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Minor League Update: 8-20-14

Salt Lake Bees 4 @ Iowa Cubs 2 Stargazing Tony Campana (#9): 0-2, BB, SB Kris Bryant: 1-3, 2B, BB, SO Jorge Soler: 0-3, BB, SO Like, Totally, NOT Stargazing Mike Olt: 1-3, R Manny Ramirez: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI (2nd consecutive HR day) -Manny Ramirez hits a home run off of Randy Wolf in […]

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Minor League Update: 8-19-14

Salt Lake Bees 7 @ Iowa Cubs 5 Stargazing Tony Campana (batting#9): 1-4 Logan Watkins: 2-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI Jorge Soler: 0-4, BB, 2 SO (.230/.330/.517) Mike Olt: 0-4, 4K On the Mound Chris Rusin: 6.1 IP, 6 R, 3 BB, 2 SO Tennessee Smokies 7 @ Montgomery Biscuits 1 Stargazing Albert Almora: 2-5, […]

Better Know A Cub: Javier Baez

Pedigree Ednel Javier Baez was the last 1st round pick of the Jim Hendry regime, taken right after Francisco Lindor and right before Cory Spangenberg (if I remember correctly, the Padres (Hoyer) had Baez on their Big Board put he was popped right before thanks to Mario Sanchez, I had this completely opposite). Drafted from relatively […]

DFP: The Night They Drove Old Dixie 450 Feet In Coors Field

What? The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down was J. Baez’ only #1 hit. Tonight, another J. Baez is (hopefully) going to get his #1 hit as well. Did The Cubs Win? It’d be hard to say otherwise. Javier Baez is being called up today. For a measured take on expectations, look to Brett’s take […]

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Minor League Update: 7/29/14

Graduation! When I started the (now) Minor League Update, I chose the name Journeymen of Tomorrow because it seemed apropos. The vast, vast majority of players in the minor league system never make it to the big leagues. They are more likely to make it to shift manager at Home Depot… and that’s not a […]

Journeymen of Tomorrow: 7-25-14

New Orleans Zephyrs 2 @ Iowa Cubs 11 Stargazing Javier Baez: 2-5, HR, 3 RBI, 2 SO Kris Bryant: 1-4, 2 R, SO Jorge Soler: 1-3, R, 2 BB, SO Rafael Lopez: 1-4, 2 RBI Has-Beens Matt Szczur: 1-5, R, 2 SO Brett Jackson: 1-4, BB, 2 SO Mike Olt: 2-5, 2 R, 3 RBI, […]

Cubs 3, Padres 8 (7/24/14)

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Tsuyoshi lays an egg, and the Cubs bats (with Luis excepted) fall mostly silent. Three Up 1. Luis Valbuena hit a 3-run HR, which provided the entirety of the Cubs’ scoring. In the best case scenario, Valbuena is a super-DeRosa in 2015, and even if he starts, you don’t feel […]

Cubs 6, Padres 0 (7/23/14)

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: (one of the) 24-year olds homered twice, and the 22-year old homered once. Three Up 1. Anthony Rizzo now leads the NL in HR, and he is sneaking up on the ML lead. I thought Rizzo’s peak was a .250/.350/.500 guy, and he’s at .283/.385/.539 right now. Just enjoy the […]

Why you shouldn’t care that Jeter started the ASG

Today is another day without any baseball. Thanks, Obama! To fill the void, many backseat fans decided to bag on Jeter getting the starting nod in the All-Star Game (it need not be said that fans voted Jeter to start the ASG). The prime argument is that “the games matter!” I’m here to show you how […]

The Burdette (and the mini-Lew)

Since today is a day with absolutely no baseball, I thought it’d be cool to propose a new statistic – or, rather an updated take on a relatively new one. Perhaps you’ve heard of the Maddux. Invented in 2012 by Jason Lukehart, the criteria for a Maddux is simple: Throw a complete game in under […]

Journeymen of Tomorrow: 7-15-14

Jacksonville Suns 6 @ Tennessee Smokies 5 Stargazing Stephen Bruno doubled, but that’s all he did. Addison Russell doubled as well, but mixed in a walk for good measure (and neither struck out). Jorge Soler fanned twice and went hitless. Christian Villaneuva doubled twice and walked. Other Performances of Note Pin-Chieh Chen: 2-5, SO Charles […]

OV “Daily” Facepalm 7-14-14

Since Brett is sick, with no Bullets for the first time in probably 50 years, it’s time to capitalize and steal some market share. I kid. Javier Baez went way deep in the futures game. Best part of that video is his playful jawing with Bryant as he rounds third. Hopefully his recent hot streak […]

Cubs 6, Reds 4

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Hendricks had an uneven first start (strike the 1st, it was very very good), but Alcantara played himself onto the team!!! Three Up 1. Arismendy Alcantara went 4-5 with 2 singles, 2B, 3B. He had an extremely good game, and afterwards, it was announced that he’s not going down right […]

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