Underrated Cubs Prospects, Wesneski’s Season, Brewers Add Anderson, and Other Cubs Bullets

Finally, a brand new ‘The Last of Us’ tonight. I assume which means the pilot REALLY hooked me if I’ve been desperately awaiting the second episode for, oh, say, nearly precisely seven days.

  • Because of the timing, I did not have an opportunity to speak in regards to the Brewers signing Marlins cast-off Brian Anderson, the 29-year-old 3B/OF who was quietly excellent from 2018-20 (.266/.350/. 436/115 wRC+, annualized WAR round 3). Since then, he is had shoulder points and the manufacturing has plummeted (.233/.321/.359/93 wRC+), though his batted ball metrics final 12 months weren’t truly all that unhealthy. Seems like a fairly good buy-low alternative for the Brewers.
  • If Anderson is the first third baseman to open the season for the Brewers, you’ll count on that Luis Urias would be the main second baseman, with Abraham Toro and Brice Turang transferring round/sprinkling in as crucial? It’s a powerful group of versatile infielders, together with Willy Adames at shortstop, and Rowdy Tellez/Keston Hiura at first. If any of the younger outfielders get away, and/or if Christian Yelich bounces again, the Brewers may wind up with a slightly-above-average offense, which has kinda been their bugaboo for just a few years.
  • When Greg Zumach requested people to call an underrated Cubs prospect, you knew it was going to be an avalanche of solutions, as a result of the Cubs have soooo many “could possibly be A Guy” prospects. My reply each time I see that query is Daniel Palencia, as a result of I believe folks nonetheless do not fairly respect simply how good the stuff is (thanks largely – I believe – to him being 22 in High-A, however this can be a man who had barely thrown any professional innings earlier than final season due to the timing of his signing with the A’s and the pandemic). There is front-of-the-rotation upside potential there, and though the Cubs do lastly have just a few of these guys, I really feel like Palencia will get the least consideration.
  • Among the solutions that stood out to me was a response from Prospects Live author Joe Doyle, who defined why it was James Triantos:
  • Triantos’ star has undoubtedly fallen from the place it was after his post-draft explosion within the Complex League in 2021, however I are likely to agree that it is fairly unfair. Playing full-season ball in his first full season out of highschool (he nonetheless is not 20 but!), and enjoying in among the finest pitchers’ parks in minor league baseball, Triantos nonetheless posted an above-average slash line, and confirmed simply sufficient energy (particularly for that park) that the 16.1% Ok price is spectacular (relatively than regarding him solely being a slappy-high-contact man). All that mentioned, in case you learn the scouting experiences, you get the sense that plenty of the explanation Triantos fell off of their eyes this 12 months is due to the protection, not a lot the bat. There are questions on whether or not he can play a succesful third or second base, and if he cannot, that will put a lot stress on the bat. In any case, I believe we will see him rake at South Bend this 12 months and get proper again on people’ radars.
  • Seriously, there are simply countless cheap solutions to Greg’s query. Who is yours?
  • Bonus from Brendan Miller, who rightly factors out that, even when he isn’t underrated by Cubs followers, Hayden Wesneski is definitely underrated nationally:
  • I believe we see that occur lots with prospects: if they are not seen as “prime 100 varieties,” and then they attain the massive leagues and have success/present knowledge/no matter, there appears to be a reluctance to make use of the massive league displaying to re-evaluate a prospect who’s about to graduate anyway. I believe in all probability, for me, I might nonetheless wish to see a bit extra from Wesneski than 33.0 massive league innings if I did not already suppose he was on the cusp of top-100 standing, so I suppose I perceive the rankings. That mentioned, I’m unsure nationwide people understand this can be a man with mid-rotation upside as quickly as this season. That’s actually good!
  • The vary of outcomes for Wesneski this 12 months, particularly, is fairly darn huge. I can envision eventualities the place accidents power him into 25+ massive league begins this 12 months. I can envision a state of affairs the place he is simply too dang good that the Cubs cannot justify NOT giving him 25+ massive league begins. But I believe what’s almost definitely is that he’ll open the 12 months at Iowa, staying stretched out (however having his innings managed), and then inevitably, openings will pop up all year long for him to make begins. He will in all probability be cemented within the rotation by the second half, and I might put the over/underneath on massive league begins this 12 months at one thing like 17.5.
  • It is perpetually the underdiscussed a part of bunting. Even in conditions the place it’s a good suggestion to bunt, you’ll be able to’t assume you may ACTUALLY put the ball in play, a lot much less accomplish no matter it’s you are attempting to perform:
  • Also, in case you love bunting for hits, I’ve some unhealthy information: with the lack of excessive shifting, you will not see almost as lots of these shock bunts towards an unmanned third base for successful. A small sacrifice.
  • (Then once more, what if the brand new guidelines in regards to the bases and pick-off limits reinvigorate the worth of velocity guys, and, in flip, deliver out extra bunting for hits that approach?)
  • If you are within the energy and conditioning world and need an in with the Cubs:
  • Played solely two partial seasons with the Cubs, however raaaaaaked when he did: .310/.374/.515/130 wRC+:
  • Random baseball-Simpsons enjoyable:

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