Dillon Maples Video and Scouting Report

Dillon Maples has been somewhat of an enigma since signing with the Cubs for $2.5 million in the 2011 draft. His age and injuries prevented him from throwing but a handful of innings in 2011 and 2012, and yet he was ranked amongst the top ten prospects in the Cubs system by both John Sickels and Jason Parks based on his enormous upside. Cubs fans have been waiting for a glimpse of him for years, … Continue reading

A Well-Deserved Promotion for Pierce Johnson (Scouting Report + Video)

Pierce Johnson will make his first start for the High-A Daytona Cubs Monday after a well-deserved promotion. Johnson was tearing through Midwest League lineups with a lively 91-93 mph fastball and a power curveball that most hitters at the level couldn’t touch. In 69 2/3 MWL innings, Johnson posted a 3.10 ERA while striking out 25% of batters faced and only walking 7.4%. If you toss out his disastrous first outing, his ERA was a … Continue reading

Michael Heesch Scouting Report and Video

Early in April, John Arguello of Cubs Den starting talking about an unheralded Kane County pitcher by the name of Michael Heesch. I must admit that I could not recall hearing that name before John had mentioned him, but the surprising reports had me actively seeking out starts of his in the box scores. As far as I could tell, Heesch had fairly mediocre stuff given his age, but decided there had to be more … Continue reading

Three Cubs Prospects With Contact Problems

It’s been two full months of baseball for the Kane County Cougars, about enough time to start forming real opinions on the players I have seen. One of the easiest things to judge, at least for me so far, is whether a player is over matched at the plate. A high K% isn’t the only sign of this – a player who is consistently making weak contact is likely having a lot of trouble picking … Continue reading

Dan Vogelbach’s Swing is Tremendous (Scouting Report & Video)

I almost wrote this report a week and a half ago when Daniel Vogelbach was hitting .328/.369/.397, and I’m glad I waited. While Vogelbach was hitting the ball hard, his approach had left a lot to be desired. But, as I’m sure most of you have heard, Dan Vogelbach is absolutely killing the baseball recently, and he has moved his season line up to .309/.346/.479. The weather has gotten warmer, the rainouts have mostly ended, … Continue reading

Jeimer Candelario Is Better Than His Numbers (Scouting Report & Video)

Nineteen year old Jeimer Candelario has 3 more walks than he has hits this season. He has a higher on-base percentage than slugging percentage. If he were hitting .300 he would be having a monster season, but since he’s not, some people are going to tell you he’s having a rough start to the year. I am not one of those people, even though I’m generally a pretty pessimistic Cubs fan. In today’s prospect profile, … Continue reading

Rock Shoulders is Locked In (Scouting Report & Video)

The man with the greatest name in the minors has started his season with a performance on par with his moniker. Rock Shoulders been smashing everything he sees to the tune of a .410/.486/.672 (.523 wOBA) with 4 home runs and 13 RBIs. Most impressive about his start to the year is his strikeout rate, which has fallen all the way down to 18.6% from his 29% mark last season. It is too early to … Continue reading

Gioskar Amaya’s April (Video Included)

Amaya entered 2013 with a considerable amount of hype for a 20 year old second baseman just entering full-season ball. Cubs prospect writers all over the web were singing the praises of the Venezuelan infielder, and with good reason – as a 19 year old at Boise, Amaya hit .298/.381/.496 with 8 home runs, fifteen stolen bases, and 12 triples. That is a very strong line for a middle infield prospect, especially a teenager facing … Continue reading

Tayler Scott’s April 20th Start (Video Included)

I was witness to a cold doubleheader this past Saturday where I had the pleasure to see arguably the two best Cubs pitching prospects at Kane County, Pierce Johnson and Tayler Scott, pitch. I’ve already discussed Johnson here, and Saturday was the best outing he’s had so far. Tayler Scott pitched the second game, and though he clearly doesn’t have the upside or stuff Johnson has, he was interesting to watch as well. Scott was … Continue reading