Bryant and Rusin Take Home Weekly Awards and Cubs News from Down on the Farm

Kris Bryant was named Southern League Hitter of the Week on Monday. Bryant hit .464 with one double, four home runs and 14 RBI. Bryant also collected the first multi-home run game of his career on May 7 against the Birmingham Barons and set a career high with six RBI in the same game.

For the year, Bryant is hitting .321/.426/.606 with nine doubles, 10 home runs and a 1.032 OPS. Bryant has scored 34 runs and driven in 29 with 83 total bases in 37 games. Defensively, Bryant has been charged with nine errors but has shown improvement at third base.

Chris Rusin pitched the first no-hitter in the Pacific Coast League since 2009 and was named PCL Pitcher of the Week on Monday. Rusin threw, what has been labeled as the NO-NO in NOLA last Wednesday. Rusin became the first I-Cubs’ pitcher since Reggie Patterson on August 21, 1984 to throw a no-hitter. Rusin allowed only three batters to reach base and threw 118 pitches, 72 for strikes.

For the second spring in a row, Rusin pushed for a spot in the Cubs Opening Day roster but ended up being optioned out just before the end of camp. Rusin has spent a majority of the year at Triple-A Iowa but he was called up on April 12 and spent the day with the big league team before being sent back down. Rusin is 2-4 in six starts with the I-Cubs this year with a 3.58 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP.

Javier Baez

Javier Baez has gotten off to a slow start with the I-Cubs, which has quieted the noise about the Cubs calling him up to the majors. Baez delivered the game winning hit, a walk-off single, on Monday night in Iowa’s 2-1 victory over the Sounds.

Baez has been working on putting together quality at bats and the results have not been there for him yet this season. Baez is hitting .153/.245/.276 with one double, one triple, three home runs and a .521 OPS … and reportedly has been visibly frustrated.

The front office is not worried about Baez’s struggles and thinks he will benefit in the long run for what he is going through now.

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News and Notes

The Smokies announced two roster moves on Monday. The Smokies placed RHP Ivan Pineyro on the 7-day DL with a strained right forearm. The Cubs have not addressed his injury and reports have not stated how long Pineyro could be out.

Joel Pineiro will take Pineyro’s spot in the Smokies’ rotation. The Cubs signed the veteran right-hander on April 1. Pineiro was expected to pitch in extended Spring Training for 10 days before reporting to Triple-A Iowa.

Jose Veras completed his third rehab outing with the Smokies on Sunday. Veras has allowed one hit in 3 2/3 innings with two walks and three strikeouts. Veras was placed on the DL on April 26, retroactive to April 25, with a strained left oblique. Carrie Muskat reported Monday the team has not set a timetable on when Veras will be ready to return to the Cubs’ pen.

Tsuyoshi Wada received a no decision on Monday after he allowed one run on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in seven innings to the Sounds. The I-Cubs won the game in walk-off fashion 2-1. Wada is 4-1 in seven games with a 1.29 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP. In 44 1/3 innings, Wada has allowed six runs (five home runs) no 28 hits with nine walks and 46 strikeouts.

RHP Josh Conway pitched in his first extended Spring Training game on Monday. Conway reportedly threw his fastball in the 88-90 mph range and featured a hard breaking ball.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    “Baez has been working on putting together quality at bats and the results have not been there for him yet this season. Baez is hitting .153/.245/.276 with one double, one triple, three home runs and a .521 OPS … and reportedly has been visibly frustrated.
    The front office is not worried about Baez’s struggles and thinks he will benefit in the long run for what he is going through now.”

    This concerns me. I do not want “the FO” to handle it like they did Castro.
    I do want the strikeouts to decrease significantly–they are going to have to for him to survive at the ML level.

    And Kris Bryant is going to walk down this same road very soon himself, because he cannot survive at the ML level with 200+ k’s per season.

    • Richard Hood

      I think now is the time for Baez to realize that if he swings from his heals every time he is going to struggle. I hope that is what the Cubs are saying when they say “He will benefit in the long run”.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        I haven’t gotten to watch him much but does he go the opposite way at all? That may be the next step in his development. It seems that when power hitters are striking out a ton but they start looiking to go oppo they get better results and cut back on the K’s.

