Game Notes – 4/8/2017 – Carolina @ Frederick

Today I took in the matchup between the exciting Carolina Mudcats and the Frederick Keys. It’s been awhile, but I am happy to note that my inability to remember to bring sunscreen is still intact. No videos this week, hopefully I’ll have some for you by the end of the month. Also, the stadium gun at Frederick was off by 8-10 mph so I don’t have any velocities to report, unfortunately. I’m going to review … Continue reading

Game Recap: Lynchburg @ Potomac, 4/26/2015

Sunday was an absolutely gorgeous day for baseball, and I was finally able to drag my butt on down to Prince William County to see the Potomac Nationals (Washington Nationals). It was a sunny, high-60s day, there were a ton of dogs in the ballpark, and the Lynchburg Hillcats (Cleveland Indians) were bringing a prospect-heavy outfield to the double header. I really had no choice but to be there. Lynchburg won both halves of the … Continue reading

Winter League Cubs

The World Series and the 2013 Major League Baseball season are approaching their end, an end welcomed by nearly all fans of the Chicago Cubs. As the focus shifts to the winter meetings, manager signings, and the possibility of adding an impact player like Masahiro Tanaka, to many fans it feels as if the game of baseball is gone until the spring. Fortunately, this isn’t remotely true. Though they receive little fanfare in Chicago, there … Continue reading

Cubs Prospect Stock Watch – One Month In

It has been one full month of minor league baseball, and plate appearance samples are starting to approach the threshold at which numbers carry meaning. The Cubs farm system has been a mixed bag so far, with Iowa playing terrible baseball, Tennessee playing great baseball, and the Daytona Cubs and Cougars hovering around .500. The top level prospects have had a very rough start to the year, while mid-range prospects like Arismendy Alcantara have been … Continue reading

West Michigan Whitecaps @ Beloit Snappers 4/29-4/30 Recap

I made my first “prospect junkie” trip this Monday after seeing that Michael Ynoa would be starting Tuesday morning in Beloit. For those of you who can’t quite place that name, the A’s set an international free agent signing bonus record when they gave the 16 year old Dominican RHP Michael Ynoa $4.25 million. It’s been a struggle for Ynoa since signing, but he finally appears healthy and is starting games in the Midwest League, … Continue reading

Fortnightly Cubs Top Prospect Update – High Minors

This is the first of what will be a recurring feature here. Only 70% of the reason I’m writing this is to get to use the word “fortnightly”, which I love.   It has been almost 3 weeks of minor league baseball, but given all the rainouts, I think I’m only a day or two late on the “fortnightly” label. The Cubs minor league system has been pretty terrible in aggregate, but luckily minor league … Continue reading

4/20 Quad Cities @ Kane County Recap – I <3 Rock Shoulders

I learned today that Midwest League doubleheaders only last 14 innings by rule (I was disappointed to see that only a hundred or so people stuck around for the second game of the day, though). Given the developmental focus of the league, it makes sense. No reason to run through a bullpen or wear out your regulars by playing two full games, especially on a cold April afternoon. Despite the short games, Cougars hitters put … Continue reading

4/9 Clinton Lumberkings at Kane County Recap

It was a cold and rainy morning when I set out for 5/3 Ballpark today, but I was pleasantly surprised by the nice weather when I got to the stadium. The, uh, extreme availability of seats today allowed me to sit behind the plate and behind the 3 scouts who showed up to watch Pierce Johnson pitch. It was a good game, and the Cougars won it on a Jeimer Candelario line-drive in the bottom … Continue reading

4/6 Quad Cities @ Kane County Recap

The Kane County Cougars fought hard to get back into the game after a horrendous outing from Jose Arias, but ultimately fell to the Quad Cities River Bandits 13-10. The Kane County Cougars were eventually swept in the series, but it’s early in the year and it’s Low-A, so there’s nothing to get too upset about. Three Good Things I Saw Rock Shoulders. I touched on him in my last recap, but Shoulders had another … Continue reading

Kane County Opening Day Recap

I got to see the Kane County Cougars get drubbed by a talented Quad Cities team tonight, 7-2. It’s been too long since I’ve seen live baseball and I was very happy to get to see a couple of the game’s very best prospects on display. The game got pretty uneventful fast, as the game was out of hand after the second inning, but I stayed the full 9 innings. I won’t be publishing video … Continue reading