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More Prospect Love, Budweiser Deal, Starlin Batting Leadoff?

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Hello friends. I write to you from several thousand feet above the Atlantic as I return from my assignment covering the Winter Olympics in Sochi for VFTB. I’ll have a report for you on our next podcast. Speaking of podcasts, make sure to subscribe to, rate, and review the VFTB podcast on iTunes.

The last of the Top 100 prospect lists is out from Baseball America. As expected, the Cubs once again make a fine showing. Here’s the breakdown of the Cubs on the list:

5. Javier Baez
8. Kris Bryant
28. C.J. Edwards
36. Albert Almora
41. Jorge Soler
87. Pierce Johnson
100. Arismendy Alcantara

Almora is a little lower on the list than others, but that can probably be attributed to his injuries. If healthy, I believe we’ll see him climb up the board rapidly this summer.

Here’s some tweets from Baseball America’s Ben Badler (@BenBadler) that should make you feel all nice:

“”Why did the Rangers ever trade C.J. Edwards?” -pretty much every team in baseball #BA100″

“The scariest thing about Javier Baez isn’t his freakish bat speed or power. It’s how much he improved all around last year. #BA100”

“Jorge Soler should be a Top 25 prospect next year as long as he’s healthy. Bat speed, 70 power, good approach. Could be a monster. #BA100”

Other bits:

  • Patrick Mooney reports that Starling Castro will likely hit leadoff to start the season.
  • Bruce Levine tweeted that the new Budweiser deal will pay the Cubs $10 million a year for next 14 years.
  • The Cubs released the 2014 TV broadcast schedule.
  • Theo Epstein spoke to Jesse Rogers, and it seems that the GM may regret emphasizing “parallel fronts” in the rebuilding process.

Hey, if you’re into Twitter, follow me, why dontcha? @powell_sean

Until the podcast Monday night…have a good one!

 

 

  • Doc Raker

    You left Socci before the Canadian verse USA mens hockey game? Dumbass.

    • Sean Powell

      Talk to Joe. He didn’t give me enough in my VFTB expense account to stay any longer.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Which begs the questions, How much did Joe have to pay you to risk your life in Russia, and did you adopt any Russian Wolfhounds?

      • Eddie Von White

        Which begs the question: Why did the Cubs sell out to a sub-par St. Louis based beer company?

      • PLCB3

        It was either them or an equally lousy company out of Milwaukee. Money is money.

      • Eugene Debs

        Uh….money?

      • Sean Powell

        You’ll have to check out the podcast to find out!

  • Doc Raker

    You left Socci before the Canadian verse USA mens hockey game? Dumbass.

    • Sean Powell

      Talk to Joe. He didn’t give me enough in my VFTB expense account to stay any longer.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Which begs the questions, How much did Joe have to pay you to risk your life in Russia, and did you adopt any Russian Wolfhounds?

      • Eddie Von White

        Which begs the question: Why did the Cubs sell out to a sub-par St. Louis based beer company?

      • AC0000000

        It was either them or an equally lousy company out of Milwaukee. Money is money.

      • Eugene Debs

        Uh….money?

      • Sean Powell

        You’ll have to check out the podcast to find out!

  • Doug S.

    Great to see that TV schedule, thanks. It’s been a few years since I’ve been at Wrigley. Any advice for my best bet on single game tix? Thanks.

    • Sean Powell

      I’ll send something out as soon as single game tickets go on sale. I’ve had good luck with StubHub in the past – especially as the season wears on, people will be unloading tix relatively cheaply

      • Doug S.

        Thanks. With the wait for season tix I didn’t realize there were single game tix sales. Some clubs are already selling single games, others very soon.

    • Joe Aiello

      Jeremiah has season tickets that he’s always looking to sell.

    • Eugene Debs

      People will be begging you to take them by June.

  • Doug S.

    Great to see that TV schedule, thanks. It’s been a few years since I’ve been at Wrigley. Any advice for my best bet on single game tix? Thanks.

    • Sean Powell

      I’ll send something out as soon as single game tickets go on sale. I’ve had good luck with StubHub in the past – especially as the season wears on, people will be unloading tix relatively cheaply

      • Doug S.