        • Jeffrey Rogers

          I saw Beaz in person in ST 3 or 4 games and several AB’s on TV during spring training.

          His approach is ridiculous.

          If he does not adjust his approach he will be another Cory Patterson like BUST.

          Its like he has no use for any hit that does not sail over the wall.

          I know he is young, but come on. You cannot swing like that with two strikes every at bat.

          • Denver Mike

            Agreed, I only saw him on TV twice in ST, but every at-bat he was swinging for the fences. His pitch recognition is awful also, many of his K pitches were in the dirt, nowhere near the plate.

            He is so young and cocky by all accounts, I think this should humble him a bit and I think that is what the FO refers to when they talk about benefits in the long run.

    • John_CC

      How should the FO handle it? Baez has some pretty serious issues. Do you think he should be coached to be more patient? Let him figure it out himself? For the record, the FO didn’t do anything to Castro. The coaching staff fine, I’ll accept that Sveum screwed him up. Are you really suggesting that Theo was on the field coaching Castro?

      • Ripsnorter1

        Here’s how the FO should not handle it: like they did Castro, Rizzo, Jackson and Vitters.

        Really, how can anyone not agree with that? Sveum, I believe, was acting on orders from the top, aka, Mr. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. I believe that Keith Moreland was let go ["he quit"...LOL--no! I don't believe it] for criticizing Team Theo for messing with Castro’s approach. Even Rizzo last year was just standing up there waiting for a walk. Jody Davis said, “What’s wrong with this team? Nobody is aggressive at the plate except Jr. Lake?”

        All the big hitters used to say, “You’ve got to swing the bat. Only the mailman walks.”

        And now that they have let Castro alone, he talks about going back to “being myself.”

        So with Baez: there’s a right way to handle it, and a wrong way, and I am saying that I have no confidence in this management team to coach it the right way.

        So far, I’m right. Now let’s see Team Theo prove me wrong. I”ll be happy to be wrong on this subject.

        • John_CC

          But why is why is Castro back to form this season? Team Theo is still here, they have been here for 3 seasons and Castro was awful for 1 of them, the one that Sveum managed. He wasn’t good with the young players. That iOS quite clear now.

          Blaming the President of a ball club for how one hitter struggles one season is bit absurd.

          And I can’t believe you even go to BJax … You are blaming Theo Epstein for a huge hole in his swing and the K rate?

          Vitters is Vitters. He hasn’t seemed to change much at all.

          Rizzo is better than most of us hoped.

          • Ripsnorter1

            You didn’t know that last August, Team Theo said, “Okay, we give up. Go back to your own way of doing things?” In other words, Team Theo backed off. The same with Jackson and Rizzo.

            You didn’t know that was why they fired Sveum? Theo said he was too hard on the young guys, but I think Sveum was fired as a fall guy for what they ordered from upstairs.

        • triple

          I like you declare all these conspiracy theories and you’re so sure about it all.. and your only evidence of anything is to just say, “so far, I’m right.” Keep telling that you yourself and it will all be true….lol.

          • Ripsnorter1

            There is abundant evidence that Team Theo was messing with Castro, Rizzo, BJax and Vitters approach. It was reported everywhere–even here in several articles.

            Where have you been? And I ask that in a friendly manner, too. In other words, there is lots of evidence.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Chris Rusin=Reggie Patterson? They both threw no-hitters.

    I hope not. Patterson was out of baseball the next year….

  • Ripsnorter1

    Soler: 7 for his first 17 AB, 6 of them were a double.

    • Richard Hood

      I just hope for health at this point. Everyone seems to forget that at this time last year there was serious buzz that Soler was going to pass Baez as the number one prospect. And he was doing it with a broken shin.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I don’t know what Soler will turn out to be. Great baseball build…but lots of issues, including health. May not make it at all.

  • cubtex

    Not watching any games(can’t take it) but following the box scores. Starlin Castro on pace for 200 hits(again) He is a stud and one special player. How many SS in baseball can do what he can?

