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Top 20 Prospects, Lack of Depth at Catcher and Stupidity.

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Sorry it’s been a little dead here over the last few weeks. I blame the month of January. In the 10 years of VFTB history, it’s the month that is hardest to come up with something to say. The team is usually, for the most part, put together yet spring training is over a month away so news is so sparse. As I sat down to write this today, I really struggled to find things to comment on.

John Sickels Released his Top 20 Cubs Prospect List (Source) – The lists are a bit of a way for him to pump up his prospect book, which if you haven’t bought one in the past, is a decent production. Personally, I tend to lean toward Baseball America’s book since it’s cheaper and compiled by a lot more people, but it is what it is. A quick look at the list and you’ll be reminded just how little depth we have close to the Majors when it comes to the rotation. It accents just why the Cubs are interested in Tanaka. Only CJ Edwards and Pierce Johnson make the top 10 and Edwards is still probably at least two to three full seasons away from being considered for a call up. An interesting note is that Brett Jackson, the former future in CF has fallen completely out of the top 20.

Baseball America Addresses the Lack of Depth at Catcher (Source) – This one is subscription required, but I’ll give you the gist. Cubs drafted Charlie Cutler from the Pirates in the AAA phase of the recent Rule 5 draft. They addressed a lack of depth that caused them to alter the 40 man roster last year late when Dioner Navarro went down. There are still only two catchers on the 40 man and I continue to feel like it’s a position that needs to be addressed. Also noted in the article was a nugget that Junior Lake was shut down from winter ball to rest and prepare for the season.

Dumb Ideas Galore at Bleed Cubbie Blue (Source) – I’m not sure when the blog brought on someone named Danny Rockett, but the first article I read from him reminds me why I don’t read that blog. He wrote a piece suggesting five ways the Cubs can “turn themselves into the richest franchise in baseball”. I don’t know what to say other than the fact that each of the ideas is completely moronic. If you’re going to write garbage like that, at least say you’re kidding and just having fun.

  • PLCB3

    That article really is stupid. Did this guy even bother to check laws? Some of those are illegal activities.

    • Eddie Von White

      I think he was mostly just having fun. I laughed.

    • Seymour Butts

      I laughed as well. Though he missed the boat on making fun of Aaron Harang’s face. No countenance in baseball screams louder for a bag over it than Hunter Pence.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        My entry for the All-Time Ugly award would be George Foster from the 1970s Reds teams.

      • Doc Raker

        Willie McGee

      • cap’n obvious

        Otis Nixon in a runaway

  • AC0000000

    That article really is stupid. Did this guy even bother to check laws? Some of those are illegal activities.

    • Eddie Von White

      I think he was mostly just having fun. I laughed.

    • Seymour Butts

      I laughed as well. Though he missed the boat on making fun of Aaron Harang’s face. No countenance in baseball screams louder for a bag over it than Hunter Pence.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        My entry for the All-Time Ugly award would be George Foster from the 1970s Reds teams.

      • Doc Raker

        Willie McGee

  • Doc Raker

    I think renting our Wrigley Field for other events is a good idea. Think of how many corporations would rent it out to have a fun day playing softball or taking BP. I would pay to take some BP at Wrigley.

    • Eddie Von White

      People would pay to get married there too…wedding at home plate…reception in the outfield…Messmer in charge of the music. What could be better?

      • More modest urinals.

      • Noah_I

        I know people who have been married there. I don’t know how the logistics work, though.

      • Seymour Butts

        Spreading ashes on Wrigley. I unfortunately, know someone from fantasy camp who had his ashes spread at home plate at Hohokam a couple of years ago. $500 in the infield, $250 in the outfield.
        I also have been present for a pre-game home plate wedding at Hohokam. At least $5,000 at Wrigley.
        Can’t wait for the new fields, just under 2 weeks to camp.

      • Doc Raker

        Still can’t believe it is going to be the likes of your sorry fanny to taste those new fields first. Have fun and let us know how the complex is. I am sure it is an upgrade from Fitch.

  • Doc Raker

    I think renting our Wrigley Field for other events is a good idea. Think of how many corporations would rent it out to have a fun day playing softball or taking BP. I would pay to take some BP at Wrigley.

    • Eddie Von White

      People would pay to get married there too…wedding at home plate…reception in the outfield…Messmer in charge of the music. What could be better?

      • More modest urinals.

      • Noah_I

        I know people who have been married there. I don’t know how the logistics work, though.

      • Seymour Butts

        Spreading ashes on Wrigley. I unfortunately, know someone from fantasy camp who had his ashes spread at home plate at Hohokam a couple of years ago. $500 in the infield, $250 in the outfield.
        I also have been present for a pre-game home plate wedding at Hohokam. At least $5,000 at Wrigley.
        Can’t wait for the new fields, just under 2 weeks to camp.

