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« Reply #30 on: August 05, 2015, 10:29:41 pm »

....Mr. anti-BABIP Almora also has both two hits and a walk.  Who'd have guessed that a biggish guy with a 34K/21BB/289AB ratio would be needing a hot day to reach .290 OBP.  If I'm calculating correctly, his two hits now get him to .255 BABIP.  Maybe it's all just bad luck?  Maybe a Camp Colvin and he'll do better next year?  Maybe it's just a lot of groundouts to 2B?  Maybe it's just a very slow bat? 

We think of Billy McKinney as being really young for AA, but Almora only four months older than McKinney. That's the saving grace, maybe.

Slow bat? This is what BA said pre-season about Almora. He has "a line drive bat with present strength, fine hand-eye coordination, bat speed to catch up to good fastballs, and average raw power."

Yeah, this is optimistic I suppose, it would be nice if he can be a .720 OPS guy (say, 280-320-400), with low Ks, who can bat #9 in Maddon's lineup, and play gold glove caliber CF defense. We can use a guy like that. Patience. patience.


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« Reply #31 on: August 05, 2015, 11:05:53 pm »
I think next year's rotation depth will be interesting.  Assuming no trades, Pierce Johnson, Rob Zastrynzy and Ryan Williams will be at AAA.  Edwards might be in the bullpen or rotation as well.  Turner could be the 6th guy/long man with the Cubs.  Underwood, Tseng, Blackburn, Skulina? and Torrez could be in AA.  It might be to the point where fringe guys like Beeler and Jokisch won't be needed....

I don't know, but 2016 AAA depth seems thin, doesn't it?

Zastryzny with only 49 IP so far this season and basically 4.60 ERAs last year in A ball and this abbreviated season for him. Not so sure he sure if gets AAA to open. Williams just getting to AA recently. Turner out if options, so won't be easy getting him to AAA. Johnson, yes, about time. Wonder if Edwards more of a serious big club bullpen candidate than Iowa starter? Doesn't seem like any of the MB starters will be jumping to Iowa any time soon. Perhaps will even see AAAA type starters signed from outside to fill some rotation space at Iowa.

Jokisch seems likely to get another look in spring training after all the injuries this season. Maybe Cubs didn't like what they saw of Beeler in his Cubs starts. Suppose he's on bubble. Both will have a final option year in 2016.

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« Reply #32 on: August 05, 2015, 11:16:46 pm »
Turner will have to be with the Cubs or they will likely lose him.

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« Reply #33 on: August 05, 2015, 11:40:47 pm »
Yeah, what an opportunity Turner had this season to establish himself, but for injuries.

Might not get that chance again in 2016 if front office gets busy in off-season.

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« Reply #34 on: August 06, 2015, 12:09:47 am »
If Edwin Jackson can stick past the All Star game, Turner will get a shot if he's healthy. He has talent, too much to let go for free.


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« Reply #36 on: August 06, 2015, 11:28:51 am »
Hopefully, Conway's injury and command issues are in the back mirror.  Second straight outing w/o a walk.  If Edwards ever does that he'll be promoted to the majors.

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« Reply #37 on: August 06, 2015, 05:04:07 pm »
I saw a note on nsbb, I think copied from a scout, who'd seen Conway earlier this week I think.  Said he was hitting 95, i think with good movement, but that his control looked poor.  Interesting/promising that his velocity is good, and perhaps the stuff.  Perhaps the command will improve.  Kind of interesting, because my sense last year was that he was a good control guy.  Maybe that was last year, rehab year just throwing fastballs.  Lots harder to control the rest, I guess.  But he may have the arm to keep an eye on him, if he shows improved control and effectiveness over time. 

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Re: On The Farm
« Reply #41 on: August 06, 2015, 11:12:20 pm »
Javy's struggling.

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« Reply #42 on: August 06, 2015, 11:16:26 pm »
Baez was actually doing quite well until the last few games though even during his surges he was K'ing a lot and rarely walking.

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« Reply #43 on: August 06, 2015, 11:28:37 pm »
His K% was 25% before his injury. If he can do that in the majors he'll be really, really good.

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« Reply #44 on: August 06, 2015, 11:39:43 pm »
It's 35% since his return and that's using PA's.