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January 31, 2008

Prospects to Watch in 2008 (Part IV of IV)

Filed under: General — Joe Aiello @ 5:00 am

We close out the series today with a look at some of the relief arms to follow this year. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow when we review the voting results for the top 10 Cubs prospects as voted on by 10 respected Minor League sources.

Billy Petrick – R

He struggled last year in limited action at the higher levels. He’s still young though. Give him some time to learn a little in Iowa and see what he can do.

Rocky Roquet – R

Compiled 18 saves last season. Look for him to pitch in AA as the closer.

Jose Ceda – R

This kid has electric stuff and above average command to go along with it. My only fear is that the Cubs are rushing him along a little too fast. He’s just a kid and has never seen action higher than Peoria. There is no need for him to be invited to Spring Training, despite me considering him for a spot in my bullpen a week ago. It’s hard not to get caught up in the hype. As a fan, it’s OK for me. As a director of player development, it’s important for them to stay level headed with this kid and take it slow.

Carmen Pignatiello – L

I’m a big fan of this kid. He likens himself to a young Jamie Moyer in the sense that he’s a soft tossing lefty with good control. He’s not going to overpower batters, but he gets them out. I’d like to see him move into the role currently filled by Scott Eyre after this season or even before if Eyre is moved.

Geoffrey Jones – L

Time is running out on this former 32nd round pick in 1998. He’ll be 29 this season and desperate for a good year to be able to stick.

Jeremy Papelbon – L

I bet you didn’t know we had a Papelbon in on our team. Yes, he’s related to the one on the Red Sox. That’s his older brother. Jeremy is actually a twin brother to Josh Papelbon, who is in the Minor Leagues in the Red Sox organization last I checked. He pitched well last year, but his age concerns me based on what level he was at. It’s time to start rising quickly.

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  • Boomer

    Jose Ceda: “This kid has electric stuff and above average command to go along with it.”

    I don’t see the command you are talking about. 31 walks in 46 innings. That’s like 6 walks per 9 innings…

  • slamdog

    Also not mentioned about Ceda was that his last 23 innings he didnt give up ONE HIT @ Peoria.

  • http://www.mvn.com/milb-cubs JP

    I agree with Boomer on this one, Ceda’s command is below average. The fact is though that is stuff is electric enough to get away with walking a few guys. He did have a couple appearances this past season where he walked enough to give a up a few runs during his hitless streak that slamdog is referring to.

  • Jerious Norwood

    Ahhh! I just read Jim Callis’ chatwrap on ESPN and he’s postulating that the O’s might get more for Roberts than the Twins got for Johan…. “I keep hearing multiple players, perhaps starting with Felix Pie and Sean Gallagher. ”

    Say it ain’t so.

  • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com/meetmatt.php Matt Jacobs

    That Johan deal is pathetic. If I were a Twins fan I’d run the GM out of town on a rail. The best pitcher in the AL, if not the entire MLB, and you’re getting four prospects, none of which are mind boggling???? Who you crappin?

    I’m all for the Roberts deal, if Lou really makes him the lead off hitter, drops Soriano to the three hole, and this is the final piece to bring a championship to the Northside.

  • JoePepitone

    Jose Ceda: “This kid has electric stuff and above average command to go along with it.”

    I don’t see the command you are talking about. 31 walks in 46 innings. That’s like 6 walks per 9 innings…

    In Joe’s defense, command (getting a pitch to do what you want it to do — speed, movement, sharpness) is a little different from control (getting a pitch to go to the spot you want it to). Good command means you won’t throw a hanger. Good control means throwing it where you want it in the strike zone.

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