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

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

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