I’m feeling a bit under the weather this morning, so I will simply point out a couple of interesting things I found this week.

1. Prospect Smackdown – Sean Gallagher vs. Kevin Slowey
John Sickels always does a good job with his site. It’s a great minor league resource for fans of any team. Once in a while, he does a series called Prospect Smackdown in which he compares two names down on the farm in various areas. In the latest installment, he includes Cubs pitching prospect Sean Gallagher, who is a name that most common fans don’t seem to know and should. ~ Full Story

2. Where Does the Cubs Farm System Rank?
We all know that the farm system is not as good as it once was, but how bad are we? Over at the Hardball Times, Jeff Slackmann profiles all 30 farm systems and ranks them from best to worst. I don’t agree with his rankings on a lot of teams, including the Cubs overall rank, but with prospects you never really know. ~ Full Story

3. What do the numbers predict for Carlos and 9 others?
John Beamer over at the Hardball Times has a 2007 Pitching Predictions post in which he profiles 10 pitchers and the upcoming season. Carlos Zambrano is number nine on the list and he has some predictions for what to expect out of Big Z. ~ Full Story

4. Steve Stone Chats with Baseball Prospectus
This one is no subscription necessary and it’s very good to listen to. Will Carroll sits down and talks with former Cub color man, Steve Stone for about 45 minutes. “Steve Stone is one of the game’s unique voices. Covering everything from his time as a young pitcher in a rotation with Juan Marichal and Gaylord Perry with Willie Mays in center field to his years as a broadcaster aside Harry Caray, Stone touches all the bases in a long-form, unedited and uncensored conversation.” ~ Download the MP3

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail