Category Archives: pitching ace

Prediction

With the Cubs’ minor-league teams approaching the halfway mark (around seventy games), here are two predictions: Tell me who the Cubs’ two best prospects are and I will tell you that they will be traded before the deadline. I’m referring to position prospects only. The Cubs certainly won’t be trading Dylan Cease. It’s arms like […]

Prognosis

Lester, Hendricks, Davis, maybe Edwards. You see any other good pitchers on this team? Any on the way? The Cub brass needs a deal like the ones that once netted them Schilling and Beckett. I think that’s going to be their MO just like is was in Boston, because McLeod can draft hitters all day […]

Pitching Prospects–thru 8/20

With under three weeks left to the minor-league regular seasons, these are not final numbers, but they’re close. This is an updated list (through August 20) of Cub pitching prospects ranked according to the formula K9-(H9+BB9). That’s strikeouts per nine innings minus the sum of hits-per-nine and walks-per-nine. Thus we only look at four numbers–innings, […]

Where are the Samardzijas and Cashners?

The Eugene Emeralds won their 13th consecutive game last night. The Cub system is solid–first-place solid–at the lower levels (Eugene, South Bend, Myrtle Beach) while Tennessee and Iowa are second-worst in their respective leagues. Go figure. All I would say is that to win at the upper levels, you need starting pitching. For example, Myrtle […]

Pitching prospects 2016

This is a list of Cub pitching prospects ranked according to the formula K9-(H9+BB9). That’s strikeouts per nine innings minus the sum of hits-per-nine and walks-per-nine. We look at strikeouts for this obvious reason: if you don’t miss bats in the minors, you’re going to have difficulty turning all that contact into outs in the […]

Four number threes?

Since Lou maybe picked a guy with the wrong makeup to start Game 1, I’ve been trying to figure out who the ace is on this staff. Personality issues aside, the case against Zambrano rests on his wildness. He was 43rd in the league in K-to-BB ratio among pitchers with 140 innings. Zambrano’s number was […]