Category Archives: Running

Hitting prospects: looking toward 2017

Here is the list of Cub hitting prospects for 2017 based on full-season minor-league numbers. The ranking looks at total bases, walks, steals and games played. It takes the sum of total bases + walks + SBs, adjusts it slightly, and divides by games played to arrive at a score. (Hitting prospects are starters, not […]

Running prospects 2012

Players in the organization are ranked according to steals per game times success rate. Everyone with six or more steals as of the close of business on June 25 is shown here. Lake may not have been 100% after a month on the DL with a back injury. This would account for his lower-than-usual success […]

Where change is needed: at the top

On-base percentage is fine, but after you walk you still have to get around the bases. A walk seldom drives in a run, and it is relevant, I think, how often a walk scores a run. If a hitter’s production is measured in runs scored and driven in, then Fukudome is the least productive hitter […]

Somebody weigh Junior, please

Saturday night, the world-leading (38-12) high-A Daytona Cubs had a nice win at home. Down 5-0 in the sixth, the D-Cubs scored a couple, and the score stood at 5-3 in the seventh when Junior Lake homered with two on, two out, giving the Cubs the lead. With two outs in the eighth, Lake tripled […]

Running prospects 2011

Players in the organization are ranked according to steals per game times success rate. Everyone with three or more steals at the close of business on May 6 is shown here. In case you think that players who run well are not coveted by major-league teams, five of the top ten finishers in last year’s […]

LBFC Preseason Predictions

Here are a few predictions about various Cub players and about the team as a whole in 2011. Some of this might sound more like admonition than prediction, more a question of what the team should do than what it will do. But I am prognosticating, not giving advice. I have confidence in Cub management […]

2011 roster

I believe that, ultimately, Tim Wilken saves the Cubs, so my assessment of the 2011 Cub roster coming out of spring training would have to begin with the question, How did the Wilken guys do? They did pretty well. Of course, I would prefer that Brandon Guyer, fifth-rounder in 2007 and Cub minor-league player of […]

Running prospects 2010

The Cubs would score runs in more innings, and thus do better in low-scoring games, if they had hitters who were better adapted to the top of the order. Obviously, Byrd is not a leadoff hitter, nor does Baker belong anywhere other than six through eight. Can either of them bunt, or hit and run, […]

No news is good news

The Cub team that I’m excited about is a couple years away, but 2010 is shaping up as a solid season, largely because Jim Hendry has been demonstrating the same patience and shrewdness in selecting players that new owner Tom Ricketts has applied to the choice of a spring-training site. Hendry corrected a few old […]

2009 running prospects

Here is a list of Cub prospects ranked according to stolen bases per game, also showing games, steals, caught stealing and success rate. I include only regular-season games played at Boise or above, no higher than Iowa. I would isolate two important groups here, those with SB/game ratios higher than .30–I’ll call them rabbits–and those […]