  • Noah_I

    I’d say Edwards being 2 to 3 full seasons away is fairly conservative. Edwards will be in Tennessee by June, barring injury or just the wheels falling off, and could be there on opening day. I’d say he’s more 1.5 years to 2 years away, although if it’s 1.5 years he’ll likely make his initial appearances out of the bullpen. I don’t think you’re going to see the same thing the Cubs’ have done with their hitting prospects (wanting 500 PAs in Triple A) with their pitchers.

  • Noah_I

    I’d say Edwards being 2 to 3 full seasons away is fairly conservative. Edwards will be in Tennessee by June, barring injury or just the wheels falling off, and could be there on opening day. I’d say he’s more 1.5 years to 2 years away, although if it’s 1.5 years he’ll likely make his initial appearances out of the bullpen. I don’t think you’re going to see the same thing the Cubs’ have done with their hitting prospects (wanting 500 PAs in Triple A) with their pitchers.

  • Danny Rocket? Isn’t that the Brady Bunch kid’s rock star name?

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      I thought it was the red head from the Partridge Family when he was driving or doing other such illegal activities.

  • Danny Rocket? Isn’t that the Brady Bunch kid’s rock star name?

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      I thought it was the red head from the Partridge Family when he was driving or doing other such illegal activities.

  • cap’n Obvious

    this reminds me why I no longer read the BCB blog. Al Yellon turned into a shill for the Cubs, then a huge critic, until they killed his access to the locker room and free hit dogs. Matheny he magically turned into a shill again. The substance is bad, and commenters are worse. Bad blog. Props to him, thou, I guess he makes a living at it. Must be niece not to have to peddle town homes, eyeglasses, or health insurance to keep the lights on.

    • PLCB3

      I too hate BCB. That and North Side Baseball. They let White Sox and Cardinals fans post there and troll the board.

      • Noah_I

        The only Cubs sites I check are here and Bleacher Nation, which is excellent.

      • Tomas Checkosky

        There are other Cub blogs out there? I thought this was the only one! (smwack – the sound of my proverbial lips leaving the proverbial buttocks of VFTB)

    • Doug S.

      BCB can be fun during the in game threads, though tends to be a bit sarcastic, but whadaya expect with a last place team?

  • cap’n Obvious

    this reminds me why I no longer read the BCB blog. Al Yellon turned into a shill for the Cubs, then a huge critic, until they killed his access to the locker room and free hit dogs. Matheny he magically turned into a shill again. The substance is bad, and commenters are worse. Bad blog. Props to him, thou, I guess he makes a living at it. Must be niece not to have to peddle town homes, eyeglasses, or health insurance to keep the lights on.

    • AC0000000

      I too hate BCB. That and North Side Baseball. They let White Sox and Cardinals fans post there and troll the board.

      • Noah_I

        The only Cubs sites I check are here and Bleacher Nation, which is excellent.

    • Doug S.

      BCB can be fun during the in game threads, though tends to be a bit sarcastic, but whadaya expect with a last place team?

  • PLCB3

    For those who have LinkedIn, are any of you in the Cubs group?

  • AC0000000

    For those who have LinkedIn, are any of you in the Cubs group?

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Here is the Cubs biggest off-season announcement:
    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/10288652/chicago-cubs-introduce-first-official-mascot-modern-history
    Now we are assured of winning the World Series!

    • Jedi

      Feels like a soon-to-be recurring punchline.

      • I’ve got Shierholtz and Clark platooning in RF.

      • Jedi

        I’d take Clark at 3B over Ian Stewart.

        If he speaks Spanish I suppose that’d qualify him to be the manager.

    • PLCB3

      He looks like a member of the Bernstein Bears family.

    • Seymour Butts

      Not sure he is the first official mascot. They may be forgetting Marla Collins.

      • Jedi

        Or Cindy Sandberg…though that was probably unofficial.

      • Jedi

        Or Cindy Sandberg…though that was probably unofficial.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Here is the Cubs biggest off-season announcement:
    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/10288652/chicago-cubs-introduce-first-official-mascot-modern-history
    Now we are assured of winning the World Series!

    • Jedi

      Feels like a soon-to-be recurring punchline.

      • I’ve got Shierholtz and Clark platooning in RF.

      • Jedi

        I’d take Clark at 3B over Ian Stewart.

        If he speaks Spanish I suppose that’d qualify him to be the manager.

    • AC0000000

      He looks like a member of the Bernstein Bears family.