    • cc002600

      well, you missed what will probably be the pinnacle of the season last night. :-)

      and I feel your pain and agree with you. outside of last night, the games are so hard to watch. Great for sleeping. Listening to the snooze brothers (Kasper & Deshaies) is a cure for insomnia.

      • Bryan

        Too funny regarding Len/Jim…but true. And a good win for the club last night…nice to see them break loose…if only we could see more of that.

      • cubtex

        Yea. The combination of the worst Cubs team in my lifetime broadcast by Len and JD = Intolerable.

        • texcubnut

          Agreed. But in fairness to Len and J.D., Harry and Steve would find it difficult to make this team = tolerable!

          • cc002600

            Harry could make watching grass grow sound exciting. There was no one better….and there still isn’t anyone today that would come close to him.

          • GaryLeeT

            Hmmmm, I kind of remember Harry as the rambling drunk Uncle, but in an entertaining way, of course.

          • cc002600

            well, he was 84 when he died. Did he make mistakes those last few years ? sure. but who cares ? He was entertaining. He was fun. Isn’t sports supposed to about fun ? I think people today take this stuff way too seriously. People seem to forget that these are just games, not life and death. Today, in this politically correct world we live in, we have to listen to these corporate, plain vanilla, boring stiffs like Kasper, who’s never said anything even remotely controversial in his career. It just puts me to sleep.

            And oh, don’t forget that Harry was the Cardinals announcer for 25 years and the sox announcer for 10. Go back and listen to some of those calls. There was no one better.

          • GaryLeeT

            I don’t think you are directing your comments at me, per say, because I liked the guy. I think most of us remember Harry, & the Sox, and being proudly sponsored by Falstaff.

          • cc002600

            No, not all. I know you agreed with me. It was more of a comment about our culture and all its political correctness, which makes me ill. Thanks.

          • cc002600

            and one other thing. I really liked Brenly. If he saw something he didn’t like, he would say it. He was honest and spoke his mind. I love that. He wouldn’t sugarcoat it and make excuses like these 2 guys do.

            Not sure if you ever notice this but when Kasper talks about a guy struggling, he will always come up with some reason (excuse) as to why its happening. Ever notice that ?

          • texcubnut

            On second thought, you’re right, cc. A lot of the Caray/ Stone years, Cubs teams were as hard to watch as current Cub teams. Of course, we usually played drinking games back then with everybody taking shots every time Harry mispronounced names. We loved it when Mickey Morandini played. Harry always screwed that one up. Harry was a treasure!! And that made it a lot easier to get through. Maybe we should do a drinking game with Len and Jim. Every time they bore us, we take a shot. Nah! We would all die of alcohol poisoning.

          • cc002600

            LOL !!!! Sooooooo true.
            Thanks, Texcubnut

          • John_CC

            Mikey Mornandini…he really gave Harry a hard time for sure. That’s when he would just pronounce them backwards instead – he couldn’t get it wrong then! Pretty genius actually.
            Ralph Palermo was a good one too.

          • Ripsnorter1

            No relative of mine, I’ll say. I was no fan of Harry. I couldn’t understand him half of the time, as he slaughtered the king’s speech.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      He’s done really well hitting behind Rizzo. With as much as Rizzo gets on base Castro sees good pitches. They are really quite a pair. As good as Castro is and as many hits as he gets I think Rizzo is the better player.

      • cubtex

        from a pure hitter standpoint…it isn’t even close. Don’t take this the wrong way…but I think you put waaaaaaaaaay too much stock in who hits in front of or behind a hitter. Castro would get 200 hits if you were hitting in front of him :)

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    I think it’s time to start exercising Bryant at a new position. To me Olt is showing that he’s our 3rd baseman of the future. We need a power bat like his in the lineup and he’s been so much better of late. He’s still striking out but I think that’s always going to be part of his game to a degree. Probably in the mold of an Adam Dunn type player. But he’s getting hits of both righties and lefties and he’s even hit a few offspeed pitches lately. With this being his 2nd month in the show and he’s got 8 HR and showing improvement, it’s time to start thinking he just may be the answer at 3rd.

