What Happened To Castro?

In Minor Leagues by myles

Last season was a lost year for Starlin Castro. While many were optimistic about his ability to take a step forward (myself included), quite the opposite happened. Castro got worse, appreciably, in essentially every way.   OBP BB% K% wOBA Castro 2011 0.341 4.9% 13.4% 0.338 Castro 2012 0.323 5.2% 14.5% 0.323 Castro 2013 0.284 4.3% 18.3% 0.28 To give …

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/16/13

In Commentary And Analysis by myles

Mesa 3 v Peoria 1 Kris Bryant: 0-3, BB, 2 SO, SB Kris Bryant walks. With Steven Souza Jr batting, Kris Bryant steals (2) 2nd base. Kris Bryant strikes out swinging. Kris Bryant flies out to right fielder Jorge Bonifacio in foul territory. Kris Bryant strikes out swinging. Wes Darvill: 1-4 Wes Darvill singles on a line drive to right …

Let’s talk about 2002

In Commentary And Analysis by aisle424

If you read Baseball Prospectus, you probably know who Jason "Professor" Parks is. Parks had a chat yesterday that was very interesting for Cubs fans, and the most interesting question would be this one: BTH524 (Pennsylvania): Where do you project the top 2013 draft picks (Kris Bryant, Mark Appel, etc.) to be slotted in your top prospect list? With the understanding …

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/15/13

In Commentary And Analysis, Minor Leagues by myles

Mesa 7 v Scottsdale 4 Albert Almora: 2-4, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB, SO Albert Almora grounds out, third baseman Peter O'Brien to first baseman Angel Villalona. Albert Almora walks. With Taylor Lindsey batting, missed catch error by Angel Villalona on the pickoff attempt, Albert Almora to 2nd. Albert Almora hits a ground-rule double (2) on a fly ball …

2014 Cubs Projections: MusingsMarcel, Position Players

In Projections by dmick89

Baseball Musings published an early version of the Marels projection (MusingsMarcel). They did only position players right now, but it's always fun to look at projections. The Marcels are usually done by Tangotiger and he'll probably do them for 2014. These are based on Tango's Marcels method. Below are the Cubs players currently on their 40-man roster. Only players who …

Cubs 2013 Positional Breakdowns

In Commentary And Analysis by myles

It's time to start actually dissecting the major league club (and it's failure to produce at the plate, specifically). I think a good first step is to measure the production they received from each position relative to the other teams in baseball. Catcher The Cubs were near the top of the league in production from catchers last year. Team PA …

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Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/14/13

In Minor Leagues by myles

Mesa 7 v Scottsdale 6 Kris Bryant: 1-4, R, RBI Kris Bryant reaches on a fielding error by shortstop Alen Hanson. Brian Goodwin to 3rd. Kris Bryant reaches on a fielding error by third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez. Kris Bryant reaches on a fielding error by right fielder Cory Vaughn. Devon Travis to 3rd. Kris Bryant out on a sacrifice fly …

10 years ago today

In News And Rumors by dmick89

John Allen Muhammad, one of the two DC Snipers, plead not guilty. He was later found guilty and sentenced to death. He was killed by the government in November 2009.

Minor League Roundtable Part 2: Breakouts and Busts

In Commentary And Analysis, Minor Leagues by Sitrick

Part 2 of our Roundtable series discussing all sorts of things relevant to the Cubs Minor League system. Let's get into it, shall we?   Myles: Who do you guys think could breakout next year? I think there's a slam-dunk answer to breakout candidates, but I have a few I'd like to talk about. The one I'm most confident about is Shawon …