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The Farm Report: Free Anthony Rizzo?

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TRIPLE-A: Iowa 4, Albuquerque 3

For the second time this season, Anthony Rizzo went yard twice in a game. Last night he went 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs and a walk and now leads the PCL with seven homers on the season. There have been many that have been screaming for the Cubs to call up guys like Rizzo and Brett Jackson to make the season more interesting to watch, to which I reply: If you want to watch these guys, watch the Iowa Cubs. There is no reason to call them up at this point. Let them continue to develop. I’d rather them spend just a tad longer in the minors than they should than to see them come up and play meaningless games. It’s hard to be patient, but it’s very important. Jackson when 0-for-4, lowering his batting average to .254. The good news is that he didn’t strike out. Travis Wood got the start and went 6.1, giving up four earned runs and picked up the loss.

DOUBLE-A: Tennessee 7, Huntsville 9

Late runs allowed by the bullpen foiled the Smokies as they couldn’t generate a winning streak. Ty Wright, since being demoted from AAA, is hitting .444 / .444 / .888 in his three games with the Smokies thanks to a 2-for-5 night. It actually made his average go down. I like Wright. He’s one of the prospects in the system I’m rooting for. I’m hoping he doesn’t get discouraged with the demotion as he’s spend the last few years splitting time between AA and AAA. Only other interesting note is that Nate Samson went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a home run.

HIGH-A: Daytona 2, Tampa 5

My last recap there was a Matt Szczur is alive alert. Unfortunately he flat lined last night going 0-for-4 and lowering the average to .176. It’s been a bit of a disappointing start for our center fielders as a whole with this organization. Marlon Byrd has struggled. Jackson has struggled in AAA and Szczur has struggled terribly. I still believe in all three, but I’ve not been encouraged. On a positive note, we’ll throw out some bullpen love to Ty’Relle Harris, who has pitched 8.1 scoreless innings so far this season over five appearances out of the pen for the Cubs.

LOW-A: Peoria 4, Great Lakes 11

Oliver Zapata is off to the tremendous start to the season in his five games played. He’s gone 10-for-19 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 4 RBI, and 5 runs scored thanks to a 3-for-5 night last night in the losing effort. Ben Wells made the start for the Chiefs and has not looked good this season. He got hit hard again, allowing 10 runs, six earned, on nine hits. He walked one and struck out three. On the season he’s 0-1 with a 6.28 in three starts. In the bullpen, my man crush, Kyler Burke pitched 3.2 innings in relief and allowed one earned run. That was just his second run allowed in 11.1 innings out of the pen. He’s struck out nine and walked just two. He’s showing good development as a middle of the pen guy that can pitch more than one inning in an outing. Plus he can hit as a converted OF.

  • cap’n obvious

    I respectfully disagree. Bases are 90 feet apart and outfield dimensions are similar at Wrigley. It’s the same game. Rizzo has nothing left to prove at AAA.

  • cap’n obvious

    I respectfully disagree. Bases are 90 feet apart and outfield dimensions are similar at Wrigley. It’s the same game. Rizzo has nothing left to prove at AAA.

  • Mark P.

    If and when they are brought up it must mean two things–the Bryan Lahair experiment is over AND we are willing to sit big money contracts from the outfield.  I just can’t see bringing these guys up to get irregular playing time–they need to play.  Looking more and more doubtful we will trade Byrd, he looks cooked.

    • BLPCB

      If Byrd doesn’t turn things around by this time in May, give him his dough and tell him to pack his bags. There is good reason to play a guy who isn’t part of the future to build trade value the first 2 months, but to keep hoping for something, at some point, you just have to cut bait

  • Mark P.

    If and when they are brought up it must mean two things–the Bryan Lahair experiment is over AND we are willing to sit big money contracts from the outfield.  I just can’t see bringing these guys up to get irregular playing time–they need to play.  Looking more and more doubtful we will trade Byrd, he looks cooked.

