Howard, Perlaza, Canario, Crook, Washer, Mulé, Estrada, More

Rumors and trades (effectively, one commerce?) are the order of the day, clearly, however there’s nonetheless quite a bit to get into on the Cubs prospect entrance…

  • Among quite a few minor league gadgets from Marquee, we get our first replace on Ed Howard after his hip surgical procedure earlier this 12 months, through Farm Director Jared Banner: “He’s heading to Arizona subsequent week. He’s strolling now and he’ll begin his rehab course of a little bit extra formally with us at our complicated.” Barely two months out from a serious hip damage and surgical procedure, I like to listen to that Howard is strolling round now, and is already able to go to Arizona to rehab on the Cubs’ services. Your dream state of affairs – along with a full restoration the place Howard maintains his fast twitch and would not lose the progress he was making on the plate – is that he can get into baseball actions ultimately this fall/winter, however that is perhaps too formidable (we kinda know nothing concerning the projected timetable right here). Otherwise, you’d simply search for him to hopefully have a standard Spring Training subsequent 12 months.
  • If I instructed you there was an outfielder at Double-A who was going bonkers on the plate, you’d assume I used to be speaking about Alexander Canario. And, hey, that might be an correct description of what he is doing. But that is not the man I’m speaking about at this second. I’m speaking about Yonathan Perlaza, the switch-hitting outfielder who shouldn’t be solely raking in July, however is hitting .284/.387/.543/144 wRC+ (14.1% BB, 20.8% Okay) going all the way in which again to May 5
  • The 23-year-old former worldwide bonus child is Rule 5 eligible after this season, and I’d name him one of many many shut circumstances. On the one hand, he is hitting so effectively, he can play succesful protection across the outfield, and he is a switch-hitter. On the opposite hand, a crew taking a place participant straight from Double-A to the large league roster within the Rule 5 appears sooooo unlikely to work out. Cubs could have a number of robust decisions.
  • Oh, however about Canario, this is what Banner needed to say concerning the absurd stretch of outcomes (Marquee): “He’s simply making actually good swing choices,” Banner mentioned. “Whenever he makes contact, he does a ton of harm. He’s actually sturdy and creates a ton of exit velocity. He’s simply doing an amazing job. He’s sizzling as may be proper now and he is trending up. It’s not only a sizzling streak. He’s doing the whole lot higher and higher every month and we’re actually excited to see that. This is the participant we envisioned once we traded for him.”
  • Speaking of scorching sizzling outfielders (there are such a lot of…), Narciso Crook is again on one:
  • Since May 11, Crook is hitting .309/.382/.629/163 wRC+. We discuss desirous to get common begins within the large leagues for Nelson Velazquez after the Trade Deadline, however I positive wish to see Crook get in there by some means, too. Maybe even forward of Jackson Frazier.
  • At lengthy final, Jake Washer will get the promotion to Double-A after he pulled a Jake Slaughter and immediately grew to become unstoppable (should be a Jake factor). Richard Gallardo will get the bump to High-A in conjunction:
  • Through almost 200 PAs at High-A, Washer was hitting .300/.365/.606/162 wRC+. There are two large caveats: (1) the strikeout charge is an alarming 27.5%, and (2) he is already 26. On the latter one, you possibly can soften it a bit by noting that the pandemic 12 months principally aged each prospect a 12 months past the place you would possibly in any other case count on them, and in addition, catchers do typically develop a lot later with the bat.
  • Slaughter, by the way in which, is as much as 193 plate appearances at Double-A, and he is nonetheless hitting: .319/.420/.594/165 wRC+. At some level, he is gotta get a have a look at Triple-A.
  • Tough preliminary outings at Double-A for Jordan Wicks and DJ Herz, however hey, that is a part of the method, eh? Wicks has principally been burned by the lengthy ball in his two outings, and Herz bought pitch-counted out of the sport after only one out. Wonder if he was just a bit too amped up, and since we all know he is bought that difficult supply (with some wildness baked in), it most likely spiraled a bit. Hopefully he settles in his subsequent one.
  • Kinda figured this might be the vary of the required bonus on Nazier Mulé – Cubs are large followers of the upside in that arm, clearly:
  • And an expectedly over slot deal for Luis Rujano:
  • If the Cubs do not do any extra over slot offers among the many remaining gamers, they’d have nearly $3 million to spend on second spherical choose Jackson Ferris. I haven’t got any worries there (even when they did not signal him, they may use the remaining overage – roughly $1.3 million – to entice a kind of later spherical prep arms, and they’d get a substitute choose in roughly the identical spot subsequent 12 months).
  • Overshadowed by the large identify in Cristian Hernández and the large leads to Moises Ballesteros, do not forget about final 12 months’s DSL participant of the 12 months for the Cubs:
  • “High-A is tough, man”:
  • Jeremiah Estrada hasn’t actually struggled after the bump from High-A to Double-A, and I do marvel if he will see a little bit time at Iowa earlier than the season is up (he is Rule 5 eligible):
  • Imagine this taking place instantly after you signed your prime choose, second total within the draft – really feel horrible for Jones:

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