    • cubtex

      2 words before you start calling him the 3rd baseman of the future…. Tyler Colvin!

      • cubtex

        1st 37 games of Tyler Colvin’s 1st full year(2010). 12 HR’s.

        • John_CC

          Then team Hendry and his minion Quade ruin him!

    • John_CC

      Wait, you want to move Bryant off from 3B because Olt can hit HR? What about Bryant? His power will be better than Olt’s as well as his overall game.

      I am glad that Olt is looking more comfortable, but he is not an Adam Dunn type player. Yes Dunn hits a lot of HR and Ks a lot, but to go with that he walks a ton, he has OBPs over .400 year in and out. Now if Olt could that, I would feel better about his all or nothing swing. But again, Bryant will be much more in the mold of Dunn, except a much better athlete. Bryant’s K rate is currently 30% – way too high, but the positive is that his K/BB is 2:1, so he at least he gets on base when it’s not a HR.

      I would like no more than to see Olt get his approach dialed in and stick at 3B. But I’m not sure he’s there yet.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    The Cubs are actually pretty fun to watch sometimes. We’re seeing some glimpses of talent. And I think that Castro, Lake, Olt, Castillo and Rizzo are a pretty solid 5 player grouping. So many close games and so many tough losses. We could easily have 6 more wins at this point. They aren’t near as bad as people think just from looking at the record.

    • cubtex

      lol. always the optimist :) This team is as bad as people think. They are flat out awful!

      • Bryan

        And what’s sad is that the division is there for the taking if the FO would have invested just a few $$$ to enhance the major league roster.

        • Jeffrey Rogers

          FO needs to Spend money….blah blah blah blah…

          They told you it was going to be a total system overhaul, starting with the lowest levels of the organization.

          They told you it was going to be painful at times and not a quick fix.

          If you did a little research you would know the Cubs have spent a lot of money on facilities, scouting, and development. They have not been spending it on over-priced, under performing, past their prime players who had no chance at being a part of the core rebuild.

          They could have spent another $20-30M this year and ended up with 10-12 more wins, young players getting their AB’s taken away and 10 games out of the playoffs. That would be fun..huh?

          • Bryan

            Who says they have to spend their money on over-priced, under performing, past their prime players? Not every free agent is Milton Bradley.

            It’s hard to bring in any level of difference maker when Theo is shopping at the KMart clearance bin.

          • Jeffrey Rogers

            Teams don’t generally let young, good players walk into free agency. If they cant sign them, they trade them to a team that will sign them.

            By the time MOST players get to FA, they are late 20’s. Still a lot of good days left in them, but past their prime by the time the Cubs are rebuilt.

            It is the average players that teams let walk. We don’t anymore nate schierholtz and David DeJesus types taking away playing time from a guy that might actually contribute in the future.

            The really good ones, if by some miracle they are FA’s, demand LONG contracts. Teams that are on the brink of winning now are willing to risk it. Teams that win 65 games would be stupid to do so.

            Could you imagine if the Cubs were saddled with Pujols, Fielder, Hamilton type deals right now?

            Just my opinion, but I could not care less about winning 10 more games this year.

            PS – Soriano’s money comes off the budget this year. I think the Yankees were only paying $6m of the $18m he was due. Not sure of those are the exact dollar figures, but in the neighborhood.

          • cubtex

            How about what the White Sox did? Did they add overpriced over 30 talent to a bad roster? Jose Abreu 28 at 11 mil per. Traded Jake Peavy for Avisail Garcia. Traded for Adam Eaton. Traded for Matt Davidson. All this happened in a 6 month time period and they drastically changed their roster.
            Just my opinion… but throwing away 3 years now with zero chance to compete is absurd in this day and age of the wild card and so many teams able to make the playoffs.

          • Tony_H

            I had an example with the Texas Rangers and even though they have been to 2 World Series you said when did they win the World Series? So what have the White Sox won, as they are only ahead of 4 teams in the AL and one of them is the Astros.

          • Jeffrey Rogers

            The White Sox did not really spend any money, other than Abreu and they are a losing team, just like the Cubs.

