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

An Early Review of Pierce Johnson

I have seen Pierce Johnson twice now, once on Kane County’s Opening Day and this past Tuesday against the Clinton Lumberkings, and I have seen two different pitchers each time. He has thrown 7 1/3 innings thus far, surrendering seven earned runs on 7 hits and three walks while striking out eight, though you could easily argue that a lot of the runs he’s surrendered have been a product of poor defense behind him. On … Continue reading

How Worried Should We Be About Javier Baez’s Plate Discipline?

Javier Baez spent about two months at Peoria last season, crushing baseballs to the tune of a .432 wOBA over 235 PA’s. He hit a few baseballs clear out of the stadium that many Cubs prospect writers are still talking about as they discuss various top prospect lists. Javier Baez has loud tools that earn him a spot as one of the best prospects in baseball, and there is no arguing that. That said, there … Continue reading