An interesting trade went down on Tuesday and it, while it didn’t directly impact the Cubs, fans should take note because it’s a deal that could be important over the next week in regards to our continued rebuild. In case you missed it, the struggling Milwaukee Brewers sent reliever Francisco Rodriguez to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for minor league infielder Nick Delmonico. While it may not seem earth shattering, it’s important for a few reasons, but first, let’s look a little at this Delmonico kid and find out why.

According to Jonathan Mayo of MiLB.com, Delmonico was ranked as the #5 prospect in the Orioles system at the time of the deal and immediately slots in as the # 3 guy in the Brewers system. In exchange, the Orioles, who are desperately trying to reward their fans with a playoff birth, get a relief pitcher who will not be closing for them, but rather offering more depth in the pen.

What this trade does, and why it’s important for Cub fans to pay attention to, is it establishes that there are multiple teams that are kicking the tires on relief help. Reports on Twitter had at least four, all of which were reportedly AL, teams were interested in acquiring the services of K-Rod. In the end, Baltimore got him with what we can assume was the best offer. The Cubs also have a pair of relievers who have each had their names in the rumor mill in Kevin Gregg and James Russell. Both have different roles, but nevertheless have drawn interest from other teams. If we’ve established that there is not only a market, but potentially a valuable market for late inning relief help, the Cubs should strongly consider moving one, if not both of these guys in an attempt to acquire a top 10 prospect for each. You’d have to guess Russell’s value is higher given his age and friendly service time, but Gregg should have value to. This K-Rod trade, if nothing else, allows Theo and Jed to read the green a little before making their putt. Now it’s time to make a move.

  • Is it just me, or is anyone else annoyed by the Notorious B.I.G. intro music every time Gregorius comes to the plate for Arizona?
  • Junior Lake continues his assault on America with a 3-for-5 night that included another home run. He’s on an incredible streak
  • Travis Wood pitched pretty good, considering the amount of time between starts
  • Why does Cody Ransom continue to get in games?
  • Dale Sveum’s ejection last night ended with him and the home plate umpire walking away laughing despite yelling at each other for a good two minutes.

 

by Rob Willer

Kris Bryant Promoted to Boise Hawks Short Season A

Kris Bryant (3B, Age 21)

Assigned from Arizona Rookie League to Short Season A Boise Hawks on July 23rd.

Rookie Ball Stats: 6 PAs, .167/.143/.333, 0 HR, 2 RBI’s

The Move: Bryant went to Arizona to knock off the rust for not playing for the past month after trying to finalize his pro contract with the Cubs. My initial thoughts were that Bryant would play 4-6 games in Arizona, then get the call up to Boise. Although, the cubs felt they saw enough with Bryant and moved him up to Boise where he batted 3rd and continued developing as a 3rd baseman in the Cubs system. So far through four at bats Bryant struck out all four times. One of those at bats he went down looking on a debatable pitch with the bases loaded. Even though Bryant struggled at the plate he did not let it affect his glove as he made a great throw to end the 5th inning with the bases loaded. For the rest of the season Bryant should be at Boise as Jeimer Candelario would be blocking him at 3rd for Kane County. The Cubs have a plethora of position prospects scattered throughout their system which in turn can lead to major league talent or assets to trade for young pitching.

Bryant’s Potential: As Bryant develops the debate has already started with Javy Baez moving to 3rd and pushing Bryant to the outfield. The Cubs Front Office has downplayed that and has said Bryant will develop as 3rd Baseman for the time being. Mike Rosenbaum of Bleacher Report gives us in depth scouting report of Bryant.  Things to take away from Rosenbaum’s report are Bryant’s impressive power reaching the top ranking of 80 projected for the future. Also that his overall hitting and plate discipline are above average as well which should bode for some great years in the near future for the Cubs third baseman of the future or right fielder depending on what happens in the coming years. For now Bryant will continue developing through the minors one at bat at a time it won’t be long until he is playing in the majors . Mike Safford voice of the Boise Hawks provides us with video of taking Batting Practice with the Hawks for the first time.  Just seeing Bryant take batting practice exemplifies his ridiculous power at such a young age.

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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