            The difference being, the Sox farm system sucks.

          • Tony_H

            Totally agree!

          • cubtex

            yea. who cares about trying to win 10 more games or so. Lose big. Put a shi### product on the field that has no chance. Screw the fans and all that follow the team. But the good thing is we are building up a farm system that so far many of our “top” prospects are struggling. Baez,Almora, the “great” Christian Villanueva, Soler, Concepcion,Pierce Johnson…the list goes on and on. Keep losing and adding top 5 picks. It’s worked great for the Pirates. 2019. Let’s hope. Another 5 years….we could have a year like the Piratates of 2013.

          • Jeffrey Rogers

            Did you whine when Hendry was doing it your way? Something tells me you did.

          • cubtex

            why would I whine when Hendry got this team in the playoffs 3 times last decade and had several 80 plus win teams? Now I would whine if he put a roster together like Theo has the last 3 years. Those 3 rosters put together by Theo have been 3 of the poorest rosters any GM could give to any manager. Beyond Brutal!

          • cc002600

            Well, I think Theo and Jed are doing fine with what they have been given. I blame Tommy Boy for his penny pinching. Remember, this is the same guy who said every dime they had would go into payroll, there would be no profit. Riiiiiiight.

            3rd highest ticket prices + increased national TV revenue and yet payroll keeps going down, down, down. What am I missing ?

          • cubtex

            I agree with putting blame on Ricketts but you have to also blame Theo and Jed. They continue to make trades for pitching only. Feldman for Arrieta and Strop instead of trying to add an everyday mlb regular. Who have they added as mlb future starters in 3 offseason? Rizzo. That’s it. 1 player. Does anyone honestly think Olt or Villanueva will be a long term fixture at 3rd? Why haven’t they added any outfielders? Why didn’t they trade Barney when they could have? Look at the roster. It is filled with K’s. If you put Olt in the lineup with Lake and you have Castillo and Valbuena etc….any pitcher with decent stuff will have 10 digit K’s every start.

          • cc002600

            Yea, I get what you are saying, but the game is going through a pitching cycle right now. Pitchers are just dominating right now. Just look around the league, how many really good outfielders do you see out there right now ? Not many. And these pitchers throw so hard right now that K’s are up everywhere. That is part of the reason why you see these games last 3.5 hours and the score is 2-1. Lots of K’s & lots of walks. That makes for a long game and nothing is happening. Personally, I don’t like it. I like when the ball is put in play, but that’s another story for another time.

          • cc002600

            You are 100% correct.

          • GaryLeeT

            Let me know when the Cubs bring up, or sign somebody as exting of a player as Abreu.

          • GaryLeeT

            Your Rangers example was apples & oranges when compared to the Cubs. They didn’t tank any of their seasons. And you said:

            “in 2005 and soon after rebuilt the team by discarded expensive, older players (Mark Teixeira, Adrian Gonzalez, Chris Young)”

            Were those discarded expensive players?

          • Tony_H

            I didn’t write the article, just posted it. but it is a lot closer than you give it credit.

            They were all about to get expensive and at the time, the Rangers couldn’t afford them.

          • triple

            You forgot Tony, whoever Ray declares after one month is the champ will receive their World Series rings before October. Remember all his belly aching about why didn’t the Cubs do what the Cleveland Indians did last year? “Anyone can go from worst to first, blah blah blah, just spend the money, blah blah blah…” Well the Indians spent almost $90 million for 3 years of Swisher and Bourn, and look what they are getting from those guys. And we all know he’s got serious crush on Michael Bourn. I wonder how tradable those guys will be with their age, contracts, and lack of production, because they certainly won’t be helping them get to the playoffs again in the next 2 years… but remember the Indians made the playoffs last year? How exciting!!! They played one game and lost… They were so successful last year.

          • Tony_H

            This years team is the White Sox, which is quite fitting consider the Indians and White Sox are now tied for last in the AL Central. Those 2 teams are beating the Houston Astros and wait for it………………the New York Yankees so far this year in the AL. Rays 3 favorite teams all in the cellar of the AL.