    • AC0000000

      If Byrd doesn’t turn things around by this time in May, give him his dough and tell him to pack his bags. There is good reason to play a guy who isn’t part of the future to build trade value the first 2 months, but to keep hoping for something, at some point, you just have to cut bait

  • NWI Cub Man

    Where would you like Rizzo to play on the big league club? You want to sit LaHair, who’s hitting better than everyone except Castro? 

    Keep him down there. Hope LaHair keeps hitting so you can trade him to a contender and bring up Rizzo when he can start full time. 

    • BLPCB

      Why would you trade LaHair? If he is the real deal, bench Soriano and play LaHair in LF, and Rizzo at 1B

  • NWI Cub Man

    Where would you like Rizzo to play on the big league club? You want to sit LaHair, who’s hitting better than everyone except Castro? 

    Keep him down there. Hope LaHair keeps hitting so you can trade him to a contender and bring up Rizzo when he can start full time. 

    • AC0000000

      Why would you trade LaHair? If he is the real deal, bench Soriano and play LaHair in LF, and Rizzo at 1B

  • When the call-up’s are mentioned it seems like people talk about Rizzo and Jackson being attached at the hip. The Cubs can call up one without calling up the other. If Rizzo is tearing it up and Jackson is struggling, just leave Jackson in Iowa. Not that difficult.

    • Noah_I

      To me Rizzo is just a guy we have to look at the scouting reports for more than anything else (and no one is publishing that much yet since they could have only seen a guy a couple times this year).  Rizzo killed the PCL last year as well, but reportedly did it by getting into bad habits that work in the PCL but get you destroyed in the MLB.  Is he avoiding those bad habits this year?  

      With that said, if you CAN keep a guy down, even if he is ready, there is also no reason to bring a guy up until the organization is ready for him.  Some organization’s do not have the philosophy, but some do.  Theo and Jed are going to be service time maximizers, though, especially in these first couple of years when bringing up even a superior player from the minors won’t do much to make the Cubs better.  Anyone can disagree with that viewpoint, but it’s going to be the viewpoint of the higher ups in the organization this year.

  • Josh Cornwall

    When the call-up’s are mentioned it seems like people talk about Rizzo and Jackson being attached at the hip. The Cubs can call up one without calling up the other. If Rizzo is tearing it up and Jackson is struggling, just leave Jackson in Iowa. Not that difficult.

    • Noah_I

      To me Rizzo is just a guy we have to look at the scouting reports for more than anything else (and no one is publishing that much yet since they could have only seen a guy a couple times this year).  Rizzo killed the PCL last year as well, but reportedly did it by getting into bad habits that work in the PCL but get you destroyed in the MLB.  Is he avoiding those bad habits this year?  

      With that said, if you CAN keep a guy down, even if he is ready, there is also no reason to bring a guy up until the organization is ready for him.  Some organization’s do not have the philosophy, but some do.  Theo and Jed are going to be service time maximizers, though, especially in these first couple of years when bringing up even a superior player from the minors won’t do much to make the Cubs better.  Anyone can disagree with that viewpoint, but it’s going to be the viewpoint of the higher ups in the organization this year.

  • SBardo

    I’d have to say that from an economic standpoint, Soriano’s contract is what is called a “sunk cost” ie money you have already paid (or agreed to pay) and should not be considered when evaluating playing time.  If he plays well, play him.  If not, bench his butt and see if that lights a fire under him.

    • BLPCB

      THANK YOU!!!!!! Finally someone who gets economics 101. This is exactly what I’ve been saying. He gets the same amount of money whether he hits .000 or 1.000

  • SBardo

    I’d have to say that from an economic standpoint, Soriano’s contract is what is called a “sunk cost” ie money you have already paid (or agreed to pay) and should not be considered when evaluating playing time.  If he plays well, play him.  If not, bench his butt and see if that lights a fire under him.

    • AC0000000

      THANK YOU!!!!!! Finally someone who gets economics 101. This is exactly what I’ve been saying. He gets the same amount of money whether he hits .000 or 1.000