Chicago Cubs fans haven’t had much to be proud of so far this season. Going 4-8 on the season and not winning a series yet this year. However the Cubs minor league systems are playing great which should get Cubs fans interested. The top five prospects have had a pretty good week two, some better than others, but there are a lot of prospects farther down the totem pole that really shined this last week. With that said here are my prospect rankings for this week.
- Javier Baez has struggled since being called up to Triple-A Iowa he was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain on Saturday. He suffered the injury while taking grounders before Friday’s game. Baez is batting .154 with ten strikeouts on the year but still manages to get his power numbers in having already two homeruns in this young season.
- Kris Bryant is still playing at a high level hitting another homerun on Saturday (April 12th). That makes Bryant tied for the Southern League lead with three. He is also finding ways to get on base having seven walks with a .432 On Base Percentage. Bryant has been so much fun to watch this year even though his stats are pretty even with every other top prospect in the Southern League I still feel like he is a man playing against boys when he is out there.
- Albert Almora has definitely played the best out of all the Cubs prospects. Continue reading
During the offseason, the Chicago Cubs were one of a bunch of teams posting serious bid to sign Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who, instead, agreed on a seven-year, $155 million contract offered by the New York Yankees. On Tuesday, when the Cubs kick off a two-game series and first interleague contest of 2014 at Yankee Stadium, they will have the first live look at the Japanese import as opposing starter.
Holding a phenomenal record of 24-0 and a microscopic 1.27 ERA in Japanese League a year ago, Tanaka (1-0, 3.21) has started twice in Yankees uniform. The latest one was his home debut but he did not factor in game decision of Yankees’ 5-4 loss after allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out 10 in seven innings.
After failing to sign the right-hander, the Cubs (4-8) spent $6 million on Jason Hammel, then-free agent, for one-year service in February. Continue reading
A walk-off home run? A no-hitter? Someone hitting for the cycle? Something different, maybe? Which would you rather see when you enjoy a day at ballpark? While any or all of these would be exciting and would serve as something to remember for years to come, I personally always root for seeing a no-hitter whenever I make a trip to see a baseball game.
So much so that I’ll cheer for both team’s starting pitchers until they each allow a hit. Why you ask is that which I prefer? A walk-off home run would be a real-thriller but that excitement would only really start during the last inning and could potentially even be a solo-shot where you didn’t even have a chance to build up excitement. A cycle is also an impressive feat that I’d like to see but you also might not easily realize that a player is closing in on one until late in the game and also the peak of excitement would only come when that player is up to bat every 2-3 innings.