? I see the Marlins are signing one of the better players in this class tomorrow.

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    I've been excited about these young guys for a couple years now, and is part of why I'm not totally upset about the route their taking this year. Yes it sucks to go backwards this season but I have a good feeling about the group that could be up and ready in 2022-2023, and then with should be a good chunk of payroll available to spend on needed FA, they should be rolling again.



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    Quote Originally Posted by chibears55 View Post
    I've been excited about these young guys for a couple years now, and is part of why I'm not totally upset about the route their taking this year. Yes it sucks to go backwards this season but I have a good feeling about the group that could be up and ready in 2022-2023, and then with should be a good chunk of payroll available to spend on needed FA, they should be rolling again.



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    I agree thatís itís frustrating that we took this route. Once we get over the fact that we are acting like a small market team, we will be excited about what we have in the system coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD94 View Post
    I agree thatís itís frustrating that we took this route. Once we get over the fact that we are acting like a small market team, we will be excited about what we have in the system coming.
    Honestly, the more I think about it from the owner's side, the more it makes sense, especially if we do have talent buried deep in the system. Decrease pay roll during a pandemic, and then try to maximize returns on your farm system, with the hope that when pandemic times are over and business returns to normal the team will be cost controlled, young, lots of years of control, and all the bad contracts are off the books. If they lost faith in the group of guys that we had, which could be understandable given our playoff performance the last couple of years, and given all these other considerations, it makes sense. Reducing risk, and maximizing returns.

    Of course, this means the team needs to continue to invest in young FAs, and be willing to spend on FAs to fill whatever holes they have whenever they are ready to compete.
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    "But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it."

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