            Bourn’s legs are done, and there is just not much left to like about him (256/287/354/641 – 2 SB, 3 CS). Too bad when his legs are good he is a good player. I never liked Swisher (204/301/317/618) but I have him on my CCO fantasy team. I keep hoping he turns it around soon.

          • cc002600

            agree on your points about not signing Pujols , Hamilton, etc. waste of money.

            But what about all the IFA’s that are difference makers or very good players that other teams can sign but somehow we can’t ? Example: Darvish, Tanaka, Cespedes, Puig, Abreu, etc

            I am happy the cubs chose the rebuilding route, but I’m getting tired of watching it now, when quite frankly I don’t see a lot of hope. I just think its embarrassing that we have a payroll equal to the Royals, while most other teams have ticket prices that are half as expensive as the cubs with double the payroll. Sorry, but that irritates me. Not only that, if you don’t start spending money and improving the team, you WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO LURE any more FA’s to your team, as they won’t want to play for a team that is forever rebuilding.

            And then to add insult to injury, you look at the farm system and outside of Bryant, every top prospect we have is either hurt or doing terrible. Not good. And now they will trade their best starting pitcher for 20 years old prospects, and push this rebuilding effort out another 2 years, all because they don’t want to pay him.

            This could go on forever with no end in sight, that’s what is frustrating to me.

          • Jeffrey Rogers

            We made bids on Puig, Cespedus, and Tanaka. We signed Soler and the top 2 IFA last season. Eloy Jimenez and Gleyber Torres. They also signed a highly rated 19 year old from Korea.

          • cc002600

            Yes, I am happy they signed Torres and Jimenez, but do you understand that they are 4 to 5 years away ? (at a minimum !) Are you willing to just sit here and watch them lose 95 games for 5 more years waiting for these guys, who by the way could be complete busts ? Seriously ? Come on. When does it end ?

            Look at the Royals, Pirates, etc….they have been “rebuilding” for the last 20 years.

          • Jeffrey Rogers

            When does it end? They have had TWO drafts. It’s just beginning.

          • cubtex

            Are you Jesse Rogers brother? :)

          • cc002600

            Well, I am not blaming Theo and Jed.
            I’m looking at Ricketts. He has had the team for 5 years now, and all he has done in that time is spend less on payroll. WAY LESS. From 140M to about 90M, and next year could be much less. That’s his accomplishment.

            They will never say it, but I will bet you my right arm that Theo and Jed are not happy with the money they have been given.

            Also, what about the rooftops ? Its mid-May now. What is happening with that ? Are you really telling me we’re going to lose ANOTHER year on this renovation effort ? Either sue them or make your signs smaller so you can make an agreement with them. My God, what is taking so long ? Its a joke.

          • Jeffrey Rogers

            I’ll bet you both my arms that the POS mayor and his crooked aldermen are waiting to be paid off before proceeding. One them already made a comment about Ricketts being worth billions so they should get something from
            Him.

            I really don’t give two squats about thd MLB payroll right now. When the first wave of prospects are in Chicago and he won’t fill needs with FA then I will complain.

            It’s a lie to say he has not spent money.

          • cubtex

            so we got that going for us. lol Soler, 2 19 year old kids and another 19 year old Korean. Buy your WS tickets now!

          • Sonate

            “This could go on forever with no end in sight, that’s what is frustrating to me.”

            My fear exactly!!!

          • Ripsnorter1

            It isn’t even the K-Mart Clearance bin; it is the scrap heap out side. It is people who have been released.

    • texcubnut

      The great Bill Parcels said, “you are what your record says you are.” I imagine that applies to all team sports.

  • John_CC

    Everyone keeps saying that Baez struggles at every new level, he struggled last spring and then adjusted. So I looked at his monthly splits from last year, I had never really looked very closely to his stats before. I also wanted to compare Javy’s first month at AA to Bryant’s, when the systems are re-ranked Bryant should be the clear #1.

