Category Archives: prospect

Pitching Prospects: Looking toward 2018

This is our ranking of pitching prospects going into 2018. Prospects are 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, hits, walks, strikeouts. What else is there? Well, age is a factor. The lower the age, the higher […]

Will another shoe drop?

I knew they would trade Eloy, because that’s their MO, as long as they have a chance at the playoffs. The minor-league pitcher surprised me, because he’s supposed to be a stud and they need pitching, but Epstein tries not to rely on pitching prospects. So it was all inevitable once you appreciate Epstein’s boldness. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pitching prospects: looking toward 2017

The minor-league numbers are in for this year, so this is our final ranking of pitching prospects going into 2017. Prospects are 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, hits, walks, strikeouts. What else is there? Well, […]

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 […]

Trade an all-star, not a question mark

My list of Cub untouchables would be the guys who could be crazy-great, you’re just not sure (and the GM on the other side knows it), and so you’re liable to sell a little low and conclude a trade that you will regret later on. Schwarber is in that category, partly because of the injury […]

Pitching prospects — thru 7/9

This is an updated list (through July 9th) 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. Note that the eight top-ranked starting pitchers are all from the lower minors, either class A South Bend (Casey Bloomquist, Kyle Miller, Preston Morrison, Ryan […]

Hitting prospects

Here is the first iteration of the list that will become the Cub hitting prospects for 2017, based entirely on minor-league numbers. The ranking is based on 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 […]