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

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

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