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

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

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

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