    Baez is clearly a prodigious power hitter, this comes from his out of this world bat speed. But looking further, I am concerned. He posted such impressive slash and counting stat totals that no one really noticed that his approach is a real problem. He basically had two really good months last year that boosted the slash line:

    June, his final month at A+ he dominated and earned his promotion slashing 290/380/656 but with 22 K to 9 BB in 108 PA. That’s a 20% K rate, his best for any month last year, and helps explain the best BA and OBP he posted in A+.

    Then he was promoted to AA and smashed 11 HR in July but had 36 Ks to 12 BB which explains the .238/.319/.594.

    By August he had adjusted and slashed .357/.398/.661, he lowered his K rate to 30% but still only walked 1:3 times.

    That torrid August coupled with his great June in Daytona pulled his season slash line up to .284/.343/.579 but the fact is that only 236 of his 578 Plate Appearances where above that avg, and they were way above. My point is that 40% of his PA he raked and made his 60% of below avg PA look decent.

    I guess my point is that without the lightening bat speed to catch up to and crush out of the park, he isn’t a very good hitter. And we are seeing that now. Like Richard said he is going to need to realize that he can’t just swing from the heels every time and wow everyone with monster HR. He can’t get away with it anymore. I don’t think he’ll be in Chicago till September.

    • cc002600

      Personally, I think he (Baez) has “bust” written all over him.
      Bryant is twice the player he is. I said that a while back. I could never understand why all these so-called experts had Baez ranked higher.

      • Richard Hood

        You are comparing floors where the “Experts” looks at ceiling. The “bust” potential you talk about with Baez is very real. But 40 HR potential as a middle infield prospect puts you in the Robinson Cano realm.
        Now Bryant also has a very real bust potential with his K-rate also being extremely high. His saving grace is he also has good contact skills and every swing looks so smooth and natural, It is a very strong contrast between the two.

        • John_CC

          Sorry Richard but I hope you are not comparing Cano to Baez. Cano has always had batting champ potential. Combine Castro’s hitting ability with Baez’s power and maybe.

          • Richard Hood

            You took that the wrong way (or maybe I was not clear enough). I was comparing the power ceiling to Cano and that is what makes Baez such an outstanding prospect.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Whoa Hoss! Hold your horses!

        I think it is jumping to conclusions to say/think that Baez has bust written on him. Please relax a little. : ) He’s the #2 or #3 best prospect in the game right now. He is still learning in AAA.

        • John_CC

          One can’t be a bust unless first highly touted. And weren’t you the one that started this thread with the warning about how he was bound to be ruined by the Cubs? Sorry but leaving Baez to be what he is, ie don’t try to teach him to be selective and patient he is doomed.

          Personally, I would like to see the haul they could get for Baez as soon as he goes on a Sorianoesque homer binge.

          • Ripsnorter1

            You misread what I wrote. Please go re-read the initial post. What I said was, “I have no confidence in this FO to successfully retrain any prospect to adapt their approach to hitting.” I did not say, “Let Baez completely alone.” It is obvious that he has to make changes. I also said that Bryant is going to walk down that same road the minute he moves up to AAA. The offspeed curve ballers are just dying to get their licks in against him.

          • Ripsnorter1

            As for trading him, would you trade a 20 year old Ron Santo for a group of these 20 year olds: Corey Patterson, Brooks Kieschnik, Casey Coleman, Brooks Raley, Vitters and BJax?

            You probably would, but you’d be wrong.

            The scouts say that Baez has elite bat speed. I’d not deal that away except for elite, proven MLB talent.

          • John_CC

            I didn’t say that at all.

            I contend that if that a trade centered on Baez (including maybe CJ Edwards or some other good pitching prospects) would return a young, MLB pitcher with honest top of the rotation potential that I would do it. I keep going back to the trade Epstein made for Josh Beckett (and veteran Mike Lowell) when he was a 25 year old stud turning into an Ace…he got him for a group of prospects, including Hanely and a far away from MLB Anibal Sanchez.

            Aren’t you the one that has always espoused the “Prospect = Suspect” mantra? I would not trade Baez for more prospect, no way. But when the opportunity to turn a prospect into a proven MLB player exists via trade, I think it has to seriously considered.

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