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 Ynoa isn’t Who I’d Hoped To See (Scouting Report & Video)

I don’t know what I should have expected. I was excited when I heard that Michael Ynoa was in the Midwest League this season, and when I found out he’d be pitching in Beloit this past Tuesday I just had to go out and see him. The stories that were thrown around when Ynoa signed for a record $4.25 million in 2008 were unbelievable – scouts who’d seen him and the writers who had the … Continue reading