        Thanks. With the wait for season tix I didn’t realize there were single game tix sales. Some clubs are already selling single games, others very soon.

    • Joe Aiello

      Jeremiah has season tickets that he’s always looking to sell.

    • Eugene Debs

      People will be begging you to take them by June.

  • Bill Fell

    Personally I do not like a leadoff man that gets on base 28.4% of the time….but that’s just me. The sad thing is that I would have no idea who would be a better option at the leadoff role…

    • Doc Raker

      I have to agree with you Bill Fell, I would think Castro belongs in the 2 or 3 hole since he loves to swing. Can you believe I got zipped out on the Girlieview Lizzies? Does that seem right to you? Ever go on a slump buster mission?

  • Bill Fell

    Personally I do not like a leadoff man that gets on base 28.4% of the time….but that’s just me. The sad thing is that I would have no idea who would be a better option at the leadoff role…

    • Doc Raker

      I have to agree with you Bill Fell, I would think Castro belongs in the 2 or 3 hole since he loves to swing. Can you believe I got zipped out on the Girlieview Lizzies? Does that seem right to you? Ever go on a slump buster mission?

  • cap’n Obvious

    here’s something upsetting:

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?et_mid=177351&v=iOP3L_XaPd0&et_u=398572819&feature=youtu.be&et_jb=3432&et_e=sherman%40bottomlinesalesgroup.com&et_j=20399935&et_l=1935712_HTML

    I’ll be hastily contacting Raker’s other brother, the Intellectual Property Attorney. This is my chance to cash in. My rights have been violated.

    • Doc Raker

      Obviously a more handsome knockoff which isn’t really saying much

    • Sherm

      “I was almost pissed, too.”

      signed,

      Colonel Oblivious

      • Seymour Butts

        Hey are we getting the old band back together?

      • Doc Raker

        The band……………the band……………………….
        DO YOU SEE THE LIGHT?
        The Band!
        HAVE YOU SEEN THE LIGHT?
        YES!YES! JESUS H. TAP-DANCING CHRIST…………..I HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT!
        THE BAND!

        We’re on a mission from God.

        Don’t you blaspheme in here! This is my man, this is my restaurant, and you two are gonna turn around and walk right out of here- without your dry white toast, without your four fried chickens, and without Matt Guitar Murphy.

      • Seymour Butts

        Don’t forget that it is dark out and we are wearing sunglasses!

      • Sherm

        We got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it.

      • PLCB3

        It’s 106 miles to Chicago.

      • Sherm

        I’m in. Go get Smitty.

  • cap’n Obvious

    here’s something upsetting:

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?et_mid=177351&v=iOP3L_XaPd0&et_u=398572819&feature=youtu.be&et_jb=3432&et_e=sherman%40bottomlinesalesgroup.com&et_j=20399935&et_l=1935712_HTML

    I’ll be hastily contacting Raker’s other brother, the Intellectual Property Attorney. This is my chance to cash in. My rights have been violated.

    • Doc Raker

      Obviously a more handsome knockoff which isn’t really saying much

    • Sherm

      “I was almost pissed, too.”

      signed,

      Colonel Oblivious

      • Seymour Butts

        Hey are we getting the old band back together?

      • Doc Raker

        The band……………the band……………………….
        DO YOU SEE THE LIGHT?
        The Band!
        HAVE YOU SEEN THE LIGHT?
        YES!YES! JESUS H. TAP-DANCING CHRIST…………..I HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT!
        THE BAND!

        We’re on a mission from God.

        Don’t you blaspheme in here! This is my man, this is my restaurant, and you two are gonna turn around and walk right out of here- without your dry white toast, without your four fried chickens, and without Matt Guitar Murphy.

      • Seymour Butts

        Don’t forget that it is dark out and we are wearing sunglasses!

      • Sherm

        We got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it.

      • AC0000000

        It’s 106 miles to Chicago.

      • Sherm

        I’m in. Go get Smitty.

  • Doug S.

    A related question to seeing the Cubs at Wrigley. As I don’t get to that part of the country often I’m considering a side trip by train up to Milwaukee (never been) to see Miller Park and catch a day game. If you were to advise me, which option would it be?…

    a) Milwaukee’s great, stay an extra day and check the place out
    b) Stay the night only, it’s OK, but nothing special
    c) Train up and back the same day, no need to linger in Milwaukee
    d) Forget Milwaukee

    Thanks.

    • PLCB3

      A. I did this when I went to Milwaukee. I went to 2 games, got a hotel and went to teh Harley-Davidson museum in between games.

    • Doc Raker

      I don’t know if the city of Milwaukee offers any more than the city of Chicago but Lake Geneva is a nice summer weekend spot not far from Milwaukee that offers boating, water skiing, summer concerts, under age drinking and such. Haven’t been there since I was 19 when Wisconsin had a drinking age of 18 and Illinois was 21. Lot’s of road trips into Lake Geneva back then, like John Winger said, ” Cmon, its Czechoslovakia, we zip in, we pick em up, we zip right out again. We’re not going to Moscow. It’s Czechoslovakia. It’s like going into Wisconsin.”

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Milwaukee is summed up by both Raker and CAPS as those are the most popular destinations. The third ward is a nice place to visit, it is just south of the downtown area. The biggest issue is that the Mayor does not do anything to make Milwaukee better, public transportation is not very good, and his only initiative is a trolley that goes nowhere. The Suburbs are nice with the lakes and rolling hills. But if you come during summerfest you might want to stay awhile.

      • PLCB3

        I was going to go to teh Miller brewery as well but I got up too late. My old boss from dominos likes going to Potawatomi Bingo Casino as well.

  • Doug S.

    A related question to seeing the Cubs at Wrigley. As I don’t get to that part of the country often I’m considering a side trip by train up to Milwaukee (never been) to see Miller Park and catch a day game. If you were to advise me, which option would it be?…

    a) Milwaukee’s great, stay an extra day and check the place out
    b) Stay the night only, it’s OK, but nothing special
    c) Train up and back the same day, no need to linger in Milwaukee
    d) Forget Milwaukee

    Thanks.

    • AC0000000

      A. I did this when I went to Milwaukee. I went to 2 games, got a hotel and went to teh Harley-Davidson museum in between games.

    • Doc Raker

      I don’t know if the city of Milwaukee offers any more than the city of Chicago but Lake Geneva is a nice summer weekend spot not far from Milwaukee that offers boating, water skiing, summer concerts, under age drinking and such. Haven’t been there since I was 19 when Wisconsin had a drinking age of 18 and Illinois was 21. Lot’s of road trips into Lake Geneva back then, like John Winger said, ” Cmon, its Czechoslovakia, we zip in, we pick em up, we zip right out again. We’re not going to Moscow. It’s Czechoslovakia. It’s like going into Wisconsin.”

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Milwaukee is summed up by both Raker and CAPS as those are the most popular destinations. The third ward is a nice place to visit, it is just south of the downtown area. The biggest issue is that the Mayor does not do anything to make Milwaukee better, public transportation is not very good, and his only initiative is a trolley that goes nowhere. The Suburbs are nice with the lakes and rolling hills. But if you come during summerfest you might want to stay awhile.

      • AC0000000

        I was going to go to teh Miller brewery as well but I got up too late. My old boss from dominos likes going to Potawatomi Bingo Casino as well.

  • Sherm

    Is it just me, or do more threads die with some weird ass Raker-rant?

    • Doc Raker

      Just you Meat. The correct response would have been- “Well I got the shit kicked out of me in Wisconsin once. Forget it!” Russell Ziskey played by Harold Ramis. RIP.

    • Seymour Butts

      Nope, they usually die after a tangential CAPS response to a weird ass Raker-rant.

      • Sherm

        I don’t usually stick around that long

      • Doc Raker

        Pitty

      • Sherm

        Not familiar with that word

  • Sherm

    Is it just me, or do more threads die with some weird ass Raker-rant?

    • Doc Raker

      Just you Meat. The correct response would have been- “Well I got the shit kicked out of me in Wisconsin once. Forget it!” Russell Ziskey played by Harold Ramis. RIP.

    • Seymour Butts

      Nope, they usually die after a tangential CAPS response to a weird ass Raker-rant.